Oxfam to revamp reward system to improve retention

first_img Previous Article Next Article Oxfam is revamping its pay and benefits structure, as well as enhancingstaff development to improve its retention worldwide. Andrew Thompson, director of international HR, said the charity had decidedto make changes to its rewards structure to combat high staff turnover,particularly outside the UK. Turnover among international management and other specialists is as high as60 per cent, creating significant recruitment and other associated costs. Thompson said that in some areas, such as Africa, no member of staff hasworked for the organisation for longer than two years. One of the measuresbeing taken is a reduction in the use of fixed-term contracts that, in someregions, are used to employ about three-quarters of staff. Thompson said: “On a fixed-term contract, people don’t feel emotionallyattached to the organisation. We needed measures that would create a morestable workforce and a greater sense of belonging.” The organisation, which typically paid 25 per cent less than the marketrate, has increased its basic pay to make it more competitive. Thompson is sure the extra investment will pay dividends. “We are spending far more money on the costs associated with turnoverthan we will eventually spend on [increasing wages],” he said. Oxfam is also beginning to use e-learning to improve the consistentdevelopment of its staff, regardless of where they are based. The charity hasstarted to embed a performance management system as a tool to measure andmotivate employees. “[Oxfam is] an organisation that is focused on getting the best out ofits staff in order to have as big an impact on poverty as possible,”Thompson said. By Quentin Reade Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Oxfam to revamp reward system to improve retentionOn 15 Oct 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

CASTALDO, VINCENT

first_img80, passed away on January 15, 2017 at the Bayonne Medical Center, with his family by his side. Vincent was born in Acerra, Italy. He proudly served in the Italian Air Force for 2 years. He resided in Italy until 1962. He then came to America with his Wife and they settled in Bayonne. He was an Inspector for General Dynamics in Linden, New Jersey for many years. Husband of the late Nancy (nee: Tardi). Brother of Giovanna Fontano, Maddalena Rea {Vincenzo}, Rita Ergastolo {Giuseppe}, Susan Panico {Andrew}, Pasquale DeSena {Debbie}. Brother-In-Law of Marco Tardi {Gilda}. Uncle of Rosalie Tardi and Mary Grace Tardi. He is also survived by many Grand Nieces and Nephews and Great-Grand Nieces and Nephews. Funeral arrangements by G. KEENEN O’BRIEN Funeral Home, 984 Avenue C.last_img

Press release: Prime Minister’s meeting with Roberto Gualtieri MEP: 8 Feb 2018

first_imgA Downing Street spokesperson said: This afternoon the Prime Minister hosted Roberto Gualtieri MEP at Downing Street. The second in a series of engagements between the Prime Minister and key representatives from the European Parliament, Mrs May and Mr Gualtieri discussed the Brexit negotiations, with both recognising the importance of the terms of the implementation period being agreed by the March European Council. The Prime Minister also set out her vision for a bold and close economic partnership with the EU in the future. Mr Gualtieri highlighted his appreciation of the Prime Minister’s speech in Florence which he attended. On citizens’ rights, Mrs May and Mr Gualtieri agreed that certainty should be given to people and businesses as soon as possible. Finally, they agreed on the importance of avoiding a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland. The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster David Lidington and the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the European Parliament Sir Tim Barrow also attended the meeting. Mr Gualtieri met with the Brexit Secretary David Davis, Chancellor Philip Hammond and Home Secretary Amber Rudd earlier in the day.last_img read more

