Consolidated Communications,Vermont’s congressional delegation on Tuesday sent a letter to FairPoint Communications urging the company to negotiate an end to its ongoing labor strike. It has been 136 days since FairPoint’s labor contract expired and 61 days since the beginning of the strike. More than 1,700 members of the Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers are on strike against FairPoint in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.“We are extremely disappointed that FairPoint management has not come back to the bargaining table with any meaningful concessions to end this strike,” wrote Sens. Bernie Sanders, Patrick Leahy and Rep. Peter Welch in their joint letter. “It is becoming increasingly clear to Vermonters that management is more concerned with the interests of corporate owners of FairPoint than negotiating a reasonable agreement that is fair to your workers and customers.”Since the strike began, Vermont’s Department of Public Service has received more than 600 complaints from FairPoint’s customers. A recent equipment failure caused a roughly six-hour outage of Vermont’s 9-1-1 system, resulting in nearly 100 missed calls from Vermonters trying to reach emergency dispatchers.“It is imperative that FairPoint returns to the bargaining table as soon as possible, negotiates in good faith, and allows its experienced and dedicated employees to get back to work. We are prepared to do whatever we can to help FairPoint’s workers and management reach a compromise in these very difficult times,” wrote the delegation.FairPoint strikers rally at Vermont State HouseLeahy, who said in a separate statement that he believes that a lengthy impasse offers no benefit to Vermont customers, FairPoint workers or the company, on Tuesday said: “Vermonters are increasingly frustrated by the ongoing standoff at FairPoint. From the start it has been clear that the way to resolve this impasse is for all sides to return to the table to negotiate a new contract. The rising number of service issues since this began only serve to heighten the stakes and the need to return to the table. I renew my call for the company and the unions to meet face to face to work toward ensuring the resumption of the level of service that Vermonters expect and deserve.”WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2014 – Vermont congressional delegation.
Come December 31, a northeast Johnson County institution will be leaving the space it’s called home since the late 1980s.Oz’s Maq Donuts House owner Maq Qadir said he had received notice from his landlord that his space in the Ranchmart South shopping center would no longer be available to him at the end of the year. He said he’s been told that Dewey’s Pizza, a chain with locations throughout Ohio and in the St. Louis area, is looking to move into the building.But Qadir said his donut shop isn’t going out of business. He’s working with leasing agents to identify a nearby space, and is currently looking at a spot near the 95th Street and Nall Avenue shopping developments.Qadir operated the shop as a Winchell’s Donuts franchise for his first years before switching over to the Oz’s Maq name.
Rivera beat Daniel Frishkorn 9-4 to get Minnesota rolling at National Duals, and this time with a 9-4 lead over Porter, he turned the backup wrestler on his back and gave Minnesota a big kick-start.Frishkorn, last year’s fourth place finisher at NCAAs, missed the match due to injury, which likely hurt Oklahoma State immensely.Although Rivera had previously beaten Frishkorn twice this season, Rivera didn’t earn bonus points in either one.“It makes a big difference when you don’t have all your big guns in there,” Russell said. “Anything can happen, but picking up those bonus points, that’s a huge lift for your team and definitely got our guys fired up.”Rivera’s big win was parlayed into more big wins for the Gophers, as top-ranked 149-pounder Dustin Schlatter didn’t just beat defending national champion Zack Esposito, but majored him 11-2, fueled by a pair of second-period near falls.Schlatter, a true freshman, is now 32-1 and the likely top seed for NCAAs at 149.