Kate Fosher Joins Northeast Benefits Management

first_imgNortheast Benefits Management, LLC in South Burlington, VT is pleased toannounce that Kate Fosher has joined its organization as a BenefitsAdministrator.Kate has a B.A. in History with Secondary EducationLicensure from Johnson State College.Kate, formally of Morgan Stanleywill be supporting clients that utilize NBM’s web-based flexible spendingaccount claims and processing system.NBM is an independent firm,delivering a full range of employee benefits management services. As afee-for-service company, we provide organizationally targeted employeebenefits program planning, including review, analysis, administration andemployee communication. NBM offers effective, comprehensive solutionstargeted to the specific needs for companies.NBM is delighted to welcomeKate Fosher to its growing team.last_img read more

Blue Ridge Outdoors Top Towns: Charlottesville, Virginia

first_imgThere’s a reason Blue Ridge Outdoors chose Charlottesville, Virginia, as its primary headquarters. It is an ideal mix of a vibrant urban outdoor lifestyle and easy access to world-class mountain recreation.The U.S. Bureau of National Economic Research recently awarded this small Virginia city with the distinguished title of “Happiest Place in the US.” Maybe its because of its surging craft beer reputation, nearby vineyards, or impressive music scene, Charlottesville’s proximity to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello or its exploding craft beer scene, but primarily it’s Charlottesville’s proximity to the Virginia Blue Ridge and Shenandoah National Park that keeps residents and visitors so happy and satisfied. From Charlottesville, a short drive west will get you to the gates of Shenandoah National Park and the notoriously scenic Skyline Drive, a mecca for road cyclists. Once there, you’ll find more than 500 miles of hiking trails and over 190,000 acres open to backcountry camping.Also down the road from Charlottesville is Wintergreen Resort, one of the top snowsports destinations in the South. In town, Walnut Creek State Park offers ten miles of flowy, buttermilk singletrack around a scenic lake, and the Rivanna Trail circles the entire city, enabling runenrs, bikers and hikers to explore the wild woods from their backyards.Cudas_IB_0814_2DID YOU KNOW? The 26-mile Rivanna Trail circumnavigating C’ville is one of the longest urban trails in the South.Vote now at blueridgeoutdoors.com!last_img read more

Coronavirus lockdowns seen increasing HIV risk to women and girls

first_imgCoronavirus lockdowns have hindered the fight against HIV infection in women and girls globally by limiting their access to education and protection from sexual violence, the United Nations warned on Monday.Governments’ focus on tackling the pandemic has also shifted attention and resources away from protecting vulnerable populations from HIV, according to a study by the Joint United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS).”This pandemic thrives on inequalities and COVID-19 is threatening to throw us off course,” said Winnie Byanyima, the executive director of UNAIDS, in a press briefing. “Everything has focused on COVID-19 as if the HIV pandemic is finished,” said Gracia Violeta Ross, founder of the Bolivian Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS.”Those of us who survived HIV and fought for life and access to treatment and care cannot afford losing the gains that took so much effort to win,” said Ross.UNAIDS urged countries to increase investment in both HIV and COVID-19, citing the Ebola outbreak in western Africa as an example of what could go wrong.It is estimated that disrupted healthcare services that were redirected to fighting Ebola caused 10,600 deaths from malaria, AIDS-related illness and tuberculosis.”We must not forget the HIV/AIDS response,” Eswatini Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini said in the briefing. “We must ensure that no one is left behind.” Topics : “Lockdowns have brought a higher risk of violence against girls. Millions are out of school today. Women in the informal sector have had their income taken away,” Byanyima said.The United Nations had earlier warned of a surge in domestic violence under lockdowns, with calls to helplines doubling or tripling in some countries, as lockdowns trapped many women indoors with their abusers.UNAIDS highlighted the risk of domestic violence and HIV infection for women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa, who already accounted for 59% of new HIV infections in the region in 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic. Prior to nationwide lockdowns, progress was seen through individual programs helping women in sub-Saharan Africa fight HIV infection.That progress will be hindered as medical supplies become more difficult to access. UNAIDS predicted this could cause half a million AIDS-related deaths in sub-Saharan Africa by the end of 2021.last_img read more

