Jeffrey Hollender forced out of Seventh Generation

first_imgSeventh Generation,Jeffrey Hollender, co-founder and former CEO of Seventh Generation, has been removed as director of the company and his employment has been terminated, according to a spokesperson for the company. The story was first reported by www.greenbiz.com(link is external).Chrystie Heimert told Vermont Business Magazine that the board of directors announced the decision regarding Hollender on October 26. The closely held company is employee owned. Heimert said Hollander and his wife, Sheila, who will remain as an employee and on the board, are still major shareholders in company. Hollender had helped start the company 20 years ago, took it public, then engineered a plan to return it to a private, employee-owned company.Greenbiz.com released an email it said was sent from Hollender to a friend that said, in part, that he was removed from the board and terminated ‘without cause.’ He also said he could not discuss ‘the unpleasant circumstances that led to this.’Fortune Magazine writer, author and Hollender friend Marc Gunther posted the board’s letter and Hollender’s email on his Web site. Heimert said Hollender was removed from the company because there was an issue of leadership. Chuck Maniscalco was Hollender’s hand picked successor, but she said the board did not feel it was “clear and unambiguous” as to who was leading the company.The board’s letter says that Maniscalco tendered his resignation in September, but that the board persuaded him to stay on. The letter also said that Hollender was put on a leave of absence in September. The letter and email are pasted below.Heimert confirmed that when Hollender turned over leadership of Seventh Generation in June 2009 to Maniscalco that a separation agreement between Hollender and the company was put in place and then exercised in October. She also confirmed that Hollender was put on a leave of absence in September. She said she could not release the board letter, but referred Vermont Business Magazine to Gunther’s blog.Maniscalco, she said, will remain as CEO of the company until a new CEO is chosen. Heimert said Maniscalco is now in the process of deciding whether he wants to continue in that role and apply for the job he is currently holding. Seventh Generation, based in Burlington, markets environmentally safe household and personal-care products. www.seventhgeneration.com(link is external)Heimert told Vermont Business Magazine that Seventh Generation employs about 80 in Vermont and a little over 100 system wide; it reported revenues to VBM of $138 million in 2008. Gunther’s blog cited 2009 sales of $150 million.Hollender Email: More than two decades ago, I founded Seventh Generation with the idea of creating a different way of doing business.  Since then, the company has established new benchmarks for ethical and sustainable corporate behavior, grounded in the principles of employee ownership, pay equity, environmental responsibility and transparency.  At the same time, Seventh Generation is a recognized pioneer in its category and a successful business enterprise.On Monday, October 25th, the Seventh Generation Board announced to it’s shareholders and employees that they have ‘decided to end the company’s employment relationship’ with me ‘. . .without cause’.   Though I cannot discuss the circumstances that led to this, I wanted you to hear this news directly from me. [I have also attached the letter that was sent out by the Company.]Over the past twenty years, I have had the privilege to work with an extraordinary group of committed, talented people ‘ and I thank them all and wish them the best. I plan to remain fully engaged in the work of creating a new paradigm for justice, equity and corporate responsibility through my new book, Planet Home that will be published by Random House in January 2011; my work on the boards of Greenpeace and Veritee; and in my role as the co-founder of the American Sustainable Business Council.I greatly appreciate your support and friendship over the years.Board letter:October 26, 2010Dear Friends and Shareholders of Seventh Generation,In the life of every company, there comes a time when the most difficult of decisions must be made. These moments are rarely deliberately sought but instead thrust upon us by unexpected circumstance and by events, which demand that hard choices be made.Recently, the Board of Directors of Seventh Generation faced such a decision and was forced to act in what we firmly believe to be the best interests of both our company and you, its shareholders. First, I want to offer you some context. In mid September, Chuck Maniscalco, our CEO since June 2009, resigned after a very difficult period. Following lengthy discussion the Board convinced Chuck to stay to lead the company at least through a transition while the Board immediately commenced a search for a new CEO. Chuck is personally committed to and focused on leading our company through this transition period, and is considering applying for the job of leading Seventh Generation as part of our search process. We are all committed to having the best leadership we can for our company.With that as background, I want to share with you that, following our September meeting, the Board of Directors reluctantly voted to put Seventh Generation co-founder Jeffrey Hollender on a leave of absence from the company and to remove him from the Board pending further discussions about his future role. Since that time, and after further deliberation, the Board has decided to end the company’s employment relationship with