Cabot Creamery Cooperative Inc,Cabot hosts ‘Open Farm Sunday’ in gratitude and celebration of their 100 years as a coop. Pictured is Fairmont Farm.Vermont Business Magazine As part of their ongoing celebration of the Cabot Creamery Cooperative’s 100th year, more than 20 Cooperative member farms from across New England and Upstate New York will open their doors and welcome the public to visit their cows, learn about the farms and the people who work them, and give the community a chance to taste some of the World’s Best Cheddar. Fairmont Farm in East Montpelier, UVM Cream in Burlington, Foster Brothers Farm in Middlebury and Rupert Valley Holsteins in West Rupert will all be participating in Cabot’s Open Farm Sunday event.On Sunday, October 6 from 11 am to 2 pm, the public is invited to visit Fairmont, UVM Cream, Rupert Valley Holsteins and Foster Brothers Farms to learn about life on the family farm and how local dairy farmers are using family traditions as well as modern technology to care for their cows and produce quality products for the people in their communities. Come see the attention to detail and the compassion for the cows that makes the farmers of Cabot among the best in the country and what our farm families are doing to ensure their farms will thrive for the next 100 years. In addition to farm and barn tours at each farm visitors will be able to sample Cabot’s award winning cheddars. At Foster Brothers Farm guests will also be able to do a story walk featuring children’s book by Cris Peterson called “Clarabelle: Making Milk and So Much More.” Fairmont Farm is located at 95 Lyle Young Road, East Montpelier. UVM Cream is located at 500 Spear Street in Burlington. Foster Brothers Farm is located at 297 Lower Foote Street, Middlebury. Rupert Valley Holsteins is located at 585 State Route 153, West Rupert.“A century later, Cabot Creamery continues to thrive and still produces the “World’s Best Cheddar” and other dairy products. While much has changed in the world over the last 100 years, what remains stronger than ever is Cabot’s farmers’ commitment to producing the high-quality milk that becomes award-winning dairy products, says Cabot Creamery CEO Ed Townley. “As we hit this milestone, we remain focused on ensuring the next generations of family farms are able to continue farming and our 900 employees are engaged in making sure the farmers’ products remain the best.”For a full list of Open Farm Sunday farms, activities and schedule visit www.cabotcheese.coop/open-farm-sunday(link is external)About Cabot Creamery Co-operativeCabot Creamery Co-operative has been in continuous operation in Vermont since 1919, and makes a full line of cheeses, Greek yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese and butter. Widely known as makers of “The World’s Best Cheddar,” Cabot is owned by the 800 dairy farm families of Agri-Mark, the Northeast’s premier dairy cooperative, with farms located throughout New England and upstate New York. For more information, visit: www.cabotcheese.coop(link is external).Source: Cabot Creamery Co-operative. Cabot is the world’s first cheese maker & dairy cooperative to achieve B Corporation Certification, a validation of its attention to environmental and social impacts on stakeholders.
ROCK RIVER ARTIST LAUNCHES ONLINE STORERoger Sandes, left, and Mary Welch, right, at Opening of Roger Sandes exhibit at Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, September 2017. (Photo by Michelle Frehsee, courtesy of Brattleboro Museum and Art Center)by Maia Segura, Williamsville, Vermont Like many artists across Vermont, Roger Sandes’ business took a hit this year. “Many of my sales tend to be face to face, so getting my art out to people in the time of COVID has been particularly difficult,” said Sandes, creator of graphic-intensive, often grand scale paintings and collages.Sandes and artist wife Mary Welch are among the founding members of the renowned Rock River Artists(link is external) who each year attract hundreds of visitors to tour home studios tucked away in the Rock River Valley in Newfane.“Our house and studio are located on a very beautiful stretch of the Rock River,” said Welch. “The studio is a small barn that once served as a blacksmith shop for an adjacent wool-carding mill, circa 1810. A large window affords views of the river and, sometimes wildlife. Since we have been at work there for over 40 years, it has accumulated many shelves, drawers, and layers of projects. It’s so full we no longer show work there. We’ve converted our whole house to a gallery. That’s where visitors get to see a lot of art.”Sandes and Welsh, both now in their late 70’s, have depended on making art sales from this event every year since 1993, except for this year.SEA TURTLE by Roger Sandes“Of the average of 75 visitors per day, some just pass through while others linger for hours over a glass of lemonade,” said Welsh. “Our visitors, many of whom make return visits every few years, hail from local towns and all the major cities and