The 2009 Small Business Person of the Year and Champion Award recipients will be honored at a ceremony sponsored by Vermont Business Magazine and the US Small Business Administration (SBA). Governor James Douglas will present the Small Business Person of the Year award to Mark Bonfigli, CEO and Founder of Dealer.com, Burlington, with additional remarks from Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss, SBA Vermont District Director Darcy Carter, and others. Champion awards will be presented to:Jim Sault, Porter Music Box, RandolphTara Lynn Scheidet, Tara Lynn Studio, SuttonJohn Vincent, Vincent s Drug & Variety, WaterburyGail Wheel, Wheel House Designs, Hyde ParkMatt Cota, VT Fuel Dealers Association, MontpelierMajor Randall Gates, VT National Guard, ColchesterStephen Paddock, VT Small Business Development Center, MiddleburyMary Peabody, University of Vermont Extension, BerlinWHEN: Wednesday, June 10, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.WHERE: Burlington Waterfront Park: Under the Discover Jazz tentDIRECTIONS: In downtown Burlington, follow Main Street to the corner of Main and Battery. Turn right on Lake St. Look for event signage near the white tents at the end of Lake St. Parking is available at College and Lake St, and in lots and garages throughout downtown Burlington.
Mideast no exception Dina Matar of the School of Oriental and African Studies in Britain said religious-themed “conspiracy discourse” is not only a regional phenomenon.”We should not construe this in exceptionalist language that the Middle East is different,” she told AFP.In the region, and elsewhere, these narratives are “symptomatic of practices that have intentionally invoked religion to legitimize political practices”, she said.”Religion has always been used as a political discourse, not only in the Middle East, but in the West as well,” she told AFP.As in other regions, conspiracy discourse does not only focus on religion but also feeds on exaggerated patriotic sentiments, social stigmas and racist stereotypes, according to Hanafi of AUB.Conspiracy theories claiming the coronavirus was created in US bioweapon labs to hit China and Iran, and misleading claims that refugees attract COVID-19 have featured alongside religious-themed posts on social media, the sociologist added.This kind of disinformation becomes prevalent “when we feel powerless in the face of reality and do not know how to explain something scientifically”, he said. “I observe that this is happening everywhere and not only in Islamic regions.”Globally, myths have circulated online including crackpot cures for COVID-19 and conspiracy theories about its alleged origins, with even world leaders touting false claims.In the Arabic-speaking world, AFP fact checkers have observed a trend for social media posts containing false religious-themed claims about the virus.A video purporting to show Chinese people converting to Islam because the novel coronavirus “does not affect Muslims” was shared in February 2020. Mass conversions, immunity for Muslims: in the global maelstrom of disinformation spurred by the coronavirus, many of the more outlandish claims that went viral in the Middle East were religious-themed.Some analysts see this as the natural result of a society trying to come to terms with an unprecedented health pandemic.”At times of inexplicable crisis and conflict, people revert to their cultural myths and convictions to make sense of what is going on,” American University of Beirut (AUB) media studies professor Nabil Dajani said. ‘Cultural myths’ A video has appeared on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter along with a claim that it shows the Islamic call to prayer, or adhan, being heard for the first time in 500 years in Spain, one of the countries worst hit by the pandemic. However, there has been no ban on the adhan in Spain in recent times.”In our region, religious claims are sometimes in tension with science and medicine,” said Sari Hanafi, professor of sociology at AUB.”But religion is also a main source for social solidarity which is integral to resisting the psychological stress of quarantine.”Beyond religion, AFP fact checkers have also observed a trend of false claims suggesting the collapse of countries in the West as they grapple with the pandemic.A video named “Italians commit suicide” was shared widely on Arabic social media platforms, purporting to show Italians committing mass suicide in a public square because of coronavirus.However, the video — filmed months before the COVID-19 outbreak — actually depicts a protest against the Italian far-right.Social media users also circulated statements falsely attributed to Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte that only “solutions from the heavens” could save his country. The clip, however, actually shows Tagalog-speaking people converting to Islam in Saudi Arabia in May 2019 –- months before the first outbreak in China. Another clip shared online claims to show Chinese people receiving copies of the Koran after the country had lifted a “ban” on the Islamic holy book following the spread of coronavirus. It is actually a clip that has been circulating since at least 2013 on reports of copies of the Bible being distributed in China. Topics :
Batesville, Ind. — High school students and their families can tour private college campuses from July 17 through 21. Thirty private, non-profit colleges in Indiana will offer free tours during that time.“We want all students and families to discover that an Indiana private college education is within reach in terms of affordability,” says David W. Wantz, president & CEO of the Independent Colleges of Indiana. “In addition to federal and state grants, including the 21st Century Scholarship, ICI colleges and universities make millions of scholarship dollars from their own funds available to students, making a top-flight college degree a dream come true for tens of thousands of students.”More helpful information and a schedule for the week is online at icindiana.org/page/InPrivateCollegeWeek.
The Donegal U13 side pictured prior to their victory over Cavan and Monaghan earlier this afternoon.Kevin McHugh’s U13 Donegal Schoolboys side produced another superb display earlier this afternoon to ensure they move one step closer to qualification for the knock-out stages of the All-Ireland competition.McHugh’s side defeated Sligo 5-2 last month and followed that victory up with another scintillating display against Cavan/Monaghan in Cootehill.The game was evenly contested in the opening half with few clear-cut chances, although Donegal had the lions share of possession. Donegal then saw appeals for a penalty waved away when Conor Black was tripped in the box.In the second-half, Donegal’s dominance finally paid off and they took the lead from a corner when Carlos O’Reilly powered a header to the net.Donegal created plenty of other chances and had a goal disallowed five minute later.The decisive goal arrived via sub Finian O’Donnell, it was a great individual goal which O’Donnell buried low to the keepers left hand side. Assistant manager Mel O’Donnell told Donegal Daily, ” It is a very good result for us, and that leaves us on the brink of qualification to the All-Ireland semi final.“We’re delighted with the ways these boys prepare themselves and apply themselves every week.“They’re a credit to the County, and there a joy to work with.“We lost the All-Ireland Final last year to Waterford, so we’re hoping we can one better this year, but we still have an awful long way to go, but the signs are encouraging.SUPER DONEGAL U13 SCHOOLBOYS DEFEAT CAVAN/MONAGHAN IN EMPHATIC DISPLAY was last modified: February 15th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegalnewsSchoolboyssoccerSport