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Simpsons Premiere Energizes Business Community

first_imgD-oh! Vermont means businesses! Over the past week the Vermont Hospitality Council of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce has served as a clearinghouse, offering opportunities to the business community to market Vermont and their products by rallying around the Simpsons premiere. The Vermont Chamber Hospitality Council reached out to the business community to secure donations for gifts for the premiere, and companies to exhibit at the premiere street fair. The Vermont Chamber supported the Springfield Regional Chamber in their immediate needs to raise funds for security, safety, and sanitation.As part of the effort, the Vermont Chamber Hospitality Council partnered with longtime Vermont Chamber member Radio Vermont to run a day-long promotion awarding two tickets to the Simpsons screening. “Ever since the announcement that Springfield would host the movie, we’ve had a lot of interest. It was great to have the opportunity to offer our listeners a chance to actually be there, and the response to the promotion was tremendous,” stated Eric Michaels, WDEV co-anchor and Radio Vermont General Manager. “People were knocking the door down at 5 p.m. last night to submit a last-minute entry.” Chris Yager of Williston won the tickets.The Vermont Hospitality Council also spread the word that products were needed for gifts in sap buckets. Offers came fast and furious. “Our members know the value of placing their products directly into the hands of 50 Hollywood V.I.P.s,” stated Vicky Tebbetts, Vice President of the Vermont Chamber’s Hospitality Council. As soon as we sent the notice, we were flooded with willing donors. Soon we were wondering how everything would fit in a sap bucket!”Each sap bucket also includes a copy of the Vermont Chamber’s Vacation Guide and Attractions Map, published in cooperation with the State Department of Tourism and Marketing; as well as the Ski and Maple Map, published by the Vermont Chamber, the Vermont Ski Areas Association, and the Vermont Maple Foundation. Collectively these publications market nearly one thousand Vermont hospitality businesses.In addition, many Vermont Chamber member businesses jumped at the offer to exhibit at the street fair, to take place on Saturday directly prior to the premiere.The Vermont Hospitality Council of the Vermont Chamber worked in partnership with the Vermont Grocers’ Association, Vermont Specialty Foods, and the Vermont Farms! Association to offer the opportunity to their members as well. The Vermont Chamber continues to enjoy a close and established relationship with the Vermont Film Commission and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, two primary organizers of the event. Can’t keep all these partnerships straight? Don’t have a cow, man!last_img read more

Federal Health Officials Seek to Stop Social Media Abuse of Nursing Home Residents

