Court bans Twin City Roofing for ‘willful contempt’ in fraud case

first_imgYesterday, the Vermont Superior Court, Washington Unit found Donald Bevins, a Williston-based home improvement contractor, in ‘willful contempt’ of Court orders containing ‘specific provisions intended to protect the public from home improvement fraud and provide for restitution to victims.’ Under the terms of the Order, Bevins is prohibited from entering into any new contracts for home repair, from setting foot on any work site where roofing work is underway, and is completely barred from working as a roofing contractor. The ban applies to Bevins individually as well as Twin City Roofing, Inc. and any other corporations Bevins represents. The Court Order notes, ‘at the hearing today, the court advised Mr. Bevins that failure to comply with this order is likely to result in sanctions from the court, including incarceration (jail).’‘The Court’s ruling is a strong message to home improvement businesses that Vermont consumers will be protected,’ said Attorney General Sorrell. ‘Operations like the one Donald Bevins was running won’t be allowed to stay in business if they ignore the rights of consumers.’The Office of Attorney General maintains the State’s Home Improvement Fraud Registry, a state-wide listing of individuals who have been criminally convicted or resolved civil claims by the State for ‘home improvement fraud.’Source: Attorney General. 12.15.2010For a link to the Home Improvement Fraud Registry and more information on home improvement fraud in Vermont, including information on how to find out if there have been consumer complaints against a business, please visit the Home Improvement Fraud page of the Attorney General’s website.Anyone with a complaint against Donald Bevins or Twin City Roofing, is encouraged to contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program at (802) 656-3183 or toll free in Vermont: (800) 649-2424.last_img read more

USNS Comfort Completes Humanitarian Mission in Dominican Republic

first_imgBy Dialogo May 06, 2009 The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) raised anchor and departed Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, May 2. Santo Domingo was Comfort´s second stop in support of Continuing Promise 2009 (CP09) – a four-month humanitarian and civic assistance mission to Latin America and the Caribbean region. “We are very pleased with the results of our team work in providing medical services to many Dominicans,” said Navy Capt. Bob Lineberry, CP09 mission commander. “We have continued to build on our already strong relationship and enhanced our ability to continue to work together to build a better future for all.” During their time in Dominican Republic, the medical staff on board Comfort saw 11,050 patients, performed 206 surgical operations, filled 18,608 prescriptions, distributed 2,972 pairs of glasses, conducted 5,508 dental services and performed more than 8,000 veterinary services. “Our CP09 mission has been successful this year due to the outstanding support and leadership from the Dominican Armed Forces, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Agriculture,” said Lineberry. Navy Seabees aboard Comfort spent more than 100 hours building a 900-square-foot refrigerated storage room for the National Reference Laboratory that will be used for blood storage and a 15-by-15-foot classroom at the Otto Martinez schoolhouse. During a closing ceremony held at the Dominican Republic Military Headquarters May 1, Maj. Gen. Carlos Altuna Tezanos, head of the Dominican Army, thanked Lineberry, Navy Capt. James Ware, commanding officer of the hospital aboard Comfort, and the crew of the ship for their hard work and dedication. In turn, Lineberry thanked Tezanos for his cooperation and assistance in bringing Comfort to the people of Dominican Republic. “It has been an honor to work side-by-side with our Dominican friends, Ministry of Health, and local medical professionals to provide medical, dental, veterinary, engineering and educational services to many people in the Santo Domingo area,” said Lineberry. “As humanitarians we are committed to serve others and to provide accessible medical treatment for those in need. This is an essential in building a safer and more prosperous Americas for all.”last_img read more

Change: 4 steps to a positive experience

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Too often we say, “I don’t like change!”Poor “change” has developed a bad rap for itself. The act of change can either improve us or destroy us; the choice, though, is in our hands. The solution to dealing with it is to learn to respond positively, even to embrace change!Experiencing change is like moving from one place to another. I remember years ago moving to our very first purchased home and not quite feeling settled in there the first few weeks. Imagine, I almost longed to be back at the old house, which was a rental property. Somehow, it seemed like the move I had made was like moving while standing still in the same spot. It was only when I looked for the good things in the new place that my heart began to be there. And, we all know, where the heart is, that’s where the home is too. continue reading »last_img read more

Berger welcomes Clinton’s pledge to ‘cut red tape’ for credit unions

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger applauded the inclusion of credit unions in Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s small business platform, released yesterday, which reaffirmed her past statements about cutting red tape so credit unions can continue providing capital for small businesses.“We applaud Secretary Clinton’s recognition of the importance of credit unions as a resource for capital for small businesses,” Berger said. “Credit unions proved their mettle throughout the crisis providing much-needed capital to small business. Today, they want to continue to help small business and all their members achieve their financial dreams but nearly a credit union a day is disappearing due in large part to the overwhelming regulatory burden.”Clinton said she wants to “streamline regulations and cut red tape for community banks and credit unions, which are the backbone of small business lending in America.” During an economic speech earlier this month, Clinton made similar remarks. continue reading »last_img read more

