Vermont Public Television receives 2010 EDGE Award

first_imgThe Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) will recognize Vermont Public Television with a 2010 EDGE Award to for demonstrating the great potential of digital television. The EDGE Awards are presented annually to public television stations that use digital technology, groundbreaking partnerships, and educational technologies to deliver innovative services to their communities.“This year our EDGE Award recipients have a common theme—they use their broadcast and other resources to draw upon the energy and engagement around some of the most pressing issues affecting our country—jobs, education and health care,” said Larry Sidman, President and CEO of APTS. “These projects show that stations are moving beyond traditional broadcast and are engaging their communities in new and innovative ways. Audiences are reached through over-the-air, online, and on-the-ground partnerships, impacting their communities in ways that really set them apart.”Sidman said: “Vermont Public Television teamed up with the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Vermont Law School and the Vermont office of the National Alliance on Mental Illness to carry out a multi-faceted, multi-platform, month-long community engagement campaign that brought together national and local television broadcast components, in tandem with Web-based and community forums to create open discussion about the challenges, solutions and impact of mental illness on Vermont communities.”“This award is especially meaningful, because it recognizes the importance of all three platforms of the project—over-the-air, online and on-the-ground—in raising awareness of and decreasing the stigma attached to mental illness,” said project head Elizabeth Ottinger, Director of Community Outreach at Vermont Public Television.Specifically, the October 2009 campaign augmented the national broadcast of the Fred Friendly Seminar Minds on the Edge: Facing Mental Illness with a day-long legislative event at the Vermont Law School for legislators, and five town hall screenings that brought together legislators and community leaders to form action plans to advance various strategies to promote a greater awareness and understanding of mental illness in Vermont. Oliver Goodenough, professor at Vermont Law School and a Co-Director of the MacArthur Education and Outreach Program, expressed gratitude for the EDGE Award to the Minds on the Edge project. “Mental health issues are at the heart of many of our most difficult challenges in law,” he said. “We were pleased to be able to be a part of this important initiative and to help our legislature grapple with these thorny problems.”“Vermont Public Television’s month-long campaign has had an exceptional impact across the state, but it also has had a profound impact outside the state,” said Richard Kilberg, President of Fred Friendly Seminars. “We have presented Minds on the Edge to mental health professionals, citizen groups and policymakers at conferences across the country throughout this past fall and winter, and we have repeatedly held up Vermont as the model of how to use a public media project to move public dialogue. The story of their success has inspired stakeholders in numerous other states to bring key constituencies together around this public media program and work together to transform a badly broken mental health system.”“We are proud of the role Dr. Thomas Simpatico, our Director of Public Psychiatry, played in helping educate the public about mental health and the legal system in both the national Minds on the Edge program, as well as in Vermont Public Television’s statewide town meetings and “Public Square” program,” said Frederick C. Morin III, M.D., Dean of the University of Vermont College of Medicine. “Dr. Simpatico has been an advocate in our state to bring attention to this issue, facilitating dialogue with all stakeholders to ensure patients and their families can navigate the system to get the care they need.”Connie Stabler, President of the Board, National Alliance on Mental Illness-VT, said, “NAMI-VT is honored to have partnered with Vermont Public Television as a participant in the Minds on the Edge Project. Following the public screenings, community leaders, legislators and others joined families, friends and individuals living with mental illness in town-hall style meetings around the state for continued dialogue on improving treatment options. In our state where one in five people are affected by serious mental illness, this program provided a public service in educating the public and reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness.”In 1980, America’s public television stations created the Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) as their premier advocate. For the past thirty years, APTS has been the voice of the public television station community – offering member stations and future leaders of public television unparalleled opportunities for impact. Find out more at is external).Source: WASHINGTON— February 23, 2010 — APTS# # #last_img read more

Seeking an earning assets generator?

