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Dealer.com founder to speak at Champlain College

first_imgMichael Lane, co-founder and chief operating officer of Dealer.com will speak as part of Champlain College’s “Speaking from Experience” lecture series on Tuesday, Nov. 18. The lecture series is sponsored by the college’s “Bring Your Own Business Program” (BYOBiz).The lecture will take place in the Hauke Family Center at Champlain College at 7 pm.Lane will talk about his Burlington-based company that has experienced large growth since it began in 1998. Dealer.com creates web-based marketing campaigns and supports thousands of online marketing solutions across North America for the automotive industry. The company is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2007 Inc. 5000’s “Fastest Growing Private Companies of America.”All events are free and open to the public.For more information, contact Bob Block, BYOBiz program director at BYOBiz@champlain.edu(link sends e-mail), call 865-6490, or visit www.champlain.edu/byobiz.html(link is external)last_img read more

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7 Must-Ride MTB Trails in the North Georgia Mountains

first_img“North Georgia Mountains are great because it’s a super condensed area of the Appalachian mountain chain. You really finish with a bang. You can bike backcountry and find big ridges and push your limits and that keeps me coming back.” said Gordon Wadsworth, BRO athlete and avid mountain biker, as I spoke with him about trails, “There’s so much condensed riding in North Georgia that it’s kind of impossible to ever want to leave.”Northern Georgia has been a big draw for mountain bikers for years, and we at BRO want to make sure you know the top 7 trails not to miss while traveling through the area.Jackrabbit MountainJackrabbit Mountain is a beginner to intermediate trail located near Hiawassee. It is a total of 11.3 miles with 693’ of ascent. It is a singletrack with a maximum of 12% gradient. The trail is well maintained and open year-round, with beautiful views of the Chatuge Lake.MTB2Moss CreekA three-mile intermediate trail, Moss Creek is home to some great singletrack. Smooth and flowy, this trail features more than 400 feet of elevation gain. Moss Creek continuously mixes things up, as there are climbs and descents, tight turns and switchbacks, and varied scenery.Bear Creek This intermediate trail is a 10-mile singletrack loop, with a 4,700’ elevation gain. This loop is part of the Pinhoti trail and is primarily ridden downhill. There are a few creek crossings and the trail overall is fast and flowy. The highlight of this loop is the Gannet Poplar, a giant poplar with a girth as wide as 6 adult wingspans. MTB5Jake MountainJake Mountain has improved greatly over the years. Formerly washed out, it has recently been revamped and is now a favorite among bikers of all skill levels. This 7-mile singletrack network that gains 600’. While much of the trail is flowy, it is considered intermediate because it enters a deep creek crossing, Jones Creek, and the climb back out is famously steep.MTB7Pinhoti Trail: Armuchee to Snake Creek GapThe Pinhoti trail is one of Georgia’s epics. Starting around Ellijay and finishing in Alabama, the trail is fast and flowy, but the actual technicality depends on the section you’re riding. This section is 15 miles long and rated an intermediate ride. The singletrack gains 2,800’ and is an out and back trail.MTB 6Stanley GapThis advanced trail includes 10-miles of out and back singletrack with 2,100’ of gain. It is extremely difficult and and includes some bombing descents. Be prepared for some chunky downhill, and tricky ascents that require a significant amount of lung power.MTB3Pinhoti Trail: Mountaintown CreekTransformed from an old logging road, this advanced singletrack trail is 5 miles long with 3,000’ gain. An out and back trail, Mountaintown Creek features a lot of backcountry riding. Bikers should be prepared to get wet and and a tad torn up. But one of the best descents in North Georgia makes it all worth while. Note: The trail has several great views of waterfalls along the way, so be sure to keep an eye out as you zoom along. Special thanks to Gordon Wadsworth, Cartecay Bikes in Ellijay, and Mulberry Gap in Ellijay for contributing beta to this piece.Related:last_img read more

