Vermont General Assembly Honors Vermont Federal Credit Union

first_imgOn May 6, 2003, the Vermont State House of Representatives and the State Senate passed Concurrent House Resolution H.C.R. 112, honoring Vermont Federal Credit Union for its contribution to the communities in which it operates, on the occasion of its 50th Anniversary.The resolution recognizes Vermont Federal Credit Union as an integral member of the financial services community; for providing needed financial services to over 20,000 Vermont consumers in six counties; for actively supporting the communities in which it does business through involvement in the March of Dimes, United Way, Vermont Special Olympics, and the American Cancer Society, the Credit Union contributed over $100,000 to community involvement projects over a three-year period; and for celebrating its 50th anniversary of improving the financial well-being of many Vermonters.Vermont Federal Credit Union’s President/CEO Joseph M. Finnigan, Vice President of Finance, Kelly McDonough, Vice President of Lending, Phillip Shepard, Jr, and Robert G. Cowie, Jr, Vice President of Member Service and Marketing, along with Curran “Spike” Robinson, Chairman of the Board of Directors, were honored at the state house on the day the resolution passed.last_img read more

Vermont’s minimum wage to increase to $8.15 per hour

first_imgThe Department of Labor announced today that the state minimum wage will be increasing to $8.15 per hour from $8.06 per hour on January 1, 2011. Vermont’s minimum wage increases at the same rate as the Consumer Price Index (CPI), as calculated in August, for the preceding year. This August, the CPI increased by one and one tenth percent (1.1%).Additionally, the basic wage rate for ‘service and tipped’ employees is tied to the CPI. As such, the basic wage for such employees will be increasing to $3.95 per hour from $3.91. Service or tipped employees are individuals working in hotels, motels, tourist places, and restaurants who customarily and regularly receive more than $120.00 a month in tips for direct and personal service.Tipped employees’, like other workers, total earnings during a pay period must equal or exceed $8.15 per hour. If a combination of tips and the basic wage do not meet that requirement, the employer must make up the difference.Vermont law requires all employers to post the minimum wage rates. Updated posters may be obtained from Labor’s website under the ‘News’ section found at www.labor.vermont.gov(link is external).In January 2011 the minimum wage in neighboring states range from a high of $8.00 in Massachusetts to a low of $7.25 in New York and New Hampshire. Vermont’s minimum wage is the highest in the region, but six states nationwide have higher minimum wage rates than Vermont.Anyone with a question about the minimum wage or other wage and hour regulations impacting Vermont’s workforce may visit the Department of Labor online at www.labor.vermont.gov(link is external) or contact the Department of Labor, Wage and Hour program at 802-828-0267.Source: Vermont DOL. 10.18.2010last_img read more

3 reasons to unplug as often as possible

first_imgWe’re all addicted to our phones. Go in any business where people are waiting and you’ll find people on their phones. Go in any restaurant, look at the patrons waiting on their food, and you’ll find people on their phones. Unfortunately, you’ll even find people on their phones between bites. It’s definitely a little bit sad. If you feel you’re connected too often, here are a few reasons you should pull the plug at every opportunity.Unplug to destress: Most of us are on the computer at least part of our day. A lot of us are our computer a lot more than that. You know that feeling when you’ve been staring at a screen too long and you feel like your head is about to explode? Yeah that’s not good. When the work day ends, get off the screens, don’t trade one screen in for another. If you close your computer and continue to work on your phone, you’re not letting yourself recharge.Unplug to enjoy the quiet: You’re dealing with members and employees all day long. At some point in the day you need to take some time for yourself. If you’re hitting up Facebook or getting into a Netflix marathon after work, you’re not giving your brain a break. Try sitting in a comfy chair for a few minutes after work and just listen to the sounds of the world around you. Whether it it’s the hum of a ceiling fan or the sounds of the great outdoors, a little peace and quiet can do you loads of good. For those of you with kids, maybe just ride home without turning on the radio. You’ll enjoy quietly downloading your thoughts after a full day of uploading information.Unplug to reconnect: Reconnect with the people around you. Reconnect with nature. Reconnect with the back of your eyelids. When you’re too connected, it can affect your relationships, your happiness, and your sleep habits. When you don’t have a good handle on these three things, you won’t be in a good place emotionally, mentally, or physically.Make it your goal to unplug a little more every day. You deserve to be your best self, and all this connectivity can really bring you down. 46SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Polls have begun to close in much of Florida.

