Vermont Chamber names Governor Douglas 2010 Citizen of the Year

first_imgFor nearly five decades, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce has annually awarded an individual who has gone above and beyond his or her daily requirements to better the state of Vermont through self-sacrifice, service and volunteerism.  In the crowded field of awards given to Vermont community members, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award is one of the most prestigious.  This year, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce proudly presents the Citizen of the Year Award to Governor James H. Douglas of Middlebury.  Governor Douglas has been serving the people of Vermont for nearly 40 years.  As Governor, he has focused on strengthening Vermont’s economy, reducing the cost of living in Vermont and protecting the state’s natural environment.  Making Vermont an affordable place to live, work and raise a family has been Douglas’s top priority.In 1980, Governor Douglas ignited his political career and was elected Secretary of State.  After serving as Secretary of State for thirteen years, Governor Douglas ran for and was elected as State Treasurer in 1994.  Finally, in 2002, Douglas was elected Governor of Vermont and held this position for an impressive eight years.  Beyond government, Douglas has been active in many community organizations including the State 4-H Foundation, Mary Johnson Day Care Center, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and the Counseling Service of Addison County.  Governor Douglas also continues to serve as Town Moderator for Middlebury, a position he has held for more than twenty years. “Governor Douglas has been a dedicated public servant to the state of Vermont and his success is directly related to his ability to connect with Vermonters and understand their needs,” said Betsy Bishop, President of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. “Vermont has benefited under the leadership of Governor Douglas whose vision, dedication and proven results have built a strong foundation for Vermont’s future growth.”The Vermont Chamber of Commerce will honor Governor James H. Douglas on October 28, 2010, beginning at 5:30 pm at the Hilton Burlington Hotel.  Tickets are $65 per person and include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a plated dinner and an opportunity to toast Douglas for his many contributions to and accomplishments in the state of Vermont.Source: Vermont Chamber of Commerce. 9.6.2010last_img read more

