BURLINGTON, VT-Two members of Vermont Federal Credit Unions board of directors were re-elected in its 52nd annual meeting, held during the $140 million asset credit unions annual meeting on Saturday, February 26th, 2005, at the Clarion Hotel in South Burlington.Re-elected to three year terms were:” Curran Spike Robinson-Former representative to the state legislature from Richmond.” Gilbert Tabor- director of the Vermont Service Center of the Immigration and Naturalization Service in St. Albans.Immediately following the annual meeting, the board elected the following officers for the coming year:” Chairman-Curran Spike Robinson” Vice Chairman-Gilbert Tabor” Treasurer-Joseph Finnigan, President/CEO” Secretary-Jean IshamOther members of the board include:” Joan B. Wilson” Jeffrey McDonough” Douglas FisherRe-Elected to three year terms for the Credit Committee were:” Susan Horsford” Robert MahaneyOther members of the committee include:” Paulette Bergeron” Jeffrey Young” Mary Anne LafayetteWHY VERMONT FEDERAL CREDIT UNION: VTFCU is a $140 million financial institution, currently serving over 21,000 members. The credit union provides membership to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Chittenden, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Franklin, Washington, or Addison Counties in Vermont.###
Virtually all financial institutions in the world are focused on making their organization ‘more digital’. From overhauling back office operations to leveraging new technologies to increasing customer engagement, the requirement to understand and respond to the needs of the digital consumer has never been greater.We’re not talking about small changes here. In most cases, what’s required is large-scale change that typically takes years to accomplish. It would include new technologies, strategies, processes, skill sets and a complete disruption of legacy organizational structures — moving from a product focus to a consumer focus.This digital transformation cannot occur without the rethinking of the back-office processes banks and credit unions have had in place for decades, including a streamlining of operations and the integration of new data sets. But the most impactful transformation occurs with customer-facing engagement, including products, communication, customer-service tools and marketing strategies. In the end, it is all about creating contextual engagement across multiple channels. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Having seemingly overcome a troubled start to his professional career, the 21-year-old midfield livewire finally came to the fore for the right reasons this season. Morrison shone for West Ham after breaking into the first-team, scoring a fine solo goal in the 3-0 win at Tottenham, and quickly became an important player for the England Under-21s. Press Association Morrison will wear the number four shirt for QPR and is in line to make his debut against Charlton on Saturday. His arrival may well prove a timely shot in the arm for Harry Redknapp’s side, whose tilt at an immediate return to the Premier League has begun to stutter. The Hoops’ 3-1 home defeat to Reading on Sunday leaves them four points off the automatic promotion spots, while their loan move from Morrison covers the possibility of the play-offs. West Ham do have the option to recall their player after 28 days, but Redknapp hopes to keep him for the entire loan period as he believes he can make a “big difference” for the Rs. “Ravel is fit and ready to play and I’m hoping he can come in and make an impact,” the Rangers boss said. “He’s got fantastic ability, there’s no doubting that. He’s got great pace, can dribble and score a goal. “If we can get the best out of him, he could make a big difference.” Getting the best out of Morrison is not always easy – just ask Sir Alex Ferguson – but Redknapp is confident of doing just that. The QPR boss has spoken in length to Birmingham counterpart Lee Clark about how to utilise the livewire’s talents, having spent the 2012/13 on loan at the second city club. “I spoke with Lee and he absolutely loves him,” Redknapp said. “He said he’d take him back tomorrow if he could. “He’s certainly a talented footballer – he’s just got to step up now. He’s got to come here and show what he can do consistently. He’s got everything. We’re pleased to have him here.” Such performances saw the Manchester United academy graduate’s stock rise markedly, with England boss Roy Hodgson saying just before the turn of the year that he had “great faith” in him and “enormous admiration” for his ability. However, less than two months on, Morrison’s lack of playing time has seen him step down to the Championship to join QPR in a 93-day emergency loan and looks to have seen any World Cup chances go up in smoke. The attacker, though, is not giving up and when asked if he can still make the plane to Brazil said: “Hopefully. It is a bigger step than it was, but hopefully it can happen, yeah.” To do that Morrison will need the game time denied to him at West Ham, with speculation rife as to why that dried up under Sam Allardyce, especially having rejected overtures for him from Fulham in January. “I just want to help QPR get to the Premier League – that’s my only objective during my time here,” he told the club’s official website,www.qpr.co.uk. “If we manage to do that, it would be great for everybody connected with the club. “All I want to do is play football. I just want to show everyone what I can do week in, week out. “The aim here is to get the club promoted and I want to contribute in helping QPR to get there.” Ravel Morrison will spend the rest of the season trying to help QPR get out of the Championship – a move he does not believe will put a late call-up to England’s World Cup squad beyond him.
