The SBA Vermont District Office is accepting nominations for its annual small business awards. Previous Vermont winners include Ben and Jerry’s, Switchback Brewing Company and Vermont Teddy Bear Company.The categories are as follows: Small Business Person of the Year Criteria: Individual or partners who own a small business, which has increased sales, profits and employees, and have been in business for three years.Exporting Small Business of the YearCriteria: Small business which has increased sales, profits and/or employees due to exporting and been in business for three years. Family-Owned Small Business of the Year Criteria: Small business must be family-owned for at least 15 years and ownership has transitioned to another generation. Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year Criteria: Small business at least 51% owned by a veteran of U.S. armed forces, which has been in business for three years. Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year Criteria: Small business at least 51% owned by a woman, which has been in business for three years. Young Entrepreneur of the Year Criteria: Individual or partners who own a small business, are under 35, and have been in business for three years. Microenterprise of the Year Criteria: Individual or partners who own a microenterprise with five or less employees, received SBA assistance and have been in business for three years.Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year Criteria: Small business at least 51% owned by an ethnic minority, which has been in business for three years.To nominate a Vermont small business, email [email protected](link sends e-mail) the name of the business, owner’s name and the specific award category. Businesses may self-nominate.Source: Vermont SBA. For more information, email [email protected](link sends e-mail) or call 802-828-4422.
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The units had a weight of 87 tonnes each and were bound for a private power plant and moved successfully to the site.Meanwhile, another GPLN member, the Projects, Oil & Energy division of CSS Group recently handled the shipment of 1,200 cu m of air cooler units and accessories from a supplier’s yard in Malaysia to the port of Alexandria in Egypt. CSS Group says that whilst the entire job was undertaken smoothly and effectively in a very short period, with close coordination with both the agents and supplier, the task was not easy as it was contracted to undertake the work at very short notice.Saint-Petersburg, Russia based GPLN member TIS Ltd carried out a unique transportation of a turbine from Hamburg, Germany to Leningrad area in Russia. The weight of the turbine was approximately 308 tonness and had measured 10.93 m x 5.18 m x 4.86 m. www.dynamic-shipping.comwww.cssgroupsite.comtis-spb.comwww.gpln.net
A $5bn (£3.8bn) group action pitting representatives of potentially more than 200,000 Brazilians against mining giant BHP Billiton has been filed. It is said to be the largest claim in UK legal history.International firm SPG Law says it is seeking compensation for victims of the Samarco dam collapse in Brazil in 2015. The disaster was reported to have killed 19 people and displaced around 700, destroying many nearby villages.The claim, filed in the Business and Property Courts in Liverpool, alleges that a series of failures and errors of judgment over several years lead to the disaster.In April, the Gazette reported that lawyers acting for the claimants had persuaded the High Court to reject an application to move the case from Liverpool to the Rolls Building in London. BHP was represented in that case by magic circle firm Slaughter and May.When the claim was announced SPG partner Tom Goodhead told the Gazette the firm chose to litigate in Liverpool not only because the firm is based in the city but also because it was keen to show that cities other than London can be an attractive forum for international dispute resolution.The claimants submit that BHP Billiton;Had been aware of escalating safety concerns surrounding the dam’s integrity and was knowingly responsible for decision-making around its operation and maintenance;Failed to heed and act upon repeated warnings from independent experts and dam safety advisers regarding recommended safety improvements;Put pursuit of profit over human and environmental risk, despite the company’s stated claims to hold the principles of ‘safety’ and ‘sustainability’ at the heart of the BHP charter of values.Goodhead said: ‘Driven by concern for declining revenues amidst the falling market price of iron ore, the company took risks, increased production and turned a blind eye to dangers that ultimately claimed lives and destroyed communities. BHP was woefully negligent in its duty of care and the damages sought are entirely commensurate with the devastation the company has wrought.’
The next event will be on December 12 at the Nikiski Fire Station from 1-3 pm and the Kenai Fire Department will host another one on January 21, 2015. Safe Kids Kenai Peninsula Coalition Program Coordinator Jane Fellman may be contacted at 714-4539 or emailed at [email protected] Weber: “There’s just so many things to know, and so many different things that can happen, how a car seat can be installed and so many different car seats, so many different vehicles and so many different ways that a car seat can go in to each vehicle and properly being installed so that the child is safe.” That event is going on between 1 pm and 3 pm at the Kenai Fire Department. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Today the Kenai Fire Department is hosting a Car Seat Check-up in coordination with the Safe Kids Kenai Peninsula Coalition. Kenai Fire Department Dispatcher April Weber detailed why it is important check car seat safety periodically.
IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 BOLTON, England – Bolton Wanderers manager Sam Allardyce confirmed Thursday that the English premier league club is interested in obtaining the services of Japan midfielder Shinji Ono from Dutch club Feyenoord.Allardyce said Bolton hopes to have Ono move to the club in January, adding that it would be difficult for him to get playing time right away since he is still rehabilitating from surgery done on his right toe in October. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES “He’s definitely on our wish list,” Allardyce said.According to earlier media reports, Ono, who is also being chased by Urawa Reds, will visit the English premier league club of Japan teammate Hidetoshi Nakata with his agent during the Dutch league’s winter break.Feyenoord received an offer from Bolton for the injury-prone Ono in August but negotiations broke down.Feyenoord has accepted a bid from Urawa to regain Ono’s services but the 26-year-old has been stalling the J. League club as he is keen to continue playing in Europe.Ono was unhappy with Feyenoord for not consulting him on the move back to Japan, which the club announced on their official Web site earlier this month.Ono joined Urawa from Shimizu Shogyo high school in 1998 and played in the World Cup finals in France that year as an 18-year-old.He was transferred to Feyenoord in the summer of 2001, helping them win the UEFA Cup in his first season, and made his second World Cup appearance in the 2002 tournament co-hosted by Japan and South Korea.But his career has been plagued by a series of injuries, most recently a stress fracture in his foot in June and the toe injury. Ono has not appeared in a competitive match since undergoing surgery on his right toe that month but was on the bench for Feyenoord’s 2-0 league win over AZ Alkmaar on Monday.