Invest in your best for success

first_imgAn investment in your employee engagement culture will allow you to fit your employees into situations where they can be most successful, identify the most appropriate ways to invest in their wellbeing, and rally them around the shared vision for success that should be emanating from the top of your organization. This process of investing in an overall employee experience culture is a great way to fuel the three drivers of engagement noted above. It shows your best employees that you value them and want them to continue contributing to your team. The investment of some recent clients includes creating an extensive curriculum consisting of internal and external resources, creating cross-functional teams and assigning special projects, and coordinating an executive mentor to each “best” employee.Regardless of how much time and money you’re able to invest, and since we’re a financially-driven industry, we do need to show an ROI on our investment in the employee experience culture, right? A recent Harvard Business Review story quoted their research showing that organizations that invest in their cultures like we’re proposing had four times the average profit and more than two times the revenue. Further, Gallup reports that a staggering 87% of employees worldwide are not engaged, but companies with highly engaged workforces outperform others by 147%. Can you possibly afford a painfully disengaged culture inside your credit union while trying to establish a highly engaged culture with your leaders and members outside? It sounds like a culture that only Sisyphus would find engaging. It may be an overused cliché but your people truly are your greatest asset. But will they be your asset for much longer? And what have you done lately to invest in those assets? An employee experience culture will create the environment where employees will actually want to come to work and actively live out your mission … especially your “right” and “best” employees!As mentioned above, my firm has been busy working with clients to conduct talent assessments to assist them in their efforts to identify their best employees and create the required cultures to retain them. We’d love to help you, as well. Please let me know when you have time for a conversation about the talent in your organization and the plans you should be creating to appropriately invest in them. or 636-578-3280. 38SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Paul Robert Paul Robert has been helping financial institutions drive their retail growth strategies for over 20 years. Paul is the Chief Executive Officer for FI Strategies, LLC, a private consulting company … Web: Details Last article we talked about the importance of investing in your leaders and making sure they were leading your organization in the most effective manner. In previous articles we’ve talked more globally about your members and what your credit union needs to do to optimize their experiences.Finally, this month, we’re going to focus on your employees and how you need to focus on creating an employee experience culture in order for your leaders to be successful and your members to be satisfied. Why are your employees as important, or more important, as your leaders and members? As my friend Shep Hyken ( says, “What’s happening on the inside of a company will be felt on the outside by the consumer.” If you don’t have the right employee experience culture on the inside, you can’t possibly have the desired member experience culture on the outside.We’ve all thought for many years that happy employees lead to better levels of service but that correlation between happiness and performance has been unclear at best. Today, however, is the time to make that connection as crystal clear as possible. Many of you have invested heavily in your member-focused technology and delivery channels and some have substantially invested in your leadership development but how many of you have invested comparably heavily in your employee culture?Specifically, a productive engagement culture needs to start with a particular focus and discerning look at your “best” employees. It’s not that only some employees are important; but you are only in danger of losing some of your employees. And, potentially catastrophically, the employees you’re at risk of losing are the ones who are your most productive, impactful, and dedicated. A company’s best employees can be defined a variety of ways depending on your strategic priorities but for the sake of this discussion, let’s consider your top producers and highest potentials be considered your best employees. Here’s the critical question: if you don’t invest in those employees and cultivate the culture that will nourish them and allow them to prosper, who will?Over the past few months, we’ve had the opportunity to partner with clients to conduct a talent assessment of their employee population. This process evaluates all employees but culminates with specific development and action plans for those employees identified as the credit union’s “best” (roughly the top 10-20% of employees). In working through this highly interactive process, many credit union leaders have realized a renewed and thorough appreciation for their most important asset – their employees. However, as Jim Collins said in his landmark book, Good to Great: “…people are not your most important asset; the right people are.” These credit union leaders have identified the right employees to focus on and on whom they will focus a significant portion of their employee culture investment. Because, again, if they don’t make this investment, who will?The talent assessment allows the organization to specify who their “right” and “best” people are, regardless of role and based on various criteria, while also identifying specific and personalized ways to invest in them. Often, simply defining what they mean by “best” or “right” is a cathartic process – they may have thought they knew who their top 20% were but later realized that some of those employees may not be as well-rounded, productive, and contributive as they thought they were.Generally speaking, employees want/need three things from their employer: They want to feel supported in their job; that you care about them, that they can safely take ownership in their jobs, and that you are putting them in the best position to succeed.They want to feel competent in their role and that they are able to make a contribution to the success of the organization (today and, in many cases, well into the future).They want a feeling of belonging and camaraderie; they’re interdependent on each other and are able to collaborate with a team that shares their desire and motivation to succeed.last_img read more

