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Twiddle Keeps It a ‘Frends Theme’ as Members of Kung Fu Sit-In at Toad’s Place

first_imgLoad remaining images NEW HAVEN, CT – It was hard to tell who had more fun last night (April 26th), the fans who packed Toad’s Place wall to wall, or the long list of talented musicians on tonight’s bill, which featured Vermont based powerhouse Twiddle. Getting the night started were two solid opening acts, Tyrone’s Shoelaces and the Relative Souls, literally warming the crowd on a chilly night in late April. When it was Twiddle’s turn to take that stage the anxious crowd got a nice little surprise.  Drummer, Brooke Jordan entered with bassist Zdenek Gubb, and as they started to groove, the crowd began to cheer little louder when they saw Kung Fu’s Chris DeAngelis join them. The packed house didn’t even have enough time to show their appreciation for this addition to the show on this night, because as guitarist Mihali Savoulidis and keyboardist Ryan Dempsey took the stage, everyone in Toad’s erupted when they saw Todd Stoops and Rob Somerville take the stage as well.Kung Fu & Twiddle recently teamed up for the Dirty Dozen tour, making stops in cities like Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and New York City.  So we all knew these guys were well acquainted with each other, and were excited for the show they were about to put on. At one point in the show, Rob Somerville grabbed a camera and went center stage, laying on his back taking photos of Mihali, Chris, and Zdenek while they played for the cheering crowd.Twiddle crushed hit after hit, like “Admyst the Mist”, “Subconscious Prelude”, and “Lost in the Cold” keeping the Toads crowd dancing and singing throughout the night.  The Vermont based quartet is certainly filled with endless talent, but what I think make Twiddle stand out from many other groups, is the unique voice of lead singer and guitarist Mihali Savoulidis.  As they ended their first set Mihali put those talents on display, treating the crowd to an energetic rendition of “Frends Theme”.  Everyone in Toads was on their feet, singing and dancing along as Twiddle closed out their set.  Before the band even left the stage, everybody in the place was cheering for an encore. So, of course without much delay, the band (including their friends from Kung Fu) returned to the stage and kept everyone moving with two more hits for the encore -“Zazu’s Flight” and “Earth Mama”. Certainly a fun Friday night with a little surprise thrown in.– Review and Photos courtesy of Scott OrkusSet list:Superjam (w/members of Kung Fu)Admyst the MystSubconscious Prelude>Polluted Beauty>Subconscious PreludeBrown Chicken Brown Cow>List in the ColdFrends ThemeEncoreZazu’s FlightEarth Mamalast_img read more