first_img– Advertisement – MIAMI — The first polls in Florida closed at 7 p.m. Eastern time. (Remember that the Panhandle is on Central time, so the polls there close at 8 p.m. Eastern.) While there will not be any statewide results until after voting in the Panhandle is complete, results will soon start posting from early votes in key counties. That includes Miami-Dade County, where Democrats have been fretting about their turnout. – Advertisement – Other key counties are Pinellas, in the Tampa Bay area; Seminole, near Orlando, and Duval, home to Jacksonville. Also keep an eye on St. Lucie, which went for former President Barack Obama twice and then swung to President Trump in 2016. And for a look at Republican base turnout, there is Sumter County, home to The Villages retirement community.The most competitive congressional race in the state is in the 26th District, which stretches from the western Miami suburbs to Key West. But there is also an open seat north of Tampa worth monitoring.last_img read more

Thanks to all great teachers in Schenectady schools

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCongratulations and kudos to Kathleen Wylie, who was chosen “teacher of the year” in Schenectady. To be recognized in your chosen field is a wonderful thing.As to the superintendent’s comment as quoted in the article, “I wish I had a thousand just like her.” My response to that is, you do. Here’s to all Schenectady teachers, the unsung heroes and heroines of past and future generations. Thank you for your service.Joan MackNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

PREMIUMJakarta councilors, residents demand Anies pull the plug on Formula E

first_imgFollowing the discovery of the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, Jakarta councilors have pressured the administration to cancel the Formula E race, which is slated to be held for the first time in June.Mujiyono, the Jakarta Legislative Council’s head of Commission A overseeing administrative affairs, said the city would suffer losses due to low ticket sales since many countries had issued travel warnings to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.  “It will be a loss because some countries will not send athletes to come to Indonesia due to the coronavirus. Foreign tourists, too, will think twice about coming to watch the race because of the outbreak,” the Democratic Party politician told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.He suggested that city-owned developer PT Jakarta Propertindo (Jakpro), the event organizer, ne… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Log in with your social account Facebook Forgot Password ? Linkedin Google Topics : Formula-E Jakarta-2020-Formula-E Monas FIA-Formula-E FEO Montreal anies-baswedanlast_img read more

What needs to happen before countries lift lockdowns?