Pula VR Experience – the first virtual walking tour in Pula

first_imgAfter Šibenik, Osijek, Split and Pula, it found itself on the map of interpreting cultural heritage through virtual reality.The new tourist offer, Pula VR Experience is the first walking tour in Pula which with the help of virtual glasses, VR-Application and digital map the user can explore Pula alone or with the expert guidance of a licensed tourist guide.The goal of this tour is to visually and auditory immerse the user in the Roman architecture of ancient Pula using the most modern VR-Technology. The user walks through the old town and at seven specific points stops and uses VR goggles and observes what that part of the city looked like 2000 years ago, in Roman times.The so-called VIEWPOINTS (places from which it is observed) are two near the Arch of Sergius, two at the Forum and three places near the Arena, and as Marko Flego and Mateo Brajek, owners of the travel agency Krug Travel from Pula, point out new locations near the Arena and one at the Little Roman Theater. Virtual tours will be sold through two packages, from HRK 190,00 and HRK 360,00 per person.Thus, tourists can see what Pula once looked like, ie in antiquity through a virtual experience.Related news:CAN VIRTUAL REALITY THREATEN TOURISM?THE CROATIAN GIANTS APPLICATION USES EXTENDED REALITY TO REVIVAL A PART OF CROATIAN HISTORYOSIJEK FIRST IN CROATIA OF VIRTUAL REALITY TECHNOLOGY PRESENTED TOURIST DESTINATION</p>
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Indonesia’s latest official COVID-19 figures

first_imgTopics : The ministry added 25,976 people were tested on Saturday, bringing the total number of people tested to 2,505,898. The Health Ministry announced 4,301 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 357,762.According to data released by the ministry on Saturday, 84 more people have died of the disease, bringing the death toll to 12,431.The total number of recovered patients has also increased to 281,592.center_img The capital city recorded 974 new confirmed cases, bringing the total tally to 93,356. Meanwhile, West Java reported 500 new cases, West Sumatra 450, Central Java 416, Riau 256 and East Java 238.  The virus has spread to all of the country’s 34 provinces. (kmt)last_img

Science Invented A Birth Control Shot For Men, So Why Does Nobody Seem To Care?

first_imgHealthLifestyle Science Invented A Birth Control Shot For Men, So Why Does Nobody Seem To Care? by: – June 10, 2011 Share Share 17 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img by Thegloss DotcomWhat if there was a birth control shot for men that was easy to administer, 100% effective, and totally reversible? Sounds pretty good, no? Well apparently, there already is one, it’s just not approved for use in the U.S. yet, and nobody seems to know about it. I, for one, had no clue this miraculous thing existed until I saw this article on Jezebel today. It sounds amazing!According to a Wired article on the subject, the procedure was invented by a “maverick” Indian scientist named Sujoy Gupta, who has “spent more than 30 years refining the idea while battling bureaucrats in his own country and skeptics worldwide.”Much simpler than a vasectomy, the procedure involves simply injecting the ol’ sperm tubes with a nontoxic substance that chemically incapacitates them as they flow through, rendering them unable of fertilizing the egg. It’s been totally safe and effective for the hundreds of men who’ve participated in the clinical trials so far, which means it could be widely available in India in as little as two years, and the FDA may soon start the (long) process of approving it for use in the U.S. This is exciting.So why hasn’t anyone been talking about it? Jezebel’s Anna North points out that the Wired article got barely any pick-up on blogs since its publication a month ago, which might just be an oversight on the part of us imperfect bloggers. (I’m adding Wired to my Google reader now, okay?) Beyond that, though, there might be some resistance to the idea on the part of both women and men who think a male birth control shot just sounds weird. With the exception of condoms and vasectomies, birth control has been located in women’s bodies for so long that it might seem strange to move it anywhere else.I must admit, I like the feeling of control I have knowing that I take my birth control pill at the exact same time every day (well, mostly), and that my boyfriend trusts me to take on this responsibility for the both of us. A male birth control would require me to trust him with this instead, and for him to go through a not un-scary procedure. (Granted, I find any procedure involving a needle scary.) You would have to trust your male partner to a great degree, and I’m sure a few crazy men would lie about having had it in order to get their girlfriends pregnant, just like a few crazy women have lied about being on the pill in order to get pregnant. (Don’t date crazy people, friends.)But as a way to get off artificial hormones without going through the pain of IUD insertion, this sounds like a really good option, and one I’d probably be interested in, were it available here. Women bear so much of the pain related to both having babies and not having babies, it would be nice to see men take on some of the burden for a change. Maybe if everyone learns about it and starts talking about it more, it will send the FDA a message that we want this option for ourselves in the U.S. So go on, tell your friends! Your baby-free, artificial-hormone-free, I.U.D.-free body will thank you someday. Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Please continue to “Hunker down Hoosiers”: our numbers are still rising

