Major General Michael Dubie named Champlain College Distinguished Citizen

first_imgChamplain College will honor Major General Michael D. Dubie as this year’s Distinguished Citizen at the Convocation ceremony for incoming first-year students on Friday, August 27, 2010, at 3 pm at Skiff Hall. Dubie was born and raised in the Burlington area and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics at the University of Vermont and a Masters of Arts degree in International Relations from Norwich University. He has studied national and international security at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.Dubie serves as the Adjutant General of the State of Vermont, responsible for the 4,000 members of the National Guard and a $220 million annual budget. Leading the Guard during the largest deployment since World War II presents many unique challenges, including ensuring the wounded get the very best medical care and taking care of the families who have lost loved ones overseas.In addition to his professional pursuits, Dubie has volunteered as a coach for youth sports, served on his local school budget advisory committee, currently serves as a member of several board of directors and committees. Dubie is married to Amy Spagnuolo Dubie, a 1981 Champlain College graduate, and they have three daughters, Chelsea, Whitney and Morgan. His brother, Brian, is Lt. Governor of Vermont.Source: Champlain College. 8.24.2010last_img read more

Don’t be the weird guy in your office

first_img 39SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Details I suppose we’re all weird in our own way. But, then there’s those people who take weird to the next level. There’s a great askreddit thread that asks, “What does the weird guy in your office do that creeps you out?” This is the guy you don’t want to be. Here are some of my favorites. (I’ve edited some of the harsher language…)“I put my meatball sandwich in the office refrigerator someone ate the meatballs out of the sandwich but not the sandwich. thats pretty creepy to me.” – SwanchSwabzMaybe he’s on a low carb diet.“Close talker. Really close. You back up and he follows you.” – LittleLarryThis is a highly aggressive close talker.“In my old job a guy came in ~5.30 in the morning and would beat the sh*t out of the vending machine to try to get free food.” – ZeruviIt’s always feels good to be the first one in the office, but not for this reason.“I work tech support help desk, the weird guy in our office is outwardly social and goes to the gym 3 times a week. F*ing monster.” – beefstendersI guess being the normal guy in an office full of nerds makes you the weirdo.“I am probably the weird guy in the office, to be honest. I have no idea what people might think I do that’s creepy though, but it might be the farting.” – warpusYeah that’ll do it.“Use to sit next to this guy who would eat full packets of mayonnaise at 8am. He would then turn to tell me something while his mouth of full of mayonnaise.” – AnElectricForkNo.“He will not touch food. He eats his sandwich with the baggie still wrapped around as much of it as possible. He eats bags of popcorn or chips with a spoon. He eats his bagel with a fork stabbed through it. Very strange, but also highly entertaining.” – undercanopy813Haha. At least this guy provides entertainment.“Not me, but my wife sits next to a guy who opens up oatmeal packets and throws in it his mouth along with water, making oatmeal in his mouth. He says he doesn’t have time to eat. Does the same thing with protein powder and milk.” – goode3790Who wants to wash a bowl every day?Hope you enjoyed these. For more, check out the feed.last_img read more

Enough is enough

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I gave you a brand new Ford, you said ‘I want a Cadillac.’I bought you a ten dollar dinner, you said ‘Thanks for the snack.’I let you live in my penthouse, you said it was just a shack.– Performed by B.B. KingTalk about ungrateful! It appears that “Big Tech” stocks are not satisfied with the lowest yield on corporate debt ever. Nor are they content with the $100 billion of Treasuries and Agency Mortgage Backed Securities the Fed has been buying every month since the spring. Additionally, on their “things-we-should-be-grateful-for-but-aren’t list” is the Fed and Treasury facilities to purchase securities with some credit risk as well as corporate lending facilities. A lot of stockholders, bondholders, and Wall Street structured products desks are wealthier and happier because of the “Fed has our back” mentality created by these programs. Nevertheless, from Bloomberg News:Big tech’s market-leading days might be numbered, thanks to Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. The NASDAQ 100 sank as much as 2.8% on Thursday, dragged down by a slump in the megacap technology stocks that have powered this year’s rebound. The slide came after Fed policy makers pledged to keep interest rates low until inflation averages over 2%, while failing to give any fresh details on the central bank’s bond-buying plans. Near-zero borrowing costs have helped to justify the industry’s lofty valuations, with the NASDAQ 100’s price-earnings ratio exceeding 40 before the latest selloff—the highest since 2004. That’s pushed the NASDAQ 100 up by about 58% from its March lows.last_img read more

