Press release: UK-LATAC trade in the spotlight: Exports Minister visits Brazil and Argentina

first_imgMinister of State for Trade and Export Promotion, Baroness Fairhead, travelled to Brazil and Argentina last week (8-10 April) to meet with key Brazilian and Argentinian businesses and government ministers to discuss the UK’s commitment to trade and investment in both countries and the wider Latin American and Caribbean (LATAC) region.Baroness Fairhead met with businesses across a range of sectors including finance, life sciences and energy to reflect on both the challenges and opportunities available between the countries.Trade with Brazil, the world’s 9th largest economy, increased by 4.7% in 2018, reaching £5.8bn, while UK exports to Argentina rose by 4.1% to £807m. With trade with the two countries at healthy levels, there are significant opportunities for UK businesses to establish and build on strong trading ties far beyond Europe.Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion Baroness Fairhead said: Visit to ArgentinaIn Argentina, the Minister met with businesses and government officials to discuss ways in which the two countries can improve market access for business. While in Argentina the Minister highlighted the UK’s capability in a number of sectors including infrastructure, mining, agriculture, energy and financial services.The Minister also co-chaired the fourth meeting of the UK-Argentina Commercial Dialogue. Established in Spring 2017, it is the main forum for bilateral trade discussions between the two nations, and the latest talks focused on addressing market access issues faced by companies trading between the UK and Argentina. The meeting was hosted by Mariano Mayer, Secretary for SMEs and Entrepreneurship, on behalf of the Ministry of Production and Labour.Following the meeting, a new Better Regulation forum was agreed between the UK and Argentine governments, promoting direct regulator-to-regulator exchanges to share best practice and promote regulatory reform. These efforts will assist UK firms to enter the Argentine market, and support the Government of Argentina in its mission to modernise and streamline the Argentine regulatory environment, as well as improve Argentina’s standing as a destination for international business.Visit to BrazilMinister Fairhead visited Sao Paolo between 9-10 April, to attend an International Green Bond Market event. The Minister gave opening remarks at the event, highlighting the City of London as the global capital for Green Finance and reaffirm the UK government’s commitment to working with Brazil to improve trade and investment flows.The event was followed by a visit to Life Sciences company Aché’s manufacturing plant in Guarulhos to learn more about the Brazilian Life Sciences sector and potential opportunities for further collaboration with the UK.LATAC engagementBaroness Fairhead’s visit follows on the back of a week-long LATAC Roadshow across the UK that was promoted by DIT, which aimed to drive more UK businesses to export opportunities in the region. The roadshow engaged with more than 600 companies, visiting five cities in five days.The visit also follows the launch last week of DIT’s a dedicated Latin American Investors Club, created to help support Latin American and Caribbean companies invested in the UK. Roughly 100 investors attended the event.Latin America and the Caribbean combined is equivalent to the world’s third largest economy after China and the USA, offering vast potential for UK businesses across sectors such as food and drink, oil and gas, infrastructure and financial services. Home to over 650 million people, LATAC includes 48 countries and territories with a growing middle-class population, resulting in greater demand for high-quality products and services. This visit is a great opportunity to meet with businesses and members of government in both Brazil and Argentina to discuss how we can work together to improve our trading relationship and support more UK firms secure success in the region. Brazil and Argentina are significant markets in their own rights, and while British businesses are seeing increased demand from these vibrant economies, there is still more to do to ensure our leading sectors capitalise on the many opportunities and the growing demand for British brands across both countries. The Department for International Trade is committed to supporting British businesses of all sizes export more and break into new markets, as outlined in the government’s Export Strategy.last_img read more

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St. Vincent Performed Her First Show Of 2016 Dressed As A Toilet

first_imgWatch St. Vincent perform “Bring Me Your Loves” dressed as a toilet below, courtesy of YouTube user Tyler McCall. St. Vincent is our hero. The indie art-rocker always impresses audiences with her excellent guitar playing, synchronized dance moves, and her interesting stage outfits. As reported by Consequence of Sound, the unique artist performed at New York club (Le) Poisson Rouge last night, and the artist also known as Annie Clark took the stage in a toilet costume. Yes, that’s right, a toilet costume.Clark rocked the stage with her band last night as part of a benefit concert, which raised money to help her drummer Matt Johnson‘s son Jasper after he suffered a seizure earlier this year. Other performers at the benefit included Father John Misty and Rufus Wainright. Clark played “Bring Me Your Loves” and “Marry Me”, and played a brand new track that she dedicated to her girlfriend Cara Delevingne.Watch St. Vincent’s new song below.last_img read more