Henderson Dredging Project About to Begin

first_imgThe City of Henderson (KY) is about to begin a dredging project that will remove sediment and silt from the downtown boat ramps.As reported in the release, for the first time this summer season, the Ohio River has dropped low enough and will remain that way so the city can clean out the silt that has accumulated at the riverfront boat ramps.“The forecast looks like the river is going to stay down for at least two weeks so we can get it done,” said Public Works Director Brian Williams.He added that the Third Street boat ramp is particularly in need. The up and down movement of the river has really caused a problem with silt accumulation this summer. The Second Street ramp is slightly better.“We’re going to hire a contractor to bring a long-arm excavator and pull out the silt,” Williams said. “It will be piled between the downtown ramps until it is dried out and can be removed.”“Once we start work it shouldn’t take very long to get it done,” he added, noting that he expects the work to begin around Aug. 7.Williams suggested that boaters avoid the Third Street ramp until the work can be complete and use the Second Street, adding that the Hays Ramp is also available for boat launching.last_img read more

Options to Growth

first_img Tweet NewsRegional Options to Growth by: – June 20, 2012 20 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Melanius AlphonseThe budget statement and its failure to provide a clear vision for Saint Lucia coincides with yet another call for a sustainable and integrated action plan, that would boost confidence for Saint Lucia and usher future economic success. The article “Government debt policy too uncertain, says St. Lucia economist” Maxim Auguste, illustrated another practical option and a sound knowledge base on developing economies and urge policy makers to “make it happen.” His observation and option to microfinance and social business initiatives are critical for Saint Lucia’s growth and development that synchronize an integrated action plan. Without an integrated plan of government, business and the wider economy, Saint Lucia will not reach its goal to create sustainable jobs for the more than 24,000 Saint Lucians who are looking for work.And with the continuing expansion of the public service, high inflation and high deficits, Saint Lucia will continue to struggle. For example with EC$32.6 million owned to Inland Revenue in Hotel Accommodation Tax, government has missed an opportunity to acquire equity on behalf of the people of Saint Lucia, provide jobs and grow the economy.More so, the options by government to forego millions and discount outstanding payments to the Inland Revenue are cause for concern – and on the verge of the implementation of 15 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) coupled with the requirements to collect and remit taxes to the Inland Revenue, the wrong message is being sent. Already, government and the VAT implementation team has not yet explained what the indicators are and why the VAT threshold of EC$180,000 has been affix.In order to attain that threshold, the research team had to have come up with business intelligence that a sizable number of the business community in Saint Lucia makes over EC$180,000 a year.If that is not the case then the threshold of EC$180,000 is high and encourages creative accounting.“In building opportunities for our common future” the current 68.9 percent debt-to-GDP ratio as of March 31, 2012, means that Saint Lucia is not competitive in the global market place.As a result, to grow the economy the platform upon which to operate and build must be re – establish. That’s why the options to grow Saint Lucia’s economy must comprise an affordable and deep-seated module to re-position Saint Lucia’s future economic success.The current economic pillars of – tourism, agriculture and financial services are not captivating enough and a better composition of agriculture, agri-business and manufacturing, micro enterprise (SME’s); and development centers to attract foreign investors and financial services, infrastructure development and tourism – needs to be reformulated.The main components of inflation are raising food and fuel prices, -therefore, the supply of affordable transportation, waste management, infrastructure services, food, water, and energy supply at a fair rate is a cornerstone of economic growth, that does not need government to micro-manage business and the social sectors. Even with the requirements of business, government and social leaders who must deal with the deficit problem and the economic growth problem at the same time must enact policy that will encourage growth.For Saint Lucia to move forward, private enterprise must take the lead and government must roll back to its appropriate place of limited role and not create monopolies and additional bureaucracies such as STEP, YEP, NICE, SMILE, LEAP, and TIPPER.In addition, further discipline and clear timelines are necessary to help build value and confidence in the Saint Lucian economy, such as; A reduction in the size and cost of government; and any IMF renewal agreement; The national debt of EC$2.2 billion and the cost of servicing the national debt must be reduced; And the creation of public – private partnerships, small business and development centers are paramount.Local and foreign investment grows the economy over government investments – therefore the focus must be, to encourage private sector strategic investments of capital projects that will power the future engines of innovation and break out of low growth with sustainable jobs.In this regard; An equitable tax policy; the ratification of the labor code and the rule of law must apply; There is greater need to make business development financing, capital financing and equity financing accessible – as well as a clear plan to empower cooperatives and pension funds, encourage greater local savings and Diaspora investment options; The trade deficit and the supply chain are unsustainable; in excess of EC$400 million – a claw back of at least 30 percent is immediately required in order to have a significant impact; Along with provisions for a robust price control policy where business can compete fairly, to offer the best prices within a reliable and sustainable system. With regards to the arguments and the status quo of business as usual, – the current course of economic growth and development in Saint Lucia is not going to reach the goal of sustainable jobs and economic growth. That must change!Fortunately, Saint Lucian has fresh buds and a lot more expertise and ideas to offer towards a new economic approach to change the current course. The time to create sustainable jobs and economic growth is now.But time is critical.By: Melanius Alphonselast_img read more

