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  • Vermont’s Chroma, among Inc. Magazine winners

    first_imgInc. magazine and Winning Workplaces today announce the winners of the 2010 Top Small Company Workplaces competition the best small and mid-sized places to work in the country in Inc.’s June issue. The magazine features the 20 winners, which range from the New York Jets professional football team to A Yard and a Half landscaping company to Patagonia, the outdoor clothing designer and retailer. A list of the 20 finalists also is included.This is the eighth consecutive year that Winning Workplaces, the Evanston, IL-based nonprofit organization, has recognized those firms that attribute much of their business success to their commitment to exemplary people practices and outstanding workplace cultures.  The common characteristics of the Top Small Company Workplaces include a commitment to aligning their workforce with a clear vision, mission, and values; communicating with openness and trust; and investing in employees’ continuous learning and development. These practices were maintained or strengthened as a means to weather the recession. Further, many winners chose to share the pain rather than lay off colleagues. Salary reductions were taken across the organization, starting with the CEO.Winning Workplaces and Inc. received nearly 500 completed applications for the contest. A national panel of experts in leadership and small to mid-sized business judged the finalists based on specific metrics and qualitative assessments of their success in creating the kind of workplaces that engage employees and deliver successful results.”This year’s winners show that the quality of the workplace can be a competitive advantage. I’m amazed at how well they have come through the recession. Clearly, their commitment to their values and people practices are an important part of this success,” said Gaye van den Hombergh, President of Winning Workplaces.”People want employers who care for and challenge them. And they want those employers to be financially healthy so they can keep caring for and challenging them far into the future. The 2010 Top Small Company Workplaces do just that. Their stories, in the June issue of Inc. magazine, are models of smart management and enlightened leadership,” said Jane Berentson, Editor-in-Chief of Inc. magazine.The 2010 Top Small Company Workplaces winners include:A Yard & A Half Landscaping LLC – Waltham, MAAll4 Inc. – Kimberton, PAAlternate Solutions HomeCare – Kettering, OHBiomark Inc. – Boise, IDChroma Technology Corp – Bellows Falls, VTDaphne Utilities – Daphne, – Burlington, VTDixon Schwabl – Victor, NYGinger Bay Salon & Spa – Kirkwood, MOMAYA Design Inc. – Pittsburgh, PANY Jets – Florham Park, NJOptimax Systems Inc. – Ontario, NYPatagonia – Ventura, CAPortionPac Chemical Corporation – Chicago, ILRed Door Interactive Inc. – San Diego, CAReturn Path Inc. – New York, NYTarlton Corporation – St. Louis, MOTasty Catering – Elk Grove Village, ILThe Sky Factory LC – Fairfield, IAVan Meter Industrial – Cedar Rapids, IATo read the 2010 Top Small Company Workplaces report, please go to is external).About Inc. magazineFounded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. magazine ( is external)) is the only major business magazine dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies that delivers real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. With a total paid circulation of 724,110, Inc. provides hands-on tools and market-tested strategies for managing people, finances, sales, marketing and technology.About Winning WorkplacesWinning Workplaces ( is external)) is an Evanston, IL-based not-for-profit, whose mission is to help the leaders of small and mid-sized organizations create great workplaces. Founded in 2001, Winning Workplaces serves as a clearinghouse of information on workplace best practices, provides seminars and workshops on workplace-related topics and inspires and awards top workplaces through its annual Top Small Company Workplaces initiative.Source: Inc. New York, NY, June 7, 2010last_img read more

  • Vermont one of few states to have increased mental health budget last three years