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Umphrey’s McGee Delivered Two Excellent Sets Of Music At The Wilma Theatre

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee kept their West Coast tour going last night, turning in a masterful two-set performance during their first night at The Wilma Theatre in Missoula, MT. If the band has shown anything so far on the first few dates of this round of tour dates, it’s that they are a band that’s completely on fire.After an opening set from Polecat, Umphrey’s wasted no time in heating things up, starting off with their “You Got the Wrong Guy” intro, building it to a wild peak before landing perfectly on the funky standout track “Speak Up”.After the powerful one-two punch to open the set, the band started up their progressive, multi-sectional powerhouse “Mantis,” which eventually went unfinished as the band transitioned into a fiery “Room to Breathe.” Fun takes on “The Bottom Half” and “Make It Right” followed, before “Yoga Pants” wound its way into the final section of “Mantis” to complete the first set.Set two kicked off with an Umphrey’s staple, “1348.” When the band opens a set with “1348,” it’s likely that the song will bookend the set, and that’s just what happened on this occasion, as the band would make their second set into one big “1348” sandwich. The band moved from “1348” into the dance-happy “Day Nurse”, which got the crowd moving in a big way. Umphrey’s then launched into an epic segment of non-stop music, starting with a cover of “I Am the Walrus” by The Beatles before segueing into “Tribute to the Spinal Shaft,” then “Much Obliged,” then, finally, a triumphant version of “Hajimemishite”.Umphrey’s then started up a huge version of “Intentions Clear”, which eventually landed on the aforementioned set-closing final half of “1348.” The band took their encore break, allowing the crowd a moment to catch their breath, before returning to the stage with one of their most classic tunes, “40’s Theme,” which was certainly a high-energy way to close out the show.Check out full audio from the show, courtesy of taper Mark Smith.See below for a full setlist from last night’s show. Umphrey’s McGee returns to Missoula tonight for round two at The Wilma Theatre.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | The Wilma Theatre | Missoula, MT | 3/3/2017Set 1: You Got the Wrong Guy > Speak Up, Mantis > Room to Breathe, The Bottom Half, Make It Right, Yoga Pants > MantisSet 2: 1348 > Day Nurse, I Am the Walrus > Tribute to the Spinal Shaft > Much Obliged > Hajimemashite, Intentions Clear > 1348Encore: 40’s Theme[Setlist courtesy of allthings.umphreys.com]last_img read more

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Here’s Everything We Learned From Dead & Company Bassist Oteil Burbridge’s Reddit AMA

