SBA Vermont District Office accepting award nominations

first_imgThe US Small Business Administration (SBA) is accepting nominations for the 2010 Vermont Small Business Awards. Each year, SBA showcases and recognizes successful and inspiring small business owners and business champions. The nomination process is simple. Nominators submit a one-page nomination letter, in any format, to the SBA Vermont District Office by October 31, 2009. Candidates who advance to the final selection stage will be asked to submit a more complete nomination packet. State winners are eligible to compete for regional and national honors.An independent panel of judges will select award winners from every state, all of whom will be honored by their local SBA.In Vermont, each winner is recognized at a spring gala event attended by SBA, the governor, state congressional staff, lenders, other members of the business community, and the media.The SBA Vermont District Office is now accepting nominations for the following awards:Small Business Person of the YearSmall Business Exporter of the YearYoung Entrepreneur of the YearEntrepreneurial Success AwardJeffrey Butland Family-Owned Small Business of the YearVermont Micro-Enterprise of the YearFinancial Services Champion of the YearVeteran Small Business Champion of the YearHome-Based Business Champion of the YearWomen in Business Champion of the YearMinority Small Business Champion of the YearFor eligibility guidelines and a nomination form, see the Vermont 2010 Small Business Awards Nomination Form at www.sba.gov/vt(link is external).All nominations must be mailed (or faxed to 802-828-4485) to the U.S. Small Business Administration, P.O. Box 605, Montpelier, VT 05601-0605. The deadline for submission is October 31.Source: VT SBAlast_img read more

Vermont unemployment rate drops to 5.4 percent in March

first_imgVermont Labor Force Statistics (Seasonally Adjusted) March2011February2011March2010February2011March2010       Changes From The Vermont Department of Labor announced today the seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate for March 2011 was 5.4 percent. This reflects a decrease of two-tenths of one percentage point to the statewide rate from the previously reported February level of 5.6 percent. Compared to a year ago (March 2010), the statewide unemployment rate has trended down by 1.2 percent. ‘The numbers indicate that the State’s economy is recovering, albeit slowly and cautiously. The improvements are becoming more tangible. Employers in the manufacturing, professional and business service, and leisure and hospitality industries are reporting significant over-the-year increases in employment. While these trends are very encouraging, the fact remains that more jobs are needed to recoup what was lost during the economic downturn of recent years. We also note that these improved numbers do not reflect the difficult economic situation faced by many Vermonters who remain unemployed, or in certain industries that have yet to rebound, or for regional areas in Vermont that have been harder hit by the loss of jobs. The Department of Labor is conducting more extensive outreach to unemployed Vermonters, particularly those who have been out of work for an extended period of time and those who have exhausted benefits’, said DOL Commissioner Annie Noonan. Analysis of Job Changes by Industry The preliminary ‘not seasonally adjusted’ jobs numbers for March show a decrease of 1,500 jobs when compared to the revised February numbers. This reported over the month change does not include the 500 job increase between the preliminary and the revised February estimates due to the inclusion of more data. As detailed in the preliminary not seasonally adjusted March data, Total Private reports a decrease of 1,450 jobs and Government reports a decrease of 50 jobs. In the private sector, the industry with the largest nominal increase was Professional and Business Services (350 jobs). Leisure & Hospitality (-800 jobs) and Trade, Transportation & Utilities (-700 jobs) reported the largest nominal declines in the not seasonally adjusted data. Based on the preliminary March data, the annual rate of unadjusted job growth declined two tenths of percent from the previous month to a positive 2.7 percent. The seasonally adjusted data for March reports an increase of 200 jobs from the revised February data. As with the ‘not seasonally adjusted’ data, this over the month change is from the revised February numbers which experienced a positive revision from the preliminary estimates (+400 jobs). A review of the seasonally adjusted March numbers shows Vermont’s Private Industries with a job increase of 600 jobs. Leisure & Hospitality (600 jobs) and Manufacturing (400 jobs) reported the largest job gains. Decreases in the private sector were small with Trade, Transportation & Utilities and Construction reporting the largest job declines ‘ both losing 200 jobs. Total Government decreased by 400 jobs from the revised February counts. State of Vermont Overview Vermont’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased two tenths of a percent to 5.4 percent in March. For comparison purposes, the United States seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March showed a one tenth of a percent decrease to 8.8 percent. The underlying Vermont data showed increases to the labor force (+800) and total employment (+1,400) combined with a decrease to total unemployment (-500). With this decline to the total number of unemployed, the state of Vermont is below 20,000 unemployed for the first time since November 2008. March unemployment rates for Vermont’s 17 labor market areas ranged from 3.9 percent in Warren-Waitsfield to 9.9 percent in Newport. Local labor market area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. For comparison, the March unadjusted unemployment rate for Vermont was unchanged from the February data at a level of 6.0 percent. This unadjusted statewide data is down one and five-tenths of a percentage point from a year ago. Total Labor Force364,500363,700361,3008003,200   Employment344,700343,300337,400       1,4007,300   Unemployment19,80020,30023,900-500-4,100   Rate (%)5.45.66.6-0.2-1.2Vermont’s labor force, employment and unemployment statistics are produced from a combination of a Statewide survey of households and statistical modeling.  The data are produced by the Local Area Unemployment Statistics Program (LAUS) a cooperative program with the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Vermont Department of Labor.last_img read more

