Department of Labor announces Summer Employment Opportunity Grants

first_imgThe Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) has announced the recipients of the 2010 Summer Employment Opportunity (SEO) grant funds. These funds will be used to provide academic and occupational summer experiences to eligible youth ages 14-21, with an emphasis on serving youth over 16 who are not in school.While the 2010 program was smaller than 2009 because ARRA funding is no longer available, the department had $125,000 to award for this important program. Applications totaled almost seven times that much money, indicating how great the need is. Applicants responded to a Request for Proposal, describing their programs in detail. The applications were reviewed and scored by a multi-agency committee and awards were made based on those scores, populations to be served, geographic mix, cost per participant, occupations involved and their connection to real jobs, and the past performance of the applicant.The following projects were awarded funds and will begin recruiting participants soon:Laraway SchoolLaraway’s program is designed to serve the neediest youth, primarily those at risk of dropping out, youth in foster care, court involved youth, and youth of incarcerated parents. Participants come from all over Vermont, with the majority currently residing in Lamoille, Washington, and Orleans Counties. They will receive literacy and math instruction as well as occupational and post-secondary opportunities. Each will identify one of the following areas of interest: Conservation and Recreation Management, Agriculture, or Health and Human Services and will complete a community project or service.Linking Learning to Life, Inc. (LLL)The TIPS program, Training Interns and Partnering for Success, created by LLL, has been adapted to partner with the Vermont Lake Monsters to place high risk Chittenden County youth in summer employment at Centennial Field in Burlington. A second work site at Gutterson Field House was added last year. In addition to paid work experience, the program will include career exploration, soft skill training, resume writing, and interview techniques.Smokey House CenterFor 36 years, Smokey House has been providing work-based learning opportunities to disadvantaged youth in the Rutland and Bennington area. Participants will work in small crews 4 days a week during the summer learning basic academic, occupational, and work readiness skills by engaging in natural resource management work projects, utilizing their farm and forest lands.The Tutorial Center, Inc.The Tutorial Center, in collaboration with the University of Vermont Extension (UVM), will run summer job training programs in Bennington, Brattleboro, and Manchester. The Summer Work and Learn program offers at-risk youth a paid work opportunity in educational gardens and farmers’ markets, building transferable skills by growing and preparing healthy food, managing tasks as a team, and providing customer service. The 2010 programs will include more leadership opportunities for youth, who will train volunteers at schools and community gardens, and will increase opportunities for applied academics by making the gardens available to teachers.Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC)VYCC will run two Career Development Crews, with 10 members each, one based in Richmond and one in Rutland. The crews will be non-residential, and will receive technical skills training relevant to environmental conservation, such as trail construction, design, and project management. Also included will be general job readiness skills in the areas of communication, problem solving, planning, and evaluation. Basic academic skills will be enhanced through VYCC’s WoRD (Writing, Reading, and Discussion) program-group discussions based on relevant articles.All youth who participate will be paid Vermont minimum wage ($8.06/hr) by the Vermont Department of Labor. For more information about the Summer Employment Opportunity or to find out about the referral process please call your local VDOL office http://labor.vermont.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=285(link is external)Source: VDOL. 4.1.2010-30-last_img read more