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Charles Ornstein and Jessica Huseman, ProPublicaFederal health regulators have announced plans to crack down on nursing home employees who take demeaning photographs and videos of residents and post them on social media.The move follows a series of ProPublica reports that have documented abuses in nursing homes and assisted living centers using social media platforms such as Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram. These include photos and videos of residents who were naked, covered in feces or even deceased. They also include images of abuse.The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees nursing homes, said in a memo to state health departments on Friday that they should begin checking to make sure that all nursing homes have policies prohibiting staff from taking demeaning photographs of residents. The memo also calls on state officials to quickly investigate such complaints and report offending workers to state licensing agencies for investigation and possible discipline. State health departments help enforce nursing home rules for the federal government.“Nursing homes must establish an environment that is as homelike as possible and includes a culture and environment that treats each resident with respect and dignity,” said the memo signed by David Wright, director of the CMS survey and certification group. “Treating a nursing home resident in any manner that does not uphold a resident’s sense of self-worth and individuality dehumanizes the resident and creates an environment that perpetuates a disrespectful and/or potentially abusive attitude towards the resident(s).”CMS said that nursing homes have a responsibility to protect residents’ privacy, to prohibit abuse, to provide training on how to prevent abuse, and to investigate all allegations of abuse. If homes fail to do so, they can face citations, fines and theoretically even termination from the Medicare program.Also last week, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called on other federal agencies to take action on the problem. He sent letters to the U.S. Department of Justice and to the Office for Civil Rights within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services asking whether “rules and protections are in place to prevent and punish these types of abuses.” He also has sent letters to social media companies, calling on them to pay more attention to this. The Office for Civil Rights is working on its own guidance related to social media but hasn’t released it yet.In a statement to ProPublica, Grassley praised the new CMS memo. “This guidance is welcome and necessary,” he wrote. “Nursing homes are obligated under the law to keep their residents free from abuse. Exploitation on social media is a form of abuse, and the agency memo makes that clear. We need to prevent it, and we need to punish it when it happens.”ProPublica has identified 47 instances since 2012 in which workers at nursing homes and assisted-living centers shared photos or videos of residents on social media networks. This includes three discovered in recent weeks. At one Los Angeles nursing home, an employee took video of a coworker “passing gas” on the face of a resident and posted it on Instagram, according to a May inspection report.“An interview was conducted with Resident 1 and the resident stated that facility employees pass gas in his face as often as every month,” the report said. One employee resigned and a police report was filed.While some states have taken harsh steps against nursing homes at which social media abuse occurs, other states have not. We reported last month that Iowa health officials recently discovered it wasn’t against state law for a nursing home worker to share a photo on Snapchat of a resident covered in feces because his genitals weren’t visible. Officials are trying to change the law when the Iowa Legislature reconvenes early next year.The federal government memo sets uniform standards for how such abuse should be written up by inspectors and the severity of sanctions that should be levied. In the past, there was great variability.Last month, the industry’s trade group issued its own suggestions for dealing with such situations, encouraging training and swift responses by these facilities when allegations are brought to light. The group also is holding training events around the country. While many facilities ban the use or possession of cell phones by employees when in resident areas, some have also found such rules impractical to enforce.Greg Crist, a spokesman for the American Health Care Association, the trade group, said the CMS memo dovetails with the industry’s effort to stop social media abuse.“The two words in that CMS directive that stand out most to me are ‘privacy’ and ‘responsibility,’” Crist wrote in an email Monday. “That’s why we have taken responsibility and made a concerted, nationwide effort to educate and share best practices with our centers not only on how to detect and root out this abuse, but also proactive steps to ensure it doesn’t happen in the first place.“It’s not an issue that is conquered overnight, but every day, we get smarter about it.”ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.last_img read more

Croatia the absolute winner in the selection of the best holiday homes in Europe!

first_imgVilla Vista Zamask in Istria, Villa Sreser from Peljesac, Villa Falcon Rook from Konavle and Villa Vadedija near Zminj were declared the best in the selection of the Best European Holiday Home (BEHH) last night in Brussels. Thus, Croatia became the absolute winner by winning awards in as many as four of the eight categories – the best family house (Falcon Rook), the most original house (Vista Zamask), the best house on the coast (Peljesac Sreser) and the best wellness house (Vadediji Zminj). The BEHH award is organized by the European Holiday Home Association for the third year in a row. The ceremony was attended by representatives of the largest European companies dealing with family accommodation (such as AirBnB, Novasol, Interhome and HomeAway).Photo: Danijela Čavlović, Deputy President of the Family Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of CommerceCroatia had as many as 12 finalists out of a total of 64 in eight categories, which is an excellent result considering that tourist countries such as France and Italy had only 2 representatives in the finals of this competition. Only Great Britain had more finalists than the Republic of Croatia, which in the end won three awards. A total of 18 countries from Europe participated in the selection.”This is an exceptional success of Croatian family accommodation and a confirmation that this sector is developing in the right direction, and that Croatia is increasingly moving towards the title of the most beautiful and most desirable European destination. The growing recognition of accommodation in the household, which according to the latest figures is 92.000, proves the importance of specialization of the offer, branding of the destination and education of the host, on which the Family Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce is working intensively.. ”, Said Danijela Čavlović, Vice President of the Family Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, who was involved in choosing the best European accommodation as the only Croatian representative and also took the awards on behalf of the winners in Brussels.By the way, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce became a member of the European family accommodation organization EHHA in March 2017 and is actively involved in its work.last_img read more

