MVP first to offer quality of care goals

first_imgMVP Health Care first Vermont insurer to offer physicians financialincentives for meeting quality of care goals(Williston, VT) — MVP Health Care announced today that it is the firsthealth insurer in Vermont to establish a “Pay for Performance” programthat offers physicians a financial incentive for meeting a set ofpre-determined quality of care measures.last_img

VEDA approves $1.8 million in project financing

first_imgVEDA BOARD APPROVES $1.8 MILLIONIN PROJECT FINANCING ASSISTANCE Montpelier, VT – Business real estate purchase and expansion projects totaling$3.34 million will receive $1.8 million in financing assistance from the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA). Were very pleased to be able to contribute to the growth of these Vermont businesses, said VEDA Chief Executive Officer Jo Bradley. VEDAs mission is to help eligible businesses create jobs, and these projects stand to produce 35 new job opportunities in the next three years. Thats good news for Vermont. Projects approved for financing assistance by the VEDA Board are:” Black River Produce, Springfield – The Board approved an increase of $438,608 to an existing $648,800 loan made to Black River Produce in June, 2004 to purchase and renovate the former Idlenot Dairy processing facility in Springfield. With the project underway, substantial changes to the renovation plans have been necessitated, resulting in a $1.1 million increase in budget. Total project costs of $2.7 million are expected to provide Black River Produce with three times the space currently available to them at their Cavendish facility, enabling them to add up to 30 new jobs to their current payroll of 143 over the next three years. Black River Produce, established in 1978, is a distributor of wholesale produce, fresh and frozen seafood, and other products to high-end restaurants and specialty food retail stores throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, northwestern Massachusetts, and eastern New York State.” Nick & Morrisey, LLC, Montpelier With VEDA financing assistance totaling $736,000, real estate developers Jeff Nick & Dan Morrisey will purchase the historic Harris Hall on the campus of Union Institute and University in Montpelier. The property will be renovated, expanded, and leased to New England Culinary Institute (NECI) for use as the culinary institutes Administrative Headquarters. The Chittenden Bank is also a partner in the $1.9 million project, which will finance the renovation of the main house and carriage barn, and construction of a new two-story wing to connect the two buildings. Overall, the project will create 11,500 square feet of space for NECI, and is expected to enable NECI to make 5 new hires in the next three years. NECI, founded in 1980, is a fully-accredited and nationally-recognized leader in technical training for the food service industry. Current enrollment at the schools three campuses in Montpelier and Essex, Vermont, and in Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, exceeds 500. Agricultural loans totaling $255,000 were also approved by the Board through VEDAs farm financing assistance program, the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC). VEDAs mission is to promote economic prosperity in Vermont by providing financial assistance to eligible businesses, including manufacturing, agricultural, and travel and tourism enterprises. In its 31-year history, VEDA has made financing commitments totaling over $1 billion. -30-last_img read more

Interrobang Design Collaborative, Inc. launches their new web site

first_imgInterrobang Design Collaborative, Inc., The Office of Mark and Lisa Sylvester, has launched their new web site. Covering the studio’s core capabilities, and displaying in-depth portfolio sections for Identity, Packaging, Print, Typefaces and Design Management, the site gives potential clients and existing collaborators thorough insight into the studio’s work and mindset.”We designed the site to function mainly as an online portfolio, allowing the work to take center stage,” says Mark. “Viewers can browse the categories individually, or go to the Design Management section to see a chronological history of work for select clients. When you have a client like TDK Electronics for over 9 years, you have quite a brand evolution story to tell.””We treated this project like any other we undertake. We went through several versions internally before presenting the overall direction and some variations to our outside programmer. They reviewed the overall strategy of the site, gave us constructive criticism, and clarified our technical questions so that we could proceed with confidence,” says Lisa.The Sylvester’s are often asked how a 2 person studio can truly be a “collaborative”. “The answer isn’t in our size, but in how we orchestrate the blending and building of the various components of a project, says Mark. “The client has their initial brief of the project, we set strategy for the team and keep everyone on task, we hire writers, photographers and illustrators to create needed words and imagery, and the overall solution grows from this fluid process of collaboration. We keep our overhead low, and have the ability to bring in the right people for a projects’ scope and budget.”Interrobang Design Collaborative is a full spectrum design studio that provides design and consulting services that range from identity and print to multimedia and website design as well as three dimensional objects and spaces.Interrobang’s clients range from local Vermont start-up businesses like Switchback Brewing Co., Soapdish and Fitness Options to large international corporations like TDK Electronics Corporation. The projects range in scope from identity designs to elaborate packaging systems, catalogs and publications.Their individual and joint work has been well recognized, winning awards from the AIGA, IDSA (Gold award for Product Design), American Center for Design 100 Show and many more. The couple’s work has appeared in numerous exhibitions including the Type and Image exhibit at the Design Museum in London, the Identity for Letters exhibit at the Centre de George Pompideau in Paris, The Cranbrook Poster Show, and Soul Design. Their work has also been published in Typography Now, The Graphic Edge, Radical Graphic/Graphic Radicals, Print, Émigré, Ray Gun, ID, Graphis and Eye magazines.The new site can be viewed at www.interrobangdesign.com(link is external). Tag New Media provided the Flash 8 programming.For more information please contact:Mark D. SylvesterInterrobang Design Collaborative, Inc.2385 Huntington RoadRichmond, Vermont 05477802 434 5970mark@interrobangdesign.com(link sends e-mail)last_img read more