first_imgThis past week, bassist Oteil Burbridge gave fans a chance to get inside his head with an official Reddit AMA. Coming off an incredible month on the road with Dead & Company, fans were eager to hear about his experiences, his views, his vocals, and more. Check out a collection of hot takes and interesting anecdotes shared during Oteil’s AMA:Reddit: What was your first “holy shit” moment during this past D&C tour?Oteil: “I’ve had a number of ‘holy shit’ moments, starting from the first day of the first rehearsal and looking across the room and seeing Bill, John, Bob, Mickey and Jeff. My next ‘holy shit’ moment was right after the show in Albany when we realized that the fans like what we were doing and weren’t going to crucify me and John! My third ‘holy shit’ moment was playing my very first stadium show, which I believe was Folsom Field. My fourth ‘holy shit’ moment was the first night I sang China Doll and my fifth was the first night singing Comes a Time. Pretty much every moment since then has been a ‘holy shit’ moment.”On the differences between playing with the Allman Brothers Band and playing with Dead & Company:“One of the major and most obvious differences between the two is that the Grateful Dead will play quiet for a lot longer. Also the Grateful Dead has a lot more diversity in song forms. They tend to be longer in some cases and when you take a solo you have to play through the entire form which is more difficult than playing a simple 2 or 3 chord jam. While the Grateful Dead certainly have plenty of 2 and 3 chord jam solo sections, you get these tunes like Crazy Fingers, Lost Sailor/Saint of Circumstance, etc. where you are going to be playing through a lot more chord changes. It’s one of the things that I love about the Garcia ballads… changes like Stella Blue, China Doll… That being said, the ABB came from a really hard-driving, hard-grooving blues and R&B background that was filled with deep voodoo. We also had the country and bluegrass side that tapped into American folk roots. We also got into some really deep grooves and also explored the jazzier side of open-ended jams. That’s where I think the ABB and the Grateful Dead meet is in the longer jam explorations.”On his “dinosaur stomp” dancing onstage: “I’m sure you can find video of me doing the “dinosaur stomp” with the ABB [too]! Derek [Trucks] and [Warren] Haynes are obviously not known for dancing or moving around a lot. I’m one of those people that is a mover. I am a drummer first and the point of drums is to make people want to dance. They are inseparable to me. If a groove is really good and strong, I’m going to be moving to it and [John] Mayer is the same way. I would also add that John and my chemistry has really grown this last tour. It’s just something that takes time.” What songs do you want to sing for Dead & Co in the future?“‘To Lay Me Down,’ ‘If I Had The World to Give,’ ‘Sing Me Back Home,’ ‘Mountains of the Moon’ and a few others. I’m working on those now.”Have you discussed singing any of Brent’s songs? I think your voice would be perfect for a few of them.“Bill Walton requested this same thing of me and I told him that I would do my best. Sad to say, it will be damn near impossible for me to do it as Brent sings unbelievably high a lot of the time. And he does this in his natural voice, it’s not falsetto. Precious few humans have this ability. I really wish that I could and I will make an attempt but if I can’t do it justice at home I’m not going to butcher it on stage.”On trying to “sound like the original”:“You cannot please everyone. I’m first in the line of believing that Phil Lesh is the true sound of the Grateful Dead. Honestly, I miss it myself sometimes. But I cannot be anything other than what I am. Indeed I have encountered some criticism but I also am aware that the vast majority of the fans like what I am doing as different as it is from the original. I try to think more about my energy and putting out positivity than anything else.”On his favorite Dead and Allman songs to play:“My favorite ABB songs to play are ‘Cross to Bear,’ ‘Dreams,’ ‘Please Call Home,’ ‘Blue Sky’… there are so many. As far as Dead songs go, since the beginning and still to this day, Grateful Dead ballads are among my top favorites. Both Jerry’s and Bob’s. Obviously I love ‘Stella Blue,’ ‘China Doll,’ ‘Comes a Time,’ ‘Standing on the Moon’… I could go on and on. And also Bob’s ‘Black Throated Wind,’ ‘Looks Like Rain,’ ‘Lost Sailor,’ etc.”On his favorite place to play:“Red Rocks when the weather is perfect! But honestly, my favorite place to play – where I’ve never had a bad gig – is a small place called the Fox Theater in Boulder.”center_img Do you think of Butch Trucks when you sing China Doll?“Yeah, I absolutely do. You can probably see me crying on videos of me singing ‘China Doll’ sometimes. And there’s other people I think about too, including Jerry. I’ve experienced quite a lot of loss this year that makes me think about deaths, recent and past.”You always seem so happy and positive in stage. How do you stay upbeat after long stretches of touring and performing?“People ask me this question a lot and I always answer ‘I have such a good time because I meant to before I got there.’ What we do should be, in my opinion, a celebration. If we’re all lucky enough to be there together on that same day in reasonable health we should celebrate. You guys actually paid money. It seems to me you should at least see me being happy to be there! It’s such great music in such great venues and there’s so much joy and anticipation that you can practically taste it. I start smiling well before I get on stage. How sweet it is!”On how he came to take on more singing duties this summer:“It happened organically, really. I wanted to sing ‘China Doll’ since the first rehearsal when it came up and neither Bob nor John wanted to sing it. It just wasn’t time yet. This was before we even figured out what kind of chemistry we had musically. It started with Bob asking me to sing ‘Box of Rain’ actually. And while I like ‘Box of Rain,’ I figured if I finally got asked to sing an entire song and not just a verse of GDTRFB, that I’d rather sing a song that totally blew me away emotionally and so I suggested ‘China Doll’ (again). And that time it took! Some things can’t be rushed. People that know me well have often heard me say “plants bloom when they bloom and not one second before” so I never fight against the timing.On advice he’d give to young bassists:“Col. Bruce told me 99% of success is just showing up. What he meant by that was if you persevere for 5 years and then quit but your ship came in 5 years and 2 months later, then you missed your opportunity. The other crucial piece of advice is to always give people something that they can’t get anywhere else and that one thing is you. Nobody else is like you. If you find a way to let your true self come through your instrument, you will automatically be giving people something that they cannot get anywhere else. And finally, hold on to your joy by any means necessary!”On upcoming projects:My new record will be coming out this fall and I’ll be touring with my solo project, Oteil & Friends, in November with Melvin Seals, Eric Krasno, John Kadlecik, Jay Lane, Weedie Braimah and Alfreda Gerald.On starting with drums:“Drums was my first instrument, I started at 5 years old. When we were kids we all played piano and violin. Later I picked up bass clarinet, vibes, guitar, and more recently I fell deeply in love with the 5-string banjo.”On his reactions to Long Strange Trip:“I watched it while I was on the road with Dead & Co. right before Jess and Nigel came out. I went straight through one morning and watched all four hours. It’s so mind blowing to see pictures of Bill, who I met in 2008, from 1965. I was one-year-old then. For every single year documented in Long Strange Trip, I have a personal reference for in my life. That was a mind blower. When I look across the stage and I see these gentlemen, it’s really humbling to think of just how long they’ve been playing in this one band. No matter whether you like the Grateful Dead or not, you have to respect them. Long Strange Trip really showed me how the Grateful Dead has changed American culture. If America is the strongest country in the world, then what does that say about the Grateful Dead? They’ve always stood for peace and love and they’ve always tried to spread that even through their own trials and tribulations. And judging from the feeling of love and joy that I feel from the crowd, their mission has been a complete success. They’ve paid heavy prices for it at times, the heaviest – even the ultimate price. And they’re still here with the exact same mission.”On jamming:“If I’m lucky, I have plenty of time in advance of rehearsals to work on the songs. I usually listen to as many versions in different decades of the same song as I can. You can actually do this with groups like the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers Band. I need to hear how the song has morphed over the years. I also like to listen to the songs around the house when I’m not playing bass to get it in my head more. I prefer not to read charts on the gig, that’s why I walk around the house listening to it. Fortunately my wife doesn’t mind cause she’s a huge deadhead! Every jam is semi-rehearsed, but the point of any jam is to acknowledge the threat that the jam might go off in its own direction at any time. We’re fanning the flames of that happening in a sense every time we start off on a jam.”On Col. Bruct Hampton:“When I first met the Col., he guessed my birthday within 3 minutes of when I was born. I actually know my time of birth because my mom was really into astrology. When I asked him “how did you get it within 3 minutes?” he said, ‘your nose was screaming it.’ Like Bill said about Jerry, I knew from that moment on that I was going to follow him wherever he went.”“Initially, Col. Bruce led the band much as his name would indicate. Even though the band was rooted in an improvisational and even free form philosophy, he was very hard on us in the beginning. He would poke me with drum sticks and called me and Jeff Sipe and Jimmy Herring “20 percenters” because he said we were only giving 20% of what we actually had. We didn’t really understand his philosophy at that time and so I guess he was just trying to beat it into us! But when I started to see what he was talking about it completely changed my life and I realized that he was right… that I was giving him my preconception of what I was and he wanted me to tear down the walls of that preconception and let out what I really was. He was the one that made me start singing. He said the voice was the first and most powerful instrument. After singing lead at Wrigley Field to a sold out house, he proved to be right once again. Thank you Col., for everything.”On his favorite moments bringing his family on tour this sumer:“After my brother Kofi had emergency heart surgery, the first day that I was back on the road and everything had settled down, we were doing soundcheck and we were playing ‘Women are Smarter’ and I could see Jess and Nigel up on the lawn dancing and she was swinging him around in circles and I realized at that moment that everything was ok. Kofi was going to be ok… it was a perfect beautiful day… I was soundchecking on stage with Dead & Company and watching my beautiful wife and child have a hallmark moment out on the lawn. I wish I had a picture of it.”Do you ever jam with Mike Gordon? Are you going to see any Phish shows this summer?“Mike has been a friend of mine for a long time, since the old ARU days as is Page [McConnell], Jon Fishman and Trey Anastasio. In fact, Mike [Gordon] is the one that introduced me to Bill Kreutzmann in 2008 and he is the 2nd person we know to wear the “Let Oteil Sing” shirt! We have jammed together in the past and I certainly hope we will again in the future. I would love to see some Phish shows this summer, but my 2.5 year old has curtailed a lot of my concert-going these days. I’m in kid-raising mode right now and hopefully when I do get to see Phish shows again, Nigel will be coming along with me! Lord knows his mama loves her some Phish!”[Cover photo: Dave Vann]last_img read more