You Are Being Poisoned

first_imgMoving Forward  “I hate to be the pessimist, but I don’t think anything will ever quantify what needs to be done,” Bailey said. “There’s no story that can be told, there’s nothing, no matter how big this is, no matter the hundreds of millions of dollars, there is still nothing compared to the profit that they have made and are still making. I think that the only thing that’s going to have an effect is shutting down this product and shutting down this company.” So far, the EPA has not set a national standard for the presence of PFAS chemicals in drinking water.  The story of C8 and the DuPont plant in Parkersburg, W. Va. is a complicated one. It’s a story of lies and deceit, livelihoods and lives lost. It’s the story of a chemical that has remained in the environment for decades and the people dealing with its very real effects today.  Although DuPont and other companies voluntarily discontinued their use of PFOA, replacements such as GenX have already been found in places like the Cape Fear River in North Carolina.  In 1951, DuPont started using C8, a perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), at their plant in Parkersburg for the production of Teflon. This water, grease, and stain repellent coating has been used in a variety of products, including cookware, apparel, and upholstery.  “All of them have very little health and safety data,” Andrews said. “The information we do have for some of those replacements is incredibly concerning. GenX is one of these replacement chemicals. Nearly a dozen studies indicated very similar health impacts as PFOA. I think some of those assumptions the EPA made over the last decade when allowing all these new chemicals on the market are really coming into question now in terms of the adequacy of that review. Our concern is that the bar was way too low.” “I love living up here in Northern Virginia, just far enough out of the city where I can walk outside of my house and not hear anything,” he said. Soon after Sue Bailey returned to work at the plant, DuPont transferred all female employees out of areas where they might come in contact with C8.  In 2018, The Devil We Know premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Although Bailey had seen pieces of the rough draft, it wasn’t until opening night that he saw the film in its entirety.  Since then, the film has premiered all over the world and is now available for streaming on Netflix and Amazon.  C8 is just one chemical under the family of chemicals known as per- or polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). There are an estimated 4,800 chemicals in this family, although the Environmental Protection agency says that only 600 of those have been commercially active in the last ten years.  “I was having conversations with my mother that were real,” Bailey said. “Nothing was ever staged. Some of the camera shots were staged but that was about it. That was real conversation, real concerns that I had with my son being born, about my father not being here. Just being able to talk to my dad to know what he felt during this point. Or thinking about what my mom had to go through. It was raw.”  “The action plan seemed to be almost exactly the same as what the EPA said they were doing over a decade ago,” Andrews said. “Most of it was a plan to further study these chemicals, look into setting a drinking water limit. They laid out a lot of different options but really took no specific action on these chemicals. That’s the part that’s sorely needed here. Ultimately, we think that the companies and manufacturers that made and released these chemicals into the environment should be responsible for paying for the cleanup and clean drinking water.” One of those people, William “Bucky” Bailey, moved away from the Parkersburg community at a young age. He now lives on the border of Virginia and West Virginia, where the two state governments argue over who is responsible for maintaining the road.  The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit dedicated to researching and educating the public on environmental issues, published many of those documents online for the public to see. Some of the footage he had never seen before that night, including testimonies from several DuPont employees.  “My mom knew what was up,” Bailey said. “She knew what the links were. My grandpa had made notes of my blood level. She knew she had evidence. We went back to talk to some lawyers and pretty much had doors shut in our face. So, we kind of just let it go. At the point, I am seven, eight, nine years old and I’ve got half a nose. I’d probably already had 15 to 20 surgeries on my face.” As his children grow up, Bailey hopes to pass on the same resiliency that his parents taught him. Bailey is one of the lead figures in the documentary The Devil We Know, which tells the story of the contamination of the Parkersburg community and the subsequent DuPont cover up.   Studies done by the Centers for Disease Control under the Department of Health and Human Services found these “forever chemicals” in the blood of nearly every American.  While Bailey participated in the medical study, the panel determined there was not enough of a significant sample size to link his deformities with the chemical.  But each time a new article was released, or documentary premiered, nothing seemed to happen at the institutional level. “One of the reasons that we know a lot about the health effects of these chemicals are because of that original trial in Parkersburg, West Virginia,” said David Andrews, a senior scientist with the Environmental Working Group. “One of the unique agreements that came out of that trial was that DuPont paid for a scientific study, as well as monitoring of the surrounding community. Just over 70,000 people were studied. They measured the blood levels of PFOA and then they looked at health outcomes. These studies led to probable link reports where the higher concentrations were linked to a number of specific health outcomes.” From 2005 to 2013, the C8 Science Panel studied people in six water districts in the Mid-Ohio Valley for links between exposure to the PFOA chemical and a number of diseases. The panel determined that high cholesterol, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, testicular cancer, kidney cancer, and pregnancy-induced hypertension could all be linked to exposure to C8. At several points after the class-action suit, he thought the story of Dupont and C8 would break big time on the national scene. He sat down for countless interviews with 20/20, The Intercept, The Huffington Post, and BBC News, as well as several mini documentaries.  “Carbon-fluorine bonds are incredibly sturdy, and they don’t break down under any normal environmental process,” Andrews said. “Once these chemicals are released into the environment, they are essentially there forever. When released into the ground, released into the water, it will be there for years, centuries, millennia. They will spread out over time, but because of how potent they are at incredibly low concentrations, that may actually make the problem much worse.” Without a concrete plan moving forward at the institutional level, individuals like Bailey are continuing to speak up about the harmful effects of these chemicals in our water. “Since the deformities were not found as part of the conclusion of that study, I waived my right to pursue any type of litigation against DuPont,” he said. “I’ve never expected to get a dime from DuPont. I don’t expect to get a dime from DuPont. That’s not what drives me. People have lost so much. I’m sitting here today. I’m healthy. I’ve got a healthy wife, a healthy kid. That’s more to me than anything.” Hitting the National News Unlike some of the smaller documentaries Bailey participated in, production for The Devil We Know lasted around three years. In that time, the Baileys welcomed a son.  “This was worth it, every long night of filming,” he said. “I look back over my life and it was even worth it going through the struggles that I did just to be able to share my story. I’m a Christian believer and this kind of affirmed my faith that we all go through things for a reason. We all have to be a testimony. We all have to understand that we don’t always have it the worst off. There’s always someone else. But we still need to speak up, be the light, and do what we can.” In February, the EPA released an action plan on fluorinated chemicals. “With where we’re at today with the EPA, I don’t have any hope,” Bailey said. “There is nothing being done. There are no federal standards against the chemicals unless it’s poison gas. If it can be consumed and not kill you, we’re going to allow it. It’s not going to change until we hold people to a higher standard. Unfortunately, the issue with that is one person doesn’t think that they can do it by themselves and it doesn’t matter. That’s where our mentality has to change. My single action, my individual actions will make a difference.” Sue Bailey worked at the Parkersburg plant with the C8 waste while she was pregnant with her third child. When Bucky Bailey was born in January 1981, he had similar birth defects to his nose and eye that were found in the rats. There are known carcinogens (C8) in your frying pan, dental floss, and favorite outdoor jacket. Documentary lead Bucky Bailey fights for his family’s health—and yours. In 2001, attorney Rob Bilott brought a class-action suit against DuPont on behalf of residents in the area. During the discovery phase of the trial, thousands of documents came out about what DuPont and 3M knew about the chemical.  However, Bailey continues to speak out about the issue. A few years later, the Bailey family moved away from the Parkersburg area. But Sue Bailey kept thinking about the link between working at the DuPont plant and her son. “There were times that I thought I was at my breaking point, but God had other plans,” he said. “There were times when I thought that my life wasn’t worth living, to be honest. I had so many battles, but my parents pushed and pulled me. They gave me the support that I need. I hope that’s what I’ve done for them. For them to be able to have a voice no matter what and to speak up for others.” Bailey was newly married when he learned about the investigation and suit. He remembered his mother talking about the link between C8 and his deformities, something he hadn’t focused on in his childhood.  “From ages 10 to 22, my concern was getting past these surgeries,” he said. “I had surgeries that were in excess of eight hours where 120 stitches were put in my face at one time. Rib cartilage was taken out. Balloons in my forehead to stretch my skin. So, at that point, I wasn’t really worried about DuPont. I was worried about questions like: Am I going to be able to go to school in the fall? Am I going to be able to be normal? Am I going to be able to have a girlfriend?” For more than 50 years, the company released the byproduct of Teflon into the air and water surrounding the plant, knowing the health impacts the chemical could have on the environment and people living in the area. A study done by 3M, the original manufacturers of C8, found the chemical caused a variety of health problems in rats, including some birth defects. For most of his childhood, Bailey didn’t think much about confronting DuPont. “The revenge doesn’t drive me,” Bailey said. “I don’t want to sound like I don’t want justice for people, because I do. There has to be some justice for these people. I’m fine with not taking another step towards DuPont for myself. I’m not okay with hearing about chemical dumping in my country. I’m not okay with hearing this chemical is in the water in the Cape Fear River. That’s not okay to me and that drives me more each day to spread the word. I’ve got a beautiful son and a daughter on the way. They’re going to have to live in this world and drink water and take showers. That’s what drives me to never give up. To not let it fall by the wayside as it tends to do so easily.”last_img read more