Actions needed now to head off deeper, longer crisis

first_imgThis is placeholder text continue reading » This post is currently collecting data… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img NCUA and Congress should take further steps to ensure credit unions remain in position to serve members during and after the pandemic, CUNA wrote to the House Financial Services Committee Thursday. NCUA Chairman Rodney Hood testified at the hearing, which also featured discussion of two CUNA-backed bills.The Access to Credit for Small Businesses Impacted by the COVID-19 Crisis Act (H.R. 6789) would exempt credit union business loans related to the pandemic from the member business lending cap for one year; and The Preventing Regulatory Penalties for PPP Lenders Act (H.R. 8675) would prevent regulatory penalties for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) lenders.“Significant looming stress reflected in the Census Bureau Household and Small Business Pulse Surveys suggests the NCUA and Congress should act now to head off a deeper and longer lasting crisis—and to ensure that credit unions maintain their ability to effectively intervene and help members navigate through the mounting near-term risks,” the letter reads. “Therefore, as Congress contemplates further COVID-recovery legislation and exercises its oversight responsibilities over the Federal financial regulators, it is critical that policy be examined and modified to ensure credit unions remain in a position to serve their members throughout and after this crisis.”last_img read more

Owego Hose Teams host Trout Derby this weekend

first_imgThey say registration is a 10 dollar fee and you must register by Friday, April 3rd. Winners will be announced shortly after 6 PM on Saturday, April 4th and checks mailed the following Monday. In a press release, they said that contestants can still participate by taking photos of their trout caught and post their photos to the Owego Hose Teams Facebook page or they can email the Owego Hose Team at All they have to do is show the trout with the measuring device indicating the trouts length and their number identifyer that the team will provide for you. They also mentioned that the chicken Barbecue that scheduled has been cancelled as well as the cup of clam chowder that the Croton House Co. They say that they are encouraging contestants to purchase meals from local restaurants instead. They say that fishing is limited to both the East and West branches of the Owego Creek. center_img OWEGO (WBNG)- The Owego Hose Teams Inc. has announced that they still will be doing their Trout Derby, scheduled for this weekend, virtually. They are encouraging all participants to follow the New York State on Pause guidelines by social distancing and avoiding contact with other people fishing.last_img read more

Croatian campsites among the most desirable destinations for this season – positive news is coming from the most important camping fairs in Europe

