Hubbardton Forge Corporation,Vermont Business Magazine Luxury lighting company, Hubbardton Forge, confirms an executive transition currently underway, and announces key leadership positions.Maria (Scutaro) Mullen, appointed President & COO on June 1, will now assume the role of CEO, with Bubba Sandford having completed his mission to assist the company in navigating the draw-down and closure, due to the pandemic, and subsequent successful re-opening of production. With Sandford’s guidance, Hubbardton Forge moved from one shift to two, and was able to ship through an unprecedentedly-high backlog due to a 5-wk closure in March/April.Maria (Scutaro) MullenToday, the company is back at 100% employment, and boasting its highest production rates ever. Most importantly, Sandford’s direction helped to keep the Hubbardton Forge team safe and healthy.Mullen, a lighting industry veteran executive with over a decade of experience at the helm of two major companies, also led her own lighting design/manufacturing company prior to joining Hubbardton Forge back in June. She transitions this month to the role of Chief Executive Officer for the Vermont manufacturer.Well-respected among industry leaders, sales rep’ agencies and customers, Mullen assumes this chief executive role with one of the most award-winning brands in the lighting industry.“I am honored and excited to have been selected to lead this wonderful company. We have a great and talented team, a terrific culture and a desire to innovate and lead in design and technology.” Mullen said, “We are writing the next chapter in this classic American story and I look forward to leading the team to new heights.”In addition to the company’s recent announcement of Andrew Knapp as VP of Sales, overseeing Commercial, Trade and Residential Showroom sales, Hubbardton Forge also announced the promotion of Steve Wiegers, an 18-year employee, to the manufacturing leadership position as VP of Operations.Steve WiegersWiegers began his career with the company as a Manufacturing Team member, and held a variety of managerial roles within the Forge, including that of Supply Chain Manager, before being promoted in March 2020 to Acting Director of Operations. He, now, assumes his new role as VP of Operations.“Steve is extremely talented and, moreover, committed to Hubbardton Forge. He is exactly the type of manager any company would be lucky to have” according to Maria Mullen, “His hard work in managing the shutdown and reopening was exceptional, and his ability to improve operations during this challenging year helped us come out of this period stronger than before. I look forward to working with Steve in his new position to continue to improve and grow our company.”For over 46 years, Hubbardton Forge created made-to-order, handcrafted products in an environmentally responsible way. Approximately 230 artisans, designers, engineers and staff in Castleton, Vermont develop lighting solutions for commercial and residential spaces. For more information, please visit www.hubbardtonforge.com(link is external) Source: (Castleton, VT) Luxury lighting company, Hubbardton Forge 12.2.2020
And while Smith cautioned against having too high of expectations too early, he did cite his knowledge and familiarity with the program as giving him a bit of a head start on transitioning into this new role.“You don’t feel like you’re starting at zero. You certainly feel like you can hit the ground running,” he said. “We feel like we can really make big strides here pretty quickly.” Smith’s aspirations for the team go beyond just success as a program. Along with returning the team to its championship ways, Smith hopes to expand the reach of the golf program, both in the community and across the state. “We are the only division one school in our state, so we have an obligation to make sure everyone is really, really excited about Gopher golf,” Smith said. “I want our supporters, [and] all those, hopefully soon-to-be supporters, in the community to really know Gopher golf.”Smith’s dedication to the program is one thing he believes makes him the man for the job. He’s more than up to the challenge ahead of building a successful program in Minnesota. “There’s no one out there who’s going to be able to put more passion and effort into this program, to get it back going in the right direction and get it back to its championship ways. I feel so invested and roots are so deep here in Minnesota,” he said. “This is my number one job in the country, it’s a place that means more to me than anything professionally.” Gophers’ men’s golf gets a new head coachJustin Smith was part of back-to-back Big Ten Championship teams in 2002 and 2003. Nolan O’HaraJuly 3, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintIn need of a new head coach, the Gophers’ men’s golf program didn’t have to look far; former player and associate head coach Justin Smith was named the new head coach on June 24. For Smith, becoming head coach realizes a dream that many collegiate athletes have, coaching for their alma mater. “I knew I always wanted to be a head coach. You certainly never know when and where that opportunity comes and fortunately it’s here for me right now,” Smith said. Smith attended the University of Minnesota from 2000-2004 and was a star golfer for the University at that time, in what was perhaps the peak era of Minnesota golf. He helped lead the Gophers to winning Big Ten titles in 2002 and 2003, but is best remembered for hitting the clinching putt in the 2002 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship, giving the University their first and only national title. In 2014, he rejoined the program as an assistant coach, but he always had head coaching aspirations. For the last two seasons, Smith has been with the team as the associate head coach. He worked along with the director of men’s golf, John Carlson. Smith focused on the day-to-day tasks of the team, while Carlson handled administrative duties. Carlson resigned in May to pursue other opportunities, according to Star Tribune reporting.Now, as head coach, Smith hopes to replicate the success he saw in his days playing for the Gophers. Minnesota hasn’t won a Big Ten championship since 2014, and while there were some encouraging signs from this past season, Smith acknowledges there’s always room for improvement. “That’s kind of the one thing we wanted to change, our standards, our expectations and our goals,” he said. “We’re really going to raise that bar and really going to push hard to achieve some special things.”
Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis will play host on the Occasion of the 16th Conference of Governors-General and Presidents of the Caribbean Region, which takes place from Sunday 8th to Thursday 12th of April, 2018. Chair of the conference, His Excellency Sir S.W. Tapley Seaton, Governor-General of St. Kitts and Nevis, said that there will be an opening ceremony and reception at Government House on Monday 9th April with the Governors-General and Presidents. Prior to the opening ceremony and reception, the visiting delegates would have already visited Nevis and taken a tour. Other visits while in the Federation will include one to the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Center at the C.A. Paul Southwell Industrial Park and the other to the recently opened five star luxury hotel, Park Hyatt St. Kitts located at Christophe Harbour on the island’s Southeast Peninsula. The working sessions of the conference will be held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort where several issues will be discussed. According to Sir Tapley, some of these issues relate to the Office of Governor-General and Office of President and the experiences of the office holders; issues relating to Central Banks in the region; the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) and its accomplishments in 50 years and prospects for the future; the University of the West Indies (UWI) and a retrospective look at its 70 years in existence with predictions for the future; and the relationship of the High Commissions in London with Buckingham Palace. Dominica a land ‘brutalised’ – reflection on the fury of a… Conference of Governors-General, Presidents off to warm… CDB to discuss regional productivity, tourism industry… May 25, 2017 CDB study recommends strategies to promote regional… Sep 25, 2017 Apr 10, 2018 Apr 24, 2017 You may be interested in… Some of the countries that will be represented at the conference include Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, while some prominent persons who will attend include Former Governor-General of Saint Lucia, Dame Calliopa Pearlette Louisy, the first woman to hold that post in Saint Lucia and who held the office for 20 years; President of the CCJ, Sir Charles Michael Dennis Byron, who demits office this year; Governor General of Belize and Dean of the Governors-General of the Caribbean Region, Sir Colville Norbert Young; President of the Commonwealth of Dominica, His Excellency, the Honourable Charles Savarin; and Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, Mr. Timothy Antoine. (St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service Press Release)Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Conference of Governors-General, Presidents off to warm start in St. Kitts and NevisBasseterre, St. Kitts, April 10, 2018 (SKNIS): His Excellency Sir S. W. Tapley Seaton, Governor-General of St. Kitts-Nevis, warmly welcomed eminent Heads of State to the federation, as they assembled at Government House on Monday, 9 April for the opening ceremony of the 16th Conference of Governors-General and President of…April 10, 2018In “Antigua & Barbuda”Regional Bar Associations should promote CCJ more – St Kitts and Nevis Governor-GeneralBASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) — St. Kitts and Nevis Governor-General Sir Samuel Tapley Seaton believes that Regional Bar Associations have dropped the ball on promoting the merits of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Seaton made the remarks while participating in a discussion on the CCJ at the two-day,…April 4, 2016In “CARICOM”Former Governor-General receives knighthood from Prince HarryBasseterre, St. Kitts – (SKNIS): An investiture ceremony was held Wednesday in the State Room at Government House where former Governor General of St. Kitts and Nevis, His Excellency Sir Edmund Wickham Lawrence, formally received his knighthood. Sir Edmund Lawrence was invested with the insignia of Knight Grand Cross of…November 24, 2016In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp
Statewide mask mandates in the United States. Shown are the 34 states (plus the District of Columbia) that do require face covering in public. In the remaining states, mask orders typically vary by county and/or municipality. Source: AARP (www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-2020/states-mask-mandates-coronavirus.html). Created by Eli Ben-Naim
BULGARIA: Plans to restructure state rail operator BDZ on a holding company model were signed-off by Minister of Transport, Communications & Information Technology Alexander Tsvetko on October 22.National Railway Infrastructure Company is already responsible for infrastructure. The latest plans will see BDZ EAD established as a holding company with two subsidiaries covering passenger and freight operations. All locomotives and rolling stock will be allocated to the subsidiaries, with the holding company retaining only assets intended for disposal. In the longer term the freight business could be sold. The measure is intended to provide financial stability, and BDZ said it will provide greater flexibility and efficiency in strategic decision making.
