Scott: Legislature attempts to raise at least $83 million more in taxes

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today issued the following statement: “As too many of our families and businesses are aware, the affordability crisis is real. Its undermining the economies in most counties across the state. Working to reverse this trend is one of the primary reasons I ran for governor.“Since taking office, I’ve talked a lot about how important it is to moderate the costs in state government as we work to grow the economy, make Vermont more affordable and modernize state government so we are getting more value out of every hard-earned taxpayer dollar – all of which ensures we can continue to protect the most vulnerable.“My fiscal and economic priorities could not be clearer: Vermonters need a break. Yet the legislative majority continues to advance legislation that proposes millions of dollars in new or higher taxes and fees, knowing it will lead to impasse.“Last year – with the support from a bipartisan group of legislators focused on affordability – we prevented millions of dollars in proposed taxes and fees by insisting on a budget that did not raise a single tax or fee.“Currently, the legislative majority has either passed or is poised to pass a total of $83 million in new or higher taxes – $25 million of taxes in policy bills and a $58 million property tax rate increase.“Again, this approach is unacceptable to me. And based on what I’ve heard over the last two years, it is unacceptable to most taxpayers. “Vermonters understand we can’t make our state more affordable by making it more expensive. They also understand it’s going to take consistent fiscal discipline, and much more innovation and modernization in government, to strengthen our economic foundation and help families and employers get ahead of the additional tax burden previously placed on them.“I want to thank the Republican minority and the fiscally responsible Democrats and Independents in both the House and Senate for sharing this commitment. We are prepared to stand together again this year to make Vermont more affordable and our economy stronger. Frankly, this reality makes the effort to pass a budget they know we will not support – and that I will veto – an unnecessary waste of time and resources. “If the majority leadership will focus on ways we can achieve bipartisan consensus that ensures state government is living within its means, making investments that will grow the economy and doing its part to help Vermonters keep more of what they earn, then this session can end on a positive note.”last_img read more

Fairbanks Mill sold to Brandon Boudreau

first_imgFairbanks Mill Inc,Vermont Business Magazine Fairbanks Mill, a leading provider of hydro-electric services in northern New England, has been sold. Longtime owner of the St Johnsbury-based business, Robert Desrochers, has announced the sale to Brandon Boudreau of Bradford, VT.“I am thrilled to have Brandon come on board and take the reins”, said Desrochers. “We have been looking for the right combination of energy, experience, and integrity, and Brandon fits the bill perfectly”. Boudreau worked for Fairbanks Mill a number of years ago, went on to work for Trans Canada on the Connecticut River hydro stations, while also providing maintenance and repair services to several independent power producers in his spare time.“Brandon’s experience with the big turbines on the Connecticut, while still maintaining a sensitivity to the special needs of the “mom & pop” operations will serve him very well going forward”, Desrochers explained. Services that Fairbanks Mill provides range from turbine overhauls and repairs, penstock replacements, and trash rake installations, to environmental improvements such as fish passages, minimum flow systems and canoe portages.“I am excited to be back with Fairbanks Mill,” said Boudreau. “The company has a great reputation in the industry and I look forward to working with our team to maintain the traditions of quality and customer service that have been built over the past forty years.” O.J. Robinson of CenterPoint Business Advisors assisted with the sale.Source: Fairbanks Mill 9.19.2018last_img read more

