Vermont Business Roundtable names new board members

first_imgTim Mueller, outgoing Chairman of the Vermont BusinessRoundtable and President of Okemo Mountain Resort, announced the electionof the new slate of officers and board members for the coming year at theorganization’s 17th Annual Membership Meeting held at Stoweflake Resort &Conference Center on December 2nd.The Roundtable’s Officers for 2005 are: Chairman: Staige Davis,President, Lang Associates; Vice-Chairman: Timothy R. Volk, President,Kelliher Samets Volk; Secretary: Daria V. Mason, President and CEO,Central Vermont Medical Center; and Treasurer: Douglas J. Wacek,President and CEO, Union Mutual of Vermont Companies.Newly elected Chairman, Staige Davis acknowledged the hard work of theRoundtable’s members during the past year in areas related to health carereform, growth center planning, improved educational outcomes, andworkforce training. Said Davis, “The Roundtable has provided importantleadership in catalyzing stakeholders around these issues and we expectthat our activity will become increasingly important over the comingyear.”The Roundtable’s Board of Directors for 2005 include: George B. Chandler,President and CEO, Hubbardton Forge; James L. Daily, President, PorterMedical Center, Inc.; Christopher L. Dutton, President and CEO, GreenMountain Power Corporation; Carolyn Edwards, President and CEO,Competitive Computing; Thomas W. Huebner, President, Rutland RegionalMedical Center; Spencer R. Knapp, Managing Partner, Dinse, Knapp &McAndrew, P.C.; John H. Marshall, Managing Partner, Downs Rachlin MartinPLLC; William R. Milnes, Jr., President and CEO, Blue Cross and BlueShield of Vermont; Chris A. Robbins, Executive Vice President,EHV-Weidmann Industries, Inc.; Lawrence E. Sudbay, President and CEO,SymQuest Group, Inc.; William H. Truex, Jr., CEO, Truex Cullins & PartnersArchitects; Marc A. vanderHeyden, President, Saint Michael’s College; andHarvey M. Yorke, President and CEO, Southwestern Vermont Health Care.The following CEOs have joined the Roundtable membership during 2004:Jeffrey P. Johnson, President, Primmer & Piper, P.C.; Neil J. Joseph,President, Sonnax Industries, Inc.; Mary E. McLaughlin, Area VicePresident VT/NH, Adelphia; Trey C. Pecor, President, Lake ChamplainTransportation; and G. Kenneth Perine, President, National Bank ofMiddlebury.Created in 1987 as a nonprofit, public interest organization, the VermontBusiness Roundtable is comprised of 120 CEOs of Vermont’s top private andnonprofit employers dedicated to making Vermont the best place in Americato do business, be educated, and live life through collaboration, researchand analysis, and communication and advocacy. Member businesses employover 47,000 employees and are represented in virtually every county acrossVermont.last_img read more

MVP, Vermont Managed Care collaborate on ‘Vermont First’

first_imgMVP Health Care,MVP Health Care and Vermont Managed Care have entered into an innovative partnership to provide Vermont residents with “Vermont First,” a unique approach to deliver high quality care through a Vermont focused network of providers.Under the partnership, Vermont Managed Care (VMC) and its network of high-quality health care providers have more control, share more data and partner with a prominent regional insurer, MVP Health Care.”Vermont First represents the future of health care through an innovative partnership that aligns the interests of MVP Health Care with providers for the benefit of Vermont’s consumers,” said David Henderson, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of MVP Health Care. “Only through such ‘win-win’ relationships will we rise to the challenge of true health care reform that lowers cost and enhances quality.””By combining MVP’s emphasis on wellness and our focus on high quality care, we have put together a program which will offer our patients the best of all worlds,” said Todd Moore, president, Vermont Managed Care. “Most importantly, our patients will get great care at great prices in Vermont.”Bill Little, MVP’s Vermont Vice President, added that his company worked closely with Vermont Managed Care to develop the range of choices, which include four distinct plans that include an HMO-style plan, two high deductible options and a hybrid choice.”To offer Vermont residents and employers competitive pricing, we developed a partnership that includes robust care coordination by VMC with an eye toward leveraging local health care resources which in turn helps control costs,” Little said.Moore, of Vermont Managed Care, added: “The most important attributes of Vermont First are simply that members will get access to care supported by a network of providers willing to be more accountable and coordinated in service to plan members throughout the state at a competitive price. It’s really the best of all worlds.”About MVP Health CareFounded in 1983, MVP Health Care is a community-focused, not-for-profit health insurer serving members in the states of New York, Vermont and New Hampshire. Through its operating subsidiaries, MVP Health Care provides fully insured and self-funded employer health benefits plans, dental insurance, and ancillary products, such as flexible-spending accounts, to more than 700,000 subscribers. For more information, visit: www.mvphealthcare.com(link is external).About Vermont Managed CareVermont Managed Care (VMC) was founded in 1991 as a Physician Hospital Organization. A wholly owned subsidiary of Fletcher Allen, it currently coordinates the delivery of health care services for a population served by a network of more than over 2,700 primary and specialty care providers and 10 hospitals in Vermont and New Hampshire. The VMC Network conducts its own care management, enabling the physician-run network to make day-to-day health care decisions for its patients, rather than a distant third party claims manager. BURLINGTON, VT–(Marketwire – November 22, 2011) –last_img read more