The MRI has confirmed the #Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes suffered a dislocated kneecap, but not significant additional damage, sources tell me and @JamesPalmerTV. He’ll seek additional opinions to be sure. The plan is for him to return this season after a brief absence.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 18, 2019The Chiefs plan on him returning last this season.Kansas City currently sits at 5-2 and first place in the AFC West. Three of its next four games are at home before it heads on its bye in Week 12.Amari Cooper practices for CowboysAmari Cooper suffered a thigh bruise during the Cowboys’ 31-24 loss to the Packers in Week 6, and had to exit last week’s 24-22 loss to the Jets early in the game due to the lingering injury.“From the time I had hurt it in the Green Bay game to the time I talked to you guys, it had taken a huge leap,” Cooper told reporters Thursday. “So I thought it would continue to get a lot better each and every day — but it kind of plateaued and it only got a little bit better every day.”Dallas desperately needs Cooper to be healthy, especially with the team in the midst of a three-game skid after starting the season 3-0. Cooper plans to see how he feels after Friday’s practice to determine whether or not he’ll suit up against Philadelphia on Sunday.“You know it’s going to be a challenge, it’s going to be a dogfight for us,” Cooper said. “It’s a divisional game, and it’s always a dogfight.”The Cowboys (3-3) host the division-rival Eagles (3-3) on Sunday at 8:20 p.m. ET.NFL Players’ Association open to discussing 17-game regular seasonIn recent years, rumors of NFL owners wanting to expand the regular season to 18 games have surfaced and been major talking points by players, fans and experts alike. It seems players have begun to warm up to the idea as ESPN’s reporting the NFLPA is open to discussing a 17-game regular season as part of the next collective bargaining agreement. The report states the NFLPA’s in favor of expanding the season as long as the players’ share in revenue is increased by a “sufficient amount” in the new deal.While a formal 17-game proposal hasn’t been created, the report states details have been discussed regarding the new schedule, including bye weeks for teams before Thursday night games, moving the Super Bowl back to Presidents’ Day weekend and players getting paid on a 52-week schedule as opposed to just during the season.The current CBA expires in March 2021.Two things that don’t matterBroncos’ Vic Fangio saying he’s disappointed by offensive performance this seasonYou don’t have to be a football expert to notice Denver’s offense this season has been subpar. The Broncos have scored more than 20 points just twice this season, and in Thursday’s home loss to the Chiefs, they only managed six against a porous Kansas City defense.”It was all levels of our passing game (that) were problems,” coach Vic Fangio said (via ESPN). “Protection sometimes, receivers not getting open sometimes, (the Chiefs) using good coverages for us that maybe we weren’t ready for; it’s certainly a problem we have to get rectified moving forward. … It’s disappointing not to be ultimately competitive out there.”Last offseason, Denver general manager John Elway traded a 2019 fourth-round pick in the NFL Draft to Baltimore for aging quarterback Joe Flacco. The former Super Bowl MVP was coming off a season where he only played in nine games and hasn’t looked like the signal-caller who lead the Ravens to a championship seven seasons ago. Since Peyton Manning retired, the Broncos have seen five different quarterbacks start games for them and can’t seem to find stability at the position. Not to mention the team opted to hire a defensive-minded coach in Fangio this past offseason, so it wasn’t like things were going to improve on the offensive side of the ball this season.Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky practices, listed as questionable for Sunday’s game vs. SaintsMitch Trubisky’s been sidelined after dislocating his shoulder and partially tearing his labrum on Sep. 29 against the Vikings.The Bears released their injury report Friday, and while Trubisky was a full participant in practice all week, he’s listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.