Borderline personality disorder as debilitating as bipolar disorder

first_imgShare LinkedIn Share on Twitter Pinterest The deterioration of psychiatric and physical health caused by borderline personality disorder (BPD) rivals that of bipolar disorder, according to Mark Zimmerman, M.D., a researcher at Rhode Island Hospital. His research was published online in the British Journal of Psychiatry.“The level of psychosocial morbidity and suicidality associated with BPD is as great, or greater, than that experienced by patients with bipolar disorder,” said Zimmerman, director of outpatient psychiatry at Rhode Island Hospital and director of the Rhode Island Methods to Improve Diagnostic Assessment and Services (MIDAS) project. “From a public health perspective, improving the detection and treatment of BPD is as imperative as diagnosing and treating bipolar disorders.”The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 1.6 percent of the U.S. population is diagnosed with BPD, compared with 2.6 percent of those with bipolar disorder.center_img Email This is the largest comparison of patients who have been diagnosed with BPD or bipolar disorder. Persons with BPD have difficulty regulating emotions and thoughts, often teetering at extremes. They engage in impulsive and reckless behavior, and their relationships with other people are rocky. While persons with bipolar disorder experience the same mood for weeks, those with BPD cope with intense bouts of anger, depression and anxiety that are short in duration. According to Zimmerman’s study, clinical experience suggests that BPD is as disabling as bipolar disorders. In psychiatric patient samples, BPD is as frequent as bipolar disorder.Like bipolar patients, persons with BPD are likely to also suffer from depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders and suicidal behaviors. These co-occurring mental illnesses may have symptoms that overlap with BPD, making it difficult to recognize BPD in patients with these other mental illnesses.“Despite the clinical and public health significance of both of these disorders, it sometimes seems as if BPD lives in the shadow of bipolar disorder,” said Zimmerman. “Bipolar disorder is a widely researched, well-publicized, well-funded topic. By contrast, BPD is seldom discussed and it is not included in the Global Burden of Disease study, a comprehensive registry that quantifies diseases by cost, mortality, geography, risk and other factors.”This study was a component of the MIDAS project, which is an ongoing clinical research study at Rhode Island Hospital involving the integration of research assessment methods into routine clinical practice. Share on Facebooklast_img read more

Jerry O’Pry Named President of Blue Magic

first_imgDeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  From AAIA Auto Facts AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Blue Magic, Inc. recently announced the appointment of Jerry O’Pry as its new president. Before joining Blue Magic in 2006, O’Pry was director of sales of the automotive products division of Georgia-Pacific Corporation. Prior to joining Georgia-Pacific, he served as executive vice president for Harold Schnair Sales Company, which is one of the largest manufacturers’ rep organizations in the U.S. O’Pry began his automotive career with Union Carbide Corporation in 1973 and then joined Turtle Wax in 1983, where he was the director of sales and national accounts and managed international business. Six years later, he became vice president of sales and marketing for ARA Automotive Group. In 1991, O’Pry moved to Blue Coral serving as vice president of sales, where he was directly involved with the development and implementation of new programs and products. From 1996 to 1999, he worked with Radiator Specialty Company as their national sales manager, where he was responsible for sales and marketing for the $200 million automotive chemical manufacturer. O’Pry has served on the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) Board of Directors since 2001, the AAIA Executive Committee since 2002 and currently chairs the AAIA Show Committee. Advertisement O’Pry graduated from Oklahoma City University in 1973 with a bachelor of arts in business management and marketing.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

Demand for silicon wafers recovers in Japan

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Ballard Q1 2017 results show continued progress

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Crowley loads first LNG into ISO tank container

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Nigeria Bans 113 Tankers from Its Waters

first_imgNigeria’s national oil company NNPC has prohibited 113 oil tankers from its waters effective immediately, Reuters reports citing a letter circulated by the company.According to the letter, the ban has been ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari, but reasons behind the decision have not been disclosed.The letter, also obtained by Platts, energy trading information provider, said that 113 tankers were banned “from engaging in crude oil/gas loading activities in any of the terminals within the Nigerian territorial waters until further notice.”The letter, dated on July 15th, is signed by Gbenga O. Komolafe, the group general manager of NNPC’s crude oil marketing division, Platts said.The move is believed to be stemming from the country’s efforts to curb illegal oil trading, whereas the ban could also be related to “settling dues” such as port and maritime fees.“We hear it is about the outturn figures, as there are sometimes differences between the loading and discharge figures, especially with certain countries,” a trader active in the West African crude oil market told Platts.The list of tankers attached to the letter seen by Reuters consists of mostly Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs), with some ship names appearing twice and others that have been absent from Nigerian waters for quite some time like the Happiness, the Huge and the Diona, operated by Iranian group NITC.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Mel Goldberg struck off after dishonesty finding

