AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFacebook’s privacy settings are extremely detailed, giving you the ability to fine-tune the privacy aspects of almost every little part of your Facebook account. Unfortunately, for most users, this level of micromanagement makes Facebook’s privacy settings a convoluted mess.Here are 10 essential settings you should know about…(READ the article at Mashable.com)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA fan came to the rescue when Public Enemy most needed a friend—and a quick ride to their gig.Kevin Wells had stopped by a Broomhill, UK record store Saturday, where members of the iconic hip-hop group were signing autographs to get his picture with Chuck D and Flavor Flav before heading to work.The band was still signing autographs when their taxi took off — leaving them stranded miles from the arena where they were to perform in just a few minutes.BE UPLIFTED EACH DAY: GET OUR NEW GOOD NEWS APP—> Download FREE for Android and iOSThe band took Wells up on an offer to drive them, the five piled into his compact car, and they set out on backstreets following every shortcut Wells could remember.“Bohemian Rhapsody, by Queen, came on the radio,” Wells told the Sheffield Star. “Everyone was singing the words and rocking out in the back of my car. I was looking in the rear view mirror thinking, ‘is this actually happening?’” Security at the arena was skeptical that the band of millionaire musicians was arriving for the show in a Ford Focus, until Chuck D rolled down the window and flashed a security pass.Wells got the band to the arena just 15 minutes before Public Enemy was to take the stage.CHECK OUT: Rapper Snoop Dogg Delights Town, Gives Out 1500 Turkeys And HugsWells missed the show because he still had to get to work —photographing other concerts around Sheffield that night.(Photo: Kevin Wells, Facebook)Yo! Bum Rush This Story To Your Crew…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSummer is the time to chow down at a good old-fashioned barbecue, especially for the Fourth of July in the United States– but what about the vegans?A new survey examined how the traditional concept of barbecue can accommodate those with meat-free and alternative-diets, and explored the lengths hosts go to in order to cater to guests with dietary restrictions.The survey conducted by OnePoll in conjunction with Sabra examined the summer hosting habits and behaviors of 2,000 Americans and discovered that two in five expect to host a guest with dietary restriction this summer. CHECK OUT: How a New Member of Congress Used Toffee to Thaw Frozen Relations Between Democrats and RepublicansFor starters, if you get anxious over hosting vegan guests, then you’re not the only one; the survey results say that 47% of hosts are likely to panic or get nervous during their event planning. Furthermore, men are far more likely than women to stress about pleasing their guests with dietary restrictions (52% versus 40%).While 58% of Americans have a family member who is vegan, vegetarian or both, 71% hope these guests will be fine with a veggie platter and “get by” with what is already offered at a barbecue.Four out of five Americans believe they are accommodating towards those who eat vegan—and the top five go-to dishes that hosts put out to please everyone are salad, grilled vegetables, fruit, corn, and refrigerated or fresh dips like hummus.TOP 10 GO-TO SAFE FOODS FOR DIETARY RESTRICTIONS? SURVEY SAYS…1. Salad 72%2. Grilled vegetables 67%3. Fruit 65%4. Corn 50%5. Refrigerated/fresh dips 46%6. Meatless hamburgers 46%7. Hummus 46%8. Crudite (raw vegetables) 45%9. Crackers 44%10. Meatless hot dogs 38%That being said, these snacks are apparently not enough to please. Over half (52%) of Americans with dietary restrictions admit to bringing their own food to barbecues to make certain that their stomach growls on low volume.LOOK: Supportive Friends Come Together With Wine and Wedding Dresses For ‘Divorce Party’Those over the age of 55 were the least likely to become annoyed at hosting a vegan. Not only that, they largely disagreed with their younger counterparts by reporting that it’s not at all rude to “BYOF (bring your own food).”Of those surveyed with a dietary restriction, half reported feeling judged by their host during a barbecue—and they rated the most common annoying questions that have been posed to them by party-goers who can eat everything.MOST ANNOYING QUESTIONS TO ASK SOMEONE WITH A DIETARY RESTRICTION? SURVEY SAYS…1. Do you get enough protein? – 43%2. Aren’t you hungry all the time? – 43%3. Do you miss foods you can’t eat? – 34%4. Why do you choose to eat this way? – 27%5. Are you trying to lose weight? – 21%The top challenge hosts will face this barbecue season is making sure the food offered is tasty (48%).Next in line for the biggest challenges facing barbecue hosts this year is a tie between providing a variety of options (47%) and making sure guests with restrictive diets have enough food (47%).TOP 9 CHALLENGES FACED BY HOSTS? SURVEY SAYS…1. Making sure the food offered is tasty – 48%2. Providing a variety of options for everyone – 47%3. Making sure guests have enough food to eat – 47%4. Knowing what a guest with a dietary restriction can or can’t have – 45%5. Making sure vegan options can be enjoyed by all – 42%6. Knowing how to cook food items that they aren’t used to cooking – 38%7. Making sure