first_imgIs it time to look at Vermont s transportation system or the lack of one? That is a question being explored by AARP and a number of other groups around Vermont. An AARP report released today shows that significant groups of Vermonters are unable to get where they need to go particularly older and lower income residents. As a strong consumer advocate, AARP is committed to supporting efforts that foster independence and livable communities or communities that have affordable and accessible housing, community engagement opportunities, and offer a range of mobility options.The report reveals that a substantial number of residents (54%) do not believe there are enough driving alternatives in their community and would like to see more. In addition, some 73% of Vermonters are concerned about the impact of vehicle emissions on global warming. Survey respondents said they were also concerned about gas costs and change their driving habits when prices are high. About 90% of residents believe the State should play a role in helping non-driving residents get where they are going.A convergence of factors changing demographics, environmental impacts, volatile gas prices, and transportation funding shortfalls make this an opportune time to rethink the way we transport the public, concluded the report. Vermont s rural nature also presents a host of challenges to traditional public transit. The study shows that a significant percent of residents are motivated by a variety of reasons to consider alternatives to driving their own car. The report, based on a survey of 800 residents over age 18, covers current driving habits, transportation alternatives, public transit and what motivates Vermonters to change driving behaviors.The AARP study is intended to inform a public discussion on the subject and help begin the process of putting this important issue on the state s policy agenda. AARP is convening a group of stakeholder groups to explore transporting the public. Initially, they will work to identify principles and create a vision for a statewide system while engaging a broad cross-section of Vermont agencies, institutions and organizations in the transformation process. We re working with several organizations that believe some action is needed in this area and the survey findings show that Vermonters support that view as well, said Greg Marchildon, AARP Vermont state director. This is a complex subject that seems to have been overlooked to date by policymakers and others. As a convener of this process, AARP ultimately aims to engage policymakers, legislators and the Governor s administration as we put together a roadmap to better serve the transportation needs of Vermonters.Selected Data & Findings:-Nearly all Vermont residents rely on a car to get around. However, a number of respondents traveled to their destinations in other ways most frequently, walking or sharing rides. -Older, lower income, and unemployed residents are more likely to have problems with transportation and get out less frequently.-Some 90% of respondents believe the State should help people get where they need to go if they are no longer able to drive.- Vermonters are motivated to change their driving habits by rising gas prices and a desire to protect the environment.-73% of Vermonters are concerned about vehicle emissions contributing to global warming. In addition, most Vermonters are concerned about the cost of gas and change their driving habits to lessen the economic burden when prices are high.- 54% do not believe there are adequate driving alternatives in their community and a majority of these people would like to see more alternatives. Interest in these alternatives is strong in communities where they are not available.The key refers to residents who live within or beyond five miles of services. Residents who live within five miles of services would be more likely to walk on sidewalks and use bike paths if these options were available, whereas those living farther away are more inclined to carpool and use park and rides should they become available in their communities.-Two-thirds of Vermonters believe the State has a role in providing personal car driving alternatives if gas prices continue to rise and to reduce vehicle emissions.AARP Vermont commissioned Pacific Market Research to conduct telephone interviews with 800 Vermont residents age 18 and older in December, 2008. The results of the survey are detailed in the final report. For a full copy of the report go to: www.aarp.org/vttransportation(link is external).AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization with 138,000 members in Vermont and 35 million members nationally. Through a wide array of special benefits, services, and information resources, we help our members make important choices, reach their goals and dreams, and make the most of life after 50.Source: AARP. BURLINGTON, VT, April 23, 2009last_img read more

first_img Sportradar: Football’s match fixers enter the betting early June 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Sports and betting are buddies that can’t do without each other thinks STATSCORE’s Jakub Myszkorowski. Yet have we got so used to the way they get on, that we’ve stopped trying to learn from one another? Myszkorowski explains how betting organisations can boost their own businesses by looking at how sports teams analyse their opponents, optimise performance and integrate new ideas.Analyse your opponentsTop football clubs have extraordinary technical teams packed with specialists. Amid physios, fitness coaches, diet leaders you can find also professionals solely responsible for analysing the opponents. All they do is focus on what makes your top rivals successful and what turns their wins into failures. This knowledge is today, arguably, the most valuable currency on the competitive market. The faster, deeper and better you can analyse what your opponents do, the more chance that you won’t copy their biggest mistakes. You can also hope to follow some of the successful paths too.Let’s think, honestly, if we replicate this in our line of work. As organisations so focused on our own growth, do we forget to focus on what makes our competitors… ‘lucky’ or ‘unlucky’? We should be open to this sort of market analysis rather than simply trying to be superior without an understanding of the competition.Optimise your performanceWhen you look at a top basketball or football team, it’s hard to miss how packed their agendas are throughout the season – often playing matches every few days. Playing games so frequently means that you need to plan well each day as you spend almost half of your time travelling. How and where to train? What to focus on? When to secure a proper rest? How to make the athletes’ bodies prepared to deliver their best each time?Professional sport is all about these things. Is your business too? Did you analyse if your website works well on every device and with any possible browser? Do your widgets upload fast enough in countries where fast internet on mobile is not always available? There are so many more questions like these that I could name here, but instead of wasting your time let’s leave it at this – take the time to consider how you can better optimise your own performance.And if you’re wondering how we did it at STATSCORE, where we care so much about the delivery of products for our partners, just reach out to learn more from our experiences.Yesterday’s paths will be useless tomorrowYou might not know that in my past life I used to be a football coach. To cut a long story short, people quickly realised that I wasn’t equipped to tell the Galácticos where they were going wrong.In any case, years ago I joined a second-tier club in my home country as an assistant coach. Our goal was clear – to get promoted. For some time, it seemed like we were on the right path. Then the winter interlude of the season came and we all kicked off for the preparation camps.Since the methods we used for the practices were… well… ‘different’, I asked the head coach what made him choose these drills. He was quite enthusiastic as he opened his old notebook telling me: ‘See – this is my complete routine from one of my former clubs were we won promotion. We will do the same here!’It was a concern for me to realise that we were just copy and pasting ‘ancient’ sporting practices. And guess what… we did not achieve the promotion we wanted. What a surprise.So before you keep on building your betting business in the same way you did it years ago, maybe it is time to analyse what is driving success today? Why is everyone going all mobile? Yes, we know you love your local kiosks but wouldn’t being available through every device and at all times of the day be better?The world of betting is changing. There are more and more new challengers that know their only chance is to be better tailored for the changing needs of the market. To remain superior to them, you do not need to give up on everything that has taken your company to the position you occupy today, but you need to be open to mixing evergreen practices with fresh ideas. Share Submit Related Articles Share STATSCORE chosen as the main sponsor for Futsal Ekstraklasa August 11, 2020 Spillemyndigheden reports decline in Q2 betting August 25, 2020last_img read more