New Year’s Resolutions on Long Island: Four Corners, One Common Thread

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York 1. THE PERSONAL TRAINERDr. Marisa Silver can set her stopwatch by the predictable time when clients looking to eat right, workout more and lose weight seek her out after New Year’s. Except instead of lapsing like most January gym recruits, those who see trainers such as Silver with a one-on-one approach tend to have a higher retention rate—even if it takes some tough love. “They think that they are going to lose weight within one week, that I have a secret pill or that I have a magic ball,” says Silver, owner of Hicksville-based In the Zone Personal Fitness, Silverspine Chiropractic & Health and author of several fitness books. “I hate to tell everyone [but] it takes determination and hard work.” She puts it in stark terms: “If you wanna lose weight, it’s a math equation; you need to burn more than you take in.” Sometimes, even her regulars—obese adolescents, elite athletes and the elderly alike—need to be talked off the ledge and reminded why they should take her advice. “What you do today is how you’re gonna feel in 30 years,” she says. “I always say: ‘Mobility is life, you are what you eat, and live life to the fullest.’”2. THE SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELORQuitting drinking, smoking and drugging are high atop a sobering amount of New Year’s resolution lists. Many people with chemical dependencies self medicate the holidays away, making their arrival at help’s door all the more critical. “People often don’t speak up until things get monumentally hard,” says Steven Chassman, clinical director at Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, which sees about 100,000 clients annually after demand nearly doubled in recent years. The disease claimed nearly 400 lives on LI last year, averaging about seven per week. Overcoming the stigma to admit needing help may be the hardest part, but enduring the moralizing of those ignorant to the psychology of substance abuse isn’t any easier to swallow. “Shake the family tree and down come the bottles,” he says, recalling an industry saying that falls on the former side of the nature vs. nurture debate. “I pass on suggestions, take ‘em or leave ‘em,” he says with the pragmatism required to work with clients that sometimes ignore his advice, overdose and die. “We’re the first step in a long journey.”3. THE CAREER COACHBetween proactive high school students and stay-at-home parents returning to the workforce, middle-aged workers dissatisfied with their careers make up the majority of the hundreds of clients annually who visit MJ Feld’s Huntington office, Careers by Choice. Especially in January. “People know to get a dental checkup, but this isn’t always on their radar,” she says. Which is why she sees so many folks who wind up in jobs of convenience at their parents’ business, employees who’ve grown too complacent to quit or in jobs they landed after failing to launch a career in their major upon graduating college. For those who are in the right career but just need to air their grievances instead of seething or getting a new job, it can be like marriage counseling. “It’s easier to say, ‘I hate my job rather than I hate my life,’” she says. “It does require some introspection, but a lot of people don’t do that because it’s scary.” She keeps a drawer full of “thank you” notes to remind her of the good days helping people realize their dreams. “Sometimes you have to jump into the water to see if you can swim,” she says.4. THE TRAVEL AGENTDespite the increased popularity of do-it-yourself flight and hotel booking websites, those who’ve resolved to see more of the world in the New Year often land in travel agents’ offices to plan their bucket-list trips to far-flung lands. “We have a phrase in the travel industry: without a travel agent you’re on your own,” says James Marino, owner of Oyster Bay Travel and immediate past president of the Long Island Travel Agents Association. He recalls helping clients rebook return flights when the weather goes south and avoid airport headaches when they’ve been stuck in European nations that suddenly go on strike—by say, pulling off a bonus tour and “making Limoncello out of lemons” when a surprise nine-hour layover pops up. Aside from the honeymooners and families going away for winter break, what really puts the wind in his sails is using his globetrotting experience to make an extra-special vacation become reality, such as the grandmother who took her Shakespeare-fan granddaughter to visit Juliet’s House in Verona, Spain. Touting his love of planning multigenerational family trips, he says: “We made a dream come true for someone who might not ordinarily be able to do this on their own.”last_img read more

