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first_imgFive of Vermont’s health care associations today released a joint report outlining their health care reform guiding principles and recommendations for policy makers.  This release coincides with the most recent update to the Vermont Health Care Commission by Dr. William Hsiao, the Harvard-based economist who is developing three health system design options for consideration by the General Assembly.The associations identified a number of important themes.  These include:1) State health care reform initiatives need to be fully aligned with the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).2) Health care professionals and providers should be full partners with health plans and state government in planning for and implementing new payment methodologies, delivery system reforms and insurance reforms.3) Payment incentives designed to support a re-defined health care system need to promote quality value and improved access..4) The ability to deliver improved health care outcomes requires greater attention to and resources for health information technology, workforce education, recruitment and retention as well as expanded prevention/wellness programs.  Keeping Vermonters healthy includes having an adequate supply of primary care clinicians to ensure access to preventive and primary care services.5) Most providers, particularly long term care and home health, face substantial net funding reductions under the ACA that must be considered by state policy makers.“Identifying joint recommendations and guiding principles better prepares us to be engaged in the important discussions ahead,” said Bea Grause, President and CEO of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems.  “Like Vermont’s previous reform success stories, further health care reform will depend upon the close collaboration of all stakeholders and policy makers, with the interest of the patient as the central focus.”The participating health care associations include Bi-State Primary Care Association (representing community health centers, free clinics, rural health clinics and area health education centers), the Vermont Assembly of Home Health Agencies, the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, the Vermont Health Care Association (representing nursing homes, residential care and assisted living facilities) and the Vermont Medical Society (representing physicians).To read the paper in its entirety visit www.VAHHS.org/pressroom/ReformReadinessPaper.pdf(link is external)Source: Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. 10.13.2010last_img read more


first_imgCentral Vermont Public Service has asked the Vermont Public Service Board to authorize a 4.8 percent rate increase under the company’s alternative regulation plan.  If approved, the increase would take effect on Jan. 1, 2012.‘We have worked very hard to control operating costs, which are virtually flat overall,’ CVPS President and Chief Executive Officer Larry Reilly said.  ‘The rate change is being drive by a variety of factors, which include new power contracts at competitive, yet slightly higher costs, and investments in our system to improve reliability for customers. Meanwhile, the rate impact was mitigated by a reduction in our allowed return on equity, which will drop from 9.45 to 9.17 percent.’Even after this increase, the company’s rates will remain competitive with the major utilities in New England.  The bill for a residential customer who uses 500 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month will rise from $82.26 to $86.22, a difference of $3.96.  By comparison, the same customer would pay as much as $114.03 elsewhere in New England, according to the Edison Electric Institute.Since 1999, CVPS’s rates have risen at only about half the rate of inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index.CVPS is in the process of selling the company to Gaz Métro, the parent of Green Mountain Power, with which CVPS will merge next year, if the transaction receives all necessary regulatory approvals.  Through the merger process, GMP and CVPS have promised to provide $144 million in customer savings in the first 10 years after closing the sale. CVPS 11.1.11last_img read more


