Burlington named one of 10 Best Cities for the Next Decade by Kiplinger’s

first_imgWashington, DC and Burlington, VT, May 26, 2010 Kiplinger s Personal Finance announced today that it has named Burlington one of its 10 Best Cities for the Next Decade with a focus on locales that specialize in innovative thinking. This year s picks are profiled in the July issue of Kiplinger s Personal Finance magazine, on newsstands June 8, and online now at www.kiplinger.com/links/bestcities(link is external) with additional interactive features.To identify the winners, Kiplinger s teamed up with Kevin Stolarick, research director at the Martin Prosperity Institute, a think tank that studies economic prosperity. New ideas generate new businesses, says Stolarick, who this year evaluated U.S. cities for growth and growth potential. In the places where innovation works, it really works. People in fields such as science, engineering, architecture, and education are catalysts of vitality and livability in a city.Kiplinger s methodology included the consideration of several economic indicators and the use of a formula to identify cities with current and likely future growth in high-quality jobs and income. Kiplinger s also looked at affordability, public transit infrastructure, and the number of creative class workers (such as educators, writers, and scientists) in the area. Kiplinger s also made visits to each city to interview residents, business leaders, and community leaders.The Kiplinger s profile of Burlington states that this mountain city wants to be a role model for saving the planet. Environmentalism isn t just ingrained in the city s diverse economy; it s the driver for much of its economic growth and continues on to say that creativity and entrepreneurship define Burlington. The town is a haven for writers and artists, and that innovative spirit energizes white-collar workers as well. (full profile: http://www.kiplinger.com/magazine/archives/best-cities-2010-burlington-v(link is external)…)  It s no coincidence that economic vitality and livability go hand in hand, says Kiplinger s senior editor Robert Frick. Creativity in music, arts and culture, plus neighborhoods and recreational facilities that rank high for coolness, attract like-minded professionals who go on to cultivate a region s business scene. All of these factors make our 2010 Best Cities more than just great places to live. They re also great places to start a business or find a job.   It s always gratifying to have the efforts of residents, local businesses and organizations, and City government recognized nationally, said Mayor Bob Kiss. Burlington has distinguished itself with its focus on green economic development and encouragement of a diverse and creative economy. I appreciate Kiplinger s prestigious designation of Burlington as a city of the present as well as the future.Kiplinger s Best Cities 2010 includes the following online features at www.kiplinger.com/links/bestcities:(link is external)Narrated walking-tour slide shows with Kiplinger s editors and writersA Which City is Best for You? calculator to help readers determine the city which best matches their goals and tastesA spreadsheet that lets readers see where their own city ranks in different key categoriesA Facebook Readers Choice poll where audiences can vote for their favorite city among Kiplinger s top 10 picks or add their own favorite city to the mixBurlington was listed 8th among the cities recognized, which included: Austin, TX; Seattle, WA; Washington, DC; Boulder, CO; Salt Lake City, UT; Rochester, MN; Des Moines, IA; West Hartford, CT; and Topeka, KS.The Kiplinger s recognition follows upon Burlington s recent appreciation by Forbes.com as one of America s Prettiest Towns and a 2010 Top 100 Place to Live by RelocateAmerica.com. Burlington was also recently chosen as a First Wave City for the Carbon War Room Initiative, which seeks to leverage private investment for environmental initiatives in cities such as Burlington with a commitment to environmentalism and green economic development (see http://www.ci.burlington.vt.us/docs/1912.pdf(link is external)). Burlington has been engaged in a comprehensive rewrite and update of its climate action plan (http://burlingtonclimateaction.com/(link is external)) and recently released an extensive carbon cost-benefit analysis to guide the City in prioritizing greenhouse gas reduction initiatives. Mayor Kiss has set a goal of reducing Burlington s carbon footprint 20 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050.More on Ranking MethodologyKiplinger s included data on population growth, unemployment rate, income growth, and cost of living to determine city rankings. Martin Prosperity Institute research director Kevin Stolarick derived a formula that identifies cities with current and likely future growth in high-quality jobs and income. Kiplinger s also weighed affordability and public-transit infrastructure the latter being an important factor to ensure continued growth in certain metro areas. Also included in the formula is a creative class measure, which stems from Stolarick s work with Richard Florida, academic director of the Martin Institute and author of The Rise of the Creative Class. This measure reflects the number of creative-class workers including educators, writers, and scientists living in the area. Further research involved traveling to cities to interview business and community leaders and residents. The rankings factor in both the data and the results of Kiplinger s reporting.About Kiplinger s Personal FinanceFor nine decades, the Kiplinger organization has led the way in personal finance and business forecasting. Founded in 1920 by W.M. Kiplinger, the company developed one of the nation’s first successful newsletters in modern times. The Kiplinger Letter, launched in 1923, remains the longest continually published newsletter in the United States. In 1947, Kiplinger created Kiplinger s Personal Finance, the nation’s first personal finance magazine. Located in the heart of our nation’s capital, the Kiplinger mission is to deliver sound, unbiased advice for families and businesses in clear, concise language.Source: Kiplinger’s. 5.26.2010last_img read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reveals Arsenal squad’s nickname for Granit Xhaka after Man Utd win