#Bears Friday injury report pic.twitter.com/j2kEEnh6G9— Chicago Bears (@BearsPR) October 18, 2019″That where we have him, at [questionable],” Bears coach Matt Nagy said (via ESPN). “He’s been doing good in practice and I like where he’s at. We said earlier in the week that it was going to be a day-by-day thing and so far he’s stacked good days together.” Chicago’s played one game in Trubisky’s absence: a 24-21 loss to Oakland in London. But having the former first-round pick might not make things any better for the Bears.The 25-year-old’s looked pedestrian at best in the four games he’s appeared in leaving Chicago to rely on its tenacious defense to keep it in games. Three things that matterPatrick Mahomes likely to return this seasonWhen Mahomes went down with a knee injury during the second quarter of the Chiefs’ 30-6 win over the Broncos, the NFL world held its collective breath. But a new report suggests Mahomes’ injury isn’t as serious as it was initially believed.NFL Network’s reporting the reigning NFL MVP had an MRI on Friday and it confirmed the diagnosis of a dislocated knee cap and that there’s “no significant additional damage.” Related News Amari Cooper injury update: Cowboys receiver (thigh bruise) to practice Friday Chicago (3-2) hosts New Orleans (5-1) on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET.One video you have to seeThis supercut of Rams coach Sean McVay ending every news conference saying “Alright? Thanks, guys” will make your day.A supercut of Sean McVay ending his press conferences is the video you didn’t know you needed #LARams pic.twitter.com/c8SzCMDzBm— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) October 17, 2019Friday’s tweet of the dayAfter Mahomes’ scary injury last night, the quarterback took to Twitter early this morning to voice support for his team and give an update on his situation.Awesome team win! Love my brothers! Thank you for all the prayers! Everything looking good so far! #GodisGood #ChiefsKingdom— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) October 18, 2019 Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ injury is reportedly not too serious, and a 17-game schedule may be on the horizon.All that and more on this edition of NFL news and notes. Patrick Mahomes upbeat about injury, says knee ‘looking good so far’
There were three divisions out with the cut at 6-14, 15-19 and 20+ in division 3. Playing off 6 and with a gross 39 on the front nine and 35 on the back, Kari Kuparinen won Division 1 with 40 points. Well done Kari! Simon Kendall off 7 was second with 37 points and Mike Chatt took third on 34.Mauri Friman’s 35 points won Division 2, with Paul Butler beating Nick Pay on a 19/18 back nine count back for second after they both came in with 33 points.Rick Schramm, Wichai and Chris Voller.There were no count backs to worry about today for Burnie Sinclair as it was Xmas and he topped the third division with 33 points. Iain Walsh was second two points behind and Mike Fitzgerald placed third with 30.Near pins went to Mike Chatt, Wilf Latham, Jerry Sweetnam, Kari Aarnio, Mauri Friman, Erkki Pohja and Burnie Sinclair.In the ‘2’s, Mike Chatt birdied the 16th to scoop the pot in Division 1 and in Division 2 it was all to play for at Greenwood on Wednesday.Wednesday, Dec. 26, Greenwood – StablefordIt was the morning after the night before and obviously there were going to be a few no shows today which we expected and we ended up with two divisions. We were allocated the C and A courses and the equal cut was 9-18 and 19+.The consensus after the round here today was more of the same please and we will come back here in a few weeks time.Teaching in China and with a few weeks holiday, the Aussie boy Chris Reed won Division 2 with 40 points ahead of Mauri Friman in second five points behind and the English lad, living in Holland with his Dutch lady Herma, was third with 32 points, well done Mike Fitzgerald.Howard Stanley and Michael Dige.Kari Aarnio’s 35 points gave him Division 1 honours, with Jean Morel second on 32 and Mike Combs beat Ger Lodge on a 16/16 and 13/11 back six count back for third.Near pin prizes were collected by Lindsay Phillips, Chris Voller and Ger Lodge (2).Roar Berger scored the only birdie ‘2’ of the day to scoop the pot in Division 2.Friday, Dec. 28, Eastern star – StablefordThere were a few cancellations overnight and several ‘no shows’ in the morning but in the end we still had eight groups go out today.In one of his twice yearly visits here after living up north in Chang Rai most of the year, and playing off 5, Michael Dige won Division 1 with 36 points after beating Chris Voller on a back nine count back of 19/18. Karl Flood came in third, beating Jerry Sweetnam on a 17/14 count back after they both return scores of 32.Joe Kubon, Rodney and Billy Fitzgerald.The Division 2 winner was Howard Stanley with 35 points while Joe Kubon was second with 31 and it is too embarrassing to mention the third place winner with 30 points. No names mentioned but an early contender on the 13th today for nearest the pin walked off with a blob, we will say no more.Near pins