Northeast Kingdom Chamber moving to Green Mountain Mall

first_imgThe Northeast Kingdom Chamber announced today it has signed a long-term lease to move its office into the Green Mountain Mall. The chamber office will relocate to a prime spot in the center, between Radio Shack and the Union Bank, directly across from the mall entrance of JC Penney. The move follows the chamber’s departure from the Pomerleau Building, directly above the St. Johnsbury Welcome Center, a location it had occupied since 2003. The Town of St. Johnsbury, owner of the building, indicated to the chamber in September its desire to rent the entire second floor of the structure to a single tenant and take over operations of the welcome center. The NEK Chamber, established in St. Johnsbury in 1891, has more than 375 business members from throughout the tri-county region known as the Northeast Kingdom. Half of its membership is hospitality related, the remaining 50 percent service-related businesses. ‘The chamber looked at more than 20 locations throughout the region, and the mall space seemed to be a great fit for our organization,’ said Hannah Manley, Northeast Kingdom Chamber president. ‘It will allow us to efficiently serve our membership from a convenient location and will also allow us to prominently display our brochure racks, promoting our members, in the hallways of the mall.’ The chamber move is fortuitous timing for the organization and the mall, which is starting renovations to the center this year. The chamber will not be the only tenant moving into the mall this winter; two other businesses are expected to sign contracts for space within the first quarter of 2012. ‘We are very pleased to have an organization such as the Northeast Kingdom Chamber, a leader in the business community, coming into the mall,’ said Bernard E. Healy Jr., Green Mountain Mall owner. ‘We are in the process of putting a revitalization plan for the mall in place, and we are excited the Northeast Kingdom Chamber will be a strong partner in making these changes happen.’ St. Johnsbury Town Manager Ralph Nelson stated he is ‘absolutely thrilled’ the chamber has decided to remain in St. Johnsbury, adding, ‘There has been a long-standing, strong relationship between the Town of St. Johnsbury and the Northeast Kingdom Chamber. I am very hopeful their relocation will not diminish that.’ Chamber Executive Director Darcie McCann noted the chamber received many suggestions from members and residents on where to relocate its offices, but the suggestion she heard the most was going to the mall. She noted the ease of finding the office, considerable foot traffic, ample parking and public visibility appealed to the chamber in selecting the site. ‘Being in a retail environment ourselves will greatly assist our efforts in attracting stores to the region,’ said McCann. ‘We are very aware our region needs additional stores and companies, and we plan on doubling our efforts in seeking out such businesses and reinvigorating our economic development efforts.’ Construction on the planned chamber space is expected to start immediately and will include a computer resource center for businesses.  The computer center will include two computers, a multi-use copy/fax/scan/printer and high-speed internet that businesses can use free of charge. The computer center is being sponsored by the Vermont Department of Labor, Continuing Education at St. Johnsbury Academy and the Northeast Kingdom Chamber. ‘While it is exciting pursuing a new direction, we must acknowledge that it will be bittersweet leaving the Welcome Center and downtown,’ said McCann. ‘In addition to our increased retail and economic development efforts, we will continue to support the Welcome Center and promote our downtown businesses at our new location.’ The chamber plans to move into its new space in the first few weeks of 2012 and will retain a presence on the St. Johnsbury Welcome Center Advisory Board. CAPTION: Northeast Kingdom Chamber Past President Barbara Olden stands in front of what will be the new chamber offices in the Green Mountain Mall come the beginning of the year. Olden, from Union Bank, will be a neighbor of the chamber office, which will be located between the bank and Radio Shack and directly across the mall entrance to JC Penney.last_img read more