Roxane Leopold honored with Champlain College Distinguished Citizen Award

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt.–At Champlain College’s Convocation ceremony on the afternoon of September 10, President David F. Finney bestowed the College’s 2007 Distinguished Citizen Award on Roxane Leopold, the former executive director of the King Street Youth Center in Burlington.The award is given annually by the College to a person who displays exceptional personal and professional achievement, a strong record of community service, and dynamic leadership based on equal parts intelligence and wit, creativity and humility.Finney told Champlain freshmen, faculty and staff that what distinguishes Leopold is the spirit she brought to King Street during her 22 years of leadership. “Roxane’s genuine love for her fellow human beings and her devotion to children became the core of the King Street Youth Center, and gave that space life and a sense of being,” he said.The King Street Youth Center provides early education programs, after-school programs, mentoring and teen programs to youngsters from a variety of backgrounds including new immigrants. Leopold’s accomplishments included a capital campaign in 1992 that raised more than $1.6 million in just eight months, and enabled the Center to move to, refurbish and expand its current location. Leopold’s colleagues say that she fervently believes in the strengths and abilities that each child and family possesses. Through her philosophy of caring, Leopold inspired children, families and her staff to maintain their dogged determination to continue their work.Champlain College Trustee Holly Miller said, “Roxane helped people understand that an investment in children is an investment in the future of our community. She was able to bring these children into the eyes of the community, as well as bring the community into their eyes.””Her profound depth of knowledge and caring for children made her both a risk taker and a pioneer,” Miller said. “Long before ‘mentoring’ became part of the lexicon, Roxane had already mentored us.”In remarks delivered at the Convocation ceremony, Leopold reminded the students that they were among a privileged group to be earning a higher education and that “to whom much is given, much is expected.” She urged students to follow their bliss and stay focused while discovering their own ‘equipoise’ — a state of balance and equilibrium in their lives.After more than 20 years of service, Leopold stepped down two months ago as executive director of the King Street Youth Center. She is a resident of Burlington.# # #last_img read more

Vermont SHIP awarded $270,000 for 2010 grant funding

first_imgThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the first installment of funding to the Vermont State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) to help Medicare beneficiaries in Vermont get more information about their health care choices. The Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 grants are continuation funds available to 54 existing SHIP organizations in the United States and its territories. The funding is available to SHIPs for the grant year starting April 1, 2010 and ending March 31, 2011.The Vermont State Health Insurance Assistance Program will receive $269,120, part of the nearly $41.6 million being distributed to SHIPs today as part of the total $45 million that is available to SHIPs in 2010 for direct grants and support contracts. Performance awards will be distributed to SHIPs in September.CMS expects the SHIPs to use the FY 2010 funding to provide one-on-one counseling and conduct targeted community-based outreach to an increasing number and diversity of beneficiaries who may be unable to access other sources of information.SHIPs are expected to increase their efforts to provide outreach and assistance to current and newly eligible Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers, reach people who are most likely eligible for Medicare s low-income subsidy and may be able to benefit from lower prescription drug costs, beneficiaries with disabilities, and diverse racial and ethnic groups, particularly those individuals with limited English proficiency. Over the past twenty years, the faces of our Medicare beneficiaries have changed, representing more diverse groups with diverse needs, said Marilyn Tavenner, CMS principal deputy administrator. The way we identify these diverse groups and meet their needs must also change and the SHIPs are best positioned to reach them in the communities where they live.CMS will continue to support the SHIPs with training and technical assistance. This will help to ensure that the community networks remain fully capable of accessing and using CMS 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), regional office resources, as well as the online tools at www.medicare.gov(link is external) and www.SHIPtalk.org(link is external) to provide assistance to Medicare beneficiaries.Source: Vermont SHIP. 4.5.2010# # #last_img read more

Power Shift offers new ‘Cloud’ email

first_imgLocal Internet company, Power Shift, is pleased to announce that it is now offering a new email service to its business customers. CloudMail is a next generation email solution that features secure hosting within a Cloud environment, as well as enhanced email applications.‘We have had challenges in the past with email services and servers,’ notes Ryan Meravi, Power Shift’s sales manager. ‘With CloudMail, the challenges are in the past. Emails are hosted in the Cloud, an extremely stable and secure environment, and the additional features should appeal to small and large business customers alike.’The new email service is available to all Power Shift’s domain hosted email customers now, and features increased storage, enhanced spam protection, easy syncing of calendars, contacts, and email with mobile devices, and more.Founded in 1992, Power Shift provides global Web hosting, design, and advanced email services to individuals and businesses, with small town customer service from its offices in Stowe, Vermont. For more information, contact Power Shift at 802-253-6287 or visit them at www.pshift.com(link is external) .  Source: PowerShift. STOWE, VT ‘ May 12, 2011 ‘last_img read more

