Champlain College award goes to General Rainville and Vermont National Guard

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt.–At Champlain College’s Commencement Ceremony on May 7, the College presented its Distinguished Citizen Award to Major General Martha T. Rainville –the Adjutant General of the State of Vermont–and the members of the Vermont National Guard.The ceremony was presided over by the chair of the Champlains Board of Trustees, William G. Post, Jr., and President Dr. Roger H. Perry, who delivered the Commencement Address and will retire at the end of June. Post said the awardees have collectively demonstrated tremendous leadership skills and community service, both in and outside of the Guard.When Champlains trustees met to discuss this years recipients, these were some of the words that were shared: Dignity, service and caring, Post said.Champlain College Trustee Bill Cody recently retired from the Army National Guard and he said, The Vermont Guard has served our country and our state above and beyond the call of duty. And Marthas care and concern for the welfare of the soldiers, air men and women, and their families are unsurpassed.Post said General Rainville has handled an important and sensitive job with grace and dignity in a very difficult timea time when soldiers have been deployed for active duty in the Middle East and other parts of the world. The efforts of the Guard and the General have been noticed across the state and on the national level. U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy said, Adjutant General Martha Rainville has been a superb leader during an especially difficult time for members of the Vermont National Guard and their families. He has said the Guard embodies the spirit of service that has always been a hallmark of Vermonters.Members of the Guard stand ready to assist Vermonters in times of need, Post said. They also make their mark as distinguished citizens by being involved in many civilian and community organizations, and General Rainville exemplifies that trait. Rainville has been involved in St. Albans town government, the Northwestern Medical Center, the American Heart Association, District 6 Environmental Commission, Vermont Veterans Home, and in her church.General Rainville oversees 4,000 members of the Vermont Army and Air National Guard and she manages a budget of $115 million.last_img read more

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Another hike in UK’s Air Passenger Duty

first_img Sharing is caring! Share St. John’s Antigua- Britain’s controversial Air Passenger Duty is being increased again, leaving industry bodies in the UK furious over the decision by chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne.The tax is one that continues to be heavily criticised by Antigua & Barbuda and the rest of the Caribbean, because of its alleged discriminatory nature and its negative impact on tourist destinations in the region.While the annual increase was widely expected, the government in London has been heavily criticised following an announcement during the Autumn Statement earlier on Wednesday.The Caribbean is continuing to lobby against a tax that some industry officials insist is also hurting the UK economy.Dale Keller, chief executive, Board of Airline Representatives in the UK, said the pre-Budget levels of APD could not be justified.He also argued that the latest increase takes Britain dangerously beyond the tipping point where the impact can only be negative to the economy.According to Keller, the announcement comes as unsurprising from a government that is not listening to the wider industry, or international opinion, and is self-destructive to its own objectives of attracting foreign investment and tourism.Osborne confirmed earlier that the tax on all long-haul flights and in premium cabins including those to the Caribbean will rise by £2 (EC$9) per passenger from April 2013.The levy on short-haul economy flights will remain at £13 (EC$56).The government has also introduced a new tax rate for private jets, which were previously exempt from APD.Passengers on flights with fewer than 19 seats will have to pay £52 or EC$225 to £376 or a little over EC$1,600, depending on the length of flight, again from April 2013.Antigua Observer LifestyleTravel Another hike in UK’s Air Passenger Duty by: – December 6, 2012 Sharecenter_img 51 Views   one comment Tweet Sharelast_img read more

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I Sat Through That

first_imgIt is amazing what we will do when we are young.  Today I sit at home and look at people sitting in the snow, the sleet, or heavy rain for a football game and wonder how nuts they really are.  Then I think back to a day in late October in W. Lafayette when I watched Purdue and Iowa play in a driving rain storm when the temperature dropped from 50 at game time to 35 in the 4th quarter.  That made more sense now than the day I went to the “Ice Bowl” in Cincinnati for the playoff game between San Diego and the Bengals.  I must not have learned much in that span of 15 years.  Things were so cold that day that a lady in front in me pulled out her whiskey flask at half time and found ice instead of the liquor she was anticipating.  That wasn’t as bad as the poor guy in the restroom who was trying to go to the bathroom with 4 layers of clothes on.  Oh, by the way, I forgot to tell you he had a broken arm!  He fortunately found a true Samaritan who undid his clothes so he could get the job done.  I only had on long underwear, regular slacks, and a hunter’s overalls on top of that.  I kept warm by loading my body with Wendy’s chili before the game!last_img read more

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