Jeffrey. Importantly, when Jeffrey stepped down as CEO, he negotiated an agreement with the company that allowed for the termination of his employment and provides him with generous severance and other benefits were his employment to end. We have honored that agreement to date, and we intend to honor that agreement going forward. And, I want to assure you that the board, in making these decisions, did so with the best interests of the company, as well as fairness to Jeffrey in mind.All of this was difficult, and I must emphasize that these decisions were not taken lightly. As the leader of the company since its very earliest days and its philosophical guiding light for over two decades, Jeffrey has been an integral part of our brand and an obvious lynch pin of our success, our unique corporate spirit, and our much acclaimed emphasis on equity and justice in the way we conduct our business. It is no overstatement to say that without his unwavering dedication to our cause and his tireless efforts on our company’s behalf, we would not be the company we are today, and indeed might not be here at all. His is a legacy worthy of the highest respect and admiration, and nothing in our recent decision should dim that in any way.Nevertheless, recent events have forced us to choose between divergent paths. We have elected to set the company on the one we strongly feel has the very best chance of fulfilling the commitment we’ve made to all our stakeholders to achieve the greatest possible lasting success, financially but especially in terms of making our world a better, safer place for our children and the following seven generations.To a large extent, present circumstances mirror those at many other companies whose founders have made the decision to turn over the reins to someone else. As organizations grow, so do their managerial requirements. Eventually these increasing layers of complexity demand the recruitment of experienced professional leadership whose abilities and experiences are required to move forward. This is the crossroads at which Seventh Generation now stands.And that is an important point that must be made: Though our leadership has changed, our aspirations have not. It remains our objective to continue to grow Seventh Generation while staying true to the strategies we’ve previously shared with you over the years. We believe deeply in our business and its model, and will continue to do all that is within our power to drive our business, our social mission, and our global imperatives forward.Despite this period of executive transition, the Board remains confident in the company’s ability to continue to grow its business and social mission for long-term success. Our accomplishments over the past year are numerous, and each reflects the company’s ongoing commitment to corporate responsibility and to growth. These important milestones include:‘Achieving three consecutive quarters of growth despite an extraordinarily challenging economic and competitive landscape. Year-to-date, our sales have grown at a double-digit pace, which would be the envy of many of our competitors during this extraordinarily challenging economic landscape.‘Successfully introducing the first ever EPA-registered botanical disinfectant cleaner.‘Launching our first-ever national advertising campaign, which more than doubled awareness of toxic cleaning product issues as well as our brand itself.‘Expanding our already extensive distribution base to include Safeway and also Wal-Mart, a partnership that accelerated our commitment to make green products affordably accessible to more consumers.‘Increasing our involvement with Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security (WAGES) in order to more effectively address our economic equity concerns.‘Marshalling public support for reform of the badly outdated Toxic Substances Control Act.‘Engineering the first cleaning product packaging made from 90% post-consumer recycled content.‘Successfully completing a $30 million equity capital raise with a group of investors aligned with existing shareholders as responsible, long-term stewards of the Seventh Generation brand.Change is always difficult, and this particular evolutionary moment has certainly been more challenging than most. What matters, however, is not what has happened but what will happen. On this count, the Board is confident that it has taken the steps necessary to ensure that Seventh Generation’s untapped growth potential is fully realized in the years ahead. As we move into that promising future, we continue to express our thanks for everything Jeffrey has done for us and for the company he has built. That company has a rewarding road ahead of it indeed, but this success cannot and does not depend on any one individual. Instead it springs from the unique synergy that comes when many act together to realize a singular ideal. That’s the task before us now, and with your continued help and support, I’m certain we’ll achieve it.Respectfully,Peter GrahamChairmanRELATED:Marc Gunther Blog with letter to employees and Hollender email:http://www.marcgunther.com/2010/11/01/seventh-generation-sweeps-out-its-…(link is external) Greenbiz.com Story:http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2010/11/01/seventh-generation-fires-chief-i…(link is external) Burlington Free Press story:http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20101102/NEWS01/101102022/Sev…(link is external)center_img 2003 Vermont Business Magazine Profile of Jeffrey Hollender and Seventh Generation:http://vermontbiz.com/article/june/jeffrey-hollender-and-seventh-generationlast_img read more

