VBSR Builds Bridge Between Vermont Businesses and College Students

first_imgVBSR 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)###last_img read more

Ronaldinho lands in Brazil after Paraguay detention

first_imgFormer football star Ronaldinho arrived home in Brazil on a private jet on Tuesday, following more than five months in detention in Paraguay over a fake passport scandal. The former Ballon d’Or winner arrived at Rio de Janeiro’s international airport from Paraguay’s capital Asuncion just before 4:30 pm (1930 GMT.) A judge on Monday released Ronaldinho, 40, and his brother, who had both been held for a month in jail and another four months under house arrest in a hotel in Asuncion. The brothers arrived in Paraguay on March 4 because Ronaldinho was due to take part in an event in support of disadvantaged children. However, two days later, the pair were taken into police custody when investigators raided their hotel following the discovery they had fake documents. The former World Cup winner is now “free to travel to whatever country in the world he wants but he must inform us if he changes his permanent residence” for a period of one year, the judge said. “He has no restrictions except for the fulfilment of reparations for damage to society.”Advertisement Loading… Dressed in jeans, a black beret and black shirt at Monday’s court hearing, Ronaldinho accepted the terms of his release, which include payment of $90,000 in damages. His brother Roberto de Assis Moreira, who is also Ronaldinho’s business manager, must pay $110,000. Read Also: Messi asks Barcelona to terminate contract The judge stressed that he was not issuing a “definitive dismissal” of the case but that Ronaldinho was benefitting from a “conditional suspension of the procedure.” His brother was given a two-year suspended sentence. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterLaugh, Cry, Or Just Relax With The Best Series Streaming On HBOThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Highest Paid Football Players In The Worldlast_img read more

Ghana’s President arrives today for 2-day visit

first_imgThe Guyana Government is set to host the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who is arriving later tonight for a high-level two-day visit.President David Granger with President Nana Akufo-Addo in Cuba earlier this yearThe State visit was announced by President David Granger two weeks ago when he accredited the new Ghanaian High Commissioner to Guyana. The Guyanese Head of State had disclosed that he met President Akufo-Addo twice – first, at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference last year and again this year, in Cuba, where the African Leader accepted an invitation to visit Georgetown.During his two-day visit, the Ghanaian President will be spending his time “deepening and strengthening the cordial relationship” the two countries have built over the past 40 years. President Akufo-Addo will arrive in Guyana around 23:00h today and depart on June 12.President Granger had previously noted that his Ghanaian counterpart’s visit will result in practical measures aimed at enhancing relations and cooperation between our two states, particularly in the fields of agriculture, culture, energy, environment, investment, petroleum production, Private Sector cooperation, tourism and transportation.This State-visit comes on the heels of a recent visit by a large Ghanaian delegation two weeks ago to engage local stakeholders on areas of mutual interest in the oil and gas sector, among others.The more than 15-member team, led by Ghana’s Energy Minister and Deputy Minister (Petroleum) Dr Mohammed Amin Adam, had met with a number of Government Ministers and officials including those from the Department of Energy.“I think anybody who says Guyana is not the hottest place to be and I am not speaking about climatologically but in terms of what we have found thus far in the oil and gas sector would not be lying. It’s a time in which also, we are keen to ensure that as a Department though young… we seek as best we can to ensure that these resources are managed in an efficient manner and an effective manner for all of Guyana,” Director of the Energy Department, Dr Mark Bynoe, posited.Dr Bynoe further noted that the Department does not underestimate the momentous task ahead and continues to seek partnerships to ensure that it obtains the best value for the nation.“We do not pretend to have all the answers to all the challenges that are before us, but we are very much positioned and we are keen to learn from others; the good, the not so good and even the indifferent experiences so we do not have to trod the same path which others may have trod before us,” the Director of Energy said.Meanwhile, Dr Adam posited that he was pleased for the opportunity to discuss issues relative to cooperation with the Energy Department here.“We are bound by so many factors [that] unites us because as you know, the …formation in your offshore bases is analogous to what we have in Ghana. So it’s not surprising that Exxon, which is here, has also entered Ghana and so we are united by so many factors and …will be able to leverage that for the benefit of the people of our two countries,” the Ghanaian Minister said.Although Guyana officially established diplomatic relations with Ghana on May 14, 1979, Guyana’s Independence movement was greatly influenced by Pan-Africanist and first President of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah. During the celebration of Ghana’s Independence in March 1957, Guyana’s political leaders, Dr Cheddi Jagan and Forbes Burnham travelled to the West African State to attend the festivities. Throughout their years of leadership, both Presidents Jagan and Burnham maintained good relations with Ghana.Guyana has long shared common interests with those of the Republic of Ghana. In fact, President Granger and many Guyanese historians have documented the contributions of Africans in Guyana, highlighting specifically the contributions of the “Maroon people”. This African group, who came to Guyana through the Atlantic slave trade, originated in West Africa as a part of the group of Asante people who lived in a region of what is now modern-day Ghana.As the diplomatic relationship between Guyana and Ghana continues to flourish, so does Ghana’s cultural stamp on Guyana. Earlier this year, on March 3, Guyana celebrated its 9th annual Ghana Day, organised by the Ghana Day Organisation. The Ghana Day festivities this year focused on the resuscitation of African culture among African-Guyanese. The cultural day usually features a parade and pageant of traditional Ghanaian clothing and a fair showcasing African food, clothing, accessories, and art.last_img read more