Calls of cities to the European Union against Airbnb’s mass tourism

first_imgAirbnb has become a thorn in the side of many cities looking to regulate the platform’s growth to date. Thus, Amsterdam, Barcelona, ​​Berlin, Bordeaux, Krakow, Munich, Paris, Valencia and Vienna asked the European Union to prevent the “carte blanche” of Airbnb in the region, reports Skift. “The opinion of the Legal Adviser of the Court of Justice of the European Union provides a clear overview of which rules apply to collaborative economy platforms such as Airbnb and how those rules help create better opportunities for consumers. We also want to be a good partner to cities, and we have already worked with over 500 governments around the world on measures to help hosts share their accommodation, abide by the rules, and pay their share of taxes. As we move forward, we want to continue working with everyone to put the local population at the heart of 21st century sustainable tourism”, They stated from Airbnb for Skift. RELATED NEWS: Airbnb is known for refusing to share detailed information about its ads with employees. Airbnb and HomeAway sued New York in 2018, arguing that the statute, which requires the disclosure of detailed information about their ads, is unconstitutional. In January this year, the court agreed with that claim. Municipal officials have expressed concern about the implications of the decision. “We are afraid that the homes, which the residents need to live and work in our cities, will be increasingly used as apartments for rent.”, The letter states. “The legal adviser to the Court of Justice of the European Union seems to be implying that Airbnb will stifle urban planning and housing measures.” In a letter posted on the Amsterdam City Council website, the cities referred to a non-binding ruling in April in which the European Court of Justice’s legal adviser said Airbnb should be considered a digital service provider and not an accommodation provider. That ruling was seen as a promising sign for the future of Airbnb’s European operations amid negative reactions around mass tourism.center_img Cities are seeking co-operation with the European Parliament and the European Commission to establish legal obligations that would force Airbnb to comply with local regulations. Currently, the letter states that “platforms claim to be willing to cooperate with the authorities, but in practice they generally do not.” The letter from European cities states that such a lack of transparency prevents local officials from enforcing the law, such as the one for limiting the number of days of renting accommodation. Source: Shift AIRBNB EXPANDS ITS OFFER TO MULTI-DAY ADVENTURE TRIPSlast_img read more

