Tarrant moves residence to Florida, businesses stay in Vermont

first_imgBy James Dwinell, Vermont Business Magazine Rich Tarrant, one of Vermont s wealthiest, is no longer a Vermont resident; he now resides in Florida. Tarrant is best known for the amazing success of IDX, a health care information systems company which he sold in 2006 and now called GE Healthcare and still located in South Burlington.In 2006 Tarrant ran for the open US Senate seat vacated by Jim Jeffords. Though Tarrant won the Republican primary, he lost to Bernie Sanders in the general election. There were rumors of a possible interest in one day running for governor of Vermont, those days are now gone.After confirming his change of residency, Tarrant said, I don t want your story to suggest that I made the change because of dissatisfaction with Vermont. It was very complicated decision, but simply put, I am heavily invested in Florida real estate and as such it became clear to me that becoming a Florida resident made many things in the real estate field much easier and more beneficial. And I was spending more and more time in Florida. But all four of my start-ups are here in Vermont. There is no escaping the tax man, either here or in Florida.Tarrant is involved in a variety of business ventures here in Vermont, in the medical and education fields. The Tarrant Institute, centered at UVM, is an example of Tarrant s creative energy. We are providing an online learning system, called I-Leap, which is in schools in Milton, Burlington, and Manchester, he said. The system engages kids and allows them to learn at their own interest level and ability. One parent told me that his child says that not only does he enjoy the system and learns well, but that much of the disciplinary distractions have been eliminated. A grandparent of Milton I-Leaper had tears in her eyes talking about the difference it made for her grandson!The program is now in its fourth year (STORY, CLICK HERE). In an article posted on the UVM Communications website written by Jeffrey Wakefield, the Institute s director Penny Bishop has surveyed the schools where I-Leap is at work.Deborah Tarrant of the Richard E. and Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation shows the difference between the technologies students use inside and outside of school at a December 21, 2009, press conference. (Photo: Raj Chawla) Students in I-Leap say that learning is more interesting, meaningful, and relevant to their lives compared with their earlier school experiences, an evaluation shared by many parents. There’s a point to what we’re learning, one Milton student said. My daughter’s grades have improved since being involved in this program, said an Edmunds parent. She has always had a problem with focusing, but now with the laptop, I have seen her sit, focused, completing her work. I really see the advantages of bringing our teaching methods current with technology. Edmunds social studies teacher Brent Truchon reported a marked change in classroom participation. For the first time in the history of my teaching career, every student’s hand was raised, in a recent class, he said.Governor Douglas upon hearing the news of Tarrant s change of residency, said, Rich is a Vermont entrepreneur and community leader who has contributed and continues to contribute so much Vermont. His decision to change his residency is an example of how tax laws can make a difference in where people decide to live. We need legislators who understand that.Not forgetting Tarrant s roots, Penny Bishop said, The Tarrant Institute focuses only on Vermont. The Tarrants have been our sole source of funding until we recently received a $200,000 grant from the stimulus funds. Middle school is our focus. Kids who are failing in math or English, and who have a less then 80 percent attendance record, or receive poor behavior comments on their report cards have only a 20 percent chance of graduating high school. Success is when we see these kids engaged in a relevant curriculum with meaningful technology and succeeding while being directed by teachers who we have trained.Vermont Business Magazine. 6.17.2010last_img read more

Colombia, United States Agree To Speed Up The Prosecution Of Former Insurgents

first_imgBy Voice of America October 15, 2019 Colombia and the United States agreed to speed up the exchange of legal evidence to prosecute former leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, in Spanish) Jesús Santrich, Iván Márquez, and other guerrillas who announced the creation of a new armed group, believed to be receiving protection from the Nicolás Maduro regime. Colombian Minister of Justice Margarita Cabello made the announcement in an interview with Voice of America.Colombia hopes to access the testimony of Marlon Marín, a protected witness of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) who appears in a video with Santrich, allegedly negotiating a cocaine shipment to the United States, which occurred after the signing of the peace process.“The government respects judicial independence but believes that there are  elements, especially now that Santrich has fled the country and appears in a video announcing his return to criminal life. Now with the video, there is more evidence that Santrich was not respecting and abiding by the peace accord nor leading a law-abiding life in our country,” Cabello said.The Colombian minister of Justice added that: “The government of Colombia is concerned that the Venezuelan government might have given them safe haven, as seems to be the case. Those who have respected the agreement and abide by the law will be protected, and all steps in that peace accord will be respected. But those who leave the accord, as in the case of these criminals, will be punished with the full force of the law.”In the interview with Voice of America, Cabello said that the proof the United States has and Marín’s testimony are important so that red notices can be enforced against FARC dissidents who, according to the Colombian government, are hiding in Venezuela.The minister also claims that Cuba isn’t cooperating, and says that FARC and National Liberation Army (ELN, in Spanish) leaders might be moving between Venezuela and Cuba.“We have problems with Cuba,” she added. “In fact, we have requested the extradition of some ELN members who are in Cuba, but we haven’t received any response in that regard. We haven’t had enough collaboration from them, which is worrisome.”last_img read more

Dennis Reed Perkins

first_imgDennis Reed Perkins, 72, of Bennington, IN, passed away Wednesday, March 2, 2016 in Lawrenceburg, IN.He was born Saturday, April 10, 1943 in Pine Knot, Kentucky,  son of the late Lewis Green Perkins and the late Mabel Z. Murphy Perkins Fitzpatrick.Dennis served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps. Dennis was very proud of his military service with the marines, “Semper Fi”.He worked as a supervisor for General Electric, retiring after over 33 years of service.Dennis enjoyed woodworking, gardening and growing fruit trees. He loved the outdoors and his dog Delilah. He enjoyed fishing, “sci fi” movies, war movies, playing pool, spending time with his grandkids and especially giving his wife of 47 years a rough time.Surviving are his wife, Sally Perkins of Bennington, IN.; daughters, Wendy Perkins of Mason, OH, Ginger (Jon) Evans of Dillsboro, IN; sister, Shirley (Glenn) Ketron of Harrison, OH; grandchildren, Jacob Beach, Jobi Evans, Hoyt Evans and Sydney Gilbert.He was preceded in death by his parents and stepfather Edward H. Fitzpatrick.Memorial visitation will be held Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 3:00-6:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions, in leiu of flowers, may be made to the Dennis Perkins Scholaraship Fund or Ohio County Life Squad. Please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more