New proposals obliging large and listed companies to publish detailed information about their payment practices and performance have been unveiled by Business Minister Matthew Hancock [pictured].The changes will provide robust information making it easier for small businesses to â€œcompare the role models with the less reputable.â€ Specifically, the average payment time will be revealed; the proportion of invoices paid beyond terms; and the proportion of invoices paid within 30 days, over 30 days, over 60 days and over 120 days.The new proposals show â€œhow the government intends to use the prompt payment powerâ€ in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill which is currently going through Parliament. Reporting on a quarterly basis will be mandatory.
Pink Talking Fish, a hybrid tribute fusion band that tackles covers of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, and Phish, is excited to announce plans for a Winter tour. The season is highlighted by a very special event in New York City, and also includes a Florida run featuring members of The Heavy Pets, a second edition of the intertwining set experiment “The Music Never Stops Making Sense.” and three encore “Dark Side Of The Moon” performances in Boulder, CO, Philadelphia, PA and Boston, MA.Each Dark Side Of The Moon concert includes a phenomenal support act, including Aqueous, The Recovery Act performing the music of Stevie Wonder, and The Z3 ft. Ed Mann playing Funky Takes on Frank Zappa.The band has also officially announced their next New York City Event called PHUNK THE WINTER! at The Gramercy Theatre on February 7th. On top of two great sets from PTF, special guests ShwiKus will play a set of P-Funk music. ShwiKus is a 13-piece combination of the 2 bands, Shwizz and FiKus. They debuted their action packed Parliament/Funkadelic Tribute set at The Catskill Chill Music Festival this year, which was one of the highlights of the weekend. Tickets for the show are available here!It’s already getting cold in the Northeast and this event is specifically designed for all the people who are fed up with the freeze and want to heat up life by getting crazy, dancing hard and feeling hot…Phunk The Winter!Pink Talking Fish features Eric Gould (former/founding member of Particle) on bass, Richard James on the keyboards, Zack Burwick on the drums and a revolving cast of established players in the national music scene. For more information, check out the official band website and Facebook Page. Full tour dates can be seen below:Pink Talking Fish Tour Dates2014:December 10th – Live From AURA Studios in Boca Raton, FL (Free Video Webcast)*December 11th – Guanabanas Island Restaurant and Bar in Jupiter, FL*December 12th – The Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton, FL*December 13th – Dunedin Brewery in Dunedin, FL*2015:January 3rd – The Rusty Nail in Stowe, VTJanuary 16th – The Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO (Dark Side Of The Moon Performance)**January 17th & 18th – Quixotes True Blue in Denver, CO (The Music Never Stops Making Sense – Intertwining sets with very special guest act TBA)February 6th – The Ardmore Theatre in Philadelphia, PA (Dark Side Of The Moon Performance)$February 7th – The Gramercy Theatre in New York, NY (PHUNK THE WINTER! w/ special guests ShwiKus Plays P-Funk)February 20th – Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs, NYFebruary 21st – The Spot Underground in Providence, RIMarch 28th – The Middle East in Boston, MA (Dark Side Of The Moon Performance)$$* w/ Members of The Heavy Pets** w/ The Recovery Act performing The Music of Stevie Wonder$ w/ Aqueous$$ w/ The Z3 performing Funky Takes on The Music of Frank Zappa
by Anne Galloway vtdigger.org(link is external) Dozens of key pieces of legislation are still pending as the Legislature approaches May 10, the deadline set by House Speaker Shap Smith. The Vermont House and Senate have yet to concur on a number of important bills, and others haven’t yet passed in one body or the other. A few of the biggies at the end include school district consolidation, the miscellaneous tax bill, the budget, several union bills and teachers’ retiree health care. The two bodies have agreed to several key pieces of legislation — including the the omnibus transportation budget, the lift of a cap on local solar generation, a new primary election date set for the second Tuesday in August 2016 and a bill that requires food manufacturers to label genetically modified ingredients.Still, much remains to be resolved in the next five to six days. A number of bills haven’t yet made it to the joint House and Senate conference committees, including the must-pass miscellaneous tax bill, which includes a property tax rate increase and a tax hike on large employers that don’t offer health insurance, the opiate treatment bill (also known as the pretrial services initiative which would divert addicts into treatment), and a proposal that sets new standards for apprehending “drugged” drivers.The sleeper issues that have come to life in the waning days of the session include changes to the current use program,(link is external) a workers comp overhaul, legislation that would allow home childcare workers to unionize (the Senate passed the bill earlier this session), a ban on cellphone use while driving, and a miscellaneous education bill that includes incentives for school district consolidation that will be taken up by the Senate Finance Committee on Monday.The last stop for many bills will be the Senate, and that means there will be several late nights this week in the Green Room. Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell announced on Friday that if senators couldn’t finish the daily calendar by late afternoon, the body would meet between 6:30 and 8 p.m. every evening this week.Here are a few of the outstanding areas of disagreement between the House and Senate that will be resolved in conference committee:BudgetThe House reduced the governor’s recommended 2 percent increase in Medicaid reimbursement payments to 0.75 percent. The Senate reinstated the 2 percent level.The House agreed with the governor’s 1 percent increase for higher education for the second half of the fiscal year. Senate diverted the $400,000 into a VSAC program for high school students.The Shumlin administration has agreed to increase pay for home health care workers. The new cost, $2.2 million, is not included in the budget, according to a report from Vermont Public Radio. (link is external)Where the money will come from has not yet been determined.TaxThe Shumlin administration pitched a $14 million claims assessment and $30 million in one-time money to help fund an overall budget increase of 5 percent. The governor’s office recommended a property tax rate increase of 7 cents; $1.01 for homestead and $1.51 for non-residential taxpayers.The House brought spending down and needed about $1.2 million to balance the budget. Lawmakers raised $500,000 through a new tax on e-cigarettes and an increase in the tax on snuff for about $900,000.Property tax rates for homestead rate payers would go up 4 cents under the House proposal; non-residential rates increase 7.5 cents. The House used $16 million in one-time reserve monies to bring the residential rate down. The House also included a pha搜索引擎优化ut of the $7.7 million small schools grant and an excess spending threshold mechanism that is tied to inflation.The Senate uses a tiered hike in the assessment on companies that do not offer health insurance for workers, or that offer a benefit but pay so little that workers opt to go on Medicaid. The so-called employer assessment raises $3.6 million. The Senate dropped the e-cigarette tax and kept the increase on snuff.Property tax rates under the Senate proposal look more like the governor’s recommendation. Instead of using one-time funds, the Senate raises the rate for residential property tax payers by 6 cents and the rate for non-residential (rental, commercial and second home property owners) by 7 cents.Minimum wageIn Vermont the wage threshold is currently $8.73 per hour.The Shumlin administration proposed a phased-in minimum wage increase over a three-year period, eventually bringing the rate to $10.10.The House proposal raises the minimum wage by $10.10 Jan. 1, 2015.The Senate has a four-year, tiered phased in increase: $9.15 by Jan. 1, 2015; $9.60 in 2016; $10 in 2017 and $10.50 by 2018.
Vermont Business Magazine For over 20 years the Bowse Health Trust (BHT) has awarded grant funds to collaborative community programs which measurably improve the health of Rutland County residents. This year the committee has approved funding for three innovative projects over the next three years. To date, the BHT has funded a total of 66 programs many of which are still operating.Joan Gamble, Chair of BHT, said she is, “excited to be associated with BHT because of the reach and impact on our community, it has given over $4 million to improve the health of Rutland County Residents since its inception in 1997.”The 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) identified the significant need for quality childcare, specifically for infants, and stressed the necessity to support the aging population in Rutland County. For these reasons, Rutland County Early Head Start, the Castleton Early Childhood and Special Education Initiative, and the Caregiver Support Program will receive BHT funding starting in 2020. The projects were selected because of a critical need for these services within our community. Over the next three years, Rutland County Head Start will expand programming to include Early Head Start, adding 38 childcare slots for infants and toddlers within Rutland City. This initiative will provide consistent care, education, nutrition, and support for families in our community. According the National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families, “Early Head Start is an evidence and community-based program with a two-generation approach that provides comprehensive child and family development services.” Rutland County Head Start welcomes this program with years of experience and the knowledge needed to create a nurturing and safe environment for our youngest and most vulnerable residents. The Castleton Early Childcare and Special Education Initiative will work over the next three years to increase available childcare spots to 49. Starting with infant and toddler availability in 2020, the program will increase access to quality childcare in the western part of the county. This innovative initiative pairs the developing Childcare Center and the new Early Childhood Education academic program, which will both be housed on the University’s main campus. This combination signals not only the attention to creating more availability for quality childcare but will also train and prepare the next generation of Early Childhood Educators, emphasizing the importance of this profession and making a difference for years to come.Under the leadership of Rutland Mental Health Services, the Caregiver Support Program will provide crucial services to an identified priority population: caregivers for older adults and older adults who are themselves caregivers. Services will be twofold in benefit; they will support the intense and demanding work of providing care to unwell individuals, while decreasing the need for loved ones under care to enter assisted living or nursing homes. The program will decrease the physical and psychological health burden on caregivers through individualized compassionate support services and trainings that will increase self-care and resilience.