Saudi chairs G20 crisis talks as virus threatens recession

first_imgLeaders of the G20 major economies will hold an online summit Thursday in a bid to fend off a coronavirus-triggered recession, after criticism the group has been slow to address the crisis.US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will join the emergency videoconference chaired by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, who is also under pressure to end an oil price war with Moscow that has roiled energy markets.The talks come as the global death toll from COVID-19 soared close to 21,000 and over 3 billion people were locked down in their homes. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged G20 nations to offer support to “low and middle income countries”, including from Sub-Saharan Africa.This week, French President Emmanuel Macron and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping pushed for an emergency G20 summit to limit the impact of the pandemic.French presidential sources said the virtual meeting would focus on “coordination on the health level” as well as sending a “strong signal” to financial markets over efforts to stabilise the global economy. ‘Missing in action’ With world leaders divided, the meeting stands in contrast to the G20 summits following the 2008 financial crisis, when the group swung into action to mobilize assistance for vulnerable countries.”The G20 is missing in action today, unlike 2008,” said Ian Bremmer, president and founder of the Eurasia Group.Talk of global coordination has yet to resonate under the isolationist US presidency of Trump.On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took aim at China, saying the top diplomats of the Group of Seven agreed with him that Beijing was waging a “disinformation” campaign about the pandemic.At the G7 talks, a day before the G20 summit, Pompeo alleged Beijing was engaged in a social media campaign that included conspiracy theories that the US was behind the virus, first detected in the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan. “If G20 leaders can put politics aside and reach a collective G20 agreement, countries have a better chance of success or of delivering more stimulus than on their own,” Markus Engels, from the Global Solutions Initiative, told AFP.”Coordination among the G20 sends a strong message of unity and confidence, both of which are urgently needed now.”Crude oil prices — hammered by the outbreak’s impact on demand as well as by a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia — are also expected to be at the centre of the discussions.Riyadh faces pressure from Washington to row back on its decision to hike production and offer the biggest price cuts in two decades, in retaliation for Russia’s refusal to tighten supply as the virus saps demand.On Wednesday, Pompeo urged Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to “rise to the occasion” and “reassure global energy and financial markets”.The G20 members will be joined by leaders from other affected countries including Spain, Jordan, Singapore and Switzerland, Riyadh said.Leaders from international organizations such as the United Nations, World Bank, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) will also participate. “As the world confronts the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges to healthcare systems and the global economy, we convene this extraordinary G20 summit to unite efforts towards a global response,” the king of Saudi Arabia, which currently holds the G20 presidency, said on Twitter.The meeting, expected to be held at 1200 GMT, comes as the world’s 20 most industrialized countries scramble to defend their virus-wracked economies amid forecasts they will likely plunge into recession this year.On Wednesday, the financial ratings agency Moody’s estimated the G20’s overall gross domestic product would contract by 0.5 percent, with the US economy shrinking by 2 percent and the eurozone by 2.2 percent.While wealthy nations including the US have unveiled mammoth stimulus packages, there has so far been no collective action plan from the G20, and concerns are mounting for poorer countries without access to capital markets and adequate health facilities. Topics :last_img read more

Swiss BVK defends cuts in technical parameters as ‘necessary’