Vermont ski resorts boast about 2010-2011 upgrades

first_imgAmong the variety of improvements at Vermont’s ski resorts, a certain theme rings clear. Each ski area listens to its guests and is creating the best possible experience for their extended family of snowsports enthusiasts. According to the Vermont Ski Areas Association, here are the latest upgrades for the coming season:Bromley Mountain ResortBromley went on a shopping spree and brought home about $675,000 worth of goods, systems and equipment to enhance the experience of skiers and riders:· A Prinoth Bison winch-cat will groom the steepest terrain with relative ease, providing a better, more consistent product for the most advanced skiers and riders.· An AEBI mountain mower will run throughout the off-season and mow terrain that was inaccessible. Improved snowmaking coverage and better trail and slope maintenance will ensue. This, coupled with the fact that Bromley’s trail system was engineered to be skiable on four inches of snow, will make for a better on-slope experience mountain-wide.· 300 new sets of Adult Rental Equipment from HEAD that will dramatically heighten the downhill experience while eliminating time-consuming binding length adjustments.  Skis will be categorized by “sole size” making the whole rental process positively speedy. · New industry-specific ticketing software from Siriusware, streamlining ticketing and ski school purchases as well as e-commerce.· A newly constructed drop off area, enhancing guests’ arrival and improving traffic flow into and out of the entry plaza.Burke MountainNEK Sampler: This season, Burke Mountain is excited to introduce two new value cards. The Kingdom Sampler and the Ski Free Card are designed to introduce guests to the Northeast Kingdom (NEK) of Vermont and save money on lift tickets.Priced at $69, the Kingdom Sampler Card includes one full day lift ticket at Burke Mountain, one Burke Mountain campsite rental, one Vermont beer sampler flight or Vermont root beer float at the Tamarack Grill, one summer Kingdom Trails day pass, one Nordic Kingdom Trails day pass, 10% off dining at the Tamarack Grill and 10% off lodging at the Carriage House Motel & Burke Mountain Campground, located on the Kingdom Trails. The Ski Free Card offers discounted lift tickets all season and every 5th visit is free. The Ski Free Card also includes 10% off dining at the Tamarack Grill and one complimentary pre-season tune up.Nordic Operations: Burke Mountain cross-country terrain is managed by Kingdom Trails and this season they will be making significant improvements to the skating trail network. For more information, please visit www.kingdomtrails.com(link is external) and www.skiburke.com(link is external).Jay Peak ResortJay Peak Resort welcomes visitors this winter with $13 million in improvements. Topping the list are increases in snowmaking coverage, an enclosed beginner lift, a new Nordic center, an indoor ice arena, a parking garage, a state-of-the-art ticketing system, and a new groomer. The enhancements are part of the resort’s ongoing $120 million revitalization effort. Phase 1 of the expansion at Jay Peak is complete with the Tram Haus Lodge that opened in December of 2009, a brand new Ice Haus arena that opened in May 2010, and the Nordic Center/Golf Clubhouse that opened its doors in June of 2010.New in lodging: 57 luxury suites in the Tram Haus lodge, three deluxe condominium suites at the Golf Clubhouse.New in dining: Alice’s Table at the Tram Haus Lodge features a Vermont-inspired menu, the Clubhouse Grille restaurant and bar offers American-style food, and the Tower Bar at the Tram Haus Lodge has lighter fare and appetizers. The Ice Haus Arena has its own heated snack bar and café, and the Aroma Café offers beverages and snacks.New in recreational activities:The Ice Haus arena features an NHL-sized rink with room for 700 spectators, and offers skating lessons, hockey games and curling tournaments. The Golf Clubhouse is available for golfers in the summer and serves as a Nordic Ski Center during the winter. The Taiga Spa & Fitness Center at the Tram Haus Lodge is available for massage therapy and spa treatments, as well as fitness and yoga classes.Jay Peak has also broken ground for the next phase of expansion – the “new” Hotel Jay, which will feature 170 rooms, offer three additional restaurant options, and an indoor water park, expected to open in early 2012. The water park will feature a state-of-the-art retractable roof for year-round access. It will have one of the longest indoor rivers in North America, a kamikaze straight drop (the first indoor of its kind in North America) and a double Flow Rider surf machine. There will also be an area