suburbs of the northeast. It’s a very enjoyable experience for us and our guests. We are fortunate that a certain segment of the audience is serious enough to buy art. We’ve had very significant sales over the years.”The impossibility of the tour this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, and no clear end in sight, inspired Sandes to take matters in his own hands and pivot his business model. He decided to take on a new technology to offer his work in ways that he never has before – by starting an online merchandise store(link is external) through Society6.com, an artist-driven product fulfillment platform. Unfortunately, the intricate, detailed nature of Welch’s collage work does not lend itself well to the product-based applications.After being inspired by visits to the Art Institute of Chicago as a child, Sandes for more than four decades has produced figurative works on paper featuring nature-based and historical themes.He studied comparative literature in college and attended acting school in New York, where he met his bride-to-be, Mary Welsh.They spent two years traveling and working abroad including stops in major art centers in Europe and Mexico.Themes from this era underpin Sandes’ whimsical work which has been shown in museums and esteemed art galleries, as well as residing in prestigious private and corporate collections all over the world. The most recent exhibit of Sandes’ work was at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center in 2017.“Mostly what I do is a take on a well-established genre. I’m doing the thing and reflecting on it, so viewers may see what’s there, which I hope delights them,” he said. “Or if they’ve seen a lot of art and life, they may see references reverberating into art history.”An online store was the answer to many safety-conscious challenges brought on by COVID, but it also helped to free Sandes’ art in ways that he felt that it was always limited. In an era of “tiny houses” and down-sizing, the large scale of his original artworks have prohibited some sales.FLORILEGIUM III (TIGER LILIES) by Roger Sandes“Most of my paintings are large — starting at a modest 32 inches x 25 inches but heading up to six or eight feet. This store is a chance to offer the more practical and varied applications that people have asked for,” he said.The new store features high-quality products from credenzas to shower curtains, throw pillows to mobile phone cases, and of course there are a wide variety of art prints available in various sizes and formats. Society6 provides the fulfillment and management of these orders while Sandes receives a percentage of the sales. Sandes will continue to handle orders for signed archival prints personally, however. The store launched just before Thanksgiving and has already been receiving orders. “I am just releasing a few designs at the moment, but plan to release more with each season,” he said. “I want to keep it fresh and don’t want to overwhelm anyone with too many options.”Although Sandes intends to keep his store up and running even after the all-clear has been given for people to move around safely without the fear of COVID, he and Welsh look forward to a time when they can again host people in their home.“For us, there are many rewards,” said Welsh. “…it’s a delight to expose visitors, many of whom are just tourists looking around, to art in an informative way in a non-threatening setting.”That setting includes a two-hundred-year-old garden from which the couple draws infinite inspiration.“I love our garden — it’s very forgiving. It looks beautiful through thick and thin, and in nearly all conditions. It’s a wonderful way to experiment with new color combinations, which often show up in our work,” said Welsh.“Some things thrive, some jump the beds and escape to the fields, some things we love just never last, but the garden endures,” she said.To check out Roger Sandes’ online store, visit https://society6.com/rogersandes(link is external). His website is located at https://www.rogersandes.com/(link is external). To learn more about the Rock River Artists, please go to https://rockriverartists.com/(link is external).Livingroom of the Sandes-Welch gallery home featuring original works by Sandes, including “Sea Turtle” one of the design releases available in his online store. (Photo courtesy of Rupert Sandes) read more
NPR:What will it take for the people of this world to drop their prejudices, to move past intolerance — and just get along?That’s a question Princeton psychologist Betsy Levy Paluck — one of the 24 MacArthur Fellows announced on Wednesday — has dedicated her career to answering.Back in 2002, when Paluck was a graduate student at Yale University, her adviser asked: “What does psychology say about how to reduce prejudice and conflict?” She and her adviser were teaching a class about hate speech and political intolerance, and he wanted to give students examples of ways to counteract those things.Paluck searched and searched. And she drew a blank. “There actually weren’t any rigorous studies looking at solutions.”Read the whole story: NPR More of our Members in the Media > read more
