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Roger Allbee appointed to Union Institute Board of Trustees

first_imgUnion Institute & University (UI&U), a private, non-profit university based in Montpelier, has announced the appointment of Roger Allbee to its Board of Trustees. Allbee is a leader in the advancement of agriculture in the United States and former secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets. ‘Roger Allbee’s knowledge, experience, expertise, and lifelong commitment to Vermont will help Union make a lasting, positive impact on higher education initiatives in Vermont and beyond,’ said Roger H. Sublett, president of Union Institute & University. ‘We are honored that he has chosen to serve on Union’s Board of Trustees.’ Allbee was appointed secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets in January 2007 by former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas. As secretary, Allbee administered one of the most diverse and publically watched agencies in Vermont, overseeing all facets of the state’s agriculture including animal health and welfare, agricultural development, water quality and nutrient management, international trade and trade policy, and food safety.  Before serving as secretary, Allbee was the executive director for the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Services Agency for the State of Vermont. In this role, he was responsible for the execution of farm loan and farm program delivery to Vermont farmers and managed several offices throughout the state of Vermont. During his tenure as executive director, the Vermont FSA loan team received an USDA FSA Administrator’s Award. In addition to Allbee’s roles with the state of Vermont and the USDA, he also served as a senior international business consultant on agricultural trade policy and as a professional staff member of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture. He has also served as vice president of the former Farm Credit Banks of Springfield, Mass., and as an extension specialist at Cornell University.Allbee’s earned his B.S. in agricultural economics from the University of Vermont, and a master’s in agricultural economics from the University of Massachusetts. He has completed the Cornell University Agricultural Executives Program, and the Harvard Business School Agribusiness seminars. He served in Special Weapons of the U.S. Army with a rank of captain, and has received numerous awards including the Honor Award from the Soil and Water Conservation Society of America.Union Institute & University is a private, accredited university that has, since 1964, redefined higher education by placing learners at the center of their own education. Union serves more than 2000, self-motivated, socially conscious adults in rigorous faculty- mentored programs without interrupting professional, family, and community commitments. UI&U offers individualized programs of study leading to the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. In addition to its distance learning programs, academic centers are located in Cincinnati (OH), Los Angeles and Sacramento (CA), Miami (FL), and in Montpelier and Brattleboro (VT).www.myunion.edu(link is external) / Union Institute & University/ 62 Ridge St., Suite 2/ Montpelierlast_img read more

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Kevin Durant backs up his words with a monster performance for Warriors in Game 3

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Pass up shots? Kevin Durant?“That’s not true,” he shot back to a reporter who described him as “pass-first” in a question. “I don’t pass up shots. I just play within the offense.”Maybe Durant, 30, was just itchy on the trigger finger after three days of being questioned about taking just eight shots in Game 2 against the Clippers. This much was true Thursday night: He wasn’t afraid to fire away.It was very much a statement game for the 10-time All-Star, who dialed up 38 points on 23 shots in the Golden State Warriors’ 132-105 victory over the Clippers in Game 3 of their best-of-seven first-round series. After reminding the world the day before that, “I’m Kevin Durant: Y’all know me,” teammates and opponents alike expected something special. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters “He came out super aggressive,” forward Draymond Green said. “In kill mode.”That manifested with a 6-for-6 start from the field, with Durant scoring 14 points before he missed for the first time in the second quarter. Patrick Beverley, who hounded him like a pit bull nipping at his heels for the first two games, was largely rendered ineffective, playing just 18 minutes with foul trouble.The Clippers’ 31-point comeback in Game 2 and Durant’s relatively meek performance in it inspired a popular talking point between games: Who can really stop the former MVP when he sets his mind to it?The answer from Game 3: No one on the Clippers. Lou Williams expected Durant to be more aggressive after his post-practice comments Wednesday, but he was discouraged to see his team not respond in kind. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum center_img “He’s a top three player in this league: He made those statements with confidence,” he said.“Only thing I’m disappointed about is he announced himself before he got here. And we didn’t prepare ourselves.”Durant’s ruthless mid-range efficiency was on display early: He hit three shots in the first minute of the game. Early foul calls went against him, but Coach Steve Kerr leaned on him anyway, trusting him to stay poised even as Beverley resumed his tactics in what Durant has called a “gimmick” defense meant to goad him into getting out of his normal flow.Related Articles Durant described the early sequences as Kerr calling more plays for him out of the gate, and Steph Curry (21 points) said the Warriors had “cleaned up” some things in practice to make it more clear where Durant had to get to on the floor to be successful. But the biggest difference, Kerr said, was Durant’s mental approach. Multiple times, Durant brought the ball up the floor, which infused an energy in the team that Kerr called “infectious.”“He had a different mindset tonight than he did the other night,” Kerr said. “Set a tone right away. Our guys loved it.”There was just one notable slip-up that was somewhat controversial: As Durant and JaMychal Green were jawing up the floor during a third-quarter play, both were called for technical fouls and both protested immediately. That has a strong implication for further down the line in the playoffs: Durant has three technicals already three games into the postseason, and with just four more, he’ll receive a one-game suspension.“Hopefully they rescind that one,” he said. “Because I don’t want somebody to think somebody is in my head, and that’s why I got that tech.”For Thursday night at least, as Durant laid waste to the Clippers, no one was thinking that. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates last_img read more

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BC reaches carbon neutrality for sixth straight year

first_img– Advertisement – FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC has now reached carbon neutrality for the sixth straight year. This is helping to lower greenhouse gas emissions while also generating jobs.The Province was the first and continues to be the only carbon neutral jurisdiction on the continent, according to a press release released today.“In 2015, British Columbia’s 127 public sector organizations generated approximately 44,000 tonnes fewer greenhouse gas emissions compared to the baseline year of 2010. This is equivalent of taking approximately 9,400 cars off the road.Since the start of B.C.’s carbon neutral commitment in 2008 to 2014, the provincial offset investment has contributed $372.5 million to the provincial GDP and supported almost 4,500 jobs in person years.”BC Environment Minister, Mary Polak, says BC will always be a leader when it comes to carbon neutrality.“As we mark another year of carbon neutrality across B.C.’s public sector, we celebrate a new era of climate leadership throughout our province, our nation and the world. Carbon neutrality supports the #BCTech strategy and is one of many ways we are encouraging emission reductions while, at the same time, creating jobs and economic growth. Our carbon neutral government program will continue to be an important element of our climate agenda through the Climate Leadership Plan.”Advertisementlast_img read more