2018 Michael Feulner Award presented to CVMC

first_imgCentral Vermont Medical Center,Anna Noonan, CVMC president and chief operating officer, center, with CVMC leaders, staff, walkers and runners, receives the Michael Feulner Award for the most participants (525) in May’s Corporate Cup from Feulner, Gov. Phil Scott and Health Commissioner Mark Levine, M.D.Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott, Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, and Michael Feulner presented The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC) with the Michael Feulner Award on October 22. The award is presented annually to the organization with the most participants in May’s Vermont Corporate Cup & State Agency Race by the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. In 2018, 525 CVMC staff members participated. It is the third time CVMC has earned the distinction.Accepting the award from Feulner himself was Anna Noonan, CVMC’s president and chief operating officer, joined by CVMC staffers, leaders, walkers and runners to salute CVMC’s emphasis on workplace wellness.Feulner, a native Vermonter and member of the Corporate Cup committee since its start in 1980, has been instrumental in making the race what it is today. Following his retirement, the award was named in his honor.The Council’s Corporate Cup race takes place each May during Global Employee Health & Fitness Month, encouraging colleagues to walk and run together to improve health and fitness.For the past four years, CVMC has earned the Governor’s Excellence in Worksite Wellness Award for efforts to support and promote employee health at the Corporate Cup and beyond. CVMC pays entrance fees for employees joining the race, maintains a one-mile walking path and staff gym on its main campus, and organizes a five-mile Fun Run/Walk event to support the Health Care Share, a collaborative farm-to-hospital public health program with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps. More at www.cvmc.org/about-cvmc/awards-and-recognition(link is external).About The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical CenterCentral Vermont Medical Center (CVMC) is the primary health care provider for 66,000 people who live and work in central Vermont. We provide 24-hour emergency care and offer a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient services at the main hospital and CVMC’s 23 community-based medical group practices. These include two ExpressCare clinics, open seven days a week, and CVMC’s Woodridge Rehabilitation and Nursing, a 153-bed long- and short-term care facility. Our professional staff includes more than 200 physicians, 300 nurses and 70 advanced practice providers representing 25 medical specialties.We employ more than 1,700 full- and part-time employees and depend upon hundreds of volunteers and donors who help fulfill our mission of working collaboratively to meet the needs and improve the health of our community.Central Vermont Medical Center is a member of OneCareVermont(link is external), the statewide accountable care organization.Source: UVMHN 10.29.2018last_img read more

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Some emails about proposed Overland Park Islamic center hint at anti-Muslim sentiment, others show open arms