first_imgVienna, Ferien-Messe, 11.01.-14.01.2018.At the largest Austrian tourist fair, Ferien-Messe in Vienna, among more than 800 exhibitors from 80 countries, KUH presented the Croatian camping offer as part of the CNTB’s stand. In addition to KUH’s promotional materials, brochures “Croatia’s Best Campsites” and “OK Mini Camps”, brochures of the following companies were exhibited at the joint co-exhibition space of KUH: Valamar Riviera, Adria more, Hadria, Arena Hospitality Group and Mon Perin.With a very good attendance at the fair (153.000 visitors in just 4 days of the fair, + 3% compared to last year), especially great interest in accommodation in mobile homes, apartments, bungalows and rooms, and therefore camps, which in addition to accommodation on pitches and campsites offer accommodation and in other, solid forms of accommodation units, were especially sought after. Of particular interest is the accommodation in Dalmatia (central Dalmatia) and the Dalmatian islands.Visitors largely associate their stay with the destination itself (interest in staying in the vicinity of Umag, Porec, Pula, Rabac, in the Split-Dalmatia County, or on the islands of Krk, Rab and Brac), natural beauty (beaches, of which especially looking for those sandy) and activities (water sports such as diving and sailing), while the facilities within the accommodation facility in which they are located do not pay much attention, and will prefer to choose a smaller camp without animation programs, camping rest, etc. and for naturist camps, especially in Istria.Utrecht, Vacancies, 09.01.-14.01.2018.The largest Dutch tourism fair, mostly camping, was visited by 105 visitors this year (-369% compared to last year). In addition to KUH’s promotional materials, brochures from the following companies were exhibited at the joint co-exhibition space: Valamar Riviera, Arena Hospitality Group, Adria more, Hoteli Njivice, Hadria and Pakoštane.The most sought after regions are Istria and Kvarner (due to its proximity), while the Plitvice Lakes National Park stands out the most. A large number of questions were focused on the typology and types of beaches, and it was noticed that some guests prefer shorter stays in several camps so that they can visit as many destinations as possible, mostly inquiring about larger camps near cities (Zadar , Šibenik, Split, Dubrovnik) or for small, family camps.There is still an exceptional interest of visitors for road maps. The duration of the trip to Croatia is often compared by visitors to Spain, so visitors needed to be provided with information and advice regarding directions of arrival, ferry connections, traffic rules, etc. The question often asked by visitors to the fair also referred to penalties. for improper parking. Namely, due to non-payment of the fine on the spot (ie according to the regular procedure), the costs of the fine to the guests subsequently increased drastically, which was pointed out as a major shortcoming.Leeuwarden, Caravan, 18.01.-23.01.2018.The “Caravan” fair is held at the WTC Expo Leeuwarden on 45.000 m2. This year’s fair featured over 400 camp exhibitors from all over Europe, and offered a rich offer of campers, trailers, front tents, glamping tents and all additional camping equipment.There are no official data on the number of visitors yet, but according to ACSI, there were 45 visitors, which is 000% less than last year.Visitor questions related to children’s campsites, non-large and noisy campsites, small family campsites and rest campsites. There were a lot of inquiries related to the camps on the islands and their connection to the mainland, and the cost of the ferry.At the same time, it is noticeable that more and more visitors are looking for small quiet camps with fewer guests (brochures about small and medium camps in Croatia were in high demand) and there were many questions about the possibility of active vacation and natural beauty of Croatia. Questions about campsites, where pets are allowed and sandy beaches are always currentStuttgart, CMT, January 13-21.01.2018, XNUMX.This year, the CMT fair celebrated its 50th anniversary, with a record 265.000 visitors (+ 12%). Apart from KUH’s promotional materials, Croatia’s camping offer was also presented through brochures from the following companies: Arena Hospitality Group, Valamar, Hadria, Brijuni Riviera, Mon Perin and Adria more.This year, too, it was noticed that families with children still prefer larger camps that offer rich content for children (from swimming pools to animation programs, etc.), but on the other hand the number of guests (mostly couples without children) who are looking for their stay is growing. smaller and quieter camps.Some visitors have never camped in Croatia, for the