Press release: 6 pension and finance companies placed in provisional liquidation

first_img Twitter YouTube Press Office will take steps to protect the investments and assets in the pension schemes will not make investment decisions during the period of appointment is unable to provide updates regarding individual’s pensions or to authorise transfers out of the schemes or any payments out of the schemes, including death benefits is unable to provide advice to pension members regarding their pensions This service is for journalists only. For any other queries, please contact the Insolvency Enquiry Line.For all media enquiries outside normal working hours, please contact the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Press Office on 020 7215 1000. Fast Pensions Ltd – company registration number 08121954 – was incorporated on 28 June 2012. The company’s registered office is at Crown House, 27 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3AX FP Scheme Trustees Ltd – company registration number 09126225 – was incorporated on 11 July 2014. The company’s registered office is at 20-22 Wenlock Road, London N1 7GU Blu Debt Management Ltd – company registration number 06699233 – was incorporated on 16 September 2008. The company’s registered office is at Gilbert Wakefield House, 67 Bewsey Street, Warrington WA2 7JQ Blu Financial Services Ltd – company registration number 05912973 – was incorporated on 22 August 2006. The company’s registered office is at Gilbert Wakefield House, 67 Bewsey Street, Warrington WA2 7JQ Blu Personal Finance Ltd – company registration number 07758290 – was incorporated on 31 August 2011. The company’s registered office is at Gilbert Wakefield House, 67 Bewsey Street, Warrington WA2 7JQ Umbrella Loans Ltd – company registration number 07331044 – was incorporated on 30 July 2010. The company’s registered office is at Gilbert Wakefield House, 67 Bewsey Street, Warrington WA2 7JQ The provisional liquidator has the power to investigate the affairs of the companies as necessary to protect assets including any third party, or trust monies, or assets in the possession of, or under the control of the companies.The case is now subject to High Court action and no further information will be made available until petitions to wind up the companies are heard in the High Court on 30 May 2018.All public enquiries concerning the affairs of the companies should be made to: The Official Receiver, Public Interest Unit, 2 Floor, 3 Piccadilly Place, London Road, Manchester, M1 3BN.Notes to editorsThe six companies in provisional liquidation are: The petitions were presented under s124A of the Insolvency Act 1986. The Official Receiver was appointed as provisional liquidator of the companies on 29 March 2018 by HHJ Pelling, a Judge of the High Court.Company Investigations, part of the Insolvency Service, uses powers under the Companies Act 1985 to conduct confidential fact-finding investigations into the activities of live limited companies in the UK on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Further information about live company investigations is available here.The Insolvency Service, an executive agency sponsored by BEIS, administers the insolvency regime, and aims to deliver and promote a range of investigation and enforcement activities, both civil and criminal in nature, to support fair and open markets. We do this by effectively enforcing the statutory company and insolvency regimes, maintaining public confidence in those regimes and reducing the harm caused to victims of fraudulent activity and to the business community, including dealing with the disqualification of directors in corporate failures.BEIS’ mission is to build a dynamic and competitive UK economy that works for all, in particular by creating the conditions for business success and promoting an open global economy. The Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions team contributes to this aim by taking action to deter fraud and to regulate the market. They investigate and prosecute a range of offences, primarily relating to personal or company insolvencies.The agency also authorises and regulates the insolvency profession, assesses and pays statutory entitlement to redundancy payments when an employer cannot or will not pay employees, provides banking and investment services for bankruptcy and liquidation estate funds and advises ministers and other government departments on insolvency law and practice.Further information about the work of the Insolvency Service, and how to complain about financial misconduct, is available here.Contact Press OfficeMedia enquiries for this press release – 020 7674 6910 or 020 7596 6187 Broughton Retirement Plan DM1 Retirement Plan Elphinstone Retirement Plan EP1 Retirement Plan Fleming Retirement Plan FP1 Retirement Plan FP2 Retirement Plan FP3 Retirement Plan Galileo Retirement Plan Golden Arrow Retirement Plan Leafield Retirement Plan Springdale Retirement Plan Talisman Retirement Plan Templar Retirement Plan VRSEB Retirement Plan LinkedIncenter_img The companies, involved in the operation of occupational pension schemes, were placed into provisional liquidation by the High Court.They include Fast Pensions Ltd, which is the sponsoring employer of 15 pension schemes, and FP Scheme Trustees Ltd, which is the trustee of the pension schemes. The remaining four companies are entities into which some of the pension scheme funds have been invested.The orders placing the companies into provisional liquidation followed a hearing at the High Court on 29 March 2018 of an application issued by the Insolvency Service on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.The Official Receiver has been appointed the provisional liquidator and has responsibilities to protect assets in the possession or under the control of the companies pending the determination of the petitions.As provisional liquidator of the trustee to the pension schemes the Official Receiver: Members of the pension schemes who require advice should consider contacting a solicitor, a regulated financial advisor or the Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS) on: 0300 123 1047; email: [email protected] you are a member of one of the pension schemes, the Official Receiver is requesting that you register your interest by email to [email protected] providing the following information: You can also follow the Insolvency Service on: name contact details the pension scheme you are member of the date and amount of your investment Media Manager 0303 003 1743 Email [email protected] The 15 pension schemes involved are: Office currently closed during the coronavirus pandemic. last_img read more