Lady Bulldogs 2nd At Shelbyville Golf Invitational

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs finished second in the Shelbyville Invitational at Bear Chase Golf Course on Saturday (9-6).The New Palestine Lady Dragons won with a score of 338. Batesville scored 378 followed by Mooresville ‘A’ 381, Shelbyville ‘A’ 387, Jennings County 407, Greensburg 416, Shelbyville ‘B’ 427, Mooresville ‘B’ 441, and Heritage Christian 450.Medalist was Makenzie Black of New Palestine 80.  2nd Abby Poole-New Pal 81.  3rd Madison McCreary-Batesville 81.Batesville next plays in the Ripley County Tourney at North Branch on Tuesday (9-9).Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tom Meyer.last_img read more

Defending Modified champion gets first 2014 North Star Series win

first_imgARLINGTON, Minn. (Aug. 9) – Defending IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified champion Bran­don Beckendorf got his first win of the 2014 Redline Racing Parts North Star Series Saturday at Arlington Raceway. Jeff Coon led the first 16 laps before a caution brought the field back together. On the restart, Becken­dorf dove in and took the lead away with Dan Menk right behind him. Coon then went into the pit area with a flat tire.Beckendorf led the remaining five laps with Menk on his tail and Curt Lund moving up from his 14th place start to challenge but ultimately settling for third. The victory was Beckendorf’s series career fifth.Gary Mattison drew pole and led the first three laps of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main before giving way to Dan Mackenthun. Mackenthun in turn was challenged by Jeff McCollum and Jim Larson but held off both drivers the rest of the distance for his second series win of the season and career fourth checkers.Adam Revier led all but the lap that counted most in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main, as his engine gave out coming to the checkered flag and allowing Matt Looft to pass him for the win. Looft, the defending champion, got win number two on the season and his career sixth ahead of Chris Isaacson and Revier. Jamie Songer led the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main from start to finish for his second checkers in the last three series outings. Justin Luinenburg challenged the last five laps but set­tled for second ahead of Tim Heidecker. Nate Coopman, another 2013 series king, dominated again in the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature as he took the lead on the first lap. Second in the 19-car field was Joe Regner and Alan Lahr was third.Coopman owns seven North Star Series wins this season and 20 for his career.Dustin Sargent led the IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Car feature in a green to check­ered race for his career first feature win.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Brandon Beckendorf; 2. Dan Menk; 3. Curt Lund; 4. Todd Stinehart; 5. Jerry Wren; 6. Tyler Limoges; 7. Greg Jacobsen; 8. Tim Pessek; 9. Jason Helmbrecht; 10. Nick Helmbrecht; 11. Dalton Magers; 12. Jeff Larson; 13. Brent Reierson; 14. Josh Rogotzke; 15. Chad Porter; 16. Jeff Coon; 17. Fred Heidecker; 18. Trent Loverude.Stock Cars – 1. Dan Mackenthun; 2. Jeff McCollum; 3. Jim Larson; 4. Gary Mattison; 5. David Moriarty; 6. Chris Meyer; 7. Matthew Schauer; 8. Matt Speckman; 9. Dean Cornelius; 10. Brad Lange; 11. Dan Dhaene; 12. John Polifka; 13. Dean Nething; 14. Daniel Eckblad; 15. Michael Bruns; 16. Jeff Holstein; 17. Shaun Bruns; 18. Mark Munsterman; 19. Chuck Winter.Northern SportMods – 1. Matthew Looft; 2. Chris Isaacson; 3. Adam Revier; 4. Adam Voss; 5. Josh Larsen; 