‘Life classes’ teach local, global ways to go green

first_imgIn the offices of the Harvard Green Campus Initiative (HGCI), there is everything you would expect from that arm of University Operations Services: no-glue carpeting, energy-efficient lighting, high-tech windows, and sensors that adjust ventilation by measuring CO2.But in plain sight, next to one of the recycled cubicles, there is also a toilet. The bowl is packed with bottles of water — a reminder of how much H2O is wasted with every flush of a conventional commode.Lessons in sustainability at Harvard are not always that dramatic. But environmental lessons are increasingly evident, both in formal classes and in outreach efforts aimed at changing personal behavior.Consider the 2006-07 Environmental Course Guide, compiled by the Harvard University Center for the Environment. It includes more than 100 pages of classes offered in every discipline, from anthropology and applied mathematics, to philosophy, physics, and religion.At the Harvard Business School, students can take courses in agribusiness. At Harvard Divinity School, they can explore Buddhism’s sacred mountain traditions of Asia. Campuswide, there are environment-related classes on ancient settlements, energy policy, nature writing, forest biology, and fish diversity.In one course this spring, “Environmental Science and Public Policy 10,” ecologist William C. Clark challenged undergraduates to look at future Allston development through the lens of sustainability — and write detailed projects rethinking Harvard’s signature red brick and green grass. Clark is Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy, and Human Development at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.Harvard Extension School offers 20 environment-related courses, including “Environment 119,” a class on the design, construction, and operation of sustainable buildings. One evening this month, a few E-119 student presentations covered the fine points of life-cycle costing, hybrid ventilation, low-flush toilets, high-performance windows, and vertical-access wind turbines.The Extension School courses, many of them offered online, have given Harvard a global reputation for classroom explorations of sustainability, said course co-instructor John Spengler. (He’s the Harvard School of Public Health’s Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation.)Some Harvard courses aim at immediate practical effects. One, “Engineering Sciences 96,” has over the years used real issues — parking patterns, wastewater drains, cell phone towers — to explore the processes of engineering design.“We treat these projects as a studio course for students,” said instructor Frederick H. Abernathy, the Gordon McKay Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Abbott and James Lawrence Professor of Engineering at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.ES-96 students one year studied energy use at Harvard’s Maxwell-Dworkin building — where Abernathy said they found that more than 10 percent of the energy used could be saved “by better management and a few piping changes.”This spring, ES-96 students looked at geothermal heating and cooling systems at 46 Blackstone St., 90 Mt. Auburn St., Zero Arrow Street, and other Harvard buildings.Other formal environmental instruction at Harvard gets students outdoors, too.Last year, students taking a Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) landscape course began a green-roof retrofit of GSD’s Gund Hall that will take several years. Green-roof vegetation slows down storm water, absorbs pollutants, and moderates a building’s temperature.In April, lecturer Katrin Scholz-Barth took to the roof, helping students spread a pebble-like growing medium and cuttings of sedum, a succulent known for its hardiness and water-storing leaves.“Hands-on provides so much more exposure than just talking about it in the classroom,” said Scholz-Barth, a civil and environmental engineer.Beyond the classroom, outreach environmental education at Harvard gets informal and personal, with its mantra of imperatives: Turn off your computer. Shut out the lights. Recycle more.The Campus Energy Reduction Program, started in 2002, was the first outreach program started by the then-fledgling HGCI. It initially focused on sensible computer usage at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, where 6,500 undergraduates and 700 faculty sit down at their keyboards every day. In the past five years, FAS has realized energy savings of $700,000.The program has since been expanded to Harvard Medical School, the Dental School, and the Harvard School of Public Health — “with equally impressive results,” said HGCI director Leith Sharp.HGCI now sponsors a campus sustainability pledge (7,000 signed up last fall), a campus energy reduction cartoon contest (CERtoon), and Shut the Sash, a campaign to save energy in science laboratories. (If left open when not in use, fume hoods consume 3.5 times more energy than a house.)There is also HGCI-sponsored outreach education for undergraduates — the Resource Efficiency Program (REP) — and one for 2,900 Harvard graduate students, the Graduate Green Living Program (GGL).“We’re doing very well” with GGL, said program manager Meryl Brott, who oversees 20 part-time student employees. Program sponsors include Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Real Estate Services.From last July to March of this year, there was a 20 percent drop in energy usage at One Western Ave., one of the graduate housing locations in the program, said Brott. And recycling rates at all three locations have tripled since 2005.REP outreach for undergraduates is done by 19 part-time student employees who get out the message on recycling, energy use, water consumption, and other issues. A recent survey suggests that REP has an 80 percent recognition rate. “We’re reaching the vast majority of students,” said FAS-REP coordinator Philip Kreycik ’06. (Like Brott, he’s employed by the HGCI.)REP is sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University Dining Services, and University Operations Services.The HGCI is engaged in helping Harvard implement hundreds of projects every year. But of all of these, it may be these large-scale behavioral change programs that “ultimately have the greatest impact both within and beyond Harvard,” said Sharp.Lessons “start now, and then carry on beyond college,” said Faon O’Connor ’08, a Manhattan native who did REP outreach at Mather House. “And it’s fun.”Results for REP are hard to quantify, said Kreycik. But dorm electricity usage is down 11 percent, compared with the year before REP started, he said. And food waste — 4 ounces per undergraduate dorm meal in 2002 — is now about 2.6 ounces.REP helped with some lessons at the April 21 Earth Day celebration at Malkin Quadrangle. One display brought sustainability down to the scale of a dorm room. Ideally, it would use compact fluorescent light bulbs (longer life and less energy) and its power strip would get unplugged at night.The dorm room occupant would also take shorter showers. (One minute less in the spray per day saves 800 gallons of water a year.)Other lessons that day were brief but vivid. One poster showed a picture of our shimmering planet from outer space. Underneath were a few words: “Earth. It’s kind of a big deal.”last_img read more