West Honored

first_imgJoe West, assistant dean of the University of Georgia Tifton campus, was honored with the Distinguished Service Award at the Georgia Peanut Farm Show, held Jan. 16 at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center.West expressed his appreciation for the recognition of his service and support for the peanut industry.“I’m very honored they considered my work here worthy of such an award,” said West. “For our peanut commission and our growers to see the contributions I’ve been able to make as assistant dean is very rewarding.”Joy Crosby, director of communications for the Georgia Peanut Commission, said West has been an asset to UGA-Tifton providing support for world-class research since taking over as assistant dean in 2008.“Through his leadership, he has coordinated the renovation of landmark historic buildings, improved field laboratory operations and developed partnerships with agribusinesses in the area,” said Crosby.West’s contributions include providing support for farm managers and technical staff and equipping scientists with the necessary tools to continue making agriculture the No. 1 industry in Georgia.“We provide those tools so that they have the proper environment to do their jobs,” said West. “Put that all together and it’s my responsibility to provide the infrastructure to make sure they succeed.”Those contributions have led to the success of scientists at UGA-Tifton, especially those specializing in peanuts.“All of [West’s] efforts have benefitted research focusing on peanuts and will continue to meet the changing needs of agriculture in the future,” said Crosby.West praised the Georgia Peanut Commission for the support it has shown to the researchers at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.“The Georgia Peanut Commission does a great job of supporting the growers who make up the organization and supporting the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, it’s a great partnership,” said West.The Distinguished Service Award honors professionals who have made important contributions to Georgia’s peanut and agriculture industries.Each year the winner of this award is selected by Georgia Peanut Commission Board members and the Farm Show committee from submitted nominations.To read more about the UGA-Tifton Campus, visit tifton.caes.uga.edu.last_img read more

Champlain College unveils innovative BYOBiz Program to grow the businesses of young entrepreneurs

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt. –The state of Vermont has an extremely strong small-business tradition–running the gamut from specialty food companies to graphic design firms to high-tech start-ups–all providing employment to Vermonters and bolstering the states economy.Building on that tradition and Champlain Colleges reputation for innovative, hands-on education, Champlain President David F. Finney unveiled a new program on June 15 that will help young entrepreneurs grow their businesses while they attend Champlain.The College is launching BYOBiz–Champlain Colleges Bring-Your-Own-Business Program–to actively recruit undergraduates who will bring their existing businesses or business plans to college and propel them forward. This approach is based on the premise that most entrepreneurs begin their pattern of business creation at a young age, Finney said. BYOBiz will encourage and support emerging entrepreneurs with educational and real-world business resources. We anticipate that many of these highly motivated students will create businesses that stay in Vermont and create Vermont jobs.Each fall, a cohort of student entrepreneurs will be accepted to the selective program and each student will be surrounded by a board of advisers, a team that will act as a sounding board for their business plans and challenges. These mentors comprise a coordinated network of Vermont business people, Champlain College faculty and staff, and fellow students in the BYOBiz Program. In just a few years, the College expects to have up to 120 student entrepreneurs in the program each year.Champlains program will be open to students in all majors and its multifaceted offerings will include: a selection of business-building courses; internship credits for work done to advance their businesses; and access to financial, strategic and marketing experts and established entrepreneurs. The program will include a speaker series, a new entrepreneur club and, ultimately, space where participants can meet to work on their growing businesses.Periodic business reviews with advisers will ensure that the students business goals are set and advanced. The lessons that area entrepreneurs have learned will be invaluable to the students and a network of faculty will shepherd young entrepreneurs through the early days of their businesses. Additionally, by working alongside other young entrepreneurs, these students will learn together and bolster each others efforts.This innovative academic and mentoring program positions Champlain at the front of a small group of colleges that foster entrepreneurship by focusing specifically on student entrepreneurs. The two most similar programs are found at the University of Iowa and Babson College in Massachusetts.Champlain has strong contacts in local business and industry, and were in a unique position to offer and support such a program in Vermont. Finney said.Our program is all about educating the students–and having them graduate with the skills that are necessary to lead a business, Finney said. The College will nurture their professional preparation with a strong liberal arts core curriculum, which is designed to foster leadership and communication skills.Dave Winslow, the founder and president of EpikOne in Williston, Vt., is one of the first professionals to sign on as an adviser. As a growth-oriented entrepreneur myself, Im excited to be a mentor and contribute to the success of these students, he said. At EpikOne we participate in Champlain internship programs and have hired several graduates; becoming a mentor is an excellent way to continue the momentum.The College expects the BYOBiz Program to produce many benefits. The program will ultimately make a major contribution to the economic vitality of the state, Finney said. Vermont is in need of job-creating enterprises; a well-publicized demographic decline of Vermonters under 30 years old may damage the states economy unless the trend is reversed.On campus, the presence of additional young entrepreneurs will create a more dynamic educational experience for all Champlain students. This type of student is constantly trying to relate classroom lessons to their real-world experiences–a cornerstone of teaching and learning at Champlain, Finney said.Currently, Champlain enrolls students who own small businesses that range from one-person Web-development operations to companies with several employees engaged in manufacturing and sales. Since becoming president in July 2005, Finney has discovered that these students have special needs–needs that will be addressed through the BYOBiz Program.One current sophomore who will benefit from Champlains new program is Ben Kaufman from Long Island. He operates a company called Mophie while attending Champlain as a Business major. Mophies iPod accessories won a Best of Show award at the 2006 Macworld Expo in San Francisco. Because of the high demand for his new products, hes partnered with Linckia, a Williston, Vt.-based company, to do his fulfillment work.Kaufman is constantly moving between the world of business and academics. I can do both with what Champlain College is giving me, he said.Jason Nikel, a Multimedia & Graphic Design student who owns Third Shift Clothing, designs and markets a line of apparel that is sold in Burlington retail stores and online. Hes also looking forward to joining the BYOBiz Program. The education at Champlain, coupled with the support and direction of faculty, staff and other business people, is positioning me to grow my business as I gain experience.I dont think I would be as interested in school without my business, said Pete Jewett, a Champlain senior who owns GoTradingPost.com, an eBay consignment business in Burlington, with fellow student Peter Bruhn. I know exactly what the professors are talking about because Im doing it right nowits a hands-on experience.Interested students and guidance counselors should contact Champlain College Admissions at (800) 570-5858 and www.champlain.edu(link is external) for more information on the BYOBiz Program. Individuals and businesses interested in mentoring emerging entrepreneurs should send an e-mail to [email protected](link sends e-mail)# # #last_img read more