CoA to Supervise Match Tickets Allotted to BCCI President and secretary

first_imgNew Delhi: The Committee of Administrators (CoA) has decided that international match tickets that the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) president and secretary gets will remain under the supervision of the committee.The CoA which had decided to limit BCCI’s requirement of tickets from 1200 to 604 has now decided that the quota of complimentary tickets allotted to BCCI on account of the president, secretary and stakeholders shall stand reinstated. From the requirement of 604 tickets as per the mail on October 6, the requirement now stands at 779, an increase of 175 tickets.In the mail, accessed by IANS, the committee has said: “Please note that till conclusion of the BCCI election, the quota of tickets allocated to the BCCI President and the BCCI Secretary shall remain under the supervision of the CoA and such tickets will be handled by the host association to the BCCI designated personal mentioned in the staging association guidelines.“The quota of tickets for BCCI stakeholders shall be managed by the BCCI office, through the BCCI CEO.”A senior state association official questioned the whole change of heart.“Why did they reduce the number last year and what makes them suddenly change this decision? Last year they stood ground and now this change of heart? Also, it is funny that the president and secretary of the board will get their quota of tickets, but it will be under the supervision of the CoA. So what does that signify? Would be interesting to know the explanation behind the decision that saw them rethink the ticket allocation,” the official told IANS.As per the revised arrangement, the distribution of hospitality tickets will see the BCCI sponsors get 110 tickets, the broadcasters will get 24 tickets, the home and away team gets 25 tickets each, the BCCI president and secretary will get 50 tickets each and the stakeholders will get 25 tickets.In the general category, the sponsors will get 100 tickets, broadcasters will get 50 tickets, the home and away team will get 125 tickets each, the match officials will get 20 tickets, the BCCI secretary will get 25 tickets and the stakeholders will get another 25 tickets. IANS Also Read: Kieron Pollard Named West Indies ODI and T20I SkipperAlso Watch:PSO of Special Reserve Force DSP in Nalbari arrested for supplying weapons to Robberslast_img read more

Witch Hunt or Conflict of Interest?

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf celebrated Liberia’s midfield maestro Kelvin Sebwe in 2009 for being the only Liberian professional to officially hang his boots at home (Liberia) from both national and international football ending a career spanning more than two decades.Sebwe was recommended and appointed Technical Director for Football Development at the Youth and Sports Ministry created by the group Transfer of Knowledge through Expatriate National (TOKTEN), in collaboration with the Civil Servant Agency (CSA), and sponsored by the UNDP in 2010.About six months later, the focus of TOKTEN’s program was diverted from sports to education and agriculture, canceling the program at the Youth and Sports Ministry.Coach Sebwe was subsequently employed by then Minister of Youth and Sports, Madam Etmonia David Tarpeh, as Technical Director for Sports Development.In 2010 the ex-midfield maestro, along with Henry Browne (the Technical Director of the Liberia Football Association) and others achieved CAF’s License B Certificate in coaching.In 2011, Coach Sebwe was appointed Deputy Coach under Italian coach Roberto Landi to manage the national football team, Lone Star, as well as Deputy Coach under Coach Kaetu Smith.It means, he served as deputy coach during the administrations of Etmonia David Tarpeh and S. Tornorlah Varpilah.Fortunately, Coach Sebwe was appointed for the ‘third time’ as Deputy Coach, under his former teammate, Coach James Salinsa Debbah.Unfortunately, about a month after Coach Debbah and others penned their contracts – making them legitimate employees, Coach Sebwe is yet to sign.Impeccable sources told the Daily Observer that the impediment of signing Coach Sebwe’s contract is owing to what is described as a ‘Conflict of Interest’ while others called it a ‘witch hunt.’Two staffers in the Sports Bureau of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, said yesterday that the Ministry is arguing that if Coach Sebwe is employed at the LFA and the same time serving as Technical Director for Sports Development, then it is a conflict of interest.The staffers said the Ministry’s revised handbook forbids an employee from working at two places – but the staff didn’t say whether the law affects appointed employees or support staff.However, some football pundits believe that the Ministry’s decision against Coach Sebwe’s contract to assist Lone Star is due to political differences–where Coach Sebwe is a member of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) and openly supported Sen. George M. Weah in the 2014 Special Senatorial Elections and Youth and Sports Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe, a former Secretary General and Executive Member of the CDC, supported the President’s son, Robert Sirleaf.The football pundits are arguing that if the Head Coach of Lone Star, James Salinsa Debbah, who is a member of the Board of Directors of the Liberia Maritime Authority, and Coach Janjay Jacobs, the Deputy Coach of the U-23 Lone Star can sign their contracts, while Coach Sebwe, who is the Technical Director for Sports All Development couldn’t sign.The President of the LFA, Musa H. Bility in his monthly press conference resumed in Match, admitted that Coach Sebwe was not among those who signed their contracts, and promised to ensure that the 43-year-old pen his deal.All efforts to contact Youth and Sports Minister Eugene Nagbe through his cell phone and his office on 19th Street, proved futileCoach Sebwe will not speak on the matter when contacted by the Daily Observer yesterday but expressed disappointment over the delay to complete his contract with the LFA.“If it were either Madam Etmonia Tarpeh or Hon. S. Tornorlah Varpilah, I would have signed my contract long since,” Coach Sebwe said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more