House works on med mal amendment implementation

first_img House works on med mal amendment implementation Gary Blankenship Senior Editor“It’s like there is a food fight in Florida between the doctors and lawyers and we’re the custodians in the cafeteria cleaning up.”That’s how Rep. Jack Seiler, D-Pompano Beach, summed up disagreements over bills in the House Judiciary Committee to implement constitutional amendments 7 and 8 approved by voters last November.On one side are doctors and hospitals and the other the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers and Floridians for Patient Protection, a group created by the academy to support the amendments.The committee, after two meetings debating the issues, approved implementing bills on March 16, although some members warned that provisions in both bills may violate the amendments they supposedly implement. Similar bills were pending in the Senate Health Care Committee as this Bar News went to press.Amendment 8 provided that any doctor who has been found to have committed three instances of medical malpractice will have his or her license removed. The implementing legislation provides that only incidents occurring after the passage of the amendment will count, that there must be three incidents within a 10-year period, and only judgments of $50,000 or more will be counted.The bill also ordered the Board of Medicine to set up a panel to review any court verdicts to see if they meet the clear and convincing standard necessary to remove a license, rather than just the preponderance of the evidence standard needed to win the case.Amendment 7 gives patients and potential patients the right to get adverse incident, peer review, and otherwise confidential records. The committee’s bill would allow doctors and hospitals to impose reasonable charges for providing that information and editing out other patients’ names and identifying information. It also would restrict patients to information about conditions that are the same or “substantially similar” to theirs. In addition, none of the information garnered under the amendment can be used in a court case, including to impeach a witness, or to compel testimony.The bill also specifies that released records must be edited to comply with federal common, statutory, and case law to protect patient privacy. Withdrawn from consideration was an amendment that would require citizens receiving records “involving” any other patient information to keep those records confidential.The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers had argued that no implementing legislation was necessary, but committee Chair Rep. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, who acted as sponsor for the two proposed committee bills, disagreed. He noted that a Sixth Circuit court has already ruled that Amendment 7 has unresolved issues and requires implementing legislation.“I believe this as well as amendment number 8 cry out for the legislature to explain the ambiguities that are inherent in the amendments,” he said.Rep. Jeff Kottkamp, R-Cape Coral, proposed an amendment that would allow the medical records released under the Amendment 7 implementing bill to be used for impeachment in a case, but withdrew it after Simmons objected. Simmons argued that attorneys could “find a way to get it in. Everything is impeachment to them.”Kottkamp, though, objected to the amendment which limited access to adverse incident reports to cases identical or substantially similar to a patient’s. While he said that was a good policy, he argued the amendment approved by voters made no such limitation.“I have a very serious concern that our efforts are going to be all for nothing,” Kottkamp said. “We are limiting the constitution with a statute and I’m not really convinced that is permissible.”Kottkamp, Seiler, Rep. Joe Pickens, R-Palatka, and Rep. Kevin Ambler, R-Tampa, also questioned where the 10-year time period set for three malpractice judgments the Amendment 8 enacting bill would pass constitutional muster, noting the amendment itself set no time limit. The original bill had set five years, but the committee amended it to 10.Kottkamp said he personally would prefer a time limit, but “putting in a five- or 10-year limit is completely contrary to our constitution, whether we like it or not.”Seiler, who participated in drafting many of the amendments for both bills, said he was upset that no one caught the apparent major flaw in Amendment 8 on standards of evidence. He noted while the standard in civil cases is the greater weight or preponderance of the evidence, federal court rulings have said a license cannot be removed unless there is clear and convincing evidence. He noted the issue was not raised when the Florida Supreme Court reviewed the initiative for appropriateness before the election.“I think we have created a tremendous problem and we are going to see this issue again,” Seiler warned.Several representatives were also critical of doctors and lawyers for failing to work out their differences and taking them to voters last November in dueling constitutional amendments. Besides Amendments 7 and 8, which were supported by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, the Florida Medical Association successfully pushed for Amendment 3, which limited lawyers’ contingency fees in medical malpractice cases. They also said the three amendments show what happens when the citizen initiative process is misused.“I think at some point in time, the committee needs to look at repealing [amendments] 3, 7, and 8, which are all bad public policy for the state of Florida,” Seiler said. “We’re affecting health care, we’re affecting consumer rights, and it wasn’t the right thing to do.”Pickens and Kottkamp agreed, with the latter saying, “I think that should be our long term goal to repeal all three of these, otherwise we’re going to be in a world of hurt and not have anyone to treat us in the hospitals.”Representatives were also critical of doctors and lawyers for not trying to find more common ground without resorting to constitutional amendments.“We’ve got to find a solution instead of getting in this bloody water shark fight every year,” said Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala.Kottkamp, without naming it, placed blame on the FMA which turned down offers from the academy to drop efforts to place Amendment 3 on the ballot if the trial lawyers dropped their efforts for Amendments 7 and 8.“I think it should be said today that at least one of the interest groups in this food fight tried to avoid it and I hope both sides have learned a lesson,” he said. “Insisting on driving the car over the cliff serves no one.” House works on med mal amendment implementation April 1, 2005 Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