first_imgBy Nelza Oliveira/Diálogo April 08, 2019 The Brazilian Navy (MB in Portuguese) celebrated the 211th anniversary of the Marine Corps (CFN, in Portuguese) in a military ceremony at the historic São José da Ilha das Cobras Fort, in Rio de Janeiro, March 7, 2019. The ceremony gathered Brazilian and partner nations’ civil and military leaders, including U.S. Marine Corps Major General Michael F. Fahey III, commander of Marine Corps Forces South. Representatives from Chile, Mexico, and Peru also attended the event. Brazilian Navy General Alexandre José Barreto de Mattos, CFN commander, looked back at CFN’s origins from a contingent of Portugal’s Royal Brigade of the Navy that escorted the royal family to Brazil in 1808 and set up its headquarters the following year at Ilha das Cobras, where it remains. “Today the Marine Corps celebrates its 211th anniversary, consolidated as an amphibious and expeditionary force entirely composed of volunteer service members completely committed to the service, always ready, prepared to carry out any assigned mission with a wide range of activities, when and where national interest requires it,” said Gen. Alexandre. Brazil and the United States Gen. Alexandre mentioned the relevance of exchanges with various partner nations in creating CFN. “This enabled the deployment of a greater number of service members abroad—officers, Naval School cadets, and noncommissioned officers— clearly improving the dissemination of professional knowledge acquired. Such actions are undertaken to expose marines to the latest and greatest developments in various marine corps around the world,” he said. Days before, MB announced via Twitter that CFN Major General Nélio de Almeida and Maj. Gen. Fahey signed a five-year plan to increase knowledge exchanges and joint training opportunities between the Brazilian and U.S. marines. “The Brazilian Marine Corps and Marine Forces South enjoy a strong relationship characterized by mutual respect, collaboration, and a shared vision in the theater security cooperation arena. My presence at the 211th anniversary of the Brazilian Marine Corps reinforces the United States Marine Corps’ commitment to and fraternal bonds with one of our strongest partners in the region,” Maj. Gen. Fahey told Diálogo. “The United States’ bonds with Brazil, in general, and between our two marine forces, in particular, are important because those bonds facilitate cooperation in addressing mutual challenges in our region and around the world. Our partners’ success is our success, and we look forward to celebrating this and future events with them,” said Maj. Gen. Fahey. Female participation During the ceremony, authorities gave the Amphibious Medal of Honor to 37 Brazilian service members as outstanding amphibious combatants. Brazilian Marine Corps Corporal Gilmário Alerson da Silva Lima was recognized at the event with the 2018 Naval Infantryman Excellence in Service Award for displaying high moral and professional standards throughout his career. On the eve of International Women’s Day, Gen. Alexandre pointed out that CFN has three female officers and expects to increase female participation. The officer mentioned the first Peacekeeping Operations Internship for Women, an MB-United Nations (UN) partnership that trained 40 women—including service members from MB and other armed forces, and representatives from civil institutions—to participate in different UN missions, such as in Lebanon, the Western Sahara, the Central African Republic, Sudan, and South Sudan. “I must add that we are approaching the day when our units will have young, female Marine Corps officers and noncommissioned officers formed at the Naval School and at military training centers. They will follow in the footsteps of the three female officers from CFN’s Noncommissioned Officer Corps, who can be considered female pioneers on the Marine Corps Officers Board. As a matter of fact, this increased female participation is a demand of our times, to which we try to adjust,” said Gen. Alexandre.last_img read more


