by Morgan True vtdigger.org Negotiations for a second massive information technology project with the tech giant CGI officially fell through last week, state officials said. Vermont canceled its request for bids on the Integrated Eligibility ‘IE’ Solution Project on January 24. The project is meant to provide tracking and eligibility systems across programs administered by the Agency of Human Services.CGI was the only company to bid on the contract, said Doug Racine, secretary of the Agency of Human Services, and the state felt it needed more options.‘This is a big project and we need to explore our options to make sure we get the best vendor possible,’ he said.Racine said CGI’s poor work performance on the state’s health care exchange website was a factor in the decision to cancel and reissue the request for bids.The IE solutions project is much larger than building the IT systems for the exchange, and estimates of that contract’s value range as high as $100 million.VTDigger initially reported that negotiations with CGI stalled in December, amid ongoing frustration over the company’s spotty work on the Vermont Health Connect website.Vermont has paid CGI $19.3 million of the $83.7 million total for the exchange contract, said Mark Larson, commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access.Larson said he expects CGI to complete the work set out in its contract, but left open the possibility that the agreement could be amended.Vermont has collected the maximum $5.1 million in penalties for missed deadlines allowed by the contract. It’s unclear what might happen if CGI walked away from the contract without completing the work.CGI has ‘demonstrated the intent’ to complete the work demanded by its current contract, Larson said.‘CGI remains fully committed to delivering the robust functionality desired for Vermonters by Vermont Health Connect, using the most qualified staff needed to accomplish the work,’ a company spokeswoman said in an emailed statement.Larson does not have any ‘specific concerns at this time’ about CGI’s staffing level for the team working on Vermont Health Connect, he said.‘I know that they continue to rotate staff, and we have conversations about their staff rotations on a regular basis,’ he said.CGI’s contract is broken down into four categories that include design development and implementation of the exchange site, worth $32 million of which $5.7 million has been paid; premium processing, worth $2.6 million of which $448,000 has been paid; integrating the exchange site with other agency information systems, worth $18.8 million of which $3.7 million has been paid; and ongoing maintenance and operation of the site, worth $30 million of which $9.4 million has been paid.Vermont has the option to extend the ongoing maintenance and operation portion for an additional two years beyond what is covered by the current contract, Larson said.The exchange website lacks critical functionalities: small business employers cannot yet use it; users cannot make changes to applications, and the online payment feature still does not work.Part of the reason the state needed to cancel its request for bids on the IE solutions project was to ensure the work CGI is doing to integrate the Vermont Health Connect with the Agency of Human Services other systems isn’t duplicated, said Richard Boes, commissioner of the Department of Information and Innovation, which has an oversight role for large technology contracts.Overhauling ACCESS, the state’s legacy IBM mainframe operating system created in the early 1980s, is still a priority, Racine said, but since the original RFP went out in November 2012, his agency has expanded its vision for what services the system would integrate.Currently, the system doesn’t allow food stamps, fuel assistance and Medicaid to share information. This project would integrate those programs, he said.‘What we’re trying to get to is better case management,’ Racine said.The revised RFP for the project is expected to be released in March.