first_imgAn early rendering of part of the proposed Hedaya Islamic Community Center. More detailed plans are expected to come before the city in the coming months.It was a blip of a moment during a long, contentious planning committee meeting in Overland Park. The room was packed with people waiting for their agenda item – a proposed Hedaya Islamic center campus near 163rd Terrace and Roe Avenue — to come up for public comment. There were twelve items to go.The woman stepped up to the podium, apologized for being late, and launched into a potentially controversial comment. But by the time she got to the word “mosque,” the commission and a murmuring crowd shushed her. Come back later, when that item is up, they said. She never did.Later, speakers were warned that they must limit their comments to traffic, noise and other planning concerns. No one else had anything negative to say about Islam.But were they thinking it, just the same?To try to find out, the Post looked into 121 emails sent to city planning officials just before and after the hearing for the preliminary plan of the Hedaya Islamic Community Center.The outcome is mixed.Plans for land shifted from Christian to Islamic campusOnly two months after city leaders and residents wrote a long-range visioning plan calling for more diversity, Forward OP is facing a major test. As United Methodist Church of the Resurrection founder Adam Hamilton noted after the report’s release, young adults want and expect more diversity in their communities than Johnson County has typically offered. So some city leaders and residents have been keeping an eye on reaction to the proposed project that could draw Muslims from across the metro area.What the Hedaya center proposes is a building project similar to some of the area’s larger churches. There would be a 110,876-square-foot center to be used as a school (Kindergarten through eighth grade) and a mosque. A two-story banquet hall of 16,000 square feet is also proposed.The area already has the correct zoning. In fact a church with building plans owned the property until recently. But the Cambridge Church announced in 2014 that it would close its doors after 18 years. Neighbors of the project say they had no objections to the church, which some imagined would be small and “quaint.”However, the multi-building center brought so many of them out to protest that every city hall parking space was filled and an overflow room had to be opened.Neighborhood speakers at the commission insisted that their objections were not because the church has become a mosque. They say the use is just too intense for the wooded area, and that they have no qualms with Islam.‘Their goal is to bring sharia law’But according to the emails, that’s not 100% true. In fact there were several comments that suggested the opposite. And one older man contacted by the Post said that based on literature he’d read from a conservative source, he equated Islam with murder and jihad. He was so terrified of retribution, he asked that his name not be used for fear he come to physical harm.Emails sent to public officials are considered to be part of the public record. Even so, the city is allowed to redact the contact information of the writers. An unsuccessful attempt was made to find working phone numbers for many of the writers.There were some less-than-subtle hints of Islamaphobia. One woman shared her view that the religion hates Jews, Christians and homosexuals. “Please do not be deceived, she wrote. “Their goal is to bring sharia law to destroy our hard fought freedoms in the USA!”More than one also questioned why the center chose that location, where few Muslims live, when there’s already a mosque at 151st Street. There was concern that the center would draw mostly from outside the area, although that concern focused mainly on the amount of traffic on the roads.Some others, while stating their concerns were about the traffic and proximity to homes, used hyperbolic language. One called the center “disastrous” and a “tragedy.” Another said he was sure 50 neighbors in his “proud community” would move out if the plans come to fruition. “I think everyone moved to the area for what it portrayed and what it represents as a community and environment. A suburban feel with a beautiful surrounding and quiet trust. The idea of commercializing and/or amending this enormous section is a heavy and uneasy feeling of change.”‘Don’t let the narrow-minded folks rule the day’But such sentiments were limited to a small minority of the writers. Most who were against the project did stick to planning concerns about the traffic it would add to an already over-crowded street during school drop-offs, or that the noise would ruin the “haven of tranquility” and wildlife habitat provided by the trees for which the nearby Wilderness homes association is named.Even so, a couple of writers were suspicious of those given reasons. Said one man, “I get the feeling folks are riled up about the thought of Muslims entering the community and are complaining under the guise of noise pollution (non-existent calls to prayer?) xenophobia, ignorance and hatred…. It’s a house of worship in an area zoned for it, previously owned by a church group. Who’s surprised here? …There’s no reason not to allow these folks in if it’s zoned for it, etc…Why not? Let ‘em in. Don’t let the narrow-minded folks rule the day.”Another couple expressed similar thoughts, saying that as a mixed-race non-Muslim couple, they had fears about racism and discrimination before moving to Kansas, but were encouraged by the growing diversity of Johnson County. None of the opponents’ objections to the center are insurmountable, they wrote.“It’s been disappointing to us that some residents who oppose the faith center are engaging in a misinformation campaign – flyers appearing on doorsteps without contact information, comments made on social media that mysteriously disappear. This lack of transparency serves no one, while it does everything to muddy Overland Park’s name with racist overtones.”Military veterans have weighed in on both sides. During the planning commission hearing, an Army veteran of Iraq worried that the extra noise and activity from the center would affect her post-traumatic stress disorder. And one man who said he is an Air Force veteran said the “massive two-story complex” was too close to homes. “My future has become something of no significance,” he wrote.On the other hand, there was support from one former military emailer. “I have nothing but respect for those (in the) Islamic community and would rather an education center and Islamic mosque be built than more apartments in that area,” he wrote.One property owner north of the proposed center wrote that he’d have no problem with the Islamic center because it’s similar to two other faith centers he lives across the street from – Church of the Resurrection and St. Michael the Archangel. His office is also near the mosque at 151st Street, he said, and there have been no adverse effects there.Somewhat lost in the public conversation has been the voice of the people who would use the center. Only one Muslim woman stood up at the planning commission meeting to say what the center would mean in the Muslim community. Otherwise, media inquiries have been referred to a paralegal at the Polsinelli law firm who has not responded.Muslim community says center would fill a voidBut Muslim supporters represented almost half of the emails to the city. Many of them were identically worded, but a few writers took a minute to add some of their own comments.“I know first-hand that these community centers are establishing the next generation of responsible citizens who contribute to local communities and making a positive impact to our local economy and environment overall,” one person wrote.One writer, who said he’s resided in Overland Park since 1987, said the center would fill a void for the growing Muslim community and would provide one thing he and his wife did not have when their children were young. “(The center) will provide a place for families to get together for family and religious events as well as provide the young with an educational environment that will strengthen their religious faith and become upstanding citizens upon growing up,” he wrote. “The Muslim community in Overland Park has grown to a point that it feels the need, more strongly than ever, for an educational institution to serve in the upbringing of our youth.”Another Muslim writer tried to reassure residents that the center would not be disruptive. He said it would be busiest between 12:15 and 2 p.m. on Fridays, and that it would not conflict with the school pick-up and drop-off times at Blue River Elementary and Blue Valley Middle schools.Also, the center would not reach full capacity for about 20 years, because the Muslim community is not yet that big, he said.He and some others also pointed out that Muslims generally have high education and income levels and are well represented in jobs like physician, engineering and information technology. The center could potentially add to property values in the area, he said.“As a Muslim, if I expected this to be a busy thriving development in the next few years, I would have bought a house in that area. This project seems like it is planning far into the future. There is nothing wrong with that and it should not be downsized based on the current needs of the local Muslim population.”Meanwhile, plans for the center are proceeding. Although opponents said they collected 477 signatures against the center, only one protest petition – with one signature – was filed. It was declared invalid because the property owner was outside of the 200-foot requirement.The center and attorney Doug Patterson, who represents the neighbors, are meeting to hash out some design differences before submitting a more detailed development plan. That should be done in about a month, Patterson said.last_img read more

