first_imgWILLISTON, VERMONT – FreshTracks Capital II, L.P. (“FreshTracks”), a Middlebury-based venture capital fund with primary interest in Vermont investments, announced that it has invested an undisclosed amount in NEHP Inc. NEHP is a highly successful Vermont company that has developed a patented modular method of tool installation for semiconductor manufacturing and also provides hygienic piping and skid solutions to the life sciences industries.NEHP manufactures the high purity, SEMI compliant modules at its facility in Williston, Vermont and ships finished product to its customers around the world, including Applied Materials, IBM, Intel, and Nikon. FreshTracks’ investment was structured to accelerate the sales and marketing efforts of NEHP, as this profitable company executes the next stage in its growth strategy.”FreshTracks is very pleased to be a key part of NEHP’s expansion,” said Tim Davis, Managing Director of FreshTracks. “The market opportunity for NEHP’s patented modular solution for the semi-conductor industry is compelling. NEHP’s management team has done an excellent job growing the company since it was founded in 2000. FreshTracks has been monitoring the company’s impressive progress for the past 4 years, and we feel that now is the right time for an equity investment to truly accelerate growth. We are very excited to work alongside NEHP’s management in the coming years to realize that vision.” Davis joined the Board of Directors simultaneously with the closing of the transaction.”FreshTracks Capital has already been a great benefit to our company, and many others throughout Vermont,” said Adam Tarr, CEO of NEHP. “They were instrumental in helping us find our CFO, Robin Morris, and worked with our team to structure NEHPs banking relationship prior to the transaction. I am looking forward to working with Tim Davis. His background and experience provide the perfect fit to help fuel NEHPs continued growth.”NEHP is the second investment in FreshTracks’ second fund. FreshTracks provides a broad spectrum of equity financing to growing companies. Investments out of FreshTracks’ first fund include seed-stage financing provided to re-launch EatingWell, a food and nutrition media company located in Charlotte, early-stage financing for Mophie, an open-source, consumer-driven product design company based in Burlington that is currently focusing on iPod accessories, and later-stage financing during the going-private transaction for the Vermont Teddy Bear Company, the direct-to-consumer business based in Shelburne, VT.”FreshTracks is often the first stop for successful entrepreneurial Vermont companies seeking equity financing, no matter their size,” said Davis, “and now we are even more enthusiastic about the prospects we are seeing in the market, and the expanded capacity we have to invest in Vermont growth businesses with the recent closing of our second fund.”About FreshTracks Capital II, L.P.:FreshTracks Capital II L.P. ( is external) ) is the second fund raised by FreshTracks Capital and is part of the Village Ventures nationwide network of venture capital funds. Since its inception, FreshTracks Capital I has invested in 14 portfolio companies; NEHP represents FreshTracks II’s first investment for the new portfolio. FreshTracks focuses its investment in private growth-oriented companies, primarily companies in close geographic proximity to Vermont.About NEHP Inc.:Founded in 2000 and based in Vermont, USA, NEHP is a pioneer in the field of process piping solutions and modularization for the semi-conductor and life sciences industries. NEHP’s in-shop fabrication capabilities and on-site installation services include design, hygienic material acquisition, fabrication, quality assurance, and commissioning, start-up & documentation turn over packages for high purity process systems. NEHP is compliant with SEMI, cGMP, and BPE.NEHP’s process piping solutions and modularization techniques increase the efficiency of installation by reducing design time, down-time, installation and maintenance costs. NEHP is the holder of U.S. Patent #7.039.999 B2 for its innovative, modular installation methods of semiconductor fabrication tools.Applied Materials, IBM, Intel, Nikon, Vishay, Fluor, and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals are amongst NEHP’s worldwide customers.last_img read more

