The Women Business Owners Network (WBON) will hold its 2nd annual spring conference for women business owners on April 30, 2003 at the Best Western Conference Center in South Burlington, VT. The theme is, “Spring into Action: Leading Your Business with Creativity.”The conference will begin with on Friday at 11:00 am and run until 5:30 p.m. Registration fees are $39 for members, $54 for non-members, and $139 for new members (includes 1 year of dues).The conference will feature a business expo for members and sponsors. The sponsors include: Key Bank, Vermont Economic Development Authority, Vermont Woman, Vermont Times, Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce, Athena’s Day Spa, & Kinkos.According to Meredith Martin Davis, Executive Director of WBON, “The fall conference allows women business owners to learn from other successful business women though the stories of the keynote speakers, through networking with each other, and through interactive sessions that allow attendees to reflect on creativity in their own lives and businesses and discuss decisions that will impact their future.”The keynote speakers are: Linda Kelliher, of Kelliher Samets Volk Communications, Judi Danforth, co-founder of Danforth Pewter, and Lyn Severance, illustrator and graphic artist best known for her work with Ben & Jerry’s.Linda Kelliher is the founder of Kelliher Samets Volk, the vibrant Vermont brand relationship firm. Linda is a painter, a creative director, and a wise and wonderful entrepreneur. Firmly rooted in reality, Linda draws on her experience as a mother and a business leader to deliver a healthy dose of common sense and inspiration. Linda is the CEO of SheClicks.com, a web site devoted to helping savvy, busy women make the most of the Internet. Linda is also involved in keeping the conversation aloft with the benefits of the creative class to Vermont.Judi Danforth and her husband Fred founded Danforth Pewterers and began designing their holloware line in Woodstock, Vermont in 1975, reviving a family tradition of pewtersmithing started by Fred’s great great great great great grandfather between 1755 and 1782. They moved to Lincoln, Vermont in 1978 and for ten years developed their pewter line in their mountain workshop. In 1988 the company moved to its current workshop in Middlebury, Vermont, where Fred now designs and creates the holloware line while Judi focuses her energy on designs for the cast line. The Danforth name enjoys a unique recognition among both antique and contemporary pewter collectors.Lyn Severance grew up in Burlington and Colchester and is a native Vermonter. After Burlington High School, Lyn went to Parsons School of Design in New York City and focused her studies in graphic design and illustration. Immediately following Parsons, Lyn returned to Burlington to work as a designer. Her clients included start-up businesses (like Ben & Jerry’s) and non-profit organizations (like the Vermont Symphony Orchestra). After ten years Lyn took her first full-time job as Creative Director at Ben & Jerry’s where she oversaw all the graphics and visual look of the ice cream business. In 1997, Lyn left Ben & Jerry’s to pursue other projects. Recent projects have included identity and packaging work for Gateway computers, Fat Cat Inc., VerMints, Parmalat, and others; and designing and illustrating three childrens books Cow, Ice Cream, and Pig.The Women Business Owners Network (WBON) is an association serving Vermont and New Hampshire that provides the opportunity for women in business to share experiences and learn from one another. Since 1984, the organization has been offering a forum for members to exchange information and resources in an atmosphere of candor, humor and mutual respect.The Women Business Owners Network is over 140 women strong. There are monthly chapter meetings in Brattleboro, Montpelier, Rutland and Burlington, and Hanover, NH, as well as conferences and social events throughout the year.For more information on the fall conference go to www.wbon.org(link is external) or call 802-363-WBON.
Bernabe Castillo-Moreno. (Image: Decatur County Jail)GREENSBURG – A three month investigation into the distribution of crystal meth in Greensburg has led to the arrest of a convicted murderer, police said Friday morning.Greensburg Police Chief Stacey Chasteen said the department learned of the suspected meth dealing locally in May. The investigation led detectives to believing a Latino man identified as “Ben” was the primary source of the supply.The man has been determined to be Bernabe Castillo-Moreno, 66, of Indianapolis, police said.A background investigation revealed Castillo-Moreno is currently in the United States as an illegal alien and was previously convicted of murder and sentenced to twenty years in prison in Texas.In conjunction with the DEA, the Greensburg Police Department served a search warrant at an Indianapolis home Thursday.Officers say they discovered 1200 dosage units of crystal methamphetamine along with two guns during the raid.Castillo-Moreno was taken into custody and is currently lodged in the Decatur County Jail facing two felony counts of Conspiracy to deal Methamphetamine.Two unidentified suspects were taken into custody by the DEA, one individual has direct ties to a Mexican Drug Trafficking Organization, police said.Chief Chasteen commended the detectives for their efforts in determining the suspect and potentially dwarfing the supply of crystal methamphetamine entering Greensburg.
Little wonder at the summer World Cup in Russia, the only player from the NPFL to make the Super Eagles team to the World Cup, goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, was only good for the bench with little or no chance manning the post.The eggheads of the Nigeria Football Federation have therefore resorted to wooing ‘foreign’ players with Nigerian roots to forming the bedrock of the national team, which the president of the federation, Amaju Pinnick, described as VIP scouting.The NFF boss had reiterated severally that youngsters of Nigerian origin who are doing well in England and other leagues will wear the Nigerian colours at the appropriate time.He said it had been in the plans of the present NFF board to build a young Super Eagles team ahead of the 2022 World Cup, adding that the federation is monitoring several Nigerian players that are making waves in the various leagues.“The initial plan was to take our players in the various clubs, but now, what we are trying to do is what we call VIP scouting – talking to these young players that are playing abroad to play for their fatherland. No Nigerian, even if they have four or five passports, they are always excited about being Nigerians. I can assure you that we shall get them to play for us at the appropriate time,” Pinnick said.With Arsenal having named 11 Nigerians (not products of Nigeria League) in their squad for 2018/19 Premier League season, Pinnick, who interestingly is a fan of the North London club could as well start monitoring their progress in the quest of wooing them to play for Nigeria in future.The players are Alex Iwobi, who has played severally for Nigeria but currently sidelined with illness and would not be part of the Super Eagles’ Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Seychelles today.There is also Eddie Nketiah, who is expected to see the first-team action this season, especially in the Carabao Cup and Europa League group stages.The remaining nine players are all youngsters and classed as U-21.They are Ryan Alebiousu, Xavier Amaechi, Folarin Balogun, Tolaji Bola, Arthur Okonkwo, James Olayinka, Joseph Olowu, Tobi Omole and Bukayo Saka.Nigerians should, therefore, be watching out for these future stars as they may form the bedrock of Nigeria’s team to the 2002 World Cup slated for Qatar.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram With the Nigeria Professional Football League not living up to the standard of churning out players for the Super Eagles, second choice goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, was the only player from the NPFL to Nigeria’s team to the 2018 World Cup. The Nigeria Football Federation in recent time has therefore been relying heavily on players of Nigerian descent in Europe to form the bulk of the national. With Arsenal naming 11 Nigerians in their 2018/19 Premier League season, the majority of Eagles players in future major competitions may be coming from the North London club, writes Kunle AdewaleNigeria football League was once so exciting and competitive that Nigerian players are signed on straight to European clubs without having to go through trials- Finidi George, Dosu Joseph, Etim Esin, are just few examples.But not anymore, as players from the Nigeria Professional Football League are only good for trials in countries like Cyprus, Lebanon, India, Singapore and some other little-known football nations of the world, and are, therefore, not even seen as good enough to don the senior national team shirt.