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Vermont Venture Network

Vermont Venture Network

first_imgVermont Venture Network serving the entrepreneurial community since 1989May Monthly Breakfast MeetingThursday, May 23, 2002, 8 A.M.Michael H. Gurau, President, CEI Community Ventures, Inc. 36 Water Street, PO Box 268, Wiscasset, ME 04578, Tel: (207) 882-7552, E-Mail: mhg@ceimaine.org(link sends e-mail)CEI is a non-profit community and economic development organization founded in 1977. CEI’s latest initiative is CEI Community Ventures which is a community development venture capital fund formed pursuant to the SBA New Markets Venture Capital Program. CEI Community Ventures is eligible to invest in all of Essex and Orange counties in Vermont plus 24 other census tracts, including Burlington.Randee Fagen, Vice President Sales, Marketing and Customer Services C3Gateways Services, Inc.5005 Jean Talon West, Suite 200 Montreal, PQ H4P 1W7Tel: (514) 908-2400“Multi-Tasking CRM”C3Gateways has developed a proprietary “middleware” solution, ContactIP, to manage the customer interaction with call center personnel. In July 2001, the company acquired 1000% of the shares in Helpoverip.com, which was the initial developer of the customer relationship management technology.A discussion period will follow, and your questions are encouraged.Location: The Radisson Hotel60 Battery StreetBurlington, VT tel. (802) 658-6500Meetings: Meetings are typically held the fourth Thursday of every month, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.To pre-register: Please mail your registration form and check (payable to: VVN) for $15 to: PO Box 5839, Burlington, VT 05402. This fee includes a continental breakfast.Pre-registration will also be accepted by facsimile to (802) 658-0978 or via email to vvnmail@merritt-merritt.com(link sends e-mail). Please help us speed your check-in by pre-registering. Thank you. Please also be sure to include your email address.Name ________________________________________Title ________________________________________Company _____________________________________Address _____________________________________City/State/Zip _________________________________Telephone _________________________________Email Address _________________________________Annual Membership is $25. Members receive notification of all Vermont Venture Network events, distributed via mail and email, for a period of one year.last_img read more

Heat, water woes and coronavirus: India’s perfect storm

Heat, water woes and coronavirus: India’s perfect storm

first_imgBollywood stars and political leaders have urged Indians to wash their hands to protect against coronavirus but that’s a pipe dream for slum-dwellers like Bala Devi, now sweltering through a summer heatwave.The 44-year-old widow and her family of eight are among tens of millions of people facing months of torrid weather while stuck at home, in lockdown, without regular access to clean water to keep cool and wash.”It is so hot the children keep asking for water to drink. How can I give them water for washing their hands when we don’t have even enough water to drink?” Devi said at her cramped home in New Delhi. “Already our children are falling sick,” she added, her half-naked toddler hanging from her arms. Liquid gold Even before the coronavirus pandemic, water was in short supply for the 100 million people living in India’s urban slums.Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has listed water infrastructure as a key priority, promising to reach 145 million rural households by 2024.But currently roughly a third of the country’s 1.3 billion people cut back on washing and bathing during summer as taps run dry.Trucks deliver water to areas suffering shortfalls during the summer months but fights regularly break out in long queues to the tap.Last year the southern city of Chennai ran out of water entirely.Heatwaves are increasing in frequency, and this week the mercury hit 50 Celsius in western Rajasthan state. Parts of Delhi recorded their hottest May temperatures in almost 20 years.Heat stress has killed around 3,500 people around the country since 2015, according to government figures, while farmers have killed themselves because of droughts ravaging their crops.Only around seven percent of Indian households have air conditioning, despite rising incomes making the luxury more affordable for some.Tarun Gopalakrishnan from the Centre for Science and Environment think-tank said India must brace for frequent periods of extreme heat in the future.”When we look at the seasonal averages we sometimes miss the picture that the extremes are increasing, causing massive social disruptions,” he told AFP. “Every drop of water is a luxury for us. We can’t afford to spend it on bathing,” she told AFP, pinching her nose at the waft of clogged drains as unwashed children milled around her.Outside it is around 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) but her one-bedroom tenement house has just an improvised ceiling fan to keep its occupants cool.There is a piped water connection but the supply is extremely erratic and a pump connected to the groundwater mostly spews air. Her family uses a common public toilet and their “bathroom” is a bucket behind a curtain.”If we can’t wash and clean and there is filth everywhere, obviously the virus will attack us, but what can we do?” asked Devi’s neighbor Anita Bisht.center_img More misery India’s coronavirus lockdown is slowly being eased but the restrictions have compounded the miseries of the current heatwave.In Delhi, a sprawling city teeming with 20 million people, demand for water outstrips supply by an estimated 200 million gallons (760 million litres) per day.The daily wait for water trucks in the capital has become even worse since the pandemic hit the city.Lining up for hours with plastic buckets and bottles, slum dwellers are now meant to stand a suitable distance apart — if the government truck ever comes.Lakhpat, a resident of the Sanjay Niwas slum settlement, recently waited in vain for over two hours with dozens of others for the scheduled water tanker to arrive.”Because of the water problem we can’t follow social distancing rules. People stick together closely in the mad rush to get their buckets filled first,” he said. Topics :last_img read more