Mountain Mama: Word Hard, Play Hard with CrossFit

first_imgDear Mountain Mama,My motto is “work hard, play hard.” I put in long hours at the office, but come Friday evening my car is loaded. Whether it’s biking, kayaking, climbing or skiing, I put in full days. But as I start to near 40, I find myself increasingly injury prone.Any ideas for the best way to cross train so I head into my weekends strong?Thanks,Weekend Warrior—————————————————————————————Dear Weekend Warrior,Cross training and rest, in equal measure, are vital for you, Weekend Warrior. From the sounds of it, you like intense exercise. Consider checking out the CrossFit program, designed to be a functional, meaning that many of the movements are the same actions your body will encounter in the outdoors.The work outs are constantly varied. Every day the Workout of the Day (called the WOD) is written on the whiteboard. One day the work out might be lifting weights, jumping onto a box, and climbing a rope as many times as you can for 15 minutes. Another day the workout might consist of running, push-ups, and squats. Unlike the traditional gym model of machines and repetitive, isolated exercises, CrossFit keeps the work outs interesting and challenging. And grandparents do exactly the same work outs as Olympic athletes, using appropriate weights and an individualized intensity level.Weekend Warrior, you will get sweaty, tired, and sore. You may even throw-up. But you’ll never get bored. And the best part with CrossFit is that the work outs are only one hour and rest days are encouraged.Here’s to squatting, lifting, running, rowing, and stretching well into your forties and beyond! Mountain MamaGOT A QUESTION FOR MOUNTAIN MAMA? SEND IT HERElast_img read more