first_imgIn July, the CHF28bn (€23bn) pension fund covering 470 employers and 114,000 employees and pensioners in total, had decided on various measures to come into effect from 2017.It pointed out those were necessary to “stop the current transfer of assets from active members to pensioners” which amounted to CHF450m last year.The discount rate applied to active members’ assets (“technischer Zins”) will be cut from 3.25% to 2%, which automatically leads to a cut in conversion rates.From 2017, a man retiring at 65 would be subject to a conversion rate of 4.82% – applied to calculate a life-long pension from his assets – whereas currently a rate of 6.20% is applied.In order to maintain their current pension payments in retirement, employers and employees would have to make additional contributions with the BVK considering compensation measures for the transition phase.Further, the fund would switch from periodic tables to generation tables to calculate longevity as the latter provided ”a more meaningful comparison”, the fund noted in a press release.The fund explained the timing was necessary as “from 2017 the baby boomers will retire”, which will put further pressure on the financing of the BVK.But the union argued the additional financing, at least some of it, should have come from the canton rather than an increase in contributions and a cut in pension promises.According to the VPOD the announced changes are the BVK “cowtowing to the canton”.In the July meeting, the board of trustees also decided not to directly file any lawsuits against the canton of Zurich regarding the corruption scandal around the year 2008.At the time, the BVK was still run by the cantonal authorities but the pension fund noted various expert assessments did not yield any definite damage sum for wrongful investment decisions made during those years.Therefore, the BVK has now come to an out-of-court agreement with various financial service providers.In a statement, the pension fund stressed these decisions were aimed at “closing the chapter” on the corruption scandal. Switzerland’s BVK, the pension fund for employees of the canton of Zurich, may see recent changes to technical parameters scrutinised by the local regulator after civil servants’ union VPOD said it was considering a complaint.In an open letter, the union has criticised the BVK for the “radical” changes to come into effect from 2017 which “endanger the level of pension [payments] put down in the pension funds’ founding document”.However, in a response sent to IPE, the BVK stressed the cuts has been approved by the trustee board which was “equally comprised of representatives of employers and employees”.A BVK spokesman noted the changes have been explained to the members and that they were “understanding the decision with hardly any criticism being voiced”.last_img read more

OWC 2018: New Markets for Offshore Wind

first_imgThe offshore wind industry is expected to grow to 120GW total installed capacity by 2030. In North-West Europe, the North, Irish and Baltic Seas are relatively shallow and have sandy bottoms. While most seas in the world have rock-like bottoms and deeper waters.Other global regions also have to deal with volatile weather changes, such as hurricanes. Next to that, rules and regulations could potentially prove challenging for companies wanting to do business in new markets. Much of this growth will take place in Europe but there will also a considerable increase in capacity in North America and Asia.This session takes a closer look at growth markets and newcomers and the business opportunities they bring together with Liz Burdock, Executive Director at Business Network for Offshore Wind USA, and Edgare Kerkwijk, Board member at Asia Wind Energy Association in Singapore and Stefan Lettink, Director Wind at Royal IHC.Offshore Wind Conference 2018Are you ready for the new dawn for offshore wind? Come to OWC 2018 and discover how you and your company can prepare for the new industry standards. Read the full programme and book your tickets.OWC is held as part of Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference; find our more on the event and full conference program via read more

New water project to open doors in Petit Savanne

first_imgLocalNews New water project to open doors in Petit Savanne by: – April 11, 2011 Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Sharecenter_img 18 Views   no discussions Hon. Dr. Kenneth Darroux. Photo credit: 1.5 million dollar water project in Petit Savanne is expected to boost opportunities in that community.That’s the word coming from Parliamentary Representative for the Petit Savanne constituency Dr. Kenneth Darroux.Darroux made the remarks at the official commissioning of that project in Petit Savanne on Friday.“The construction of a brand new road to the intake has made available lands for possible village expansion and vehicular access to agricultural land. In fact we are looking at a site in that area for the possible construction of a resource center,” Darroux said.According to him, although the project has been long in coming, the project “is very beneficial to the people of the Petit Savanne community.He said further that work has already begun on a project geared at improving the water supply in Bagatelle.“These are the signs of a working government and one that cares about the needs and quality of life of its people in spite of the financial difficulties that we might be facing,” he added. Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

Hillforest re-opening soon

first_imgAURORA, Ind. — Hillforest Victorian House Museum will re-open for its 61st touring season on Saturday, April 1.The 1855 fully restored Victorian home of Thomas and Sarah Gaff in Aurora, offers guided tours Tuesday through Sunday from 1 – 5 PM.Admission is $10 for anyone age 14 and up, or $4 for children ages 7 -13.Kids 6 and under are free. Hillforest’s featured exhibit is “Bags, Bonnets, and Baubles,” a display of antique and vintage ladies hats, purses, and jewelry.Hillforest is a National Historic Landmark and one of Dearborn County’s top tourist attractions.last_img

