first_imgCIVILIAN PERSONNEL ADVISORY CENTERLocation: Bldg. 2-1105, corner of Macomb & Jackson StreetsPhone 908-CPAC (2722)Fax 396-6035NAF 396-8933Fax 643-0248Hours of Operation:Monday-Tuesday & Thursday-Friday 0730-1630Wednesday 0730-1300Services Provided: Recruitment & placement, position management, classification, benefits, labor management, employee relations, civilian payroll, and information services.How Positions are filled: A variety of recruiting sources is used to fill positions at Fort Bragg. Military spouse preference and Family members are a major source of recruitment for managers and supervisors. Competition for jobs at Fort Bragg begins with registration in the Department of Defense Priority Placement Program. Family members are registered for occupational skills and grade levels for which qualified and eligible. While registration in the program does not guarantee placement, it does provide priority consideration. Family members are referred for employment consideration as vacancies occur in occupations for which they are registered.Job Information: Fort Bragg Civilian Personnel provides counseling and support services for spouses and Family members. It also provides registration services for eligible Family members.ACS EMPLOYMENT READINESS PROGRAMhttps://bragg.armymwr.com/programs/erpLocation: 3rd floor, Wing D, Soldier Support Center, Bldg. 4-2843Phone 396-2390/1425 or 907-3421Hours of Operation:Monday-Friday 0800-1700Services Provided: The Employment Readiness Program is a one-stop for employment and job search information, community resources, educational and volunteer opportunities.Listed below are a few of the services the program provides:Job listingsReferralsWorkshops/ClassesResume assistanceJob search assistanceInterview preparationEducation and career planning assistanceNCWORKS CAREER CENTERhttps://www.ncworks.gov/vosnet/ContactUs.aspx?enc=URV5oyyPGYrDZQEa5nDrORb4btSVIPnol8Uaax7H8Z0=FAYETTEVILLE OFFICEE-mail: ncworks.3500@nccommerce.comLocation: 414 Ray AvenuePhone 486-1010Fax 484-5155Hours of Operation:Monday-Wednesday & Friday 0800-1630Thursday 0800-1300Services Provided: Employment job search services, unemployment insurance, and labor market information to state workers, employers and the public.FORT BRAGG OFFICELocation: 1st Floor, Soldier Support Center, Normandy DrivePhone 436-1304Fax 436-0829Hours of Operation:Monday-Wednesday & Friday 0800-1630Thursday 0800-1300last_img read more

355th Medical Group

first_imgThe mission of the 355th MDG is to ensure the Desert Lightning Team provides healthy combat forces, ready medics and trusted health care to all members the group serves. The group’s goal is to maintain combat medical readiness of the 355 Fighter Wing for global contingencies with an authorized staff of 395, a resource allocation exceeding $37 million and 21 mobility teams, including Expeditionary Medical Support teams. The 355th MDG strives to provide timely and comprehensive medical services, promote both health and wellness of more than 46,000 Department of Defense beneficiaries, and build a resilient community at Davis-Monthan.355TH AEROSPACE MEDICINE SQUADRONThe 355th AMDS provides vital health services to foster a fit fighting force for the 355th Fighter Wing and associate units. It promotes preventive medicine programs to maintain maximum Air Force readiness, and monitors the environment and occupational work areas for hazards while supporting worldwide contingency operations.355TH DENTAL SQUADRONThe 355th DS provides high-quality dental care to ensure the dental readiness of a fit force, ready to deploy and operate in any location, at any time.355TH MEDICAL OPERATIONS SQUADRONThe 355th MDOS delivers health care to more than 18,000 active-duty, dependent and retiree TRICARE enrollees. The squadron supports warfighters and the military family by providing or arranging for world-class health care.The clinic’s services include primary care, pediatrics, women’s health, allergy and immunizations, orthopedics, physical therapy, mental health, chiropractic (active duty only) and other limited specialty services. Its staff of nearly 170 people also delivers more than 125,000 outpatient visits per year.355TH MEDICAL SUPPORT SQUADRONThe 355th MDSS plans and directs $23.5 million in resource acquisition and health services delivery (158,186 outpatient visits). The squadron provides group logistical and support activities for four operational squadrons with more than 400 members. The squadron also manages medical group financial and manpower programs, facilities, logistics, administrative support, information systems, managed care, ancillary services, staff education and training, and readiness. The squadron maintains a 193,000-square-foot facility, a vehicle fleet, a unit safety program, and equipment repair and maintenance.last_img read more

