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Tune Your Skis and Your Fundraising Pitch

first_imgPeak Pitch brings entrepreneurs and investors together for a uniquely Northern New England version of the classic “elevator pitch”. In the traditional elevator pitch, entrepreneurs take advantage of an unexpected opportunity to share an elevator ride with a potential investor and quickly present their business idea. At Peak Pitch, a shared chairlift is substituted for the elevator, giving entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their business plans to a variety of venture capitalists, angel investors, commercial lenders, and other entrepreneurial advisors as they ride together up a mountain on a high-speed chair lift.The proven success of Peak Pitch in linking Northern New Englands unique natural assets with its entrepreneurial culture and business community has motivated Peak Pitch founder and series organizer Borealis Ventures of NH to expand the program for 2006. The Peak Pitch 06 program will include a series of events co-organized with local hosts to support the entrepreneurial communities across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Fresh Tracks Capital is the local host for the Bolton Valley event scheduled for March 3. In addition to FreshTracks Capital, co-sponsors for the Vermont-based event include: Merchants Bank, CEI Community Ventures, Merritt, Merritt & Moulton, Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation, Vermont Department of Economic Development and the Vermont Economic Development Authority.We are excited to bring this event to Vermont, said Cairn Cross co-founder and Managing Director of FreshTracks Capital. Vermont has a history of successful innovation and entrepreneurship and of course a long and storied ski culture. This event combines the two and provides a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to connect with the resources they need to grow their businesses, all in a fun and informal fashion.The Inaugural Peak Pitch event was held March 10, 2005 at Mount Sunapee Resort, with more than 100 entrepreneurs, investors, and business advisors participating. The event served as a precursor to the Start-Up New Hampshire Business Plan Competition 2005 (Start-Up NH 2005). Peak Pitch 05 was conceived by Borealis Ventures and jointly organized with the NH Advantage Foundation, sponsor of Start-Up NH 2005.More information and registration details on Peak Pitch 06 are available on www.peakpitch.com(link is external).For information on the Bolton Valley Peak Pitch 06 event please contact Lee Bouyea at 802-388-6283 or [email protected](link sends e-mail). For information on the Peak Pitch series please contact Meagan Pryor at 603-643-1500 x.0 or [email protected](link sends e-mail).About Peak Pitch 2006Led by Peak Pitch founder and series organizer Borealis Ventures, the Peak Pitch 06 program will include a series of events to support the entrepreneurial community across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Dates, locations and local hosts are as follows:February 15 Attitash Mt., NHCo-hosted by Mt. Washington Valley Economic CouncilMarch 3 Bolton Valley, VT Co-hosted by Fresh Tracks CapitalMarch 16 Mt. Sunapee, NH Co-hosted by the NH Advantage FoundationMarch 30 Sunday River, ME Co-hosted by the Maine Investment ExchangeTo learn more about the Peak Pitch 2006 series, please visit our website: www.peakpitch.com(link is external)About Fresh Tracks CapitalFreshTracks Capital (www.freshtrackscap.com(link is external)) is a Middlebury-based $11 million venture fund founded in 2001 that has invested more than $4.5 million to date in its core geographical markets including Vermont, and surrounding New Hampshire and New York counties. FreshTracks Capitals institutional investors include Middlebury College, Banknorth, Key Bank, National Life of Vermont, the Vermont Community Foundation and the John Merck Fund. FreshTracks Capital is affiliated with Village Ventures, Inc. (www.villageventures.com(link is external)), an early stage venture capital firm investing in exceptional entrepreneurs building companies in emerging domestic geographies. Village Ventures identifies these investment opportunities in partnership with its nationwide network of early stage venture capital funds that are focused on these emerging domestic geographic markets. The combination of local capital and FreshTracks hands-on investment practices–backed by Village Ventures’ centralized services and national network–has created an innovative investment strategy, one that is bearing substantive results.About Borealis VenturesBorealis Ventures is a seed and early stage venture capital firm uniquely focused on investing in companies in Northern New England and throughout the Dartmouth College network. With offices in Concord and Hanover NH, Borealis uses its local knowledge and presence to understand and meet the needs of Northern New England’s entrepreneurs. We combine this “home field advantage” with the national-scale resources of Village Ventures and the Dartmouth alumni network to help our companies succeed.www.borealisventures.com(link is external)-END-last_img read more