cross-contamination doesn’t occur – 31%8. Buying more than initially expected – 29%9. Confusing the vegan hamburgers with the real ones – 22%That being said, both hosts and those with dietary restrictions are happy to see hummus on the menu at a barbecue. More than 70% of barbecue hosts and guests with restrictive diets say they would be happy to see hummus on the menu – and more than 46% say that they already put it out on the picnic table.MORE: What You Never Learned About Fiber and Why It May Be Exactly What You Need for Stubborn AilmentsSabra, a manufacturer of hummus, is kicking off the busy summer barbecue season by coming to the rescue of panicked barbecue hosts nationwide. They can call 1-866-Code-Vegan or visit CodeVegan.com for recipes, inspiration and, while supplies last, free Vegan Rescue Kits featuring vegan recipes for barbecue flatbread, product coupons, and quirky laptop stickers all designed to remind vegans and meat-lovers alike that the answer to your menu challenges is likely already in your fridge.Be Sure And Share The Helpful Hints With Your Fellow Party Hosts On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Darn Tough Vermont,Vermont Business Magazine Darn Tough Vermont(link is external), the fastest growing American manufacturer of premium performance outdoor and lifestyle socks, announced today that its multi-quarter growth run continues with first quarter revenue up 28 percent year-over-year. Company performance increased across all categories, the company said in a press release, indicating that the brand’s unconditional lifetime guarantee and Vermont, USA-based manufacturing continues to resonate with consumers demanding quality socks.“From day one we refused to cut corners, building socks in Northfield, Vermont with a maniacal focus on uncompromised comfort, durability and fit. 13 years ago, people told us that the world didn’t need another premium sock brand but Darn Tough’s continued double-digit, year-over-year growth speaks for itself. And that’s because our socks speak for themselves. Every one of our socks is created with the specific needs of the end consumer in mind and with each design we continue to evolve, building on the same focus that launched the Darn Tough brand,” said Ric Cabot, Darn Tough Vermont and Cabot Hosiery Mills president and CEO.Darn Tough’s famous factory store sock sale in November. VBM photoCategory GrowthDarn Tough Vermont’s outstanding growth reflects the brand’s dedication to crafting end-use specific socks that not only exceed consumer expectations, but also redefine what socks can and should offer. The brand’s Hike collection – up 47% – has long been recognized for its ability to effortlessly take on any adventure, from the grit of a 2,200 mile thru-hike to the everyday grind. Equally at home on the trail or in town, Darn Tough’s legendary performance makes any Hike style an incredibly worthy and comfortable go-to sock.This methodic approach to end-use specific design is also brought to life in the company’s Vertical Ski/Ride category – up 21%. With an emphasis on unrivaled fit and season-after-season durability, Darn Tough Vermont’s Ski/Ride socks have been met with equal excitement from retailers and consumers who are tired of their socks failing after one winter.The Lifestyle category – driven by the men’s collection, up 21% – leads with fresh colorways and patterns that continue to outperform and outlast the competition. Coupled with the Juniors offering – up 89% – Darn Tough’s Hike and Lifestyle collection offer socks for every activity and every family member. Personnel and Infrastructure GrowthDarn Tough Vermont welcomed Lance Pitcher as the new Marketing Campaign Manager. As the former point person for content at Burton, Pitcher brings 20 years of agency, editorial and brand experience developing compelling content for, and driving engagement around, in-store, social media and e-commerce platforms for outdoor, lifestyle brands. “Coming out of a wildly successful year, we’re excited to have Lance with us to lead campaign development and activations across all dealer and consumer touchpoints. His talent will continue to help us raise awareness around Darn Tough’s one-of-a-kind story while driving sell-through,” Brian Brand, marketing director at Darn Tough Vermont.In addition, the Vermont-based sock company continues ramping up infrastructure and operational improvements in manufacturing and logistics as well as improved customer service and supply chain leadership. This growth is driving faster DC turnaround, ensuring that Darn Tough is leading in retail delivery and turn times in order to be the strongest possible partner for retailers, distributors and consumers. About Darn Tough Vermont:Darn Tough Vermont is an American manufacturer of premium, all-weather outdoor and lifestyle socks for every activity and every day. The company offers both Specialty and Tactical product lines. Darn Tough Vermont’s Specialty line offers footwear in several activewear categories including Lifestyle, Hike, Run, Endurance, Vertical Ski/Ride, Bike, Hunt, Work and Kid’s styles – all of which carry the industry’s only unconditional lifetime guarantee.Darn Tough’s product is distinguished from industry competitors by 100 percent USA manufacturing; exceptional comfort, durability and fit; True-Seamless™ technology; and an exclusive blend of either ultra-fine, premium Merino wool or Coolmax®/Thermolite®. Founded by Ric Cabot in 2004, a third-generation sock maker, Darn Tough Vermont operates out of Cabot Hosiery Mills. For more information about Darn Tough Vermont socks, please visit: www.DarnTough.com(link is external). Source: Northfield, VT. (April 20, 2017) – Darn Tough Vermont(link is external)
Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) leaders and staff gathered Wednesday, October 18 at the Mount Anthony Country Club to honor employees for their service to the organization’s mission. One award every year is presented for each of the organization’s five core values: quality, empathy, safety, teamwork, and stewardship. The employees who received the awards are noted standard bearers and role models within the organization.“We achieve remarkable success through the hard work and dedication of employees who come to work each day with our mission in mind,” said Thomas A. Dee, FACHE, SVHC’s president and CEO. “Our Putnam Awards honorees live our mission of exceptional care and comfort and help set SVHC apart as one of the best health systems in New England.”The 2017 Putnam Award Honorees are: (Click the linked name for a high-resolution image.)Quality: Bentley Munsell(link is external), ED technician, Emergency DepartmentEmpathy: Virginia Ritchie(link is external), administrative assistant, Medical Staff OfficeDr. Richard Guerrero Patient Safety Award: Elizabeth Bessette, RN(link is external), Medical SurgicalTeamwork: Christopher Callanan(link is external), Café cook, Nutrition and Dining ServicesStewardship: Ron Keefer(link is external), buyer, Materials ManagementThe evening also honored those celebrating employment anniversaries. Many were honored for 10, 20, and 30 years of employment with SVHC. Fourteen employees were noted for 40 or more years of service, and Christine Bacon, who works in the lab, was honored for 52 years of service. Altogether, the group represented more than 1,400 years with the organization.About:Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC’s providers are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. SVHC includes the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, a 150-bed long- and short-term care skilled nursing facility; the SVHC Foundation; and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), which includes 19 primary and specialty care practices. Primary care offices are located in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, and Wilmington. To learn more, visit svhealthcare.org(link is external). Source: BENNINGTON, VT—Southwestern Vermont Health Care 12.20.2017
Vermont Business Magazine Today, Governor Phil Scott and Lindsay Kurrle, Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development announced the distribution of S2.S million in federal CARES Act funding for Restart Vermont Technical Assistance. The program is free to COVID-19-impacted businesses and funded through $2.5 million in federal CARES Act funding. The program is now live and businesses can begin accessing resources immediately.This funding will deliver robust support to Vermont businesses impacted by the economic downturn due to COVID-19. The funding, allocated by the Vermont General Assembly in Act L37, leverages existing statewide and regional assets to reach a broad range of companies in every sector and region.The Regional Development Corporations of Vermont (RDCs of VT) were among five organizations selected to implement Restart programming. The RDC program, Restart Vermont Technical Assistance (ReWA), will leverage a regional and statewide network of for-profit and non-profit technical assistance providers to help small businesses.Kurrle said at the governor’s press briefing today that this could include Website development, or advice in how to lay out a social distancing appropriate restaurant, or in any way in which to deliver their srevice.Each RDC will deploy a Recovery Navigator to work one-on-one with businesses and determine the best form of technical assistance to help each business on its path to recovery.The Navigator, client business, and technical assistance provider will develop a scope of work appropriate to solving – the client’s issues. The cost of the work will be covered by the grant.The program is expected to assist over 250 businesses with grants averaging $3,000. ln Lamoille County the RDCS ReVTA Program will be administered by the Lamoille Economic Development Corporation.The five technical assistance teams are:Vermont’s 12 Regional Development Corporations (RDCs) will connect a wide variety of small non-profit and for-profit businesses to a newly formed network of business service providers.The Vermont Chamber of Commerce will offer restaurant and lodging businesses expert advice in partnership with On the Fly, a Vermont based group of hospitality business experts who have begun providing free services to peer businesses in the past few months.Champlain College will connect participating businesses with in-house expertise to help businesses refine the tools necessary to flourish in a market that is embracing 21st-century technologies.The Northern Community Investment Corporation will provide businesses in the Northeast Kingdom direct business services through a network of public and private consultants. The Vermont Sustainable Jobs fund will provide a cohort approach to helping wood product businesses modernize their sales and marketing efforts.This program was first proposed as part of Governor Scott’s first emergency economic recovery package. For full details on the Small Business Recovery Technical Assistance Program(link is external), visit the ACCD Recovery Resource Center. This program complements a robust system of traditional business technical assistance(link is external) programs already available in the state.Each team will offer navigators to help businesses access public and private sector business service providers related to digital sales, marketing, design services to accomplish low-contact workplaces, workforce retraining, and supply chain optimization.