Downtown Burlington’s cooperative grocery store, announces three new members to its Board of Directors: Ann Ramsay, Susan Munkres, and Wayne Warnken. The new Board of Directors will begin their three-year terms on January 1.Ramsay, a nurse and acupuncturist, has been a Co-op member for the past three years and was also a member many years ago when the Co-op was located on Archibald Street. Ramsay is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Nursing at the University of Vermont where she teaches several courses in Chinese Medicine.Munkres has been involved in organic gardening, CSA’s, farmers’ markets, and co-ops for over 20 years, but most recently lived in the deep South where alternatives to the conventional food system were few and far between. She also teaches about food systems to high school and college students.Warnken, a family physician at the Community Health Center, has lived in Burlington for the past four years. As a physician at the Health Center, he says he sees the impact that nutrition has on our community every day and is looking forward to using those experiences to help continue City Market’s mission.Three Board of Directors, Garry Schaedel, David Booth and Kiernan Flynn, are stepping down on December 31. Both Schaedel and Booth served two full terms on the Board and both were President at different times. “They helped navigate the Co-op through rocky waters early in their terms,” said General Manager Clem Nilan. “It is a fitting tribute that they leave Onion River Co-op in a much better place than they found it.” Flynn served the Board for one year.About City Market, Onion River Co-opThe Onion River Co-op is a consumer cooperative, with over 3,200 members, selling wholesome food and other products while building a vibrant, empowered community and a healthier world, all in a sustainable manner. Recently awarded the 2008 Howard K. Bowers Fund Cooperative Excellence Award, City Market provides a large selection of local, natural and conventional foods, and thousands of Vermont-made products. Visit City Market, Onion River Co-op conveniently located in downtown Burlington, online at www.CityMarket.coop(link is external) or call 802-861-9700.
Photo: Paul KellyOutdoors athletes have many different ways of measuring a successful season. Some measure it through competition results; others through personal progression. One overriding commonality that seems to exist among athletes from all sports is tabulating the number of days spent doing what they love.For whitewater kayakers, canoers, rafters, and riverboarders, there is an event that channels this energy while also raising money for a very good cause: the EddyFlower Vertical Challenge. The premise of the Vertical Challenge is simple: team up with other paddlers and drop as much elevation as humanly possible in one month. These teams work together to paddle and record their runs, and rally together to raise money for First Descents, a kayaking cancer camp for young adults.The Vertical Challenge runs from April 1 to May 2 on the East Coast. Now in its sixth year, the event is as much about the community as the competition. Paddlers of all ability levels are welcome to participate, and last year over 100 boaters spent an entire month chasing water and ticking off runs in the online portal to increase their accumulated total vertical feet.“This competition is growing because people think of it as getting back to the soul of the sport,” says EddyFlower co-owner Justin Bellucci. “It’s all about just getting out with your friends and lapping your favorite runs.”The event this year will be ramped up even more with the presence of an East Coast category as well as the traditional West Coast contingent. The long-standing rivalry between these two paddling meccas will surely come out in the competition, and there will be only one overall winning team.In spite of this competitive aspect, everyone still remembers the root cause for the event: helping those who are struggling with cancer. First Descents is an organization based out of Denver, Colorado, that was originally founded by professional kayaker Brad Ludden.Since its inception, First Descents has created something unique for cancer victims and survivors: outdoors experiences that help them to regain the confidence and self-efficacy lost to the disease. The week-long camps are designed to facilitate happy, natural and organic healing. The camps are also a wonderful place to connect them with others and create lifelong friendships. 2012 will be a huge year for First Descents, as the organization will host over 40 camps in 10 states.The EddyFlower Vertical Challenge raised over $15,000 last year, and is shooting for a much larger number this time around. The donations are tax deductible, and all of the revenue from donors and sponsors goes directly to First Descents.Participants are also competing for some impressive prizes. A number of industry leaders have stepped forward as sponsors, and kayaks, helmets, shoes, and other prizes will be given away at the awards ceremony to the top competitors and fundraisers.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Missy BaxterAlthough some reports of Thanksgiving Weekend sales have been lackluster, America’s favorite shopping holiday boosted debit and credit transactions for many credit unions across the country.Stronger consumer confidence was reflected in increased credit card usage, according to numerous recent reports from major processors.First Data’s 2014 SpendTrend Holiday Shopping Spend Analysis, which examined in-store transaction data at more than one million merchant locations from Nov. 27 to Cyber Monday on Dec. 1, uncovered year-over-year retail dollar volume growth of 5.3% and retail transaction growth of 5%, compared to last year. continue reading »
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » As the CFPB rewrites portions of its payday lending rule, state credit union leagues and national trade groups are calling for a delay in implementation and a broad exemption for short-term loans made by credit unions.“We fully support the fight against unscrupulous payday lenders and vehicle title lenders, and we will oppose changes that would allow them to continue preying on the poorest of Americans; however, the rule in its current form unfairly lumps in pro-consumer credit unions with predatory storefront payday and vehicle title lenders,” Paul Guttormsson, vice president of legal and compliance at the Wisconsin Credit Union League, wrote, in urging the agency to delay the mandatory underwriting provisions of the rule.The CFPB has been seeking comment on a proposal to delay the mandatory underwriting provisions of the payday rule for an additional 15 months to November 19, 2020.