10 things you can’t learn in school

first_imgSchool is great for learning basic math, events of historical importance, and what your favorite Little Debbie snack is. As crucial as those things are, some of the most important lessons come from living. Here are a few things you can’t learn in school.You need to forgiveWhether it be forgiving someone who hurt you or forgiving yourself, you need to stop holding on to that grudge. We all make mistakes and it’s time to move on and move forward. A grudge is part of you that can’t be happy. Let it go.Never give upSometimes life can get you down and make you stop trying. Refuse to lose and you will be happy with your results. If you need inspiration in this area, listen to the late, great, Coach Jim Valvano at the 1993 ESPY Awards.Make yourself happyHappiness is up to you. You’re the only one knows exactly what it is that makes you happy. If you don’t know what that is, take some time for yourself and figure it out. Make sure your relationships enrich your life, but don’t depend on them for your happiness.#FAILFailure happens. It can be a setback, but it’s not a reason to give up. Sometimes there are roadblocks, but it doesn’t mean you’re heading down the wrong path. The say you learn a lot more from failures than you do from successes. Don’t be afraid to find out for yourself.You worry too muchWe’ve all been guilty of this at one time or another. Worry is only damaging. It messes with your head, makes you anxious, and causes frustration. Instead of worrying, look for a solution. If there is nothing that can be done, get it out of your mind and be confident with the fact that it’s out of your hands.Money doesn’t fix everythingIt’s nice to have money. Money can be a great security and provide you with many “things”, but it can’t truly buy you happiness. If you think material possessions will make everything better, you’ll be sorely disappointed when you realize they’ll only bring you fleeting joy. Remember that people and relationships are more important than anything you can purchase.You can’t always get what you wantI’m sure Mick Jagger has been telling you this for years, and for good reason. We all have plans and dreams, and sometimes we achieve those things, and sometimes life has other ideas. Life can be a lot like an experiment. You may have to try a lot different things to find something that works.Its not always about youA lot of your attention is on your hectic schedule and the things you have to get done. But if we don’t take a few minutes to look around every once in a while, life will just pass us by. Sometimes we focus on little disappointments when we should be taking a look at the big picture. Often times those little disappointments are just setting us up for success. So next time you “sweat the small stuff,” remember the big picture and enjoy the ride.Don’t take anything for grantedAppreciate the people and experiences in your life. Time moves quickly and before you know it you’re not as young as you used to be. Make sure to tell those important people in your life know just how much they mean to you, while you still have the chance.Laughter is indeed the best medicineNothing will pick you up like laughing. Whenever you’re down, find some reasons to be happy and joke around when those who lift your spirits. Laughter is contagious and it should be something that you’re not afraid to pass on. 143SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Tyler Cameron Teases ‘Bachelor’ Appearance on Matt James’ Season