Senator’s trucking firm ordered to stop work; Shumlin bashed for break

first_imgby Anne Galloway vtdigger.org March 8, 2011 The Vermont Department of Labor issued a stop-work order in January to Starr’s United, a trucking company in North Troy. The business is under investigation for an alleged failure to hold a workers’ compensation insurance policy on its 20 employees, according to Labor Department officials. An injury claim from an employee triggered the probe.State Senator Bobby Starr, D-Essex-Orleans, is president of the company and has served as director of the Vermont Truck and Bus Association. When he was reached by phone last Friday, he said, ‘I really don’t know what you’re talking about ‘ I don’t know anything about it.’Starr said he is ‘gone most of the winter’ and his son, Eric, who is the general manager, is ‘dealing with that.’Stephen Monahan, director of the Workers’ Compensation & Safety Division, said the stop-work order was issued on Jan. 21 and remains in effect.Dig DeeperSOURCE MATERIAL ‘ STARR’S TRUCKINGThe Vermont Statutes Online: 21 V.S.A. § 692. Penalties; failure to insure; stop work orders2008-2009 Progress Report of the Workers’ Compensation Employee Classification, Coding, and Fraud Enforcement Task ForceVermont Department of Labor: Info Center ‘ FraudLINKS ‘ DISAPPEARANCESWCAX: Shumlin off on vacationVT GOP: Where is Governor Shumlin?LINKS ‘ DRUMROLL, PLEASEâ ¦Vermont Democratic Party: 12th Annual David W. Curtis Leadership Awards DinnerCampaignMoney.com: Arthur Berndt Political Campaign Contributions 2008 Election CycleGreenpeace: Climate LawsuitThe Huffington Post: Local Hero Learns From The BestLINKS ‘ MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY DAYPress release: Mental health advocacy day set for March 9LINKS ‘ SECRETARY OF EDA Secretary of Ed?LINKS ‘ CHURN, BABY, CHURNPress release: In the raw on March 8 ‘ Butter Appreciation DayRural Vermont questions state’s raw milk rulesDOCUMENTS ‘ BILLS ON THE MOVEVermont Legislature: March 8 calendarUnder the order, no work can be carried out, Monahan said, ‘except possibly by the owner him or herself.’The investigation, which began on Jan. 13, Monahan said, is moving toward the penalty phase. Starr’s United could be fined $150 a day for every day the company has operated without worker’s compensation insurance. The number of employees who went without coverage will also be factored into the penalty, Monahan said.In July 2010 the Legislature enacted new penalties for businesses that fail to provide workers’ comp. Since then, the division has issued 15 stop-work orders, Monahan said. The penalty for violating a stop-work order is $5,000 in civil penalties or $10,000 in criminal penalties or imprisonment for up to 180 days.Most workers’ comp investigations are triggered by complaints or referrals from other agencies or programs, such as the Tax Department, Unemployment Insurance program, Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Vermont Department of Buildings & General Services or Agency of Transportation, Monahan wrote in an e-mail. Most of the complaints have been filed through an online form on the Department of Labor website.‘Misclassifying workers or not complying withU.I. or W.C. coverage is considered fraud,’ Monahan wrote.Fourteen hundred insurers in Vermont offer worker’s compensation insurance.DISAPPEARANCESDo you know where your governor is?That was the question Anson Tebbetts of WCAX posed last Friday.Tebbetts, a former Douglas administration official, reported that Gov. Peter Shumlin was ‘off’ on vacation ‘two months into his first term,’ and that the governor didn’t tell two members of his staff he interviewed ‘ press secretary Bianca Slota (who was formerly employed by WCAX) and Jeb Spaulding, secretary of the Agency of Administration ‘ where he was headed.Later, Slota told Tebbetts she knew where the governor was, but she couldn’t disclose his location. Shumlin left for vacation last Thursday and is scheduled to return to Vermont Tuesday night.‘He’s been working really hard,’ Slota said. ‘While the Legislature’s out of town, he thought it would be a good time to take a couple days off. Out of respect for his privacy, we’re just not telling people where he is.’The news spurred Patricia McDonald, new chair of the Vermont GOP, to issue a press release taking the governor to task. The missive, titled ‘‘I don’t know where the governor is’ is not an acceptable response,’ blasted Shumlin for neglecting to inform key administrative officials of his whereabouts.