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Tracking genetic traits over time

first_imgFossils may providetantalizing clues to human history, but they also lack some vital information,such as revealing which pieces of human DNA have been favored by evolutionbecause they confer beneficial traits — resistance to infection or the abilityto digest milk, for example. These signs can only be revealed through geneticstudies of modern humans and other related species, though the task has provendifficult. Now, in a paper appearing in today’s edition of Science Express, Harvard and Broad Institute researchersdescribe a method for pinpointing these preferred regions within the humangenome that offers greater precision and resolution than ever before, and thepossibility of deeply understanding both our genetic past and present. “It’s clear that positive natural selection has been a critical force inshaping the human genome, but there are remarkably few examples that have beenclearly identified,” said senior author Pardis Sabeti, an associate memberof the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT and an assistant professor of in Harvard’s department of organismic and evolutionary biology. “The methodwe’ve developed makes it possible to zero in on individual genes as well as thespecific changes within them that are driving important evolutionarychanges.”Positive natural selection is a process in which advantageous traits becomemore common in a population. That is because these traits boost an individual’schances of survival and reproduction, so they are readily passed on to futuregenerations. Identifying such traits — and the genes underlying them — is acornerstone of current efforts to dissect the biological history of the humanspecies as well as the diseases that threaten human health today. “In the human genome, positive natural selection leaves behind verydistinctive signals,” said co-first author Sharon Grossman, a researchassistant at Harvard’s FAS Center for Systems Biology and at the Broad Institute. Yet earlier methodsfor detecting these signals are limited, highlighting relatively large chunksof the genome that are hundreds of thousands to millions of genetic letters or“bases” in length, and that can contain many genes. Of the hundreds of these large genomic regions thought to be under positivenatural selection in humans, only a handful have so far been winnowed to aprecise genetic change.  “Finding the specific genetic changes that are under selection can be likelooking for a needle in a haystack,” said Grossman. Sabeti, Grossman, and their colleagues wondered if there might be a way toenhance this genomic search. Because existing methods for detecting naturalselection individually measure distinct genomic features, the researcherspredicted that an approach that combines them could yield even better results. After some initial simulations to test their new method, the research teamapplied it to more than 180 regions of the human genome that are thought to beunder recent positive selection, yet, in most cases, the specific gene orgenetic variant under selection is unknown. The researchers’ method, called “Composite of Multiple Signals” orCMS, enabled them to dramatically narrow the size of the candidate regions,reducing them from an average of eight genes per region to one. Moreover thenumber of candidate genetic changes was reduced from thousands to just a handful,helping the researchers to tease out the needles from the haystack. “The list of genes and genetic loci we identified includes many intriguingcandidates to follow up,” said co-first author Ilya Shlyakhter, acomputational biologist in Harvard’s department of organismic and evolutionary biology and at the Broad Institute.“For example, a number of genes identified are involved in metabolism,skin pigmentation, and the immune system.” In some cases, the researchers were able to identify a specific genetic changethat is the likely focal point of natural selection. For example, a variationin a gene called protocadherin 15, which functions in sensory perception,including hearing and vision, appears to be under selection in some East Asianpopulations. Several other genes involved in sensory perception also appear tobe under selection in Asia. In addition, the team uncovered strong evidence ofselection in East Asians at a specific point within the leptin receptor gene,which is linked to blood pressure, body mass index, and other important metabolicfunctions. The researchers also localized signals to regions outside of genes, suggestingthat they function not by altering gene structure per se, but by changing how certain genes are turned on and off. While the findings in the Science paper offer a deep glimpse of evolution’shandiwork, the researchers emphasize that further studies of individual geneticvariations, involving experiments that explore how certain genetic changesinfluence biological function, are necessary to fully dissect the role ofnatural selection and its impact on human biology. “This method allows us to trace evolution’s footprints with a much finerlevel of granularity than before, but it’s one piece of a much largerpuzzle,” said Sabeti. “As more data on human genetic variationbecomes available in the coming years, an even more detailed evolutionarypicture should emerge.”last_img read more