Citizens Bank,As part of an ongoing commitment to programs that give people the confidence and tools they need to budget, save, invest and be fiscally healthy, Citizens Bank is now accepting applications from Vermont nonprofits for financial literacy programs that teach good financial practices. Through January 30, organizations throughout the bank’s 11-state footprint are invited to submit an application for up to $50,000 in funding as part of the bank’s Citizens Helping Citizens Manage Money program. Eligible Financial Literacy Activities include:· Basics of banking and asset building· Budgeting· Homeownership counseling· Foreclosure prevention· Credit management and repair programs· Financial management for small businessesIn 2014, Citizens awarded 108 nonprofit organizations more than $1.7 million in contributions through the Citizens Helping Citizens Manage Money financial literacy initiative. In addition to providing funding, Citizens Financial Group colleagues facilitated financial literacy workshops and the program included a social media initiative to celebrate “Money Mentors,” and an online financial literacy resource center(link is external) dedicated to encouraging healthy financial habits.To receive consideration for funding, eligible nonprofits in the communities served by Citizens Bank and Charter One should submit an online application by January 30, 2015. Recipients will be announced in March 2015. For more information on nonprofit programs and services that may qualify for funding, or how to submit an application, please visit www.cybergrants.com/citizens/chcmanagemoney(link is external).Source: Citizens. 1.14.2015
Vermont Business Magazine Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont) held a press conference Monday afternoon on Church Street with local restaurant owners to unveil bipartisan legislation that he recently introduced in Congress to create a $120 billion grant program specifically to help local restaurants survive during and after the coronavirus pandemic. Welch has held numerous e-meetings with restaurant owners throughout Vermont since the start of the pandemic and he has heard a consistent message, “we need help.” This legislation was introduced in direct response to those pleas for help.See Legislation Summary BelowDuring this unprecedented time, many restaurants have been forced to completely close, offer take-out only options, or open at significantly reduced capacity. While all of these steps were necessary for the public health of Vermonters, they have devastated the local food industry and cost the jobs of thousands of Vermonters who worked in the industry. Facing months of lost revenue from a decrease in customer traffic, restaurants are also coping with the rising cost of supplies and new expenses for personal protective equipment.Congressman Peter Welch found a shady spot on Church Street in Burlington to reveal the details of a new $120 billion plan to help rescue restaurants, which have been one of the hardest industries hit by the economic consequences of the pandemic. Courtesy photo.“Vermont’s restaurants are often the lifeblood of our communities, where we catch up and socialize with our loved ones and neighbors,” said Rep. Peter Welch. “We need a strong food industry in Vermont, which supports local jobs and suppliers, farms, and our downtowns. The SBA loan programs do not fit all of the needs of the many restaurants hit hard by this pandemic, who have closed for months and are just now opening at greatly reduced capacity. This bill is a critical step to ensure our treasured local establishments are able to survive this pandemic to serve our friends and neighbors for many years.”“The Vermont Restaurant Coalition is grateful to Representative Peter Welch for co-sponsoring the RESTAURANTS Act,” said Sue Bette, co-owner of Bluebird BBQ and co-founder of the Vermont Independent Restaurant Coalition. “This bill will not only save hundreds of restaurants in Vermont but will also serve to provide secure employment for our teams, preserve our local supply chain, and maintain vibrant downtowns. We would also like to acknowledge the diligent work of the Independent Restaurant Coalition which helped bring this legislation to fruition. Thank you Congressman Welch for your leadership and for recognizing the important role that restaurants will play in Vermont’s economic and social recovery. With this step, you have helped save our restaurant industry so that it will once again thrive.”Welch partnered with Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and eight other colleagues to introduce the RESTAURANTS Act (H.R. 7197(link is external)) last week. The $120 billion grant program would:Be available to food service or drinking establishments, including caterers, that are not publicly traded or part of a chain with 20 or more locations doing business under the same name.Provide assistance to cover the difference between revenues from 2019 and projected revenues through 2020.Include an initial 14 day period when funds will only be made available to restaurants with $1.5 million or less in profit to guarantee that small local restaurants receive funds.Provide coverage for payroll (not including employee compensation exceeding $100,000 per year), benefits, mortgage and rent payments, utilities, maintenance, supplies (including personal protective equipment and cleaning materials), food, debt obligations to suppliers, and any other expenses deemed essential by the Secretary of the Treasury.Welch was joined at the press conference by Sue Bette; Matt Birong, chef and owner of the 3 