first_imgGranit Xhaka opened the scoring for Arsenal against Manchester United with a blistering strike (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hailed the performance of Granit Xhaka after Arsenal ended Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s unbeaten Premier League record as Manchester United’s interim manager.Unai Emery’s side were stunned by Rennes on Thursday as they slumped to a 3-1 defeat in the first leg of their Europa League last 16 tie but responded with an authoritative display against in-form United.Xhaka blasted the hosts ahead in the 12th minute with a swerving shot which deceived David de Gea and Aubameyang sealed the points midway through the second half, keeping his composure from the penalty spot a week on from his costly miss in the last minute of the north London derby.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySolskjaer claimed Xhaka must be Brazilian-born, given the way he got the ball to curve in the air, but Aubameyang is well aware of the power the Switzerland international possesses in his left foot and even revealed the Arsenal squad have a special nickname for the 26-year-old.ADVERTISEMENT‘The goal is really great. We know that when Granit shoots on the target, it’s a really, really good shot,’ he said.‘All the team is very happy. We call him Xhakaboom.’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reveals Arsenal squad’s nickname for Granit Xhaka after Man Utd win Comment Advertisement David de Gea was bamboozled by Granit Xhaka’s shot in the 12th minute (Picture: Getty)center_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 10 Mar 2019 10:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link20Shares Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sealed Arsenal’s win over Man Utd with a second half penalty (Picture: Getty)On Arsenal’s hopes of finishing in the top four, he added: ‘We have a good spirit, but we are hungry. We want to come back to the Champions League and we are focused on that.‘It means a lot. It’s not easy. We have great strikers in this league. I stay focused most important is Champions League first and If I can get that, great.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorslast_img read more

World’s largest caldera could be in Benham Rise – study

first_imgThe study of Jenny Anne Barretto, a New Zealand-based marine geophysicist, revealed for the first time the structure of the Benham Rise – also called Philippine Rise – which is described as an “oceanic large igneous province at the western margin of the Philippine Sea. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO MANILA – The world’s largest caldera could be located in Philippine Rise (Benham Rise), New Zealand-based scientist Jenny Anne Barretto wrote in her recently published study. The Philippine Rise is a 13-million-hectare undersea plateau off Aurora and Isabela provinces, on the northeastern side of the Philippine archipelago. The United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf recognized the area in 2012 as part of the country’s continental shelf./PN Barreto’s study entitled “Benham Rise unveiled: Morphology and structure of an Eocene large igneous province in the West Philippine Basin” stated that the Apolaki Caldera may be the world’s largest known caldera with its diameter of 150 kilometers. Apolaki is translated as “giant lord,” named after the Filipino mythical god of the sun and war, while caldera is a large volcanic crater formed by a major eruption. “For comparison, Earth’s largest calderas – like the Yellowstone – is only about 60 km. The size is comparable to shield calderas in Mars (Olympus Mons; 80 km x 65 km) and Venus (Sacajawea; 150 X 105 km),” it said.last_img read more