September 15, 2003 On the Move

first_img Ury Fischer has been named partner at Lott & Friedland, P.A., with offices located at 355 Alhambra Circle, Ste. 1100, Coral Gables 33134, telephone (305) 448-7089. He concentrates in patent prosecution and intellectual property litigation. J. Brian Hurt announces the relocation of his offices to 327 N. Orange Ave., 2nd Fl., Orlando 32801, telephone (407) 839-HURT (4878). The firm practices in claimant workers’ compensation. Henry “Hank” T. Sorenson II announces the opening of Brokers Legal Group, P.A., with offices at 32801 U.S. Hwy. 19 N., Ste. 100, Palm Harbor 34684, telephone (727) 781-6442. The firm concentrates in representing real estate brokers, agents, and their clients. Gaylord Merlin Ludovici Diaz & Bain announces the relocation of its offices to 5001 W. Cypress St., Tampa 33607, telephone (813) 221-9000. The firm concentrates in protecting property and business owners in eminent domain and property rights litigation. Jonathan D. Louis has joined the Law Offices of Stephen G. Melcer, with offices at 4800 N. Federal Hwy., Ste. 300-D, Boca Raton 33431, telephone (561) 392-5606. He concentrates in the area of corporate law. Janet McCarthy has become associated with The Cramer Law Firm, which announces the relocation of its offices to 8823 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 306, Jacksonville 32217, telephone (904) 732-5545. The firm practices in civil litigation and mediation. Richard J. Hays announces the relocation of his offices to 1801 N. Pine Island Rd., Plantation 33322, telephone (954) 748-7902. He concentrates in real estate, probate, and contract law. Myles G. Cypen announces the opening of Myles G. Cypen, P.A., with offices located at 1345 Alton Rd., Miami Beach 33139, telephone (305) 695-9500. The firm practices in general and civil trial, wills and trusts, probate, real estate, landlord and tenant, and appeals. Quinn A. Henderson has joined Mills Paskert Divers, P.A., with offices at 100 N. Tampa St., Ste. 2010, Tampa 33602, telephone (813) 229-3500. He joins the firm’s litigation group and will also be working with the firm’s administrative law and creditor’ rights groups. Laura E. Schwartz and Danna P. Goldstein have become associates of Roberts, Reynolds & Bedard, P.A., with offices located at 470 Columbia Dr., Bldg. C-101, West Palm Beach 33409, telephone (561) 688-6560. They both practice in civil litigation, general negligence, government and product liability, and workers’ compensation. Ted B. Edwards has joined Foley & Lardner, with offices at 111 N. Orange Ave., Ste. 1800, Orlando 32801, telephone (407) 423-7656. He concentrates on land development and project finance issues. Roy L. Weinfeld announces the relocation of his offices, Roy L. Weinfeld, P.A., to 2200 SunTrust International Center, One S.E. Third Ave., Miami 33131, telephone (305) 358-9045. He concentrates in creditor’s rights and commercial litigation. Bryan J. Stanley announces the opening of Bryan J. Stanley, P.A., with offices located at 114 Turner St., Clearwater 33756, telephone (727)461-1702. The firm concentrates in the areas of commercial real estate, development, finance, and commercial transactions. Crystal Kernagis, formerly of Jay M. Weller, P.A., has become an associate with The Bleakley Law Firm, with offices at 101 E. Kennedy Blvd., Ste. 1100, Tampa 33602, telephone (813) 221-3759. She practices in the defense of workers’ compensation claims. Jennifer E. Murphy, formerly of Akerman Senterfitt, has become an associate with The Bleakley Law Firm, with offices at 101 E. Kennedy Blvd., Ste. 1100, Tampa 33602, telephone (813) 221-3759. She concentrates in the areas of general corporate law, tax, estate planning, and guardianships. Boyce F. Ezell III has joined of counsel to Rafferty, Hart, Stolzenberg, Gelles & Tenenholtz, P.A., with offices at 1401 Brickell Ave., Ste. 825, Miami 33131, telephone (305) 373-0330. He practices in international litigation and domestic and foreign commercial disputes. Lee Ann Tranford and Valerie Williams-Hoeneisen have joined Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster, and Russell, P.A., with offices at 150 Second Ave. N., Ste. 1700, St. Petersburg 33701, telephone (727) 895-1971. Tranford practices in commercial transactions, lending, and environmental matters; Williams-Hoeneisen practices in commercial, bankruptcy, and construction litigation. Stephanie Anne Lipinski Galland has joined Steel Hector & Davis, LLP, with offices at 215 S. Monroe Street, Ste. 601, Tallahassee 32301, telephone (850)222-2300. She practices in state and local taxation. Patrick James O’Connor has joined Steel Hector & Davis, LLP, with offices at 200 S. Biscayne Blvd., 41st Fl., Miami 33131, telephone (305) 577-7047. He joins the firm’s intellectual property practice. Michael A. Shafir has joined Carlton Fields, with offices at 4000 International Place, 100 S.E. Second St., Miami 33131, telephone (305) 530-0050. He joins the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice group. Thomas K. Topor has joined The Kelly Law Firm, Chartered, with offices located at 3365 Galt Ocean Dr., Ft. Lauderdale 33308, telephone (954) 563-1400. He practices in contested will, trusts, and fiduciary litigation. Jose R. Riguera has joined Berman & Kean, P.A., forming Berman, Kean & Riguera, P.A., with offices located at 2101 W. Commercial Blvd., Ste. 4100, Ft. Lauderdale 33309, telephone (954) 735-0000. He practices in the areas of complex business and commercial litigation. John Ruffier has been voted a firm partner and shareholder at Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., with offices at 215 N. Eola Dr., Orlando 32801, telephone (407) 843-4600. He practices in the areas of real estate transactions, development and finance, and intellectual property. Chelse A. Ferrero has become an associate with Allen, Dyer, Doppelt, Milbrath & Gilchrist, P.A., with offices at 255 S. Orange Ave., Ste. 1401, Orlando 32801, telephone (407) 841-2330. She concentrates in intellectual property litigation, trademark, and copyrights prosecution. Timothy S. Franklin, formerly of Young, van Assenderp, Varnadoe & Anderson, P.A., Tallahassee, has become assistant general counsel with the City of Jacksonville Office of General Counsel, with offices located at City Hall, 117 W. Duval St., Ste. 480, Jacksonville 32202, telephone (904) 630-1725. He works in the legislative affairs and land use department. Craig Langley has joined Broad and Cassel, with offices at 390 N. Orange Ave., Ste. 1100, Orlando 32801, telephone (407) 839-4200. He joins the firm’s land use and environmental practice group. Kimberly S. Rogers, formerly of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., Ft. Lauderdale, has joined Akerman Senterfitt, with offices at One S.E. Third Ave., 28th Fl., Miami 33131, telephone (305) 374-5600. She practices in commercial litigation. Smith & Fuller, P.A., announces the relocation of offices to 455 N. Indian Rocks Rd., Ste. A, Belleair Bluffs 33770, telephone (727) 252-5252. The firm practices in construction litigation, and tire and tread separation and rollover litigation. Joseph M. Fleming has become a shareholder of Watterson Hyland & Fleming, P.A., with offices at 4100 RCA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens 33410, telephone (561) 627-5000. He concentrates in estate planning, wills, trusts, and probate. Jennifer Fenn has joined Broad and Cassel, with offices at 390 N. Orange Ave., Ste. 1100, Orlando 32801, telephone (407) 839-4200. She joins the firm’s affordable housing and tax credit practice group. Abdullah M. Zeini and Donna A. Cray have joined Kirwin Norris, P.A., which has changed its name from Lyon Kirwin Norris, P.A., with offices at 338 W. Morse Blvd., Ste. 150, Winter Park 32789, telephone (407) 740-6600. The firm concentrates in construction law. Michael J. Alman, former partner with Rosenblum, Oliver & Alman, P.A., announces the opening of Michael J. Alman, P.A., with offices located at 3109 Stirling Rd., Ste. 101, Ft. Lauderdale 33312, telephone (954) 967-5458. The firm concentrates in marital and family law. Robert G. Southey, former general counsel and secretary for Bankers Insurance Group, has joined Trenam, Kemker, Scharf, Barkin, Frye, O’Neill & Mullis, which has offices located at 2700 Bank of America Plaza, 101 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa 33601, telephone (813) 223-7474. He practices in insurance regulatory matters and general business transactions. September 15, 2003 On the Move September 15, 2003 Regular Newslast_img read more