Unboxed & Weighed: BBinfinite’s smooth rolling ceramic derailleur pulley wheels

first_imgBBinfinite’s second product, the Delrin derailleur pulley wheels with Ceramitech ceramic bearings, came out at the beginning of the month to complement their perfectly aligned bottom brackets and reduce friction at the rear of the bike. We just got our hands on a set for Shimano rear mechs to see if they spin as freely as advertised (hint: they do) and add anything to the ride… The BBinfinite wheels for Shimano 10/11 speed weigh in at 25g for the pair. The stock Ultegra 11-speed wheels are a little lighter at 21g.First impressions are very good. I gave them the same spin test that BBinfinite showed in their promo video and the results were the same. Based on comments on that post, I held the Shimano wheels as lightly as possible so as to not put any unnecessary pressure on them, but they still managed only a few revolutions. With the same spin force applied by my finger, the BBinfinites spun smoothly for 20 seconds or more. Truly impressive.The pulleys have a top and bottom specific design, with slanted tooth profiles on the directional lower pulley and a directionless standard tooth profile on the upper.On the bike, I’m still in need of a long ride to suss them out, but spinning the cranks in the stand and a short ride through the neighborhood suggest they do indeed have a noticeable impact on friction reduction. The drivetrain felt smooth and light. Enough to justify the $120 price tag? That depends. I’d upgrade to their BB first, and then keep the drivetrain clean and lightly lubed. But if you’re already doing all that, then taking a cue from the top pros and upgrading the derailleur pulleys is an easy way to cut hidden drag.Now it’s time to put several hundred miles on them and see if they still spin as freely and how well the wheels wear…BBinfinite.comlast_img read more

Laura Linney Sets Broadway Return in Solo Play My Name Is Lucy Barton

first_img My Name Is Lucy Barton Laura Linney(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser for Broadway.com) Show Closed This production ended its run on March 1, 2020 Star Files Laura Linney is headed home to Broadway. The four-time Tony nominee will headline the main-stem premiere of My Name Is Lucy Barton, a new solo play based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Pulitzer winner Elizabeth Strout. Richard Eyre will direct Rona Munro’s adaptation—seen in London last year—which will begin previews on January 6, 2020 at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre ahead of an official opening night set for January 15.The play follows the title character, who, unsteady after an operation, awakens to find her mother sitting at the foot of her bed. She hasn’t seen her in years, and her visit brings Lucy back to her desperate rural childhood and her escape to New York. As she begins to find herself as a writer, she is still gripped by the urgent complexities of family life.Linney earned Tony nominations for The Little Foxes, Time Stands Still, Sight Unseen and The Crucible (also directed by Eyre). She is a three-time Oscar nominee for The Savages, Kinsey and You Can Count on Me and a four-time Emmy winner for The Big C, John Adams, Frasier and Wild Iris.My Name Is Lucy Barton will feature scenic and costume design by Bob Crowley, lighting design by Peter Mumford, sound design by John Leonard and projection design by Luke Halls.The production is scheduled to play a limited engagement through March 1.center_img Laura Linney View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

Feds found security flaws in Vermont Health Connect website

first_imgVermont Business Magazine In an Associated Press story published Thursday night, the US Government Accountability Office “found significant cybersecurity weaknesses in the health insurance websites of California, Kentucky and Vermont that could enable hackers to get their hands on sensitive personal information about hundreds of thousands of people.” In the story related to a report issued by the GAO last summer, Vermont health care reform chief Lawrence Miller is quoted as saying that Vermont has since changed vendors and the state has “ensured correct controls were in place” to meet a federal standard. That did not keep Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott from issuing a blistering response late Thursday.   Lawrence Miller, with Governor Shumlin, discussed the status of Vermont Health Connect at a press conference in June 2015. VBM photo.“Enough is enough,” Scott said. “Once again we are learning of another problem with Vermont Health Connect, and once again we are finding out from a national news agency rather than our own Administration. Just one day ago the Administration was updating legislators on the ongoing issues with 1095-A tax forms, without mentioning potential security vulnerabilities.“The Associated Press did Vermonters a great service by shining a light on the issues we weren’t aware still existed; after all, we were told everything was good and getting better. This article proves that the Administration is not only gambling with Vermonters’ access to affordable health care, but also with their most personal information. And this isn’t the first time.Associated Press article, “Security flaws found in 3 state health insurance websites”(link is external)FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Federal investigators found significant cybersecurity weaknesses in the health insurance websites of California, Kentucky and Vermont that could enable hackers to get their hands on sensitive personal information about hundreds of thousands of people, The Associated Press has learned. And some of those flaws have yet to be fixed.The vulnerabilities were discovered by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, and shared with state officials last September. Vermont authorities would not discuss the findings, but officials in California and Kentucky said this week that there was no evidence hackers succeeded in stealing anything.MORE…(link is external)·       October 2013 — First security breach, where a customer’s Social Security information and other data was compromised·       Late 2013 — “Privacy Breach” of personal information due to human error·       December 2013 — Second security breach, where a Romanian attacker hacked the system 15 times and went undetected for a month·       September 2014 — Federal government shuts down Vermont Health Connect due to inability to meet security requirements·       April 2015 — Auditor Doug Hoffer’s first audit identifies security issues, including 70 moderate security weaknesses, 91 percent of which the State had known about for 13 months·       November 2015 — Outside audit by a Virginia firm highlights concerns over security protocols·       November 2015 — Auditor Hoffer’s supplemental audit identifies 121 security weaknesses, three of which were “high risk” and 63 of which were “moderate-risk”“Vermonters deserve better than this. Our health, personal finances and sense of security have been violated and decisive action is long overdue. There is no shame in saying: “We tried, but we couldn’t do it.” The shame is in continuing down the same road, throwing good money after bad, and putting even more Vermonters at risk.“I cannot, in good conscience, support continued efforts to consider whether or not Vermont Health Connect is functional, because we know it isn’t. I, and my fellow Vermonters, have run out of patience, and lost any faith and trust we might have had.“As a public servant, I’m angry. As a small-business owner, I’m frustrated. As a Vermonter, I feel deceived. And I know I’m not alone.“Scott is also a Republican candidate for governor.last_img read more