Bayern Munich edge past Benfica into semi-finals with 3-2 aggregate win

first_imgBayern Munich drew 2-2 with Benfica to edge into the semi-finals of the Champions League.Bayern went into the second leg at the Estadio da Luz knowing that they were in control of the tie after denying Benfica an away goal in the first leg, but were stunned when Raul Jimenez scored with Benfica’s first meaningful attack in the 27th minute.The famously passionate home crowd roared on their side to look for a second and turn the tie on its head, but were silenced when Phillip Lahm’s pull-back found its way to Arturo Vidal on the edge of the box, who leathered the ball in.Thomas Muller added another from a corner after the break to put Bayern in the driving seat, with Benfica needing three goals in the final half an hour to escape elimination from the competition.But there was still time for Anderson Talisca to set up a tense finish with a superb free-kick strike 15 minutes from the end – and feat that he almost repeated with another set-piece effort a short time later.Bayern held on relatively comfortably for the draw on the night and the 3-2 win on aggregate, and will now face one of Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid or Pep Guardiola’s next side Manchester City in the semi-finals.   –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

CHP offers parents a safety check

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Officer Tom Mann is a graduate of the CHP’s car seat safety school and conducts safety classes by appointment every Thursday. He said getting information out and encouraging drivers to share their knowledge is the first step in preventing child injury or death on the highway. “I don’t have any statistics, but I can tell you we have personal knowledge that children do remarkably well in a collision when they are in a safety seat wearing a five-point racing harness,” he said. “They often do better than the adults wearing seat belts. “We see children ejected from seats and run over. It’s so simple to learn how to install the seats and use them the proper way every time.” Hahn said it’s never too early to learn about child safety. “We get calls from people three months before their babies are born,” she said. “They want as much information as they can get.” NEWHALL – Britney Spears might want to stop by the Newhall office of the California Highway Patrol on Sunday for a free car seat safety check. From 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., officers specially trained in the correct installation and use of infant and child seats will inspect vehicles and provide safety information to parents and guardians with young passengers. Spears, who was photographed recently driving in Malibu with her infant son in her lap, might have been in violation of California Vehicle Code section 27360, which requires that all children under 6 years of age or 60 pounds ride in a federally approved child safety seat installed in the rear seat of the vehicle. The first offense results in a fine of $100, a second offense increases the fine to $250. “Bring the car seat, the child and the car in which the seat will be installed,” Officer Wendy Hahn said. “The most important thing is that people learn the correct way to use the seats.” No appointment is needed for the Sunday safety check. To make an appointment for an individual Thursday session, call (661) 294-5540. The CHP’s Newhall office is at 28648 The Old Road, Valencia. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 carol.rock@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