Huntington: Long Island’s Trendiest Downtown

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The area where British troops camped following the Battle of Long Island during the American Revolutionary War is today one of the most popular cultural meccas on Long Island.Downtown Huntington offers a bounty of top-notch restaurants, shops, galleries, specialty stores and entertainment venues. Located in northwestern Suffolk County, this waterfront community is home to pristine harbors, marinas, beaches and parks. Originally an agriculture and shipping hub, it was transformed into a popular tourist destination once the Long Island Rail Road arrived in 1867.“It’s a little microcosm of Manhattan,” says Huntington Town Supervisor Chad Lupinacci. “Whether you are going on a date or bringing your family for a day trip or to dinner, Huntington has a vibrant downtown area … Get to a live concert, a play, or a museum.”Here’s some of the many things to do in Huntington on your next visit.The Paramount in Huntington routinely draws big name acts to Long Island.For your entertainmentWhether you’re looking for laughs or live music, The Paramount (370 New York Ave., 631-673-7300, paramountny.com) has something for everyone. Recently ranked fifth top club venue worldwide, this two-level hotspot has been a fixture on the Huntington scene since opening its doors six years ago. Each year, the theater hosts an average of 200 events, including big-name acts from across genres — just about everyone from Elvis Costello to Fetty Wap has played here — and even regularly hosts boxing. On Feb. 17, comedian Jim Breuer begins the first performance of his new monthly residency. This month’s line-up also features shock rocker Marilyn Manson, funk royalty George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic and comic Kevin James.If you’d rather be the one on stage, Finley’s (43 Green St., Huntington, 631-351-3440, finleyshuntington.com) can help make that happen. Every Wednesday night is NOOM — North Shore Original Open Mic — where songwriters, artists and musicians sing, perform and play live music. The tavern has dozens of craft beers on tap and bottled. And on Sundays, New Orleans-style Storyville American Table, which operates a restaurant during the day in the space where Finley’s has its bar and nightclub, offers an all-you-can-eat brunch at $34.95pp.Raj Tawney, director of publicity at Cinema Arts CentreA cultural journeyArt aficionados can take joy in the endless variety of tours, lectures, discussion groups and workshops offered at The Heckscher Museum of Art (2 Prime Ave., 631-351-3250, heckscher.org). On view through March 11, is the exhibition From Frankenthaler to Warhol: Art of the ’60s and ’70s, from the color field, minimalist, pop and photorealist work featuring works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns and Helen Frankenthaler, Audrey Flack and others. And on Feb. 9, join author and music historian Tom Ryan as he explores the musical landscape in his lecture How Music Changed History: ’60s & ’70s.For those who prefer the media arts, Cinema Arts Centre (cinemaartscentre.org, 423 Park Ave., 631-423-7611), LI’s biggest art-house movie theater, presents 300 special events annually, including live theater and music concerts, stand-up comedy, community-driven events, and trivia nights. That’s in addition to more than 400 films including international, documentaries, independent and new releases. For example, on Feb. 10, it will feature the 1987 Jon Cryer classic Dudes. For Black History Month, the theater hosts Gospel music and Huntington resident Deacon Leon Jamison on Feb. 23, among other events and screenings. Hardcore cinemaphiles can enjoy late-night dining at The Sky Room Cafe. The Book Revue (313 New York Ave., 631-271-1442; bookrevue.com) is the perfect spot for some literary enlightenment. On Feb. 13, author Bruno Ribeiro will share his illustrated fairytale for adults in verse form: The Book of All Lovers, a tale of adventureand chivalry. And, on Feb. 14, Billy Lamont will be signing copies of his new poetry book, Words Ripped from a Soul Still Bleeding. The poems all have different messages to share, including hope, inspiration and social reform. The Book Revue has been around since 1977 and is the largest independent bookstore on LI selling new, used and discounted books.Walt WhitmanWalk through historyWant to gawk at the Gilded Age grandeur of the Gold Coast? Take a guided tour of Oheka Castle Hotel & Estate (135 West Gate Dr., 631-659-1400, oheka.com). Stroll through the lush gardens and opulent halls of this historic chateau that is the second largest private home in America. It was originally the summer home of the affluent Kahn family until its sale in 1934. After changing hands and later falling into disrepair, owner Gary Melius bought it in 1984, invested more than $30 million to restore it, and turned it into a hotel, restaurant and catering hall. The $50 guided tours by appointment only are followed by a two-course lunch at the Oheka Bar & Restaurant. Visitors may optfor the regular $25 tour that ends with cookies and tea in the formal dining room or grand ballroom. Showcasing its rich history, the estate is often used as a location shoot for TV and film