‘Simply being reachable by cell phone is not an acceptable substitute for knowing the whereabouts of our head of state,’ McDonald wrote. ‘Vermonters deserve better. Why is it that no one seems to know where Governor Shumlin is?’In an interview, McDonald said she doesn’t ‘begrudge the governor a vacation.’She did, however, find fault with the timing of the governor’s absence. A statewide public hearing on Shumlin’s health care legislation at Vermont Interactive Television sites around the state was scheduled on Monday, and this week his signature health care legislation is slated to emerge from the House Health Care Committee. She complained that ‘he will not be around to answer questions on the bill, or to hear Vermonters speak on the issue.’ (The hearing has since been rescheduled because of Monday’s snow storm.)‘Vermonters need to know that the chain of command is intact and that the lines of communication are open and working for the security and safety of our state,’ McDonald wrote. ‘From a transparency and confidence perspective, the process was handled very poorly.’Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, who is the governor’s stand-in when he’s away, wasn’t worried. Scott summed up his take on the brouhaha with: ‘I don’t have knee-jerk reactions.’Shumlin’s staff called Scott the day before the governor left for parts unknown. ‘I don’t know for myself that it really matters,’ Scott said. ‘If he’s on vacation, it’s probably well-deserved. We have a lot to do in the next three to four weeks, and I would want his head to be clear.’Chris Graff, a longtime reporter and Montpelier bureau chief for the Associated Press, said in an e-mail that other governors’ vacations were also private affairs.‘We don’t really know much about governors’ vacations,’ Graff wrote.Douglas spent time in Maine on occasion. Gov. Howard Dean went on a hiking adventure one summer, Graff said, and ‘that got attention because a trooper drove.’Gov. Dick Snelling went off sailing and there was a crisis in his absence, Graff recalled. In the era before cell phones, members of his staff had trouble reaching him.DRUMROLL, PLEASE â ¦The Vermont Democratic Party holds its annual celebrity dinner ‘ the Curtis Awards ‘ each spring, and this year the party has brought in a major player ‘ Al Franken, the former comedy writer for Saturday Night Live-turned-senator from Minnesota. (Last year’s keynote was also given by a Minnesotan senator, Amy Klobuchar.)Online registration for the event, slated for March 19, is closed.The VDP also announces the political equivalent of the Academy Awards for Democrats who have played leading roles in setting the scene for the party’s successes. Sources say this year’s Curtis Award winners will be Mike Obuchowski, Arthur Berndt and Barbara MacIntyre.Obuchowski retired from his seat in the House of Representatives in January, after 38 years in the Statehouse. He is the longest-serving member of the General Assembly in living memory. Shumlin recently tapped his fellow Democrat from Windham County as commissioner of the Department of Buildings and General Services.Berndt is a major donor to the party who has given thousands of dollars to Democratic candidates ($51,000 in 2008, according to CampaignMoney.com).He and his wife, Anne, were involved in a Greenpeace lawsuit against two taxpayer-funded entities, Export Import Bank and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, for funding $32 billion in financing fossil fuel projects without assessing how the projects would contribute to global warming. Greenpeace won the suit in 2010.MacIntyre of Shaftsbury tirelessly volunteered for the Obama campaign in 2008.RALLIES, HEARINGS AND A PUBLIC ‘CHURN’Vermonters for Health Care Freedom canceled its rally on the Statehouse lawn because of the record-breaking storm on Monday, but the 75-100 protesters who planned to attend the event will attempt another protest in a week or so, according to Darcie Johnston.The rally had been scheduled just before the state was scheduled to take testimony on the legislation tonight in a series of Vermont Interactive Television forums. (The hearings were cancelled because of Monday’s snow storm.)Johnston, who runs a government relations and political fundraising firm, started Vermonters for Health Care Freedom for ‘free market’ supporters who oppose Gov. Peter Shumlin’s single-payer health care bill.Johnston’s clients have included Sen. James Jeffords, Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie, Ruth Dwyer, the Vermont Republican Party, the New Hampshire Republican Party, and the Rhode Island Republican Party.She says she is spearheading the effort because she ‘feels passionate about this issue.’ Johnston said her anti-single-payer activism is separate from her consultancy work. So far, Vermonters for Health Care Freedom has no financial backing; supporters are campaigning for the cause on Facebook and Twitter.Johnston said VHCF is a loose association of 75-100 ‘leaders’ who represent various interests. She declined to list members, but she said she’s ‘amazed’ that many of the supporters of the new group feel they can’t publicly oppose the legislation because it might jeopardize their business with the state or with clients. She said they are as concerned as she is about the impact of a single-payer system on ‘free market’ health care.‘I’m worried about what this legislation is going to do to Vermont’s economy,’ Johnston said. ‘I’m worried about what it’s going to do to the quality of health care; I’m worried about doctors leaving the state; I’m worried about what it’s going to do to job growth; I’m worried about the stability of the economy.’Johnston pointed to the Massachusetts health care reforms as an example of a system in which costs are ‘running away.’‘Businesses want to be able to plan,’ Johnston said. ‘This doesn’t help that at all, if anything it makes it worse.’A BLOCKBUSTER MENTAL HEALTH DAY?Speaking of rallies, advocates are gearing up for a large turnout on Mental Health Advocacy Day, Wednesday, March 9. Ten organizations are sponsoring the event, and they plan to bus in more than 1,000 Vermonters with mental illness or developmental disabilities.Floyd Nease, executive director of the Vermont Association for Mental Health (and former Democratic House Majority Leader), said last week that the advocates and ‘consumers’ will be a presence in the Statehouse. They plan to testify at 9:30 a.m. at a joint meeting of the House Human Services and Senate Health and Welfare Committees in Room 11 and then rally in front of the Statehouse steps at noon. Nease said Christine Oliver, Department of Mental Health commissioner, has been invited to speak along with House Speaker Shap Smith, Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell and Doug Racine, now head of the Agency of Human Services.‘We ultimately want consumers to be heard,’ Nease said.Read the press release about the rally.LAWMAKERS TAKE TESTIMONY ON SECRETARY OF EDThe House Education Committee will take testimony from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on whether the governor should have the right to appoint the state’s top education official.The committee has been discussing this alternative as one of a menu of governance changes for the Department of Education, which also include transforming the department to an agency and altering the state board of education from a body with the authority to select the education chief to an advisory board.Read the story, ‘A Secretary of Ed?’.CHURN, BABY, CHURNSome Vermonters worry about the right to bear arms; others are concerned about the right to churn raw milk.For the latter, there is the Butter Appreciation Day, brought to you by the Vermont Coalition for Food Sovereignty 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Room 10 of the Statehouse in Montpelier. Participants should bring their own cream, a small jar and ‘thoughts about raw milk.’The churn-in is a protest of a recent decision by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture to shut down raw milk, butter and cheese workshops that were sponsored by Rural Vermont, a nonprofit advocacy group.For more about the raw milk ‘informational,’ check out the press release from the Vermont Coalition for Food Sovereignty.Or, read Sylvia Fagin’s VTD story about raw milk rules.BILLS ON THE MOVEThere are several key pieces of legislation on the House notice calendar for Tuesday, namely the jobs bill and an Internet sales tax proposal.Read the March 8 notice calendar.The Senate is taking up a bill for third reading that would prohibit sex offenders from using false names on social networking sites.Senators will also consider two joint resolutions, both of which are directed at Congress. The Senate will consider a resolution asking the Congress to approve a streamlined sales tax agreement and another to maintain funding for Community Service Block Grants at current levels. The grants, which fund community action councils, are on the chopping block. Anne Galloway is editor of vtdigger.org March 8, 2011last_img read more