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Turning The Page on 2017

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York I left Congress to write books, but while there I spent as much time as possible reading.Most of what I needed to know as a national leader I learned not from newspapers or television, but from books. I asked some local leaders about what books they are reading for insight, knowledge and plain old entertainment in the new year. The answers were as varied as the people I questioned.Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas: The Boys in the Boat – Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown. It’s a true story about the resilience of the human spirit.Nelson DeMille, bestselling author: I’m reading two advance reading copies. The first is Chicago, a novel by Broadway playwright David Mamet. The other is Big Guns, a political parody by a guy named Steve Israel.Brookville Mayor Dan Serota: Pat Buchanan’s The Greatest Comeback, the story of Richard Nixon’s 1968 campaign. I like the story of an underdog and at that time, Nixon was an underdog.Long Island University President Kimberly Cline: Nelson DeMille’s The Cuban Affair. He has been one of my favorite authors for over 20 years. The plots are complex, with unexpected twists.Laurie Segal Scheinman, owner of wit & whim in Port Washington: Paul Kalanithi’s When Breath Becomes Air, and just finished re-reading Shawn Achor’s The Happiness Advantage. Both reads are to ground me as to what’s important.SterlingRisk Insurance CEO David Sterling: How Language Began by Daniel Everett, because understanding how we began to speak will aid understanding how to communicate better.Chartwell Hotels CEO George Tsunis: The Emperor’s Handbook by Marcus Aurelius, which is a translation of meditations, because it speaks to a more high-minded time of national leaders.North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth: I just completed Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf. This was our North Hempstead’s Project Independence Book Club selection for this month.New York State Assemb. Chuck Lavine: I’m reading two books: Shattered by Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen and A Single Spy by William Christie. I also recommend anything by Alan Furst.Old Brookville Mayor Bernie Ryba: I would like to make time to read Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit by Chris Matthews. Besides his ability to inspire, I feel he accomplished so much in a relatively short period of time.State Sen. Todd Kaminsky: FDR: A Political Life. I like reading about real leadership in Washington since I see so little of it today.Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson: The Political Brain by Drew Westen. It explores something I think many politicians take for granted, which is the role that emotions play in voter decision-making.Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Henry Schein, Inc.:I like to use this time to catch up on publications such as the Economist and Foreign Policy Magazine, as well as bipartisan opinion pieces from various internet sites and publications. In this world of information overload, it’s increasingly challenging to keep current, so I welcome some time to catch up.Chintu Patel, Co-CEO, Co-Chairman, and Co-Founder of Amneal Pharmaceuticals: I’m Reading new tax bill and its impact going forward personally and business. Also introspection of 2017 and learning of it going in to 2018.  Christopher Hahn, Host of The Christopher Hahn Show on LI News Radio: FiveThirtyEight.com.  If you dig deep enough into the data you can usually figure out where things are headed. Nate Silver still offers the best unbiased statistical analysis on what’s going on in politics and sports.   Bert Brodsky, Founder and Chairman of Sandata Technologies: The last book I read was Boys in the Bronx and I was disappointed I wasn’t in it.Marc Beige, CEO of Rubies Costume Company: After the Fall by Mary Clark Great book about the Fall of the twin towers and the years that followed it. This book adds new information and perspectives to an watershed event that is a defining moment in our history.And my list? Ron Chernow’s excellent biography of Ulysses Grant, which portrays the essential human qualities of a complex and largely misunderstood historic figure.Steve Israel’s next novel, Big Guns, can be pre-ordered at repsteveisrael.com.last_img read more

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NAFCU, in video, discusses NCUA’s stabilization fund closure proposal

first_imgNAFCU’s Curt Long and Alexander Monterrubio urged credit unions to weigh in on the NCUA’s proposal to close the Temporary Corporate Credit Union Stabilization Fund, and provided some background on the proposal, in a new NAFCU Today video published online Thursday.The NCUA proposal suggests merging the TCCUSF into the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund and raising the NCUSIF normal operating level from 1.3 percent to 1.39 percent. The proposal was issued during the July open board meeting.Long, NAFCU’s vice president of research and chief economist, explained that the increase in the normal operating level would negate the need for credit unions to pay a discretionary share insurance premium charge this year. NAFCU has staunchly opposed since that possibility was announced last year.Closing the stabilization fund could provide credit unions with an estimated dividend in the 15 to 17 basis point range, he said, but raising the NCUSIF normal operating level from 1.3 to 1.39 percent, as the NCUA proposes, “would eat into the dividends credit unions would receive … so that ultimate dividend is only projected to be 6 to 8 basis points.” continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Google Maps Timeline Getting a New Trips Tab on Android, Shows a Summary of Past Vacations