    first_imgRhode Island$6.3+7.4%3 STATEChange$ MillionsPercentChangeRank by% Change Kansas$18.9-16.4%7 South Carolina$40.5-22.7%3 tied Indiana$3.6-3.0%26 tied About NAMINAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 1,100 state and local affiliates engaged in research, education, support and advocacy.  Wisconsin$107.1-22.4%4 STATEChangeMillionsPercentChangeRank by% Decrease Illinois$113.7-15.1%9 ARLINGTON, Va., March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — New Mexico$0.9-2.0%30 D.C.$44.2-19.1%5 New Hampshire$8.8-8.5%19 California$587.4-16.3%8 New Jersey$5.3-0.7%31 Alabama$12.3+2.5%13 North Dakota$2.9+4.4%7 Wyoming$3.1-2.9%27 INCREASES FY 2009-2011 Colorado$10.2-6.7%21 Nevada$39.2-17.3%6 Washington$34.5-11.0%14 Connecticut$17.7+2.6%12 Alaska$47.9-35.0%2 Michigan$24.5-7.9%20 North Carolina$58.5+20.9%2 Two thirds of states have cut mental health care in the last three years’even though need has increased because of the nation’s economic distress and troops returning home from war, according to a report released today by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).Seventeen states managed to increase mental health budgets during the same three years. For 10 of them, the increases totaled four percent or less.”State mental health cuts are a national crisis,” said NAMI Executive Director Michael J. Fitzpatrick.  “Some states are trying to hold the line or make progress, but most are cutting deep. This stands in contrast to the intense national concern about the mental health care system following the Arizonatragedy two months ago.”State Lists and DataThe report can be downloaded at is external).  State-by-state tables appear in the appendices. A summary of decreases and increases appears below listing the total change in dollars, percentages and rank.In all states, the budget squeeze is getting worse in part because of the expiration of enhanced federal Medicaid support in June 2011. Oregon, for example, which increased mental health by $57.4 million over three years, will lose $156 million because of the expiration.The report focuses primarily on non-Medicaid mental health services, which are financed with state general funds and provided through state mental health agencies. It is the part of the mental health system that state legislatures have the most control over.”Cutting mental health means that costs only get shifted to emergency rooms, schools, police, local courts, jails and prisons,” Fitzpatrick said. “The taxpayer still pays the bill.”Mental health cuts mean that clinics, crisis centers and hospitals close. Admissions are frozen. Emergency room visits increase. Where services remain, staff is cut, wait times for appointments are stretched and when people finally are seen, it’s for shorter amounts of time.”Cuts mean people don’t get the right help in the right place at the right time. Communities suffer and families break under the strain. Some people end up living on the street or dead.”The report makes five priority recommendations:Protect state mental health funding and restore budget cuts, but tie funding to performance.Maintain adequate numbers of inpatient beds for psychiatric treatment.Invest in research on early detection and intervention in the treatment of serious mental illness in youth and adults.Implement mental health screening and assessment programs.Support programs designed to educate families, peers and the public about serious mental illness and how to respond to people living with mental illness.”Decisions need to be made carefully rather than simply cutting for cutting’s sake. If done right, the state budget crisis can still be turned into opportunity,” said Fitzpatrick.DECREASES FY 2009-2011 Pennsylvania$33.8-4.7%22 Georgia$2.0+0.5%16 Tennessee$16.8-10.1%15 Idaho$5.3-11.4%12 tied Utah$10.4-11.4%12 tied Louisiana$11.8-2.8%28 Minnesota$2.8+1.4%15 Oregon$71.0+23.2%1 Maryland$26.2-4.0%23 West Virginia$9.5+6.6%4 Oklahoma$4.8-2.3%29 Massachusetts$63.5-9.3%16 Ohio$57.7-11.3%13 Kentucky$193.7-47.5%1 Maine$10.4+5.2%6 Hawaii$27.2-12.1%11 New York$132.0-3.5%24 Iowa$15.2-8.9%18 Missouri$16.5+3.7%10 Montana$2.6+2.1%14 Nebraska$4.2+3.9%9 Arkansas$4.2+5.9%5 Virginia$38.5-9.1%17 Florida$1.2+0.2%17 Arizona$108.4-22.7%3 tied Mississippi$38.6-14.7%10 Vermont$4.5+3.0%11 South Dakota$1.8+4.0%8 Texas$27.6-3.0%26 tied Delaware$2.4-3.1%25last_img read more

  • Organized Crime Worth $870 Billion Worldwide

    first_imgBy Dialogo October 17, 2012 It is important that in the assessment of the Executive Director of the UNODC it is added the damage to the environment caused by criminals of drug trafficking with supplies such as precursors and other chemicals to process drugs. In addition, also calculate the costs for damage to the environment caused by chemicals utilized by the authorities to destroy the crops, and the costs in human lives to combat, control and penalize the criminals of drug trafficking, together with the costs involved to assist in prevention and care to consumers. All of this surely exceeds the amount of two billion dollars. This is the result in the world without the fear of God. International organized crime is worth $870 billion, the head of the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said on October 15, urging greater coordination in fighting it. “We are able to quantify the cost of transnational organized crime,” UNODC executive director Yury Fedotov told a crime conference in Vienna. “But we cannot calculate the misery and suffering caused to millions of people by these illicit activities,” he added. The perpetrators are “smart, sophisticated and largely opportunistic,” he said, calling for better international cooperation to tackle highly mobile organized crime groups. Some 800 ministers and civil society representatives are attending the week-long conference on transnational crime in the Austrian capital.last_img read more