first_imgThe Florida native revealed that he was “nervous” to see what James, 28, would be like as the Bachelor, because before he began filming he was “getting in sick shape” and trying to be the best version of himself.Tyler Cameron Teases Appearance on Matt James Bachelor Season Jokes About Pal’s EngagementMatt James and Tyler Cameron Rachel Wang/January Images/Shutterstock“You know he cares about how he’s going to be portrayed and how he’s gonna look [on TV] and so I was like, ‘Are we gonna get robot Matt? Or are we gonna get Matt Matt?’” Cameron said. “Cause I talked to some of the people, like, the stylists [and] just asking everyone about, like ‘How’s Matt?’ And they’re like, ‘Matt’s great. But all he does is eat salads and salmon.’ I’m like, that’s not the Matt I know!”The Bachelorette alum noted that he did see James recently and he “was great” when they reunited.- Advertisement – “We are going to get a full dose of Matt,” the reality star assured his fans. “He’s gonna have fun, he’s gonna be very vulnerable, he’s gonna open himself up. We’re gonna learn — I’m gonna learn so much about Matt. This is gonna be good, it’ll be good for him.”The Barkitecture cohost said that “hopefully Matt comes home happy with somebody” and that he is “in love” once the season ends.He also joked about what an engagement would mean for their friendship, since the men live together in New York City.- Advertisement – Friend approved? Tyler Cameron hinted at a possible Bachelor cameo during his best friend Matt James’ upcoming season of the dating series.“I saw him recently,” Cameron, 27, said on the Sunday, November 15, episode of the “Chicks in the Office” podcast, seemingly confirming that he will pop up on season 25 of The Bachelor. “No spoilers!”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “I guess I’m gonna have a third roommate now so that’ll be an interesting dynamic you know?” he said. “Maybe he’ll kick me out. I could see me just getting pushed out [and him saying], ‘Screw you, Tyler. You need to get your s–t together before you come back.’”Cameron revealed that he thinks he will “have like a mom and a dad” that will “always [be] shunning me” if James proposes on the show.He then poked fun at his roommate, saying that he has only seen him kiss one girl and it was not a pretty sight.“The one time I saw him — he’s got these big hands, you know? And so his hand was, like, taking up [a lot] of her face kissing her, and I’m like, this just looks weird,” he said. “I’m hoping Matt moves his hand down a little bit.”Earlier this month, Cameron revealed that he is happy his pal didn’t end up competing for Clare Crawley’s heart on The Bachelorette.“That boy dodged a bullet,” the season 15 Bachelorette runner-up told E! News. “That boy is on his own. Just ‘cause it’s a mess. It’s just a disaster,” he added, referencing Crawley’s exit from the show after two weeks of filming. The hairstylist, 39, got engaged to contestant Dale Moss and left the show, resulting in Tayshia Adams stepping in as the second lead of the season.ABC initially announced the Wake Forest graduate as one of the suitors for season 16 of The Bachelorette in March. When production was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, the network named James the lead for season 25.James’ journey for love began at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Pennsylvania last month.The Bachelor is set to premiere in January 2021. The Bachelorette airs on ABC Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET.Listen to Here For the Right Reasons to get inside scoop about the Bachelor franchise and exclusive interviews from contestantslast_img read more