first time they plan to come with a camper to one of the Croatian camps, so they came to the stand to get information about the camping offer in Croatia, without specifying a specific destination where they would like to spend their vacation. They were interested in the possibilities that a certain destination offers for vacation and the camping offer that can be found in a certain destination. One of the most common questions was related to the locations of sandy beaches… Related news:THE MOST POPULAR DESTINATION OF GERMAN MOTORISTS IS ISTRIA, WHILE CROATIA IS IN THIRD PLACESLOVENIAN CAMPERS SELECTED THE BEST CAMPSITES IN CROATIA Utrecht, Stuttgart, Vienna and Leeuwarden are the hosts of the currently most important European camping fairs (which have just ended), and this year they were certainly one of the most visited cities in Europe, where in just a few days a crowd of representatives of the most important camping demand and the Dutch-speaking area.And all of them, certainly several times during the day, passed by a very attractive and strategically positioned, always in the center of the hall, CNTB stand within which they had the opportunity to present their offer and many Croatian camps, one of the most sought after “goods” at this year’s camping “market”. The main initiator and ambassador of camping tourism in Croatia is without a doubt the Croatian Camping Association (KUH) whose main goal is to bring together individuals and legal entities engaged in providing camping services and other related activities, to protect and promote joint economic, professional, scientific and other interests of all its members, and brings together over 240 members.Never bigger, never more visited and never better – these are just some of the comments we encounter these days when we read the final press releases, see the cost-effectiveness of our presentations, think about booking those few square meters of space, point out the KUH. “Although aware that online advertising has taken precedence over offline advertising, Croatian camps do not give up on fair appearances, as we are still talking about the impressive numbers of visitors who have the opportunity to push their brochure on the spot, and tell them with a smile on their face that are very welcome here – over 265.000 people visited the fair in Stuttgart (as much as 12% more than last year), 153.000 in Vienna (+3), almost 106.000 in Utrecht (-3%) and 45.000 in Leeuwarden (-4 %). At the upcoming fairs this spring, also important for the camping industry, for example in Padua, Munich, Herning, Düsseldorf and Parma, at least as many more, if not more, are expected. To make it easier to imagine the significance of these figures, let’s take an example: if about 14% of all visitors to these fairs decided to go camping in Croatia on the same day, the daily peak capacity currently offered by the Croatian camping sector would be filled. 254.000 beds. ” speak from the Croatian Camping Association.Aminess Park Mareda / Photo: Camping.hrAs expected, the interest in camps on the Croatian coast (especially in Istria and (central) Dalmatia), ie for those with numerous (new and attractive) facilities is still very pronounced, the Croatian Camping Association (KUH) points out, adding that in the year notices a significant increase in the number of those visitors who want to spend their holidays in one of the smaller, family camps, in the continental part of Croatia, near the natural beauty, away from the summer hustle and bustle. “The preferences of our guests are definitely changing, their stay is getting shorter, they are increasingly inquiring about camping resorts, they are looking for authenticity (both camps and destinations), simplicity and freedom of choice. On the other hand, more and more of them are deciding to stay in mobile homes, so it is safe to say that all those camps that offer such facilities will certainly benefit. ” stand out from the Croatian Camping AssociationConsidering the experiences from this year’s fairs, KUH concludes that Croatia is an increasingly desirable camping destination due to the fact that Croatian camps have actually become very skilled in deciphering the messages that guests send them, they know how to swim in accordance with trends, and ultimately they achieve very competitive prices, placing themselves side by side with the best European campsites like those in Italy, France or Spain.This is certainly supported by the fact that according to this year’s survey by ADAC, a famous German car club, Croatia is in third place as a car destination and on the list of favorite destinations of German campers, after Italy and Germany, and ahead of France and Spain.Croatian Camping Union – report from the fairs last_img read more