Chinese factory activity grew at a slower pace in April as demand remained sluggish while the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, according to official data released Thursday.China is ramping up economic production as daily life returns to normal but with much of the world still facing restrictions on movement and business operations, its factories are facing weak orders.The manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) came in at 50.8, the National Bureau of Statistics said Thursday, just above the 50 mark that indicates expansion. This was well above the dismal 35.7 reported the month before, at the height of China’s virus outbreak.But NBS data on Thursday found that nearly 60 percent of companies surveyed reported “insufficient orders”, and some firms said market demand was weak, with difficulties in product sales and more time needed before orders return. Zhao said some manufacturing companies reported a sharp decrease in newly signed export orders, and even orders that have already started production have been cancelled.”China’s foreign trade faces greater challenges,” he said. Non-manufacturing PMI came in at 53.2 — up on last month and above analyst predictions.Zhao said there had been a “significant rebound” in the catering industry but added that “the resumption of work and production in some industries is still lagging behind”.”Industries such as accommodation, culture, sports, entertainment and resident services have had a larger impact from the epidemic,” he said.Many sporting venues, cultural centers and cinemas have remained closed throughout April.The last time China’s PMI hovered above the 52.0-mark was in September 2017, before the trade war kicked off. Topics : The figure is slightly below expectations of analysts surveyed by Bloomberg, who forecast 51.0.But Zhao Qinghe, senior statistician at the National Bureau of Statistics, warned that demand was recovering at a slower pace than production, in industries including textiles and chemical raw materials.”The spread of the pandemic is accelerating overseas, and global economic activity has contracted sharply,” he said.The latest figures follow surprise growth of 52.0 in March as businesses went back to work following a lengthy shutdown in China, which brought economic activity to a near standstill.
Hermes Investment Management chief economist Neil Williams said the move meant Draghi was addressing the symptoms of the crisis rather than its cause.“Tackling the causes of the euro-zone crisis needs years of work and more than just QE – which, as we know from the US and UK, is a blunt instrument more likely to generate asset-price than ‘feel-good’ demand, inflation,” he said.He said the challenge now was to make sure deflation did not take root in the currency union, like in Japan.“QE has been running [in Japan] for 16 years with little inflation impulse,” he said.“The ECB’s ‘tap’ may be finally on, but, as Japan found out, QE acts like a drug – the more you use it, the more you need it. Euro-zone QE could thus be with us for many years to come.” Nick Gartside, fixed income CIO at JP Morgan Asset Management, said there would be positive implications for European high yield and peripherals, along with riskier assets.“Draghi left unsaid what this inevitably does to the currency,” he said.“You’re looking at the euro likely approaching parity with the US dollar, certainly by the end of the year. Ultimately, that will bring inflation into the region, but longer term the question is whether that will be the right kind of inflation.”CIO at Deutche Asset and Wealth Management, Johannes Müller, said the most lasting effect would be a weaker currency, boosting corporate profits and thus positive for equity markets“Falling bond yields have been driven primarily by declining rates of inflation and inflation expectations, as well as speculation about ECB policy,” he said. “As we do not expect inflation trends to reverse any time soon, returns from bond markets should continue to trade friendly in the short term.”Paras Anand, head of European equities at Fidelity, said the announcement had a negligible “awe” factor.“I wonder whether the ECB’s willingness to expand its balance sheet to stimulate growth had more impact as a latent lever as opposed to one that has been deployed,” he said.Anand was critical of the risk-sharing measure put in place over the bond purchases, which sees a complicated split of risk among national central banks and euro-zone members as a whole.Some 8% of losses stemming from defaults on national government bonds will be shared equally across member states, with 92% absorbed by the central banks purchasing the bonds.Anand said links across the euro-zone were quietly rebuilding from an economic and political perspective.“What we have seen, encouragingly, has been a form of pragmatism – a deferral to informal understanding and an attention to the spirit of collaboration across the single market rather than a constant recourse to the rule book,” Anand said. “I fear the current programme with its focus on ultimate recourse and legal obligations under various negative scenarios is pulling us in the opposite direction.” Asset managers have welcomed further attempts by the European Central Bank (ECB) to stave off deflation and kick-start the economy but warned against unfounded optimism about the measure.Yesterday, ECB president Mario Draghi announced a nearly €1.1trn quantitative easing measure, adding to previous purchases of asset-backed securities and its targeted longer-term refinancing operations.The ECB said the measure was required to ensure the single currency’s inflation would run “below but closer to 2%”. Asset purchasing will be conducted by the national central banks but coordinated from Frankfurt.