“I think part of it was I just capitalized on his mistakes,” Schlatter said. “He got sloppy, and I just stayed solid and capitalized on that. And I think I was in better shape, and he got tired.”Then No. 4 C.P. Schlatter fed off his younger brother’s momentum, taking down No. 15 Kevin Ward 27 seconds into the match and finishing him off with a 7-3 win.The Cowboys pulled back with a pair of 3-1 wins at 165 and 174. Second-ranked defending national champion Johnny Hendricks beat Matt Nagel at 165, aided by three stalling calls against Nagel, and ninth-ranked Brandon Mason beat Gabe Dretsch at 174.10th-ranked Roger Kish beat Rusty Blackmon 5-1 at 184 before No. 3 Jake Rosholt majored a clearly overmatched Mitch Kuhlman 14-2 at 197 to knot the score at 16 and set up the crucial heavyweight face-off.Konrad and Mocco traded escapes in the second and third periods, and in overtime, Mocco missed a shot at Konrad’s leg and the big Gophers heavyweight took him to the mat to secure the Gophers win ” his 31st straight individually.“For our guys, it kind of solidifies what our guys did at National Duals, you know, these guys are for real,” Russell said. “We are for real, and we’ve got a pretty good team. To come down here just one-on-one against them and win is a tribute to where these guys are at. We’ve just got to keep making progress here, but we feel pretty good about where we’re at right now.” Konrad provides winning margin David McCoyFebruary 13, 2006Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe best ones usually do come down to the wire.It did the first time around, when Minnesota heavyweight wrestler Cole Konrad’s pin of Oklahoma State’s Steve Mocco broke a 15-14 score and gave Minnesota the 21-14 in the National Duals Championship on Jan. 15.And though barely possible, Sunday’s rematch in Oklahoma City was even tighter.With the nation’s best two teams deadlocked 16-16, it took overtime for top-ranked Konrad to take down No. 2 Mocco for the 3-1 win ” a win which gave the Gophers a 19-16 victory.“We pretty much know going into it that most likely it was going to come down to that match,” Konrad said. “But either way, we have a big enough little rivalry there that whether it’s down to that or not, we’ve still got a lot on the line.”But while Konrad’s win sealed the Gophers’ victory, it wasn’t still wasn’t the biggest of the afternoon.It was just the third match of the dual, but in terms of points, none was bigger than Minnesota’s Manuel Rivera’s pin of Justin Porter with 13 seconds left in the 141-pound match.Konrad’s win provided the crucial final three points to give Minnesota the victory, but without Rivera’s pin, Konrad’s win would have only served to tie the Cowboys.Both teams won five matches, and both won one by major decision. But while Oklahoma State won four by decision and Minnesota won three, Rivera’s pin was the difference maker, providing the crucial bonus points to knock off the Cowboys.“Bonus points, that’s what it comes down to,” assistant coach Joe Russell said. “Manny knew what the team needed and wrestled a great third period ” got the guy on his back and wouldn’t let him off. Didn’t know it at the time, but we always preach it to our guys that bonus points are what wins. And when it ended up five matches a piece, that was the difference maker.”With the win, top-ranked Minnesota (19-0) tied the 2000-2001 national champion Gophers for the school’s best undefeated record.No. 2 Oklahoma State (13-2) won the first two matches by decision. No. 4 Coleman Scott beat Travis Lang 12-5 at 125 pounds, followed by a tense 2-1 win by No. 2 Nathan Morgan over No. 3 Mack Reiter at 133 that was decided by riding time.But then came Rivera, who once again sparked Minnesota as he has done all season.