The Cast of the Off-Broadway Immigration Drama 72 Miles to Go Take Their Opening Night Bows

first_imgJo Bonney and Hilary Bettis Related Shows Tyler Alvarez, Bobby Moreno, Hilary Bettis, Jo Bonney, Maria Elena Ramirez, understudy Fig Chilcott, Triney Sandoval, Jacqueline Guillén, and understudies Matthew Martinez and Eliud Kauffman  72 Miles To Go Maria Elena Ramirez 72 Miles to Go, playwright Hilary Bettis’ examination of a Mexican-American family under the duress of deportation, opened on March 10. The cast—led by Maria Elena Ramirez as Anita, a mother deported from her home in Arizona, and Triney Sandoval as Billy, Anita’s husband who must hold his splintering family together—took their bows at the off-Broadway Laura Pels Theatre. Directed by Jo Bonney, 72 Miles to Go also stars Tyler Alvarez, Jacqueline Guillén and Bobby Moreno. Later, playwright Bettis and director Bonney joined the cast at the after party. 72 Miles to Go runs until May 3. See photos of the show’s opening night below. center_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on May 3, 2020 Tyler Alvarez, Bobby Moreno, Jacqueline Guillén, Triney Sandoval and Maria Elena Ramirez Tyler Alvarez, Bobby Moreno, Jacqueline Guillén, Triney Sandoval and Maria Elena Ramirez(Photos by Andy Henderson for Broadway.com)last_img read more