Post-Irene flood hazards rarely linked to increase in illness

first_imgThe Vermont Department of Health has not seen an increase in gastrointestinal or respiratory illnesses since Tropical Storm Irene hit Vermont on August 28.Sediment, mud and dust is usually not any more contaminated than the soil that was there before a storm – unless it’s near a source of contamination that was disrupted by flooding such as agricultural fertilizers, industrial chemicals or raw sewage. The Health Department advises Vermonters to stay away from contaminated areas that require professional cleanup.”We do anticipate there will be sporadic or individual cases of respiratory and gastrointestinal illness, but we rarely see outbreaks of these types of illnesses in the wake of flooding in the United States,” said Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD.Typically in the United States, Dr. Chen said, about half of the hazards after a flood are related to injuries rather than illness, such as injuries from power tools, slips and falls, electrocution and carbon monoxide exposure.Vermonters are advised to practice good hygiene during cleanup such as washing hands frequently, and make sure items such as canned foods picked up during cleanup are washed thoroughly with soap and water.Wear an N-95 respirator (also called an N-95 mask) during all clean-up activities when inhalable particles are generated, such as mold, sand, silt, dry dirt or mud, dust or any other particles not otherwise specified. If inhaled, particles alone can cause upper airway and lung irritation and can make asthma and other lung diseases worsen.Most hardware stores sell N-95 respirators. They are also available at no cost from Health Department district offices as part of the flood response .For more information, including a link to the nearest Health Department district office and guidance on safe clean up of flood sediment and soil, visithealthvermont.gov.Follow us on Twitter and join us on Facebook for up-to-date news, alerts and health information.last_img read more

New emissions rules to force New York’s remaining coal plants to close

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):New York state has adopted final regulations to phase out its coal-fired generation by the end of 2020 through tighter carbon dioxide emissions rate limits.Gov. Andrew Cuomo on May 9 announced that the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation has adopted final regulations to require all power plants within New York to meet new stringent emissions limits for carbon dioxide as a means of shutting down or converting coal-fired power plants. Beginning in 2021, the rule would limit CO2 emissions from any nonmodified existing fossil fuel-fired electric generating source to a maximum of 1,800 pounds of CO2 per megawatt-hour gross electrical output or 180 pounds of CO2 per million British thermal units of input.In a press release, the Cuomo administration heralded the regulations as “a first-in-the-nation approach to regulating carbon emissions” that will achieve New York’s coal phase-out as well as help meet the state’s goal of reducing statewide greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030, from below 1990 levels. According to the Cuomo administration, the new tougher CO2 emissions rates will ensure the state’s remaining coal-fired power plants transition to cleaner alternative sources of energy or shut down.In his 2016 State of the State address, Cuomo pledged to shut down coal-fired generation in New York by 2020, and he followed that up by directing the Department of Environmental Conservation in his 2018 State of the State address to develop the rules to fulfill that promise. According to grid operator New York ISO, coal plants generated 1,493 GWh, or about 1% of New York’s energy load, in 2016. In 2017, that amount was only 567 GWh.As part of Cuomo’s coal phase-out, the state also is preparing to help workers and affected local communities transition to a “clean energy future” through the governor’s Clean Climate Careers initiative and other programs. In addition, New York in late February released proposed regulations to restrict nitrogen oxide, or NOx, emissions from peaking power plants.More ($): New York adopts tighter CO2 limits to phase out coal power by 2021 New emissions rules to force New York’s remaining coal plants to closelast_img read more