KUT:Few things affect how you feel more than your surroundings. But when people want to create spaces, they generally turn to architects, not psychologists. But some experts recently met in Austin to argue that both disciplines need a place at the table when it comes to designing the spaces we inhabit.To understand why, consider the office cubicle, says Prof. Sam Gosling from UT’s Psychology Department.Read the whole story: KUT More of our Members in the Media >
RALEIGH, NC — The Catevo Group, a global integrated communications, marketing, technology and management consultancy based in Raleigh, NC, has named Neal Zipser vice president of Catevo Aftermarket. In this role, Zipser will direct and help expand Catevo’s business efforts in the automotive and heavy duty aftermarket industries. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “We’re delighted to have Neal join our stable of experienced executives who can help our clients’ businesses evolve,” said Dr. Mitch Javidi, Catevo president and CEO. “The aftermarket is an evolving industry faced with new business challenges such as globalization, supply chain rationalization and competitive benchmarking. Our strategic and business integration capabilities combined with our global reach will help us serve as a catalyst for our aftermarket clients.” “It’s not business as usual in today’s aftermarket,” Zipser said. “Companies have to think and act differently than they have in the past to think globally, strengthen their value proposition and leverage their differentiation in the market. Catevo Aftermarket is unique in that it integrates under one roof various disciplines from market positioning, brand management and forecasting to analytical tools and global strategic planning.” “Catevo has nearly 40 years of experience in helping a wide array of companies meet and overcome challenges” Zipser continued. “I look forward to bringing the benefit of that experience to aftermarket companies to help them do more than just merely survive; we want to help companies of any size plan, strategize and map a path to increased efficiency and a stronger bottom line.” Advertisement Catevo launched its efforts in the aftermarket in 2006 by conducting the research and developing the final report of the comprehensive Automotive Data Vision study. The year-long project concluded that while data management is a serious concern to the aftermarket, the industry lacks consensus on a solution. Prior to joining Catevo, Zipser was vice president of marketing and communications for the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), where he was responsible for coordinating the marketing and communications programs of MEMA and its market segment associations in the automotive aftermarket and heavy duty vehicle segments. He also served as senior editor of FOCUS, MEMA’s quarterly magazine, and was named runner-up in PR News’ Not-Profit PR Executive of the Year competition in 2006. In addition, Zipser served as marketing communications manager for Visteon’s global aftermarket operations, where he managed the company’s marketing efforts relating to consumer electronics and climate control products. At Visteon, he helped launch the Fortune 200 company’s brand into the independent aftermarket and dealer channels. Zipser is based in Catevo’s Raleigh, NC, headquarters. For more information about Catevo, go to: http://www.catevo.com.
COLUMBUS, Ind. — Cummins has named Thad Ewald as its new vice president of corporate strategy and business development. With the appointment, which was effective Aug. 1, Ewald also became a corporate officer. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Ewald first came to Cummins as a summer intern in 1999 while working on his MBA at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Joining the company full time in 2001, he became the director of marketing for the Americas for Power Generation in Fridley, Minn. During his time there he helped lead the Power Electronics business through a turn-around and into significant and profitable growth. While Ewald was with the Power Electronic Business, he also served as managing director of the former SEG subsidiary, leading that business through a restructuring and then divesting it in late 2006. In 2007, he led Power Generation’s global purchasing operations. In 2008, Ewald was named executive director of Cummins’ newly-created Growth Office at corporate headquarters in Columbus, Ind., with the responsibility of seeking growth opportunities for the company. That role was expanded in January 2009 when he became executive director for corporate strategy and business development and a member of Cummins’ operating leadership team. Ewald’s promotion to an officer-level position gives his strategy and business development role greater visibility within Cummins. He will continue reporting directly to President and COO Tom Linebarger. “Cummins has set aggressive profitable growth targets, and it is essential that we put in place high quality strategies to meet these growth targets,” Linebarger said. “In this role, Thad will continue to use his exceptionally strong analytical skills, his knowledge of markets and competitors, and his strategic thinking skills to help the company and each business segment develop robust profitable growth strategies. Thad will also continue to lead the strategy function, ensuring that we have capable, trained people in the strategy group and throughout the company.” Advertisement Prior to joining Cummins, Ewald held sales and business development roles at Goodrich and Emerson Electric. In addition to his MBA from Indiana, he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Ohio University in 1990. Lear more about Cummins here.