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Arvika Ligeonniere’s owner Rich Ricci told At The Races: “He jumped really well, he has really come on from his novice season. “It’s a shame was happened to Sir Des Champs but he’s up and around which is good and it’s a pity Flemenstar wasn’t here for Punchestown. “Our lad was good today and I’m not sure if anything would have beaten him. “When he attacks his fences he is beautiful to watch. It’s a lovely thing to see. “I’m not sure what we will do now, but he seems a different horse this season to me. “We talked about dropping him back in trip just after the race. There’s the Dial-A-Bet Chase (Leopardstown, December 27) and a two-five race at Ascot (Betfair Ascot Chase, February 15) coming up. I’d be happy to drop him back (in trip). “He’s more exciting to watch over the shorter distances.” Russell missed the winning ride on Bright New Dawn in the Setanta Sports 1Euro Offer Beginners Chase. Bryan Cooper made the most of the opportunity on the Dessie Hughes’s-trained six-year-old, who making his debut over bigger obstacles. Bright New Dawn made all the running but the 5-4 favourite had to fight off the Mullins representative Dogora. The four-year-old, receiving 12lb, put in a strong bid after the last but Bright New Dawn was always just holding him on the dash to the line as he prevailed by half a length. Cooper told At The Races: “We’ve always held him in high regard and chasing was always going to be his game. “He had to work hard for it, but I would have been happier if Ruby (on Dogora) had come to me going to the last. I could have done with a bit of company. He was idling, but got the job done. “My lad in a proper true-run race is when you will see the best of him. It was his first run of the season. He was only a length and three-quarters behind Champagne Fever on hurdles form and on that evidence he has held his ability so we can go down that route.” Cooper and Hughes were completing a double, having struck with Apache Jack (5-4 favourite) in the 2014 Annual Membership Maiden Hurdle and looked set to claim a treble with Canaly in the Weatherbys Ireland GSB Handicap Chase but he was caught on the line by Walsh on Daring Article (5-2 favourite). Hughes said: “He always looked like he’d make a chaser but it’s nice to see it happen. He’s in the three-mile Grade One (Topaz Novice Chase) at Christmas, and more than likely that’s where he’ll go. “Hopefully he’ll go on from that and it was a good first run over fences. The second horse had already run and we were giving him 12lb. He jumped well.” Press Association Arvika Ligeonniere enjoyed a facile success for the Willie Mullins team after stablemate Sir Des Champs made an early exit in the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase at the County Kildare track. The 4-7 favourite never looked in any danger with Ruby Walsh enjoying an armchair ride. Rubi Light was held when ploughing through the final fence and was eventually beaten by nine lengths. Walsh said: “The fences are there to be jumped, but it’s very unlike Sir Des Champs to make a mistake like that, but that’s racing I suppose. “My fella jumped well bar the first down the back. “He’s got lots of pace and great scope for jumping. If he was mine I’d be inclined to go back in trip. Why hold him back in a longer race and not play to your strengths. but it’s up to Willie and connections what they want to do.” Following his heavy fall from Sir Des Champs Davy Russell was stood down for the rest of the afternoon. Mullins’ son and assistant, Patrick, said: “Sir Des Champs seems fine. He walked away, it was just one of those things. “At least it’s a long way from March and hopefully he’ll be OK in the morning. All being well he’ll go for the Lexus at Leopardstown. Of the winner, he said: “He’s probably better going right-handed, but he has won a Grade One around Leopardstown and he could drop back in trip.” The field had been reduced to three when last year’s winner Flemenstar was taken out on Saturday and there was drama as early as the third fence where Sir Des Champs fell. That left Arvika Ligeonniere to lead the only other runner Rubi Light for the rest of the two and a half mile Grade One.