Barbara Mrkić, Carwiz: Despite the global crisis, for now all our franchises are in business, and we are expanding our business

first_imgAlthough there are relatively “few” of them on the Croatian market compared to other tourist branches, about 15 rent a car companies in Croatia generate a total of over one billion kuna in annual revenues and are responsible for buying 25 thousand new vehicles a year. “Each partner, under the mentorship of our franchise managers, chose their own strategy and path – so some decided to spend this time with training, making new business agreements and preparing for the 2021 season, while others decided to focus on car rental as the safest option.. As for state aid, each partner has chosen its own business model, which includes an independent decision on whether they want to resort to state financial assistance, a moratorium on loans and the like. We are at their disposal for all questions and advice while choosing the best business model themselves ”Mrkić points out and adds that both are very successful in their strategies, which is another confirmation that every problem has more solutions. “We also advise franchisors about new forms of business, how to reach loyal customers and how to establish new business contacts.”Said Mrkić and emphasized that it is still positive that for now all their franchises are operating, some more successful, and some with a reduced volume of work such as the franchise network in the Caribbean. Also, logically, they expect a moratorium on leasing at least until mid-2021, when revenue from the tourist season is expected to begin to flow. Of course, there are more problems, from the mandatory collection of the HRT fee to the extension of current measures for employees until the spring. But certainly the most important is the possibility of lending to survive until spring. “On the Caribbean island of St. Maarten, which has about 41.000 inhabitants, is focused exclusively on providing car rental services to tourists. On the other hand, we have franchise partners who have adapted their models almost perfectly to the situation and achieved enviable success like franchisors from Serbia who operate at the level of last year’s results. ” Mrkic points out. To get a slightly clear picture of the industry, the fact that, according to some estimates, the size of the car rental market globally is estimated at $ 86 billion in 2019, with a tendency of high growth, speaks volumes. In the end, Mrkić points out that the car rental industry on a global level is waiting for the revival of the tourism sector in the spring, in order to reach liquidity and to continue the daily growth and expansion of the Cariwza brand to new markets. When asked how other franchise partners coped in this situation, Mrkić pointed out that everything depends on the state, but that the car rental industry is not at a standstill, but has adapted to the whole situation. “The measures vary from country to country, somewhere they are more rigorous and somewhere a bit milder – it all depends on what stage of the fight against the coronavirus is which country. At the moment, the virus is growing exponentially in most of our franchise countries, and as a result, some branches have closed. ” says Mrkić and adds that they use that time for branding branches, trainings focused on working in the software system, marketing trainings and the like, and all this also refers to the preparation for the 2021 season. Coronavirus has literally stopped tourism, and a couple of months of this season have not brought much traffic, as the industry relies mostly on air traffic, which is in the first nine months recorded a drop in passenger numbers of 80%, as well as to foreign tourists and business tourism, which also recorded the biggest decline this year. This year is difficult for everyone, and especially for the entire tourism sector, including the car rental industry, which is directly dependent on tourism. The importance of the car rental industry for the tourism sector is clearly shown by the fact that more than 90 percent of car rental industry users in Croatia are foreign tourists. The car rental industry is an important part of the mosaic of the Croatian tourist offer, especially in the context of air traffic, extension of the tourist season and raising tourist consumption.  As we know, the car rental industry is extremely related to tourism (about 90% of turnover), and on the wave of new expansion of Carwiz through the franchise model, I spoke with Barbara Mrkić, Marketing Director at Carwiz rent a car and Carwiz International.center_img Interestingly, according to Mrkić, franchise partners from Greece have expanded their franchise network and are looking for more new partners for further expansion.. “We have established a new partnership in Cyprus, while in Croatia we have optimized and reorganized our business. Of course, we had to make certain cuts, reach for certain measures, but despite that we found a model that is sustainable given the overall situation in Croatia and the world.” pointed out Mrkić added that all these are examples that despite the difficult and unenviable situation, business is possible. By the way, last year alone, the state earned around HRK 300 million directly from VAT from the car rental industry, and VAT from partners, such as: vehicle importers, service workshops, fuel, tolls, etc., should certainly be added to that figure. . (according to estimates of an additional HRK 700 million of VAT), which makes a total of HRK 1 billion of VAT from car rental activities in Croatia alone. We are not talking about other miscellaneous levies, but only about VAT. Currently, the biggest challenge for the car rental industry is precisely liquidity, a large burden on leasing companies as well as concession fees to airports. So, the rental industry, like everyone in tourism, expects credit lines from Hamag Bicro and HBOR or the option for the state to give certain guarantees so that they can take out loans in commercial banks. By the way, Carwiz opened the American market in early 2020. After its first branch at Orlando International Airport, in the southeastern state of Florida, Carwiz has positioned itself in one of the most important U.S. financial centers and the third largest airport in the United States, Miami International Airport. A phenomenal start to 2020, until the moment of the coronavirus pandemic, which brought the entire world economy to its knees, and especially the tourism sector. “Also, we implemented new knowledge, optimized our business and restructured the company. We believe that business consists of ups and downs, that it functions as a living organism that requires rapid change, and that this is just another stop to be even more successful in the near future.”Said Mrkic. When asked about the current situation in the industry, Mrkić points out that the emphasis on caring for the health and cleanliness of cars has proven to be a good solution and car rental has been positioned as the safest option. “Since the crisis began, we have placed emphasis on health care. We have established teams, provided all the necessary funds for safe work and changed the existing strategies”Says Mrkić and adds that they have adjusted their goals and expectations in accordance with the situation and used the facilities and support provided to help the company survive. “Our franchise partners around the world have adjusted their business to the overall situation and dedicated themselves to domestic tourism.”, Mrkić points out and adds that now everyone needs safe transport so that we can continue with our usual way of life in the near future. From the beginning of its business in 2018, Carwiz Greece has managed to expand its business through its own network through sub-franchise agreements to twelve locations across the country – from Athens to Crete, Zakynthos, Thessaloniki, Chania and Piraeus. Barbara Mrkić, Marketing Director Carwiz rent a car and Carwiz International: Car rental positioned as the safest option Extremely positive news, in this gloomy extraordinary time, especially due to the fact that it is about Croatian tourist export product – Carwiz rent a car, which, with the new expansion of its franchise network, concluded 23 contracts and a presence in 20 countries. Also, in the last days of September, Carwiz’s story spread to Cyprus, where it entered into a partnership with Leos Groups of Companies, the most professional car rental company in Cyprus, which has been in business since 1983.last_img read more