“We started this process with 21 Letters of Intent and had strong pool of applicants. It was an arduous process for all involved, because all of the proposals were worthy”, said Jamie Bentley, Community Impact Coordinator. The next grant cycle will be announced in April 2020. Grants are awarded on an annual basis, and the application information is posted on the RRMC website (www.rrmc.org(link is external)). For more information, please contact Jamie Bentley at 802-776-5503 or email [email protected](link sends e-mail).Members of the Health Trust Committee include Joan Gamble, Chair; Victoria Young, Vice Chair; Claudio Fort; Renee Bousquet, Rick Lovett MD, Pam Reed, Nanci Gordon, Dick Courcelle, and Caprice Hover.About Rutland Regional Medical CenterRutland Regional Medical Center founded in 1896, is the largest community hospital and second largest healthcare facility in Vermont, with a medical staff of 256 physicians trained in 37 specialty areas. With a strong patient focus, consistent quality performance, nursing excellence, and award-winning care. Rutland Regional remains dedicated to improving the health of families and individuals throughout Rutland County and beyond.Source: Rutland 11.21.2019 Rutland Regional Medical Center www.rrmc.org(link is external)
Related At the end of July, ASICS opened an innovative new performance store in Paris that offers consumers the latest in premium shopping experiences, thanks to ‘a brand new retail design concept and the latest in high-tech shoe selection services.’The 590 square metre store is the first ASICS performance store in France – the Japanese company’s main European market – and will feature the brand’s complete running collection alongside sports performance categories including rugby and tennis, and the new ‘Training’ category.For the first time, the store will also sell merchandise from ASICS sponsored rugby team, Stade Français, in a rugby specific environment.Located at 6 Rue d’Amsterdam in Paris, close to Saint-Lazare railway station, the concept store will be the first to pilot ASICS’ brand new visual merchandising concept, which uses ‘completely new retail fittings specifically designed to display performance products from different sports in a more consumer friendly manner.’Specific colours and materials will be used to signpost product more clearly, in order to highlight the relationship between the brand’s footwear, apparel, running and core performance sports – all with the aim of providing consumers with a premium and cohesive shopping experience.Pioneering innovation, the new Paris performance store will feature ASICS’ updated FOOT ID service – ‘MOTION ID’ – the first of its kind in shoe-selection services.ASICS MOTION ID is the latest shoe-selection service which uses a series of high-tech motion sensors to capture a consumer’s natural posture and style of movement when running. Based on this personalised data, MOTION ID then evaluates the consumer’s impact during running as well as their pronation movement and heel-shank coupling in different running shoes.By objectively comparing the efficiency of consumers running styles in certain shoes, it allows ASICS staff to decide on the best running shoe for them based on the optimal level of medial support, flexibility and cushioning required.Alistair Cameron, CEO of ASICS Europe said, “We are delighted to announce the opening of our first performance store in Paris, featuring our latest innovations. France is a key strategic market for ASICS as we look to cement our position as the number one brand in performance running and tennis, and build on our core-performance sports offering in the French market.”He added, “As a leading sports performance brand, it’s important to offer the latest in retail experiences and offer our consumers premium services to help them select the best products for their individual needs.”www.asics.com
Shawnee Police were out in force in the Mill Creek neighborhood around 63rd Street and Pflumm Wednesday afternoon searching for the person who shot a 19-year-old woman.Police received the report of the shooting around 3 p.m., and arrived on the scene to finds the woman suffering from a gunshot wound. Medical personnel transported her to an area hospital for treatment.Based on information they gathered, police conducted a thorough search of the Cottonwood Park Apartments at 63rd Street and Cottonwood as the attempted to locate the suspect. They closed of some of the roads in the area during the search. Just before 5 p.m., the department announced on Twitter that it believed the suspect had left the area. Police reopened the roads.“We did not locate the suspect in the area and Detectives are investigating,” said Maj. Sam Larson of the Shawnee Police in a release. “If you have information about this shooting please call the TIPS Hotline 816-474-TIPS (8477) or the Shawnee Police Department at 913-631-2150.”
