The Vermont Family Business Initiative (VFBI) and the Coaching Center of Vermont have announced a partnership this week to assist Vermont family and privately owned businesses with transition, succession, and financial planning issues. The Coaching Center of Vermont joins Gallagher, Flynn and Company, and hmc2 Agency as current partners of the VFBI. The VFBI works with business owners and their successors to identify challenging transitional issues and develop strategies for successful business transition and strategic growth.Dann Van Der Vliet, Director of the VFBI, reflected on the new partnership, ‘We’re pleased that The Coaching Center is joining our efforts to assist family and other closely-held businesses in the state. Coaching is an emerging tool that many successful owners have utilized to implement change and execute their ideas more rapidly.’ According to a recent study, one on one coaching helped to increase productivity nearly 88%, as compared to 22% with just training alone. Since its inception in 2002, the Coaching Center of Vermont (CCVT), Inc. has been a leader in coaching and development ‘ both personal and professional. Located in the Champlain Mill in Winooski, the center comprises over a dozen professionally trained and credentialed coaches and is jointly owned by Liz Dallas and Lea Belair. In 2007 CCVT created the Vital Business division to better support businesses and organizations ready to grow their workforce by investing in their best talent. The division comprises additional coaches who specialize in business as well as strategic partners who offer their expertise in fields from finance to corporate wellness to career enhancement. Liz Dallas, founder of the Coaching Center states “The Coaching Center is committed to helping business owners succeed. This partnership with the VFBI represents a mutual opportunity for both parties to help business owners realize their full potential and expose a new generation to the benefits of coaching,” states Ms. Dallas.The Vermont Family Business Initiative is dedicated to supporting and strengthening the network of businesses that are family and privately owned. The VFBI serves family business owners, next generation leaders and key employees through a series of family business forums and affinity groups with peers in other successful family firms.For more information, go to http://uvm.edu/familybusiness(link is external)
Yogyakarta-based Gadjah Mada University (UGM) has joined the ranks of the world’s top 300 universities, moving up 66 places to land in 254th position on the 2021 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, which was released on Wednesday.It ranked 320th out of 1,000 universities last year.The rise in ranking puts UGM in the lead of eight Indonesian universities that are listed. University of Indonesia (UI) is ranked 305th, followed by the Bandung Institute of Indonesia (ITB) at 313th place.Airlangga University is ranked between 521st and 530th, Bogor Agricultural University between 531st and 540th, the November 10 Institute of Technology between 751st and 800th and both Bina Nusantara University and Padjajaran University between 801st and 1,000th.The QS World University Rankings evaluates six parameters to score university rankings, namely academic reputation, employer reputation, number of citations per faculty, faculty-students ratio and the proportion of foreign students and international faculty members.UGM’s rector Panut Mulyono expressed his gratitude over the university’s achievement. “Although a higher ranking is not our ultimate goal, this achievement is proof that UGM is able to compete globally,” he said as quoted by the university’s website, ugm.ac.id.UGM’s quality control office head, Indra Wijaya Kusuma, said the upgrade would motivate the university and its faculty members to offer quality education to students.“We will keep improving our quality of education and other aspects in years to come as the competition is getting tighter,” he said.The United States’ Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) claimed the number one spot. Meanwhile, the National University of Singapore is the top university in Asia at 11th place.Topics :
Moto2 and Moto3 were able to start their season in Qatar in March because they were already there for testing but MotoGP was unable to race due to quarantine restrictions.The updated schedule:July 19: Spanish Grand PrixJuly 26: Grand Prix of AndalusiaAug. 9: Czech Grand PrixAug. 16: Austrian Grand PrixAug. 23: Styria Grand PrixSept. 13: San Marino Grand PrixSept. 20: Emilia Romagna Grand PrixSept. 27: Catalan Grand PrixOct. 11: French Grand PrixOct. 18: Aragon Grand PrixOct. 25: Teruel Grand PrixNov. 8: European Grand PrixNov. 15: Valencia Grand PrixTopics : The third round will take place in the Czech Republic on Aug. 9 before two races in Austria on Aug. 16 and 23. Misano will then host two rounds in September.MotoGP said a minimum of 12 rounds would be held in the championship. The total number of races could increase to 17 with four outside Europe between Nov. 22 and Dec. 13.The only long-haul races yet to be cancelled due to the pandemic are those in Thailand, Malaysia, the United States (Texas) and Argentina.Those events and their dates will be confirmed before July 31, MotoGP added. The MotoGP season stalled by the novel coronavirus pandemic will begin with back-to-back races at the Jerez circuit in Spain on July 19 and 26, the sport’s governing body said on Thursday.Five circuits will host double-headers and there will be a total of seven races in Spain as part of the revised 13-round European calendar for the 2020 season.Eight races have been cancelled so far this season including the Qatar, Dutch, German, Finnish, British, Australian, Japanese and Italian rounds.