first_imgThe topic for this post emerged while I was at a vendor expo prior to a major run. Ok, you got me. It was at Disney. Readers, “every mile is magic”!One of the vendors was a title sponsor you may have seen mentioned on this blog: Misfit. They are an activity tracker/watch/smart device company owned by Fossil. I’ve used their original device since release: basic but functional. Since then, they have released a number of more advanced wearables. The evolution of the device I have now interacts with your phone as a camera remote, a “get me out of this awkward situation by calling me” feature, ability to control music, and even turn on/off smart lighting. And I thought mine was cool when it knew I was sleeping!Their other devices range from a full-fledged smartwatch (like an Apple Watch) to one called the Phase. It’s marketed as a “hybrid smartwatch”. If you’re being honest (and isn’t that why we’re all here?), you don’t know what that means. It’s ok, I didn’t, either. Does it run on two power sources? Can I make it a normal watch, then flip a switch and have a screen turn on? Is it a tiny Autobot? I even picked up a brochure, and the only guidance it gives is that “it’s more than time”. Luckily, the company had representatives at the event to explain. Us charlatans were all off the mark. A “hybrid smartwatch”, as you obviously should know, is a device with a normal watch face, physical moving hands and all, yet inside, it has all the computers you’d expect out of something much more impressive. Instead of using a power-hungry screen, the watch moves the hands around in different patterns, which you have to remember their meaning. It’s like morse code for the tech world. (Was 10 o’clock Mom or Steve texting? Oh, it’s actually just 10:00.)Now we are all on the same page when it comes to hybrid smart watches. They’re normal watches that can do some “smart” things. Couldn’t you figure it out from the name? No? Psh, what are you, a normal person or something?Misfit did that little thing we all fall victim to sometimes; they assumed. If you make up a new term, it needs to be repeatedly explained until it becomes common knowledge within your target audience. Otherwise, all you’re doing is confusing your readers and maybe even scaring them out of making a decision. “I don’t know what they’re talking about, but since it’s not explained, I bet everyone else does. If I ask, I’m the dumb one, so I’m not saying anything.” I’m sure within the industry, “hybrid smartwatch” is a common term with broad understanding. But did anyone check the real world?There’s a possibility your own credit union is making this same mistake. As with most industries, we do love our proprietary terms and acronyms. VSC, GAP, CPI, PPI, AD&D, and more. You’re right, some have general understanding in the public, but not all. And aren’t you about educating your members to make better financial decisions (which may involve you making more money)?All of your member-facing services should be presented in a simple, easy-to-grasp way. If a member wants the full details, that’s fine, but initial encounters must be instantly understandable. Take, for example, PPI (Payment Protection Insurance): “Get hurt or sick and can’t work for 30 days or longer? This pays your loan.” Everyone will get what it offers. GAP: “Totaled your car and insurance didn’t pay the whole loan? This pays the rest.” VSC (or Warranty for some CUs): “Car breaks? This pays to get it fixed.” In the latter example, you need to be offering a top-tier warranty service to say something so simple.And that brings up a good point. Besides missing member purchase opportunities due to a lack of clarity, you could also be making things difficult for everyone by partnering with a challenging provider. Remember, my business works with CUs. No matter what we offer, we aim for it to be easily digested by staff and members, without lots of exclusions, loopholes, or other places where relationships break down. Your MSRs want solutions which can be quickly presented to members. Once you have to start clarifying where it does and does not apply, the sale opportunity is gone.Ok, there was a lot in this piece. Let’s bring it all home.Hybrid smartwatches are normal-looking watches which do cool stuff. They show you by spinning their physical hands.Assuming often gets you in trouble.Every member service should be instantly understandable (if only at a, “that sounds useful, tell me more” level).All offered products, in-house and partnered, must be top-quality to ensure you don’t need to start presenting where they don’t apply (ie. A warranty which doesn’t cover sales tax).Credit unions exist to help members make smart financial decisions. If we’re stuck with industry jargon, assuming everyone understands, while presenting complicated solutions, are we really fulfilling our mission?This leads me to a future post which will discuss the idea of selling. Yes, you should be selling to your members. Why? And how? You’ll just have to wait and see! 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joe Winn What do you get when you mix auto loan programs with a desire to help others? Well, approaches that make a difference, of course. So what do you get when … Web: credituniongeek.com Detailslast_img read more


first_img“My vet said, ‘Your shepherd’s 12 years old. He’s getting slow. The best thing to keep him going is [to] get another little puppy,’” the president-elect recalled, joking that his elder dog “thinks he’s Secret Service.”Scroll down to look back at some of the cutest occupants of the White House through the years. Barack’s successor, President Donald Trump, was the first White House occupant to not have a pet while in office since James K. Polk, the 11th U.S. president. Dog lovers rejoiced after former V.P. Joe Biden‘s projected 2020 election win because his family’s two German shepherds, Champ and Major, would be joining him in D.C.The Pennsylvania native and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, got Champ in late 2008 and adopted Major 10 years later from the Delaware Humane Association. During an Iowa campaign event in 2019, Joe said their second puppy came along at the perfect time.- Advertisement – Ahead of his first presidential election win in 2008, Barack Obama promised daughters Malia and Sasha that they could get a dog if his campaign came out on top. “I love you both more than you can imagine. You have earned the puppy that is coming with us!” he teased during his victory speech in Chicago’s Grant Park in November 2008.The Obamas brought home Bo, a Portuguese water dog, in April 2009. Months after his second inauguration in January 2013, the former Senator and his family added Sunny to the mix. When the Obama family moved out of the White House in early 2017, the former first dogs had to get acquainted with the way everyday pets live.“They’re just now going to the door when the doorbell rings,” Michelle Obama joked during a December 2018 talk at Barclay’s Center in New York City. “It’s taken them two years. It’s the door, people are coming!”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Even first families are pet lovers! From the earliest days of the United States government, presidents have brought furry friends along to the White House.While many U.S. leaders have kept their pets to the traditional cat or dog, politicians dating back to the 1700s owned more exotic companions, like horses, bear cubs and parrots. As time went on, presidents’ animal friends became as revered as the candidates themselves.- Advertisement –last_img read more