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President Faust issues statement supporting federal funding of stem cell research

first_imgA temporary restraining order last month that blocked federalfunding for certain kinds of stem cell research was viewed by many as ablow to cutting-edge science that already is yielding clues to cures for a number of fatal illnesses and chronic diseases. Harvard has been inthe vanguard of such research, and the University, as a member of the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research, supported an amicusbrief filed last Friday (Sept. 3), urging the court to lift therestraining order imposed in Sherley v. Sebelius. The day before thatbrief was filed, Harvard President Drew Faust visited one of theUniversity’s stem cell labs, and today (Sept. 7) she issued thefollowing:In a recent visit to the laboratory of Doug Melton, co-director ofthe Harvard Stem Cell Institute, I was reminded of the remarkableingenuity and commitment by this extraordinary team of scientists, andtheir dedication to improving lives. Stem cell research has emerged asone of the most important new areas of human biology. Although theeffort is still young, it promises to help us treat and someday evenfind cures for diseases such as diabetes, ALS, Parkinson’s, andleukemia.This vital work is now in jeopardy because of a recent courtinjunction halting the use of federal funds to pursue embryonic stemcell research. We hope that the temporary injunction will soon be lifted and that Congress will take the steps necessary to ensure that stemcell scientists can carry on their work vigorously and responsibly, inthe interests of the millions of people who may someday enjoy itsbenefits.Harvard strongly supports its stem cell researchers, and we aredeeply grateful for the generosity of the many private donors who willremain critical to sustaining our efforts. But without the flow ofessential federal funds, the promise of stem cell science is at risk ofbecoming a dream deferred — and, for some, a dream undone.last_img read more

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Vermont Chamber of Commerce announces Business and Industry EXPO schedule

first_imgJoin the Vermont Chamber of Commerce in celebrating the 27th Vermont Business and Industry EXPO. The May 25 & 26 trade show, held at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington, features a wide variety of seminars, special events, and award ceremonies. Check the schedule of events below. Register and learn more by going to www.vtexpo.com(link is external) or call Antonia at 802-223-0603.Wednesday, May 258 ‘ 9:45 am ‘ Senator Leahy Business Breakfast: The annual U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy’s Business Breakfast hosts U.S. Department of Treasury Deputy Assistant Secretary Don Graves. Learn about the Treasury Department’s efforts to expand capital to small businesses and have an interactive discussion with one of President Obama’s leading economic policy advisors. Diamond Ballroom, $35 SPONSORED BY VELCO10 am ‘ 5 pm ‘ The Vermont Chamber Business & Industry EXPO : Visit northern New England’s largest business-to-business trade show featuring 200 exhibitors. Stop by the Technology Pavilion on the second floor. Lake Champlain Exhibit Hall (Level 1)Emerald Ballroom & Promenade (Level 2)10 ‘ 10:30 am ‘ Presentation of the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award: Governor Peter Shumlin will present the award. Sheraton Conference Center Foyer, Free PRESENTED BY VERMONT BUSINESS MAGAZINE AND THE VERMONT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.12 noon ‘ 2 pm ‘ Let’s Do Lunch! Invite your current and potential customers to an informal networking luncheon. No presentations at this event, simply a time to network and relax. Diamond Ballroom, $10 advance/$20 door SPONSORED BY EWA GOVERNMENT SYSTEMS, INC2 ‘ 3:30 pm ‘ 7 Experts ‘ 7 Tips ‘ 7 Minutes Adding Value to your Brand and Business: Whether you are a small or large business, working ON your business rather than IN your business will help you begin to build value in your brand. A panel of experts will share tips that any company can implement to add value to their brand and business using social media, new marketing ideas and other brand building techniques. Amphitheatre, $25 MODERATED BY VERMONT FAMILY BUSINESS INITIATIVE5 ‘ 7 pm ‘ EXPO Networking Reception: An EXPO exclusive event that is FREE to all EXPO exhibitors and attendees. Come mingle and relax with your colleagues. G’s Restaurant, Free SPONSORED BY WAITSFIELD AND CHAMPLAIN VALLEY TELECOMThursday, May 269 am ‘ 4 pm ‘ The Vermont Chamber Business & Industry EXPO: Visit northern New England’s largest business-to-business trade show featuring 200 exhibitors. Stop by the Technology Pavilion on the second floor. Lake Champlain Exhibit Hall (Level 1)Emerald Ballroom & Promenade (Level 2)9 ‘ 11:30 am ‘ Building Blocks Seminar Series: Attend one or stay for all four! These short seminars will give you news you can use and get you on your way in 30 minutes. Amphitheatre, $10 per seminar SPONSORED BY TD BANKPower Marketing: Ann-Marie Small, Safeguard Business Systems, will show you how to put your customer at the epicenter of your marketing strategy to boost sales.Search and Social Marketing: Bibi Mukherjee, Curve Trends Marketing, will address why a successful online marketing strategy mean creating a dynamic cycle of social and search interaction.21st Century Competition: Ken Cowman, Green Mountain ERP, will pinpoint three primary tools your company can implement to grow your customer base.Effective Ethics and Compliance:Dr. Michael Palmer, Ethics By Design, will explain how an effective ethics program builds trust, prevents fraud and contributes to the success of every company.12 noon ‘ 2 pm ‘Business Luncheon: Transforming Customer Engagement: Race to this lunch featuring Steve Phelps, Vice President of Marketing at NASCAR. Phelps will share lessons learned at NASCAR, which are applicable to any size company. He will focus on three key components to transform customer engagement to build relationships and drive your business. Diamond Ballroom, $40 SPONSORED BY COMCAST BUSINESS CLASS2’ 3:30 pm ‘ Power Pitches: Business Plans Meet the Experts: Six students have three minutes each to prove why their business plan is a viable investment and how their idea excels above the rest. A panel of experts will offer advice and determine if the plan should go back to the drawing board or is bound for success. Amphitheatre, FreeThe Vermont Chamber of CommerceThe Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the largest statewide, private, not-for-profit business organization, represents nearly every sector of the state’s corporate/hospitality community. Our mission is to create an economic climate conducive to business growth and the preservation of the Vermont quality of life.Source: Vermont Chamber of Commercelast_img read more