The new central terminal building at OR Tambo International Airport has a wide-opened concourse. President Jacob Zuma paid tribute to the late leader of the ANC, Oliver Tambo. Oliver Tambo’s family attended the opening ceremony. Home Affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma exchanging views with football boss Danny Jordaan. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Unathi Batyashe-Fillis OR Tambo International Airport Brand Communications Manager +27 11 921 6087 or +27 79 882 7307 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • SA airports 90% World Cup ready • Birds get right of way at airport • Smoother air traffic flow in 2010 • New airport nears completion • OR Tambo spreads its wingsBongani NkosiSouth Africa’s OR Tambo International Airport, the largest on the continent, has been revamped and extended to include a new terminal building worth R2.2-billion (US$296-million).President Jacob Zuma officially opened the central terminal building on 20 April, during a ceremony attended by senior government officials and various transport industry executives.“We have every reason to celebrate achievements such as the completion of the extension of this airport as it is a significant milestone,” said Zuma. “Our vision of a truly international airport has been realised, with the completion of [this] R2.2-billion central terminal building.”The new, multi-level terminal now links the original domestic and international terminals, “thus improving passenger experience and orientation”, the president added.The 98 600m2 facility is the largest Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) has ever built, and embodies the transformation of the airport since 1995, the organisation said.With a wide concourse and 75 check-in counters, 33 lifts, 34 escalators and two 90m-long baggage carousels, the building has been expertly designed to speed up luggage collection and passenger movement.“The construction of this facility placed emphasis on the creation of spaces specially designed to ensure efficient and pleasant airport experiences for all our users,” said Chris Hlekane, the airport’s general manager.It also boasts 10 000m2 of shop space, most of which is already occupied by local and international retailers.Construction of the terminal was completed in December 2009 as a portion of the general R5-billion ($673-million) upgrade to OR Tambo International, which was known as the Johannesburg International Airport until 2006.A new multi-storey parkade, which cost R496-million ($66.8-million), was completed in March. It can accommodate about 5 200 vehicles, bringing the total number of parking bays at the airport to 17 500.Seven new aircraft parking stands worth R154-million ($20.7-million) have also been added, bringing the total to 105.Two 6000m3 tanks have been installed to increase fuel-storage capacity at OR Tambo International, and together they can hold 60-million litres of fuel.“The upgraded facilities are the all-important first impression of not only OR Tambo International Airport, but also South Africa,” said Hlekane. “It was therefore vital that we provide a world-class African airport with cutting-edge international transport facilitation abilities, technologies and design.”Given the recent developments, the airport is now able to accommodate about 28-million passengers per year.World Cup gatewayMost football fans visiting South Africa for the 2010 Fifa World Cup are expected to use OR Tambo International. “In less than 50 days the airport will serve as the gateway to South Africa for hundreds of thousands of 2010 Fifa World Cup fans and millions of future tourists,” Hlekane said.The completed projects signify South Africa’s readiness to host the spectacle, Zuma said. “The completion is a practical example of our readiness to host the Fifa Soccer World Cup, while also providing proof of the benefits of this tournament to ordinary South Africans,” he said.Acsa has upgraded other South African airports as well, both domestic and international, which will play critical roles during the tournament. Cape Town International Airport has undergone a multibillion-rand revamp, while the all-new King Shaka International Airport is ready to begin operations on 1 May in KwaZulu-Natal.The domestic airports in Bloemfontein, East London, Upington and Kimberley have also been upgraded to accommodate World Cup traffic.“The transport sector, in this specific case the aviation [industry], will rise and fly to the greatest heights to meet our obligations to host the most successful 2010 Fifa World Cup ever,” said Sibusiso Ndebele, South Africa’s minister of transport.Honouring an anti-apartheid iconOR Tambo airport is named after Oliver Reginald Tambo, a late anti-apartheid icon who was president of the African National Congress from 1967 and 1991. Tambo is best known for his ongoing efforts to get the international community to sanction South Africa’s former apartheid government.“[Tambo] travelled all over the world to communicate the vision of a free, non-racial, apartheid-free, democratic South Africa,” said Zuma. “It is therefore appropriate that this facility, which represents a convergence zone for people from all over the world, is named after this national and international hero.”