first_img“Our visions of tomorrow’s tourism, sustainable and responsible, prompts us to constantly impose ever more virtuous standards in terms of respect for the environment,” Nicolas Dubreuil, Ponant’s Polar & Tropical Expedition Expert and Director of Sustainability, explained. NABU: Ponant recognised as the most environmentally friendly cruise company This year, Ponant obtained an average of 4.4 and achieved Level 5 — leadership and excellence — for five of the seven indicators. With a transparent certification process, the results are independently verified every two years and the individual performance of each company is made public annually on the Green Marine website. This initiative distinguishes the players in the maritime industry that undertake to measure their environmental performance each year and reduce their environmental footprint. More than 145 Canadian and U.S. enterprises currently participate in the program. Any international company is also eligible to obtain certification as long as it operates in North America, as is the case with Ponant which offers cruises in the Canadian and US Arctic. Expedition cruise ship being built by Vard for Ponant. Image Courtesy: Fincantieri/Stirling Design International The program offers a specific framework for port authorities, terminal operators, ship owners and shipyard managers to productively and measurably reduce their environmental footprint. “This is a major ship owner in the cruise sector that has repeatedly demonstrated its community to sustainable development through several initiatives, in terms of atmospheric emissions, plastics reduction, carbon offsetting or new technologies,“ David Bolduc, Green Marine’s executive director, said, welcoming Ponant to the certified participants’ program.  center_img  “A halt to heavy fuel oil use, the utilization of the latest technological innovations, a dramatic reduction of single-use plastics, the implementation of environmental and societal impact studies, awareness-raising among our passengers, the creation of our foundation… We do everything we can to ensure that the environment’s preservation is at the heart of our actions.” Each year, NABU assesses and evaluates the environmental policies of the principal ocean-going cruise companies in the European market. This year, Ponant rose to first place in the ranking. France-based Ponant has become the first international cruise line to join the Green Marine environmental certification program for the marine industry. Specifically, Green Marine addresses a number of priority environmental issues through its 13 performance indicators – seven of which are designated for ship owners. The indicators assess on a scale of 1 to 5 the practices and technologies having a direct impact: underwater noise, pollution atmospheric emissions (NOX, SOX and PM), greenhouse gas emissions (CO2), invasive aquatic species, waste management, and oil discharges. “It’s more than just a simple ranking. This recognition is highly significant for Ponant. It encourages us to continue our efforts to promote sustainable tourism and to set increasingly rigorous standards for ourselves in this respect,” according to Dubreuil. The ranking assesses overall environmental strategy based on eight environmental criteria — commitment to the Paris Agreement, climate strategy, efficiency measures, emission-reduction measures, the use of shore power connections, discontinued use of heavy fuel oil, the use of nitrogen oxide catalysts and the use of soot particle filters. German environment association Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) recently recognized Ponant as the most environmentally friendly cruise line.last_img read more


first_imgGirls Soccer Sectional Scores.  Thursday  (10-10)Class 2A @ Batesville.Madison 3     Jennings County  0East Central  3   South Dearborn  0@ Rushville.New Castle  5     Franklin County  0Richmond  3     Rushville  0Class 1A @ Lawrenceburg.Lawrenceburg  3     South Ripley  1Oldenburg Academy  9     Southwestern  0@ CentervilleCenterville  2     Triton Central  1Union County  2     Knightstown  0last_img