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Four levels of luxury living at inner-city abode

first_imgThe four-level house at 29 Upper Cairns Tce, Paddington, is for sale.IT IS difficult to believe this Paddington house once had purple walls and maroon carpet.But this was the reality of the 29 Upper Cairns Tce home when it was bought by Richard and Josie Harrison five years ago. Dark floorboards give a dramatic vibe when contrasted with crisp cupboards and walls.“It took us pretty much two years on and off … because we had to change all of the plumbing and electrical,” Mrs Harrison said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago“I wanted to embellish the bones of the property and create a really functional flow.”Embellish she did, with the house now a mixture of French provincial and hamptons styles. The kitchen is hamptons style, with a touch of French provincial influences.“It was purple and maroon carpet, and it had staircases running everywhere,” Mrs Harrison said.It was Mrs Harrison’s vision to create a space that was functional on each of its four levels, and pay homage to its Queensland history while adding some creative flair. There is a balcony off the bedroom.Dark timber floorboards flow through the home, juxtaposed with neutral coloured VJ walls.With this renovation being the “sixth or seventh” on the couple’s resume, Mrs Harrison said her past experiences had allowed her to create the beautiful property.“With every project there are always things you might change or learn,” she said.“For example, texture is something people forget, and texture is just as important as colour.” The bathrooms are glamorous.A fine example of this is the herringbone tiled splashback in the kitchen, which begs for a hand to run over its surface.On the home’s lowest level is a double lockup garage, a bedroom, kitchenette and toilet. Living, dining and kitchen spaces occupy ground level.The master bedroom, which has an ensuite, and another bedroom are on level two. The loft also has a bedroom and ensuite. Three of the four levels also have washing machines.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51last_img read more

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ACLU Sues US Coast Guard Over Alleged Detention and Abuse of…

first_imgThe American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit on June 12 claiming that the US Coast Guard improperly detained and abused four Jamaican fishermen for more than a month.On September 13, 2017, the Jamaican fishermen set out on a boat to Morant Cays, an offshore island group off Morant Point in Jamaica, to catch fish for their families. They were only expected to be gone a day. Instead, the four men got lost near Haiti where they were picked up by US Coast Guard vessels then taken to Florida and charged with drugs offences. No drugs were found, according to ACLU, and the drug charges were later dropped.The Maritime Drug Law Enforcement Act of 1986 made smuggling in international waters a crime against the United States, even if those drugs were not intended for the U.S. The US Coast Guard said they sought permission from Jamaica to prosecute the men in the United States and Jamaica complied.ACLU, a major human rights organization in the United States, stated in their news release, that “the Coast Guard seized the fishermen and destroyed their boat by setting it on fire and riddling it with bullets,” and “held the men in secret for more than a month, chaining them to the exposed decks of four different Coast Guard ships all while denying them access to shelter, basic sanitation, proper food, and medical care.”“The Coast Guard has no authority to kidnap and disappear fishermen who are trying to make a living for themselves and their families,” Steven Watt, a spokesman for the ACLU, said in the release.“The Coast Guard chained our clients to decks of its ships for over a month, exposed them to the elements, even during a hurricane, and didn’t even let them tell their families that they were alive,” Watt said in the statement. The families had initially presumed them dead until they were allowed to make phone calls in mid-October.The men were initially suspected of trafficking drugs, that were never found- according to ACLU. When each of the men pleaded not guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, they were charged, and pleaded guilty to “knowingly and intentionally provid[ing] materially false information to a federal law enforcement officer during a boarding of a vessel regarding the vessel’s destination”.The ACLU suit says: “They pleaded guilty because they were told that it was the quickest and surest way to get back to their homes and families in Jamaica and to put an end to their nightmare.”They were sentenced to 10 months in US prison and deported in autumn 2018.The lawsuit was filed by the ACLU and the law firm Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP against the coast guard in the US District Court for the District of Columbialast_img read more

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Gabigol open to European return ‘when the time is right’

first_imgHe cited Portuguese manager Jorge Jesus as a major reason for his metamorphosis as a footballer and a person. Jesus left Flamengo last week after a trophy-laden 12-month spell at the club to rejoin his former side Benfica.“Jorge Jesus helped me a lot in regards to my way of thinking and playing,” said Gabigol, who has been capped five times for Brazil’s national team. “With greater knowledge and maturity I was able to become a more complete player who makes decisions for the benefit of the team,” he added.****XINHUA Share on: WhatsApp Flamengo and Brazil international striker Gabriel BarbosaKampala, Uganda | XINHUA | Flamengo and Brazil international striker Gabriel Barbosa has vowed to be better prepared to play abroad should he choose to leave his homeland for a second time.Barbosa, better known in Brazil as Gabigol, signed a five-year contract with Flamengo in January after Inter Milan reportedly agreed to a 17 million-euro (18 million U.S. dollars) transfer fee.“The opportunity to go back to Europe will come when the time is right for me and for Flamengo,” the Gazeta Esportiva news outlet quoted the 23-year-old as saying.“Right now I feel that I’m much more prepared to face the professional and personal challenges of moving to another country,” he added.Gabigol spent 2019 on loan at Flamengo, scoring 43 goals in 59 matches as the Rio de Janeiro giants clinched their first Brazilian Serie A title since 2009 and just their second Copa Libertadores crown. He has already scored 11 times in 14 matches this year.The forward’s standout 2019 season came after an impressive 12-month loan at Santos, where he netted 27 times in 53 matches.Gabigol was regarded as one of the most promising strikers in the world when he joined Inter Milan from Santos for 30 million U.S. dollars in 2016. But he managed just one goal in 10 matches for the Italian club before an equally meager six-month loan spell at Benfica.last_img read more

