and Burton Snowboards complete summer 2011 commuter challenge ( is external)), the global leader in online marketing solutions for the automotive industry, and Burton Snowboards, the world’s leading snowboard company, today announced the completion of the first ever Summer Commuter Challenge ‘ a competition which called on employees of both Burlington, VT-based companies to use creative commuting methods in an effort to reduce CO2 emissions. As an extension of the Vermont Way to Go Challenge, and Burton turned their common goal of reducing their carbon footprints into a friendly competition to see which company could drive greater employee participation in the challenge during the summer. Throughout June, July and August, employees from both companies were encouraged to use alternative modes of transportation such as walking, carpooling and telecommuting. Employees logged their creative commuting activity on is external), a website specifically developed to track the ongoing progress of both companies. During festive meetings at the end of each month, employees from and Burton met to discover the winning company for the month, recognize top commuters and celebrate each other’s efforts. ‘Participating in the Commuter Challenge with Burton was incredibly fulfilling and fun,’ said CEO Mark Bonfigli. ‘Not only did both companies make a meaningful impact on our overall carbon footprints, but we all enjoyed coming up with creative, and sometimes unique, methods of clean and green transportation.’ The challenge began June 5th and culminated on August 27th with employees from both companies saving approximately 170,000 lbs of CO2 emissions by adopting alternative commuting methods in June, July and August. While came out ahead each month in the friendly competition, a total of 412 employees from both companies participated in the challenge throughout the summer. Both companies celebrated the culmination of the Commuter Challenge in downtown Burlington on Tuesday, September 7th. Employees who participated in the challenge were recognized, and prizes were awarded to those who used alternative modes of transportation to commute the most, commute at least once every week or commute each day throughout the summer. In addition, each commuter was eligible to win one of 40 door prizes donated in part by local businesses that sponsored the challenge. About ( is external)) is the global leader in online marketing solutions for the automotive industry, providing award-winning SaaS-based e-marketing solutions to OEMs, auto dealers and media companies.  Headquartered in Burlington, Vermont with additional offices in Manhattan Beach, California, the company’s innovative websites and integrated online tools include advertising alternatives that significantly lower the cost of customer acquisition, enhancing dealers’ efficiency and profitability. Recent national and international accolades include placing No. 14 on Outside magazine’s 2011 list of Best Places to Work in America and receiving two Stevie Awards from the American Business Association for Best Overall Company of the Year and Fastest Growing Company of the year in 2011. has also by honored by Inc. magazine as one of the 2010 Top Small Company Workplaces in addition to securing a place on both the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 rankings in 2010. wasalso ranked first in SEO effectiveness among auto dealer website providers for the third consecutive year in 2011 by Sorgenfrei LLC. About Burton Snowboards ( is external))In 1977, Jake Burton Carpenter founded Burton out of his Vermont barn. Since then, Burton has fueled the growth of snowboarding worldwide through its groundbreaking product lines, its team of top snowboarders and its grassroots efforts to get the sport accepted at resorts.  In 1996, Burton began growing its family of brands to include boardsports and apparel brands. Privately held and owned by Jake, Burton’s headquarters are in Burlington, Vermont with offices in California, Austria, Japan and Australia.  For more information visit is external).September 9, 2011 (Burlington, VT) ‘ Dealer.comlast_img read more

Family First NZ faces deregistration

first_imgNZ Herald 6 May 2013Family First NZ says it will be deregistered as a charity because of its views on gay marriage. National director of Family First Bob McCoskrie said the group has received notification the Charities Commission intends to deregister the organisation. He said the decision was highly politicised and showed groups that think differently to the politically correct view will be targeted. “The Commission argues that Family First’s efforts to represent the voice of 80 per cent-plus of families on the anti-smacking law or half of New Zealanders on attempts to redefine marriage, for example, have no ‘public benefit’, and that it is in the ‘public interest’ for Family First to be deregistered.” He said the timing of the notification was cynical, in that the Commission deliberately held off until after the final reading of the gay marriage bill, despite saying a final decision would be made at the end of January. Mr McCoskrie said other reasons given for deregistration were that it had held a conference and invited speakers that promoted its viewpoint, and that it invited people to join. “But it did say that one of the things was that we supported a view of family that was not in the public interest.” read more