productions. It was portrayed as Xanadu in Citizen Kane, served as the set of Taylor Swift’s music video for “Blank Space” and was the set of a shoot for the film Fifty Shades Freed.Those who prefer literary history can head over to The Walt Whitman Birthplace (246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station, 631-427-5240 x113, waltwhitman.org), which is a great place to learn about America’s greatest poet. The home is a designated New York State Historic Site and is listed on the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places. Some programs for children 5 and up include Make A Dreamcatcher, followed by Victorian Tea Party, where children learn dining manners, social skills and self-esteem. Poetry readers are also regularly on the agenda, with local poets encouraged to participate.Kilwins Huntington is known for their chocolate-covered apples.Specialty stores galoreIf you need a spiritual reading or just some funky henna design on your hand or head, stop off at Henna Happiness (6 East Carver St., 631-935-2714, hennahappiness.com), a boutique offering mystical items, crystals, stones and lots more. Store owner Trudy Pellegrino, a professional henna artist and specialist in Jyotish, a form of astrology rooted in India, can do a reading that may help you restore balance and healing in your life.For those who adore vintage kitsch and collectibles and even antiques, stop in at Rosie’s Vintage (101 Woodbury Ave., 631-549-9100, rosiesvintagestore.com), a vintage/antique multi-dealer store that specializes in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s stuff. The store has something for almost everyone from young vintage lovers starting out to the mid-century generation who are looking to reminisce. With multiple dealers participating, inventory changes daily and includes furniture and decor, man-cave and kitchen decor, vintage clothing and accessories, industrial, vinyl records and one-of-a kind items.Step into Kilwins Huntington (293 Main St., 631-271-4200, kilwins.org), and you will become a kid again. Everything in the chocolate shop known for its signature chocolate dipped caramel apples and specialty ice cream is all homemade and features fun names like Superman — a fruity vanilla rainbow — and Kilwins Mud (vanilla ice cream with caramel and chocolate chip), popular with the kids, and best sellers Sea Salt Caramel and Toasted Coconut. They also have chocolate-covered popcorn, brittle, Rice Krispies, marshmallows.“Anything that doesn’t move we will dip into chocolate,” laughs co-owner Susan Hirschfeld, who opened the shop with her son, Jake, five years ago.IMC Restaurant and Bar (279 Main St., 631-824-6222, imcrestaurant.com), is where serious foodies flock. This modern steakhouse owned by Brooklyn-based Imperial Meats features mouth-watering entrees that include their signature duck platter, caviar plate, Chilean sea bass and locally sourced oysters. Their Japanese Wagyu tomahawk ribeye steak is one of their most popular entrees. All their meats are hormone, steroid and antibiotic free. Straight from the mixologist, patrons can enjoy their Blood Orange Martini, Black Coconut Mojito or The Barrel (High West double rye, amaretto, house-infused black cherry cognac with a hint of smoky Islay scotch, a splash of bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup, and fresh-squeezed lemon juice) served on the rocks.“The drink,” says manager Vincent Alessi, “is big with guys.”Bringing some flavor to the village is Babalu NY, (286 New York Ave., 631-683-4666, babaluny.com), The Cuban Mediterranean bistro specializing in small plates was launched only 10 months ago by former pro boxer Alan Gotay. The Cubano sandwich — Serrano ham, slow-roasted pulled pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, homemade mustard and spicy mustard on ciabatta — was just rated one of the top sandwiches on LI.“We wanted to bring Cuban style food into Huntington,” says manager Maggie Senia.Other specialties include empanadas and pasteles, a family style recipe made of green plantains and tropical pumpkin seed wrapped in green banana leaves and filled with either chicken, meat or vegetables.Enjoy some eggs and bacon or chicken and waffles, where breakfast is served all day. The Shed (54 New St., 631-385-7433, intheshed.com) is another newcomer to the village. Lunch and dinner entrees are also available and full bar with specialty cocktails.Al Fresco dining on New York Avenue in downtown Huntington.Where to dineBlack & Blue Seafood Chophouse65 Wall St., 631-385-9255, blackandbluehuntington.comPrime: An American Kitchen and Bar117 North New York Ave., 631-385-1515, restaurantprime.comHonu Kitchens and Cocktails363 New York Ave., 631-421-6900, honukitchen.comJonathan’s Ristorante15 Wall St., 631-549-0055, jonathansristorante.comTOA Asian Fusion369 New York Ave., 631-673-7377; toaasianfusion.comBesito Mexican Restaurant402 New York Ave. 631-549-0100, besitomexican.comHikudo Asian Bistro & Sushi329 Main St., 631-421-4729, hikudo.comSpice Village Grill281 Main St., 631-271-9700, spicevillagegrill.comHouse of India256 Main St., 631-271-0059, houseofindiany.comOheka CastleWhere to stayOheka Castle Hotel & Estate135 W. Gate Dr., Huntington, 631-659-1400, oheka.comlast_img read more