  • Mikel Arteta backs David Luiz to make a successful manager when he retires

    first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 22 Apr 2020 6:23 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link150Shares Advertisement Arteta has had a promising start as Arsenal boss (Picture: Getty Images)Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal defender David Luiz has the ‘attributes, knowledge and experience’ to make the switch to management when he retires from football. The veteran 33-year-old centre-back has quickly established himself as a first team regular for the Gunners since his move from Chelsea last summer, starting in 25 Premier League games this season.Spanish boss Arteta admitted the absence of football due to the coronavirus pandemic has left many players with time to stop and analyse the game at a deeper level.Arteta told the club’s official website: ‘I think we can get a few [coaches from the current squad]. I said the other day, just joking a little bit, but through this process they are really willing to try and understand the game better you know and how can they coach as well.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Mikel Arteta backs David Luiz to make a successful manager when he retires Luiz has been an important player for the Gunners this season (Picture: Getty Images)‘It is not just myself but how can they coach each other on the pitch? A lot of them are showing a lot of interest even if they are 18, 19, 20 years old.‘Obviously, he mentioned to me, David Luiz, he wants to be a coach in the future. He has started doing his badges already. ‘And I can see he has the attributes, the knowledge and experience to become a coach one day.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalGunners defender Pablo Mari hailed teammate Luiz as a ‘role model’ and leader on the pitch. He said: ‘We talk a lot, we speak on the pitch. He’s a role model to me, he’s a hero in Brazil.’MORE: Thomas Partey’s father confirms talks over Arsenal transferMORE: Manchester United move ahead of Arsenal in transfer race for Dayot UpamecanoFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

  • Picture-perfect Queenslander on the Gold Coast hits the market

    first_imgThe stylish bathroom.Poised on 5680sq m, the house comes with a few modern twists which Mrs Thomson said they added over the years.“We built it almost 20 years ago so the house has really evolved with us,” she said.“We have renovated the kitchen and the bathrooms from timber to stone and restyled the furniture over the years,” she said.“The Queenslander style never seems to age though.” The inside sprawls out to the wraparound deck.The couple then built a beautiful blue Queenslander with wraparound verandas. Mrs Thomson said they designed the house around family living and entertaining. 50-56 Gibsonville St, Tallebudgera Valley has hit the market.IT WAS a dream come true for homeowners Shane and Letitia Thomson when they stumbled across a slice of their past. The couple bought a block of land at Gibsonville St, Tallebudgera Valley in 1996 after envisioning a picture-perfect Queenslander. The kitchen area.The five-bedroom house comes with quintessential Queenslander features such as ornate cornices, french doors and fret windows. The mother-of-three said the timber was made in Southport at The Woodworker’s Door Warehouse. “My husband and my dad are both carpenters so they were able to build most of the house together,” she said. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North3 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa22 hours agoThe wraparound deck.“When we have guests the first room they see is the formal lounge with the fireplace and it always makes a great first impression,” she said. “We put the kitchen at the back of the house so it open out onto the veranda.” center_img 50-56 Gibsonville St, Tallebudgera Valley.A bar, library and fireplace add a touch of luxury. A fire pit with sandstone seating overlooks the pool, which the couple said was something they had put in 10 years after they built the house.The property is priced between $1.9 million to $2.1 million Tony Holland and Rachael Ford of McGrath Coolangatta and Tweed Heads are marketing it. What a pool!They have a strong links to Gibsonville St — Mr Thomson worked on the former farm when he was growing up. “He did some agricultural work as a jackaroo so he knew the owners really well and the land even better,” Mrs Thomson said. “My husband found out the owners were subdividing it and selling it so he was quick to grab a block,” she said. Relax in the grand home.“The barn house is my favourite, they built it from the trees on the property.” Mrs Thomson said the style of the house perfectly fitted her family’s lifestyle. “All my kids were born here and they got the luxury of having a creek to play in and a tree house to climb,” she said. “All the french doors in their bedrooms open onto the veranda and they used to ride their bikes and play out.”last_img read more