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is hosting a programme of five workshops, called ‘A Year of Autonomy’, with aim to address the common challenges faced by robotic systems on land, sea and air by encouraging shared learning and collaboration. These challenges include; the development of artificial intelligence, societal acceptance and energy management.This initiative is part of the South Coast Marine Cluster and aims to help the autonomous systems industries in this region to grow and position the South Coast as a hub for innovative, high value companies.Kevin Forshaw, NOC’s associate director, Innovation and Enterprise, said: “Along with our partners in this initiative, the NOC is in a strong position to facilitate addressing the common challenges faced by the robotics industry. By talking across sectors, we hope that A Year of Autonomy will have a higher impact than we can have by working in our traditional networks.”The workshops will facilitate cross-sector learning, network building, identification of areas needing investment and collaboration in order to meet the challenges facing the whole industry. They will be hosted by a series of organisations that have an interest in robotics and are based along the South Coast, including NOC, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, QinetiQ and the Universities of Exeter, Southampton and Portsmouth.The launch of this programme coincides with the first anniversary of the opening of the Marine Robotics Innovation Centre in Southampton. Opened in November last year, by Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science, the centre now has 19 partners and eight companies located in the building working in partnership with the NOC’s engineers and scientists. The centre also has 11 Associate Members who regularly access the programme of networking events. The centre has created six full time positions so far, and has pulled in £15m investment for autonomy and sensor development and £8m worth of collaborative research and development projects.Source: NOC
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Government plans to fund a £25m scheme providing mental health services at police stations and courts are a ‘thin layer of icing on a cake that is already falling apart’, according to a prominent mental health lawyer.The ‘liaison and diversion programme’ aims to identify offenders with mental health problems before they enter the criminal justice system, directing them towards health professionals and care in the community.Health minister Norman Lamb (pictured) said: ‘Diverting the individual away from offending and helping to reduce the risk of more victims suffering due to further offences benefits everyone.’Mental Health Lawyers Association chair Richard Charlton said that while he welcomed the pilot scheme, it does nothing to address the ‘noticeable decline in available hospital beds’ or the ‘ongoing crisis’ in providing help in the community. ‘Why divert offenders when there is nowhere for them to go?’ said Charlton.‘There are reports of people as far south as Kent looking for hospital beds in Scotland. This is all no more than a thin layer of icing on a cake that is already falling apart.’Centre for Mental Health deputy chief executive Andy Bell said the initiative does ‘unlock opportunities’ to make a difference. He added: ‘By identifying people with mental illnesses earlier, well-functioning liaison and diversion can ensure they get support in prison or on the outside to prevent further offending.’Liaison and diversion was one of the key suggestions of Lord Bradley’s 2009 review of people with mental health problems or learning disabilities in the criminal justice system.During the coming year, the £25m will help join up police and courts systems with mental health services in 10 pilot areas. If successful, the scheme will be extended across the country by 2017.
Yes! Stranger Things is back on our screens and is darker than ever. If I was a resident of Hawkins County I think I’d had moved out ages ago, yet our team of plucky heroes seems intent on staying put. All eight episodes are now available to binge on Netflix. At the time of writing, I’ve only managed to find time to view five episodes and boy are they brilliant.I will be keeping spoilers to a minimum so you should be safe to read on even if you haven’t been watching the show.View the Stranger Things 3 trailer below:https://youtu.be/YEG3bmU_WaIIn season 3 all of the younger cast has grown up some since we last saw them. Some of them are in relationships with each other and the introduction of girlfriends/boyfriends into the mix certainly complicates the relationships between the characters.Episode 1, “Suzie, do you copy?” Opens with a team of Russian scientists testing a machine whose purpose is to reopen the rift into the upside-down and anyone who has been watching Stranger Things knows this is a bad idea! This first episode, however, keeps the upside-down to the fringes and focuses more on the relationships between the characters.Credit: NetflixMike (Finn Wolfhard) and Eleven (Mille Bobby Brown), now known as Elle, are now together as are Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Max (Sadie Sink) which causes friction between the boys. Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) is back from summer camp and also claims to have a girlfriend called Suzie although we don’t get to see if she is real or not as his attempts to contact her via radio don’t bear any fruit.Hawkins County itself has changed drastically with a new shopping mall being the new centre of town. At the mall, Steve (Joe Keery) has taken a job in an icecream parlour working alongside new character Robin (Maya Hawke). Also, Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) are working at the local newspaper.Finally, Hopper (David Harbour) and Joyce (Winona Ryder) are still definitely not together but there is a definite tension between the two characters.Credit: NetflixOk, I think that’s us all caught up on what everyone is doing!This episode sets the scene really well by focusing on how the characters have grown since we last saw them. It’s great to see how they have grown up and how they are dealing with the troubles that adolescence brings along with it. We get to see this both from the kids’ and the parent’s perspectives.Oh and the mind flayer is most definitely back but not as you would expect.As you would expect, there are dark, supernatural scenes aplenty too and the visuals used in these scenes are truly stunning. This was a brilliant first episode and I can’t wait to find the time to get the others watched to see how things pan out.Stranger Things 3 is available on Netflix.