Safety cited in decision to close Chimney Point historic site for season

first_imgCiting safety concerns caused by the reconstruction of the adjacent Champlain Bridge, Vermont state officials have announced the immediate closure of the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison.Commissioner of Economic, Housing and Community Development Tayt Brooks said the combination of construction activity and limited road access to the area led to the decision to close the site for the season. The Chimney Point site and the construction area share a single road, and are literally right next to each other, Brooks said. We had hoped to keep the site open, but in practical terms we can t place the public at risk by having them in such close proximity to a working construction area.The Champlain Bridge, which was built to span Lake Champlain and connect Vermont and New York in 1929, was closed due to safety concerns in October 2009 and was demolished using explosives on December 28, 2009.A new modified network tied arch bridge is being built in nearly the exact location, and a temporary ferry is carrying passengers across Lake Champlain while the bridge is being rebuilt.Brooks said the Division for Historic Preservation part of his department and officials from the Agency of Transportation had worked together to try to keep the site operating despite the noise, dust, odor, and delays that were inevitable as a result of the construction.But as the staging area for materials and equipment was selected and expanded adjacent to the site, the risk of an accident involving visitors had become too great. We tried, but VTrans officials recommended and I agreed that the site should be closed for this season, and possibly next, Brooks said. We will re-evaluate before next spring after we see where the construction stands.The site had 2,962 visitors last year on the 99 days it was open, Brooks said, or an average of about 29 per day. It has generated roughly $3,000 in admissions and $9,000 in gift shop revenues in the current fiscal year, which began on July 1, 2009.Before last week, the site had seen only 73 visitors in the 8 days it had been open, he said, adding that the Agency of Transportation will reimburse the Division for Historic Preservation for the lost revenue while the site is closed.The state will examine whether some special events scheduled at the site such as the Northeastern Atlatl Championship, part of the Festival of Nations in September can be re-located, Brooks said.For more information about the state historic sites, visit www.HistoricVermont.org/sites(link is external) or visit the sites on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Montpelier-VT/Vermont-State-Historic-Si…(link is external)Source: State of Vermont. 6.14.2010 -30-last_img read more

The data-driven organization questions everything

first_imgThe recently published article “Data-Driven Dialogues Will Define Success” detailed the need for managers to incorporate data and the use of digital information into critical discussions within their organizations.  Data-driven dialogues were proposed as a necessary “new normal” for our leaders, our workforce, and our interactions with members.However, today, new technologies, sometimes fueled by access to actionable data, are too often the primary focus of people’s efforts to address the change they see around them.  And that’s a problem. Because it’s not the technology that will drive us to successful change.  It is people.  People create change through imaginative thinking, active planning, and diligent implementation.  It’s not the forces around us that drive change; it’s us. You may be responding to your environment, but in the end, it’s your skill and initiative that lead to results.Thoughtful, knowledgeable people create change that sustains success.Strategic, proactive thought and action, done by people focused on evaluating change and opportunity, is the most effective way to drive organizational transformation. And the best people will make sure that the transformations are real, relevant and intentional. To do this, we must recognize that organizations are most successful when they are built to learn, built to change, built to grow into the shapes and content needed to succeed in our inevitable futures.  And those organizations pursuing positive change will ensure that all form of dialogue is driven by, and illuminated by data.  Not technology, but data; properly sourced and effectively analyzed, data is the foundation for reality-based discussion and action.Sound management delivers predictive, prescriptive data-driven solutions and transformative change.For managers to deliver predictive, prescriptive data-driven solutions and transformative change they must drive learning by challenging their peers and subordinates to ask the “right” questions — those questions that demand honest, relevant answers found through data analysis, data-driven dialogues, and efforts to reconcile outcomes with previous decisions and actions.Questions lead to learning, which leads to repeatable success.Asserting that there are “right questions” to ask and answer may signal hubris on behalf of the author of any such list. But, no matter where you land on this question of “right and wrong”, you will surely recognize that some of the best questions we ask ourselves focus on our assumptions regarding what we know, what we believe, and what we want to achieve.  With that measure in mind, consider the following:Are your assumptions valid?Is what you know about your customers based in fact?Do you understand your competitors’ motivations and behaviors?Will your organization’s culture tolerate the degree and speed of needed change?Do your teams have the skills and capabilities needed today, and tomorrow?Do you have the right systems in place? Are you using the right tools?Are you risking unnecessary regulatory scrutiny?Are your results the products of your plans and decisions?Others will ask questions and use data (regarding your customers, your market, and your company) to improve their business.  Will you do as much with your own information?Asking the right questions, and using data to help formulate the answers, will bring you to assess your situation realistically.  And with that, you can engage all levels of your organization in articulating a vision and strategy that inform actionable plans.  All of which will help you to choose the processes and tools needed to succeed.  Evaluating and choosing the system solutions and applications needed to succeed, becomes easier and more profitable when you know where you are going and what you want to do when you get there.Successful management means better-informed planning and greater control over a changing environment. My own experience has helped me to see that it is possible to cultivate the culture, develop the processes and apply the tools to deliver results that are the product of intentional decisions.  You must start by asking the right questions – they will come through your people, and their effective use of data. 50SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Greg Crandell Greg Crandell provides strategy, market planning, business development, and management consulting to financial technology firms and their clients – Credit Unions and Banks. For more years than he wishes to admit, … Web: queryconsultinggroup.com Detailslast_img read more