6 steps Baby Boomers should take to prepare for IRA changes

first_imgBill Clinton, Cher, Candice Bergen, Andrea Mitchell—household names in the world of politics, entertainment, and journalism—are, along with thousand of your members, reaching age 70 this year.As the first of the baby boomers to reach age 70, the 3.4 million Americans born in 1946 will reach a significant milestone and face significant IRA changes. Starting in the year that they reach age 70½, these baby boomers will no longer be able to contribute to a Traditional IRA, and instead, must begin taking required minimum distributions (RMDs) from their Traditional IRAs.These two significant IRA changes—and the number of IRA owners impacted by them—provide credit unions with an opportunity to reconnect with and provide assistance to an important member demographic and make enhancements to their IRA programs to better meet the needs of this growing demographic.And, it also provides an opportunity for credit unions to evaluate their IRA program operations and make adjustments in light of these changes. This may include adjustments to reflect a drop in contribution activity and an uptick in withdrawals, additional staff time and postage costs to handle RMD mailings, and compliance and legal support associated with increasing numbers of IRA death claims.Following are steps that your credit union can take to prepare your IRA program and your IRA owners for this demographic shift:Educate IRA owners and credit union IRA staff on IRA eligibility requirements. Starting in the year that they reach age 70½, IRA owners are no longer able to contribute to a Traditional IRA. They may or may not know this, so it is important that credit union IRA staff understand the IRA contribution rules, so that they are able to provide IRA owners with accurate information. As many baby boomers plan to work into retirement, they may benefit from making Roth IRA contributions, which unlike Traditional IRA contributions, are permitted after age 70½, if the IRA owner has compensation.  And, even if the IRA owner can no longer make Traditional IRA contributions, his or her nonworking spouse under the age of 70 may be able to rely on the working spouse’s compensation to make a spousal contribution to his or her Traditional IRA.Update IRA owner information on your data processing system. Many of your IRA owners reaching age 70 this year will have opened their IRAs in the early 1980s, when IRAs first became available to most working Americans. After nearly 35 years on your books, many of these accounts lack current contact information, dates of birth, etc. Make sure that you update account information to obtain the IRA owner’s correct date of birth, if you don’t have it, in order to meet the RMD reporting requirements. And, if you don’t have dates of birth and relationships for IRA beneficiaries, obtain this information as well to ensure that you can correctly compute the IRA owner’s RMD.Review your RMD processes and procedures. Under the tax laws, you must provide an RMD statement to the IRA owner by January 31 of the year for which an RMD is required and report to the IRS that an RMD is required for the IRA owner. The IRA owner, however, is responsible for taking their RMD by the deadline. In some cases, you may be required to make payment of the RMD to the IRA owner, if your IRA agreement has language requiring that your credit union make RMD payments. Even though credit unions provide IRA owners with an annual RMD statement, a recent report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found that many IRA owners fail to take their RMD because they are unaware of the RMD requirements. In addition to providing IRA owners with an RMD statement, some credit unions choose to provide educational materials that cover the basics of RMDs, including the withholding requirements applicable to RMDs, penalties for failing to take an RMD by the deadline, and the option to delay the first year’s RMD payment to April 1 of the following year, convert a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA to avoid the RMD requirement, and use a qualified charitable distribution from a Traditional IRA to satisfy the owner’s RMD for the year.Update beneficiary information. Baby boomers have led active lives and their IRA beneficiary forms may not reflect their life changes or current wishes. Upon the death of an IRA owner, credit unions and the IRA owner’s family often discover that the credit union lacks beneficiary information, or worse yet, the beneficiary information is outdated. Former spouses may still remain as the named beneficiary, children born of a subsequent marriage may not be listed as a beneficiary, and parents named as a beneficiary when the IRA owner was single may now be deceased. And, in many cases, beneficiary name and address information is not current, making it nearly impossible for the credit union to contact the rightful recipients of the IRA assets. Credit unions should use this important milestone to urge their IRA owners to update their beneficiary information.Encourage IRA owners to consolidate multiple IRAs at your credit union. Over the past 30 plus years, many individuals have accumulated multiple IRAs and retirement plans, such as a 401(k) plan or 403(b) plan. While an IRA owner can calculate the RMD separately for each IRA they own and take the total of all RMDs from any combination of IRAs owned by the individual, there are many benefits to consolidating multiple IRAs into a single IRA, including reduced maintenance fees, streamlined administration, and having a single point of contact for IRA questions. Inform your IRA owners of the benefits of consolidating their IRAs at your credit union and make it easy for them to consolidate multiple IRAs through the use of a trustee-to-trustee transfer. Credit unions would be well-advised to carefully review the Department of Labor’s recently-released final fiduciary rule to determine how it will affect their policies and procedures related to IRA rollovers.Develop a long-term IRA strategy that addresses the aging baby boomer demographic. In just 13 years, by the time all of the baby boomers have reached age 65, more than 20 percent of the U.S. population will be over age 65. This demographic shift will require credit unions to review their long-term IRA strategy, with the focus shifting from asset accumulation to asset decumulation. If your credit union uses IRA assets to fund your loan portfolio, you’ll need to look for alternatives to offset reduced IRA contribution activity and increased distribution activity. Equally as important as accumulating enough assets to ensure a financially secure retirement is managing the decumulation of assets to ensure that the IRA owner does not outlive his or her retirement assets. If your credit union has an investment or wealth management division, you are well-positioned to help your IRA owners ensure that they manage the decumulation of assets in a way that ensures that they do not outlive their retirement assets.The Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981 allowed all working taxpayers to establish IRAs and ushered-in an unprecedented era of IRA growth. Now, 35 years later, the first of the baby boomers reaching age 70 will usher in an unprecedented era in RMD growth, as the IRS requires the baby boomers to begin withdrawing their Traditional IRA assets. This demographic shift will be just as important for your IRA program and your IRA owners as the legislative change 35 years ago that allowed all working taxpayers to establish IRAs. 41SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dennis Zuehlke Dennis is Compliance Manager for Ascensus. Mr. Zuehlke provides clients with technical support on tax-advantaged accounts (including individual retirement accounts, health savings accounts, simplified employee pension plans, and Coverdell education … Web: www.ascensus.com Detailslast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Web.com to Expand Operations in Luzerne County, Reshoring Jobs Back to United States