5 ways to engage employees

first_img continue reading » Callahan & Associates is a 100% employee-owned company. And as an employee of Callahan, it feels good to say that.The company has operated under an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) that gave employees partial ownership since 2003. But last year, as a benefit to associates and to better align with the ethos of the credit union industry, Callahan converted to full ESOP ownership.An ESOP provides employees ownership interest in a company, thereby aligning interests around the good of the organization and empowering associates to think like owners. To boost employee engagement and to help associates understand how their day-to-day work impacts the bottom line, Callahan has been diligently working these past few months to implement open book management (OBM) practices.As I learn more about OBM — which demands visibility across all hierarchical levels — I’m discovering deep parallels between this business model and the credit union one, specifically in regard to employee engagement and motivation. Here are five strategies that we’re looking to implement at Callahan & Associates  to cultivate an engaged team. I bet more than a few would be useful for your shop as well. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Chelsea humiliate Arsenal with Eden Hazard-inspired 4-1 win in Europa League final

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Chelsea humiliate Arsenal with Eden Hazard-inspired 4-1 win in Europa League final Sean KearnsWednesday 29 May 2019 10:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.9kShares Olivier Giroud scored Chelsea’s opener (Picture: Getty)Then Eden Hazard set-up Pedro to double Chelsea’s lead, before getting in on the act himself by converting from the spot after a foul from Ainsley Maintland-Niles on Giroud after an hour played.AdvertisementAdvertisementAlex Iwobi emerged from the bench after Hazard’s goal and got one back for Arsenal almost immediately as he smashed a sensational effort past Kepa from the edge of Chelsea’s box.But any hope of a comeback was short-lived as Hazard grabbed his second of the game after playing a one-two with Giroud.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe win is Chelsea’s second victory in the competition, adding to their first from 2013.It also marks Maurizio Sarri’s first trophy as a manager.MORE: Lucas Torreira crying on Arsenal’s bench during Europa League final defeat to Chelsea Eden Hazard inspired Chelsea to an emphatic win (Picture: Getty)Eden Hazard scored twice on his final appearance for Chelsea as the Blues inflicted a humiliating 4-1 defeat on Arsenal in the Europa League final.There was nothing to separate the two sides after a tense opening 45 minutes in Baku, which was played in front of a far-from-full crowd.However, a 15 minute blitz after the interval brought three goals without reply for Chelsea to effectively seal victory in Azerbeijan.First was an expert header from Olivier Giroud, who directed Emerson’s cross past former team-mate Petr Cech in Arsenal’s goal.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more

Nakilat’s Profit Down 11 Pct YoY

first_imgQatar-based LNG shipping company Nakilat recorded a net income of QAR 847.2 million (USD 232.6 million) in 2017, down from QAR 955.4 million (USD 262.3 million) posted a year earlier.Despite the challenges facing the energy and maritime industry, the company said it managed to achieve positive results across its operations.As explained, the results exceeded planned expectations in 2017 through enhanced operational efficiency and a reduction in general, administrative expenses and finance costs.The net profit achieved in the fourth quarter of 2017 was higher than that achieved in the third quarter and fourth quarter of 2016, by 21% and 16% respectively.Complemented by strategic long-term agreements with charterers, Nakilat has managed to maintain steady cash flow. Given the volatile market conditions, the company embarked on cost optimization initiatives, capitalizing on profitable business growth, and achieving cost savings.Furthermore, Nakilat said it “continues to explore and capitalize on different business opportunities and mitigating business risks to strengthen the company’s international position.”Nakilat’s fleet currently comprises 67 wholly- and jointly-owned LNG carriers and four LPG vessels.last_img read more