India reopens further as virus cases hit 1.5 million

first_imgIndia will reopen gyms and end a nighttime curfew from August, but cinemas, bars and schools will remain closed in the vast South Asian nation as the number of coronavirus cases passed 1.5 million and deaths neared 35,000 on Wednesday.The country of 1.3 billion people — the world’s third-most infected nation — has gradually eased its virus restrictions imposed since late March to boost the flagging economy.But the latest reopenings from August 5 are limited to gyms and yoga teaching facilities, as well as an end to the curfew, currently from 10 pm to 5 am. Topics : Prime Minister Narendra Modi said this week that India was in a “better position that other countries”, and winning international praise.The health ministry website — which no longer includes total infections as the government puts more emphasis on recoveries — on Wednesday reported almost 50,000 new infections and 768 more deaths.India, home to some of the world’s most crowded cities and where health-care spending per capita is among the world’s lowest, passed one million cases only 12 days ago.But many experts have said the country is not testing enough people, and that many coronavirus-linked deaths are not being recorded as such.A study released Tuesday that tested for coronavirus antibodies reported some 57 percent of people in Mumbai’s teeming slums have had the infection — far more than official figures suggest.The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research’s Ullas S. Kolthur, who was involved in carrying out the survey, said he was surprised by the results.”At least in the slums, we think it is largely because social distancing wouldn’t work simply because of the population density,” Kolthur told AFP.Last week, a similar study indicated that almost a quarter of people in the capital New Delhi have contracted the virus — almost 40 times the official total.There are, however, doubts about the accuracy of such tests, since other coronaviruses — not just this one — may also produce antibodies that could give a false positive result. The Mumbai survey also covered a relatively small sample of around 7,000 people.India now has the third-highest number of cases in the world behind the United States and Brazil, although the official number of deaths in the South Asian nation is far lower.As a proportion of its population, India also lags behind, with only 1,110 cases per million people, compared to 13,148 for the United States, according to an AFP tally.center_img Case numbers in India are soaring and more states are reimposing shutdowns to stem the spread of the virus.Independence Day celebrations on August 15 will go ahead, but with “social distancing and by following other health protocols” such as mask-wearing, the home affairs ministry said.Metro train services, cinemas, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums and assembly halls will remain closed for now, it added.Schools and other educational institutions will also remain shut through the end of August, at least.last_img read more

Brazil facing 200,000 virus deaths by October: Expert

first_imgTopics : Q: How do you see the pandemic evolving from here in Brazil?”Infection rates are accelerating in the interior, even as they slow in the state capitals. At the regional level, the situation is getting worse in the states that hadn’t been hit hard yet, such as the southern and west-central regions.”The number of confirmed cases is still much lower than the real figure — six to seven times lower, according to our calculations. At the beginning of the pandemic, it was up to 16 times lower. But that doesn’t mean we’ve gotten anything under control. Testing has increased, but Brazil remains one of the countries that is testing least worldwide.” Q: How did Brazil get here?”In large part due to our leaders. The federal government continues to consider it a ‘little flu,’ and there is no national policy to fight COVID-19.”Governors and mayors have started going in the same direction, mainly because local elections are coming up in November. Places started coming out of lockdown in June, but that was too soon given the high number of new infections.”We’re still seeing record numbers of cases and deaths, but the authorities are trying to make people believe we can just increase the number of intensive care beds. Their only goal is to have an acceptable occupancy rate [in intensive care units] so they can let businesses reopen. The plan is to sacrifice the Brazilian people to achieve an economic pseudo-recovery.”Brazil has systematically rejected lockdown measures recommended by the World Health Organization that worked in Europe. There is zero political will, and science was sidelined in our country a long time ago.” Q: When do you calculate Brazil’s death toll will hit 200,000?”If current trends continue, we should reach (200,000 deaths) on October 15 or 16….”But I’m afraid it could be even earlier, because the infection and fatality curves are likely to accelerate in the coming weeks….”If things go on like this, we’ll have a high level of daily deaths until there’s a vaccine.” With Brazil poised to register 100,000 coronavirus deaths, AFP spoke to medical statistician Domingos Alves about what went wrong in the giant South American country and where its outbreak is headed.Alves, coordinator of the Health Intelligence Lab at the University of Sao Paulo’s Ribeirao Preto medical school, was scathing in his criticism of President Jair Bolsonaro’s government, which he accused of “sacrificing the Brazilian people” in the name of keeping the economy afloat.last_img read more

COVID-19: N. Sumatra water park manager named suspect, park closed after pool party

first_imgThe Medan Police have named ES, the general manager of the Hairos Water Park in Deli Serdang, North Sumatra, a suspect for allegedly violating COVID-19 health protocols by opening the recreation site to thousands of people.Medan Police deputy Adj. Sr. Comr. Irsan Sinuhaji said the water park held a live DJ performance at a cost of Rp 22,500 (US$1.5) per ticket or half than the original price. The event attracted 2,800 visitors while the capacity of the pool was only 400 people.“Due to this violation, we named him a suspect but did not detain him,” Irsan said on Friday. He added that ES was charged with violating Article 9 Paragraph 1 of Law No. 5/2018 on health quarantine and Health Ministerial Decree No. 107/2020 on health protocols to prevent COVID-19, which carry a maximum sentence of one year in prison.Read also: ‘Viral’ pool party lands North Sumatra amusement park in hot waterThe North Sumatra COVID-19 task force has also closed Hairos Water Park until further notice following order from North Sumatra Governor Edy Rahmayadi.“First, I order the closure of the water park and second, take stern action against the health protocol violator,” he said on Friday.On Sept. 28, footage showing a large group of people enjoying a pool party without physical distancing at the park circulated on the internet after Twitter user Rizki Ramadhani Nsi (@dionismee) posted the video with the message, “I don’t understand people anymore”. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