Speaker Shap Smith focuses on education, announces committee assignments

first_imgOn the opening day of the 2013-2014 biennium Wednesday, Representative Shap Smith, D-Morrisville, was unanimously re-elected to his third term as Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives. Upon being sworn in, Speaker Smith presented his goals for the upcoming session and announced assignments to the House Standing Committees. The Speaker identified significant challenges facing the state in education, health care reform, clean energy, and development of infrastructure.  Photos of opening day of the Legislature by vtdigger.org APPROPRIATIONS The Text of Speaker Smiths Acceptance Speech: Four years ago, this body first elected me to serve as Speaker of the House.   I am humbled now, as I was then, by the faith that you have placed in me to serve as your Speaker.   I hope to honor that faith over the coming two years as we work together to make Vermont a better place.In the years since I was first elected Speaker, our state and country has experienced a grave economic downturn and politics have become increasingly polarized on the national level.   The political culture in the nations capital has left many discouraged and, quite frankly, disgusted.   As the country faces monumental challenges — huge future fiscal imbalances, crumbling infrastructure and an education system that is not preparing our children for citizenry or the work force, many openly wonder whether our leaders and systems are capable of putting aside their differences, rolling up their sleeves and laying a foundation for a strong future. I believe that we can set a better example in Vermont.  In the past four years, in the wake of great economic and political stress and in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, Vermonters have united both within this body and across the state to face our challenges, see within them possibility, and chart a course for a better future.So, what are our challenges, as we look out over the next two years? And where do we see possibility? Vermonts education system is a national leader.  A high percentage of our students graduate from high school. A significant number of our adult citizens have college degrees, more, in fact, than most other states.  Our test scores are among the best in the country.   Yet, too few of our high school students seek a college degree.  Many employers tell us how challenging it is to find qualified workers to fill their job vacancies.  Most alarming, is that educational attainment is still lagging behind for those on the lower end of the economic ladder. We have, through many policies we have adopted in this legislature, laid a strong foundation. We commit more resources than almost any other state in the country to our K-12 education system and our scores are among the best. But our students should, and must be the best prepared in the country. That is the goal that we must hold. Whether graduating from high school, from a college or university, or continuing education after college, we need to ensure that our students have the skills necessary to succeed once they leave school.  And we need to work together to find innovative ways to reduce the crushing financial burden that many now experience when they complete their college education.  Our Committees on Education and Commerce and Economic Development will work together to ensure that we are providing the legislation necessary to meet these goals over the next two years.For too long the cost of health care in Vermont, as in the rest of the country, has been rising at an unsustainable rate, straining Vermonters finances and making access to health care less attainable.  In Vermont, we have recognized this challenge. Vermont is in the midst of transforming its health care system, and by health care system, I mean the whole system, both physical and mental.  We may live in the healthiest state in the nation, but we live in a nation that spends more on health care than any other country, while our life expectancy, infant mortality, and percentage of Americans suffering from heart disease and obesity rank worse than many other developed nations-that is unacceptable. We are on the path to an affordable, universal health care system in Vermont, but for the sake of our country we cannot get there fast enough. There is no doubt that the transition to a new system is going to be difficult.  There already have been, and there will be bumps in the road. But we understand the importance of moving forward and it is incumbent on us to keep the pressure on reducing costs and push forward to make sure everyone has access to affordable health care.While we have passed energy bills that pave the way for a cleaner environment, and a reduced dependency on foreign oil, we have increasingly been witness to dramatic weather events. The drought that engulfed so much of the country last summer, and the second hurricane to ravage the eastern seaboard in as many years are examples of how devastating natural disasters are likely to be the norm in the future.That is why we must adapt and act swiftly to address the threat of global climate change.    Our actions must include efforts to reduce future impacts to our climate, but must also recognize that our climate has been altered and it is likely we cannot do anything about it. And we must acknowledge that those changes will have impacts on Vermonters. During the coming session, the Committee on Natural Resources and Energy will work with the Committee on Commerce and Economic Development to take testimony from the businesses and people of the state to learn the details of the effects of climate change, to learn what measures are being taken to adapt to this change and how we can lead the charge to prevent future degradation of our environment by moving toward reducing and eliminating carbon-dependent energy use.I know that some of us will say it was kind of cold last nightâ ¦it was cold last week. But all you have to do is talk to ski resorts and stores that work in the snow sports industry to learn that there are real economic impacts of climate change.Like the rest of the country, Vermonts current infrastructure is not sufficient for a strong economic future.  We have taken steps to address this challenge, using ARRA monies to improve our roads and bridges, build out our broadband network and modernize our electrical grid.While our commitment to make long-term investments in the states physical infrastructure and human capital has been a priority, our work is not finished.  We must continue to invest in transportation infrastructure and broadband, this will make us most competitive economically and will help to address the problem of demographic decline. We have to address the long term challenges that face our Transportation fund.  We must also work to ensure that one of our states most precious resources, our own great Lake Champlain is restored to its natural beauty.These are not our only challenges.  We face an epidemic of opiate abuse and the specter of a similar epidemic of methamphetamines.  Our benefit structures can at times discourage Vermonters from economic advancement. With all our good intentions, we have put together a structure that helps people, but sometimes hinders them-we need to fix this. The cost of housing is an issue. Our wages are not growing fast enough.I believe that, unlike Washington, we are up to facing these challenges.  Why? We are a small state with closely knit communities.   I, like you, visit with my neighbors  at corner stores, coffee shops and community schools, discussing the pros and cons of what we are doing in Vermont and here in Montpelier. The intimacy of our democracy protects us from the forces that rend our nations political fabric.  It continues to be the source of our strength as body and as a state.  As we engage each other, we realize that in spite of our differences, we have, at our very core, the same goal – a commitment to each other and a commitment to make the world a better place for all Vermonters.  In the end, I believe we, as all Vermonters, are humble enough to admit our challenges, thoughtful enough to consider all possible solutions, responsible enough to work with those with whom we disagree, and brave enough to chart new courses where necessary.Humility, thoughtfulness, responsibility, and bravery: Americas and Vermonts past success has been possible because its people practiced these principles.  Our greatest ideals and ideas flowed from these foundations.Let us today embrace these principles as we begin our work to build a better Vermont. Let us be servants to Vermonts future and to its very special people.  Let us get to work. Thank you.Committee Assignments:            AGRICULTUREPartridge, Chair                                                            of WindhamLawrence, Vice-Chair                                                  of LyndonStevens ®                                                                     of ShorehamBartholomew                                                                of HartlandConnor                                                                          of FairfieldMartin                                                                           of SpringfieldMichelsen                                                                     of HardwickTaylor                                                                           of Barre CityToleno                                                                           of BrattleboroSmith                                                                            of New HavenZagar                                                                            of Barnard GENERAL, HOUSING & MILITARY AFFAIRS Heath, Chair                                                                 of WestfordJohnson, Vice-Chair                                                     of South HeroHelm ®                                                                         of CastletonFagan                                                                            of Rutland CityKeenan                                                                         of St. Albans CityManwaring                                                                   of WilmingtonMiller                                                                            of ShaftsburyOBrien                                                                         of RichmondPearce                                                                           of RichfordToll                                                                               of DanvilleWinters                                                                         of Williamstown Botzow, Chair                                                              of PownalMarcotte, Vice-Chair                                                    of CoventryKitzmiller ®                                                                  of MontpelierBouchard                                                                      of ColchesterCarr                                                                               of BrandonCross                                                                             of WinooskiDickinson                                                                     of St. Albans TownKupersmith                                                                   of South BurlingtonRalston                                                                         of MiddleburyScheuermann                                                                of StoweYoung                                                                           of Glover Pugh, Chair                                                                   of South BurlingtonHaas, Vice-Chair                                                          of RochesterDonahue ®                                                                   of NorthfieldBatchelor                                                                      of DerbyBurditt                                                                          of West RutlandFrank                                                                            of UnderhillFrench                                                                           of RandolphKrowinski                                                                     of BurlingtonMcFaun                                                                        of Barre TownMrowicki                                                                      of PutneyTrieber                                                                          of Rockingham HUMAN SERVICES Head, Chair                                                                  of South BurlingtonMoran, Vice-Chair                                                        of WardsboroSavage ®                                                                      of SwantonOSullivan                                                                    of BurlingtonStevens                                                                         of WaterburyVowinkel                                                                      of HartfordWeed                                                                            of Enosburgh Emmons, Chair                                                             of SpringfieldMyers, Vice-Chair                                                        of EssexLenes ®                                                                        of ShelburneBrowning                                                                      of ArlingtonHatch Davis                                                                  of WashingtonHooper                                                                          of MontpelierLarocque                                                                       of BarnetMacaig                                                                          of WillistonShaw                                                                             of PittsfordShaw                                                                             of DerbySouth                                                                            of St. Johnsbury EDUCATION Highlighting the strengths of Vermonts education system, the Speaker charged the House Committees on Education and Commerce and Economic Development to work together to ensure the State continues to build upon that foundation. (See all committee assignments below).Our students should, and must be the best prepared in the country. That is the goal that we must hold. Whether graduating from high school, from a college or university, or continuing education after college, we need to ensure that our students have the skills necessary to succeed once they leave school.Speaker Smith also highlighted the work necessary in the coming years to address the problem of climate change. Speaker Smith stated that the Committee on Natural Resources and Energy will work with the Committee on Commerce and Economic Development to take testimony to learn the details of the effects of climate change on businesses and Vermonters, with the goal of moving toward reducing and eliminating carbon-dependent energy use.In concluding, the Speaker stressed the importance of a cohesive legislative body and the benefits that working together will have for the good of Vermonters.The intimacy of our democracy protects us from the forces that rend the nations political fabric.  It continues to be the source of our strength as body and as a state, said Speaker Smith. As we engage each other, we realize that in spite of our differences, we have, at our very core, the same goal a commitment to each other and a commitment to make the world a better place for all Vermonters. WAYS & MEANS Deen, Chair                                                                  of WestminsterMcCullough, Vice-Chair                                              of WillistonBeyor ®                                                                        of HighgateJewett                                                                           of RiptonKrebs                                                                            of South HeroHuntley                                                                         of CavendishQuimby                                                                         of ConcordTerenzini                                                                       of Rutland TownWebb                                                                            of Shelburne HEALTH CARE ### COMMERCE & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT JUDICIARY Donovan, Chair                                                            of BurlingtonPeltz, Vice-Chair                                                          of WoodburyLewis ®                                                                        of BerlinBuxton                                                                          of TunbridgeCampion                                                                       of BenningtonChristie                                                                         of HartfordCupoli                                                                           of Rutland CityJuskiewicz                                                                    of CambridgeRachelson                                                                     of BurlingtonStuart                                                                            of BrattleboroTurner                                                                           of Milton Ancel, Chair                                                                 of CalaisBranagan, Vice-Chair                                                   of GeorgiaSharpe ®                                                                       of BristolClarkson                                                                       of WoodstockCondon                                                                         of ColchesterGreshin                                                                         of WarrenJohnson                                                                         of CanaanKomline                                                                        of Dorset            Masland                                                                        of ThetfordRam                                                                              of BurlingtonWilson                                                                          of Manchester  CORRECTIONS & INSTITUTIONS Klein, Chair                                                                  of East MontpelierCheney, Vice-Chair                                                      of NorwichCanfield ®                                                                    of Fair HavenEllis                                                                               of WaterburyFeltus                                                                            of LyndonHebert                                                                           of VernonMalcolm                                                                        of PawletMcCormack                                                                  of BurlingtonJerman                                                                          of EssexNuovo                                                                           of MiddleburyYantachka                                                                    of Charlotte GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS FISH, WILDLIFE & WATER RESOURCES TRANSPORTATION NATURAL RESOURCES & ENERGY Sweaney, Chair                                                            of WindsorEvans, Vice-Chair                                                        of EssexDevereux ®                                                                  of Mount HollyCole                                                                              of BurlingtonConsejo                                                                         of SheldonHigley                                                                           of LowellHubert                                                                          of MiltonMartin                                                                           of WolcottMook                                                                            of BenningtonTownsend                                                                     of RandolphTownsend                                                                     of South Burlington Brennan, Chair                                                             of ColchesterPotter, Vice-Chair                                                        of ClarendonCorcoran ®                                                                   of BenningtonBissonnette                                                                   of Winooski        Burke                                                                            of BrattleboroGallivan                                                                        of ChittendenKilmartin                                                                      of Newport CityLanpher                                                                        of VergennesMcCarthy                                                                     of St. Albans CityRussell                                                                          of Rutland CityWright                                                                          of Burlington Fisher, Chair                                                                 of LincolnCopeland-Hanzas, Vice-Chair                                      of BradfordPoirier ®                                                                       of Barre CityDakin                                                                            of ChesterGage                                                                             of Rutland CityMitchell                                                                        of FairfaxMorrissey                                                                      of BenningtonPearson                                                                         of BurlingtonSpengler                                                                        of ColchesterTill                                                                                of JerichoWoodward                                                                   of Johnson Lippert, Chair                                                               of HinesburgGrad, Vice-Chair                                                          of MoretownKoch ®                                                                         of Barre TownConquest                                                                      of NewburyDonaghy                                                                       of PoultneyFay                                                                                of St. JohnsburyGoodwin                                                                      of WestonMarek                                                                           of NewfaneStrong                                                                           of AlbanyWaite-Simpson                                                             of EssexWizowaty                                                                     of Burlingtonlast_img read more

