Vermont Chapter To Receive Continuing Publication Commendation From the Construction Specifications Institute

first_imgThe Vermont Chapter will receive a Continuing Publication Commendation from the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) for its monthly newsletter, Green Mountain Specifier. Christopher Eling, CSI, CDT, editor of the newsletter, will accept the award April 21, 2004 during the Opening General Session of The 48th Annual CSI Showä & Convention.CSI presents a Continuing Publication Commendation to individuals, chapters, firms, or organizations for outstanding publications in areas related to the Institute. The Vermont Chapter nominated Eling and the Green Mountain Specifier for:- Consistently providing the construction community with news from the chapter, region, and Institute- Publishing technical and educational articles by members and industry experts- Reviewing past, present and future chapter programs- Recognizing new members- Promoting and recognizing certification and member accomplishmentsThe Green Mountain Specifier is published 10 times each year.Eling has been a member of CSI for three years, and works for Peter Morris Architect in Vergennes, VT.The Opening General Session will take place on Wednesday, April 21, in Chicago, and will be open to the public. For more information about the Show & Convention, visit is external).The Vermont Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute will receive both of this year’s Chapter Cup awards during the Institute’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 24th in Chicago. CSI awards two Chapter Cups each year to recognize the chapters that grew the most during the previous calendar year. Because one cup is awarded based on percentage growth in membership, and the other based on net growth, it is unprecedented that a single chapter wins both cups in one year.The Vermont Chapter grew from 57 to 126 members last year, a 122 percent increase. The Vermont Chapter was chartered in May 1968 with 30 members. The chapter has been active and growing in recent years, and was able to take home Chapter Cup awards for highest percentage growth in 2000 and 2001.Vermont leaders credit their success to a strong continuing education program for construction practitioners and efforts to reach students in construction-related programs at Norwich University and Vermont Technical College.About CSICSI is a national association of specifiers, architects, engineers, contractors, building materials suppliers and others involved in nonresidential building design and construction.last_img read more

Plug & Play: Esports is more than its poor reputation

first_imgWhen you hear the word “gamer,” what do you think? You probably envision a teenage boy, controller in hand, screaming at the TV for hours on end. You might think that playing video games is a waste of valuable time that would be better spent learning new skills, building friendships or participating in friendly competition. The irony is that video games teach all those skills and many more. There’s a stigma surrounding gamers. During the rapid development and popularization of video games over the past two decades, the term has begun to carry a less than desirable — and frankly, inaccurate — connotation. It is time to break the stigma surrounding gamers and realize that the same lessons can be taught through video games. By no means should kids stop playing physical sports, but we shouldn’t look to traditional sports as the only way to learn these lessons. It is important to know that most video games are not just about driving cars, blowing things up and shooting people. Video games teach valuable lessons to people of all ages.  Our society encourages youth to get active in sports. Aside from keeping them active, sports teach kids valuable life lessons, including social skills, teamwork, dedication to self-improvement and mastery of a skill. The vast majority of little leaguers will not become professional baseball players, and the majority of kids playing video games will not become professional e-athletes. It is imperative that kids learn to reach a goal through self-improvement, regardless of what form of game teaches them that lesson. Video games provide that opportunity. Competitive titles like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Overwatch encourage teamwork, strategy and mastery of technique. Those skills seem isolated in those games, but they are not in the slightest.  In today’s age, video games provide a platform on which multiple people can play together at any time from anywhere. If friends move apart, video games provide a reliable way for them to keep in touch and continue doing what they love together.  We should not discourage kids or adults from playing video games. By reinforcing the stigma that people who frequently play video games are wasting their time, we are shaming people for exercising their minds while challenging and bettering themselves. Whether in sports, competition or life, losing sucks. Human nature compels us to better ourselves, to outperform ourselves and those around us. Competitive video games, like traditional sports, take dedication and years of practice to perfect. For growing youth, perfecting a curveball or learning to hit a trickshot in a video game is not about the actual skill — it’s about the process. Our society encourages participation in sports because it recognizes the multitude of benefits they provide people of all ages. Video games seem like they have been around for ages, but the reality is that they are still in their infancy. Because of that, the majority of people don’t fully understand the benefits of video games. Rather than prejudicially writing video games off as a waste of time, take time to understand the role these games can play in society. For example, take Portal, a first-person problem-solving game with a thrilling storyline. Games like Portal exercise the mind against a problem, similar to a maze or jigsaw puzzle.  Like traditional sports, online multiplayer games foster and maintain friendships. They teach players to work together for the common good, encourage each other and build social confidence. Lazy. Outcast. Loser. After all, gamers are just clicking buttons, staring at a screen alone for hours. They don’t do anything productive, don’t have any friends and will definitely never succeed. Wrong. With games that allow you to play with people around the world, the opportunity to meet new people from diverse backgrounds is more accessible than ever. I have connected with people from all over, some of whom I remain in contact with even though I no longer play the same game. Hearthstone, a turn-based card video game, has the “high-intelligence” elements of chess: thinking ahead, strategizing and minimizing damage.  Sam Arslanian is a junior writing about esports. He is also a former sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Plug & Play,” runs every other Wednesday.last_img read more

