first_imgBen Shoulders, current president of the Vanderburgh County Commissioners, officially announced that he will seek re-election in 2020 for Vanderburgh County Commissioner (District One).  Shoulders, Democrat, was first elected in 2016 and is currently a Senior Commercial Lender at Banterra Bank.  A lifelong Evansville native, Shoulders is active in the community serving on such non-profit boards and past committees as Boys and Girls Club, IU Alumni Association, IU College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Board, Leadership Everyone, EVSC Foundation, WNIN Auction, Habitat for Humanity, Darrell Ragland Foundation, Corridor of Champions, United Way and many more.“I truly love serving our community and look forward to continuing to listen to the needs of our citizens and taxpayers of Vanderburgh County,” Shoulders says.  “We’ve accomplished many things since taking office, but there is still more work to be done.  My family and I are sincerely grateful and humbled by all of our continued supporters, friends and constituents sharing our vision for our great county.  I’m excited to announce my  candidacy for re-election and look forward to the campaign trail.”Commissioner Ben Shoulders, wife Shannon, and three children; Emma (9), Sadie (6) and Parker (6), currently live on the east side of Evansville.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

U.S. Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn To Speak At Warrick County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner

first_imgU.S. Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn To Speak At Warrick County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day DinnerNEWBURGH, Ind. (March 11, 2016) – The Warrick County Republican Party is pleased to announce that U.S. Congresswomen Marsha Blackburn will serve as the Keynote Speaker at its annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Friday, March 18 at Rolling Hills Country Club, located at 1666 Old Plank Road in Newburgh.Marsha Blackburn represents Tennessee’s seventh district in the United States Congress. Beginning her career both as a sales manager and as director of retail fashion, she acquired a taste for conservative politics and was elected to Tennessee state senate in 1998. In 2002, she was elected to Congress, where she is the first woman to be elected from Tennessee without following a husband in the post. Upon joining Congress, National Journal named her a “freshman to watch” and “top house conservative.” She has been called a “taxpayer hero” and praised for her stance on combating Obamacare. She was recently honored as the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute’s 2016 Woman of the Year during a special award luncheon at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C. Congressman Blackburn is a wife and mother of two children.The Warrick County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner will take place on Friday, March 18 with a private reception at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. This customary, annual gathering serves as an opportunity for the community’s Republican leaders to gather and highlight the party’s accomplishments while enjoying the company of its fellow party members.Lincoln Day Dinner tickets are just $50 per person and private reception tickets are $25. Sponsorships are available and will help cover the cost of developing Republican candidates for elected office; supporting and promoting Republican candidates for elected office; and registering Republican voters.The Warrick County Republican Party (WCRP) is the official Republican political organization of Warrick County, Indiana. Working with the Republican National Committee (RNC) and the Indiana Republican Party, the WCRP continues to promote individual involvement in the grass roots effort to elect Republicans to office at every level.For more information about the Warrick County Republican Party’s Annual Lincoln Day Dinner or to purchase tickets, please contact Mike Griffin at 812.453.1294 or via email at [email protected]: Our next “IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming Wednesday?Please take time and read our newest feature article entitled “HOT JOBS” posted in this section are from Evansville proper.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that members of the Evansville City Council are just rubber stamps for the Mayor?Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributedFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Delice launches café culture range

first_imgBaking manufacturer and foodservice supplier Delice de France has launched a new campaign to support coffee shops and foodservice outlets that are hoping to capitalise on the growing café culture in the UK.The campaign, called Café Delice, includes a raft of support packages that will help food service outlets maximise opportunities for sales of baked products and snacks. A guide featuring 200 products, designed to optimise the café culture opportunity, has been launched and includes a 15-strong Wrapped-to-Go range (see also pages 18-19).It has also launched a new Praline and Chocolate Bundt cake, a Duo of Chocolate and Mint Truffle Cheesecake and a Somerset Cider Oaty Crumble and it has expanded its increasingly popular Café Gourmand range a selection of miniature sweet treats to accompany coffee, adding a Mini Macaroon Selection, Mini Petits Fours Tartlets and a Luxury Petits Fours Selection.last_img read more