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Super Eagles Coach Filmed Taking Cash (Video)

first_imgSuper Eagles coach Salisu Yusuf has been caught on camera taking cash from men disguising as football agents.The 56-year-old reportedly received the sum of $1,000 to facilitate the selection of two players into the Super Eagles team B squad ahead of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in MoroccoThe two players had previously played for the national team and their potential selection is to aid big football contracts for them.Former Enyimba and Kano Pillars coach Salish Yusuf was also promised 15% of the proceeds from the players’ contracts.The two players were part of Nigeria’s team to the 2018 CHAN tournament in Morocco but Yusuf was adamant that the money he received was only a gift and it didn’t influence his squad selection.He led Nigeria to their best ever finish of second place at the tournament won by hosts Morocco.The footage was captured by controversial Ghanaian journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas in September and released to BBC Africa Eye.Salisu Yusuf was part of the Super Eagles’ coaching crew to the just concluded FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.He is an assistant coach in the Super Eagles coaching crew setup led by head coach Gernot Rohr.Yusuf is expected to lead Nigeria’s team to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.Video Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/tweet_20180724_105824.mp400:0000:0003:38Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.RelatedNFF Breaks Silence Over Bribery Allegation Against Salisu YusufJuly 28, 2018In “National Team”AUDIO: Form And Experience Will Be The Yardstick For Selection of CHAN Team – AmapakaboDecember 29, 2017In “Africa”Nigerian Coaches Association Secretary Ogbeide Defends Salisu Yusuf Over Bribery AllegationsJuly 27, 2018In “National Team”last_img read more

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Allidi takes gross honours at PSC’s annual tourney