  • Liverpool star blows hot: ‘I deserve Super Eagles call-up like others’

    first_img Promoted Content8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldTop 9 Rarest And Most Valuable Items In The WorldThese Films Were Sued For The Weirdest ReasonsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? Loading… “I’m happy for [Kelechi] Iheanacho and Uzoho because they are deserving of the opportunity,” he told BBC Sport Africa. “Personally, I feel like I deserve a chance. I recall when I was playing well and scoring goals in Belgium. Nigeria had a friendly game, and I thought I had done enough to get a look in that would hopefully enhance my quest for a UK work permit, but I was overlooked. “You begin to understand that it’s not something you can control or have power over. You just need to enjoy what you do and keep on working hard.” read also:Awoniyi thanks German ref for saving his life Awoniyi spent last season on loan at Bundesliga side Mainz, and he is likely to be sent on loan again next campaign as his work permit issues remain a stumbling block for his Anfield breakthrough. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Liverpool striker, Taiwo Awoniyi, has urged national coach, Gernot Rohr, to look into his direction and give him a call-up to the Super Eagles camp. The player believes he has done enough over the past few years to merit a call-up to Eagles, even if it is just for a friendly encounter. Awoniyi scored four goals at United Arab Emirates 2013 to power the Golden Eaglets to their fourth title at the fifteenth tournament of the FIFA U-17 World Cup. That victorious Nigerian youth team also had attackers Isaac Success and Kelechi Iheanacho as well as goalkeepers Dele Alampasu and Francis Uzoho. Each of them has earned at least a cap for the Super Eagles. Awoniyi’s inability to feature for Nigeria’s senior team has robbed the youngster of the opportunity to earn a work permit, which would have boosted his chances of playing for Liverpool in the Premier League. The 22-year-old has had loan spells at five different European clubs, but he felt his exploits last year at Belgian side Royal Mouscron – where he scored 21 goals and provided ten assists in 47 games – should have seen him get an international cap.Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Jay Dee Webb, 65

    first_imgJay Dee Webb, 65, of Greensburg passed away on July 27, 2020 at the Decatur County Memorial Hospital.  He was born on June 10, 1955 in Bedford, Indiana, the son of Charles and Norma (Brock) Webb.  Jay was raised at the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Children’s Home in Knightstown from the age of 5 until he was 16.  He enlisted in the United States Army at the age of 17. On June 2, 1973 he married Ginger Stewart and together they had one son David.Survivors include: Wife, Ginger Webb; Son, David (Sandy Ernhart) Webb; Grandchildren, Whitney Webb and James David Webb; Sisters, Donna Colson and Anna Jo Chance; Several Nieces and Nephews.  Jay was preceded in death by his Parents; Brothers, Lee Roy Webb and Billy Webb (infant); and Sisters, Brenda York, Carol York, Mary Rigby and Linda Webb (infant).A visitation, observing CDC precautions, for family and friends will be held at the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home on Friday, July 31, 2020 from 12:00 pm until the time of the Funeral at 1:00 pm, the Funeral will be Live on Facebook also at 1:00 pm. Rev. Jon Porter will be officiating. Burial will follow at the Milford Cemetery.  Memorial contributions can be made to the VFW Post #2695.  Online condolences can be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.comlast_img read more

  • Ulster ready for revenge

    first_img “First, we qualified, then last year we won our group but were away in the quarter-finals. Now we have finished the pool stage as top seeds and have a home quarter-final. “Last season, we were hugely-disappointed with the way we performed at Twickenham against Saracens. Now we have the opportunity to lay those ghosts to rest.” Leicester, European champions in 2001 and 2002, must travel to face last season’s Heineken Cup runners-up Clermont Auvergne at Stade Marcel Michelin, a ground where Clermont are unbeaten for more than 70 games. And three-time European champions Leinster will travel to Jonny Wilkinson’s Heineken Cup holders Toulon in arguably the tie of the round, with Toulon’s fellow French heavyweights Toulouse tackling Munster at Thomond Park. The games are scheduled to be played on April 4/5/6, with six former Heineken Cup winners – Ulster, Toulon, Leicester, Leinster, Munster and Toulouse – contesting the first knockout round. The semi-final draw, meanwhile, has also been made with Ulster or Saracens having advantage in their own country against Clermont or Leicester, and Toulon or Leinster hosting Munster or Toulouse in France or Ireland. In the second-tier Amlin Challenge Cup, six English clubs will contest the quarter-finals. Top seeds Bath play Brive in a repeat of the 1998 Heineken Cup final, with Wasps hosting Premiership rivals Gloucester, Stade Francais tackling Harlequins in Paris and Northampton visiting Sale. Top seeds Ulster will be out to avenge last year’s European exit when they host Saracens in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals later this season. The semi-final pairings are Wasps or Gloucester against Bath or Brive, and Sale or Northampton versus Stade Francais or Harlequins. Gloucester qualified as a best runner-up from the Heineken Cup, joining Northampton and Harlequins, after destroying Perpignan 36-18 in France. “It’s an exceptional result for us. The last time we won an away game in France in the Heineken Cup was during the 2007/08 season,” Gloucester rugby director Nigel Davies said. “To a man, the players stood up individually and performed. We backed ourselves to play rugby and have a go at Perpignan. “To be in a quarter-final in Europe is big for us. The more exposure we get at this level the better.” Ulster bowed out to the current Aviva Premiership leaders at Twickenham last term, but this time they will be on home soil for a repeat last-eight clash that will see Saracens boss Mark McCall, a former Ulster coach and player, return to Belfast. “Over the past few seasons we have made steady improvement,” Ulster rugby director David Humphreys said. Press Associationlast_img read more