Feminists, conservatives join forces to call for an inquiry into porn

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 12 April 2017Outspoken left-wing feminist parliamentarians and the conservative right have joined forces to call for an inquiry into porn.Family First spokesman Bob McCroskie has presented a petition to Parliament on the issue supported by an unlikely coalition of Labour MPs Louisa Wall and Aupito William Sio, Green MP Jan Logie, National MP Chester Borrows, NZ First’s Ria Bond and Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox.McCroskie said he believes porn should be treated as a public health issue similar to obesity and smoking, saying it was creating ”hyper-sexualisation” of teenage boys and more research was needed into its effect.He said an expert panel of health, science and psychology experts and counsellors should undertake an inquiry into the societal harm of porn and propose solutions.He said he was not trying to censor all porn and he had viewed some himself.“I’ve probably watched more porn because it has been targeted at me or I’ve stumbled across it, so porn has come looking for me … but blood wouldn’t be flowing through my veins if porn wasn’t attractive.”He said the question was what harm it did.“We’ve acknowledged the obesity epidemic, and we’re not against food. But we do need to acknowledge when something gets harmful.“Today’s pornography is far more explicit and its also aggressive. That’s what people are concerned about and the effect it is having on attitudes.”McCroskie said porn was also easily obtainable online for free.“A lot of parents are concerned about what their children are able to access. And often they don’t go looking for porn, the porn comes looking for them.“Many families don’t want the porn industry determining the values of their kids.”Logie said she suspected there might be a different understandings of what was pornography.“We wouldn’t necessarily in the Greens be having a starting point of assuming all erotic representations of sex are bad.”However, she said there was concern about sexual violence and addressing the harm where it existed.Borrows said he was not speaking on behalf of the Government and did not know what its stance on the inquiry was, but MPs across Parliament were concerned.“The point is we are not talking about a couple of well-read Playboys tucked under a kid’s bed now. We are talking about people able to look at pornography on their telephones and computers which can’t be monitored by those in charge of them.”“Parents are frequently negligent in passing on to their children the ramifications of pornography and we have to recognise the law hasn’t kept up with technology has taken us.”Sio said the petition and wide range of MPs supporting it reflected concerns in the community about the link between porn and sexual violence.“If we are going to tackle sexual violence meaningfully we do need to have the evidence before us.”Last year Auckland Grammar principal Tim O’Connor started a ”healthy relationships” programme for students, teachers and parents which included education about porn addiction.McCroskie said he believed it was an important step to take.He said a societal response was needed, including education and parental responsibility, but the government had a role as well, such as regulating the responsibilities of internet providers.He suggested an ”opt out, opt in” choice for internet providers in which porn was blocked unless someone proactively opted in, something being trialled in the UK.Prime Minister Bill English has said he does not see the need to boost the requirements for what schools offer by way of sex education, saying he does not think it is a fast-growing problem.The petition was signed by 22,334 people and will go to a select committee to consider.http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/politics/feminists-conservatives-join-forces-to-call-for-an-inquiry-into-porn/Cross-party backing for petition on investigation into pornography harmStuff co.nz 12 April 2017Family First’s Bob McCoskrie has called for an investigation into the health and social impact of pornography, saying the number of times he has “stumbled across it” show how prevalent it is.McCoskrie has presented politicians with a petition, signed by more than 22,000 people, calling for an investigation into “the public health effects and societal harms” of pornography.MPs from National, Labour, the Greens, NZ First and the Maori Party greeted McCoskrie outside Parliament in a rare show of cross-party support.McCoskrie said people were starting to realise the damaging effects of explicit images, which were more readily available and more extreme than ever before.We believed that smoking wasn’t harmful, then society started to catch up with the science on the harms of smoking – we would argue the same with pornography.”McCoskrie admitted to having watched porn, saying: “I’ve probably watched more porn because it’s been targeted to me or I’ve stumbled across it, so porn has come looking for me.“Blood wouldn’t be flowing through my veins if porn wasn’t attractive – the question is, what is best for people?”Porn was particularly damaging to young people, with concerns about its effect on rape culture and sexual consent, but men were also affected by addiction which damaged their relationships and families.An expert panel, made up of biologists, neurologists, counsellors and other professionals, could assess the current research on the harm of pornography and look at potential solutions, McCoskrie said.“It’s actually a societal response, it’s education in schools, it’s in families…but it’s also at a governmental level, in terms of what we expect internet providers to do and laws around protecting vulnerable people.”One option was an “opt-in” system to block internet pornography by default, as was the case in the UK.However, he claimed he was not advocating for censorship.“We’ve acknowledged there’s an obesity epidemic and we’re not against food, but we do need to acknowledge when something becomes harmful.”READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/91507943/crossparty-backing-for-petition-on-investigation-into-pornography-harmFeminists, conservatives join forces to call for an inquiry into pornNZ Herald 12 April 2017Outspoken left-wing feminist parliamentarians and the conservative right have joined forces to call for an inquiry into porn.Family First spokesman Bob McCroskie has presented a petition to Parliament on the issue supported by an unlikely coalition of Labour MPs Louisa Wall and Aupito William Sio, Green MP Jan Logie, National MP Chester Borrows, NZ First’s Ria Bond and Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox.McCroskie said he believes porn should be treated as a public health issue similar to obesity and smoking, saying it was creating ”hyper-sexualisation” of teenage boys and more research was needed into its effect.He said an expert panel of health, science and psychology experts and counsellors should undertake an inquiry into the societal harm of porn and propose solutions.He said he was not trying to censor all porn and he had viewed some himself.