WHO: Flu activity still high in many Northern Hemisphere countriesFlu activity is still high in the Northern Hemisphere’s temperate-zone countries, with a few countries now reporting hospitalization and intensive care unit admission levels that top previous seasons, the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday in its latest global flu update. Adults ages 65 and older are the hardest hit groups in both Canada and the United States. Elsewhere in North America, flu activity is on the rise in Mexico, much of it from H3N2.In Europe, flu levels are still high in most countries and are picking up in eastern countries, though activity is peaking in a few countries.Northern African countries, including Algeria, Egypt, and Morocco, are reporting high levels of illness, and detections are increasing in the western Asia countries Iraq and Israel. In southern Asia, disease activity is high in Iran and Pakistan.Hot spots in eastern Asia include China, where levels are falling a bit in the north but are still increasing in the south. Hong Kong has reported a steep rise in activity, most of it from influenza B. In South Korea, where the Winter Olympics begin on Feb 9, flulike activity is starting to fall, but H3N2 and influenza B detections are still high.In the Southern Hemisphere, flu is still at interseasonal levels.Globally, influenza B activity has increased in recent weeks, accounting for nearly 40% of positive flu tests. Of subtyped influenza A specimens, results were nearly evenly split between 2009 H1N1 (50.3%) and H3N2 (49.7%).Feb 5 WHO global flu update UK reports five more H5N6 as low-path H5N3 hits French duck farmsThe United Kingdom (UK) yesterday reported five more highly pathogenic H5N6 outbreaks, all involving wild birds, and France reported five outbreaks involving low-pathogenic H5N3.In the UK, affected locations include two counties that have already reported the virus —Hertfordshire and Warwickshire—and two that are reporting their first detections: Berkshire and Surrey, according to a report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Different bird species were found dead on Feb 5, mostly at nature parks with one at a wastewater treatment facility. Most of the affected birds were mute swans.The report said the virus involved in the outbreak is a reassortant between highly pathogenic H5N8 circulating in Europe and a European N6 virus.France, meanwhile, reported five recent low-pathogenic H5N3 outbreaks on duck farms, mainly ones producing poultry for foie gras, all in the western part of the country, the OIE said in a separate report. Affected department include Gers, Morbihan, and Loire-Atlantique.The start dates range from Jan 29 to Feb 3. At four of the farms, screening before movement of ducks led to the detection of the virus. On a fifth farm, the birds were tested due to epidemiological links with one of the affected farms.All of the 36,540 susceptible birds on the farms are slated for culling to curb the spread of the virus. In January, France reported a H5N3 outbreak at a duck farm in Landes department.Feb 5 OIE report on H5N6 in the UK Feb 5 OIE report on low-path H5N3 in France
A shepherd, burros and sheep in the Valles Caldera. Photo by T. Harmon ParkhurstBy Robert DryjaLos AlamosOne way to consider tree species is to place them in ecological habitats. For example, Ponderosa pine can be considered part of a lower elevation habitat at 7,000 feet elevation while alpine meadows can be considered as part of a high elevation habitat at 10,000 feet. Aspen groves represent an intermediate habitat occurring between 7,500 to 9,000 feet.Aspen groves alternatively can be considered as a kind of history book. Sheepherders considered the smooth white bark of the trunk as a kind of natural paper. Many sheepherders left clues about their lives in their tree carvings from the late 19th century to the 1940’s. The carvings provide a very personal viewpoint that compliments the broad picture provided by traditional history books.The Valles Caldera was a major sheepherding location. As many as 100,000 sheep were brought in annually to graze on its grassy meadows. Its aspen groves now provide some historical clues about the Hispanic sheepherders of northern New Mexico who watched over all those sheep. The Catholic Church was a major influence in Spanish Colonial America. Churches and parishes were established initially in Mexico and then progressed northward into what eventually become New Mexico. The impact of the Catholic Church remains significant to the present. As an example, Chimayo is a small rural Hispanic community but its church is a major Easter pilgrimage destination for people from throughout the country. Thousands of