AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreEsther Stevens’ dining table in Colorado Springs, CO, has become a makeshift operations center for getting aid to the victims of Hurricane Mitch.“I’ve never done anything like this,” said Stevens, whose whirlwind flurry of phone calls in the days following the storm produced volunteers, medical personnel, supplies and even a plane for the devastated region. Stevens, 29, was daunted by the magnitude of the disaster, but was prompted to action by her personal ties to Honduras, where she spent her early childhood. She called an old college roommate in Honduras who works with World Vision, the Christian relief and development agency.“Everyone is desperate,” her friend said. They needed a brigade of workers, supplies, and could Stevens come up with some airplanes?Stevens, who is studying to be a physician’s assistant, started calling people who might have contacts. As she made the calls, the web grew wider. Donations were coming in — to World Vision as well as to Stevens’ house. And an amateur pilot from Chicago was on standby to fly down, carrying extra fuel for trips to isolated villages.“I feel for the country I was born in, where people give all that they have,” she said. “If you’re a stranded stranger and you need five dollars to take a bus to the airport, they will sacrifice their monthly wage to put you on the bus. That’s just the way people are down there.”Once Stevens got going on the phone, help started coming from unexpected places. A call to Emma Gribble, a Colorado acquaintance, mushroomed. Soon after enlisting Gribble, Stevens started getting calls from Gribble’s home state of Kansas. One doctor told her, “Send me a list of whatever medical supplies you need. I’ll send it to any location you want.”Stevens called her parents in North Carolina, and they put her in touch with David Frost, a friend who happened to have jungle flight training. He is accustomed to flying without the benefit of air traffic controllers and landing on airstrips the size of driveways. Frost, 51, was ready to spend two weeks shuttling food, water and other emergency items from regional cities that now act as supply depots to villages that can’t be reached by road.“The desire (to help) was there, but it took Esther’s phone call to get us involved,” Frost said.Stevens called Transtainer Corp. in New Orleans about shipping rates. “I happened to find a very generous man who said he didn’t care how long things went on, he’d take supplies down there and do it for free.”She is paying for the shipping to Louisiana, and she’ll have a huge phone bill this month, but that is part of her donation.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims rose slightly again last week but remain at their typically low summer-time level. There still could be some volatility coming as school jobs end and claims are made. Claims spiked to over 1,100 eight weeks ago and then again three weeks ago before falling steeply. Claims are lower than they were the same time last year, which has been the usual case for most weeks in 2017. For the week of June 17, 2017, there were 459 claims, up 90 from the previous week’s total and 537 fewer than than they were a year ago.Altogether 3,752 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 64 from a week ago, and 911 fewer than a year ago.Claims during the summer usually hold at a relatively low level because of vacation hiring, until the next transition when school resumes in September.As expected, by industry, Services reported the most claims (57 percent of the total). Manufacturing also saw an increase of about 20 claims to 22 percent of the total.The Department processed 0 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08).Vermont’s unemployment rate for May was 3.1 percent. This reflects no change from the revised April rate (3.1 percent). SEE STORY.RELATED STORIES:Country Home Products to close Winooski plantCorp taxes rescue May revenuesThe Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)NOTE: Employment (nonfarm payroll) – A count of all persons who worked full- or part-time or received pay from a nonagricultural employer for any part of the pay period which included the 12th of the month. Because this count comes from a survey of employers, persons who work for two different companies would be counted twice. Therefore, nonfarm payroll employment is really a count of the number of jobs, rather than the number of persons employed. Persons may receive pay from a job if they are temporarily absent due to illness, bad weather, vacation, or labor-management dispute. This count is based on where the jobs are located, regardless of where the workers reside, and is therefore sometimes referred to as employment “by place of work.” Nonfarm payroll employment data are collected and compiled based on the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey, conducted by the Vermont Department of Labor. This count was formerly referred to as nonagricultural wage and salary employment. VBM vermontbiz.com
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“Sometimes, it’s kind of Orwellian. You think we’re living in a place where, ‘Is this really happening?’ But that comparison was pretty stark when you put our president up against those leaders when he’s with them or talking to him and how he reacts compared to the way Adam Silver reacted. I was proud of him. It was great.”Asked about Trump’s comments, Popovich added: “All I did was make a comparison between Adam Silver’s show of principle and courage in a tough situation, as opposed to how our president reacts when in the company of authoritarian figures, whether it’s Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Russia or Turkey, whatever it is.”It comes off as really feckless, impotent, cowardly by comparison.” San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said Sunday he prefers NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s leadership to that of President Donald Trump.Popovich was responding to criticism from Trump, who blasted the Spurs coach and Golden State Warriors counterpart Steve Kerr last week for their responses to questions about the NBA-China controversy. Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey issued an apology for a now-deleted tweet, that read “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong” amid the ongoing protests in the region.While Popovich and Kerr unwilling to discuss the matter, Silver drew praise for his response after saying the league was “apologetic” but added that “we are not apologising for Daryl exercising his freedom of expression”.final frames from today’s action pic.twitter.com/Fvt2x3HedB— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) October 13, 2019Popovich – who has been critical of Trump in the past – told reporters prior to the Spurs’ 123-114 preseason loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday: “[Silver] stood by our nation and its principles. That’s pretty huge in these days.