Shumlin appoints Hal Colston to Vermont Commission on National and Community Service

first_imgGovernor-Elect Peter Shumlin announced today the appointment of Dr. Harold (Hal) Colston as Executive Director of the Vermont Commission on National and Community Service. The Commission, with a state-administered $2 million grant from the federal government, coordinates Americorps National service programs and other volunteer and community services across Vermont.Colston is currently executive director of the nonprofit organization NeighborKeepers, and is an adjunct professor at Champlain College, where he lectures about building community through volunteerism. He previously serviced as diversity coordinator at the Howard Center in Burlington, and is the founder of the Good News Garage in Burlington, which has been featured in several national media outlets.”Hal has dedicated his professional life to volunteerism and efforts like the Good News Garage that make life better for all Vermonters,” Gov. Elect Shumlin said. “He’s been recognized nationally as a leader in this area. We are very lucky to have his ideas and commitment at the helm of the Vermont Commission on National and Community Service.”The commission consists of a maximum of 15 governor appointed citizens supported by a staff of four, and housed in the Secretary’s Office in the Agency of Human Services. The programs are largely funded through federal dollars, with relatively small local matches required.Colston’s salary will be $65,000.last_img read more

12 ways you can save money without sacrificing your lifestyle

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Saving or spending is an eternal economic dilemma. People are constantly torn between the satisfaction of present gratification and the promise of future prosperity. At a first glance, it seems almost impossible to simultaneously achieve both, due to the dynamics of limited income, volatile prices, and personal needs.There are many instances where people spend their money quickly, for limited gains, and find themselves unable to save for the future. Conversely, other people sacrifice their preferred lifestyle in order to save money for a future goal which they deem important, but miss a lot of opportunities to enjoy the present. Both approaches are prone to bring regret, dissatisfaction, and unhappiness in the long run. So what can we do?Ideally, there should be a fine balance between saving and spending. This can be easily achieved with some self-discipline and common sense. To help you out, we will list twelve simple ways to save money without sacrificing your lifestyle.1. Control the Urge for Instant GratificationThe desire for instant gratification is almost inescapable, as it’s programmed in our natural behavior. We naturally prefer the now rather than the later, especially when it comes to things we need on a regular basis, like clothes, food, and household equipment. This also applies to leisure activities, which we would almost certainly prefer to do now, even if we’re short on cash. continue reading »last_img read more

Deliverance from bad marketing

first_imgEarlier this month I received a large-format direct mail postcard from a well-known national big-box office supply retail chain. Emblazoned across the front was a clipart winking pink pig with the words “DEALS TO MAKE YOU SQUEAL” (yes, in ALL CAPS) centered towards the bottom.This marketing is problematic in so many ways. While there are many things that are creepy about this direct-mail card, we’ll focus on just three. Read ahead, if you dare, to ensure your credit union marketing doesn’t approach this level of creepiness.Clipart Pig: Ahh, my old friend, the clipart pig. Usually pink in color although sometimes green or blue, I simply cannot recall how many times I have seen this image used over the years. Many marketing audits from coast-to-coast, credit unions large and small, have unveiled this clipart pig or very similar versions thereof. I’ve even seen it outside of the credit union industry on billboards promoting things like grocery store chains and fitness centers. The problem here is the clipart pig does absolutely nothing to help your credit union stand out in the crowded field of financial institutions vying for your members’ attention. All the clipart pigs says about your credit union is “we’re about is original as a Stepford Wife so come trust us with your financial livelihood.” Honestly, does a clipart pig differentiate your credit union or inspire members and potential members? Not one bit.Rhyme Crime: Okay, so the people that put together this direct mail piece can rhyme. So can a bunch of other people. Heck, start me off with “roses are red” and I can probably freestyle some hideous lyric for you in just a few seconds. Rhyming when done creatively can flash a spark in a consumer’s eyes and mind. When done lamely, like this example (the ALL CAPS sure didn’t help) at best your members will notice it and groan and at worst will simply trash your marketing with every other unremarkable piece of advertising they have seen or heard that day. If you fancy yourself and William Shakespeare or Ice Cube, knock yourself out. Just make sure you let some people that are not in your marketing department proof your rhymes for lameness.General Squealing: I may be dating myself a bit here, but being a pop-culture fan I couldn’t help but immediately think of the 1972 Burt Reynolds movie Deliverance when this postcard arrived and promised to make me “squeal” with the pig so prominently pictured. If you haven’t seen the movie, I can’t necessarily recommend it because it is graphic and scarring, but if you have seen it and you know what I’m talking about, then you probably get why I don’t want anybody’s deals to make me squeal or anything remotely like a pig sound. This point may be a bit more nitpicky than the others, but if your marketing smacks loudly of a pop culture reference, it’s probably a better idea to make a positive one and not a 70s movie that traumatized a generation of kids (myself included).Working outside the typical confines of credit union marketing dogma is both possible and powerful. It’s also not as easy as it sounds. In 2010 Old Spice rolled the dice with the first of its awesome “the man your man could smell like” commercials and helped redefine what was a stodgy old “your grandfather’s aftershave” brand into something entirely new. Your credit union, with daring and diligence, can achieve the same.Don’t get me wrong — there are a lot of credit unions doing a lot of terrific marketing out there. Over many years of working inside and alongside credit unions, I can also safely say there’s definitely room for improvement in the marketing and consumer outreach arenas for some. Staying clear of pitfalls like cheesy clipart, lame rhymes and jarring pop-culture references is a great place to start.And yes, this particular direct mail postcard went right in the trash, squealing like a pig all the way home. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Arnold Mark Arnold is an acclaimed speaker, brand expert and strategic planner helping businesses such as credit unions and banks achieve their goals with strategic marketing insights and energized training. Mark … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Siya Kolisi: The Springboks’ first black Rugby WC winning captain