Labor Dept recognizes Vermont businesses for exemplary workplace safety

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Labor and Governor Phil Scott recognized several Vermont businesses Friday for their strong commitment to providing safe, healthy and effective workplace programs at the annual Vermont Safety and Health Council held in South Burlington, Vermont. The Governor’s Award for Outstanding Workplace Safety is the highest honor given by the State and recognizes an employer’s commitment to excellence in workplace safety and health policy. The awards recognize companies that stand out above all others in their commitment to safety, and to reducing and eliminating workplace injury and illness.This year’s Governor’s Awards for Outstanding Workplace Safety were presented by Commissioner Lindsay Kurrle and Gov. Scott to the following Vermont businesses:Champlain Cable Corporation, ColchesterGlobal Foundries, Essex JunctionWashington Electric Cooperative, East MontpelierHP Cummings Construction Company“As a business owner myself I know how important safe and healthy workplaces are to both the productivity and profitability of a business, and by investing in safety and education, these exemplary businesses are protecting and investing in their most valuable assets – their hardworking employees. I am honored to have recognized these businesses today for their commitment to keeping Vermonters safe,” Commissioner of Labor, Lindsay Kurrle.The award for Outstanding Workplace Safety was created fifteen years ago, and is sponsored by Governor Phil Scott, the Vermont Department of Labor, and the Vermont Safety and Health Council.Source: Vermont Department of Labor 10.13.2017last_img read more

Planned Parenthood offers free flu vaccines in Vermont

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) is offering no-cost flu vaccines to all individuals in need of the vaccination this season. The free service is available in all 12 PPNNE health centers across Vermont.  Individuals using their insurance at PPNNE are likely to receive the vaccine for free under their plan. For those who are uninsured, paying out of pocket, or who have a plan that does not cover the flu shot, PPNNE will absorb the cost. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) anticipates that the flu virus and the virus that causes COVID-19 will spread during the same time this winter. It is possible that emergency rooms and hospitals may become overwhelmed in treating both. The flu vaccine not only keeps individuals from getting sick with the flu, it also reduces the burden of flu-associated hospitalizations on our health care system. “During COVID-19, we know that the flu vaccine is more important than ever in protecting ourselves, the people we care about, and our health care resources,” said Donna Burkett, PPNNE Medical Director. “But we also recognize that the cost of the flu vaccine is a barrier for some of our patients. No one should have to go without this important vaccine due to an inability to pay.”To make an appointment for a flu shot or any other service at PPNNE, individuals can book online at www.ppnne.org(link is external) or call 1-866-476-1321, Monday through Friday. In Vermont, PPNNE has 12 health centers in Barre, Bennington, Brattleboro, Burlington, Middlebury, Newport, Hyde Park, Rutland, St. Albans, St. Johnsbury, White River Junction, and Williston.Last year, 65% of PPNNE’s patients had low incomes, as defined as less than twice the Federal Poverty level, or $24,980 for a household of one. PPNNE provided more than $8 million worth of discounted or free health care to its patients in Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire.  About PPNNE: PPNNE is the largest sexual and reproductive health care provider in northern New England. In 2019, PPNNE served more than 44,000 patients, for more than 65,000 visits, and provided more than $8 million worth of free and discounted health care in Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire. www.ppnne.org(link is external)  Source: Colchester, VT — Planned Parenthood of Northern New England 12.7.2020last_img read more