available for smaller children.Killington ResortSnowmaking upgrades top the list of summer projects, including trunk line replacements, energy efficiency upgrades, pump re-builds and a new cooling system at the South Ridge Pump House.In addition to building up its arsenal of Lower Energy snow guns, including two new fan guns that will be positioned near the bottom of the Superstar and Snowshed trails, Killington will continue to partner with Efficiency Vermont to improve the overall efficiency of its snowmaking system. One such project that was started two years ago and continued over the 2010 summer was the application of a coating to the inside of the pumps that reduces friction and energy needed to pump water throughout the 88-mile system.A new cooling system that drops the temperature of compressed air from 120+ degrees down to ambient outside temperatures at the South Ridge Pump House will improve efficiency by using much less energy than the old cooling system. Mountain Improvements Continue with Trail Re-grading: Crews continue to work on numerous improvements throughout the resort as they prepare for the upcoming winter season. In fact, Killington currently has six excavators and a backhoe on the hill working on trail re-grading and snowmaking projects.Crews have completed trail re-grading on the upper Skyewalker/Bittersweet area to improve skier/rider flow and reduce congestion at the intersection. Next up will be re-grading the top portion of Bittersweet where it intersects Great Eastern. Blasting work has removed rocky areas on the Great Eastern Trail near the top of the Needle’s Eye Express. The remnants of last fall’s Killington Hay Festival are also being recycled for the re-vegetation projects in these areas.The old control room for the Superstar Express was removed and in its place will be a new control room and a new electric drive control for the lift. Killington also replaced seat cushions on a number of chairlifts and continued to refinish and re-paint several lifts as well, including the towers on the Sunrise Triple, Bear Mountain Quad chairs, Snowdon Triple towers and the upper terminal of the Needle’s Eye Express.Mad River GlenOver fifteen years of co-op ownership, Mad River Glen has invested more than $4 million in capital improvements. Mad River’s goal is to maintain and preserve the experience rather than overhaul or upgrade it. Both the skier-owners and the management understand that skiers come to Mad River for the unique combination of legendary terrain, sense of community, low skier density and intimate atmosphere. “We don’t want to mess with a winning combination,” President Jamey Wimble explains. The ability of Mad River Glen to consistently reinvest in the mountain’s infrastructure is a testament to the success of the Cooperative. New shareholders will know that their support will enable the Co-op to fulfill its mission of protecting and preserving Mad River Glen’s unique ski experience for future generations.Magic MountainThe Magic Partnership, LLC: In an effort to save Magic Mountain and raise capital to invest in the infrastructure the ski area has begun selling shares in the area. More Efficient Snowmaking: Magic Mountain continues to improve the snowmaking operations with increased efficiency through renovated air and water snowmaking lines and a streamlined process to making snow.Magic Card: The Magic Card offers discounts for skiers and riders all season long for only $39.00. The Magic card gives holders $25.00 midweek lift tickets and $10 off weekends and holidays all season long. Magic 3-Pack: In its second season, the Magic –Pack, offers a tremendous savings on day tickets throughout the season. For only $125.00 Magic skiers and riders can purchase 3 lift tickets valid anytime. For more details go to www.magicmtn.com(link is external).Middlebury College Snow BowlThe Snow Bowl has made two improvements yielding increased terrain: the popular Cameron Trail has been widened significantly for ’10-’11 and a glade has been added between the Lang and Cameron trails.Mount Snow ResortMount Snow continues its pursuit of the perfect snow conditions.  With off-season improvements to its snowmaking infrastructure, the clear priority is making sure its guests have the best snow conditions, period.  With the most Fan Guns in North America, Mount Snow is able to cover its trails with the highest quality snow from day one, opening with top to bottom coverage and a full terrain park.You can’t say Mount Snow and not think about events.  From freestyle competitions for all ages to some of the best parties north of New Orleans, there is a calendar full of events not to be missed.  