(REUTERS) – England’s Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow struck half-centuries to guide the hosts to a four-wicket victory over Pakistan in the fourth one-day international in Headingley, Leeds yesterday as they went 4-0 ahead in the five-match series.England, who amassed a world record ODI total of 444 for three when they won by 169 runs at Trent Bridge on Tuesday, restricted Pakistan to 247 for eight in their 50 overs, before easing to a match-winning 252-6 with two overs remaining.Pakistan’s innings was anchored by Azhar Ali’s 80 off 104 balls, while Imad Wasim was again impressive with an unbeaten 41-ball 57. However, the tourists struggled to shake off the shackles that England had imposed on them.Adil Rashid took three wickets for 47 runs while Moeen Ali finished with figures of 2-39 as England rarely lost control.Pakistan gave themselves a platform to push on having moved to 110 for two in the 23rd over, but they never managed to gain the upper hand as England kept a tight control on their innings.The tourists enjoyed early success when England’s Jason Roy (14) edged Mohammad Irfan to Mohammad Rizwan in the third over.The hosts’ Alex Hales, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan were also dismissed to leave England on 72-4 in the 15th over.But Stokes hit 69 from 70 balls in a 103-run fifth-wicket partnership with Bairstow to energise the home team.Stokes’ innings ended one run short of his ODI best when he tried to heave an Imad delivery over the boundary allowing Babar Azam to take a simple catch on the rope with England on 175.Bairstow was then run-out for 61 after trying to pinch a single off an Umar Gul delivery only for Azhar Ali’s superb piece of fielding to leave him inches short of the crease and England needing 23 more runs for victory.There was to be no collapse, however, and England comfortably reached their target with Moeen Ali (45 not out) thrashing two sixes off the bowling of Azhar Ali in the 48th over to guide the hosts over the line.
Some people are saying this year’s Super Bowl won’t be so super. While Super Bowl XLI might not go down in history as one of the best, any true sports fan has every reason to watch the big game Sunday, even if they’re not sports-related…Food and beerFood and beer are two necessities of American and, even more so, college life. And what goes better with food and beer than football?Come on, it’s the last football Sunday until next fall — the last time you’ll have the NFL as an excuse to shove away homework and kick back in your EZ Boy recliner.Plenty of bars throw Super Bowl parties offering all you can eat and drink, but if that’s not your thing, throw one of your own with your buddies. Bring all the hors d’oeuvres and as much beer as you can. The Super Bowl is the next best day to Thanksgiving for football, food and drink.The commercialsThe commercials are always a big draw, as advertisers shell out nearly $2.5 million for a 30-second spot during the big game. But have you heard about this guy who is buying a commercial this year in which he’ll propose to his girlfriend? If not, log onto www.mysuperproposal.com.What a loser.It’s “the most public declaration of love in the history of mankind.” Please, the idea sounds more like the most lame declaration.Save yourself the money, propose to her on the JumboTron at the game if that’s what you really want, and top it off with some kick-butt honeymoon instead. Nevertheless, it should be pretty entertaining and yet another reason to watch the Super Bowl.The halftime showThis year, the artist once known as Prince, then an unpronounceable symbol and now Prince again, will be the Super Bowl’s halftime entertainment. The show should be one to watch, based on recent history.Last year it was the Rolling Stones and lead singer Mick Jagger who performed at the halftime show. It was quite the thriller. The Stones weren’t particularly good, but it was certainly a sight to see — the 62-year-old Jagger attempting to jiggle his cracked-out legs on the center stage, screeching out controversial lyrics to songs such as “Rough Justice.”But last year’s Stones spectacle doesn’t quite stack up to that of three years ago in terms of pleasurable pathetic-ness. By now, everyone knows about Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake and Super Bowl XXXVIII’s “Nipplegate,” which set the stage for appalling halftime shows. Hopefully, Prince will try his best to compare with halftime shows of years past — maybe he’ll come out singing “Pussy Control” or something.GamblingNot to promote any bad addictions or anything, but if you think this year’s Super Bowl is going to be as bad as the Buccaneers’ slashing of the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII, then place some bets — and not just on the game itself.The Super Bowl has every bet you could possibly think of — who will win the coin toss, who will commit the first penalty, what will the first offensive play be and even what songs Prince will sing at halftime (I have my money on “Raspberry Beret”).Sure, they’re all pretty pointless, but at least it’ll keep you glued to the television for one reason or another. Plus, you’ll probably end up even on the night. That is, if you play your cards right.The game itselfCome on, it’s not going to be that bad.The Bears have probably been the best team this season, despite the ups and downs of Rex Grossman. Sure, they may not be the most exciting team to watch, but they’re the definition of smash-mouth football.And how can you complain about watching the Colts? Love or hate Peyton Manning, they’re fun to watch. And better yet, Manning’s just started to heat up. In the AFC Championship, he led Indianapolis to 32 second-half points after two lackluster games in the first two rounds. It’s a safe bet that he’s due for a big game in the season finale.Besides, you can’t call yourself a sports fan and be upset at watching the Super Bowl.Michael is a senior double majoring in journalism and communication arts. While he isn’t cheering for anyone in particular, he’s got his money on the Colts. He can be reached at email@example.com