first_imgMi TV Stick vs Fire TV Stick Lite vs Mi Box 4K vs Fire TV Stick 4K: Which is the best budget streaming device for TVs in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Google Maps will soon have a new Trips tab in Timeline on Android that will show users a summary of past vacations and total kilometres travelled. This is a part of the new features Google is introducing related to trips and travelling. Google Photos will soon be receiving Timeline as well that will allow users to see the paths they took on a certain day, alongside photos. You can also see and share past trip itineraries, including hotels and restaurants, you’ve received confirmations for in your Gmail by tapping on the Trips tab on the desktop site, google.com/travel.The Trips tab in Timeline on Google Maps will show an estimate of places you may have been to and routes you may have taken, based on your location history. According to Google, you will be able to see a summary of your past vacations, information about the places you have visited, total kilometres travelled, and the modes of transportation you used through the tab.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img You can edit your timeline at any time and choose to delete your Location History. Timeline can be viewed on Google Maps app version 9.12 and up, and the Trips tab will soon be available in the app for Android users.Google said that Timeline will soon be rolling out to the Google Photos map view as well. This will let you see the paths you took on a particular day alongside your photos, including pictures you clicked while hiking or driving. It is also possible to hide your Timeline from your map view’s settings in Photos.Google had recently also added a COVID-19 layer in Maps that allows users to get information about COVID-19 cases in a particular area. Google Maps will soon be able to show you how busy a location is directly from map view.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Early results suggest 1 dose of H1N1 vaccine may be protective

first_imgSep 10, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Preliminary clinical trial results suggest that pandemic H1N1 vaccines made by Novartis and CSL Ltd. will provide protection in adults with just one dose, raising hope for a less difficult immunization program than has been anticipated.Preliminary results for the two vaccines were published online this afternoon by the New England Journal of Medicine. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has ordered supplies of both vaccines, along with doses from three other companies.Federal officials have said they expected that a two-dose regimen of the H1N1 vaccines would probably be necessary to generate an adequate immune response to the novel virus. The first doses are expected to become available in mid October.In an editorial accompanying the vaccine reports, infectious disease expert Kathleen M. Neuzil, MD, MPH, called the findings welcome and reassuring.She noted that a one-dose schedule doubles the number of people who can be protected with a given amount of vaccine, and it also means that vaccinees are protected sooner, since a two-dose regimen typically involves doses spaced 3 weeks or more apart.”On the basis of these data, it would be appropriate to begin vaccination with the use of one dose of the usual antigen content,” Neuzil wrote. “In children, two doses may be needed, but vaccine should not be held in reserve to be used for a second dose.”British researchers tested the Novartis vaccine in a complex trial involving various doses formulated with or without the company’s proprietary adjuvant, MF59. The report is an interim analysis of responses to 7.5 micrograms (mcg) of adjuvanted vaccine after 14 and 21 days in 100 volunteers. The volunteers were between the ages of 18 and 50.By 21 days after vaccination with one 7.5-mcg dose of adjuvanted vaccine, 76% and 92% of volunteers showed a potentially protective immune response as measured, respectively, by hemagglutination inhibition and microneutralization assays, according to the report.Some of the volunteers received a second 7.5-mcg dose 7 or 14 days after the first. By day 21, those subjects had immune-response rates ranging from 88% to 92% and 92% to 96%, as measured by the two different methods.”Although two doses (for a total of 15 mcg of [hemagglutinin]) yield higher antibody levels than one dose, the seroprotective titer was attained in at least 80% of subjects in every group,” Neuzil wrote in commenting on the Novartis study.However, she added that with no data yet on the response in those who received non-adjuvanted doses, it’s not possible to assess the contribution of the adjuvant. HHS has ordered supplies of two adjuvants, but no adjuvanted flu vaccine has ever been used in the United States.As for safety, 70% of the Novartis trial volunteers reported pain at the injection site and 42% had muscle aches, the report says. Two of the vaccinees had a fever after the first dose.The CSL trial, conducted by company researchers in Australia, involved 240 adults, divided into two groups by age: under 50 and 50 and older. In each group, volunteers received either 15 mcg or 30 mcg of antigen.By 21 days after vaccination, an immune response (an antibody titer of 1:40 or more) was observed in 116 of 120 volunteers (97%) who received 15 mcg and in 112 of 120 (93%) who received 30 mcg.The report says 46% of the volunteers reported injection-site tenderness or pain, while 45% had systemic symptoms such as headache. Nearly all the problems were described as mild to moderate, and there were no serious adverse events.”These results are welcome and reassuring, as there is little evidence of cross-reactive antibody against the novel 2009 pandemic influenza A (H1N1) virus in the general population, and the need for two doses had been predicted,” Neuzil commented in her editorial.But without a non-vaccinated control group, it’s not possible to know whether any of the volunteers had a subclinical H1N1 infection that boosted their response to the vaccine, she added. The virus was circulating in Australia as the trial was being conducted, she noted.She also noted that children’s responses to the H1N1 vaccines remain to be seen.On the safety side, Neuzil said both vaccines have “generally acceptable” side-effect and adverse-event profiles, though the local reactions to the adjuvanted vaccine were somewhat higher than those generally seen with nonadjuvanted doses. The trials were not large enough to reveal rare adverse events, she added.HHS officials have ordered a total of 195 million doses of H1N1 vaccine from five manufacturers. Federal officials have said that Novartis will contribute about 45% of that supply and CSL about 19%.Other companies with H1N1 vaccine orders from HHS are Sanofi Pasteur, GlaxoSmithKline, and MedImmune.Greenberg ME, Lai MH, Hartel GF, et al. Response after one dose of a monovalent influenza A (H1N1) 2009 vaccine–preliminary report. N Engl J Med 2009 (published online Sep 10) [Full text]Clark TW, Pareek M, Hoschler K, et al. Trial of influenza A (H1N1) 2009 monovalent MF59-adjuvanted vaccine–preliminary report. N Engl J Med 2009 (published online Sep 10) [Full text]Neuzil KM. Pandemic influenza vaccine policy–considering the early evidence. (Editorial) N Engl J Med 2009 (published online Sep 10) [Full text]last_img read more

