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TD Bank employees to volunteer at the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf

first_imgTD Bank,Recently, the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank donated $35,000, equivalent to 87,500 pounds of food or 70,000 meals for families in need, to support the Vermont Food Bank. The Vermont Foodbank has a network of 280 partners around the state’food shelves, meal sites, shelters, senior centers and after-school programs’that reach as many as 86,000 Vermonters in need of food assistance.On Thursday, February 17, 2011, local TD Bank employees will volunteer at the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, the Foodbank’s largest network partner, to assist with warehouse inventory, stock shelves, help clients complete paperwork and pick out their groceries.WHAT: Volunteers are a crucial part of every program at the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. The dedicated hearts and hands of the community help Chittenden’s staff complete the countless tasks that go into feeding more than 12,000 people every year. TD Bank employees will assist with warehouse inventory, stocking shelves, helping clients complete paperwork and pick out their groceries in an effort to help fight hunger in Vermont.WHEN: Thursday, February 17, 20111:30 p.m. ‘ 2:30 p.m.WHERE: Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf228 North Winooski AvenueBurlington, VT 05401(802) 658 – 7939last_img read more

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Baxter State Park Officials Scold Jurek for A.T. Celebration

first_imgThere has been no shortage of fanfare and support from the running and outdoor communities in the wake of Scott Jurek’s historic, record-setting performance on the Appalachian Trail. Nearly every major media outlet has covered the incredible feat, and social media has been ablaze for several days with congratulatory comments from well wishers.But there is another perspective on Jurek’s capture of the A.T.’s new “fastest known time.” Purists say he missed the point, that he rushed through a trail that’s meant to slow hikers down and put them more in touch with the natural world, all in the name of gamesmanship and competition.Others have gone a step further, essentially accusing Jurek of bastardizing the Appalachian Trail in pursuit of commercial gain. The most authoritative member of this camp is Maine’s Baxter State Park, which houses Baxter Peak and the Mount Katahdin, the northern terminus of the A.T.In a Facebook post published this morning, park officials accused Jurek of littering, drinking alcoholic beverages in public places, hiking with an oversized group, facilitating non-permitted media coverage within the state park boundaries, and drew attention to the help he has received from his corporate sponsors.Screen Shot 2015-07-16 at 5.20.21 PMThe following a verbatim statement pulled directly from the official Baxter State Park Facebook page. To view this statement on their Facebook page click here. Ultramarathoning in Baxter Park – another perspective.Our Facebook page is a great place to celebrate the nature of Baxter State Park. On occasion, we need to use this platform for serious discussion.Scott Jurek’s recent completion of the Appalachian Trail in the shortest time on record is a remarkable physical accomplishment. With all due respect to Mr. Jurek’s ability, Baxter State Park was not the appropriate place for such an event.Let’s be clear and concise, Scott Jurek’s physical abilities were recognized by corporations engaged in running and outdoor related products. The race vehicle used to support Scott in his run, as well as Scott’s headband, clearly displays these corporate sponsors. The sponsors are providing money and equipment to support Scott’s run in exchange for advertisement and engagement that they expect will protect or increase their market share and improve their profits. Included in this exchange are media companies such as “The Game Changers, LLC” of Laguna Beach CA, who were hired to capture video and photographic coverage of Scott’s run to enhance the opportunities for commercial benefit from his run.When Scott arrived at Baxter Park to complete his run at the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, he brought all of this to Baxter Peak, in Maine’s largest wilderness.Mr. Jurek and the corporate sponsors were careful not to mention in the media coverage that one of the unfortunate outcomes of the celebration party at Baxter Peak at the completion of the event were the three summons issued to Mr. Jurek by a Baxter Park Ranger for the drinking of alcoholic beverages in public places (BSP Rule 7 and Maine State General Law), for littering (BSP Rule 4.5) and for hiking with an oversize group (BSP Rule 2.2). In addition, media personnel were issued a summons for violation of a commercial media permit which prohibited filming within 500′ of Baxter Peak. Not much to be proud of there.An additional discouraging observation. The Appalachian Trail provided the challenge and backdrop for this event and consequently, provided the conduit for this event to land in Baxter Park. The profile of the AT is large enough to attract the corporate sponsorship necessary to support and carry such an event. The AT is apparently comfortable with the fit of this type of event in its mission. The formal federal designation and authority of the Appalachian Trial does not extend into Baxter State Park. The AT within the Park is hosted at the consideration of the Baxter State Park Authority. The Authority is currently considering the increasing pressures, impacts and conflicts that the Appalachian Trail brings to the Park and if a continued relationship is in the best interests of Baxter State Park.Thousands of people, including Mainers and others from all over the world, visit Baxter Park and hike in the Park’s wilderness, including a climb to Baxter Peak. People celebrate their accomplishment, often with their families and often many times over, quietly and with appreciation for this precious gift left to us in perpetuity by Percival Baxter. These “corporate events” have no place in the Park and are incongruous with the Park’s mission of resource protection, the appreciation of nature and the respect of the experience of others in the Park. We hope for the support of the AT and BSP communities to help us steer these events to more appropriate venues in the future.How do you feel about Baxter State Park’s response to Jurek’s post record-setting celebration? Let us know in the comments below. Photo Courtesy of Luis Escobarlast_img read more