“Vermonters built their businesses in a pre-COVID-19 environment. This program will help them adapt to the ongoing crisis by offering tools to put more of their business online, implement novel and innovative ways to do in-person business, and develop processes to increase profits,” said ACCD Secretary Lindsay Kurrle. “Ultimately, we hope this will result in stronger businesses coming out of the pandemic, putting more Vermonters back to work, and strengthening our economy to withstand these types of pressures moving forward.”Businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and would like to receive technical assistance and businesses that can provide technical assistance should register to participate in the program at: www.VermontEconomicDevelopment.com(link is external).About 250 businesses are expected to receive technical assistance through the ReVTA program between now and December 20, the deadline to expend CARES Act funds. Technical Assistance providers and impacted businesses are encouraged to register now.Links to registration, webinar training, and more information on the RDCs of Vermont’s Restart Vermont Technical Assistance Program can be found at www.VermontEconomicDevelopment.com(link is external)Source: LEDC 9.18.2020 & www.accd.vermont.gov(link is external)
The first St Lucia Triathlon took place in the Caribbean last weekend as around 150 international and local triathletes raced at the beautiful Landings resort on the island. The triathlon attracted competitors from the UK, USA, Martinique, Trinidad and Tobago and elsewhere in the Caribbean – with athletes racing over various distances.The event also included a kid’s triathlon and aquathlon, which attracted a host of local kids, many of whom are coached by St Lucian Olympic swimmer and Race Director Jamie Peterkin.The St Lucia Triathlon course included a swim in the beautiful clear waters of Rodney Bay, a tough hilly bike ride and finally a flat run to Pigeon Island and back. Event distances included:The Dagger: 200m swim, 6.6K bike, 2.5K runThe Pistol: 750m swim, 13.2K bike, 5K runThe Cutlass: 1500m swim, 26.4K bike, 10K runFor the Children’s events there was a 100m swim, an 800m bike and an 800m run as their challenge.There were also a number of adult relay teams that competed across all distances and there were also 35 kids who took part in a children’s triathlon and aquathlon. The kids’ events in particular created a fantastic atmosphere as parents and lots of locals gathered to cheer on the youngest triathletes.The main event triathlon, which took place on Saturday 23 November 2013 in the tranquil surroundings of Rodney Bay and the picturesque Pigeon Island, was ‘fully powered’ by the telecommunications company Digicel, a key sponsor of the event.As well as event ambassador and Double Gold Olympic champion Daley Thompson, the St Lucia Triathlon attracted a number of dignitaries including Her Excellency Dame Pearl Louisy; Minister for Tourism Lorne Theophilus; and also Louis Lewis (Director of Tourism for the island) who took part in the triathlon.Human Race was also thrilled to welcome IOC member and St Lucian, Richard Peterkin; and prize winners were delighted to receive their prizes from the event’s special guests.Event ambassador Daley Thompson said “I am delighted to be involved with the first annual St Lucia Triathlon which has been a phenomenal success. All the athletes had a fantastic time and enjoyed competing in such a stunning location and I look forward to being involved in the triathlon for many years to come.”The St Lucia Triathlon, which was the brain child of John Lunt of Human Race, alongside Adam Gobat and Daley Thompson, was the culmination of a week-long schedule of events. These included a 5K run, sea swim and aquathlon, as well as a boat trip and pre and post race parties.The St Lucia Triathlon is an annual event and will take place again on the beautiful Caribbean island in November 2014.www.tristlucia.com Related