CDC to seek public’s advice on H1N1 vaccination drive

first_imgJul 31, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plans to gather the public’s thoughts in August on how big this fall’s H1N1 influenza vaccination drive should be.The CDC will hold 10 “public engagement” meetings around the country to get the citizenry’s advice on whether the vaccination program should be an all-out effort or something more modest, according to Roger Bernier, PhD, MPH, senior advisor in the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.The agency wants to take the public pulse on the issue because there’s so much uncertainty about the scale and of the severity of the pandemic and the demand for the vaccine this fall and winter, Bernier said.”We’re at some danger of either overreacting or underreacting, and that depends on how fully prepared we want to be and how we invest to be fully prepared,” he said. “We’re trying to learn how they [the public] value preparation in this case, and how they balance that against possible safety concerns and other issues that arise.”The CDC has scheduled a meeting in one city in each of the 10 Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regions, he reported. The all-day meetings will be held on Saturdays. Dates and locations are as follows:Aug 8: Denver, Colo., and Lincoln, Neb.Aug 15: Birmingham, Ala., Sacramento, Calif., and Vincennes, Ind.Aug 22: El Paso, Tex., Bucks County (near Philadelphia), Pa., and New York CityAug 29: Somerville, Mass., and Spokane, Wash.Participants for the meetings are being recruited through local health departments, civic organizations, and other means, Bernier said. The aim is to draw a group that reflects the local population in terms of age, race, and sex. “We’re not looking at people’s attitudes or beliefs coming in,” he said.The participants will hear a presentation of basic information they’ll need to have an informed discussion and then will break into small groups to discuss the issues, he reported.”The question we’re putting on the table has to do with what should be the implementation strategy the US should adopt for pandemic flu,” he said. “Are we talking about a full-throttle or a go-slow approach, or an approach somewhere in between?”He said a full-throttle approach would probably involve a large number and variety of vaccination sites, such as public clinics, physicians’ offices, and schools, whereas a go-slow approach would be more like a seasonal flu vaccination program. An all-out effort would likely include a major communication campaign to stoke demand for the vaccine, but communication steps in a smaller campaign would aim to simply meet existing demand, he said.The CDC has conducted similar public engagement programs several times before, according to Bernier. Topics that were addressed in recent efforts included vaccine prioritization in a severe flu pandemic and community control measures, such as school closings and event cancellations, in a pandemic. The agency also recently sought the public’s opinions on an overall national vaccine plan that’s being developed.Bernier said decision-makers have found the public’s responses useful. Officials don’t always agree with what they hear from people, “but our promise to the public is that we’ll give serious consideration to the results of the meeting,” he said.last_img read more

Should I work in tourism at all?