Coffee and sandwich shops grow 34.9% in value

first_imgA report has estimated that the UK sandwich and coffee shop market has grown by 34.9% in market value from 2009 to 2013.The Key Note Report hailed the sector’s success in the face of a recession, and attributed the growth to several factors. They stated that coffee had become a more integral part of UK culture, in which people will plan meetings around a coffee shop instead of a pub, as they might have done before.It also cited the popularity of sandwich products and the increasingly diverse range of sandwich alternatives as appealing to customer demand.The report gave a market value of 6.27bn in 2013, compared to 4.65bn in 2009. It has also estimated a 22.4% rise in the volume of UK stores within this time period, resulting in an additional 2,950 coffee and sandwich shops opening in the UK.Another factor found by the study to be aiding the market was the increase in commuters who, in turn, use shops that are conveniently located at railways and travel hubs.The Department for Transport (DfT) recorded that 52% of all rail journeys are for business purposes, so shops can target commuters who need to make a quick purchase. However, such a reliance on commuter business means that shops are affected by employment trends.It found that Costa was the largest coffee shop company in terms of the number of stores, with 1,755 outlets, dwarfing competitor Starbucks. Meanwhile, Greggs and Subway were the largest sandwich shop chains in terms of the number of outlets in the UK, with around 1,671 and 1,814, respectively.The report subdivides the market into two sectors – coffee shops and sandwich shops- with particular focus on the five-year period between 2009 and 2013.last_img read more

Jefferson Waful Talks Directing Umphrey’s McGee Doc ‘Reel To Real,’ Phish Mexico & More