Laurent Koscielny hits back at Ian Wright over claims he ‘disrespected’ Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Laurent Koscielny joined Bordeaux last summer (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny has hit back at Ian Wright’s claims that he disrespected the club by insisting he was ‘loyal’ to the Gunners.The Frenchman went on strike last summer in a bid to force through a transfer to Bordeaux in a move that shocked the Arsenal support base.Koscielny was club captain and had another two years to run on his deal at the Emirates but Arsenal eventually granted him his wish of returning to France.The defender’s actions were heavily criticised with Ian Wright leading the anger that many supporters felt.ADVERTISEMENT Koscielny shocked supporters by refusing to attend the club’s summer tour (Picture: Getty)‘This hurts. The level of disrespect. You should be ashamed for the way you’ve left the club after nine years!’ said Wright in August.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, Koscielny has dismissed Wright’s claims and says he always gave his ‘maximum’ for the club.‘I’ve always been upstanding, respectful and loyal,’ said Wright.‘I always gave my maximum. I spoke with the coach, who was understanding. And as for the rest…’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 ArsenalArsenal replaced Koscielny with David Luiz from Chelsea in the final days of the transfer window.Koscielny did not reveal his reasons for wanting to leave the club last summer but he insists now that it was due to the physical demands of the Premier League.‘A Premier League season is very long. It requires a lot physically and mentally. I didn’t feel I could play 40-50 matches and I didn’t want to end my career with injuries. I’ve gone down a level, but to take more pleasure,’ said Koscielny.‘Either I finished there or changed clubs. With my family, we felt it was time. Everything was in my thinking: football, my physical state, my wife, my children, the daily life we could have.‘I can only say that I left with my head held high. All of those I worked with for nine years… everyone respected my decision to return home with my family.’MORE: What England need to qualify for Rugby World Cup quarter-finals – and how to avoid New Zealand Laurent Koscielny hits back at Ian Wright over claims he ‘disrespected’ Arsenal Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 5 Oct 2019 10:38 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link241Shareslast_img read more

Sir Alex Ferguson turned down chance to sign Thierry Henry before Arsenal, claims ex-Manchester United security chief

first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 25 May 2020 1:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link727Shares Sir Alex Ferguson is said to have turned down Thierry Henry before he went to Arsenal (Getty Sport)Sir Alex Ferguson turned down the chance to sign Thierry Henry because he had doubts over his fitness, according to Manchester United’s former security chief.Arsene Wenger signed Henry from Juventus in 1999 for £11 million and the French striker went on to become one of the greatest players in Premier League history.Henry remains Arsenal’s all-time top scorer with 228 goals during his eight-year spell with the club.The World Cup winner also played a pivotal role in helping Arsenal win two Premier League titles and two FA Cup trophies.ADVERTISEMENTBut according to Ned Kelly, Manchester United’s former head of security, Ferguson had the opporunity to bring Henry to United before he headed to Arsenal. Advertisement Comment Sir Alex Ferguson turned down chance to sign Thierry Henry before Arsenal, claims ex-Manchester United security chief Thierry Henry went on to become a Premier League legend with Arsenal (Getty Images)Kelly, who also acted as a bodyguard for Ferguson, Eric Cantona and David Beckham during his time at Old Trafford, claims Cantona’s brother, Jean-Marie, was the one who alerted United to the fact that Henry was willing to make the move to Manchester.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘In the tunnel after the game my phone goes, Eric’s older brother Jean-Marie [Cantona] says, ‘Ned, tell Alex [Ferguson] that Thierry Henry wants to come to the club’,’ Kelly said in an interview with beIN Sports.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘Now this was before he [Henry] went to Arsenal, his first choice was Manchester United.‘So I go to the boss and say, ‘boss, I’ve just had Jean-Marie Cantona on the phone, he had said Henry wants to come to the club’.‘He [Ferguson] says, ‘no way, he’s always f****** injured’. He went to Arsenal, the rest is history.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