first_imgA renowned solicitor with 50 years’ experience in the legal profession has been struck off after being found guilty of one count of dishonesty.The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal today ruled that Mel Goldberg, who made his name as a sports lawyer and agent, be banned after finding he acted for clients in a transaction that bore the hallmarks of money laundering and/or fraud.The Solicitors Regulation Authority, prosecuting, had sought to link six separate transactions overseen by Goldberg with dishonesty, but the tribunal found just one was linked to dishonesty.This transaction, referred to as Swiss Garantie, happened five months after an interview in 2013 with indemnity insurers in which concerns were raised about the other five.Goldberg had already admitted failing to keep up-to-date proper accounts and failing to act in the best interests of client.The tribunal further found Goldberg, who turns 80 next year, used the client account of his firm inappropriately by using it as a banking facility, failing to comply with money-laundering regulations and acting in transactions where there was a conflict of interest. The tribunal found dishonesty was not involved in any of these allegations.The three-day hearing started on Tuesday with Chloe Carpenter, of Fountain Court Chambers representing the SRA, explaining that the six transactions in the spotlight were ‘complex and confusing’, with unclear and ill-defined terms and conditions.Goldberg was ‘routinely’ instructed to act for a borrower and third party in financial transactions, charging a £500 an hour fee. The third party acted as a facilitator for transactions described by Carpenter as ‘dubious’.Susanna Heley, of London firm RadcliffesLebrasseur, representing Goldberg, had earlier told the tribunal that it could not find dishonesty if it was unable to understand the nature of the transactions, given their complexity.She said Goldberg had appreciated he should have been more suspicious about the transactions he was involved with, and with hindsight he could see they should have been flagged up.‘Mr Goldberg is turning 80 this year and by any measure he would be classified as a vulnerable client,’ she said. ‘His position is always ‘I didn’t think there was anything wrong with [the transactions]’. That might make him an idiot or incompetent but it doesn’t make him dishonest.’Goldberg, a former chairman of the British Association for Sport and Law and representative to high-profile footballers and boxers, told the tribunal he was bankrupt and could not afford to pay costs.The SDT imposed an order to pay £40,000 prosecution costs, to be enforced only with the leave of the tribunal.last_img read more

Businesses urged to implement customer service systems

first_img Share LocalNews Businesses urged to implement customer service systems by: – July 8, 2013 Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Tweet 27 Views   2 comments Director of Trade, Wellsworth BethelmieDominican business firms and owners have been advised to implement good customer service systems to ensure success.Director of Trade, Wellsworth Bethelmie urged businesses to consider implementing good customer service systems as this is crucial to the growth of their organization.“There is a notion in Dominica that you’re coming to buy from me, I have it so you must get it, lack of competition, so customer service suffers,” he said. ACA Group, a business solutions company, defines excellent customer service as the ability of an organization to constantly and consistently exceed the customer’s expectations.“One of the things you must establish for your company is a good customer service system, where people respect the consumer. The consumer doesn’t need you, you need the consumer to make money,” Mr Bethelmie said.Customer service can take the form of an in-person interaction, a phone call, self-service systems, performing a transaction for a customer, among others.“We employ persons and they come and they give attitudes, and behave in such a way that the person who comes to you, they do not even want to return to your business, and by doing so you lose money”.When employees or an employer ill-treats or turns a customer away, “you’re losing money and this is what businesses in Dominica do not understand”. He said instead, customer service should be at a level such that people who come for service feel that the company is truly concerned about them.“You have a social responsibility to please your customers…by doing so; you attract more persons because they speak about it”.Mr Bethelmie also advised businesses to give back to their communities and to charity. “You also have a social responsibility to give back to your community…the more you give, the more you will receive, the more you give to charity, the more God give you back”. Yahoo Voices offers the following tips for good customer service; listen to your customer, always keep in constant contact with your customers, offer the customer a free product or service for being a valued customer and have a customer appreciation day. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more