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Valencia: An Example of Venezuela’s Industrial Deterioration

first_imgBy Adriana Núñez Rabascall/Voice of America (VOA) December 27, 2019 Rows of locked gates, rusty pieces of metal, and weeds growing in the backyards of factories mark the landscape of Valencia, a two-hour drive from the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. The country’s once industrial city is an example of the deterioration in business activities.The Venezuelan Industrial Confederation (Conindustria, in Spanish) says the situation is a result of the expropriation policy and restrictions imposed by the government of former President Hugo Chávez and the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro.“Companies that operate now are working at a top capacity of 20 percent. We don’t have statistics that are 100 percent certain, but of 13,000 companies that were active in Venezuela, about 2,500 are still in business,” Luis Alberto Hernández, head of the Carabobo State Industrial Chamber, told Voice of America.The main engine of the economy in this area of central Venezuela was the assembly of automobiles for transnational companies General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler.Hernández says that of these three companies, “General Motors has already left the country. The facilities were abandoned […] and the other two, Ford and Chrysler, have not produced a single vehicle this year [2019].”According to Conindustria, 80 percent of companies in the country acknowledged that they had to decrease their production in 2018.In the first quarter of 2019, only 65 cars were produced in the entire country, a minuscule amount compared to the 45,000 units produced a decade earlier, according to the Automotive Chamber of Venezuela.“Years before, the industrial area was very productive. Now it has declined a bit. Some companies have closed. The few remaining have reduced personnel. They have closed down due to the situation,” Yenny Bravo, a worker in Valencia’s industrial area, told VOA.Gregorio Briceño worked in the automotive industry from 1979 until a couple of years ago. His position no longer exists. “General Motors was once able to make 200 to 309 vehicles a day. Now, everything is paralyzed,” he told VOA.The industry’s main claim for its downfall is the lack of raw materials for production and price control policies.In the last five years, 44 international companies like Kellogg’s and Firestone left Venezuela, said Conindustria, due to obstacles to operating in the country.last_img read more

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2 wounded in motorcycle mishap

first_imgCabristante was detained in the lockupfacility of the Leon municipal police station, facing charges./PN The 18-year-old Jason Candiolada and19-year-old Jerson Cabelas sustained injuries on the body, a police reportshowed. Candiolada and Cabelas were brought tothe Western Visayas Medical Center in Mandurriao district for treatment. According to police investigators, Candioladaand Cabales were riding a motorcycle driven by 24-year-old Jelson Cabristantewhen the incident happened around 12:55 a.m. on Monday. ILOILO City – The motorcycle they wereriding fell into the canal in Barangay Bucari, Leon, Iloilo.last_img read more