  • Tough West Coast test ahead

    first_imgBEN CLASSON/Herald photoWhen Wisconsin takes the field Saturday for the third time this season, the Badgers will attempt to do something they haven’t done in over a year: win on the road.After losing three Big Ten contests away from Camp Randall Stadium as well as the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla. last year, UW will try to snap the road losing streak this weekend when it takes on Fresno State at Bulldog Stadium.No. 21 Fresno State (1-0) beat Rutgers in its opening game two weeks ago and should be plenty rested to take on No. 10 Wisconsin (2-0) after taking last weekend off.UW, on the other hand, spent last week digging itself out of a 14-0 hole by scoring 51 unanswered points to beat an overmatched Marshall squad. The Badgers are hoping last week’s strong finish will carry over to this week.“That’s what we try to do, bring the momentum,” middle linebacker Jaevery McFadden said. “You have to try and bring some momentum on the road. It’s everyone against you.”But playing in front of a hostile crowd doesn’t mean Wisconsin will be doing anything different to prepare.“The game we’re going to play on Saturday is still going to be on a 100-yard field; it’s got the same dimensions,” head coach Bret Bielema said Monday. “There’s going to be the same number of players, same number of officials, and for us to be able to have success, we have to do what we do on that field better than anybody else.”While playing on the road makes the Fresno game even tougher, defensive tackle Mike Newkirk is excited for the opportunity to play a tough opponent after starting the season by playing two less-talented teams.“They’re the best team we’ve played so far, but we wouldn’t have asked for anything less,” Newkirk said. “If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best, so we’re looking forward to it.”The Bulldogs went 9-4 last season and finished the year by beating Georgia Tech in the Humanitarian Bowl.“Offensively, they’re led by a great quarterback, a senior quarterback that started a number of games, three tailbacks that roll through there,” Bielema said. “They got a tight end that’s as good as anybody in the country. Their defense plays tough. They’re well coached.”Fresno State, a member of the Western Athletic Conference, has won 13 games against BCS conference teams since 2000, the second-highest number of wins in the nation by a non-BCS conference team in that span and will be looking for one of the program’s signature wins when it takes on Wisconsin.“I know that they’re building this up to be the biggest game in their stadium history since Coach Hill has been there,” Bielema said. “I think that’s a great compliment to our program, where we stand right now.”Wisconsin will have its hands full with Fresno State running back Ryan Matthews.Matthews, a freshman, ran for 163 yards and three scores in Fresno’s season-opening win against Rutgers.“They got a really good back. I respect their back a lot. He’s got good balance,” McFadden said. “You definitely got to wrap him up when you hit him.”So far this season, the Badgers have done a good job of shutting down opposing rushing attacks, but Matthews will present the toughest challenge so far for the defense.“I definitely know that I and the defense have to be on our A-game to stop him,” McFadden continued. “I love challenges, I love competition. It puts me in a spot where I can see how I well I do against a talented back like that.”So far, McFadden has risen to every challenge he’s met this season. The Badgers’ leading tackler through the first two games, McFadden has stepped into the role of middle linebacker and thrived so far for the Badgers, recording 20 tackles over the first two games.When asked whether he thought he’d start so strong, McFadden said, “I didn’t think so, but hard work did pay off. … I didn’t think I’d get off to a start like this, but I can’t complain.”Whether McFadden’s strong performance continues will be largely determined by his ability to contain the Fresno back.Matthews led the Bulldogs in rushing as a freshman and averaged an impressive 6 yards-per-carry last season. Although Matthews will certainly be difficult to stop, not all the Badgers are too concerned about keeping him contained, however.“He’s a running back. It’s not anything to be afraid of,” Newkirk said. “Just take care of your responsibilities, stay true to your keys, and just play ball.”last_img read more