people come to it each year.Given the importance of the Catholic church, its symbolic cross was carved by sheepherders on aspen trees. The traditional cross is relatively easy to carve, involving to two straight lines. However, more complex images have been created. Picture 1 shows the traditional cross with small triangles at the ends of the arms. Picture 2 shows a Maltese cross. It involves four elongated triangles that meet at a central circle. Picture 3 shows an even more complex carving. It combines the straight lines of a traditional cross with the triangles of the Maltese cross.Was the intent to carve a more artistic and geometric image that expressed intense religious belief?Images of sheep are more difficult to make since curves now are needed, not straight lines. Picture 4 shows a sheep drawn with gentle curves, not too different from straight lines.Picture 5 must have taken more artistic effort. Both the neck and the tail are made with semicircles. (The quality of the carving is affected because the tree is old. Its bark has been chewed by elk, broken, and shifted position over the decades.)Aspen trees may live for up to 150 years. Shepherds would have made their carvings on already mature, larger trees, possibly 50 years old. The oldest carvings therefore go back about 100 years. Many can be found on fallen trees and so these carvings may be older. Picture1: A traditional cross involves two lines and triangles. Photo by Bob DryjaPicture 2A: A distinct Maltese cross is carved by a person named Julio. Photo Bob DryjaPicture 2B: A distinct Maltese cross. Photo Bob DryjaPicture 3A: A possible variation of the Maltese cross. Photo by Bob DryjaPicture 3B: A possible variation of the Maltese cross. It has straight arms with triangles at their ends. Photo by Bob DryjaPicture 4: Perhaps this is a simple outline of a sheep. Photo by Bob DryjaPicture 5A: This is a possible sheep carving. Photo by Bob DryjaPicture 5A: This is a possible sheep carving. Photo by Bob Dryja
After failing the first European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) inspection, different government sectors are now working together and preparing for the next audit, which will be done in October.Leading the way is the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), which has been tasked by President Benigno Aquino to be the sole maritime regulator through EO 75. Marina is scheduled to test a new quality standard system within the month which will be the agency’s answer to EMSA’s concern on the lack of assessors in the country’s maritime schools.“We have developed this already but EMSA said, ‘You haven’t tested it in maritime schools.’ And that’s what we’re going to do,” expressed Marina chief Maximo Mejia, Jr.“Our training for the most part meets the standard. But since we have a lot of training centers, training programs and college programs related to maritime, we also have too many programs of low quality or substandard, that’s the underlying problem,” adds Mejia.Meanwhile, The Commission on Higher Education is also doing its part to help in solving the supposedly underperforming maritime schools in the country. Recently, a court has rejected some school’s Temporary Restraining Order on the closure and stoppage of some maritime courses which is a step forward for CHED’s ‘catch-up’ plan to improve the system.Department of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario has also been alarmed by the possibility of 80,000 Filipino seafarers being banned on-board EU vessels in case the country fails the audit.“All relevant agencies have been tasked by President Aquino to undertake what is necessary towards addressing the expressed concerns of the EMSA audit team in preparation for its October scheduled audit,” says Del Rosario.[mappress]CrossWorld Marine, July 15, 2013
Agility Group has been awarded an EPCIC contract with Island Offshore for delivery of a Hydro Carbon Vent System to Island Frontier.Island Frontier is a riserless well intervention vessel that provides access to the subsea well through a Well Control Package. As a preparation for the well intervention, small volumes of hydrocarbons trapped in the subsea XT are depressurized to the surface through chokes on the vessel via a vent line. This gas / liquid is separated through a small mud gas separator, and liquid is stored in a portable slop tank.The Agility Group delivery consists of the following main components:Vent line hose and reel;Mud gas separator and choke manifold;Portable Slop Tank.The system is skid-based and will be mounted on the vessel as pre-fabricated units. The Agility Group delivery also includes integration with vessel.Press Release, May 26, 2014; Image: Island Offshore