Skaneateles, Westhill reach sectional Class B baseball final

first_imgSolvay, six runs down, somehow rallied in the seventh inning to beat Clinton 10-9, and later that night Skaneateles survived a tense 1-0, eight-inning battle with Camden..The fact that no. 8 seed Solvay was facing Clinton was remarkable enough, as the no. 16 seed Warriors shocked top seed Holland Patent 5-3 just to get here.Yet it looked, like Clinton would topple the Bearcats, too. After Solvay took a 2-0 first-inning lead, the Warriors got five runs n the top of the second to move out in front. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Then Clinton scored three times in the top of the sixth to make it 9-3, and that’s where it stood heading to the bottom of the seventh.Here, Warriors pitcher Joel Cleveland tired, and Solvay scored three times to cut the deficit to 9-6, but Cleveland and Jandre Garcia recorded the first two outs to push the Bearcats to the brink of having its season end.All at once, though, Garcia lost control, twice issuing bases-loaded walks. Andrew Krom came in to pitch, but he walked Owen Lansing, and the tying run trotted home. Moments later, Alex Gallardo drilled a single off Krom and the winning run scored.Now Solvay fans ventured over to Onondaga Community College, where Skaneateles again sent its ace, Cregg Scherrer, to the mound against Camden on four days’ rest following his 1-0 win over Marcellus in the previous round.Scherrer and his Blue Devils counterpart, Justin Cox, dueled through seven regulation innings. Cox allowed four hits, but struck out nine,  while Scherrer was dominant, not allowing a hit until Shallen Simpson singled to lead off the top of the seventh – and moments later, Scherrer picked off Simpson.In the top of the eighth Scherrer recorded his 13th and 14th strikeouts. Leading off the bottom of the eighth  Nate Wellington singled, Jack Whirtley executed a s sacrifice bunt and, one pitch later, Luke Viggiano tagged Cox for a single up the middle that sent Wellington racing home with the game’s only run,.A day earlier, Westhill avoided the dramatic extremes of its OHSL Liberty division rivals, but the no. 7 seed Warriors still upended no. 2 seed Port Byron/Union Springs 4-2,putting an end to the Panthers’ 17-game win streak.Trailing 1-0 after one inning, the Warriors went ahead for good with three runs in the top of the fourth, adding an insurance run an inning later as Walker Blossey doubled and got two RBIs. Nick Bistrovich pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing just two hits, while Nate King went the rest of the way, limiting PB/US to five hits.That set up Friday’s semifinal with VVS, where the Warriors fell behind 2-0 in the first inning and would get single runs in the next three frames, yet still 4-3 when it went out in front in the top of the sixth, scoring twice.That  lead didn’t hold, with the Red Devils striking for three runs in the bottom of the sixth, but three outs from elimination, Westhill, now trailing 7-5, cranked it up again in the top of the seventh, crossing the plate four times.Philip Zollo led these comebacks, getting a single, double and three RBIs, while Blossey drove in two runs and Jake Zawadzki scored twice. King tossed a scoreless seventh inning to end it, having gone 3 2/3 innings in relief of Zollo.There was none of this drama in the second sectional semifinal, Skaneateles striking for a first-inning run against Solvay when Scherrer scored on a passed ball and then taking charge with four runs in the bottom of the thirdScherrer started it again with a double, Jimmy Liberatore walked and Tommy Reed drove them both in with a double. That chased Bearcats starter Mason Sands, but Jack Carlisle greeted reliever Antonio Gonzalez with a two-out, two-run double.Solvay didn’t score until the top of the sixth against James Musso, the Lakers pitcher who got even more support when the Lakers scored three times in the bottom of the sixth.Though it was in the same situation as the Clinton game entering the seventh inning, Solvay would not come back here, Musso holding the Bearcats to six hits overall while striking out nine.The sectional final on Sunday at OCC will have Skaneateles Tags: BaseballskaneatelesSolvayWesthill Given the ups and downs of the Section III Class B playoffs, perhaps it made sense that Skaneateles and Westhill, two tried-and-true programs ended up squaring off for the title.In Friday’s semifinals at Utica’s Murnane Field, the no. 7 seed Warriors made two different comebacks to knock off no. 3 seed Vernon-Verona-Sherrill 9-7, followed by the no. 4 seed Lakers turning back no. 8 seed Solvay 8-2.Just getting to those semifinals required a trio of quarterfinal wins that were special in their own way.last_img read more