Radar Mobile Studios are making video editing and post production mobile – and luxurious! Check out their DIT equipped Land Rover, the Radar Remote.Los Angeles based Radar Mobile Studios is making it easier to ingest, secure and backup your video media on-the-go. At the 2013 NAB Show we had the chance to check out their post production Range Rover, The Remote – and wow, it’s a beauty. Not only luxurious in style, The Remote also packs a punch when it comes to video processing technology. Check out some of the specs from the Radar Mobile site:6 TB Fast Storage, Expand up to 10 TBUp to 1 GB/s transfer speedsSecured login and file-access privilegesEizo Color Grading MonitorHD-SDI input for HD video assist.21.5″ Multi-Touch InterfaceUSB 2.0 Gigabit Ethernet, Firewire 800All ((RADAR)) Vehicles can plug into each other using our 40Gb/s link to expand and scale capabilities.The Remote seems like an ideal solution for mobile roadshows, reality television anytime you have super tight production turnarounds. Shoot out dailies, sync sound or quickly generate client approvals without ever leaving the set.The Remote rents for $795/day. Check out our product demo for more details:Need a bigger mobile post production solution? The “One” mobile studio is a full size post production luxury bus that can fit even greater needs, complete with producers suite! Click here for more details. Would you use one of these mobile post production vehicles?Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Most DSLR shooters are accustomed to working with electronic lenses, but there are a handful of great manual lenses out there (old and new) that can provide even better results with added benefits.So before you go out and buy your next automatic lens, here are a few reasons why you should at least consider going manual:Manual Lenses are More CinematicThe first and arguably most important item on this list deals with the actual quality of the image that manual lenses produce. Although there are some exceptions to this rule, in my opinion most manual lenses traditionally have a more filmic and cinematic look to them when compared to more modern electronic lenses.This isn’t a direct result of the glass being manual (as opposed to electronic), but more so a reflection of the fact that many manual lenses are also vintage lenses and as such have a lot of character to them, which is a nice change from the cold, overly sharp and clinical electronic lenses of today.Another consideration is that manual lenses force you to work in a way that is much more in line with the old days of actually shooting on film. Granted, if you’re shooting with a manual SLR lens, it’s not quite the same as an Arri Prime with a PL mount, but fundamentally they are more similar than you might think. The way that you work with each lens is virtually the same, and both offer a closer and more physical connection to your image making process.There’s something about the mentality of shooting/exposing with fully manual glass that puts you in a slightly different mind frame than shooting with electronic glass. Sure, you can take beautiful images with both types of lenses, but psychologically the manual glass helps to get you in the headspace of shooting in a cinematic way, and the fact that so many manual lenses have very cinematic and film characteristics to them helps a lot too!Image from oldlenses.blogspot.comManual Lenses are Less ExpensiveManual lenses, and specifically manual primes, are the best bang for your buck lenses that you can buy. If you’ve already bought your share of electronic lenses, you likely already know that primes cost a lot less than zooms, even though primes provide a superior image quality. And with manual primes, you get even more value for your investment. Since there are no electronic components, very high quality manual lenses can be purchased at extremely low costs. For instance, one of my best and sharpest lenses was also my cheapest – a Nikkor 50mm 1.4. This lens (which only costs a few hundred dollars brand new) is sharper than some $2000+ electronic lenses that I have shot with. And there are some manual Nikkor lenses, or Canon FD lenses that you can pick up online for even less that will give great results too.The point being, you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg to get a really fantastic manual lens kit, and you get so much for your money considering the quality of the lens you’re purchasing. In the end, your money is going to the actual glass as opposed to the electronic components, and personally speaking I would much rather have my money spent on the glass itself.Manual Lenses are More AdaptableThe main reason I started buying manual lenses was because I now own multiple cameras (all by different manufacturers), and I wanted to start investing in lenses that could be used on all of them. With electronic glass, it can be difficult if not impossible, to adapt to other lens mounts. For instance, if I have a Canon EF lens, I have very few options if I want to mount it on my Lumix GH4. The GH4 is a Micro Four Thirds camera, which means it is highly universal and can adapt to almost all lenses, but that doesn’t mean it’s always going to be easy. The EF lens would either need to be attached to the MFT mount with a dumb adapter (that doesn’t pass through the electronic signal to control the lens) or with a very expensive electronic adapter that requires it’s own power supply or battery. Not all lenses are this challenging to adapt – it just depends on the specific combination of lens and mount that you are trying to match.That said, you never know which camera you’ll end up getting next week or next year, so why invest in lenses that may not be useable on future cameras of yours? If I wanted to adapt a manual Canon FD lens to that GH4 instead of the electronic EF lens, there would be no problem. I wouldn’t need electronic pass through, so I could just buy a $20 dumb adaptor, and use it with the manual lens. And I could also just as easily mount that same lens (with a different adaptor) to a Sony A7S using the E-mount, a 5D using it’s EF mount, or nearly any other camera for that matter.Give Manual Lenses a ChanceIf you’re shooting anything that should have a cinematic look, whether it’s a short film, documentary, narrative feature, or otherwise – you should really consider manual glass. Not only will the images that it produces for you have more character, but you will also work with the lenses in a way that is more traditional and therefore more authentic to the art form. Not to mention you can save a lot of money by using manual glass and your investment will have much more longevity, as you are able to adapt your lenses to just about any other camera you buy in the future.