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee just released their documentary film, Reel To Real, online. The film is a look back on the band’s history, using rare footage, recordings, and journal entries to create a nostalgic video that was originally created for a unique performance for some of their most hardcore fans this past January. What started out as a small project took on special meaning, as the project grew into this full length telling of the band’s path towards making their dreams come true.Reel To Real takes the viewer on a roller coaster ride through the career of Umphrey’s McGee, starting out as a green group of college kids chasing their rock star fantasies and taking us into Umphrey’s present as Progressive Rock gods. The documentary touches on some emotional moments, and certainly shows a private side of Umphrey’s McGee. Specifically, the documentary spends a lot of time focused on the Umphrey’s relationship with former drummer Mike Mirro, his difficult departure, and their subsequent re-birth after Kris Myers joined the band. That portion of the film is emotional, and the band does a good job delivering their honest feelings about the subject. This heavy material is offset by excellent stories about the band on the road, showing us the creation of their famed “Jimmy Stewart” improv segments, an explanation of the genesis of their infamous Halloween mash-up tradition, and lots of excellent footage, specifically a segment later in the film where the band rips it up at Abbey Road Studios during the recording of their The London Session record.This film is a treat for anyone who ever wanted to peak behind the curtain of an up-and-coming band, and gives the viewer an idea of just how difficult it can be to “make it” in the music business.  Certainly, if you are an Umphrey’s fan, you’ll love this film and the stories it tells; who knew that “Miss Tinkles’ Overture” was about keyboardist (and good sport) Joel Cummins accidentally peeing on his pillow in the back of their van?Reel To Real was directed by the band’s beloved lighting designer Jefferson Waful.  While Waful joined the band in 2008, about halfway through their story, he shows a keen eye in Reel To Real, plucking iconic moments from throughout the band’s career and setting their story up with a flowing narrative, turning the rise of Umphrey’s McGee into a real story with complex emotions.Mr. Waful was kind enough to sit down with L4LM to talk Reel To Real and more, see below for the full Q&A!L4LM: The band is so lucky to have so much footage, recorded material, and journals from their past.  Was it a deliberate decision on their part to archive as many moments as they could?JW- A little bit of both.  I wasn’t working for the band in those early days, between 2001-2008.  I think it was just a function of the technology of the time, which now seems a little out of date, but at the time having handheld camcorders was popular, and an easy way to document things. I don’t think they envisioned any specific use, but knew that archiving those moments could be useful one day.L4LM- It must have been difficult sifting through all of this footage and so many years worth of stories.  With so much to choose from, how did you decide which of their stories were the most important to include in the film?JW- The project started with [Umphrey’s Manager] Kevin Browning and Brian Walsh weeding through all this footage.  Kevin had an idea of what the important footage was and what clips would work.  For example, he immediately knew that the “Miss Tinkle’s” footage was perfect for this project, it jumped out because the story was funny and the song was important to the band and to their fans. Anyway, when they first presented the footage to me, it was about 2 Terabytes worth of content.  I took one look at that and it just seemed like an insane amount of footage, so Kevin and I had a discussion mid October, and I asked him if he could go back and whittle some of the footage down since he has the details and the memories that I don’t have from those early years.  So he went back and catalogued everything for me and that made sorting through the content a lot easier.  They made it very easy to go through the folders they’d created and find specific clips.Since they weren’t consciously filming a documentary at the time, it was frustrating that some of the footage was too short or not perfect.  I’d find a clip that might seem perfect, but then the recording would stop after only a few seconds, and that was certainly frustrating, because for the purpose of telling a story I’d have to present clips that were long enough from a narrative perspective.  I ended up sorting by time so I would only look at shots more than 10 seconds long; I wanted to be sure all the clips I used were good story telling devices.  It was definitely a challenge, and very time consuming.  All the credit to Kevin and Brian to whittle down that pile of footage at the beginning.  Not to say that I didn’t go back and look at the raw footage, I definitely stayed up until sunrise and beyond some nights looking for some very specific shots.L4LM- It seems like quite the undertaking,JW- One shot I’m particularly proud of finding is of Brendan opening the back lounge window of the bus, the scene where he screams at the sunrise, and it’s probably my favorite shot of the whole movie.  It encapsulates the experience of being a young band on the road, and I believe that clip is from the first night they ever had a tour bus, so they were so excited to be on the road living their dream.  Even though that clip is only 3 seconds long, it tells that story so perfectly.  That’s one of those shots I never would’ve found if I hadn’t dug through the catalog of footage for hours on end.It was a long process, but worth it to find clips like that.L4LM- You began working with Umphrey’s McGee in late 2008.  What was it like to join these best friends in the middle of their journey and what has your experience been joining such a tight-knit group?JW- They were and have been very welcoming.  I knew them because I had worked for moe., and they do Summercamp together with Umphrey’s every year.  So we did those festivals together and had been on tour together a bit.  I’d interviewed them a bit and I used to manage a band called Uncle Sammy that toured with them as well, and we were the same age, so we felt like peers.  They were very welcoming and made me feel right at home when I joined the team.  There was an instant chemistry with their playing style and improvisation and my style of lighting design. I definitely had an idea of how I’d light the band, having been around them so much, and it came kind of effortlessly because I wasn’t around for so much of it.L4LM- Was it fun telling the stories behind some of Umphrey’s most iconic songs, like Miss Tinkle’s Overture and Plunger?  Are there any other songs with interesting back stories that didn’t make the film?JW- Not really, not anything that significant.  I was really proud of that Plunger scene, even if it is really short.  The story acts as a narrative device, with the song bridging what was going on with the band at that time to the next chapter of their lives, and it moves the film to it’s next chapter simultaneously. We just happened to have the footage of them recording the song, and happened to have the footage of their “Storytellers” performance, and together it acted as a great plot device.  I had heard that song hundreds of times and never knew that’s what that song was about.  I’m so busy concentrating on the lights that I don’t listen much to the lyrics anyway, but I was surprised to learn the lyrics in this song, and just goes to show you the insight and meaning in some of their song writing.L4LM- To hear the band members talk about Mike Mirro leaving the band, it’s clear that moment in their history was very difficult for everyone involved.  You could tell they all still had complex feelings about it.  Was it difficult to cover that part of their story?JW- It definitely was the most sensitive topic, but also the most interesting topic, as far as a story telling device.  Without conflict you don’t have much of a story.  I didn’t want this to come off like a puff piece or promo, since I am a salaried employee of the band in the end, so from a journalistic standpoint I wanted to bend over backwards to make it seem like an unbiased telling of their real story.  I wanted to let the interviews tell the story of what we wanted to include, and in the end they didn’t ask me to take anything out of the film, band or management didn’t make any changes.  It was one hundred percent honest and it came across that way.  Part of the point of this project was to show the real side of their stories, and that’s why we decided to call the film “Reel to Real”.  Having the word “Real” in the title set the tone for the whole film.L4LM- Was there anything else in Umphrey’s story that you wish you could haveve included in the film, but got left on the cutting room floor?JW- There were hundreds and hundreds of hours of footage and so much that was great that I wish I could have included, but in the end didn’t fit the overall flow of the film.  We wanted it to be an hour or less, because the original vision of this film was to create a video the length of one set of Umphrey’s music. The whole point was for this video to be set 1 and a traditional set of UM music as set 2 for this special show we did on January 1st in Denver.  As we were editing the film, it became more of a documentary, but it still needed to fit in as a first set for this.  I credit a lot of my friends for giving me a lot of advice, specifically Clayton Halsey, and also Steve Brandano from The Howard Stern show.  They watched it with me and told me to cut the film from 75 minutes to 60 minutes.  In this ADD-era of the Internet we wanted to keep the flow moving pretty quickly, so I went back and found the weakest 15 minutes and cut them out.  The things that got cut were the things that were not essential to the chronology of the band and the Mike Mirro plot and all the other things that we had mapped out for the story.  There were countless fun and funny scenes that were great footage, but just didn’t move the story and were, in the end, unnecessary.L4LM- Will we see any more Umphrey’s McGee classic footage released in the future?JW- I would think that at some point we’ll see more of it, there’s certainly a lot more footage and we keep shooting more footage.  We have no specific plans today to release any more footage, but I love doing it and we’re certainly an organization that likes to interact with our core fans, so I can envision us continuing to do more projects like this one.L4LM- Do you have any other special projects that you can talk about that you’re currently working on?JW- At the moment, no. I just finished editing the final version of “Reel to Reel” four days ago, so it feels great to have zero things hanging over my head as far as film projects.  I’m happy to take a little breather, since I started working on this project way back in August of 2015.L4LM- Switching gears, I know you recently got to work with Chris Kuroda as part of Phish’s run in Mexico. Can you tell us a little bit about that experience?JW- I could talk about Phish Mexico for hours, and it was definitely one of the highlights of my life, without a doubt.  I remember walking home from the Saturday show, and I made a pact with myself to never complain about anything again.  I got to work with my favorite band and my biggest influence while lighting up the ocean, and it happened the same week that the original version of Reel to Real was finished, which was quite serendipitous. Thanks to Umphrey’s, Phish, CID Entertainment, and Chris I got to accomplish two of my lifelong dreams in such a short period of time, so complaining about anything just seemed a little ridiculous…but I could go on about the TSA lines at LaGuardia Airport!last_img read more