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Iran has temporarily freed 85,000 prisoners, including political ones, amid coronavirus

first_imgTopics : Iran has temporarily freed about 85,000 prisoners, including political prisoners, a spokesman for its judiciary said on Tuesday, in response to the coronavirus epidemic.”Some 50% of those released are security-related prisoners … Also in the jails we have taken precautionary measures to confront the outbreak,” said Gholamhossein Esmaili.On March 10, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran said he had asked Tehran to free all political prisoners temporarily from its overcrowded and disease-ridden jails to help stem the spread of coronavirus. Iran’s death toll from the coronavirus has reached 853 and a total of 14,991 people have been confirmed infected across the country, one of the worst national outbreaks outside China, where the new virus originated.Esmaili did not elaborate on when those released would have to return to jail.Javaid Rehman, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, said earlier in March that Iranian prisoners have been infected with coronavirus. last_img read more

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Why buying big blocks can be financial gold for families

first_imgMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoConstruction supervisor Paul Toye and general manager David Afrin from SmartStart by Hayman Homes on site at Waterlea, celebrating the first home being under construction.Mr Keath said the estate had been designed around the shortage of large lots within the new housing market with purchasers unable to buy up to 800sq m in this price range anywhere else.“We predict that capital appreciation on these bigger blocks should be stronger in coming years as blocks of this size become harder to find across Brisbane and surrounds,” he said.Mr Keath said there were five main advantages to having a big block:1. Privacy — with room and trees you can create your own private space. “With effective tree planting and creative landscape and design, you can ‘insulate’ your home from roadways an other properties,” Mr Keath said.2. Potential for capital growth — larger blocks of land appreciate more over the longer term because of their scarcity. “It is simple economics that anything rare is worth more,” Mr Keath said.3. Better landscaping — larger frontages give way to more creativity in your landscaping, leading to better street appeal. “A great garden, some nice trees and creative design of the facade of a home on a big block, not only lifts the value of your property, but when every home in the street and neighbourhood does the same it lifts the look, feel and value of the whole estate.”4. Build how you want, and expand as you grow — if money is an issue then with a big block you can start out by building your basic home and then expand as you go.5. Explore your costs upfront — with plenty of room to move you can easily build your home on a large lot to take advantage of the sun, allow for shade, strategically plant trees and capture breezes. Mr Keath said to explore your costs upfront by making sure your design would capture these cost savings.Waterlea will eventually have 1500 lots, a primary school and a range of shopping options and amenities.With a projected population of 4,500 residents, eight neighbourhood villages are planned and will be connected by parks, hiking and bike trails. Large blocks are the way to make money with Waterlea Walloon one of the few estates offering an average size block of 738sq m.BIG blocks are in demand as families realise there are not only lifestyle gains to be made but also financial gold.According to Oliver Hume Queensland managing director Brinton Keath the site you choose is not just a lifestyle investment, but also financial.“One of the biggest factors in determining how much value you can extract from your land is the size,” Mr Keath said.“With prices continually rising in south east Queensland we have seen the average size of blocks decrease, making larger blocks, those greater than 600sq m, increasingly rare.”Waterlea at Walloon has average block sizes of 738sq m with prices starting from $161,000, this compares to nearby estates with average lot sizes of 547sq m or larger masterplanned communities with average sizes of 400sq m.Hayman Homes has recently started construction on the first home in the estate, with Waterlea located just west of Ipswich’s CBD.last_img read more