first_imgThe Hobby Stocks ended the night’s racing with their 15-lap feature event.  Braden Richards led the troops in the early going of the race but Nelson was quickly up to challenge him by lap three.  By Joyce Eisele Cory Sauerman took home the victory in the IMCA Modified contest and it was 12th starting Jay Schmidt making a last-lap pass for the win in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division. Jake Sachau took the win in the caution-free Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod show. This Saturday, June 6, spectators will be allowed in the grandstands, observing Iowa’s social distanc­ing guidelines with Covid-19. Dylan Nelson raced to a second straight IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature win at Boone Speed­way Saturday night. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography) BOONE, Iowa (May 30) – Boone Speedway saw another big car count for its Saturday night rac­ing program with 199 race cars checked into the pits and Dylan Nelson repeated his win from last week in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock division.   By lap five, Nelson had taken over the top spot and was successful in warding off Richards the rest of the way to the checkers.  Richards held the second spot, Eric Knutson came from 11th starting to take third place, fourth was Solomon Bennett, and Shane Butler completed the top five. last_img read more


first_imgColumbus, IN—Local law enforcement officers arrested six people on Monday during a narcotics investigation involving drug activity at a Columbus residence.  Officers from the Columbus Police Department Intelligence-Led Policing Unit conducted a traffic stop near 7th Street and Central Avenue and later arrested Elizabeth A. Burton, 32, of Columbus after locating methamphetamine and a controlled substance in her car.Officers also arrested Christopher L. Tays, 32, of Franklin, Indiana on several charges including two local warrants and an out of county warrant after stopping his vehicle near 17th Street and Gladstone Avenue.  A Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department canine later alerted to the odor of narcotics in Tays’ vehicle and while searching the car, officers reportedly located marijuana as well as a Suboxone strip prior to transporting Tays to jail.A short time later, officers stopped a vehicle driven by Jonathan P. Blair, 29, of Columbus.  While speaking to Blair and his passengers, Ryan S. Hollman 31, of Hope and Victor N. Burton, 57, of Columbus, a Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department canine was requested and later alerted to the odor of narcotics inside the vehicle.  A search of the vehicle yielded nearly 30 grams of methamphetamine.Officers and investigators from the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team executed a search warrant Monday evening on a detached garage behind 2134 Caldwell Place.  During a search of the garage, investigators reportedly located methamphetamine, heroin, controlled substances, drug paraphernalia, and narcotics packaging material.  Officers arrested Christopher D. Battin, 33, who resides at the address.All persons involved in this case were transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where they were remanded with 48 hour holds on the following preliminary charges:Elizabeth A. Burton:  Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Schedule IV SubstanceChristopher L. Tays:  Two Bartholomew County Warrants, One of County Warrant, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled SubstanceRyan S. Hollman: Dealing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Heroin, Visiting a Common NuisanceVictor N. Burton:  Dealing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Visiting a Common NuisanceJonathan P. Blair:  Possession of Methamphetamine, Visiting a Common NuisanceChristopher D. Battin: Dealing in Cocaine or a Narcotic Drug, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Marijuana, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Drug ParaphernaliaThis incident remains under investigation.last_img read more


first_imgEileen “Aunt Mike” (Linville) Borgman, age 91 of Osgood passed away early December 15. Eileen was born on June 14, 1928 the daughter of the late Hervey and Susie (White) Linville outside of Delaware. She grew up in the area and attended Napoleon High School, graduating as a proud “Bearcat.”After high school she attended college courses and obtained her accounting degree. She worked for years in the bookkeeping for the U S Shoe Factory. She would also meet and marry Robert Gene Borgman on November 12, 1946. They were blessed with a daughter Judy Ann, whom passed away at an early age. This however never kept her from being a mother figure to several nieces and nephews. The two of them lived outside of Osgood, where they enjoyed raising quail and gardening. Growing up thru the 30’s and 40’s the understood how to provide for themselves, they had an orchard and large garden that provide for not only them but also family and friends.In 2010, they moved to Buckeye Village, and finally she moved into Manderley Health Care. She enjoyed and appreciated all those around her.She was preceded in death by husband Bob, daughter Judy Ann, parents Hervey and Susie, sisters Leota “Blackie” Jane Byard and Ioeta “Rusty” Green, brothers Gordon, Lawrence, and Randy Linville, and infant children.Visitation will be held on Wednesday December 18, 2019 from 10 am.- 1pm., with Funeral services being held at 1 pm. All services will be held at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood. Memorials maybe given to the Manderley Activities Fund in care of the funeral home.last_img read more