In spring time, things really heat up with the Carinthia Open, Reggaefest, Winter Brewer’s Festival and the Glade-iator.  That’s not to count out college weeks in January where eager students get one last chance to blow off some steam before returning to the books for the spring semester.  Each week features a four night long party schedule with everything from tubing to live bands.Okemo Mountain ResortIt will be a smooth ride for Okemo Mountain Resort visitors this winter – whether they ski and snowboard, or not.Mountain Coaster: The Okemo Mountain Coaster, a four-season, family attraction will offer an exhilarating ride through alpine forests at Okemo’s Jackson Gore. Sled-like cars carrying one or two passengers will ascend 1,600 feet followed by a 375 vertical-foot descent along 3,100 feet of tubular, stainless steel track that follows the contours of the mountain with added waves, camel backs, banking loops and a “twister” section, at speeds of up to 25 mph.New Grooming Machine: Okemo continues its commitment to superlative grooming this winter with the addition of a third Prinoth BR500 grooming machine. The 500-horsepower dual turbocharged behemoths are wider and longer than Prinoth’s next-largest model. With engineered efficiencies, the newest addition to Okemo’s grooming fleet helps reinforce the resort’s reputation for top-quality surface conditions.New Lift: In the heyday of surface lifts, Okemo was renowned for its network of Pomalifts – even boasting the longest Pomalift in North America. Okemo’s final vestige of that era will be dismantled and mothballed. The Snow Star Poma, located in the Galaxy Bowl Learning Area at Okemo’s Clock Tower Base Area, is replaced with a180-foot, magic-carpet-style surface lift. Visit Okemo’s online press kit.Smugglers’ Notch ResortWinter guests at Smugglers’ Notch Resort will be among the first to enjoy the resort’s exciting new canopy tour, located in a scenic valley near the resort village. Participants on the 2.5-3-hour tour, the first of its kind in Vermont, will ride more than 4,000 feet of zip line cable, cross suspension bridges, and rappel from trees.Scenic lookout and tree platforms in a mature forest consisting of stands of hemlock, white birch and sugar maple will yield stunning views of the resort, Mount Mansfield and the Green Mountains. The year-round canopy tour joins Smugglers’ extensive seasonal outdoor experiences that in the winter include skiing and snowboarding on three mountains, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing, and in the summer, geocaching; a Via Ferrata hiking, climbing and ropes course adventure; a high ropes challenge course; and a day camp for children featuring kayaking, bouldering, Via Ferrata, and use of the resort’s 30-foot climbing wall and giant swing. The four-season canopy tour will be available to overnight guests, day visitors and groups. Visit the Press Room for more info.Stowe Mountain ResortSpruce Peak Performing Arts Center: Vermont’s intimate center for the performing artsA dramatic cultural enhancement has come to Stowe Mountain Resort. Spruce Peak Arts Center opens its doors to the public in December 2010. Developed to operate year-round as a major component of Stowe Mountain Resort, the performing arts center is envisioned as a venue for a wide spectrum of events; theater, music, dance, film, comedy, lectures and multimedia presentations. “The Arts Center will be the creative and cultural soul of Spruce Peak,” said Walter Frame, President of the Arts Center Foundation. “An eclectic range of events and exhibitions featuring established and emerging artists will inspire, educate and entertain residents, guests and the greater Stowe community.”The Spruce Peak Arts Center Foundation, Inc. is a 501c3 public organization funded by individual contributors. The 420-seat multipurpose hall, with minimal separation between audience and stage, provides flexibility that includes the extension of seating onto the stage, the use of galleries for performers, plus reception and banquet facilities. For more information please visit www.sprucepeakarts.org(link is external)Stratton Mountain ResortPowers at Stratton: 2002 Olympic gold medalist Ross Powers returns to his roots at Stratton Mountain School as the new head of Snowboarding Programs. In this case, the one time student becomes the teacher. Powers was an SMS student in the 1990’s before winning his first Olympic medal in 1998 and then winning Olympic gold on his birthday in Salt Lake City. Powers narrowly missed a spot on the Olympic team in 2010 for snowboardcrossHealthy Priorities: Stratton won an NSAA Award in 2010 thanks to its ‘Safety Week Program,’ a product of Stratton’s Health and Safety Committee, which has set out to improve