6. Larry Revier; 7. Dustin Engelke; 8. Justin Remus; 9. Tim Bergerson; 10. Paul Konako­witz; 11. Shawn Harms; 12. Bruce Egeland; 13. Tiffany Maus; 14. Jeremy Brown; 15. Chet Ragan; 16. Zack Malchow; 17. Zach Schultz; 18. Eric Larson; 19. Travis Schurmann.Hobby Stocks – 1. Jamie Songer; 2. Justin Luinenburg; 3. Tim Heidecker; 4. Cory Probst; 5. Josh Telecky; 6. Eric Gillette; 7. Matt Olson; 8. Kevin LaTour; 9. Brian Loscheider; 10. Austin Jahnz; 11. Jeremy Ziemke; 12. Shane Honl; 13. Wes Jahnz; 14. Logan Kelly; 15. Ben Petersen; 16. Sarah Voss; 17. Allen Fetchenhier; 18. Kristin Voss; 19. Rodney Manthey; 20. Nate Mander­field; 21. Mike Vogt; 22. Terry Oestreich; 23. Patrick Oestreich. Sport Compacts – 1. Nate Coopman; 2. Joe Regnar; 3. Alan Lahr; 4. Eric Ladner; 5. Kyren Por­ter; 6. Stephanie Forsberg; 7. Jed Trebelhorn; 8. Kyle Ewert; 9. Ben Wilhelmi; 10. Ashelyn Mori­arty; 11. Terry Blowers; 12. Joe Bunkofske; 13. Robby Severson; 14. Blake Braunworth; 15. Me­gan Voss; 16. Chase Brocker; 17. Robert Rutt; 18. Jordan Rogotzke; 19. Dylan Braunworth.last_img read more

Lewis Hamilton wins Spanish Grand Prix

first_imgRelatedPosts Hamilton wins Tuscan Grand Prix Valtteri Bottas wins Austrian Grand Prix Hamilton wins Russian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton won the Spanish Grand Prix with a controlled run from pole to flag in Barcelona.Untroubled out front and with no repetition of the tyre problems that blighted Mercedes last week, Hamilton took another dominant victory. He was unchallenged by Max Verstappen in the Red Bull who was second and his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas who was third.Lance Stroll was in fourth for Racing Point with his teammate Sergio Pérez in fifth.Despite the heat, with a track temperature of 49c, Hamilton and Mercedes had none of the issues they had suffered at Silverstone and the world champion delivered a sedate win, proving once more that under the right conditions the Mercedes still maintain a definitive advantage over their rivals this season.With overtaking difficult at the Circuit de Catalunya and no unexpected differential to affect the leaders what has been the normal order was resumed.Rain threatened but failed to arrive and Hamilton having built a lead, controlled it throughout the race with aplomb, if indeed it was somewhat uninspiring fare. By the flag he was 24 seconds clear of Verstappen. Hamilton’s 88th career win was his fifth in Barcelona and his fourth in a row at the circuit.He moved to within three of Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 wins as he pursues the German’s record of seven championships.It was his fourth from six races in 2020 and he is leaving the competition behind.Hamilton now leads the championship with 132 points, in front of Verstappen on 95 and Bottas on 89.With both Mercedes drivers having suffered severe tyre wear on the softer compound rubber and in the heat and heavy loads of Silverstone at the last round, they were soundly beaten by Verstappen’s Red Bull. The Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff had warned before the race he expected Verstappen to be quickest in race pace at Barcelona, but while the temperatures were high, the harder compound of tyre in use suited the Mercedes and they delivered another dominant race to make it five wins from six this season.Hamilton made a very good start from pole holding his lead on the 612-metre drag into turn one but Bottas went backwards from the front row dropping to fourth, while Verstappen moved up to second.Tags: Lance StrollLewsi HamiltonSergio PerezSpanish Grand PrixValtteri Bottaslast_img read more