Rumours mount despite Jose claims

first_img Mourinho has for weeks insisted January is not the month for buying the players he needs and that Chelsea will only make a move if circumstances dictate the time is right. Prior to last week’s FA Cup win at Derby, he said: “The market is open, but for us, almost closed.” And before the defeat of Crystal Palace in mid-December, he said: “The market opens in January, but as I was saying, I don’t think we will be there, buying or selling. “If something happens it will happen (with) one player because the occasion was very good. “We always thought to try the best with this team and wait for the right moment to improve the squad and be strong.” Gone are the days when owner Roman Abramovich writes a blank cheque, and the Blues must cope with a £49.4million loss in their most recent annual results in an era of Financial Fair Play. Mourinho has dismissed a move for Gonzalo Higuain of Napoli and believes the “killer” striker he covets is not available at this time of year. He insisted he would be sticking with Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba. Ba has had opportunities limited and been repeatedly linked with a switch away, including to his former club West Ham. Inter Milan’s Colombian winger Fredy Guarin has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, but Chelsea are hardly short in the forward-thinking-midfielder department, even if Kevin De Bruyne is allowed to leave. Belgium forward De Bruyne is eager to move amid reports linking him with Wolfsburg; all that stands in the way is the not insignificant hurdle of a fee being agreed. Chelsea face Hull on Saturday amid speculation Jose Mourinho is planning to be active in the transfer market despite the manager’s protestations to the contrary. Mourinho wants De Bruyne and Juan Mata, who have struggled to adopt the work ethic he has asked for, to fight for their places. Mata has indicated he is prepared to but should the Spanish playmaker or De Bruyne be sold, Chelsea may reinvest the funds. One player who has coped well with Mourinho’s demands is Willian, the Brazil forward who Chelsea snatched from under the noses of Tottenham in August. “The last few matches have gone very well and in each match I’m looking to do better,” Willian told Chelsea TV. “I’m looking to keep up good form until the end of the season.” Chelsea have won four of their last five games, conceding one goal, but will be wary of Hull, who beat Liverpool at the KC Stadium in early December and Fulham 6-0 in their most recent home match. Chelsea played some of their best football of the season against Hull in Mourinho’s first match of his second spell in charge in August and the Portuguese will hope for a similar showing on Saturday. Press Associationlast_img read more

Poyet determined to play

first_imgDiego Poyet is determined to establish himself in Slaven Bilic’s West Ham side in the forthcoming season. Press Association The 20-year-old joined the Hammers from Charlton last summer but has only played three times in the Premier League. He spent a spell out on loan at Huddersfield last season but could find first-team opportunities easier to come by at Upton Park this year as Bilic looks to lead his side into the Europa League group stages. center_img Poyet turned out for West Ham in their 3-0 victory over Andorra minnows FC Lusitans in their first qualifying round tie on Thursday night. And the Uruguay Under-20 international, son of former Chelsea and Tottenham ace Gus Poyet, wants to stay put and stake his claim for a prominent role in Bilic’s plans. “My preference is to want to be at West Ham,” he said when asked if another loan move may be on the cards. “That is where I want to be and that is where I want to play. If the manager tells me ‘Look you are better off going out on loan and get some games’ then I will respect him for that and I will do that. But until I am told to leave I am not going anywhere. “If you are a young player and not playing then soon as there is a new manager, the thing you want to do is impress. In a way to get into his good books and he trusts you. “That is the important thing. If you are young but the manager trusts you, it doesn’t matter how old you are. He has faith in you, he is going to play you, or at least give you a chance.” With the Europa League fixtures and the hope of further runs in the FA Cup and Capital One Cup, Poyet believes he and a number of other young players at the club will be given their opportunities to shine. “It depends how far we get in things like cups and Europa league,” the midfielder said of his chances of playing more regularly. “He (Bilic) might give a chance to some of the young players. We were unfortunate last season as we lost the capital one cup against Sheffield United early on so it was difficult. Hopefully fingers crossed some youngsters will get the chance to play.” last_img read more