the quality of life at the resort. Recent initiatives include the introduction of a health awareness week, an in-resort health assessment, healthy dining options in the cafeteria and an Open Houses at the Stratton Sports CenterOperations & Grooming Growth: Stratton will upgrade two of its front line Snow Cats with new Prinoth BR350’s, with significant technology and efficiency upgrades in snowmaking by adding new snow guns. Operational improvements will be focused around Guest Service, Terrain Parks, Snowsports School and the Tubing Park with a new ‘warming hut’ added to the ticket purchasing area where guests will be able to hang out and watch while sitting around a bonfire. Sugarbush ResortVillage Expansion: Sugarbush is currently undergoing its largest revitalization effort since opening the first phase of the Lincoln Peak Village in December 2006. The Warren-based resort is investing close to $10 million in the second phase of the village, as well as upgrades to its snowmaking infrastructure.Phase 2 of the Lincoln Peak revitalization project consists of a new entrance plaza as well as two new lodges. The 12,500-square foot “Schoolhouse” will house some of Sugarbush’s popular children’s programs. The resort’s winter Micro, Mini and Sugar Bear programs as well as some summer camps will be located in this facility. The other lodge will provide skier services such as tickets and season passes, guest lockers, adult Ski & Ride, rentals and repairs, public restrooms, and a café. The as-yet-named facility will be approximately 14,500-square feet.Phase 2 began in mid-April and is expected to be completed in November.Pipes & Snow: Sugarbush began replacing key sections of its snowmaking infrastructure in early July. Over two miles of primary-supply snowmaking pipe will be replaced at both Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen. The original pipe was installed in 1997. Work is expected to be complete in late September.Trapp Family Lodge NCAA Ski Championships: March 9 – 12, 2011; The University of Vermont and Trapp Family Lodge will be hosting the collegiate skiers from all over the United States. The new race course has just been certified for homologation by the International Ski Federation (FIS). This should prove to be an exceptional spectator-friendly event, as the course finds its way into the stadium five times in the 7.5 kilometer distanceBeer drinkers will revel in this “something new;” the Trapp Lager is the inaugural beer of the Trapp Family Lodge Brewery. More than a decade ago Johannes von Trapp started thinking about brewing beer for guests of the resort. His dream was to produce an American version of the tasty lager he enjoyed over the years on trips to his ancestral Austrian home. Johannes’s dream became reality in the Spring of 2010, with the opening of the Trapp Family Brewery. The modest facility (60,000 or so gallons a year) is located in the lower level of the bakery, where bottles and draughts of the heavenly concoction will be available year round.Ski VermontWith nationally ranked instructors, Vermont Adaptive at the forefront of its movement and more ski academies than the rest of New England combined, Vermont teaches all abilities of skiers and riders from pre-K to the Olympics. In recognition of this strength, Vermont will celebrate Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month with an unprecedented variety of promotions throughout January. Visit skivermont.com for the full listing.Vermont’s Brand: A branding research study focusing on how Vermont is perceived as a vacation destination by visitors and non-visitors was completed by Vermont’s Chief Marketing Officer Christine Werneke, in conjunction with the Department of Tourism and Marketing and the Vermont Ski Areas Association.“This is the first time the state has conducted a quantitative brand study looking at Vermont’s brand from the perspective of not just visitors but non-visitors as well,” Werneke said. “The goal is to better understand Vermont’s unique strengths and where we see significant opportunity for market growth.”The Vermont brand is well established and its message has been consistent from the beginning. In 1891, Vermont became the first state to promote itself. The Publicity Bureau, established in the Secretary of State’s office, used state funds to promote Vermont as an escape from the city.The study also notes the differences between the New York metro, Massachusetts, Canadian metro, and in-state markets in terms of what types of vacation experiences they seek. “The New York metro market wants luxury getaways, while the Massachusetts market is seeking more affordable, outdoor-oriented vacations,” Werneke said.last_img read more