first_imgSiya Kolisi battling his way throughoutBorn to teenage parents in the poor township of Zwide, just outside Port Elizabeth on the Eastern Cape, Siya Kolisi was brought up by his grandmother, who cleaned kitchens to make ends meet. Kolisi was 16 when the Springboks won their second Rugby World Cup title in 2007. There was no television in his house so he had to go to a local bar to watch John Smit lift the trophy after beating England in the final in Paris. Kolisi was appointed as the captain of South Africa’s rugby team in 2018 with his first test coming on June 09, 2018, which itself made history. And almost 16 months on, he led his side to glory. The Springboks captain got a chance to etch his name in history books on Saturday when he led South Africa to a victory in the final against England. As a loose forward, Kolisi was a significant asset to a Springbok team that battled their way through the finals. The final was his 50th cap and his 20th as a captain. The kid from nowhere has entered a territory where none have gone before.Also read | Khabib Nurmagomedov: Fighter’s Salary, Net Worth, Next UFC OpponentSiya Kolisi inspiring changeRugby matters in many places around the world, but only in South Africa it has the power to unite a nation and to change the course of history. Siya Kolisi’s impact is far greater than simply what he does on the pitch because of all that has happened before this moment. When the Springboks triumphed in Johannesburg 24 years ago, there was just one black player, Chester Williams, in the starting 15. By the time of their second World Cup win in 2007, there were still only two. This year in their squad of 31, 11 were black which included their captain. Things are changing in South Africa, despite having over 75 per cent of black people in the country, it is now that they have become prominent with hopes that many would follow Kolisi’s path and lead their nation in various walks of life.Siya Kolisi after an emotional victory in the final WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US 10 months ago Roger Federer congratulates Springboks after Rugby World Cup win LIVE TV Sujay Chakraborty Also read | Bulgaria To Play Game Behind Closed Doors, Fined After England RacismAlso read | UFC: Conor McGregor Shows Off His Lean Physique On Instagram COMMENT 10 months ago Ben Spencer’s ‘crazy days’ before Rugby World Cup final with England Siya Kolisi leading from the frontThe Springboks exceeded everybody’s expectations at the World Cup. Having lost to New Zealand early in the tournament, nobody expected them to win the tournament a few weeks later. But winning the final by 20 points was indeed very convincing. And Siya Kolisi was there leading his side inspirationally to their third World Cup win. FOLLOW US 10 months ago Kevin Pietersen hails South African rugby team, English fans miffed Last Updated: 6th November, 2019 17:06 IST Siya Kolisi: The Springboks’ First Black Rugby WC Winning Captain South Africa Rugby Union’s first black captain Siya Kolisi led his side to their third Rugby World Cup title with a win over England in Yokohama, Japan. 10 months ago Rugby WC: Fans request for Ben Stokes’ inclusion in the England team The South African national rugby team or the Springboks won the Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama, Japan on Saturday by defeating England in the final. Thousands of South African supporters screamed joyfully and sang at the OR Tambo Airport near Johannesburg as the Springboks returned home with a frenzied reception to their first-ever black captain, Siya Kolisi.Also read | Colin Kaepernick Hands Out Food To Homeless In Oakland On His Birthday WE RECOMMEND Written By 10 months ago Lewis Hamilton: Twitter congratulates racing star for 6th F1 title First Published: 6th November, 2019 17:06 ISTlast_img read more