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tony Repanich As president and chief operating officer of Shield Compliance, Tony Repanich leads day-to-day operations and serves as its principal product architect. Having served as a senior executive at a Washington … Web: Details This is placeholder text If there was a clear winner in this month’s election, it was cannabis. With strong majority support for ballot initiatives legalizing recreational cannabis in Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota, 15 states will now have adult-use programs. Mississippi and South Dakota also passed medical legalization measures bringing the number of states with some form of legal marijuana to 35.The prospect of federal legalization, or federal recognition of state-level programs, however, is still unclear. A divided Congress could mean that the passage of bills that would help normalize the banking environment for cannabis, most notably the SAFE Banking Act, is unlikely in the near term, even under a Biden Administration.Yet, the cannabis industry continues to experience exponential growth. The five new legal states are projected to add nine billion dollars in revenue between 2022 and 2025, according to  New Frontier Data, making the U.S. legal cannabis market worth $33 billion in the next five years.The coronavirus pandemic is also fueling interest in this industry. As month-over-month sales figures show, the industry appears to be largely recession- and pandemic-proof. As a result, many state and local governments see cannabis programs as a way to raise new tax revenue.Similarly, many credit unions are turning to cannabis banking as a new growth source during a down economy. While most initially entered the market to increase low-cost deposits and non-interest fee income, lending appears to be the next big opportunity to generate earning assets and gain a competitive advantage.Although lending to cannabis businesses can be tricky considering there is no universal standard on collateral for this industry, many bankers are finding that compliance processes implemented on the deposit side that enable them to pass exams and onboard new members can be leveraged to mitigate credit risk with little additional work. This is because they have a crucial advantage: a deep insight into the companies they serve.The added layer of transparency and data-sharing required to bank this industry enables credit unions to apply judgmental decision making to evaluate lending requests and make informed decisions that support the member’s business goals while protecting the financial interests of the credit union.Deirdra O’Gorman, CEO of DX Consulting and Empyreal Logistics, is an expert on banking and compliance for highly regulated industries. She works with banks and credit unions across the country and offers her perspective on the lending opportunity.How much interest is there in lending to cannabis companies?We are seeing an increase in requests to assist banks and credit unions build out their commercial lending programs to offer credit to cannabis companies. Most of these requests come from institutions with a seasoned cannabis banking program and are ready to deepen the account relationship. Many of these financial institutions are already doing some consumer lending, such as loans to employees or owners. We recommend financial institutions work on consumer and commercial cannabis lending programs in parallel to ensure policies and procedures work together to deliver a better experience and greater program efficacy.What types of lending are credit unions offering?Most financial institutions are starting their programs with real estate lending. Equipment financing is of interest but less common. Another newer concept in cannabis lending is factoring. Third parties are entering the cannabis space with accounts receivable/factoring lending programs, but most of them are not affiliated with a financial institution.How should credit unions deal with the issue of collateral?Most states do not allow financial institutions to take the plant or plant-derived product as collateral, even in default scenarios. As a result, some credit unions price for risk and treat these loans as unsecured, whereas others take on additional collateral or co-signers to mitigate exposure. A best practice is to review each loan on its own merits and work with your internal team, consultant, and legal counsel before embarking on your first cannabis loan.What is motivating credit unions to add lending to their cannabis programs?In our experience, most credit unions look at lending as a natural progression of their cannabis banking programs. Once they get a comfort-level with their members, they want to help them expand their businesses. Also, with cannabis banking comes new deposits. Therefore, many credit unions are providing lending as a means of balance sheet management.As the cannabis industry continues its rapid growth trajectory, the demand for banking services is also rising. While in years past, only two or three banks or credit unions would have launched a program in a newly minted legal state, we are now seeing that number double or triple. This means a first-mover advantage may no longer be an option in some markets. If you are considering developing a cannabis banking program, we recommend engaging early on with experts to create a compliance and operational model that works for your credit union and the industry.center_img This post is currently collecting data…last_img read more

Lee Meyer is back as boss at Buena Vista Raceway

first_imgALTA, Iowa – Buena Vista Raceway celebrates an anniversary season in 2015 and Lee Meyer will be back in charge of weekly operations at the 3/8-mile dirt oval.Meyer promoted BVR from 2002-2007 and returns to that position, while taking on manager duties for the Buena Vista County Fair.Five IMCA divisions will be part of 18 Wednesday night programs beginning with opening night April 15. Season championship night is Aug. 12. “Racing is a passion for me. I’m totally blessed to have a second opportunity to do what I love,” Meyer said. “I love being around race people, being at the track and the smell of race fuel. It’s the best.” “Buena Vista Raceway celebrates its golden anniversary of racing this year and we’re working on some ideas, like 50-lap features for some of the divisions, to make this a special season,” he added.Weekly shows will again feature the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Mach-1 Sport Compact divisions. BVR first sanctioned its Modifieds with IMCA in 1987 and its Stock Cars in 1989. Hobby Stocks have been sanctioned since 1993, Northern SportMods since 2007 and Sport Compacts since 2008. Modified points earned at Alta also apply in IMCA’s Belleville Motorsports North Central Region, Stock Car points in the Northern Region and Hobby Stock points in the Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region.“I really believe IMCA has benefitted racing in this part of the state and southern Minnesota. We’re kind of sitting in the middle of IMCA country,” noted Meyer. “We’ve already gotten a lot of physical updates to the facility done and we’re excited about the 2015 season. All the feedback we’ve gotten fan-wise has been positive.” Meyer’s wife Becky also serves on the fair board as treasurer and returns as a promotional partner at BVR. “She handles a lot of the electronic side of the business,” Meyer said, “and allows me to fulfill my racing passion.” The motorsports track at Alta got its start as a 1/5-mile oval located inside a ½-mile horse racing track. It was idle for several seasons during the farm crisis of the 1980s. Jeff Herrig had been the promoter the past seven years. “Jeff and his family did a great job at Buena Vista Raceway and kept the track moving in the right direction,” acknowledged Meyer.last_img read more