Nicholl named O’Neill’s assistant

first_img The Cowdenbeath boss steps into the role vacated by Billy McKinlay in September when he took on the Watford job full-time, only to be replaced eight days later by Slavisa Jokanovic. Jim Magilton and Stephen Robinson have fulfilled the role in the meantime, but O’Neill was keen to appoint a permanent replacement and has found his man in the former Northern Ireland defender, who played in both the 1982 and 1986 World Cup finals. “I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Jimmy onboard,” O’Neill said. “He has vast experience as a player and a coach and having been capped 73 times he knows what it means to play for Northern Ireland and what an honour it is. “I have known Jimmy for over 25 years and I know that he will be a huge asset to my backroom team.” Nicoll will remain in charge of Scottish Championship side Cowdenbeath while committing to Northern Ireland for the remainder of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. “Having played in two World Cups for Northern Ireland nothing would thrill me more than to be part of the squad to qualify for another major tournament and I am delighted that Michael and the Irish FA have seen fit to place such trust in me,” he said. “I can’t wait to get started.” Meanwhile, O’Neill has called up Dundee United midfielder Paul Paton and left-back Daniel Lafferty, who is playing at Rotherham on loan from Burnley, for his squad to play Scotland and Finland at the end of the month. The pair have come in to replace Kilmarnock’s Sammy Clingan and Shane Ferguson, on loan at Rangers from Newcastle, who have both been ruled out with knee injuries. Northern Ireland play Scotland in a friendly at Hampden Park on March 25 before their Euro 2016 qualifier against Finland in Belfast four days later. Jimmy Nicholl has been named as assistant manager to Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Aidan Tooker finishes as runner-up at NCAA Pre-Nationals meet

first_img Published on October 13, 2018 at 3:17 pm Contact Alex: [email protected] | @alexhamer8 Aidan Tooker missed first place by half a second, as he placed runner-up at the NCAA Pre-Nationals in Madison, Wisconsin. The men’s team finished third on the day with 195 points, trailing only Washington in second and BYU in first.On the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course, Tooker ran the meet in 23:54.9, only bested by BYU’s Rory Linkletter (23:54.4), who ensured his and BYU’s second consecutive first place finish at Pre-Nationals.At the 6-kilometer mark, Tooker was in ninth place, but a late surge helped him overtake BYU’s Conner Mantz and San Francisco’s Chris Olley, who had lead for much of the 8-kilometer race.Tooker’s second place finish was an improvement on his performance last year in Madison, when his 23:53.2 finish was good for 10th place and his first career top-10 finish at a major meet.Elsewhere for the No. 8 ranked Orange, sophomore Noah Affolder (24:26.3) and senior Iliass Aouani (24:31.8) placed within the top-50.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEarlier in the day, the Syracuse women’s team enjoyed a strong finish in its 6K race to place eighth with 269 points.Freshman Laura Dickinson (20:52.2) and redshirt sophomore Rachel Bonner (20:55.7) led the Orange placing 29th and 33rd, respectively.Next up for Syracuse is the John Reif Memorial on Oct. 19 in Ithaca, New York. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more