Premier League: Blackpool 1 – 3 West Ham

first_imgVictor Obinna followed up his weekend hat-trick with two goals as West Ham beat Blackpool to move off the foot of the Premier League table.Keeper Richard Kingson’s blunder gifted him the opening goal, before debutant Robbie Keane volleyed in a second.Blackpool’s Charlie Adam scored from a corner only for Obinna’s rasping shot to make it 3-1 before half-time.Adam thumped a free-kick against the bar as the Seasiders laid siege in the second half but West Ham held on.From the outset, neither side held anything back as they both went all out in attack, and the game developed a lively tempo.Although Ian Holloway’s team had the better of the early possession, it was the visitors who did more with the ball when they had it, and the first meaningful chance fell to Obinna. Frederic Piquionne fired in a cross from the left which was allowed to go all the way across the box to Obinna and his bobbling shot drew a good full-stretch from Kingson.Obinna was a constant threat, and with West Ham having clearly identified the right-hand side of Blackpool’s defence as a weakness, he was regularly in the thick of the action.When the first goal of the game came, it was no surprise that the Nigerian was involved.He twisted and turned and pulled marker Craig Cathcart out of position, and opened up the angle to shoot from the left-hand corner of the box, with Kingson inexplicably palming the ball into his own net.But with the Hammers having shipped 10 goals in their last three league games, Blackpool knew the visitors were open to a sucker punch, and they very nearly landed one through Andy Reid. The Blackpool debutant spotted keeper Robert Green off his line and tried to curl a shot into the far top corner from wide on the right, but the England keeper back-pedalled and managed to finger-tip the ball over the bar.Seeing their lead threatened roused West Ham to action and inevitably Obinna was involved.He drew a fine double save from Kingson but there was nothing the Ghanaian could do about Keane’s follow-up volley into the bottom corner from close range.But just as Avram Grant’s side were starting to think of the rare luxury of a two goal half-time cushion, Blackpool struck back.Adam, the focus of so much pre-match attention, fired in a low corner from the right which somehow eluded everyone and skidded into the far corner to put the hosts on the scoreboard. Amazingly, there was still time for another goal before the break, and once again, Obinna was at the heart of things.Scott Parker charged forward from the centre circle and laid the ball off to Obinna, who unleashed an unstoppable left-foot shot from 30 yards into the top corner.Adam continued to show his huge value in the transfer market by being at the centre of everything Blackpool did, and he came within inches of narrowing West Ham’s lead when he smashed a second-half free-kick against the crossbar.That free-kick was earned after James Tomkins fouled substitute James Beattie and the introduction of the former Everton striker caused West Ham’s defence all kinds of problems.Winston Reid in particular struggled to deal with him, and was lucky to avoid conceding a penalty when he hauled Beattie down in the box, although the forward did not complain much about the decision. Beattie came on at the same time as former Hammer Marlon Harewood, showing the home side’s attacking intent, and they laid siege to Green’s goal for the rest of the game.But for all Blackpool’s pressure, Green’s stoppage-time one-handed save from Harewood was one of the few times he was truly threatened, and the visitors held on for only their second away win of the season.Source: BBClast_img read more