Donovan: CUs on military bases are at the core of mission to serve

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan discussed the latest in credit union advocacy in a recent interview with CUBroadcast. Donovan touched on the recent rules finalized at last week’s NCUA meeting before giving a larger picture of CUNA’s advocacy focus, particularly the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.A chief topic of conversation was CUNA’s recent action alert to ensure a provision allowing banks rent-free access to military installations is not in the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2020.Section 2821 of the Senate-passed version of the NDAA would expand to certain banks an exception that credit unions currently have granting rent-free access to military installations. CUNA/League advocacy helped ensure no such provision appears in the House-passed version of the bill.last_img read more

NEWS SCAN: H5N1 in Egypt, flu vaccine efficacy, tainted pistachios, sprout outbreak, prions in elk, vector database, outbreak monitoring

first_imgApr 1, 2009H5N1 strikes another Egyptian youngsterEgypt’s state news agency said today that a 2-year-old Egyptian boy has been hospitalized with an H5N1 avian influenza infection, Reuters reported. The country’s health ministry said the boy, from Beheira governorate in northern Egypt, got sick after he had contact with infected birds. He was hospitalized and started on oseltamivir (Tamiflu) on Mar 30 after coming down with a high fever. If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the boy’s case, the H5N1 count for Egypt will rise to 61 cases, of which 23 have been fatal.[Apr 1 Reuters story]Flu vaccine rated as 53% effective in Australian studyResearchers estimated seasonal influenza vaccine effectiveness over five seasons (2003-07) in Victoria, Australia, at 53%, but the number dropped to 41% when they adjusted for age-group and year. The researchers used a retrospective case-control approach with a surveillance system that yielded all patients’ influenza and vaccination status, according to their report in the April issue of PLoS One. Patients who tested positive for influenza went to a WHO collaborating center for virus culture and typing. The investigators found no significant differences in vaccine effectiveness in years when the flu vaccine was well-matched to circulating strains compared with years when the match was poorer.[April PLoS One study]Cross-contamination suspected in tainted pistachiosFederal investigators still don’t know how four different Salmonella strains contaminated bulk pistachios that were received by Kraft Foods, but a Kraft spokeswoman said company auditors who recently visited Setton Farms, the source of the nuts, found that raw and roasted nuts weren’t adequately segregated, which might explain the problem, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. An official from Setton Farms also said he suspected cross-contamination. Meanwhile, Salmonella findings so far have touched off recalls of 63 pistachio products, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).[Apr 1 AP story][FDA pistachio recall database]Cases rise in sprout-linked Salmonella outbreakA multistate Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak, which might be linked to contaminated sprouts, has grown to 121 cases in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Kansas, and Colorado, the AP reported yesterday. The case count was listed in a lawsuit against an Omaha, Neb., sprout company, SunSprout Enterprises, by a Nebraska man. So far, investigators have not isolated the outbreak strain from any sprout samples.Prions found in antler velvet of elk with chronic wasting diseaseInfectious prion proteins are found in the antler velvet of elk that have chronic wasting disease (CWD), as revealed by tests involving CWD-susceptible transgenic mice, according to a report in Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID). The authors say the finding suggests that antler velvet, which is shed annually, may play a role in CWD transmission. Given the market for antler velvet in traditional Asian medicine, the finding also indicates that people who consume the material as a nutritional supplement are at risk for exposure to prions. CWD is a brain disease of deer and elk that resembles bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease.[EID report]Researchers launch online vector databaseTo ease the development of risk maps and other assessments, an international group of researchers has developed a Web-based, publicly accessible Disease Vector Database. The purpose is to gather and display data on the geographic distribution of infectious disease vectors and reservoirs, according to a report in the March issue of PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. The database, housed at the University of Texas at Austin, currently contains records for dengue and malaria vectors, as well as Chagas disease and leishmaniasis vectors and reservoirs.[March PLoS Negl Trop Dis report]Comparing three online outbreak-monitoring systemsA report in EID compares three online systems that collect and process information about disease outbreaks and other public health threats from a wide range of electronic sources. The systems are GPHIN, which monitors media information and provides reports to paying subscribers; HealthMap, which collects and maps disease outbreak information from media and nonmedia sources; and EpiSPIDER, which was designed as a visual supplement to the disease reports from ProMED-mail. The EID article, written by the inventors of the three systems, says they are complementary because they monitor different kinds of data, rely on varying levels of automation and human analysis, and distribute distinct information. “Future development should focus on linking these systems more closely to public health practitioners in the field and establishing collective networks for alert verification and dissemination,” the report states.[EID report]last_img read more

Jasmina Kanaš: The latest measures are the last nail in the coffin of congress tourism

first_imgUnexpectedly good results of the tourist season in July and August do not apply to congress organizers and travel agencies. They realize their income almost exclusively in the pre- and post-season, which means that in the most intensive period for this industry, the spring months, work would be completely banned, and given the latest measures, the same follows in the autumn. “Yesterday’s decision of the Headquarters, sent to all health care institutions, which postpones the holding of congresses, symposia, workshops, lectures and other forms of professional training of health care workers, is actually the final nail in the coffin for business tourism.”, warns Jasmina Kanaš, President of the Business Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.  In addition to the measures for jobs that they expect in the same amount of HRK 4000, which have so far “kept their heads above water”, the Community of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce is proposing additional grants in the amount of 10% of traffic turnover in 2019, as Denmark did to compensated its organizers. He says that gatherings in medicine make up the majority of all gatherings in Croatia. “In our organization, health protocols can be fully respected, and the participants are precisely those who are accustomed to applying much stricter anti-epidemiological measures because their job depends on it. They cannot be compared to similar public gatherings because they are educations with a special emphasis on professional development and knowledge exchange where there is no place for entertainment. This is especially true for medical gatherings which, according to strict codes of ethics, are not allowed to have entertainment or have it in a very limited scope.”Explains Kanash. However, the HGK Association points out that they do not blame anyone and that everyone understands the current epidemiological situation and measures. “We are aware that various events are the first target when measures are taken. But we hope that there will be equal understanding on the part of the Government, given that our revenues this year are zero kuna as a direct result of these anti-epidemiological measures. So, this year we are not allowed to earn on our own and get away from the burden of the state, and we are not used to living on help “, Kanaš continues and believes that they cannot have the same treatment as others who have managed to do something in this difficult year for the entire economy on a global level. “We will feel it for years to come because employee education, team building programs, incentives and business travel are the first cuts companies make in a recession and without health risks”, Says Kanaš and emphasizes that after the recession in 2008, the recovery of congress tourism took almost five yearscenter_img The congress industry and all business travel in general are an important segment of tourism, but also of the overall Croatian economy because its consumption and long-term stability is a significant generator of inflows to domestic hotels, congress centers, restaurants and transport companies most affected by this pandemic. The average delegate spends significantly more on professional training than holiday tourists, even up to 5 times, so the loss for the national income from tourism due to not holding the congress will be all the greater.  The uncertainty posed by the inability to determine when the pandemic will end is exacerbated by the fact that measures to support job preservation are defined from month to month, making it impossible to plan a long-term strategy to overcome the crisis. Therefore, they hope that the next decisions of the Government will go in the direction of adopting CES measures by April 2021.  Photo: Eduardo Romero, Pexels.comlast_img read more