Innovations from southern Europe

first_imgWhile traveling in South America after college, Gabriel Paquette became intrigued by old buildings, churches, and other remnants of the continent’s colonial past.“I was very interested in the residues of colonialism,” said Paquette, “but I was also fascinated by the processes that had led to these amazing structures.”Paquette, a visiting lecturer in history and literature and a research associate at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, is the editor of a recent book titled “Enlightened Reform in Southern Europe and Its Atlantic Colonies, c. 1750-1830.” The volume examines the impact of Enlightenment thought on government action in Latin America, Brazil, France, Italy, Portugal, and Spain during the 18th century.“I am interested in how ideas developed in places very far from centers of power — like universities, think tanks, or civic associations — are actually taken up and used by states,” he said.Thinking about the power of modern information systems prompted Paquette’s initial exploration of earlier networks of exchange.“As a historian, I wondered if there were any precursors to the contemporary process of information and technology transfer between the government and the private sector,” he said. “In the late 18th century, European nations such as Britain, Portugal, Spain, and France all began trying to reform their empires. It turns out that they did this by incorporating Enlightenment thought into their statecraft. They borrowed new ideas about economics and used those ideas to raise revenue; they took new ideas about organization and applied those ideas to military reform.”The book grew out of a 2007 conference Paquette organized at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he is a junior research fellow in European and Latin American history. Twenty-one historians contributed to the resulting volume, which includes an introduction by Paquette.“The idea was to have all the essays in some sort of dialogue with each other,” he said. “Oftentimes contributors to edited volumes have never met. In this case, everyone read each other’s work and actually tried to incorporate other people’s ideas into the final product.”Past scholarship about the impact of Enlightenment thought on government policy has concentrated largely on Northern, Central, and Eastern Europe. Paquette’s book focuses new attention on states previously considered “backward.”“There is a general perception that the monarchies of southern Europe weren’t innovative or particularly attuned to new currents of thought, or that they just imitated their northern counterparts,” he said. “In actuality, far from being backward or retrograde, these countries were experimenting with remarkably creative new policies and statecraft. The idea behind the book was to show the real dynamism of southern European politics in the late 18th century.”The 2007 conference and subsequent editing process transformed Paquette’s original conception of the book.“The model I had in mind — government taking the best ideas of its day and trying to weave them into its policies — isn’t the most accurate picture,” he said. “The monarchies actually served as incubators for reform. They encouraged and created the types of public spaces that produced innovative ideas.”Contributing author John Shovlin, a visiting scholar at Harvard’s Center for European Studies and an associate professor of history at New York University, explained in his essay how the French monarchy played a deliberate and important role in fashioning a new public culture.“The monarchies of southern Europe weren’t merely siphoning off the best ideas,” Paquette said. “There was a real synergy between what governments were trying to do and the kinds of ideas that were being produced in places like universities, societies, civic associations, and even in the private sector. The information exchange wasn’t always unidirectional. It was more of a collaborative process.”last_img read more