went to Mikael Andersson, Jerry Mc Carthy, Andy Baber, Roar Berger, Joe Kubon and Nick Pay.Michael Dige birdied the third to win the ‘2’s in Division 1 and there were four rollovers in Division 2 to the following Friday at Eastern Star.Monday, Dec. 31, Eastern Star – 2-person medal scrambleOne of our fun days of the month and there were 52players (26 teams) out in a two-person scramble, one person from Division 1 (1-16) and one from division 2 (17+) with many prizes up for grabs.The course here still needs improvement on the 13th and 18th greens and we have asked the management to install temporary greens on these holes.It was a warm day with a gentle breeze coming from the east and not from the coast. It was a 30% combined handicap allowance and each player had to record 7 drives each.Don and Nut Head won the competition with 62 points ahead of Marty Rock and Nick Pay in second with 62.3, Cully and Josie Monks third with 63.2, Kari Kuparinen and Mauri Friman fourth (63.8), Martin Grimoldby and Dave Thomas in fifth (65.2) and taking sixth place was the pairing of Michael Healey and Ger Lodge.Individual nearest the pins went to (3rd) Miss Nut, Jim Connelly and Ger Lodge, (6th) Kari Kuparinen and Rod Howett, (13th) Alan Pilkington and Bob Poole, (17th) Pranee Bosset, Alan Pilkington and Dave Thomas.Straightest drive awards on the 9th were won by Miss Nut, Billy Fitzgerald and Ger Lodge and the longest drives on the 18th were recorded by Miss Nut and Kari Kuparinen.Team technical prizes were awarded as follows: 2nd hole nearest the pin in 2 shots – Paul Butler and Mike Fitzgerald; 8th hole nearest the pin in 3 shots – Kari Kuparinen and Mauri Friman; 11th hole nearest the pin in 3 shots – Alan Pilkington and Ken Priddy; 12th hole nearest the pin in 2 shots – Kari Kuparinen and Mauri Friman.Team ‘2’s were recorded by Karl Flood and Paul Chabot; Kari Kuparinen and Mauri Friman; Michael Healey and Ger Lodge; Miss Nut and Don Head; David Stewart and Burnie Sinclair; Josie and Cully Monks; Billy Fitzgerald and Gordon Everingham; Martin Grimoldby and Dave Thomas; Alan Pilkington and Ken Priddy.Wednesday, Jan. 2, Eastern Star – IPGC Monthly MedalTwo divisions today; a medal round in Division 1 (1-12) and for the rest of the field a stableford competition.Playing off 8, Rick Schramm shot 78 to win division 1 with a net 70 to finish ahead of Wichai Tannunsorn in second on net 76 and after no placing on Monday, Chris Voller took third on net 77.Joe Kubon took the top podium position in Division 2, beating Rodney Howett on a 17/15 back nine count back after they both scored 32 points, and for third place there were four scores of 31 and in a back nine count back of 20/17/17/15, Billy Fitzgerald beat Alan Flynn, Jerry Sweetnam and Paul Butler.The presentation and the buffet was held at Siam Cats in Jomtien and many thanks to Jules for the food.Friday, Jan. 4, Eastern Star – StablefordAnother good turnout with 13 groups, so there were three divisions and the cut was 7-13, 14-18 and 19+.The best score off the day came in Division 1 with Marty Rock winning with 38 points. Bill Bertram took second on 35 and Ted Lodge was third one point behind.Jerry McCarthy was the winner in Division 2 with 36 points and with his best game since his return from the UK, Howard Stanley shot 35 to come second while Nick Pay was third with 34.Not so high scores in Division 3 with Iain Walsh beating Fred O Connor 11/8 on a back 6 count back for first place after they both came in with 31 points. In third place with 30 was Pepo Frick who beat Mike Corney on a 12/10 back six count back.In the ladies contest Yuzza Reginiussen was the winner with 29 points.Near pins went to John Chambers, Billy Fitzgerald, Ted Lodge, Pepo Frick, Fred O’Connor and Jill Stanley.Mikael Andersson birdied the 3rd and Ted Lodge the 17th to share the 1st division ‘2’s pot while in division 2 there are 5 rollovers now to next Friday.At the presentation, after eight weeks in hospital and four weeks convalescing at home being looked after his wife Nom, Ken Foster returned to Siam Cats and there was applause all round. It’s bon voyage to David Taylor who was flying back to Southampton to catch a six week cruise liner trip around South America. Life’s a b**ch eh? Jomtien Golf with the IPGCMonday, Dec. 24, Green Valley – StablefordIt was Christmas Eve and with nine groups booked in we surprisingly got another eight names overnight and we hoped this would not cause any problems when we got to the course. The car park was almost full upon arrival and a few panic modes set in. Luckily the group in front was 15 minutes ahead of schedule so this caused the efficient starters here no problem at all with our start list.