How Mandela chose love over tribal custom

first_img9 December 2013 As we drove around the tiny village of Mqekezweni in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, Nozolile Mtirara looked shaken and rather depressed. The area brings back both good and bad memories of her late husband Justice, a brother and a close friend of the late Nelson Mandela. SAnews caught up with Mtirara recently. Whenever Mtirara speaks about Mandela, Justice’s name is mentioned, because the two were almost inseparable. Mandela moved from his native Qunu to the village of Mqekezweni when he was just nine years old, following the death of his father, Gadla Henry Mphakanyiswa.Preparation The then head of the village, Chief Jongintaba Dalindyebo, had offered to become a guardian to the young Mandela when his mother could not afford to send him to the kind of schools that would prepare him for life. Chief Dalindyebo was Justice’s father, but Justice and Mandela treated each other as blood brothers – there is no such thing as a half brother in African culture. It is at Mqekezweni that Mandela underwent the traditional Xhosa initiation to manhood at the age of 16, and because he was now a “man”, he owned property for the first time and could also take a wife. It is at this village that he attended a one-room mission school where he studied English, history and geography for the first time. It is at this same school, which was also used as a church, that he met Winnie Madikizela, the daughter of the church’s reverend, who would later become his wife.Strengthened by circumstance SAnews found the school still intact, with its original building and furniture. During his recent visits there, Mandela had instructed the elders in the area that the structure, together with a hut he shared with Justice, should not be tampered with. “He gave strict instructions that the church and the hut which he used to sleep in together with my husband, not be demolished, but must receive constant renovations,” said Mtirara. “He even bought glasses for the windows and ordered people to renovate it inside.” Mandela built a house for Mtirara and was apparently very fond of her – a relationship strengthened by the circumstances that led to her marriage with Justice. It was in the early 1940s, as Mandela recalls in his autobiography Long Walk To Freedom, that the chief summoned him and Justice to a meeting.Arranged marriages Mandela had just returned to Mqekezweni for the holidays from Fort Hare University in nearby Alice, where he had been studying towards a law degree. At the meeting, Chief Dalindyebo shocked the two when he told them about their arranged marriages to two local girls. Mtirara was one of the girls. The announcement took both Mandela and Justice by surprise. Lobolo (the dowry) would be paid and the marriages were to take place immediately. Not only would the marriage affect Mandela’s studies at Fort Hare, but he would be forced to marry someone he had never spoken to or had a romantic relationship with. The chief was acting according to Tembu law and custom, under which arranged marriages were a regular occurrence. Tembu is the clan to which Mandela belonged.‘Rebel against my own people’ “Everything was in such a hurry but both men were just not into it, and the chief would not hear any of it,” Mtirara recalls. Mandela later wrote: “With all due respect to the young woman’s family, I would be dishonest if I said that the girl the Regent had selected for me was my dream bride … At that time I was more advanced socially and politically, while I would not have considered fighting the political system of the white man, I was quite prepared to rebel against the system of my own people”. After days of soul searching, the two managed to escape their arranged marriages and boarded the first available train to Johannesburg. Mandela found a job as a policeman on the mines. It was in Johannesburg that he later met African National Congress (ANC) stalwart Oliver Tambo, who helped him pursue his dream to become a lawyer. It is also through Tambo’s and Walter Sisulu’s influence that he joined the ANC. But Justice, who also found a job at the mines, would later return to Mqekezweni to reunite with the girl his father had wanted him to marry. Justice, who was four years older than Mandela, died in 1974, leaving Mtirara with two sons and four daughters. As for Mandela, he reunited with Winnie, his sweetheart from church – but only after he had already married and divorced Evelyn Mase, a devout woman he met in Johannesburg through Tambo. Mase apparently disapproved of Mandela’s political beliefs.‘Something of a fairy tale’ “I was doubtful that my marriage with Justice would work because Mandela had made it clear that for his part he was not returning to that arrangement, and I believe it’s something of a fairy tale if you can call it that. I believe God has kept me and Madiba to tell these stories,” says Mtirara. Today, the woman, who had become close to Mandela, said she would remember the former president of South Africa not only as someone who escaped with her “potential husband”, but as a man whose noble intentions had changed the world.‘Destiny’ “Imagine if they had stayed here and allowed the marriages to take place at that time? He probably would not have ended up in Johannesburg and he probably would not have involved himself with the politics of the day … it was a blessing in disguise,” Mtirara said. She respects Mandela for standing up to the chief and not allowing himself to be united with the woman he never loved. “Even though my husband and I ended up getting married, what was meant not to happen did not happen and our marriage was probably destined to take place, but not at that time”. Like many South Africans, Mtirara holds Mandela in high regard: “He was and will always remain an amazing man, both him and I can rest assured that we have travelled our road and told our story, and most importantly there is peace in the world because of men like him.” SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

FICA mulls legal action against MCL

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 15 (PTI) Disappointed over non-payment of fees despite giving several deadlines, Federation of International Cricketers Association is mulling legal action against the Masters Champions League, a T20 event for retired players. On behalf of the players, FICA questioned the integrity of the tournaments organisers, GM Sports, following its inaugural season. “Its pretty obvious the organisers of the MCL have lost credibility. The failure to honour contracts sends a strong message. It is not a straightforward process to bring legal action, but we ensured there were proper player contracts in place and we are looking to coordinate a class action on behalf of 40 or 50 players,” said Tony Irish, executive chairman of FICA. He added, “We have given the organisers several deadlines and these have not been met. If they want to hold an event next year, they have a lot of ground to make up. I think players will look at what happened in the first year and draw their own conclusions. The inaugural edition of MCL was held earlier this year. PTI AH AHlast_img read more