Homeland Security proposes rulemaking to reform flawed EB-5 program

first_imgEB-5 money helped fund the water park at Jay Peak. Jay Peak photo.Vermont Business Magazine The Department of Homeland Security released on Thursday a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that, once implemented, will make significant improvements to the EB-5 Regional Center Program. The proposal would raise the minimum investment levels for the first time since the EB-5 program was created in 1990, and it would restrict the ability of high-end real estate developers to take advantage of development incentives intended for distressed areas. Currently, almost 90 percent of EB-5 investment occurs in areas that rely on economic gerrymandering, in places lake Manhattan and Miami, to qualify as distressed.Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), a major proponent of the program, issued the following statement Thursday after the Department of Homeland Security released its proposal: “The Department of Homeland Security’s proposal is a significant step toward improving the flawed EB-5 Regional Center Program.  By providing a much-needed increase in investment levels and by reining in abusive gerrymandering practices, these changes will help restore the program so it creates meaningful jobs in distressed and rural areas as Congress always intended. “It will now be up the new administration to see that these improvements are implemented and enforced.  It has been reported(link is external) that President-elect Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, have profited(link is external) from foreign investments made through this government program.  I will be watching to ensure these tough new rules are not dismantled because they may impact the President-elect’s and his son-in-law’s business investments.“I asked Secretary Johnson to improve this program and am encouraged that he has taken these steps and has initiated others.  But even Secretary Johnson has acknowledged that this problem ultimately needs a legislative solution and I remain committed to protecting investors and rooting out the rampant fraud within the program.  If we cannot take these critical steps, I believe the time has come for the program to end.”Vermont has had profound successes and profound failures in the EB-5 program. Fraud is alleged at Jay Peak and in Newport at the proposed AnC Bio technology development, which was never built.However, the EB-5 program has led to many successful developments, with hundreds of new employees, at Jay and Burke Mountain resorts, at Trapp Family brewery, Okemo, the Stowe airport and Sugarbush. Mount Snow recently had $52 million in EB-5 funding released for its expansion.The EB-5 investor program allows for foreigners to apply for a permanent green card for themselves and their family with a $500,000 investment. The project must be successful and meet certain criteria. If the proposed development is not in an economically distressed region, the immigrant investor must invest $1 million.RELATED STORIESMount Snow gets $52 million in EB-5 funds for new projectsLeahy: Reform EB-5 or end itState suspends approval for EB-5 funded biotech companyState files suit alleging investor fraud at Jay Peak, Inc EB-5 ProjectsQ&A: EB-5 receiver Michael GoldbergSource: Leahy. Vermont Business Magazine. 1.12.2017last_img read more