Choose a memorable brand name

first_imgGrateful Dead. It’s a weird name—maybe even a bit frightening. Love it, hate it, whatever you think of it… it’s a name that you remember. Many brands (especially credit unions), however, don’t focus enough on choosing a memorable name. When going through the brand process alone, folks tend to focus too much on the what, leading to overly technical names. Confused? Don’t be. You have one in your pocket. Isn’t iPod a hundred times cooler than the MP3 Deluxe Pocket Player? Even the iPad, its name mocked for months when proposed, is now a terrific brand name.If you struggle with your name from years ago or wonder if it might be time for a change, don’t worry. Not even the Grateful Dead got it right on the first try. When they formed the band in 1964, they were originally called The Warlocks. Well, they were until they found out there was already a band with that name, which had already recorded and released a single. Garcia floated the Mythical Ethical Icicle Tricycle. Weir thought His Own Sweet Advocates would work. When they couldn’t agree, they did what any logically thinking group needing a rebrand did, they called the team at your marketing co! Not really. It was as actually a bit simpler than that. They opened a copy of the 1956 Funk and Wagnell’s New Practical Standard Dictionary. Someone randomly pointed to a page. The first thing they landed on was Grateful Dead. Some band members were a bit wary, but they all agreed it was memorable. Then they fell in love with it.The Grateful Dead, an iconic band, is perhaps one of the most widely recognized in history. Funk and Wagnell’s? Really? What exactly does Grateful Dead even mean? It is a type of ballad involving a hero who helps a corpse that is bring refused a proper burial. Even the definition seemed like a perfect fit, evoking a “world beyond consciousness.” As some in the band’s audiences (and, perhaps, one or two of the musicians) experimented with mind altering substances while enjoying the music, it was a perfect fit. Decades later, the name sticks. Fifty years later, the name invokes an “insiders” feel to its fans. The band had a name that parents hated. Less cool acquaintances raised their eyebrows. But all of that only contributed to the community aspect of their fans, bringing them closer than ever.Though the rebrand story ends on a high note for the Grateful Dead, not everyone who randomly selects a new name form the dictionary gets as lucky. Our team completed one renaming project earlier this year and are in the process of launching two more this summer. We know the blood, sweat, and tears that goes into this process. If you’re thinking of an all-out name change, or even a slight brand refresh for your credit union, here are some things to keep in mind:Avoid common names already in use. Even if your customers are not confused, it will not bode well for you when it comes to people searching for you in the internet. If you’re considering a common name, make some slight changes to it. For example, a social networking site from the early social age named itself FledgeWing (derived from fledgling, which based on their limited success was an accurate name).Many credit unions are looking to made up words for their future success. This is always encouraged, as it allowed you to own that name in search results. Though a great option, try not to pick something difficult to pronounce. Word of mouth will never spread if no one wants to bend their mouths around your new name!Try an alternative spelling for a common word. For example, Google is derived from googol, which is a number is the 10 to the power of 100, or Flickr which is flicker (minus the e). We used this option to name our website division, now known as Uncommn (uncommon without the O).A less common practice, but still effective, is what author Sam Horn calls “alphabetizing.” It is the practice of taking as common word and substituting one letter for another—such as GoGurt, the yogurt in a push tube for kids.Finding a new name, or even refreshing an existing brand, is one of the most important decisions your credit union will ever make. Yet many go it alone without spending enough time or thought on the most important elements of this project.Rebranding is not just about buzzing brand words. It’s about re-purposing your life, finding your true voice, and building an authentic brand that impacts lives. It’s a call to re-examine our existence, our goals, and our dreams. It makes us think about why we do what we do—to align life back to its source (our members)—and connect with the hearts of people. It is not a moment. It’s a movement. Make it count. 50SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bo McDonald Bo McDonald is president of Your Marketing Co. A marketing firm that started serving credit unions nearly a decade ago, offering a wide range of services including web design, branding, … Web: yourmarketing.co Detailslast_img read more