GREG DIXON/Herald file photoStatistically speaking, there is no doubt the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team is the No. 1 team in the nation. The Badgers are leading the nation in nearly every category, including scoring offense, power play and combined special teams. The Badgers offense has been explosive through the team’s first eight games. Assistant coach Dan Koch mentioned the production has come from a variety of sources, some new players as well as some familiar faces.“There are a number of players on the stat sheet between eight and 13 points. Brooke Ammerman’s got good numbers; she’s got great hands, a good stick and is a natural scorer,” Koch said. “Hilary Knight has stepped up her production and Mallory Deluce has been consistent. And then our upperclassmen, [Erika] Lawler, [Meghan] Duggan, continue their same work habits and get rewarded for it.”The Badgers’ 42.2 percent power play success rate is symbolic of the team’s offensive efficiency. The Badgers’ top-ranked power play, whose top unit consists of Knight, Alycia Matthews, Lawler, Ammerman and Duggan, uses a simple system that relies on hustle, creativity and skill to score.While the first unit may have had the most success, there are almost 10 forwards who have seen ample time on the power play — a true testament to the Badgers’ depth. Koch said the power play system hasn’t changed, just the execution.“It’s the same thing we’ve been doing since Mark [Johnson] and I got here,” Koch said. “His philosophy is to keep things simple, work hard and win the battles, you got to outwork the penalty killers. It’s just execution, making a couple of passes, getting the puck to the net and out numbering down-low. It’s a tribute to them and their hard work that the numbers are so high.”Through eight games, the Badgers have produced 52 goals, an average of 6.5 goals a game. The Badgers are outshooting their opponents by an average of 44.75 to 16.5.Knight’s 16 points lead the nation, as do her 2.67 points per game average. Lawler’s passing has been an integral piece of the team’s offensive success; Lawler has 11 points. Duggan, last season’s leading scorer, also has 11 points.While opponents are usually concerened with the strength of Knight, the playmaking of Lawler and the shot and determination of Duggan, there are plenty of other contributors for the Badgers.Ammerman has 10 goals and at least one goal in seven straight games. She has been named WCHA Offensive Rookie of the Week two times in the past three weeks. Additionally, Ammerman leads all freshmen in the nation with 1.88 points per game.Matthews has coupled her staunch defensive play with a strong offensive output that includes nine assists and one goal. Matthew’s 10 points are tied for the national lead for all defenseman.Juniors Kyla Sanders and Jasmine Giles are known as strong two-way players, but have chipped in 11 points each. Sanders picked up the Badgers third hat trick of the year last Saturday against Bemidji Sate in the first ever women’s hockey USA Hall of Fame Game.Sophomore Riley Nash, who has seen time on the Badgers’ top line, also has 11 points.Senior Angie Keseley, who plays left wing on the Badgers top line with Lawler and Knight, noted the Badgers’ offensive depth gives the coaches the opportunity to experiment with lines and power plays.“This year our forwards are really good,” Keseley said. “We can play anyone at any time, and they’ll do really well. I think we have really strong forwards, and that’s what is contributing to our goal scoring.”