Coffin remains tell life story of ancient sunworshiping priestess

first_imgTo study the Egtved Girl’s comings and goings, researchers led by Karin Frei, a geologist at the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen, analyzed the different forms, or isotopes, of the element strontium in her tissues. Strontium occurs naturally in soil and rocks and usually enters the body in water we drink. The ratio of two of its isotopes—strontium-87 and strontium-86—varies depending on soil and geology and can be used to make informed guesses about where people or animals originally came from. Researchers usually look at teeth, which absorb the element when an individual is very young and whose strontium ratios do not change after about 3 or 4 years of age.In the case of the Egtved Girl, the team had not only her teeth, but also her hair, fingernails, clothes, and the ox hide on which her body was resting in the coffin, as well as the teeth and cremated bones of the child buried with her in a small box made of tree bark. (The girl’s uncremated bones did not survive the waterlogged, acidic environment in which the coffin was found.)To figure out where the girl came from, the researchers first analyzed strontium in one of her molars and found a ratio noticeably higher than that typically found in Denmark; a small, dense bone from the rear of the child’s skull that had survived cremation produced a similar ratio. The team concluded that both the girl and her child had spent their earliest years outside of Denmark, likely in the Black Forest area. This fits earlier archaeological evidence—from Bronze Age settlements, burial mounds, and the exchange of artifacts such as swords—that the peoples of Denmark and Germany had formed alliances between chiefdoms that probably involved intermarriage.To trace the Egtved Girl’s movements during the last period of her life, the team analyzed the strontium in her hair, which was 23 centimeters long, about shoulder length; because human scalp hair grows about 1 centimeter each month, that represented the last 23 months of her life. The researchers cut the hair into four segments and looked at the strontium ratios in each one. The oldest segment corresponded again to the Black Forest region, while the middle two segments were typical of Denmark. But the last segment, corresponding to the final 4 to 6 months of her life, once again reflected a sojourn in a distant place, possibly the Black Forest again. A similar pattern was seen in her fingernail—cut into three segments for analysis, representing in all her last 6 months alive—which confirmed that she had been away from Denmark shortly before she died. The wool fibers from her clothes, as well as the ox hide on which she was laid, also revealed strontium ratios from outside Denmark.Taken together, the evidence suggests that the girl, her child, and her clothes all originated from the Black Forest region, and that she married into a Danish chiefdom and was buried in Denmark after she died, the team reports today in Scientific Reports. The researchers concede that the identification of the Black Forest as her birthplace is speculative, but they are certain that it must have been several hundred kilometers away from where she was buried. Moreover, Frei says, the girl’s clothes were typical of the local culture in Denmark, even though the animals they were made from lived elsewhere. “I think that she tried to integrate herself into the local society by having a local-looking outfit, but made of raw material that came from far away and most likely from her place of origin.”Umberto Albarella, an archaeologist at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom, says that the degree to which the young lady moved around over a relatively short period is “staggering,” even if her Black Forest origins are “speculative.” The study is also consistent with other evidence from genetics and linguistics that women moved around during the Bronze Age while men stayed put, Bentley says. Email Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! 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Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Once upon a time in the Bronze Age, a girl was born to a family of sun worshipers living in the Black Forest of what is today Germany. When she was young she became a priestess in the local sun cult, and soon attracted the eye of a tribal chief who lived far to the north. The girl’s family married her off, and she went to live with the chief in what is now Denmark. She often traveled back and forth between Denmark and her ancestral home and eventually gave birth to a child while she was away. Sometime before her 18th birthday, she and the child died. They were buried together in an oak coffin, the young woman wearing a bronze belt buckle in the shape of the sun.How do we know? A new study of the 3400-year-old girl’s chemical isotopes, along with more conventional archaeological evidence, tells us so. At least, these are the conclusions of scientists who recently analyzed the teeth, fingernails, hair, and clothes of the Egtved Girl, so named for the Danish village where archaeologists first discovered her in 1921.The study is “state-of-the-art,” says Joachim Burger, an archaeologist at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany, who was not involved in the research. Alex Bentley, an archaeologist at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom, calls the work “impressive and meticulous.” The study is highly unusual, researchers say, in the way that it brings together chemical tracers from a number of tissue types to reconstruct the life history of a single individual.last_img read more