Hoteliers for seasonal workers want Slavonians the most

first_imgAs the season gets closer and closer, preparations for it have already started a long time ago. Currently, hoteliers are focused on looking for the highest quality catering workers, and as most tourism entrepreneurs point out, the most valuable and best are in Slavonia. Hotel houses, due to the high demand for seasonal workers, have launched and published tenders on their websites, while some have come to Slavonia in person for the best possible selection.A business fair was held in Vinkovci last week, which also included two hotel houses Laguna Poreč te Jadran dd from Crikvenica. Both companies are looking for the same profiles of seasonal workers, kitchen and restaurant staff and maids, and they unanimously claim that Slavonians are the most valuable and best workers.Laguna Poreč  It employs an average of over 900 workers a year and in its accommodation facilities, can accommodate over 20 thousand guests a day, of which more than 8 thousand in hotels and apartments, and over 12 thousand in camps, which annually achieves over 2,3 million overnight stays. In addition to waiters, chefs are also looking for support staff or those staff who are not qualified catering workers. “We also need maids and maids who work as maids in the morning and as waitresses in a restaurant during dinner. We also employ about 50 gardeners, who usually start working at the earliest. For all other workers and functions where I do not need to employ a large number of people, we publish vacancies through our website and everyone can apply. In particular, we have a need for one person in charge as the animation leader ” points out Goran Kukurin, head of the human resources department from Laguna Poreč.Hotel company Jadran dd from Crikvenica has a total of 9 hotels and tourist resorts, over 1.250 rooms and 2.500 beds in solid buildings, and 2 camps with 1.700 seats. They also lack kitchen and restaurant staff and maids. “All these years we employ a large number of workers from the area of ​​Slavonia and I can say from experience that they are very good and hardworking workers.” Marija Žarković-Turak, director of human resources from Jadran dd, points out and adds that obviously Slavonians are also satisfied with them because they are happy to return. This year, Jadran dd renovated two hotels and raised the categorization of hotels to 4 *, and the need for seasonal employees increased.It is commendable that both hotel companies hold internal trainings for all new seasonal workers, especially those who have no experience. “Education is very important and we regularly educate both our permanent workers and permanent seasonal workers, so that when new inexperienced workers come, they also receive quality training.. „Pointed out Marija Žarković-Turak from Jadran ddIn Laguna Poreč, the training program for new workers consists of two parts, and they also have an internal waiter academy lasting two weeks. “After the process of selecting new staff, all those who do not have or have little experience, go through our internal education. The first training refers to the basics of spoken communication in Italian and German, a course in the profession where we educate them on the basics of setting tables, serving and certain soft skills. The second form of education refers to the basic jobs by which we introduce employees to work through getting to know the values ​​of our company, who are our guests and how to approach and communicate with guests.  Goran Kukurin pointed out and added that Laguna Poreč invests a lot in the education of all workers, both permanent and new.According to the portal MojPosao.net, in 2015 the most sought after were the waiters. In addition to the waiters who are by far the most lacking, chefs, kitchen helpers, pizza masters, receptionists, assistant chefs and maids are also in demand. The MojPosao.net portal advises employers to start looking for staff as soon as possible, because it can happen that in the middle of the season it is a bit harder to reach employees, especially if it is about some more specific jobs, requirements or location.last_img read more