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Web.com to Expand Operations in Luzerne County, Reshoring Jobs Back to United States January 05, 2016 Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Web.com (NASDAQ: WEB), a provider of Internet services and online marketing solutions for small businesses, will reshore operations and expand at its existing facility in Drums, Luzerne County, a move that will create 74 new jobs.“Our skilled workforce and job training programs are helping to attract new growth across the state,” Governor Wolf said. “My administration supports creating a pro-business climate that creates jobs and helps to build strong, stable communities.”Web.com will expand its operations by increasing the technology-based customer service center, bringing outsourced jobs back to its existing facility in Drums. The company has committed to creating 74 new, full-time jobs and retaining 268 current positions over the next three years.Web.com received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes $148,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits, a $40,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant, and $25,650 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training.The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with CAN DO, Inc. and the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania.“Web.com is committed to providing the highest level of customer service to our over 3 million customers. Our team in Drums consists of caring experts that are dedicated to quality in every customer interaction. For this reason, when we decided to move our customer service back to the states, Drums was an obvious choice,” said David Brown, chairman and chief executive officer of Web.com.Web.com, provides a full range of Internet services to small businesses to help them compete and succeed online. Web.com is the owner of several global domain registrars and further meets the needs of small businesses anywhere along their lifecycle with affordable, subscription-based solutions including website design and management, search engine optimization, online marketing campaigns, local sales leads, social media, mobile products, eCommerce solutions and call center services.For more information on Web.com and the positions available at the site, visit www.web.com/careers or call 844-JOBS-WEB.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team, visit www.newpa.com.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Centrale Nantes Welcomes SEAc Project to Its SEM-REV Test Site