“I’ve probably watched more porn because it has been targeted at me or I’ve stumbled across it, so porn has come looking for me … but blood wouldn’t be flowing through my veins if porn wasn’t attractive.”He said the question was what harm it did.“We’ve acknowledged the obesity epidemic, and we’re not against food. But we do need to acknowledge when something gets harmful.“Today’s pornography is far more explicit and its also aggressive. That’s what people are concerned about and the effect it is having on attitudes.”McCroskie said porn was also easily obtainable online for free.“A lot of parents are concerned about what their children are able to access. And often they don’t go looking for porn, the porn comes looking for them.“Many families don’t want the porn industry determining the values of their kids.”Logie said she suspected there might be a different understandings of what was pornography.“We wouldn’t necessarily in the Greens be having a starting point of assuming all erotic representations of sex are bad.”However, she said there was concern about sexual violence and addressing the harm where it existed.Borrows said he was not speaking on behalf of the Government and did not know what its stance on the inquiry was, but MPs across Parliament were concerned.“The point is we are not talking about a couple of well-read Playboys tucked under a kid’s bed now. We are talking about people able to look at pornography on their telephones and computers which can’t be monitored by those in charge of them.”“Parents are frequently negligent in passing on to their children the ramifications of pornography and we have to recognise the law hasn’t kept up with technology has taken us.”Sio said the petition and wide range of MPs supporting it reflected concerns in the community about the link between porn and sexual violence.“If we are going to tackle sexual violence meaningfully we do need to have the evidence before us.”Last year Auckland Grammar principal Tim O’Connor started a ”healthy relationships” programme for students, teachers and parents which included education about porn addiction.McCroskie said he believed it was an important step to take.He said a societal response was needed, including education and parental responsibility, but the government had a role as well, such as regulating the responsibilities of internet providers.He suggested an ”opt out, opt in” choice for internet providers in which porn was blocked unless someone proactively opted in, something being trialled in the UK.Prime Minister Bill English has said he does not see the need to boost the requirements for what schools offer by way of sex education, saying he does not think it is a fast-growing problem.The petition was signed by 22,334 people and will go to a select committee to consider.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11837074Petition calls for investigation into pornRadio NZ News 12 April 2017A 22,000-strong petition headed by Family First director Bob McCoskrie calling for a investigation into the health and societal harms of pornography today was delivered in Parliament today.AUDIO :  http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player?audio_id=201840207http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/201840207/petition-calls-for-investigation-into-pornPorn petition calls for expert panelNZ City 12 April 2017Times have changed since pornography consisted of a couple of “well-read Playboys” tucked under the bed according to a group of MPs who have accepted a petition for a review of its health impacts.More than 22,000 people signed the Family First petition which was presented to MPs on the steps of Parliament on Wednesday morning.In handing over the petition, Family First national director Bob McCoskrie said an expert panel including counsellors, neurologists, biologists, psychotherapists and others would be best placed to determine the health and societal ramifications of pornography and how to prevent harm.He believes pornography is similar to smoking in that it took time and research to understand its danger.Family First isn’t suggesting censorship, instead Mr McCoskrie wants to leave the problem solving to the experts.But he did suggest an opt in system where porn would be blocked by default, saying issues don’t necessarily arise where people seek out pornography, but rather where it finds them.“I’ve probably watched more porn because it’s been targeted at me or I’ve stumbled across it, so porn has come looking for me,” he said.READ MORE: http://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/article.aspx?id=246129&cat=984&fm=newsarticle+-+Living+%26+Travel%2CnurPetition calls for inquiry into pornography harmRadio NZ News 13 April 2017The petition was led by Family First director Bob McCoskrie and received over 22,000 written signatures in just two months.The government have not ruled out an investigation, but said regulating porn was a complicated issue.Bob McCoskrie was not calling for porn to be banned, but said more research was needed to understand the impact of pornography.“It’s the same as we’ve acknowledged that there’s an obesity epidemic and we’re not against food. But we do need to acknowledge when something becomes harmful.“Yesterday’s pornography is now mainstream media, today’s pornography is far more explicit and it’s also aggressive and that’s what we’re concerned about.”He wanted the expert panel comprising of neurologists, biologists, councillors, psychotherapists, researchers, youth workers and teachers – to investigate and then make policy recommendations to Parliament.READ MORE: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/328730/petition-calls-for-inquiry-into-pornography-harmlast_img read more

Guinea Bissau youths face unemployment

first_imgGuinea Bissau is predicted to registers a growth of 3.9% this year but yet again, the tiny country is experiencing a political crisis.As a result of its socio-political climate Guinea Bissau’s youth are facing increasing unemployment numbers as young people benefiting from professional training find it impossible to find a job.Guinea Bissau’s government remains the main employer of thousands of young job seekers in the country and job offers in the private sector are almost nonexistent today.Youth centers such as the Profession and Arts training center of Quelele in the capital Bissau are providing a little hope, preparing the country’s youth for the labor market.However, the youth institute of Guinea Bissau, part of a government department in charge of the implementation of policies and programs for the country’s youth says the country is now looking to China to help promote youth entrepreneurship through the development of small and medium-sized businesses.Despite its numerous natural resources, Guinea Bissau is among the poorest countries in the world. 57 % of the state budget depends on international aid. The unemployment rate is approximately 30% while the working age population is about 54% of the total populationlast_img read more