Indians’ Zach Plesac’s night on the town with friends gets him run out of Chicago

first_imgZach Plesac got caught. He regrets his actions.The Cleveland pitcher was sent home Sunday from Chicago, where the team was wrapping up a weekend series vs. the White Sox, after it was learned he had breached the team hotel Saturday to meet up with friends in the city, violating team rules and MLB’s COVID-19 protocols in the process. Given that the Cardinals and Marlins have had their seasons turned upside down by the coronavirus, Cleveland was not about to allow the right-hander near the team. It arranged for a car service to transport him to Ohio,  The Athletic reported , adding that Plesac and the driver received point-of-care testing before leaving. Plesac will now be quarantined for 72 hours and tested daily.Plesac, the nephew of former MLB pitcher Dan Plesac, apologized on social media later Sunday.Statement from Zach Plesac:— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) August 10, 2020If Cleveland decides against harsh disciplinary measures, it could just skip his next turn. The team has three-off days from Monday through Aug. 17. Plesac pitched six scoreless innings in his start Saturday, lowering his ERA to 1.29. FAGAN: Cardinals’ outbreak is a needed wakeup callPlesac’s relationship with teammates might be more complicated.”We love Zach,” team ace Shane Bieber said, per The Athletic. “We support him. But he screwed up. We’re going to handle this in-house.”last_img read more

Kenya’s Wanyama moves to Premier League giants Spurs

first_imgAs you can imagine it is very emotional for me to say goodbye to the club that gave me the chance to be the first Kenyan to play in Premier League.London, United Kingdom | AFP |Midfield enforcer Victor Wanyama became the first player from Southampton to join up with former manager Mauricio Pochettino when he signed for Tottenham from their Premier League rivals on Thursday.The 24-year-old Kenyan international, who Southampton refused to sell to Spurs last year, will cost a reported £9 million ($13.4 million, 11.7 million euros), although with add-ons it could rise to £12 million. Wanyama signed a five-year contract and is Pochettino’s first signing of the close season, as he builds a side not only for the Premier League campaign but also the Champions League after they finished third last term. Wanyama said in an open letter that he was sad to leave the club that in 2013 gave him the chance to become the first Kenyan to play in the Premier League.“I write to you with a heavy heart to announce that I will be leaving Southampton Football Club,” he said.“As you can imagine it is very emotional for me to say goodbye to the club that gave me the chance to be the first Kenyan to play in Premier League.“Firstly, I would like to thank the most important part of every club, the fans. It took a while for me to win you all over but I can truly say that with your support and affection I have grown as a player and a person.“I will never forget my time in Southampton Football Club, I will keep the club forever in my heart.”Wanyama, who made his international debut aged just 15, impressed for the Saints last season as they finished a best-ever sixth in the Premier League.Wanyama, who scored four goals in 85 league appearances and had a year to run on his contract, is the second big loss to Southampton in the past week after manager Ronald Koeman left to take over at Everton.Pochettino was the man responsible for bringing Wanyama to Southampton, signing him from Celtic for the 2013/14 campaign but the Argentine left for Spurs at the end of that season.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Griner, Delle Donne and Diggins dealt with bullies