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Natalie Portman Returns to Marvel’s “Thor” Series

first_img“So, there’s only one person who can do that,” Waititi added, referring to Portman.The actress took the stage and was handed a replica Mjolnir hammer. She said, “This feels pretty good. I’ve always had a little hammer envy.”“Thor: Love and Thunder” is set to hit theaters in November 2021. Natalie Portman is coming back to Marvel, and to “Thor.”The 38-year-old actress, who played Thor’s love interest, Jane Foster, in the first two installments of the series, will take up the mantle of Lady Thor this time around.The announcement came at Comic-Con International in San Diego on Saturday.Onstage for the announcement were Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, and director Taika Waititi.Waititi told the Comic-Con audience that while they were shooting “Thor: Ragnarok,” he read from Jason Aaron’s “Mighty Thor” comic series. It depicts Jane as a female Thor.last_img read more

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Duquesne hangs on to beat Monmouth, 30-21

first_imgArthur J. Rooney Athletic Field ( Courtesy Photo Duquesne University)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Dillon Buechel threw for 344 yards and two touchdowns to lead Duquesne to a 30-21 win against Monmouth on Saturday.After Monmouth took a 7-0 lead on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Hill to Neal Sterling, Duquesne (2-2) ripped off 27 unanswered points highlighted by a 55-yard scoring strike from Buechel to Chris King. King was one of two Duquesne receivers with 100-yard games, catching 10 passes for 124 yards and two TD’s. Devin Rahming had 11 catches for 129 yards.Monmouth (2-1) trimmed its deficit to 27-21 after consecutive second half touchdowns. Brandon Hill connected with Hakeem Valles near the end of the 3rd quarter and Lavon Chaney had a 6-yard rushing TD to start the 4th.Duquesne’s Austin Crimmins kicked a 24-yard field goal with 2:59 left to seal the game.Hill threw for 258 yards and two touchdowns to lead Monmouth, who was outgained 447 to 296.last_img read more

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So Much to Be Thankful For

first_imgLiberia’s mere survival over all these tumultuous 16 and one half decades is alone an achievement for which we must give immense thanks to the Almighty.But there are many other reasons why we should render thanks to our Creator.  He has blessed us with a small, but growing and manageable population and with abundant resources that could make everyone well off.  These resources include gold, diamond, iron ore and now oil.He has also blessed us with abundant rainfall and vast green acreage.  The Atlantic Ocean which washes our shores gives us 350 miles of coastline and abundant seafood for our protein.  There is also fish in our numerous rivers and creeks.In addition to all of these, Liberia has many friends around the world.  From 1848 when Great Britain became the first to recognize Africa’s first independent Republic, to the latest Letters of Credence which President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf received from the Ambassadors of Denmark and Holland, Liberia has always been blessed with foreign friends.  Yes, there have been difficult times when some of them, notably Britain and France, chopped off huge chunks of our land that are now part of Guinea, La Cote d’Ivoire and Sierra Leone.  But that is all now in the distant past.  Today these nations are friends of Liberia, joining with many others to help us in our development.But today we are living in horribly difficult times, when the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has been ravaging Liberia.  Since March 2014 when the first case spread to Liberia from neighboring Guinea, thousands of our people from almost every area of the country have died from the virus, presenting us with the worst health crisis in our history.  But here again, we must quickly say thank God  that in spite of the pessimistic, Judgment Day predictions of global medical organizations, the infection rates have been consistently going down. Part of this Thank You goes to our many health and medical workers, some of whom, being on the frontline in the anti-Ebola fight, have paid the supreme sacrifice to save lives; and others who have successfully treated many of the infected and are spreading awareness among the general population. This Thank You goes also to our many international partners who, though belatedly, have come concretely to our rescue.  They include our Chinese, American and European Union partners; our African Development Bank, German, Norwegian, Japanese, Nigerian, ECOWAS and African Union partners and many others.  The Chinese have sent in several plane loads of health and medical supplies, and are now building an Ebola Treatment Unit at the S.K.D. Sports Complex; while the Americans who, following an order by President Barrack Obama, have deployed over 3000 troops on the ground building 16 or more ETUs and rendering many other kinds assistance.Because of all these local and international interventions, the virus spread has in many places waned over the past few weeks.  Today many of the ETUs show very low occupancy, including one of the newest in Congo Town.  It was opened last Friday and as at this Wednesday evening, November 5, thank God, there were yet no patients there!The good Lord has delivered us from many calamities in the past, and clearly now, He is delivering us from this one, too.But in addition, He has led many of our international partners, notably the Chinese and the Americans, to pledge massive support to help us develop an efficient, nationwide healthcare delivery system in the post-Ebola era.This, we submit, is a very serious and invaluable opportunity.  Should we Liberians be prepared to make the utmost use of this opportunity, we could extend it to other areas of national need, other segments of our infrastructural development, including energy, roads, water and tourism ventures that will saturate this country with jobs.  For our partners know disease thrives in poverty and underdevelopment.  They could, depending on how serious we become and how prepared we are to challenge them—our development partners could take the long view and engage in long-term, many faceted development undertakings that could at last place Liberia on the road to full recovery and national development.But first, all Liberians have to get serious, and if we do, we could one day say Thank God for Ebola, for it was out of its ashes that we could see a truly new day in Liberia.  But everything depends upon us, with the help and direction of God.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Double the fun as two large cruises visit Killybegs this Sunday