Rep. Jarrod Ousley.On Tuesday, Rep. Jarrod Ousley, a Democrat who represents most of Merriam as well as parts of Mission and Overland Park, voted against HB 2067, a tax reform package that would have largely rolled back the sizable tax cuts signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback in 2012. Ousley’s vote against the bill drew criticism from many moderate Republicans, who said it represented the best chance to put the state in a position to close much of its budget gap.This morning, Ousley posted an explanation of his vote on Facebook. It’s copied in its entirety below:On Tuesday evening the legislature voted on HB 2067, a tax reform bill. This bill restored a three tier income tax structure, repealed the ratchet mechanism, and returned LLC’s to the tax rolls. Unfortunately, it did not provide any relief for food sales tax rates, and delayed reinstating deductions for property and mortgage taxes until 2020. It hit lower income and working families the hardest, as it reduced the low-income exclusion threshold from $12,500 to $5000 for married filers.While promoted as a first step in correcting our unstable tax structure, it still did not raise enough funds to stop borrowing from KPERs and KDOT. Under this plan, $200 million dollars continues to be swept from KPERs and $300 million from KDOT. Finally, it only provides enough revenue to fund the education formula as it is currently drafted. When the Supreme Court finds that formula is still unconstitutionally under funding education, there is no agreement that we will return to this tax plan to raise the additional revenue via income tax. It is quite likely that because of this, the Children’s Initiative Fund is the source of funds the legislature will turn to make up the difference when we return to emergency special session as a result, and other regressive taxes on services will be on the table.While many legislators in Johnson County do not need to concern themselves with the impact this bill has on working class families, those families make up the entirety of my district. This bill increases taxes on these families, but doesn’t provide them with deductions, nor safeguard their children’s schools.There were 59 votes for the bill when I voted nay. It was four votes short of passing.The deciding factor in my decision to vote no; however, was this: Voting to approve this policy would have brought the session to an end within two days. The Foster Care Task Force bill that passed unanimously in the House, and that I have worked on for the last two years is being held in committee in the Senate. If session adjourns without that bill moving forward, the Task Force bill dies.The Senate President Susan Wagle, and the Chair of the Committee Vickie Schmidt can bring that bill out for a vote at any time, and have declined to do so, without explanation. I have been in communication with several people in leadership and have stated plainly that I would not vote for a bill that hurt my district and killed oversight for the most vulnerable children in Kansas.I understand our budget is in a shambles. Kids in foster care are dying. That was my line in the sand. Out of all the advocacy groups pushing for this tax plan, not one included an advocacy group representing foster kids.As a representative, you are told you can vote for two things, your conscious or your district, and when you’re fortunate, those things align. I voted both my conscious and my district.
February 15, 2015 Regular News , to Wendy Loquasto, chair of the Appellate Court Rules Committee, at New Rule 3.802. Criminal Procedure Rules Committee and Appellate Court Rules Committee out-of-cycle report Creates a new rule to address Chapter 2014-220, Laws of Florida. The new rule details the process for sentencing review hearings for juvenile offenders sentenced to more than 15 years for specified offenses. Criminal Procedure Rules Committee and Appellate Court Rules Committee out-of-cycle reportThe Criminal Procedure Rules Committee and the Appellate Court Rules Committee invite comments on the proposed rule amendments anticipated to be included in the committees’ joint out-of-cycle report to address Chapter 2014-220, Laws of Florida, which came into effect July 1, 2014. The statutory amendments require the consideration of specified factors before determining if life imprisonment is an appropriate sentence for a juvenile offender convicted of certain offenses. Chapter 2014-220, Laws of Florida, also provides for sentence review proceedings to be conducted after a specified period of time by the original sentencing court for juvenile offenders convicted of certain offenses. The full text of the proposals can be found on The Florida Bar’s website at New Rule 3.781. 46-0 . Interested persons have until March 1 to submit any comments, electronically Judge Samantha Ward, chair of the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee, at email@example.com . Rule /Form References new rule 3.802 under orders appealable by the defendant in Rule 9.140(b)(1)(D). Explanation www.FloridaBar.org firstname.lastname@example.org , and to the Bar staff liaison, Heather Telfer, at Vote email@example.com 27-0 28-0 Rule 9.140. Creates a new rule to address Chapter 2014-220. The new rule delineates the process for consideration of a life sentence for juvenile offenders.
German airline Air Berlin opens a new route between Düsseldorf and Pula once a week from Wednesday, July 13 to August 17, 2016Air Berlin is the second largest airline in Germany, after Lufthansa, and the ninth largest in Europe in terms of the number of passengers carried. With its fleet of about 120 aircraft, it flies to more than 170 destinations in the Mediterranean, Madeira, the Canary Islands, North Africa, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and North and South America. The company is a member of the Oneworld association, and its Austrian subsidiary Niki is an associate member of the same association.The majority owner of the company is the Air Berlin Group, and in December 2012, Etihad Airways bought a 29,21% stake in Air Berlin. The company had 2012 employees in December 9.284, and in the same year transported over 33,3 million passengers.