Dodgers, MLB still celebrate Jackie Robinson Day without games

first_imgThe Covid-19 pandemic that shut down Major League Baseball altered, but did not stop, the sport’s annual celebration of Jackie Robinson.MLB used its digital platforms to honor Robinson on Wednesday, the anniversary of the day that he integrated the sport with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.Normally, the event is marked by every player in the majors wearing Robinson’s No. 42 in games. Even without games this year, players for the Dodgers, Angels and other major league teams still had their numbers changed to 42 on the roster pages of MLB’s official web site on Wednesday. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies A few Dodgers players also tweeted messages honoring Robinson.“Happy Jackie Robinson day!,” David Price posted on his Twitter account. “Eternally grateful for Mr. Robinson! I have been looking forward to this day since being traded to LA. Can’t wait to get back to doing what we love! In the meantime let’s just stay home and stay safe.”Michael Hermosillo, one of four African-Americans on the Angels’ major league roster, posted “Thank you! #JackieRobinsonDay,” with a photo of Robinson, on his Twitter account.Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire The Dodgers planned for manager Dave Roberts and Mookie Betts to speak about Robinson’s impact in a Zoom chat to be shared online on Wednesday night.They also planned to post clips of player interviews from spring training about Robinson on their social network channels throughout the day.The Dodgers changed their profile photo to the No. 42 on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season center_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Angels’ top prospect Jo Adell tweeted: “Couldn’t imagine a life without being able to pursue my dream because of the color of my skin. Thank you, Jackie. Today is for you!!!”MLB Network and planned a full day of Robinson-related broadcasts, streaming and on television. Among the games replayed was the Dodgers-New York Mets game on April 15, 1997, when Robinson’s number was officially retired across the majors.The World Series film from 1955, a Brooklyn Dodgers victory featuring Robinson, was streamed on MLB’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube outlets. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Neymar AWOL from Paris Saint-Germain training; club threatens punishment

first_img“The club regrets this situation and will therefore take appropriate action.”Neymar missed the Copa America with an ankle injury but was expected to be fit for the start of the new season. He was in attendance at the Maracana as Brazil overcame Peru, 3-1, in the final Sunday.Failing to report for training casts further doubt on Neymar’s future in the French capital, with Real Madrid also having long had a reported interest in him. Paris Saint-Germain says it will take disciplinary measures against Neymar after he failed to report for training Monday.The Ligue 1 champion welcomed back players for the start of preseason ahead of the 2019-20 campaign, but Neymar was a notable no-show. The Brazilian star, 27, has been linked with a return to former club Barcelona and now faces a sanction from PSG.”On Monday July 8, Neymar was due to return to pre-season activities with the Paris Saint-Germain senior squad,” a club statement said.”Paris Saint-Germain notes that Neymar Jr was not in attendance at the agreed time and place. This was without the club’s prior authorization.last_img read more