Squares Café in Vergennes and Vermont State Representative; and Cara Chigazola Tobin, chef and co-owner of Honey Road. Text of the legislation can be found here(link is external).ASSISTANCE NEEDED TO SURVIVE (RESTAURANTS) ACT OF 2020 Legislation to create a new $120 billion grant program to provide structured relief to restaurants through 2020. _______________ A GATHERING PLACE FOR COMMUNITY There is perhaps nothing more central to communities large and small than their local restaurants. It is impossible to separate a community’s character from its cuisine – from New Orleans and Portland to New York City and Los Angeles, restaurants make a place unique.Whether it’s food carts or a Michelin-starred institution, restaurants provide a space where people from different backgrounds, races, ethnicities, and socioeconomic status can come together in an increasingly divided world.They are places where families and friends celebrate or reconnect and where someone can have “the usual” or explore the world’s flavors without leaving their neighborhood.Restaurants play host to everything from first dates to proposals and many of life’s important memories.The local restaurant industry supports Top Chef Masters, first jobs, and parents working double-shifts to give their children a brighter future.Restaurants are the beating heart of a community but the COVID-19 pandemic is putting their survival in jeopardy.ECONOMIC VALUE OF RESTAURANTS Since the COVID-19 pandemic upended American life in mid-March, the vast majority of independent, local restaurants have closed their doors, laid off most of their employees, and are now wondering what they will look like after the pandemic, if they can even reopen at all. While independent restaurants employ more than 11 million people, it isn’t just restaurants and their employees that are hurt by the pandemic.The food supply chain touches every corner of the country and every congressional district. From farm workers and fishermen to truck drivers and restaurant workers, the restaurant industry provides a $1 trillion annual boost to the United States’ economy, to say nothing of supporting tens of millions of individuals’ and families’ livelihoods.Unlike any other industry, restaurants have been uniquely devastated by COVID-19. Social distancing measures and stay-at-home orders have drastically reduced demand, so much so that the restaurant sector is now the top contributor to unemployment rolls across America.In April alone, 5.5 million restaurant workers lost their jobs, accounting for 27% of total job losses in the month. Today, four in ten restaurants are closed and the remaining open restaurants are grappling with revenues that have been decimated and will remain so until COVID-19 is eradicated.Recent surveys found that COVID-19 has forced operators to lay off 91% of the hourly workforce and 70% of salaried employees.Only one in five restaurant owners subjected to state mandated dine-in shutdowns said they felt confident they could keep their restaurants running.The National Bureau of Economic Research predicts that only 15% of restaurants will be able to stay open if the COVID-19 pandemic lasts six months. All of this in an industry that already runs on extremely thin margins. Previous efforts to help small businesses such as the Paycheck Protection Program are too restrictive for restaurants and do not address their specific challenges.The simple fact is that restaurants and their employees need direct assistance to get through the end of the year, and they need it now.THE SOLUTION – THE REAL ECONOMIC SUPPORT THAT ACKNOWLEDGES UNIQUE RESTAURANT ASSISTANCE NEEDED TO SURVIVE (RESTAURANTS) ACT OF 2020 Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) will soon introduce the RESTAURANTS Act of 2020, legislation to create a new $120 billion grant program to provide structured relief to restaurants through 2020.• The program will be administered by the Department of the Treasury and available to food service or drinking establishments, including caterers, that are not publicly traded or part of a chain with 20 or more locations doing business under the same name;• Grant values will cover the difference between revenues from 2019 and projected revenues through 2020;• Paycheck Protection Program or Economic Injury Disaster Loan funding recipients must subtract funds received that do not need to be paid back from the maximum Restaurant Stabilization Grant value;• Restaurant Stabilization Grants do not need to be paid back and funding is made available through 2020;• Eligible expenses include: payroll (not including employee compensation exceeding $100,000/year), benefits, mortgage, rent, utilities, maintenance, supplies (including protective equipment and cleaning materials), food, debt obligations to suppliers, and any other expenses deemed essential by the Secretary of the Treasury;• Recipients must certify that current economic conditions make the grant request necessary, that the funds will be used retain workers, maintain payroll, and make other payments (as specified above), and that the recipient is only applying for and would only receive one grant;• If a restaurant permanently ceases operations before the end of 2020, unspent funds must be returned. If the grant award exceeds the actual end-of-year revenues the grant is converted to a loan with a 10-year term at 1% interest;• The first 14 days of funds will only be made available to restaurants with annual revenues of $1.5 million or less to target local small restaurants, particularly those that are women, veteran, or minority-owned and operated eligible entities that are owned or operated by women or people of color; and• The Restaurant Stabilization Act provides $300 million to administer the program – $60 million of which is set-aside for outreach to traditionally marginalized and underrepresented communities, with a focus on women, veteran, and minority-owned and operated eligible entities.TIME TO ACT Over the past two months, Congress has mustered the political will to pass more than $3 trillion of relief to most sectors of the economy – the House of Representatives just passed an additional $3 trillion of relief.There were broad-based programs for direct individual assistance, small business loans, and tax relief for businesses large and small. Likewise, there was targeted relief for industries that were hard-hit by the effects of COVID-19.Yet in every piece of legislation, restaurants have been ignored at the peril of the very communities they serve.We can’t afford not to act. Nothing less than millions of livelihoods, hundreds of thousands of businesses, and the fabric of our communities is at stake.Source: BURLINGTON – Rep. Peter Welch 6.22.2020
Donald Hicks, CEO of LLamasoft, said the relationship with Nike will enable the company to accelerate the development of new technology. “This partnership allows us to build on our work with Nike faster and more collaboratively than ever before. We admire Nike’s leadership and we’re excited to work together to define new levels of performance in global supply chain design.”www.NIKEbetterworld.comwww.llamasoft.com Related Nike Inc has entered a strategic partnership with LLamasoft Inc, ‘to co-develop supply chain solutions that offer both logistics and environmental benefits.’LLamasoft’s supply chain design software helps organizations worldwide design and improve their supply chain operations. It enables companies to model, optimize and simulate their supply chain network. In turn, this can lead to major improvements in cost, service, sustainability and risk mitigation.Nike has been a customer of Michigan-based LLamasoft for two years. The announcement of a formal commercial relationship, in addition to a minority investment from Nike, signals the intent to leverage the strengths of both companies to co-develop new solutions for international supply chain efficiency.“Innovation and sustainability are core to Nike Inc’s operations and this new partnership with LLamasoft represents unique opportunities in both of these areas,” said Hans Van Alebeek, Nike’s Vice President of Global Operations & Technology.“Through working with LLamasoft as a customer, we recognized the potential to collaborate on innovative supply chain solutions that offer real time logistics benefits and the potential to positively impact our efforts around carbon reduction.”Supply chain design is a vital business process for companies with a global footprint, as organizations work to balance factors including cost, service and environmental impact in an unpredictable global marketplace. By leveraging the LLamasoft software platform, Nike expects to drive efficiencies through its supply chain and significantly reduce the associated carbon footprint.
Merriam police to continue birthday parades post-coronavirus pandemicThe Merriam Police Department will continue its birthday parades once the coronavirus pandemic comes to an end.Officers began birthday parties for children in Merriam who could not celebrate their special day with friends and family due to COVID-19. The parade includes a line of officers driving by with sirens blaring and lights flashing.To schedule a police parade, contact Capt. Chris Brokaw at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (913) 322-5566.Former KCPD officer gets 120 days for causing fatal I-435 crash that killed SM South studentTerrell E. Watkins, 35, a former Kansas City police officer who caused a crash that killed an SM South student and injured two others in 2018 near Arrowhead Stadium, will serve four months in jail as part of a plea agreement.Watkins pleaded guilty in early June in Jackson County Circuit Court to first-degree involuntary manslaughter, two counts of second-degree assault and a misdemeanor count of careless and imprudent driving. He was sentenced to 17 years on the involuntary manslaughter and assault convictions, but Circuit Court Judge Byran E. Round on Tuesday suspended the execution of that sentence. Watkins will serve 120 days at Caldwell County Jail for the count of careless and imprudent driving.The charges relate to a fatal crash before a Chiefs game when Watkins was speeding in a police van and slammed into the back of a Mitsubishi Lancer driven by 17-year-old Chandan Rajanna that was caught up in heavy pregame traffic. Rajanna was a senior who planned on attending the University of Kansas. [Former KCPD officer sentenced for causing deadly I-435 collision prior to Chiefs game — The Kansas City Star]St. Joseph hosting blood drive July 27St. Joseph Catholic Church in Shawnee is hosting a blood drive with the Community Blood Center on Monday, July 27.The blood drive takes place from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 11221 Johnson Drive. Appointments are preferred, and walk-ins are welcome if space is available.To make an appointment online, visit savealifenow.org and use Sponsor Code stjosephcatholic, or contact Virginia Wiedel at 913-268-3874 or email@example.com.St. Joseph and the Community Blood Center are asking donors to wear a face mask to the blood drive. Those who do not have one will be provided with one upon arrival. Donors must also bring a photo or donor ID card.