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Cavotec has won three orders worth a total of more than EUR 28 million for MoorMaster™ automated mooring systems at applications in Australia, Canada and Denmark, one of which – for the St. Lawrence Seaway in Canada – is the largest to date for MoorMaster™, and one of the biggest projects in the history of the Group.“These projects further illustrate the growing acceptance of MoorMaster™ and its adaptability to a variety of locations and applications,” says Ottonel Popesco, Cavotec CEO.The orders incorporate three distinct types of application – lock, Ro/Ro ferry and bulk handling – and include servicing, installation and commissioning elements: areas where the Group sees substantial growth potential.“The project with the St. Lawrence Seaway represents a major milestone for the Group and for MoorMaster™. It is also the latest stage in our long-running cooperation with the Seaway,” Popesco adds.Under the terms of the agreement with the St. Lawrence Seaway, Cavotec will manufacture and deliver 39 MoorMaster™ MM400L (Lock) units for 13 locks, and related rail structures on which the units will be mounted. Cavotec engineers will also oversee delivery, installation and commissioning of the units. Deliveries are scheduled to run until the end of 2016.Several MoorMaster™ units have been in operation at the Seaway for a number of years. These specially adapted units hold vessels securely through variations in water level of up to 14m. The St. Lawrence is the world’s first inland waterway to introduce automated mooring.“With the implementation of Cavotec’s equipment, we are looking forward to welcoming more Seaway sized vessels from the world’s fleet, as vessel operators will no longer need to equip their ships with certain Seaway specific fittings. This will increase our access to the global fleet. Easing access to the Seaway carries the prospect of bringing more tonnage into our locks,” says Bruce Hodgson, Director, Market Development for the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation.Considered to be one of the greatest engineering feats of the 20th century, the 3,700km-long Seaway is made up of 15 locks, two in the US and 13 in Canada. It forms an essential trade link between the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes at the heart of North America.In Denmark, Cavotec has been awarded an order for two MoorMaster™ MM400 units that will be used in conjunction with a new-build LNG passenger (and vehicle) ferry on a frequent service between Hov, in Jutland, and Saelvig, located on the west coast of the island of Samsoe. The order includes installation and commissioning.The units will securely hold the vessel in place during mooring operations in wind speeds of more than 20m/s, and automatically adjust the position of the vessel according to tidal variations. The units will also enable more streamlined, efficient operations, and improve safety for those on board the vessel and those onshore. Cavotec won this order despite competition from rival systems, none of which deliver the operational and safety benefits made possible by MoorMaster™.Similar MoorMaster™ units have been in operation at Hov and Saelvig for the past five years. In another example of how operators value the safety and operational gains made possible by MoorMaster™, these units are due to be relocated to two other ports, (Ballen and Kalundborg), a process on which Cavotec will also work with the customer.In the third project, Cavotec has been contracted to support the installation and commissioning of eight MoorMaster™ MM200B (Bulk) units by dredging company Jan de Nul at a bulk handling application in Australia.MoorMaster™ is currently in operation at bulk and container handling, Ro/Ro, ferry and lock applications in North America, Europe and Australasia. In November last year, we also announced our first MoorMaster™ order in Africa.MoorMaster™ is a vacuum-based automated mooring technology that eliminates the need for conventional mooring lines. Remote controlled vacuum pads recessed in, or mounted on the quayside or pontoons, moor and release vessels in seconds.[mappress]Cavotec, February 26, 2014 read more
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) conducted another trial transit in the Expanded Canal on June 20, with a US-built crane ship Oceanus traversing the Pacific-facing Cocoli Locks.The inauguration of the Expanded Panama Canal will take place on Sunday, June 26.The first vessel to cross the Expanded Panama Canal during its inauguration will be China COSCO Shipping’s container vessel Andronikos.On June 10, the Neopanamax dry bulk carrier MN Baroque transited the new Atlantic-facing Agua Clara Locks as a part of a series of training events.Once inaugurated later this week, the expanded canal will double the waterway’s cargo capacity, with Neopanamax vessels able to transit.