Frjálsi changes CEO status to loosen links with Arion Bank

first_imgBefore the change, auditing of the fund had also been the responsibility of Arion Bank, but from now on Frjálsi said it would entrust the internal audit of the fund to an auditing company. Arnaldur Loftsson, chief executive of Icelandic pension fund Frjálsi, has had his employment status changed as part of a move to distance the fund from its manager Arion Bank.The supervisory board of Frjálsi last week decided to make Loftsson an employee of the fund, rather than of the bank. The decision was taken in conjunction with Arion Bank, which has been managing the fund’s operations since 2008.The change is aimed at ensuring the pension fund’s independence from the bank, Frjálsi announced.The pension fund said that one reason behind the move towards its increased independence was to reduce the risk to its reputation that an operating arrangement with a bank could entail.last_img read more

Teen pot smokers develop anxiety

first_imgThe Age (Aust) 7 Aug 2012Teenagers who smoke cannabis weekly are more than twice as likely as non-users to develop an anxiety disorder in their late 20s, even if they stop using the drug, new research has shown.The research, published in the journal Addiction, drew on the results of a landmark 15-year study of nearly 2000 Victorian secondary students. An analysis of data collected between 1992 and 2008 found teenagers who smoked cannabis once a week or more for a period of at least six months doubled their risk of having an anxiety disorder for up to a decade afterwards. About 12 per cent of teenagers in the study – or one in eight – smoked cannabis at that level.The association between cannabis use and anxiety disorders persisted even when researchers took into account other possible explanations, including pre-existing mental health problems or other drug use.Lead author Professor Louisa Degenhardt, from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of NSW, said the study showed cannabis use during adolescence had ”a persistent association with anxiety disorders” that continued into adulthood.”Given that anxiety is the most prevalent mental health disorder in the Australian population … we need to investigate the findings further because it is highly possible that early cannabis use causes enduring mental health risks,” she said.http://www.theage.com.au/national/teen-pot-smokers-develop-anxiety-20120806-23qal.htmllast_img read more

Leola Elizabeth Ebinger

first_imgBrothers:Roy Miller of HoltonRalph (Joyce) Miller of Osgood SURVIVORS:Sons:  Ronald (Billie Sue) Ebinger of HoltonRichard (Wanda) Ebinger of Greensburg, INDavid (Lisa) Ebinger of Holton Arrangements by Neal’s Funeral Homewww.nealsfuneralhome.net VISITATION:   Monday, June 6, 2016/ Neal’s Funeral Home/ 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.FUNERAL:       Tuesday, June 7, 2016/ St. John’s Catholic Church, Osgood/10:00 a.m.BURIAL:           Church cemetery.MEMORIALS: St. John’s Cemetery Leola Elizabeth Ebinger, age 95 of Holton, Indiana, surrounded by her family, entered the gates of heaven early Friday evening, June 3, 2016 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was the loving daughter of the late Leo John and Eva Marie Koechlin Miller. Leola married Charles Edward Ebinger on April 17, 1948 and to this union, three sons and three daughters were born. At an early age, Charles preceded her in death on November 4, 1968, leaving Leola with five children still at home to raise. With great spiritual strength and strong work ethics, she successfully raised her family! Working for the US Shoe Factory in Osgood for approximately 15 years and raising gardens were ways in which she provided for her family. Attending St. John’s Catholic Church of Osgood was a very important part of her family’s life. She was a very devoted member and had also served on the Parish Council. Quilting had always been a great passion. She gave quilts to each of her children, grandchildren, and also to many friends. Each great grandchild received a baby quilt.  In her later years, she enjoyed being a member of the local Red Hatters’. Daughters:Charla (Steve) McEvoy of HoltonCheryl (Rick) Caswell of GreensburgDebby Ebinger of Holton She was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Leslie and Paul Miller;  2 sisters Mary Thola and Florence Miller; and also 1 grandson, Jeremy Ebinger. Grandchildren: 19Great Grandchildren: 44Great Great Grandchildren: 2 Sister-in-law:  Laura Miller of Greensburglast_img read more