Ahead of Tokyo Olympics: Your Welfare Is My Priority – Dare tells athletes

first_img ”This is what we are doing. Gone are the days when athletes wait till competition venue to get training grants that ended up to be counterproductive.’. ‘I am impressed with what I have seen here and I can assure you that we will encourage the Athletics Federation of Nigeria to provide more competitions for you to keep them busy, evaluate your performances and ensure the needed growth is achieved. The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development will also provide the necessary support to the AFN to ensure a smooth and efficient administration of the sport. We will not interfere in the day-to-day running of the administration of the AFN. We will only collaborate and provide the necessary intervention especially when the team is going for international competitions where they will be representing Nigeria.’. The AFN All-Comers witnessed a huge turn out of athletes who expressed their appreciation to the federation for giving them a quality event to assess how far they have gone in their training as they prepare for two major events this year. Enoch Adegoke, Emmanuel Arowolo, Favour-Ofili,Ifeanyi Ojeli,Joy Udo-Ganriel,Oyeniyi Abejoye and a host of other national athletes who represented Nigeria at the African Games in Rabat,Morocco last year gave glimpses of what Nigerians should expect this year. Meanwhile, the AFN has debunked rumours that the few athletes who attended the illegal competition in Ozoro in Delta state will be sanctioned. Read Also:2020 Olympics: Sports Minister plans with Presidents of Federations on Nigeria’s successful outing ‘That is just a figment of the imagination of people who are bent on distracting us but we are focussed,’ said Olamide George, president of the AFN. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’10 Characters Who Would Make Astounding Disney Princesses5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top Sunday Dare, the Minister for Youth and Sports Development has said the welfare of athletes will not be negotiable as they prepare for both the African Athletics Championships in Algeria and the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. New Sports Minister Sunday Akin Dare Dare said this while addressing track and field athletes in Akure at the weekend at the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) All-Comers competition. Speaking through his Special Adviser on Media, John Joshua-Akanji, Dare said he will create a safe environment for the athletes to train and compete. ‘Government is determined there is the rapid development of sports in Nigeria as it is not only a unifying factor but also generates employment. This is why the welfare of athletes, especially their off-field environmental which has been taken for granted will be given priority attention,’ said Dare. The Sports Minister says prompt payment of allowances and training are key to success in sports and that athletes will no longer be owed allowances either in part or in full again. ‘I am sure you are all aware of the adopt a talent programme we have introduced. It is for all categories of athletes, whether foreign or home-based. I am sure one or two people here have benefitted from it. I can assure you we are expanding the net to capture more athletes,’Dare promised, adding that government all over the world partners with individuals and corporate bodies to develop sports.center_img Loading… last_img read more

Pearson calms transfer fears

first_img He was involved in a row with a fan during their 3-1 defeat to Liverpool earlier this month and refused to apologise. But the 51-year-old is eager to move on from the incident, whatever the outcome. He said: “I think it is important for me to be there and be represented. I look forward to that option. “It’s important to make sure there is a rounded view of what has or hasn’t happened. “I’ve said it. I won’t change that. “I’ve accepted the charge and want to be there for a personal hearing. That’s really where we’re at at the moment. “It’s got legs because of what happened but I’m not going to extend this discussion too much further. I’m going to a hearing tomorrow because I want to. “I’ve moved on from it but in the mean time I have to deal with the ongoing process.” Pearson is already hunting a goalkeeper after losing Kasper Schmeichel for at least six weeks with a broken foot but insisted he is not worried about the January window. He said: “Whether it does or does not affect my transfer plans is irrelevant. We always work to get the outcomes we think is best for us and I remain very much a part it. We’ll try and achieve the outcomes we’re looking for. “What happens internally at the club is important. There are certain questions that people have the right to know but I’m not the person to ask. “I fully understand my sphere of influence in terms of my authority.” The decision to axe Robinson came from the club’s Thai owners and Pearson was content with the call. “You cast your mind back to when Terry joined us and I did not make a scene when there was a change then,” he said. “My job is to manage the football team and I will always do it to the best of my ability. When decisions are made from above they are made for the reasons that they are made for. I’m not in a position to discuss that.” Pearson will have a personal hearing with the Football Association on Friday after accepting the charge of allegedly using “abusive and/or insulting words towards a spectator”. Nigel Pearson has eased fears over Leicester’s transfer plans – despite the sacking of director of football Terry Robinson. Press Association The Foxes acted this week after an 11 game winless run left them bottom of the Barclays Premier League. Robinson has been replaced by academy director Jon Rudkin ahead of Saturday’s vital trip to in-form West Ham. last_img read more

RAMELTON WOMAN LAUNCHES APPEAL TO HELP ORPHANAGE

first_imgA Ramelton woman is launching a unique appeal to help people less well-off than herself.Myrtle Doherty is launching her annual appeal for nappies, clothes, toiletries and medication for the Vesnova orphanage in Belarus.This collection is done on behalf of the Chernobyl Kilkenny Outreach Group who do fantastic work in the Belarus. There are more than 170 children in this orphanage and conditions are not ideal by any means but have improved considerably with the help of lots of volunteers and groups.Some of the goods gathered by Myrtle during last year’s collection.Last year the group sent 20,000 nappies and a large consignment of clothes, shoes, toiletries, toys, play equipment and vital medications from Donegal.If anyone would like to donate to this appeal, please call Myrtle on 0876825387 or 0749151671.  RAMELTON WOMAN LAUNCHES APPEAL TO HELP ORPHANAGE was last modified: March 11th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:aidcollectiondonegalMyrtle DohertyRameltonlast_img read more