first_imgPSC 19th Club Golf ChampionshipJanuary 8 & 11, Khao Kheow A & BThe ever popular annual Pattaya Sports Club Championship was held over 2 days on Tuesday 8th and Friday 11th January.  Day 1 kicked off with 136 competitors separated into 6 flights; A and B flights playing medal from the yellow tees, C and D flights in a stableford from the white tees, and the ladies playing medal in their own flight from the reds. For the first time there was also a ‘Senior Flight’ for those aged over 70 who had opted to play from the new PSC silver tees (their handicap adjusted accordingly) that are on all the local courses.Werner Schwarz – runner-up C Flight.All 136 arrived well in time for the 2-tee start and were welcomed for registration by Golf Chairman Joe Mooneyham, Social Chairman Nigel Cannon and Charity Chairman William Macey.  As more ladies are entering the monthly competitions, there was a variation to the design of the ladies shirts for they had a choice of the usual design or the sleeveless variety.The weather was fine on Tuesday morning and the course looked in pristine condition so all was set for a great 2-day competition.At the end of day 1 there were 4 candidates vying for top spot: The main contenders for low gross were Mike Allidi, Dave Stockton, Jeff Wylie and Paul Smith.  In the ladies competition, there was to be a head to head between Yui Bietry 78(11) and Ning Neal 77(10) although there were a number of other ladies with net totals in the low 70s.There was some excellent scoring in every flight but, since this is a 2-day event, it depended entirely on performances in the second round.  An exciting day was in prospect for Friday.Day 2 arrived and once again it was Joe and Nigel on the registration desk and all was set for a good day to find the three 2013 Champions – Men’s – Ladies – Senior.There were 135 players today, just one less than Tuesday due to sickness.  The weather was a little cooler today and overcast – perfect for what was to be a memorable day’s golf.  Clearly the competition was keen as the rounds were a little longer than Tuesday.  Perhaps some nerves were beginning to take an effect.PSC were using some recently purchased software to calculate the results both efficiently and quickly – thanks to help from Office Manager Mai.  The presentation was at Dicey Riley’s who again produced an excellent buffet matched with great service.After all had partaken of the food and drink on offer it was presentation time – Nigel welcomed all to this the 19th Club Championship and introduced Golf Chairman Joe Mooneyham who expressed his appreciation for the help he had from Nigel, William and Tony, with a special mention for Mai.  He went on to announce this was the first time that there would be a ‘Senior Champion’.  With a full field he expressed his thanks to all of the competitors and apologized for those who were unable to secure a place.D Flight winner Sean Murphy.Back to Nigel to announce the winners first the technical winners then the flight winners.‘A’ Flight was won by Jan Anderson (6) with a 2-day total of 143 net.  Winning ‘B’ Flight (again) – as he did last month – was Colin Greig (12) with 144 net.  ‘C’ Flight winner with a fine 82 points (46 on day 1) was Michael Jefferys (19), while Sean Murphy (29) won ‘D’ Flight with 81 points.  The Ladies Flight was won by Sunnee Chamanrum (25) with 137 net.Next it was time for the 3 Champions to be introduced.  The Silver Champion was Don Lehmer (17) with 173 gross, the Ladies Champion, on count back, was Ning Neal (10) with 165 gross, and the Men’s Champion was Mike Allidi (2) with 152 gross.Each Champion was greeted with a standing ovation – which is a PSC tradition.  All received trophies and Mike also received a golf bag kindly donated by our major sponsor Singha, who also provided 4 umbrellas.Following the congratulations for the new Champions it was time for the lucky draw and the 50/50 draw.  Wendy Chetland kindly moved around the room selling the tickets and the first 3 numbers won green fee vouchers for Burapha while a lucky lady claimed the 50/50 final prize of the evening and went home very happy!  It was then goodnight following an excellent 2-day competition at Khao Kheow and the presentation at Dicey Riley’s.The next PSC Monthly in on Friday February 15th at Plutaluang Navy Course – sign up at PSC office or with a PSC golfing venue.Mike Allidi (center) with PSC Golf Chairman Joe Mooneyham (left) and PSC President Tony Oakes (right).Seniors Champion Don Lehmer (center) receives his award.Ladies Champion Ning Neal (right) with husband David.A Flight winner Jan Anderson (right) with PSC President Tony Oakes.Noi & Yui – runners up in the Ladies Flight.A happy 50/50 winner (center) receives her prize.last_img read more

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Paris Saint-Germain are set to increase their initial offer for Juve’s Paul Pogba

first_img Remembering that Manchester City have already offered an amount higher than 100 million euros, Barça are not yet at these heights. However, as we have previously said at SPORT, they are looking into ways to secure Pogba’s signing, including paying him a 12 million euros net salary per season. Keep in mind that Pogba has said he wants to not just play in La Liga, but for the Blaugrana.  19/06/2015 CEST Paris Saint-Germain are making a big push to sign Juventus’s French midfielder Paul Pogba. Knowing the offers that are arriving at Juve’s door for the player, the Ligue 1 champions have decided to increase their initial offer to 98 million euros, according to the British press. PSG manager Laurent Blanc has asked those in charge of the French club to go all out for the Juventus star.  For now, Juventus are standing firm, although their general director, Beppe Marotta has also admitted that if Pogba wants to leave, they will negotiate. Sport EN Upd. at 14:56 last_img read more

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