Keane needs a break – O’Neill

first_img Press Association And former Villa boss O’Neill believes Keane needs a break after doing both roles since July. “He didn’t have any holiday – he went straight from international duty with us in America to the job at Aston Villa and eventually those things catch up with you, one side of Christmas or the other,” he told FAI TV. “Roy being the perfectionist he is wanted to give everything to every single cause, but I think maybe a bit of family time now is perhaps something which is missing. “We had a big discussion about the issue at the last international get-together. He was more concerned about having that full commitment to Villa and to ourselves. “I said in the past and it’s worth reiterating – I never had a problem with his commitment to the Republic of Ireland. Everything I was hoping he would bring to the table – commitment, enthusiasm, the strong desire we know he possesses – haven’t been a problem. “I am delighted the Republic of Ireland have been his first choice.” Keane replaced Ian Culverhouse in the summer, with Lambert’s former assistant having left at the end of last season following an internal club investigation. The Irishman departs with Villa just two points above the relegation zone, and with Lambert under increasing pressure from fans. The former Manchester United midfielder left as Paul Lambert’s number two on Friday, just 24 hours before their Barclays Premier League game at Burnley. Keane is also O’Neill’s assistant with Ireland and said he was struggling to juggle his duties for club and country. They are winless in their last eight games and head to Turf Moor without key defenders Ron Vlaar, Philippe Senderos and Nathan Baker, while Christian Benteke is still suspended and Fabian Delph is recovering from a dislocated shoulder. Lambert admits they must turn their slide around, but continues to defend his side’s form. “We’ve got to find a solution,” he said. “We’ve got to get ourselves out of that (relegation-fighting) mode. “In the last two games (both draws) we have merited points. If you look at the table, it’s that tight this year. “Arsenal are five points ahead of us and Liverpool are a couple – it’s massive clubs like that who are round about that kind of area. “With the way the table is, one win gets you up a few places. I’m under no illusions about that. It’s not a position everybody here is happy with, but we have to find a solution to get up the table. He added: “This year you don’t know what’s going to happen. You can’t predict what’s going to happen. “We have to find a solution to get this club out of that mode of being down and round about it.” Asked whether he was under pressure, Lambert said: “From myself, yes. “Whatever happens or comes from the top… you only put pressure on yourself. “It’s not actually something I talk about. The chairman will decide that. He’ll decide what he thinks. At the moment I’ll do the best I possibly can and see what happens. “The pressure is there. Don’t think for one minute that (owner) Randy (Lerner) sits there and thinks it’s all plain sailing. The pressure is always there.” Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill believes burn-out could have caused Roy Keane to quit as Aston Villa assistant manager.last_img read more

USC rejects gift from Harvey Weinstein

first_imgDaily Trojan file photoUSC will not accept Harvey Weinstein’s $5 million pledge to the School of Cinematic Arts, according to a statement issued by the University on Tuesday.“In light of the admitted behavior by Mr. Weinstein and the subsequent reports there is no way the school would move forward,” SCA spokeswoman Kristin Borella told NBC4 on Tuesday. “This was a pledge and no funding had begun.”Last Thursday, The New York Times published a report revealing decades of sexual harassment allegations against the film executive, detailing various monetary negotiations with his alleged  victims.Weinstein was consequently fired from The Weinstein Company on Sunday, after board members cited his violations of the company’s code of conduct, The Times reported.Following the report, Weinstein published a public statement expressing regret for his actions and announced a $5 million pledge for a foundation to support female filmmakers at SCA. USC later confirmed that the University had been in talks with Weinstein about his foundation for a year.The University did not immediately decline Weinstein’s pledge following the statements.Weinstein also previously had ties with USC. In February 2015, Weinstein visited the School of Cinematic Arts as a speaker to discuss his career in the film industry.last_img read more