first_imgCentrale Nantes has installed a demonstrator, part of the Acoustics of the SEA (SEAc) project developed by Nereis Environnement, which aims to characterize underwater ambient noise on its offshore test site SEM-REV. The project, to monitor the environment of a Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) production site, required the installation of an autonomous tool for recording underwater sounds and storing data at sea.The data collected will be used to model the acoustic footprint of underwater noise in order to estimate the impact of MRE activities on marine fauna, the company noted.An innovative demonstrator, including a standalone acoustic recorder from the manufacturer OSEAN, and 3 acoustic recorders were installed on site.NEREIS Environnement was selected in the 4th FORESEA call for funding, and this is the first project in this programme to be hosted by SEM-REV.Eight projects will be tested on the SEM-REV offshore test site as part of FORESEA funding, including prototypes of MRE technologies such as Pytheas Technology’s PywEC generator or the HACE (Hydro Air Concept Energy) wave energy system; or MRE site equipment tools such as FMGC submarine electric cable ballast shells; or site maintenance and monitoring tools such as underwater drone tests developed by INTERDRONES.last_img read more

Habitat for Humanity celebrates groundbreaking of permanent housing community in Haiti

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share 21 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img NewsRegional Habitat for Humanity celebrates groundbreaking of permanent housing community in Haiti by: – September 16, 2011 Share Photo credit: habitat.mit.eduPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — On Thursday, Habitat for Humanity joined with Haitian and US government representatives, local community members, donors and partners to break ground on its permanent housing community in Leogane, Haiti. Habitat’s Santo community is part of its five-year plan to serve 50,000 families impacted by the 2010 earthquake. “Habitat is extremely grateful for the support of donors, partners and community members who are committed to building decent and safe houses and a new community in which families can thrive,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “The Santo project is a major undertaking that would not be possible without the common vision and purpose we share to help Haiti recover.” Habitat, donors, partners and local citizens are working together to ensure the most vulnerable families are identified and the specific needs of the community are addressed. Habitat has partnered with Architecture for Humanity to develop the overall master plan for the Santo site. The community has provided input on house design, sanitation and other vital services.By the end of 2011, 150 core homes will be constructed on the Santo site. Construction will culminate with Habitat’s 28th annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in November. For one week, beginning November 5, 2011, more than 500 Carter Work Project volunteers will build 100 core homes. The initial 50 homes will be built the prior week by volunteers from Haven Community Foundation, an Irish NGO with whom Habitat has also partnered to provide logistical support for the CWP event.To date, Habitat’s earthquake recovery program, including emergency shelter kits, structural damage assessments, repairs and rehabs, and transitional and upgradable shelters, have benefited more than 28,000 families or approximately 135,000 individuals. In addition, more than 4,000 Haitians have been trained in construction, construction business practices, financial literacy, and health and hygiene.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

ACM Vice President wants more quality journalists in the field

first_img Share Share LocalNews ACM Vice President wants more quality journalists in the field by: – October 12, 2011 Mr. Peter Richards. Image via: GIS NewsAn upgrade in the quality of journalists in the Caribbean is among challenges facing the Association of Caribbean Media Workers.The ACM is holding its 10th Regional Conference in Dominica this week.Vice President of the Association Peter Richards says several of the Caribbean journalists are not adequately trained.“We are going through a lot of challenges which stems from number factors including the new convergence of technology, the fact that a number of journalists in the Caribbean are not fully trained to deal with journalism,” he said.According to Richards, there is not sufficient training for media workers on the island.“In most cases, the journalists come straight from school into the profession and some of the employees find it very difficult to send the journalists out to Jamaica, to the media institutions who train them properly. What we have been trying to do is organize series of training programs that will highlight certain areas that media workers fall short,” he said.He said ACM has also been working with the University of Texas where there are short online courses for journalists.Over 20 regional journalists are participating in the forum which will end on October 13th.Dominica Vibes News Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! 11 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Boys & Girls Cross Country Regionals This Weekend