The New York Times:Is a job applicant lying to you? What about your boss, or an entrepreneur who is promising to double your investment?Most of us are bad at spotting a lie. At least consciously. New research, published last month in Psychological Science, suggests that we have good instincts for judging liars, but that they are so deeply buried that we can’t get at them.This finding is the work of Leanne ten Brinke, a forensic psychologist — she previously studied parents who killed their children and lied about it — who has turned her attention to the business world.“Perhaps our own bodies know better than our conscious minds who is lying,” explained Dr. ten Brinke, now at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >
Share on Twitter Share Pinterest Share on Facebook Email LinkedIn Some children and youth with high videogame addiction tendencies may be at risk of sleep deprivation and disorders associated with obesity and poor cardio-metabolic health, Hamilton researchers have found.The study, published in the scientific journal PLOS One, examines the growing global gaming phenomenon and its impact on youth health.Dr. Katherine Morrison, co-author of the study, worked with researchers from McMaster and California State University, Fullerton. She is an associate professor of pediatrics for McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and a pediatric endocrinologist with the McMaster Children’s Hospital. Her team’s findings are serious, given the rise in videogame addictions, she said.“This is an important phenomenon to understand. We are seeing that some children and teens develop serious addiction-like symptoms to video games,” said Morrison. “It affects a vulnerable population of children and youth, can impact social interactions amongst youth and, as our research shows, can drive health issues.”For their research, the team studied a group of children and teens ages 10 to 17 who were in lifestyle management programs – either for weight management or lipid disorders. The study looked at whether the videogame habits of the group had an impact on sleep habits, obesity and cardio-metabolic health.Using fitness trackers, the team monitored the sleep duration and compared that to the youth’s videogame usage. The data showed that videogame addiction symptoms resulted in shorter sleep which, in turn, was related to elevated blood pressure, low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, high triglycerides, and high insulin resistance.It is important to note that this was a specific group of children and teens, added Morrison, and it is unknown if this information applies to the general population.“That said, we were amazed that amongst gamers, videogame addiction scores explained one third of the differences in sleep duration,” said Morrison. “Sleep is emerging as a critical behavior for cardio-metabolic health, and this data shows that gaming addictions can cause numerous health issues in at least a segment of the population.”“Childhood obesity tracks into adulthood and obese children face a greater risk of cardiovascular and coronary diseases as well as type-2 diabetes as adults. It is urgent to target early lifestyle behaviours such as videogame addictive tendencies that could lead to major future health consequences.”Morrison said the research team is in the early days of evaluating videogame addiction in children and teens. They plan on studying the effects in general populations while also analyzing video game usage and addiction tendencies of gamers over time.
The parade winds its way down Urban Street. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com The parade finishes it route coming down Brisa del Bosque in Quemazon. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com Mountain School Principal Jennifer Kieltyka gets her car ready for the parade Saturday, which wound its way through the Mountain School District. Kieltyka, teachers and staff held the parade to let Mountain students know how much they are missed, while practicing social distancing guidelines. Students and parents along the parade route waved and held up signed as the parade progressed through the streets of the Mountain community. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com Instructional Assistant Taylor Pomeroy tapes a sign to her car before the start of the parade. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com This super chicken having a great time stretching his wings before take-off is really the husband of 3rd grade teacher Kandice Favorite. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com Instructional Assistant Mateo Cardiel makes sure that his superhero stays in the truck and doesn’t fly away. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com The parade continues along Arizona Avenue. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com Mountain School Principal Jennifer Kieltyka is leading the parade as members of the Fadner family hold up signs to welcome the teachers and expressing their wish for the schools to reopen soon. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com The parade rolls up Yucca Street. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com Daisy is ready for the parade to get underway. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
LISLE, Ill. – Navistar International Corp. announced today that Samara Strycker will join the company on Aug. 4 as senior vice president and corporate controller. Strycker will replace Richard Tarapchak, who is leaving Navistar to pursue other career opportunities after a distinguished 22-year career at the company. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. Strycker joins Navistar from GE Healthcare, where she most recently served as Americas Regional Controller. She joined GE Healthcare in 2008 as Global Assistant Controller following a 15-year career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. She is a graduate of Syracuse University and a certified public accountant. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. Tarapchak joined Navistar in 1992 as an associate in the financial management development program and progressed through a number of finance and accounting roles of increasing responsibility at the company. He served as corporate controller and principal accounting officer for Navistar since 2010. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement “Rich has been a valuable asset to Navistar and the finance and accounting organization for more than 20 years, and we wish him well in his future endeavors,” said Walter Borst, executive vice president and CFO. “At the same time, we’re proud to add Samara to the team. She is a technically skilled, highly collaborative financial executive who will contribute a wealth of experience and knowledge to Navistar.” DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.
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