first_imgWith signs in some countries that the coronavirus pandemic may have reached a plateau, governments are looking at how to lift lockdown restrictions on their crippled businesses and restless populations.But what are the conditions that countries should meet before they can start safely easing these strict measures and return to some kind of normalcy?Don’t act too quickly Experts fear that governments will bow to economic and social pressure to lift their lockdowns prematurely, and warn that such a move could allow COVID-19 to return.”Lifting the restrictions too quickly could lead to a deadly resurgence,” World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said.Christian Brechot, Institut Pasteur president and former head of French national medical research institute INSERM, said we must be “very humble and very careful” with a virus that many nations have already underestimated.”It’s not clear with a pandemic of this scale how everything can miraculously return to normal,” Brechot told France Info radio. European nations begin lifting Despite such advice, in the hardest-hit continent Europe — where more than 78,000 people have died from the virus — several countries have already started partially lifting confinement measures.Germany, which has seen new cases drop and was already less affected than some of its neighbours, appeared Monday to be moving towards lifting restrictions in stages.Austria will allow small businesses to reopen after the Easter break, believing it has sufficiently flattened its infection curve.Denmark will reopen daycare nurseries, kindergartens and primary schools from April 15, while the Czech Republic has already begun to gradually ease restrictions, including opening some shops.The countries are following in the footsteps of China, which has loosened its unprecedented lockdown on the city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus emerged in December, after the strict measures appeared to have paid off.’Very high plateau’Elsewhere in Europe, however, there are fewer signs that restrictions will soon ease.Britain passed the grim milestone of 10,000 deaths on the weekend while France is expected to extend its lockdown for at least several weeks.France’s national health service director Jerome Salomon said a slight decrease in intensive care admissions was a “pale ray of sunshine,” adding that “a very high plateau” seemed to be setting in.The continent’s hardest-hit countries Italy and Spain also seem to have reached such a high plateau, with their daily death rates gradually falling.But after such a devastating period, neither country is letting down its guard — Italy has extended its confinement measures until May 3, while Spain has done the same until April 25. Ireland, Portugal and Belgium have also extended their measures.Gradual relaxation from mid-May?”It’s not when we have arrived at a plateau that we should lift confinement measures which have helped avoid massive congestion in hospitals,” said Antoine Flahault, a specialist in public health and epidemiology at the University of Geneva.It must only happen “when we see a decline,” he told broadcaster France 2.Researcher Brechot said he “hopes that from mid-May we will be in a situation of deceleration” which will allow a “gradual relaxation” of restrictions.Jean-Francois Delfraissy, who leads the coronavirus science council advising the French government, said “we are not going to go from black to white, but from black to grey, with continued confinement”.”We can start to discuss post-confinement, but the essential and principal factor is to pursue strict confinement for several weeks.”Three conditionsDelfraissy said there were several prerequisites for lifting confinement measures.First, there would need to be an established decline in the number of COVID-19 cases in intensive care.This would give exhausted health workers a badly needed respite and allow hospitals to restock equipment and supplies.The transmission rate of COVID-19 — the number of people an infected individual infects in turn — would need to have dropped below one, compared to 3.3 people at the start of the outbreak.And finally there would need to be a sufficient number of masks to protect the populace and tests to closely monitor the virus’s spread. For example in France, screening capacity would need to increase from the current 30,000 tests a day to 100,000 or even 150,000 a day by the end of April, Delfraissy said.Unknowns Of course, these conditions are subject to much uncertainty, including the possible development an app that uses smartphones to trace the contacts of infected people.Mobile operators have already been providing location data to health researchers in France and Germany.Another major unknown is the effect that summer has on slowing COVID-19’s spread in the northern hemisphere. Respiratory viruses are generally less prevalent in warmer months — flu season is in winter — but will the coronavirus be the same?”If there is no summer brake, then it will be more complicated” to lift confinement measures, said epidemiologist Flahault.Topics :last_img read more

Airbnb slashes staff in effort to ride out pandemic

first_imgHome-sharing platform Airbnb said Tuesday it will slash one fourth of its workforce — some 1,900 people — as the coronavirus pandemic crushes the travel industry.The cuts are needed for the San Francisco-based company to survive until people start traveling anew, Airbnb co-founder and chief executive Brian Chesky said in a blog post.”We are collectively living through the most harrowing crisis of our lifetime, and as it began to unfold, global travel came to a standstill,” Chesky said. Airbnb explained that it will try to soften the blow with benefits including providing 12 months of health insurance to laid-off workers.The job cuts will be spread about the company’s global operations, with a goal of tuning a more focused business strategy that returns to Airbnb “roots” of being a platform for sharing homes and local experiences, according to Chesky.”Teams across all of Airbnb will be impacted,” Chesky said.”Many teams will be reduced in size based on how well they map to where Airbnb is headed.” Topics :center_img Airbnb added that it will cut investments in transportation, hotels or other endeavors that do not directly support hosts whose homes are listed on the platform.Airbnb in April announced it was taking a billion dollars in new investment to endure and, it hopes, thrive in a travel world transformed by the coronavirus pandemic.The fresh resources will enable the San Francisco-based company to invest in its community of “hosts” as well as local experiences provided along with stays in homes, Chesky said at the time.Airbnb planned to focus particularly on long-term stays, from students needing housing to remote workers, building on a rising demand the platform has seen as people self-isolate during the pandemic.The company recently announced new cleaning “protocols” to reassure travelers. Airbnb is also helping hosts with financial losses after guests cancelled travel plans.last_img read more