first_imgBoys & Girls Cross Country Regionals this Weekend at South Dearborn and Rushville.Area Girls Teams: Batesville, East Central, Greensburg, Jac-Cen-Del, Aand Oldenburg Academy.Individuals: McKenna Bradley & Isabella Gramaglia-South Ripley, Megan Hoover-North Decatur, Ashley Hamilton-South Decatur, Madison Hussung-Lawrenceburg, Sara Loveland & Erika Biel-South Dearborn, Kasey & Lucy Baker & Lucy Karrigan-Rising Sun, and Ashley Harnishfeger-Franklin County.Area Boys Teams: Oldenburg Academy, South Dearborn, Batesville, East Central, And Rising Sun.Individuals: Rodney Dobbs, Chris Kissell, Ethan Adams, & Jarred Cline-Jac-Cen-Del, Michael Bradley-South Ripley, Gage Acton-North Decatur, Justyn Clark-South Decatur, and Augustus Gregory, Reid McClintic, & Kevin Johnson-Greensburg.last_img read more

Sumo Wrestling returns amidst call for Games cancellation

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own EyesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThailand’s 10 Most Iconic Landmarks7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much Sumo wrestling very popular sport in Japan bounced back in the public domain Sunday despite steady rise in coronavirus infections. It was however a mixture of joy and caution among fans who trouped out to watch the Japanese spectacle. The tournament runs through August 2 at Ryogoku Kokugikan, the primary sumo arena at the heart of the Japanese capital. The tournament comes a week after Japanese baseball and football opened stadiums to spectators, and as the government seeks to keep the economy open despite worrying signs of the virus’s resurgence, particularly in Tokyo. Only 2,500 fans were allowed inside the 11,098-seat stadium, unlike in normal times when bouts are performed in front of sold-out crowds. They were asked to refrain from cheering and stick to applause to express their passion. sumo wrestlers returned to action Sunday in Tokyo Anyone with a temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius (99.5 F) or higher was denied entry. Spectators also had to wear masks, sanitise their hands, keep a distance from others and refrain from touching wrestlers or approaching them for autographs FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ironically one in four people in Japan want to see the coronavirus-delayed Tokyo Games held next year, with most backing either further delay or a cancellation, a new poll shows. Only 23.9 per cent of respondents in the three-day nationwide poll published Sunday said they wanted to see the 2020 Games held next year. The survey carried out by Kyodo News agency found 36.4 per cent of respondents back a further delay of the Games, while 33.7 think the flagship event should be cancelled altogether. Most of those backing a delay or cancellation said they simply didn’t believe the pandemic could be contained in time for the Games, now scheduled to open on July 23, 2021. Read AlsoOgogo snubs McMahon’s WWE offer to prepare for AEW wrestling debut A separate survey carried out over the weekend by the Asahi Shimbun newspaper found 33 per cent of respondents backed holding the Games next year, with 61 per cent supporting another postponement or cancellation. The nationwide polls echo a separate survey carried out last month of Tokyo residents, which found just over half of respondents backed either further delay or cancellation.last_img read more

Robert Hurelbrink, 92, Versailles

first_imgRobert H. Hurelbrink, 92, of Versailles passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at his home. He was born on July 5, 1927 the son of Henry and Louise Bokenkamp Hurelbrink and spent most of his life on the farm he was born on. He was married to Elsie June Firsich on April 21, 1951 and she preceded him in death on November 27, 2016. Survivors include two daughters Barbara (Ross) Peabody of Greenwood, and Diana Hurelbrink of Cincinnati; four grandchildren Ashley Peabody and Andrew (Megan) Peabody both of Indianapolis, and Robert (Rachel) Watka and Jessica (Stacy) Watka both of Cincinnati; three great-grandchildren Mia and Charley Watka and Aiden Peabody; two sisters Irma Obendorf Rohls of Versailles and Ruth Althoff of Greenwood. He was also preceded in death by his parents and his brother Ralph Hurelbrink. Mr. Hurelbrink was a 1945 graduate of Versailles High School. He was an Army veteran of WWII where he served with Company B of the 16th Battalion. For service to his country Bob was awarded the WWII Victory Medal and the Army Occupation of Japan Medal. In civilian life he worked as a rural mail carrier for the Versailles Post Office, but his main occupation was being a farmer on the land that he loved, and Bob farmed his ground until his 87th birthday. Bob was a lifelong member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church at Olean, was a member of the Versailles American Legion, and was a former board member of the Ripley County Farm Bureau. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family with military honors by the Versailles American Legion. Memorials may be given to the St. Paul Lutheran Church in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.last_img read more