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Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Today’s best bets, by Chris CorriganWinning Monday’s Listed race at Pontefract, worth almost £20,000 to the first home, hardly offers Godolphin consolation for a bad day at Ascot on Saturday when none of their seven runners – which included favourites Harry Angel and Ribchester – reached the winners’ enclosure. Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Horse racing tips Horse racing Read more Topics Talking Horses Share on WhatsApp Old Persian, Godolphin’s representative today, is a short-priced favourite with the bookmakers and can certainly be fancied on the strength of his three runs to date, notably an easy win over today’s distance of a mile at Newmarket last time. Soft going holds no fear for this son of Dubawi, as he encountered it when running well to finish third on his debut in July.The value in the race, though, is Learn By Heart (3.50) at 7-2. Heavy ground clearly did not suit this son of Frankel at Haydock last time and the Haggas stable’s two-year-olds have been firing in recent weeks. He handles a soft surface and perhaps his slightly better draw today can turn things against his Godolphin rival.At Windsor, I like the 12-1 shot Haulani (2.10), who just failed by a head to catch Poseidon at Salisbury (soft, 1m2f) a fortnight ago, looking a little unlucky when threading his way through the field to make his challenge. A 4lb rise in the handicap makes things more difficult this time, but it is to be hoped that the 3lb-claiming Hector Crouch, who takes over from John Fahy, can make that concession count. Tips for all Monday racesWindsor1.40 Sovereign State 2.10 Haulani (nap) 2.40 Ballesteros 3.10 Wealth Tax 3.40 John Joiner 4.10 Hedging 4.40 Highway One 5.10 John CaesarPontefract2.20 Hyanna 2.50 Fortunate Vision 3.20 Silvery Moon 3.50 Learn By Heart (nb) 4.20 Tranquil Star 4.50 Minotaur 5.20 Can GerwenPlumpton2.30 Action Replay 3.00 Mrs Burbidge 3.30 Cheltenam De Vaige 4.00 Resolution Bay 4.30 Clondaw Bisto 5.00 Dark Mahler 5.30 Sisania Reuse this content Share on Facebook Since you’re here… features Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share via Email Aidan O’Brien aims The Pentagon and Saxon Warrior at Racing Post Trophy
Leicester boss Rodgers explains Maddison switchby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers explained his decision to switch the role of star James Maddison.The Englishman got a chance at number 10 against Tottenham on Saturday.And he was the star of the show for Leicester, netting the winning goal in a 2-1 success over Spurs.”The change in personnel, that worked well for us,” Rodgers said to reporters after the game. “We tried to get another attacking player into the middle.”I felt at Manchester United, as well as we might have pressed the game sometimes, we needed to be more forward-thinking, so we brought him inside, and Harvey in [on the left].”He can play in a couple of positions, James. We saw him at the top of the diamond in the early part of the second half. He plays that role in behind very well.”We needed to be more aggressive in the game and take the ball, and he’s a player who will take the ball.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa is no stranger to the spotlight. He’s been one of the stars of the Buckeye defense for the past few seasons and is a projected top-10 pick in April’s NFL Draft. With that spotlight comes the attention of critics in the media, the stands, and sometimes on Twitter. Apparently, a group of people were trolling Bosa on there today, pulling up old tweets and trying to get his attention. They seemed to get it, but not in the way that they may have expected.Bosa ripped off a series of tweets mocking the Twitter critics. He deleted them almost immediately, but we screenshotted them before he did. Bosa is going to have several more years of dealing with taunting on social media. He’ll probably ignore it next time.Oh, by the way – that chicken looks really good.