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The current system of continuing professional development (CPD) is ‘failing and open to abuse’, the Legal Services Consumer Panel said today.In response to the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s consultation on proposed changes to CPD, the panel says it welcomes the regulator’s wish to take a new approach to improve standards. But it said enforcement action and periodic re-accreditation are equally important in protecting consumers. In February the regulator suggested an overhaul of CPD in which it said the regime is largely ‘tick-box’ with no real focus on the quality or appropriateness of the professional development undertaken.The SRA’s preferred option is to provide non-mandatory guidance. The second option is a requirement on solicitors to plan and reflect on their development, which they would have to document in an annual cycle. Its third option was to retain a minimum hours scheme with some modifications. The consumer panel says it has serious concerns about the SRA’s preferred option, in relation to individual accountability and monitoring the quality of work. The panel said it favours the second option as it requires solicitors to ‘show evidence of their planning, recording and reflecting on their development activity’.The panel says it does not believe option three would achieve the desired results as it would have the effect of continuing a discredited model ‘out of step with good practice’.In its response the panel also criticised the consultation for failing to discuss sanctions on individuals and entities for not carrying out adequate CPD.The consultation closes tomorrow. read more
Access to justice will be enhanced if consumers of legal services are empowered to handle more of their own legal affairs, the watchdog panel funded by the legal profession reports today. The growth of ‘self-lawyering’ is one of four ‘broad and interrelated’ developments likely to shape legal services over the next five years, the Legal Services Consumer Panel forecasts. A report, commissioned by the super-regulator the Legal Services Board to inform its next three-year strategy, says that by 2020:Self-lawyering will be commonplace as consumers seek alternatives to lawyers or use them in different ways, through technology-enabled DIY solutions, unbundled provision and new regulated and unregulated entrants. Meanwhile calls will grow for radical solutions, such as an inquisitorial style of justice and online dispute resolution, that cut lawyers out altogether. Information technology will go to the heart of all aspects of legal services. This will assist consumers but also bring new ‘digital detriments’ to contend with. ‘IT has the potential to greatly enhance access to justice, but it shouldn’t be viewed as a panacea since many people aren’t online and it can’t always substitute effectively for the human touch,’ the report says.Consumers will be empowered by strengthened rights, more transparency on legal service providers’ performance and greater access to redress. However the panel says: ‘We see a risk that vulnerable consumers won’t benefit fully from the reforms as initiatives end up most benefiting those who are already empowered.’Legal services is likely to become a more business-like environment. ‘This will deliver benefits but also bring sophisticated marketing and commercial practices seen in other markets that have caused detriment. As professional boundaries continue to blur there will be greater focus on whether competition between groups of lawyer is working fairly.’ Meanwhile, ‘unregulated businesses are likely to become a greater presence in the market’.Overall, the report notes that ‘lawyers have been a conservative profession which has successfully resisted change. However, if anything is certain about the future, it’s surely that lawyers can no longer withstand the major forces that are reshaping all markets’.Elisabeth Davies (pictured), the consumer panel’s chair, said: ‘Technology and a more business-like environment will benefit consumers, but also bring new types of problems to contend with. Maintaining a robust safety net will be vital and this will require regulators to update their toolkits, acquire new skills and forge new partnerships with national and local consumer protection agencies.’ read more
Legislation to enable online proceedings is ‘drafted in a way that fails to acknowledge the fundamental right to a fair hearing’ a group of peers has warned.The Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill provides for online procedures in civil and family courts in the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal and in employment tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal. The online court is a key component of the government’s courts reform strategy. The bill creates an Online Procedure Rule Committee (OPRC) to sit alongside the existing rule committees that determine procedural rules in court and tribunal proceedings.The government said that the bill is initially intended to apply solely to low value money claims up to the value of £25,000. However in a report published today the Lords Constitution Committe notes that ‘nothing in the bill limits the use of online procedures to such cases’.It says: ‘While ministers may have no intention of using the powers provided by the bill to undermine the right to an oral hearing, it is incumbent on parliament to frame the powers it confers in a way that acknowledges and respects fundamental constitutional principles.’The report also warns that people who do not own a computer, who do not use the internet or who struggle with literacy could be disadvantaged by online proceedings.The bill will progress to the Lords committee stage on Monday 10 June. It has yet to pass through the Commons. read more