Weekly unemployment claims fall again after Irene-related spike

first_imghttp://www.vermontbiz.com/sites/all/modules/fckeditor/fckeditor/editor/c…); “>http://www.vermontbiz.com/sites/all/modules/fckeditor/fckeditor/editor/c…); “>http://www.vermontbiz.com/sites/all/modules/fckeditor/fckeditor/editor/c…); “>August2011July2011August2010July2011August2010 Total Labor Force359,800359,800360,0000-200   Employment338,800339,300338,400-500400   Unemployment21,10020,50021,600600-500   Rate (%)5.95.76.00.2-0.1Vermont’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. Vermont Labor Force Statistics (Seasonally Adjusted) There were 608 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week. This is a decrease of 109 from the week before, as new claims again fell following a two-week spike in claims resulting from tropical storm Irene. The week prior to the storm saw a seasonal low of fewer than 500 claims. Altogether 5,981 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 394 from a week ago and 1,285 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 1,443 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 1 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 727 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is unchanged from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)  Vermont’s unemployment rate increased two-tenths in August to 5.9 percent. See story HERE.          Changes Fromlast_img read more

Editorial: Ending Federal Study on Effects of Surface Mining Is a Move Meant to ‘Please the Coal Industry’

first_imgEditorial: Ending Federal Study on Effects of Surface Mining Is a Move Meant to ‘Please the Coal Industry’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Lexington (Ky.) Herald Leader:There’s no good explanation, no budgetary or scientific reason for ending a federal study into the possible health effects of living near surface coal mining in Appalachia.This study is well underway. The only reason the Trump administration would pull the plug now is to please the coal industry. And that reason is not good enough when so many people are waiting for answers.The scientists who are delving into what’s known and not known come from across the country and from an impressive range of disciplines and backgrounds. They are working as volunteers under the auspices of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.One industry argument against the study is that surface mining in Appalachia provides only a tiny fraction of the nation’s coal supply. That ignores the huge impact it has — during and after mining — on the people who live nearby. As Appalachia’s thin seams are mined, more rock has to be blasted away, which puts a new set of potentially harmful substances into the air and water.It would be wasteful — the opposite of economical — to have spent this much time, money and effort without getting the final product, a report that many people are awaiting.More: Health and strip mining? Study onlast_img read more

Renewables close in on coal generation in Germany

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Germany is edging ever closer to its national target of 65 per cent renewable energy by 2030, with new data showing wind and solar produced 38 per cent of the electricity consumed in the country between January and September 2018.The figures mark an increase of three percentage points over a year earlier, according to utility association BDEW, and were boosted by the renewables’ share reaching 43 per cent in the months of January, April and May. “If we have an average amount of wind in the fourth quarter, renewables could also cover 38 percent over the entire year,” BDEW said in a statement.But for the first three quarters of the year, this means that renewables produced almost 170 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh), while lignite and hard coal added up to about 172 billion kWh. “Clearly, renewables are in the fast lane, while the contribution of conventional energy sources to cover gross power consumption is falling continuously,” said BDEW head Stefan Kapferer.Meanwhile, the rise in renewables generation has helped to set Germany’s carbon emissions on course for their largest drop since the 2009 recession, the Clean Energy Wire reports. Strong renewable power production and warm temperatures lowered Germany’s CO2 emissions by around 7 per cent in the first nine months of 2018, according to the calculations by energy market research group AG Energiebilanzen (AGEB).More: German renewables share jumps to 38% for 2018, nearly catches coal Renewables close in on coal generation in Germanylast_img read more

Italy’s Enel to power Anglo American’s full renewable switch in Chile

first_imgItaly’s Enel to power Anglo American’s full renewable switch in Chile FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:A mining giant has turned to Enel to power its transition to a fully renewable energy supply in Chile, signing a deal set to kick in, in two years’ time.The developer announced this week its clean energy portfolio will provide Anglo American with up to 3TWh annually, starting in 2021 over a 10-year period.The energy will come from Enel’s existing renewable portfolio in Chile, developed through the Enel Generación Chile subsidiary.The deal will help green the energy footprint of the Chilean projects Anglo American owns interests in, including the Los Bronces, Collahuasi, El Soldado mines and the Chagres smelter.The mining group estimates the potential 3TWh a year in renewable supply will slash its overall Chilean CO2 emissions by 70%, equal to taking 270,000 cars off the road.According to Enel, the deal with Anglo American is the most sizeable such arrangement seen to date in Chile and the largest clean energy supply agreement the firm itself has ever entered.More: Enel plants to power Anglo American’s full renewable switch in Chilelast_img read more