Governor Wolf: $5 Million Grant Will Assist People Impacted by Opioid Crisis to Find Employment

first_imgGovernor Wolf: $5 Million Grant Will Assist People Impacted by Opioid Crisis to Find Employment Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Pennsylvania has received a nearly $5 million federal grant to provide career services, with a plan to return to work and create a mobile app for individuals impacted by the opioid epidemic, as part of the administration’s comprehensive prevention, rescue and treatment efforts.“Fighting the opioid crisis, which has had a devastating impact on individuals, families, and communities, continues to be one of my top priorities,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “These funds will help enhance job programs in some of Pennsylvania’s hardest-hit areas, so that people impacted by the opioid crisis can get back to work.”Pennsylvania was one of six states awarded the National Health Emergency (NHE) Dislocated Worker Demonstration Grant, which will be administered by the Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) to provide job training and employment support through the following Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBs):Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corp., which represents Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties, will receive a $1.1 million award.Philadelphia Works, Inc., which represents Philadelphia County, will receive a $2 million award.Washington Greene County Job Training Agency, Inc., which represents Beaver, Greene, and Washington counties, will receive a $411,400 award.Westmoreland/Fayette Workforce Investment Board, which represents Westmoreland and Fayette counties, will receive a nearly $472,600 award.L&I and the LWDBs will use the funds to:Connect PA CareerLink® employment services to PA Centers of Excellence. L&I will work with partners to provide mobile career services outside the PA CareerLink® brick-and-mortar centers. Participants will also be provided with a transferable skills analysis, soft skills curriculum, and targeted training opportunities. Substance use education training will also be available to CareerLink® staff to help them better understand how to work with participants and businesses affected by the opioid epidemic.Develop a mobile app to link people to workforce and support resources. L&I was awarded $700,000 to create the “Community Resource Pocket Navigator” app. The app will be an intuitive, user-friendly, “one-stop” directory to guide individuals to the services they need – whether it’s support services once an individual leaves a medical or treatment facility or employment services from a local CareerLink® office. The app will be available in English or Spanish and will include a first point of contact providing phone numbers, websites, and more.Increase the number of Certified Recovery Specialists and provide additional training to retain existing specialists. LWDBs will work with education and training providers to recruit, train and place Certified Recovery Specialists to meet local needs. Additional training will be provided to existing Certified Recovery Specialists. These specialists are people who have undergone the treatment and recovery process and offer crucial peer support, which is a component of successful recovery.Engage employers in Recovery Friendly Workplace initiatives. LWDBs will engage employers in initiatives that support individuals in recovery in the hopes of increasing workplace productivity and reducing health care costs while creating supportive environments for workers. Participating employers will be willing to hire and work with people in recovery.“The Wolf Administration is focused on helping individuals who have received treatment for opioid use disorder find employment and return to the workforce,” said L&I Secretary Jerry Oleksiak. “These grant funds will help integrate treatment and employment services, educate and engage employers, and expand related medical and treatment services to provide a comprehensive, coordinated approach to best meet the needs of commonwealth residents impacted by the opioid crisis.”For more information about the Wolf Administration’s response to the opioid crisis, visit SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img July 26, 2018last_img read more