first_imgby Doug FeinbergAP Basketball WriterNEW YORK (AP) — Before they were college basketball stars and the future of the WNBA, Brittney Griner, Skylar Diggins and Elena Delle Donne had something else in common: They were all bullied when they were kids.The top three picks in the WNBA draft talked to The Associated Press about a variety of topics last Wednesday, including how standing out in a crowd wasn’t always easy.“It was hard. Just being picked on for being different. Just being bigger, my sexuality, everything,” said the 6-foot-8 Griner, who acknowledged she is a lesbian. “I overcame it and got over it. Definitely something that I am very passionate about. I want to work with kids and bring recognition to the problem, especially with the LGBT community.”Delle Donne, who is 6-5, said she was also picked on when she was younger. Not just for her size, but also because of her older sister Lizzie, who is deaf, blind and has cerebral palsy.“Being way taller than the other girls, they’d make fun of me,” Delle Donne said. “Issues with my sister that you wouldn’t believe. People saying she looked like a monster. It was so hurtful.”Diggins said girls are cruel and would make fun of her for “whatever it was that day.”The Notre Dame star, who stands at a more pedestrian 5-foot-9, said she used to want to go back at those people who would verbally attack her, but really learned a lot from the way Griner has dealt with the negativity surrounding her.“I don’t think anyone has handled it better than Brittney,” Diggins said. “It’s great to see how she handles herself in this situation. People are cruel. She handles every situation with such class and it’s inspiring and she’s taught me some things about when people say bad things. She’s a poster child for how to handle criticism.”Delle Donne remembers first meeting Griner at an All-America ceremony.“We were all sitting there and no one was talking to each other and then Brittney comes bounding in and broke the ice with everyone just being herself.”The trio have become friends over the course of the season, tweeting and texting to each other.Griner joked they aren’t “getting together for movies or alligator tails in Waco,” but have developed a kinship. Rooting for each other over the course of the season and consoling when their college careers ended.“I hadn’t felt that way any other year,” Diggins said. “I’d see them play and go, ‘Wow, she got fouled. That’s not right.’”Griner admitted also cheering for the other two during the season.“People act like we shouldn’t root each other on,” the two-time AP Player of the Year said. “Why not? Why do I have to hope they fail, I want them to make it all the way. When we meet on the court we put aside friendship and then when the game’s over, we can joke around again.”Diggins has big plans for the trio and hopes they can play together in the 2016 Rio Olympics in a proposed 3-on-3 basketball event. Sure, the IOC Executive board first has to approve the event on Aug. 9, but to Diggins that’s just a formality.“Think about how much attention it would draw, the three of us playing together in the first one,” Diggins said. “It would be such a great honor. We would win. We would definitely win.”Follow Doug Feinberg on Twitter at BIG THREE–In this April 17 photo, from left, Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner, Chicago Sky’s Elena Delle Donne and Tulsa Shock’s Skylar Diggins pose together following an interview with The Associated Press in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: India vs Pakistan clash bigger than Ashes, says Irfan Pathan

first_imgAhead of much-anticipated, high octane Champions Trophy final between India and Pakistan at the Oval, Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan has declared the clash between the two Asian arch-rivals bigger than the Ashes series.Admitting that the match between India and Pakistan is always ‘special’, the 32-year-old backed his side to continue to play in the same manner as they have performed so far and emerge victorious.”It is a big match. A final match between the two is happening after 10 years. The last time India and Pakistan met in the finals was in T20 World Cup in 2007. I was a part of that match. We went on to win that match. The match between the two sides is always special. Many people get involved in this. It is even considered bigger than the Ashes series between Australia and England. I hope the Indian team win. My wishes are with Virat Kohli and his team. I am very hopeful of their win especially after the way India have played in the tournament so far. They have won all the matches except the one against Sri Lanka,” Pathan said in an exclusive conversation with ANI.Like many people, Pathan also believes the Virat Kohli-led India’s strength lies in their batting while Pakistan would bank on their superb bowling attack in the summit clash.”I think the way Virat Kohli is batting and his timing is great. I think India have an upper hand going into the match. If we talk about bowling and batting, the competition has always been between Pakistan’s bowling and India’s batting,” he added.advertisementTeam India, the defending champions, registered their place in the Champions Trophy final after registering a resounding nine-wicket win over Bangladesh in the second semi-final to set up another high-voltage clash against the Sarfraz Ahmed-led side.Going into the match, India would be high on confidence having comprehensively defeated their Asian neighbour by 124 runs in the group stage.India have won four of their last five ODI matches against Pakistan, including a 124-run victory earlier in this tournament during the group stage.However, it would not be easy for the Men in Blue to defend their title as they would face a charged-up and equally confident Pakistan, who surprised everyone by beating favourites England in the first semi-final at Cardiff on Wednesday.If India manage to clinch the victory at the Oval today, they will become the first team to win the Trophy three times and join Australia as the second team to defend the title.last_img read more