first_imgThe position of employees in tourism in the Republic of Croatia (and other activities) has been elaborated from several perspectives, but here we are moving away from the institutional-school-organizational system and the focus is on the individual. And his universal need to be respected and satisfied. So the question isn’t what the system didn’t do, and it should have? The question is what can we do ourselves to reach that great intrinsic capital called satisfaction.For decades, scientists have been researching the causes and consequences of job satisfaction in different countries, organizations and institutions, testing different factors. Tens of thousands of scientific papers, books and manuals on this Holy Grail have also been written. The most successful read, consult and make decisions based on them (engl. Evidence Based Management) while in the Croatian business environment it has yet to become part of everyday business. Respecting the results of numerous scientists and experts, the meaning of this text is not to offer self-help instant style solutions “How to be satisfied at work”, already spin a carousel of important questions about emotional status in relation to what, why and how we are currently doing?Therefore, for a moment you consciously ignore the country we live in, the school or college you graduated from, the environment in which you grew up, the way your parents raised you, the experience you have gained so far and as pathetic as it sounds to you, ask yourself; what really makes me happy? What have I always wanted to do? Is what I’m currently doing part of my big plan? Am I doing exactly what I need to do? And does it have anything to do with tourism at all?Ignore for a moment the fact that unemployment in Croatia is on average among the highest in Europe. And that our youth unemployment rate under the age of 25 is 31%, four times higher than that of Germany. Ignore the fact that over 50 members of our families, relatives, neighbors and colleagues have moved out. And to the absurdity that a state that is dependent on tourism has allowed that same tourism to be left without labor. And as utopian as it sounds, ask yourself; what is actually my biggest passion? Why do I surrender unreservedly? What did I do or should I do that would make me feel free? Does it have anything to do with what I’m doing right now? And does it have anything to do with tourism at all?Ignore for a moment or two the gossip about such an important educational reform. And the sad fact that 95% of young people do not show interest in lifelong learning and study stays (n = 5060, n = 2000) and no matter how crazy it sounds to you, ask yourself; what is it that you could learn about all your life? What is it that I can’t get enough of? What is it that doesn’t make an effort for me no matter how long I do it? What do I absolutely believe in? What spontaneously inspires me? And does it have anything to do with tourism at all?As absurd as these questions may sound in a state of absurdity, it is important to know that there are no ideal conditions in which it would be posed! There is no right moment! Not the right age! Not a real life stage! Everyone has their own moment, way and dynamics in which to conduct this internal dialogue. Or as Balasevic says; each is his own director, he thinks of plots and endings for himself. Organizationally speaking, we are managers ourselves. His time. Your knowledge. Your skills. Your will.And then when we make all these resources available to someone (superior) and something (organization) that does not adequately value, valorize or appreciate it, dissatisfaction happens. And instead of consulting our internal manager and relying on his decision-making power, we often get stuck in that mode. And by looking for excuses, reasons and arguments in there some external circumstances we keep that same mode alive. So, as banal as it sounds to you, ask yourself; what are my greatest strengths? What can I give my best? What do I do with ease? What do I have and can I turn to my advantage? What is it that allows me to be what I am? And does it have anything to do with tourism at all?In our society, on average, the attitude towards employees is “seasonal”. Non-strategic. Short-term. Superficial. Speed ​​exchange of work and money. Tourism is the champion in this category. And until we implement curricular reform, introduce a dual education system, introduce vocational guidance as mandatory at the earliest age, educate Generation X well about the relationship to subordinates and new trends, we will not witness any nicer versions of this relationship. So instead of waiting for Godot, let’s turn to ourselves! And let’s not allow ourselves to be treated “in the short term.” Even if you are among the 330 blocked or you are one of 000 employees who have not been paid. And if you have the worst boss in the world. And if in your current organization you feel like a Porsche locked in a garage. Even then. And just then ask! Because no one else will do it for you. Because it is a path to understanding. And then new decisions. And stocks.Understanding means seeing if I’m doing what I’m doing just to make a living existentially looking forward to the days (weekends / holidays) when I’m not going to do it (work)? Or you can still imagine yourself in the long run in what you are currently doing, so in agreement with yourself you agree to compromises knowing that you will live your definition of success (career). Or you look for every opportunity to do what you do regardless of external circumstances and the material component (call). Whatever the version, it does not necessarily mean dissatisfaction. These boundaries are often not exact and this process of understanding is often not black and white. But what is our alternative? Wander? And keep dissatisfaction alive?Take the example of a Generation Y member who works in a hotel and is a successful director of marketing and sales (business and career). He is studying to be a tourist guide (job and career), but art, specifically music, is what makes him complete, alive and original (vocation / essence). Regardless of the experience, expertise and success in the field and the love and pride he feels for tourism, his inner drive is tied to something completely different. But the beauty is that one doesn’t have to exclude the other. In the case of this professional, tourism does not have to be excluded at the expense of a job / activity that will involve music. On the contrary, as impossible as it may sound to you, dare to ask; how to connect incompatible? Or how to separate the connected? Ask your best combination? What form of work / activity brings you to your own authenticity? What and in what combination draws the most valuable from you? And does it have anything to do with tourism at all?Perhaps tourism is not at all appropriate to call a vocation, especially if compared to the (life) vocation of firefighters who make available not only their time, knowledge, skills and their will but also their bare life as a resource. No matter what we call it, the point is that we bring our soul, our passion, our essence into what we do. The Greeks call this sublime feeling and passionate attitude towards what we do MERAKI (meraki). Neither the type of activity nor the working conditions are important, because when we do something that is our essence, which is our absolute passion, we live freedom, that is, the non-existence of time-space-technical-emotional boundaries. This is felt because it is “contagious”.Although tourism is perceived as a place of “strays” and “workers gathered from the road”, it is worth mentioning and constantly emphasizing that our tourism also has people with large MERAKI capital! These are those employees, entrepreneurs, scientists, journalists, professors, public servants, directors of the Tourist Board, mayors, consultants for whom we can say that tourism is happy to have them. That tourism is exactly what they need to do. Their role, title or position is irrelevant because what you notice is the way they do something and how it affects you! When that person served you or sold you something or communicated to you, you didn’t feel like he was just doing his job. You probably spontaneously identified that job / job / action with her. And it subconsciously becomes a reference point for you to compare. Because the person who makes his vocation gives that job / title / position his absolute personal dimension. And it is the embodiment of pleasure.In the chaotic and often superficial system in which we live and work, understanding our professional essence is the minimum we can do for ourselves. For some, the journey will be easier and faster. In others, it takes longer and has more questions. Methods, approaches or techniques of understanding and research, are the choice of the individual whether individually or with the help of coaches / psychologists for professional orientation, individually or in groups, through a workshop or online, testing and / or interviews? Once you become aware of your full and unsurpassed potential, once you clear up the unique set of skills and talents you have, (and you have them!) The shares of your professional capital will become extremely sought after.Don’t wait for the organization or the state to tell you what will make you a satisfied professional. Because it can be waiting for Godot. Spare yourself wandering and a great deal of dissatisfaction and answer these questions for a start. Even in a country whose tourism is struggling with a labor shortage, and which has planned to employ 4500 new employees a year in tourism over a seven-year period, it is quite right to understand that tourism is not your professional essence.To be continued…Author: Dr.sc. Marinela Dropulić-Ružićlast_img read more