Minus Geoffrion, UW heads to Houghton

first_imgUW first-line winger Jordy Murray will have to do without injured center Blake Geoffrion, who will be replaced by Andy Bohmbach.[/media-credit]There are just two weeks of regular season play left, and the Wisconsin men’s hockey team will spend both of them on the road.The Badgers head up to Houghton, Mich. this weekend to face WCHA basement-dweller Michigan Tech, having swept the Huskies at the Kohl Center back in early December. UW took the games handily, winning 8-2 and 6-0.It will be a little tougher this time around, as Wisconsin senior tri-captain and leading goal-scorer Blake Geoffrion will not make the trip, due to injury. Geoffrion suffered a concussion after an open ice hit last Saturday against St. Cloud State and, as of Wednesday, couldn’t exercise without symptoms.“We found out today that Blake’s not going to join us on this trip, so any thoughts that we had that this was going to be a cakewalk — which we never thought at all — [are] certainly out the window,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said.Although the Badgers will miss Geoffrion’s WCHA-leading 21 goals, they have plenty of other offensive options. Senior winger Michael Davies is tied for the league lead in points with 40 and junior defenseman Brendan Smith is the nation’s top scoring defenseman with 39 points.Filling in for Geoffrion Friday will be senior forward Andy Bohmbach. Eaves said he didn’t want to break up the chemistry he’s seen from his line of Davies, Derek Stepan and Ben Street. Street spent much of the year centering a line, but as of late has played on the wing. Bohmbach typically plays on the wings, but after experimenting in practice, he’ll be tabbed to center Jordy Murray and Craig Smith.“Bomber has showed his versatility over his years here,” Eaves said. “He’s smart, has good hands, he understands. I think that right now, this is the best fit for us going into this game.”The Badgers (19-9-4, 14-7-3 WCHA) should still be expected to beat the Huskies, who are a conference-worst 4-20 in WCHA play and 5-24-1 overall. Michigan Tech hasn’t won since a Feb. 5 upset of Minnesota-Duluth.Even if UW manages to sweep MTU, it will still need some help in the race for the MacNaughton Cup. UW sits in third place with 31 points, five points behind leading Denver, who plays at Minnesota State. The Pioneers need just four points in their last four games to clinch the title.With regular season title hopes and a chance for UW to clinch home ice for the first round of the WCHA playoffs on the line, the Badgers will be doing a bit of scoreboard watching after their game.“Unfortunately, it’s not all up to us; we have to have Denver lose. We’ll probably be checking those scores as soon as we get off the ice,” Murray said.“Obviously you check the scores every night and see how the other teams did, but it’s still about us and how we’re playing coming into this playoff stretch here,” junior tri-captain Ryan McDonagh said. “If all works out, that’s great, but we’re still just trying to play our best hockey right now.”While the Badgers have been clicking offensively, Wisconsin gave up nine goals in last weekend’s series against St. Cloud State. While many of them were lucky or soft goals, the performance of goaltender Scott Gudmandson — who looked prime to take the No. 1 netminder spot — has made the position an open competition between him and Brett Bennett.Bennett was shaky in his last few performances and hasn’t looked as strong since returning from a December shoulder injury. Regardless of who is in goal — Eaves hadn’t named his Friday starter as of Wednesday — the team will give both goaltenders full support.“We’re not worried in the least,” Murray said. “They’re both great goaltenders; Guddy maybe had a bit of an off weekend, but he made some big saves for us, too. We know he can stand on his head if we need him to, especially in these big games.”Following this trip to Houghton, UW will finish the regular season on the road with a series at Minnesota next weekend. Aside from a probable home series in the first round of the WCHA playoffs, the Badgers will spend the rest of the season — regular and post — away from the Kohl Center.McDonagh said that this last stretch of road games heading into the playoffs is good preparation for the team.“I think it’s a great deal, especially since we’ve been at home for a good two weekends in a row here now,” he said. “Road trips are always fun; it’s just us out there against everyone else, so it’s a lot like playoffs and the NCAA tournament. So I think it’s a great ordeal for us.”last_img read more

Clayton Kershaw on new pitch clock: ‘I’m not going to pay any attention to it’

first_imgThe pitch clock that MLB will use in spring training and may adopt for the 2019 season to speed up playing time may affect some pitchers’ routines.Don’t count Clayton Kershaw among them. Related News The three-time Cy Young Award winner said Tuesday he doesn’t plan to change his approach.”I’m not going to pay any attention to it. If I go over then I go over,” the Dodgers ace said (via the Orange County Register). “I’m not going to change anything I do. I’m not going pay attention to it one bit. Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger: ‘Even when I’m not good, I’m still really good’ “If it becomes a problem, I guess I’ll have to deal with it then.”MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Sunday a 20-second pitch will be “phased in” for spring training games. The goal is get pitchers and umpires used to the rule in the event MLB adopts it for the regular season.While the players union has opposed proposals for a clock in recent years, minor league baseball has used the rule since 2015.last_img read more