Health tourism – an opportunity we must not miss

first_imgAt the recently concluded “IMTJ Medical Travel Summit” in Opatija, the International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ), the world’s leading online journal for medical tourism, presented various awards for excellence and innovation in medical tourism to our specialized hospitals.Thus, the hospital Sv. Katarina was named “Best Special Hospital of the Year”, all in accordance with the assessments of international independent experts in medical travel and medical tourism. On behalf of the Special Hospital Sv. Katarina’s award was received by Ms. Jadranka Primorac, a member of the Management Board, and the award was presented to her by Mr. Keith Pollard, Editor-in-Chief of the International Medical Travel Journal.Recognitions as proof of quality and excellence certainly do not end there; in the selection of the “European Business Award” Special Hospital Sv. Katarina was also selected as one of the 10 best European institutions in the category “The Award for Customer Focus” in a strong competition of as many as 33 businesses from 000 countries that participated in this year’s competition, and it is significant that she entered the finals as the only health institution from Europe. Also, the Special Hospital Sv. Katarina is the only medical institution that won the title “Superbrands Croatia”, and at the beginning of last month the British group Operations Abroad Worldwide and the Special Hospital Sv. Katarina signed an Agreement on the treatment of patients, which made Croatian healthcare a significant step forward in the development of medical tourism.Polyclinic Bagatin named the best international clinic for cosmetic surgeryPolyclinic Bagatin won the award and great recognition for the best international clinic for cosmetic surgery in 2017 and was nominated by the organizers, IMTJ organization, for a marketing initiative in terms of branding the Polyclinic, in which they are ranked in the top 3 best clinics in the world. “The quality of cosmetic surgery services at the Bagatin Polyclinic is at the highest level, as well as the marketing activities we have undertaken in order to present ourselves in the best possible light to foreign potential clients and patients. With this award for our dedicated work we have received confirmation from the profession. It came as a ‘crown’ to the confirmation of quality by our patients who place their trust in us on a daily basis. I am equally proud of our second nomination, which ranked us among the top three clinics in the world when it comes to marketing activities. ”Points out the director of the Bagatin Polyclinic, Ognjen Bagatin.In addition to the Bagatin Polyclinic and the Sv. Katarina was also awarded the Rident Polyclinic, which won the award for the best international dental clinic of the year at the IMTJ Medical Travel Summit in Opatija, while the Svjetlost Special Hospital for Ophthalmology won a high second place in the category of the best international eye clinic.Health tourism – an opportunity we must not miss According to estimates, the total revenues that are generated globally in the field of medical tourism today exceed 60 billion dollars, and in just a few years that number will exceed 100 billion dollars. The potential of health tourism has been there for years, and now Croatia has excellent, professional and highly professional institutions, but without a strategic and complete tourism product there will still not be much progress. We have too late coast and climate, top specialized health facilities, excellent connectivity, ie accessibility, as well as amazing tourist stories – we just have to pack them nicely into a rounded tourist product and tell our guests the story.Although there are about 1.100 medical tourism providers in Croatia, only five percent of tourists (patients) come from foreign markets, primarily from Italy, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. At a recent session of the Council of the Community of Health Tourism at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, it was concluded that health tourism needs stronger promotion outside Croatia and that Croatia should be put on the medical map of the world. “Mediterranean cuisine has been included in the list of cultural heritage by UNESCO as the healthiest cuisine in the world, which should be used to enrich the offer of health tourism.”, Said Marcel Medak, President of the Health Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.The final conclusion is that it is necessary to move in the direction of gathering a critical mass of health tourism service providers in order to attract more agents at a stronger performance at the identified key fairs and to gain the support of the Croatian National Tourist Board. Entrepreneurs seem to be shouting loudly and sending an appeal to tourist institutions to get involved and for health tourism to become part of the integrated Croatian tourist offer.Rijeka, Lošinj and Zagreb have woken up and are working intensively on the promotion of health tourism (at least the private sector), soon an excellent story is being built in Osijek about health tourism, so the private sector, ie specialized institutions and accompanying content are ready and now on the system to round out the whole story and launch targeted strategic promotion, and be a support to the private sector, and not the other way around as before. Health tourism is one of the focuses of the Master Plan for Tourism Development until 2020, but a lot is written on paper of various strategies and master plans – the paper suffers everything, and unfortunately there are still no concrete changes in the field.It’s all up to us, we have it all, and I sincerely hope we know how to harness our potential in health tourism. We must also not forget that the world is turning fast and that the competition is not asleep, and we do not have ten more years to see any concrete changes and to arrange a quality story about health tourism in Croatia. We are constantly talking about potentials, it is time to concretize those potentials. Right now and now, because when if not now – when Croatian tourism is a trend in the focus of global tourists and the media.We have everything and everything is up to us.last_img read more

Toyo Adds First COO

first_imgToyo Tire USA Corp. has hired Marty Furman as its first chief operating officer (COO).AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Furman, most recently COO of Pentel of America, will oversee Toyo’s technical services, sales, marketing and pricing. He will report directly to company president and CEO Yasushi Takagi. Furman also has extensive management experience with Procter & Gamble, Avery Dennison and Trojan Battery Co. A graduate of the Columbia University Senior Executive Program, Furman received his MBA in finance from Loyola University and dual BS degrees from the University of Maryland.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

AMB hooks first UK tenant at Dagenham’s Binary Park

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