Developer and food charity join forces to feed those in need

first_img Property industry feels home loan pinch West Village retail area.OzHarvest Queensland state manager Amy Cobb said the initiative would ultimately include a dedicated food rescue space with cold room and dry stock shelving for retailers to place quality surplus food for donation. As Sekisui House welcomed their first residents to their West Village development in West End this week, they announced their food waste collection initiative from their retail precinct. Thousands set to call Ipswich home “(It) is supported by ongoing education and engagement activities to support retailers in minimising food waste and stopping good food from going to landfill,” Ms Cobb said.“OzHarvest’s refrigerated food rescue vans will pick up surplus, quality from this dedicated central space and deliver to over 20 local organisations like Footprints, Micah Projects Common Ground and the Big Issue.” The development is the first major project in Brisbane taking a precinct approach to food waste management.Ms Cobb said the project had been in the pipeline for several years.“We’ve learned that if we can start the conversation about reducing food waste in the design phase, before precinct construction, then the end result can be seamless, efficient and support greater food rescue outcomes,” Ms Cobb said. >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< Common area at Sekisui Houses’ West Village development.IN AN Australian first, developer Sekisui House has teamed up with charity OzHarvest to reduce food waste and feed those in need. RELATED: MORE: Developer ditches cookie-cutter design The Garden Pantry at Sekisui House’s West Village development.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoWest Village sustainability and engagement manager Natasha Mulcahy said the development was the first major project in Brisbane taking a precinct approach to food waste management.“It is the first project in Australia to build into the design dedicated dry and cold storage areas for food rescue service Oz Harvest,” Ms Mulcahy said.She said a temporary space would be established later this year and by 2020, a permanent dry and cold storage area would be built as part of the major retail precinct, which would include a supermarket and restaurants.“Any food not fit for consumption will be turned into mulch,” Ms Mulcahy said.“Food waste that cannot be used by Oz Harvest will go into an onsite pulping machine, and then transferred offsite for processing. “The pulp is 100 per cent re-used as an additive to mulch and soil products. “Some of the landscape soils created via this process will return to West Village for landscaping and gardens in the public realm and rooftops.” Ms Mulcahy said Sekisui House always had a focus on sustainability and was the first company in the world to build a zero-emission home in 2008.“In Australia 8.2 million tonnes of food waste is generated each year, most of which ends up in landfill,” she said.“If successful at West Village, this approach to waste management is likely to be replicated across the development industry more broadly.”last_img read more

CSA and HWCG Deliver Environmental Monitoring Solution for GoM Operators

first_imgCSA Ocean Sciences (CSA), a marine environmental consulting firm, and HWCG, a consortium of 18 offshore oil and gas operators, collaborated on the design of a deepwater sampling and monitoring equipment program to support the environmental needs of the offshore industry. The equipment program remains containerized, on standby, and ready to be immediately mobilized in the event a deepwater blowout occurs in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.The offshore oil and gas industry requires access to deepwater equipment, instruments, and services to support environmental monitoring for life of field activities, including exploratory drilling, development activities, and production. Equipment and instruments that can probe deepwater areas are highly specialized and require dedicated maintenance, mobilization, and deployment services to ensure utility, safety, and data quality, CSA explained.The solution delivered by CSA and HWCG is a “three lift” system consisting of an operations container, laboratory container, and launch and recovery system (LARS) that can be transported to a Gulf of Mexico seaport within hours of an incident and outfitted on an offshore supply vessel. The containers and LARS enable offshore scientific and operations personnel to collect in situ measurements of fluorescence, turbidity, particle size, and dissolved gases from the sea surface to the seafloor. These data can characterize water column conditions and identify the potential presence of subsea oil, information that is crucial to planning the response and mitigating the effects from deepwater oil spills in a subsea environment. According to CSA, even the deepest waters of the Gulf of Mexico (up to 3,000 m) can be sampled and monitored with this equipment.CSA will maintain the equipment on standby for HWCG members and will provide mobilization and deployment services should the equipment be needed for a response.“By developing this rapid environmental monitoring solution, HWCG has ensured that its members have access to the equipment and services required for environmental preparedness and response,” said Dr. Jodi Harney, energy director at CSA Ocean Sciences and manager of the project.last_img read more