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Peek inside the Gold Coast’s most expensive rentals

first_img26901/2 Ephraim Island Pde, Paradise Point is on the market at $1750 a week. Picture: realestate.com.auLJ Hooker Mudgeeraba business development manager Jessica Cummings said tenants were attracted to the lifestyle on offer. “I’ve had a few people rent for the Commonwealth Games, people in events management, but I’ve also had a lot of farmers who have been moving from central Queensland,” she said. “I’ve also rented to a few celebrities.” 40-42 The Peninsula, Sovereign Islands is on the rental market at $2500 a week. Picture: realestate.com.auMost expensive rentals on the market on the Gold CoastSource: REAAmalfi Drive, Isle of Capri — $300055-57 Rankin Pde, Main Beach — $2500166 Chesterfield Drive, Bonogin — $250010-12 Forest Ridge Drive, Bonogin — $250040-42 The Peninsula, Sovereign Islands — $25001662 Riverside Drive, Hope Island — $220026901/2 Ephraim Island Pde, Paradise Point, $1750 This Amalfi Drive, Surfers Paradise property is being rented out at $3000 a week.Mr Martens said demand for luxury rentals was still strong despite winter being a typically quieter period.“In the past three weeks we’ve leased four properties over $2500 a week,” he said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“I leased the Oracle penthouse for $3000 a week a few weeks ago — those people were downsizing from a house and were from interstate.” Rent out this Bonogin property for $2500 a week.“We have had enquiries from Hollywood A listers who were interested in leasing these types of properties so I guess you could say it is living like a movie star,” he said. center_img “There’s not many permanent rentals in Queensland for more than $3000,” Harcourts Coastal’s Brent Martens said of the Amalfi Drive property. Picture Mike BatterhamHarcourts Coastal business development manager Brent Martens described the five-bedroom, six-bathroom Isle of Capri mansion as one of the Coast’s finest homes. “There’s not many permanent rentals in Queensland for more than $3000,” he said.“Amalfi is an absolute luxury build on the main river with no expense spared on fittings and furnishings. It has its own gym and wine cellar and is a secure private residence.” Harcourts Coastal’s Brent Martens with one of the most expensive permanent rentals in Qld. Picture Mike BatterhamONE of the Gold Coast’s most expensive rentals is back on the market at $3000 a week.The furnished riverfront Surfers Paradise property offers a Hollywood lifestyle with a pool, gym, sauna, media room and plenty of space to entertain. last_img read more

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NOS and NYK Sign CTV MoU for Japanese Market

first_imgNYK and NOG, the parent company of Northern Offshore Service AB (NOS), will start a joint study of a new CTV service to contribute to the success of offshore wind projects in Japan. Japan’s government has since identified eleven areas as potentially suitable for the development of offshore wind farms. As reported earlier, NYK has also signed an MoU with Van Oord to jointly own and operate offshore wind installation vessels under the Japanese flag. Sweden’s Northern Offshore Group AB (NOG) and Japanese shipping company NYK have agreed to a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a crew transfer vessel (CTV) business for offshore wind projects in Japan. The shipping major plans to find a partner for the cable-laying segment.center_img In April 2019, a new law intended to facilitate the development of offshore wind projects off Japan became effective, and demand within the offshore wind power generation market is expected to expand. Source: NYK NOS and NYK will discuss the optimized design, ownership, and operation of a CTV so that crews can have safe access to wind power generation facilities off Japan even when sea conditions are harsh, NYK said. In the future, the two companies will also discuss the possibility of collaborating in overseas businesses.last_img read more