first_imgUp to 3,400 visitors are expected in Killybegs this Sunday with the arrival of two large cruise ships.The MS Oriana and the MV Seabourn Quest will both arrive on Sunday morning for a day for passengers to explore Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way.The Killybegs community will put on a welcome party for tourists with ceol agus craic for all at the Shore Road Car Park from 11am to 5pm. World Champion Irish Dancers and St Catherine’s Band will also be putting on a show in the Bay View Hotel from 11.30am. First to arrive is the MV Seabourn Quest at 8am until 5pm. This 198m-long ‘Ultra Luxury’ cruise ship hosts 450 passengers and 335 crew members.The eight year old mega yacht is on a 15 day round-trip of the Gems Of The Irish Sea & Hebrides.Seabourn Quest. Image via Seabourn.comThe MS Oriana will arrive at 9am until 5.30pm, bringing up to 1,800 passengers and 760 crew.She is the smallest of the P&O Cruises fleet, but at 260m, she is another mighty visitor for Killybegs pier. Killybegs is the first stop on the Oriana’s 14-day voyage from Southampton to Iceland and the British Isles. This is the ship’s final visit before it leaves the P&O fleet in August.MS OrianaDouble the fun as two large cruises visit Killybegs this Sunday was last modified: July 9th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cruiseKillybegslast_img read more

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Cara Challenge organisers call for applications from charities and community groups

first_imgThe 10th annual Cara Bundoran Run is set to be staged next year with up to 2,500 athletes to compete in the 5k, 10k and a 10-mile run.The event, which will take place on the 13th and 14th of March 2020, is a firm staple in the athletics calendar for both amateur and professional runners. Many use it as a benchmark for future events during the year.Joint managing director of title sponsors Cara Pharmacy, Canice Nicholas said “It’s a great testament to the support of everyone who takes part that the event is still running 10 years later. Little did we think in 2010 that it would turn into the success that it has become. “We are also delighted to have supported so many charities over the years with well over €100,000 contributed locally and nationally.”Applications will open shortly for the 2020 charity partners and any registered charity wishing to apply should contact Sarah at Cara Pharmacy Head Office on 071 9822002.Registration for run participants is now open online at www.carabundoranrun.com.There are discounted rates for those who register before December 31st and places are filling up fast. The event, which has been growing and growing for the last number of years, will once again be capped so early registration is advised to avoid disappointment.Race Director Eamon Harvey of Tir Conaill Athletic Club added: “Now’s the time to start the training and building up the mileage so you’re comfortable running the 10 miles (or 10k) when the time comes.“Take it gradually and work up the distance and if you can join a group of runners then it becomes a little bit easier as the support and encouragement will be there too.”The two-day event forms part of the Discover Bundoran Calendar of Events for 2020 and falls just ahead of St Patrick’s Day (Tuesday 17th of March) so provides an ideal opportunity for participants to take a few days away.Full details on registration, route and tips can be found on www.carabundoranrun.com Cara Challenge organisers call for applications from charities and community groups was last modified: November 13th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bundoranlast_img read more

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Report: Raiders lose starting fullback Keith Smith to knee injury

first_imgThe Raiders were dealt some adversity just days before training camp opens as starting fullback Keith Smith suffered a knee injury.The former San Jose State product was injured while training and is expected to miss at least a few weeks, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.Smith will be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, which leaves undrafted free agent Alec Ingold from Wisconsin as the only fullback on the roster.A hit to the #Raiders backfield: Fullback Keith …last_img read more

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