Breathing freely

first_img Related Inhaled nitric oxide (NO) can be a valuable adjunct respiratory therapy for pregnant women with severe and critical COVID-19, a team of researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has found.The delivery of the therapeutic gas to six COVID-19 pregnant patients admitted to MGH, as described in a paper in Obstetrics & Gynecology, resulted in a rapid and sustained improvement in cardiopulmonary function and decreased inflammation.The resolution of viral infection within 22 days was observed in five of the six patients, findings that could have important implications for treating viruses like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The study is the first to investigate the role of inhaled NO in pregnant people with COVID-19.The patients experienced rapid relief from breathlessness, a lower respiratory rate, and better oxygenation after mask administration of high concentration NO, according to Lorenzo Berra in the Department of Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at MGH. Berra also reported no negative side effects.“In addition, inflammatory markers showed a rapid decrease after breathing NO and five of the six patients in our study showed viral clearance from nasopharyngeal swabs by 22 days after COVID-19 diagnosis,” Berra, corresponding author of the study, added. “All patients were discharged in stable condition from the hospital. We found these results to be very encouraging.”,Inhaled NO increases oxygenation by dilating or opening constricted blood vessels, especially in more well-ventilated areas of the lung, thereby improving intrapulmonary shunt fraction, or the percentage of blood put out by the heart that is not completely oxygenated.A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that pregnant women with COVID-19 are more likely to be hospitalized, are at increased risk of being admitted to the intensive care unit, and more often require mechanical ventilation compared to nonpregnant women.The lack of effective treatments for patients with severe or critical COVID-19 respiratory symptoms prompted a group of physicians from MGH to form an interdisciplinary team to offer pregnant women a novel treatment with inhaled NO to prevent progressive respiratory failure. Between April and June 2020, six hospitalized pregnant COVID-19 patients were given NO therapy. Each treatment was started within 48 hours of admission at a high but still safe dosage of 160 to 200 parts per million (ppm) of inhaled NO for 30 to 60 minutes twice-a-day.“Even at that dosage, nitric oxide is easy to use and appears well tolerated,” said Bijan Safaee Fakhr, an investigator in the Department of Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at MGH and lead author of the article. “We found that nitric oxide inhalation therapy provided rapid relief of shortness of breath in these patients and that their respiratory rates decreased.”He also noted that three of the six women delivered four babies, including a set of twins, while in the hospital, and that each infant tested negative for COVID-19 and remained in good condition 28 days after maternal admission. These findings suggested to Safaee Fakhr that inhaled NO could result in improved placental oxygenation by improving maternal oxygenation. “All patients were discharged in stable condition from the hospital. We found these results to be very encouraging.” — Lorenzo Berra, corresponding author The MGH physicians were further intrigued by the potential antiviral activity of inhaled NO in patients with COVID-19. Berra, who is also an associate professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School cited a group of clinicians in China who, during the 2003-2004 SARS outbreak, administered inhaled NO to infected patients and reported that their chest x-ray findings cleared rapidly (Chen et al. Clin Infect Dis. 2004;39(10):1531-5).“Because of the genetic similarities between Coronavirus SARS-CoV-1 and CoV-2, we decided to use high-dose nitric oxide to prevent viral replication,” Berra said.What the physicians learned was that five of the six patients in their cohort who received inhaled NO but no other antiviral medication while in the hospital were clear of the virus, as shown by two negative nasopharyngeal swabs obtained after nine to 22 days from treatment initiation.Though additional clinical trials are needed to confirm the effects, “There is clear evidence to support using high dose NO therapy for respiratory failure in pregnant women to combat a still unknown disease like COVID-19,” Berra said.Other study co-authors include maternal-fetal medicine physicians William Barth Jr. and Anjali Kaimal, both from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, at MGH; Robert Kacmarek, director of Respiratory Care at MGH and professor of anesthesiology at Harvard Medical School; and Warren Zapol, emeritus anesthesiologist-in-chief at MGH. As need for equipment mushrooms during pandemic, new Harvard and EdX online course rushes in to help fill knowledge gap Study found extremely high levels of SARS-CoV-2 in children’s airways Children’s role in spread of virus bigger than thought Coronavirus and the heart Innovating to train medical pros on using mechanical ventilators COVID-19 may spark cardiac trouble in multiple wayslast_img read more

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 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 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 John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Detailslast_img read more