first_imgSoutheastern, IN—Today’s number shows another significant increase for Decatur County ( up 11 from yesterday and 28 total since Wednesday). The County’s per capita rate for positive COVID-19 tests is now .44% meaning that for every 1,000 residents there are 4.4 people reported in the ISDH cases, which represent those with symptoms significant enough to be tested. That is up from .4% yesterday.   Other per capita rates include Ripley County .27% holding steady from yesterday, and Franklin County seeing a  slight increase from .28% yesterday to .29% today.last_img

Tottenham edge past Sunderland

first_img Paulinho eventually injected some excitement with a dipping, swerving 13th-minute shot which flew just over and, after Mannone had turned Lewis Holtby’s curling effort around the post, the Brazilian saw another close-range attempt blocked by Wes Brown after he had run on to Defoe’s clever pass. In the meantime, Jack Colback had wasted good work by Fletcher and Altidore by firing high and wide, and the Black Cats might have been made to pay as Nacer Chadli and Defoe both went close within seconds. However, it was the home side who took the lead with eight minutes of the half remaining when Lloris made a mess of collecting Ondrej Celustka’s cross and Johnson controlled the loose ball before blasting it into the roof of the net. But the lead lasted just six minutes, Paulinho stabbing home the equaliser after Chadli had headed Holtby’s deep free-kick back across the six-yard box. Celustka tested Lloris from distance on the stroke of half-time but this time the Frenchman was equal to the task. Tottenham needed just five minutes of the second half to get their noses in front, although they did so with a touch of good fortune. Dembele’s powerful run took him past Colback’s ineffectual challenge and his cross cannoned off O’Shea and past the unfortunate Mannone. Johnson’s last-gasp intervention denied Holtby a 53rd-minute tap-in and Brown blocked a goal-bound effort from the same man three minutes later with Spurs going for the kill. But the visitors were unfortunate not to extend their lead with 57 minutes gone when Chadli played Aaron Lennon in and Defoe headed his cross against the post. Paulinho passed up a glorious opportunity to make it 3-1 on the hour when he missed his kick after Lennon had drilled the ball across the face of goal, and Defoe was just as profligate after being played in by Holtby six minutes later. Fletcher sent an ambitious 71st-minute header wide as Sunderland tried to respond and he and his team-mates were left appealing in vain for a penalty after Larsson’s corner was blocked by Sandro with more than a hint of an arm being used. Defoe struck the upright for a second time with 11 minutes remaining and substitute Fabio Borini fired straight at Lloris at the other end three minutes later, but there was to be no late drama despite flurries of activity at both ends. John O’Shea’s own goal condemned Sunderland to a demoralising 2-1 home defeat as Tottenham handed under-fire manager Andre Villas-Boas a second successive victory. Press Association The Republic of Ireland international inadvertently turned Mousa Dembele’s 50th-minute cross past keeper Vito Mannone to hand the visitors the points and leave the Black Cats deep in trouble at the foot of the Barclays Premier League table. It was the fifth time this season a Black Cats player had put through his own goal, more than any man in red and white has achieved at the other end. Defeat was all the more galling as the home side, just as they did against Chelsea in midweek, took the lead when Adam Johnson capitalised on keeper Hugo Lloris’ blunder to score his first league goal of the season. But Paulinho levelled within six minutes and Spurs never looked back, and had their finishing been better – Jermain Defoe twice hit the post and fired wide when through on goal – they would have won far more comfortably. However, Sunderland were convinced they should have been awarded a 75th-minute penalty after substitute Sandro appeared to block Sebastian Larsson’s corner with his arm. Villas-Boas arrived on Wearside yet to convince his critics he is the right man for the job, but with opposite number Gus Poyet facing a very different challenge. Crystal Palace’s victory earlier in the day had done Sunderland few favours, although they were mathematically no worse off as they attempted to close a five-point gap to West Ham just above the relegation zone. Poyet, who has challenged his players to double their points tally by the end of the calendar year, opted to start with both Jozy Altidore and Steven Fletcher, although he asked the United States international to play in a slightly withdrawn role in front of a narrow midfield trio. However, that simply served to congest the midfield and playmaker Ki Sung-yueng found himself pinned back inside his own half with little scope to open up the visitors. Spurs enjoyed the space they were afforded out wide but were able to make little of their share of the possession in a tepid opening to the game. last_img read more