Biometric payments to climb to $2 trillion by 2023, research shows

first_img continue reading » Mobile biometric payments will surpass $1.67 trillion per year by 2023, according to research from biometrics research and consulting firm Goode Intelligence.The London-based firm also found that 68% of biometric payments happened remotely and 32% occurred in store in 2018. By 2023, it expects that balance to shift, with only 54% of biometric payments happening remotely and 46% occurring in store.“The delivery of financial services is being transformed by a series of digital mega-events that include the Open Banking revolution where these banks and payment services providers are being forced, either by regulation such as the EU’s PSD2 or by pressures from fintech providers, to open up their digital infrastructure to third parties using APIs,” Goode Intelligence founder and CEO Alan Goode said. “This, coupled with the need for speed and friction removal from a range of financial services, has created the demand for alternative identity solutions that can operate in a range of channels from traditional, for example ATMs, to the latest digital financial services including mobile, web and IoT.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Build a 70% more productive sales force with these coaching strategies

first_imgAccording to a 2018 research study performed by Sales Management Association [1], there is as much as an 18% gap in sales revenue achievement between companies with strong sales coaching strategies vs. those that have less successful – or non-existent – coaching practices in place.  Proper leadership and support is vital to the success of any individual or team. Even the most recognizable luminaries of our time – Jeff Bezos, Oprah Winfrey, Steven Hawking – had mentors to help nurture and build their talent over time. With the dedicated leaders and coaching strategies in place, your organization can:Spot and foster talent and potential in peopleHold staff accountable to high performance and productivityHold managers accountable for consistent, quality, 1 on 1 coachingImprove communication skills and strengthen relationshipsBuilding a long-term coaching strategy may seem like a major undertaking, but the most effective coaching strategies have long-lasting impact that far overshadows any time or resource required upfront.Overcoming Coaching ObstaclesOf the organizations that reported subpar sales coaching practices in the 2018 Sales Management Association study, nearly all of them admitted that they recognize value in strengthening their coaching practices, but are unable to prioritize the need. The three biggest obstacles we hear are keeping sales organizations from adopting consistent coaching strategies are: Lack of timeInexperienced or unconfident sales staffUnmotivated sales staff Up front, these may seem like difficult challenges to overcome. However, establishing a strategic sales coaching program can address and strengthen each of these three areas, and here’s how –  1. Coaching Can Buy Back TimeTime is seen as a two-way constraint: it’s a challenge for managers to find the time to coach, and it is an impediment to the actual work time of sales staff. However, organizations that spend roughly 9 hours per week coaching see an average 7% growth in sales, according to Sales Management Association’s 2018 report. Coaching may take some time up front, but in the long-run it can vastly reduce the time needed for supporting unproductive employees.2. Coaching Can Build Skills and ConfidenceIf the proper coaching and training is not offered at an organization, then employees are much less likely to ever build the skills or confidence needed to consistently sell products. On the flip side, providing training and coaching within your organization can increase employee self-confidence by as much as 81%, and work performance by as much as 70%. [2] 3. Coaching Can Motivate StaffAccording to a study by Gallup [3], only 34% of U.S. employees are engaged in their jobs. A feeling of purpose within an organization is vital to being engaged. Proper, regular coaching can instill in your employees a sense of belonging and potential, which in turn will likely result in increased confidence, self-accountability and productivity throughout your sales force. When done right, coaching can have long-lasting impact on sales organizations. It may take some time upfront to build, but this initial time investment is nothing compared to the long-term payoff your business, staff, and bottom-line is likely to experience from a proper coaching strategy. So what coaching strategies have proven to be most effective in achieving this long-term sales success?Building a Successful Sales Coaching StrategyIn our 40+ years of working with sales organizations, we have found that the strongest coaching and development programs incorporate these four main components: Offering training solutions and tools that bolster skills and confidenceMeasuring performance to identify and nurture growth Finding the right incentives to stimulate performance and motivate staff to achieve goalsPrioritizing coaching at every level of the organization, from the C-Suite to the front lineTo get the most of your coaching program, you should also adopt practices that aim to consistently engage, encourage, and motivate sales staff.  Here are some practical tips for doing so:Schedule regular coaching sessions and check-ins year-round, to promote progress, accountability and consistencyEstablish challenging objectives for all coaches and ‘coachees’Adapt coaching approach to fit individual staff members’ learning and behavior stylesActively listen and provide positive reinforcement before, during and after coaching sessionsLeverage coaching to foster internal talent and encourage growth from withinInvest in solutions that have long-lasting sale and service value for organizations, employees and consumersDeveloping strong coaches to guide and maximize the potential of your sales people is central to creating a consistent, consumer-centric sales culture. And a focus on refining the skills of your sales team will allow your organization to reach its goals.Help your sales managers become confident and effective leaders by arming them with the proper knowledge and resources. Contact Allied Solutions to learn how we can help you can take your organization’s sales culture to the next level without sacrificing integrity. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Julie ann Wessinger Julie ann Wessinger has spent the majority of her career helping organizations develop and enhance their internal sales and service culture. In her role with Allied Solutions, she works with … Web: www.alliedsolutions.net Detailslast_img read more

Leahy slams unfair rates

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BOC harnesses environmentally friendly dual-fuel

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