Valamar Riviera winner of the award for affirmation of socially responsible business

first_imgSJAJ Award Committee – for the affirmation of socially responsible business and sustainability, among the 203 companies included in the national survey, selected the ten best companies, including Valamar Riviera, as an example of good practice in this field.The SJAJ award is given for the overall visibility and impact of the presentation of socially responsible business activities and includes the impression of the company’s website when it comes to the presentation of CSR activities. As a criterion, the communication of social responsibility and sustainability was taken into account, ie the visibility of CSR practices in the official digital media, as well as additional company portals. Other norms observed in the research are clarity, richness and diversity of content, frequency of new publications, as well as the use of innovative tools in the presentation of social responsibility activities.”As the leading tourism company in Croatia, we are aware of our role in the development of socially responsible business, which creates new value for all stakeholders. At the annual level, Valamar Riviera allocates a minimum of 2,5% of revenues, which we direct to a number of projects and initiatives structured in nine umbrella CSR programs. This award is both a recognition and a great motivation for us to continue to develop our business in that direction.” istaknula je Deana Stipanović, voditeljica korporativnih poslova te dodala kako je cilj ovog istraživanja i nagrade potaknuti ostala poduzeća na izražajnije izlaganje DOP aktivnosti te osvijestiti širu javnost o važnosti društveno odgovornog poslovanja i održivog razvoja u kojem se Valamar Riviera pokazala kao lider u svojoj kategoriji.The “SJAJ” award is given by DOBRA HRVATSKA – Business Initiative for the Affirmation of Socially Responsible Business and Sustainable Development at MEP doo and the Croatian Employers’ Association as the seat of the Global Compact Network Hrvatska – UN Initiative for CSR and Sustainable Development.last_img read more

Cesc Fabregas admits he’d love to play with Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli

first_imgAdvertisement Sean KearnsMonday 20 Apr 2020 5:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link160Shares Gabriel Martinelli has been a bright light for Arsenal this term (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas admits he’d love to play alongside Gunners forward Gabriel Martinelli.The teenager signed for the club last summer in a £6million deal from Ituano and has been one of the club’s few positives this term, scoring ten goals in 26 appearances for the Gunners,With doubt hanging over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future, Arsenal can take heart from the fact that they have one of the most promising youngsters in Europe in their squad and Martinelli is already attracting attention from Barcelona and Real Madrid.Fabregas was once the wonderkid in north London and the Spaniard knows all about carrying the burden of expectation at Arsenal.ADVERTISEMENT One of the toughest question I’ve seen around here…. what about you guys? Highbury was so so special… But The Emirates felt like home straight away. https://t.co/05EXbgPTop— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) April 20, 2020‘One of the toughest questions i’ve seen around here,’ said Fabregas.‘Highbury was so so special…but the Emirates felt like home straight away’.MORE: Paul Scholes agrees with Marcus Rashford on his best position for Manchester United Fabregas spent seven years at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)The midfielder is now at Monaco and during a Q&A on Twitter this afternoon, Fabregas was asked to name the Arsenal player that he’d like to play alongside.AdvertisementAdvertisementFabregas was in no doubt that the player was Martinelli. Fabregas spent seven years in north London and was made club captain before a £34m move to Barcelona in 2011.The Spaniard was a hugely popular figure in north London and stuck with the club through their difficult move between Highbury and the Emirates.Fabregas was asked which stadium he preferred and the midfielder admits he thought Highbury was ‘special.center_img Cesc Fabregas admits he’d love to play with Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli Martinelli https://t.co/wzlMAy3qc8— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) April 20, 2020 Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Mandate roundup: Clwyd, Man FRM, Cornwall, LCP, Rebus

first_imgClwyd Pension Fund has joined Cornwall’s local authority scheme in appointing Man FRM as its hedge fund manager, replacing four existing managers.The £1.4bn (€2bn) Welsh fund, administered by Flintshire County Council, said Man’s managed account solution granted it the transparency not always available in other fund-of-fund arrangements.The mandate follows Cornwall Pension Fund’s appointment of Man in January, and will see both mandates pooled.The hedge fund manager has implemented a system for local government pension schemes (LGPS) that will see fees reduced across the collective local authority mandate as more funds opt to join Cornwall and Clwyd. JLT Employee Benefits, which oversaw the tender process for Clwyd, said the arrangement offered by Man was “compelling”.Kieran Harkin, director at JLT, added: “In the context of the current LGPS environment, the collaboration between Clwyd and Cornwall should be seen as an example of what can be achieved by funds working together in a proactive way.”As a result if Man’s appointment, Clwyd severed ties with its former hedge fund managers Lionsgate, SSARIS, Bluecrest and Duet.The mandate, which also encompasses managed futures, is set to be worth 9% of the fund’s assets, an estimated £120m.Cornwall in January allocated £120m to Man, meaning Clwyd’s allocation effectively doubled the size of LGPS mandates.In other news, LCP has been hired to advise the Rebus Insurance Services Limited Pension Scheme.The final salary fund is currently implementing a revised investment strategy, with LCP’s assistance.LCP’s advice will cover both short and long-term strategies.last_img read more

Adopt Initiative: Ministry Signs MoU as  Halogen hooks Adekouroye

first_imgThe chances of Nigeria performing well at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has gotten another boost with the Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Dare signing a Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the Ministry for the adoption of world number One female  Nigerian wrestler Odunayo Adekouroye by Halogen Company. “I also want to thank Halogen Company. Three entities wanted to adopt me at first but the spirit of the Lord led the Minister to take  me to Halogen. I promise to make  my coach, the Minister and  all Nigerians   proud.” Speaking at the brief event, the Minister said he was impressed with the level of her preparations for the Tokyo Olympics and expressed optimism that she would win gold at the world’s biggest sports event.  To aid her preparations, he also donated kits to the wrestler,even as Halogen has credited her personal account. Adekouroye promised   to work hard to make Nigeria proud at the Tokyo Olympics,  even as she also expressed gratitude to the Minister and Halogen Company. “The Minister is more like a father to me. He is doing what a father should do for a daughter and I have nothing to give to him but I promise to make him proud. No competition is easy. We are trained to wrestle and we will do just that.Advertisement Read Also:Sports Minister  lifts Junior Olympic Triple Jumper The Adopt an Athlete Initiative, a brainchild of the Minister of Youth and Sports Development was created to get athletes adopted by charitable individuals and corporate organizations with a view to providing support for the athletes’ training for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentIt Might Be Quentin Tarantino’s Last MovieThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldTop 10 Most Iconic Characters On TV5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art9 Iconic Roles Nobody Wanted To PlayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more