VBSR Builds Bridge Between Vermont Businesses and College StudentsVermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) announced that the Vermont Department of Labor has renewed a grant that funds a program to connect students approaching graduation from Vermont colleges and universities to exciting job opportunities with member companies. VBSRs Internship Program helps member businesses define intern positions and then finds qualified students who are interested in learning more about similar career positions. A recent survey of U.S. employers showed that 62% of college hires last year had held internships and that 31% of new college hires had come directly through an internship program.”We are thrilled to provide this bridge between talented college students who want to stay in Vermont and growing Vermont businesses who need talented young employees,” says Executive Director, Will Patten. “Thousands of students graduate from our colleges each year and go home because they dont know about all the career opportunities with our innovative new business community. This is a big win-win!”The initial grant from the Department of Labor, awarded in January of 2008, enabled VBSR to match 30 students with VBSR member businesses and organizations anticipating growth in the near future. This grant renewal will enable VBSR to focus on making 30 more matches in the year 2009 through relationships with Vermont institutes of higher learning.Businesses interested in creating opportunities for students, in exchange for finding valuable potential employee prospects, should get in touch with Tara Pfeiffer-Norrell by e-mailing TaraP@VBSR.org(link sends e-mail), or calling 802-862-8347.VBSR is a statewide business membership organization made up of 600 Vermont companies representing over 30,000 employees and $4.5 billion in annual sales. VBSR member companies are committed to VBSRs mission to foster a business ethic in Vermont that recognizes the opportunity and responsibility of the business community to set a high standard for protecting the natural, human and economic environments of our citizens.For more information contact Will Patten at VBSR at 802-862-8347 or WillP@VBSR.org(link sends e-mail)###
Industry majors Lloyd’s Register, Precious Shipping, Bostomar, BIMCO, International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA), and GoodFuels have established a consortium to address traceability and transparency in the marine fuel supply chain by using blockchain technology.The consortium was set up via Maritime Blockchain Labs (MBL), a subsidiary of blockchain technology and governance specialists Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration (BLOC).MBL believes the bunker industry, with its multiple, complex transactions is an ideal use case where blockchain technology can help increase transparency and boost compliance and stronger governance.The consortium plans to evaluate how blockchain technologies could help to provide an efficient, tamper-resistant and auditable chain of custody on quality and quantity recording activities, together with a reputation system of the compliance of fuels prior to purchase, benefitting both buyers and regulatory bodies.The ultimate goal is to reduce safety risks and create a more trustworthy framework for accurately monitoring emissions from shipping such as sulphur and carbon.The project represents the initial stage of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation-funded MBL initiative, an industry collaboration for the creation of blockchain technology in the maritime space.“MBL takes an industry-led approach – meaning that the solutions will be identified, designed, and tested by the industry itself, with MBL facilitating governance and developing the technology to ensure these solutions are relevant and used. A consortium approach is essential due to the need to cross regulatory boundaries and work within different organisational bodies and systems,” Deanna MacDonald, CEO and co-founder of BLOC, said.Each member of the consortium represents a different actor in the marine fuels value chain. Lloyd’s Register FOBAS will share knowledge and information about the fuel supply and quality testing process as well as provide bunker quality test data for the building and piloting phase.BIMCO and IBIA will serve as advisors on contractual aspects of the project and demonstration of the fuels quality traceability/accountability, Precious Shipping and Bostomar Shipping, being owners and operators of ships, will be in charge of demonstrating the fuels quality traceability and accountability as buyers.GoodFuels will provide insight into the project from the perspective of a supplier of commercial and sustainable marine biofuels for the shipping industry.“As an off-taker of marine fuels, it’s vital for us to ensure that the fuel we use is compliant – particularly when we think about the market post-2020, and the need to ensure the quality of blended products coming in to meet the 0.5% Sulphur limit. Blockchain is ideally placed to create the reliable chain of custody we need to do this,” Khalid Hashim, Managing Director at Precious Shipping commented.“As leaders in the development of standard contracts and clauses used in shipping, we feel we have an essential role to play in investigating the use of new technologies that may help evolve the way contracts are used. Bunker purchase contracts are one part of a complex chain of activities in the bunker industry. Blockchain “Smart Contracts” based on harmonised terms and conditions like the BIMCO Bunker Terms 2018 could be a stepping stone for the industry to achieve greater transparency and efficiency,” Grant Hunter, Head of Contracts & Clauses at BIMCO added.
Related Stories Mike Hopkins coaches his first game: ‘That was pretty surreal’Georgetown bigs outmuscle No. 14 Syracuse in 79-72 winFrank Howard leans on basketball IQ to pave way to SyracuseFast reaction: 3 quick takeaways from Syracuse’s 79-72 loss to GeorgetownSyracuse community reacts to loss against former Big East rival Georgetown Facebook Twitter Google+ WASHINGTON, D.C. — Syracuse’s biggest run of the game came midway through the second half and was capped off when Frank Howard created a steal and drove hard, coast-to-coast, forcing a layup that Tyler Roberson needed to rebound and score on.Georgetown’s lead had shrunk from 19 to 12 in 75 seconds. And it all happened with the seldom-used point guard running the offense.“I’m happy I could play more,” Howard, a freshman, said. “I want to continue to give good minutes, no matter how many it is. Just always be ready to contribute to the team.”Howard finished just 2-of-8 from the field and had four rebounds and two assists in No. 14 Syracuse’s (6-2) 79-72 loss to Georgetown (4-3) on Saturday. He came in for two minutes in the first half but played 11 in the second, establishing himself — at least for the moment — as the primary backup option at the point.He was aggressive on offense, air-balling a running hook shot. But he showed ability in his first real chance to impact a game this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s a tough game to get your most minutes in,” Trevor Cooney said. “I’m definitely proud of the way he played. He created plays for others, got in the lane, did really good things, played great defense.”Syracuse interim head coach Mike Hopkins said the spike in minutes wasn’t an indication of how the depth chart will shake out in the future. Kaleb Joseph played just in the first half and didn’t record a single statistic in three minutes. The two will continue to battle for minutes.But Howard showed that the battle was real for the first time this season. He scored on a rebound off an air-balled 3 to cut Georgetown’s lead to 15 seven minutes into the second half. His second score came off a turnover as the game felt out of reach with under a minute to go in the second half.With Joseph’s inconsistent play and minutes off the bench, Howard executed on his chance to be the SU point guard.“Frank had good minutes,” starting point guard Michael Gbinije said. “He came in and was aggressive. He did a good job of getting in the lane and making plays for us.” Comments Published on December 5, 2015 at 6:22 pm Contact Sam: firstname.lastname@example.org | @SamBlum3