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Cortland County Sheriff: Arrest made in sexual abuse case

first_imgThe Cortland County Sheriff’s Office says 55-year-old David C. White was arrested for having “inappropriate contact” with a juvenile between 2010 and 2013. They say White was arraigned in the town of Homer and City of Cortland. He was then remanded to the Cortland County Jail on no bail and is scheduled to reappear in court on Jan. 7 The sheriff’s office says White has been charged with six counts of sex abuse in the 1st degree, a class D felony and six counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor.center_img (WBNG) — Authorities say an arrest has been made in an investigation into a sex abuse incident in Cortland County on Dec. 31.last_img

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Khloe Kardashian, Tristan Thomson Dress as Cleopatra, Mark Antony: Pics

first_imgQueen and king of Halloween! Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson channeled their inner royals as Cleopatra and Mark Antony.“👑❤️Halloween 2020 ❤️👑 Mommy and Tutu make me look good in these pics 😁,” Thompson, 29, wrote via Instagram on Monday, November 2.- Advertisement – The family’s Halloween celebration came days after the Revenge Body host and the athlete took their little one to the Nights of Jack Halloween experience on Tuesday, October 27.Earlier in the month, the couple jetted off to a private island as part of Kim Kardashian’s 40th birthday party crew. They were also spotted getting flirty at Kim’s surprise birthday bash, which was featured on the October 21 episode of KUWTK.Us exclusively confirmed in August that the Strong Looks Better Naked author and Thompson rekindled their romance after breaking up in February 2019 following Thompson’s cheating scandal.Since getting back together, the pair have spent a lot of time together and with their daughter.“They have been acting like a married couple and are so comfortable with each other,” a source exclusively told Us in September. “Tristan has been being a great dad. Things are really coming around and Khloé is hopeful about their future.”Last month, a second source told Us that “Tristan and Khloé are doing really good,” adding that “Tristan has been really good to her recently.”Scroll down to see the trio’s golden Halloween costumes. The Cleveland Cavaliers player shared a series of photos of himself dressed as the Roman general alongside his girlfriend, 36, and their 2-year-old-daughter, True.The Good American cofounder embodied Mark Antony’s lover, Egyptian ruler Cleopatra, while True matched her parents as a royal toddler.“♔ Cleopatra ♔♔ Mark Antony ♔♔ Royal Highness True ♔,” Kardashian captioned her own group of photos from the holiday, noting all of their gilded outfits were custom-made by Bryan Hearns.- Advertisement – The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star’s ensemble included a gold bra top, high-waisted skirt, gold cape, heels and gem-filled headdress. She topped off her look with the ruler’s iconic black hairstyle.The NBA player’s costume matched Kardashian’s and had a chest plate, metal skirt, crown and warrior helmet.True posed alongside her parents in a gold dress that featured angel-wing sleeves.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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