Television presenter and sports commentator Victoria Carthew is selling her Hawthorne home

first_img70 Coventry St, Hawthorne.TELEVISION and radio presenter and sports commentator Victoria Carthew has listed her Hawthorne home for auction.The house at 70 Coventry St will go under the hammer on June 17.Carthew, who is also a presenter for Channel 7’s Queensland Weekender, bought the home with her husband Jon Bryant about 13 years ago. The couple have three children.Carthew said she was surprised at how emotional she had become when she saw the advertising for the property listing this week.“It has been a real home for us,’’ she said.70 Coventry St, Hawthorne.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago“It has got a beautiful feel to it.’’One of her favourite things about the house is that she can stand in the kitchen and look out and watch her children in the backyard swimming pool.The deck was replaced and extended in recent years and the bathroom and laundry renovated.It is listed through Simon Dean of Place Bulimba.Dean described the home as a “character Queenslander’’ with three bedrooms and two bathrooms and is on 810sq m of land.It has been recently renovated, has high ceilings, VJ walls and original polished timber floors.last_img read more

DDA Boss says staycation will boost local economy

first_img 22 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Share Sharecenter_img LocalNews DDA Boss says staycation will boost local economy by: – June 15, 2011 Tweet Mr. Colin Piper speaking at the Tourism Awards held at the Fort Young Hotel last month.Dominica’s “staycation” promotion invented by the Discover Dominica Authority will mean more money in the country’s economy.The DDA wants locals to stay on the island instead of going overseas this summer.Director of the DDA Colin Piper says organizers wanted to convince traveler that they could save money by taking a vacation in Dominica and to inform and educate them on the product.“Many Dominicans have not been to hotels here and partake in activities such as river tubing, even going to the Aerial Tram. We wanted to encourage families to take a vacation in Dominica that would be cost effective and be a great memory for the family,” he said.He said the idea is also to keep the money in the economy.Ten accommodation proprietors are offering specials this summer.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Portsmouth business man described as ‘lucky’ by Court of Appeal

first_img Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Portsmouth business man described as ‘lucky’ by Court of Appeal by: – May 3, 2012 60 Views   one comment Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Renneth “bubbles” Alexis. Photo credit: Facebook profilePortsmouth business man Renneth “Bubbles” Alexis has been described as a “lucky man” by Justices of the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.Alexis who is represented by Heather Felix Evans and Geoffery Douglas Murdock appealed his conviction and sentence which Felix “proposed” was “too harsh and severe”.In October 2010 former magistrate Tiyani Behanzin found Alexis guilty on charges of intimidation, possession of unlicensed firearm and possession of ammunition. Alexis had pleaded guilty to the charges of possession of the unlicensed firearm and ammunition.He was fined $2,800.00 on the charge of intimidation, fine of $1,000 suspended for two years on the charge of possession of an unlicensed firearm and in default spend six months imprisonment. There was no separate penalty on the charge of possession of ammunition. Before giving his order Justice Rawlins told Alexis that it was his “duty” to ensure that his license on his firearm was up to date and that he ought to be “more responsible”.“You are lucky you got off with $1,000 fine suspended for two years for an offence which carries a maximum fine of $6,000. Once your firearm is not licensed it puts you in the same position as persons running around with unlicensed firearm like they do in the Wild, Wild West”.Justice Rawlins then granted the appeal against conviction of intimidation and quashed both the conviction and sentence.He also allowed the appeal against confiscation of firearm and ammunition and ordered that the ammunition and firearm be returned to Alexis.The appeal against sentence for possession of firearm was dismissed however the sentence for the offence of possession of firearm was affirmed.Domincia Vibes Newslast_img read more