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Vermont Castings, Huntington earn top spots in Consumer Reports gas grill ratings

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first_imgVermont Castings and Huntington gas grills took the top spots in the medium and large categories in Consumer Reports’ latest tests, beating out models from larger, more well-known brands such as Char-Broil and Weber. Consumer Reports’ June issue features test results for 85 large, medium and small gas grill models. Six of those models for under$350 were Recommended for their impressive cooking.   The complete report on gas grills, which highlights Ratings for almost 140 models, including some portable grills and three additional Recommended models, can be found online at www.ConsumerReports.org(link is external).Vermont Castings’ mid-sized Signature Series VCS300SSP and its similar model, the VCS322SSP,$1,000, earned the highest score overall, while Huntington’s Patriot 658184, $700, was the finest performing large grill in the Ratings. These models were excellent overall and produced nicely seared steaks and moist chicken and salmon over low heat. Other models on Consumer Reports’ Recommended list include gas grills from Char-Broil, Weber, Brinkmann and Kenmore.”These days grills are coming equipped with an abundance of features, giving consumers more opportunity to find a model in their price range that suits their cooking needs,” said Celia Kuperszmid Lehrman, Deputy Home Editor at Consumer Reports. “However, we are seeing some trade-offs with these newer features such as smaller cooking areas, thinner shelves, more painted metal and less stainless steel.”For the 60 percent of Americans recently surveyed by Consumer Reports who said they always or sometimes would rather buy U.S.-made goods than those made elsewhere, Vermont Castings, Huntington Patriot, Weber’s Genesis and Summit were all made in the U.S.While some companies may claim to offer the ultimate grilling experience, Consumer Reports advises buyers not to be drawn in by sleek appearance and packaging alone. Three grills tested from Saber, Char-Broil’s upscale sister-brand, were very good performers though other models including some less expensive models from Char-Broil performed better.  Saber models did offer a more upscale appearance and are made with a premium grade of stainless steel. Choosing a Gas GrillConsumer Reports recommends taking advantage of summer holiday promotions or end-of-season sales to find the best deals available on grills. Also, keep the tips below in mind when buying.Consider the cooking area. Use Consumer Reports’ Ratings to find a cooking surface that matches the usual needs of the grill, not one for the blow-out barbecue party that only happens once or twice a season. Consumer Reports categorizes grills based on measurements of the main cooking area, but be aware that some companies might also count warming racks and searing burners in their claims.Think beyond Btu. They tell how much fuel a gas grill uses and the heat it can create, but Consumer Reports’ tests have found that more Btu’s doesn’t guarantee faster preheating or better cooking.Keep infrared claims in perspective. Infrared burners typically emit intense heat to sear and cook food, though designs differ by manufacturer. Consumer Reports has yet to find one infrared burner design that’s better than other infrared designs or better than standard burners.Put safety first.  Test a grill’s sturdiness with a gentle nudge in several places. Check for sharp corners and edges. Press down on the side shelves to see how well they support weight. And while some flaring is normal, typically the greater the distance between the grates and the burners or flavorizer bar, the fewer the sustained flair-ups.Consumer Reports’ gas grill Ratings, along with a list of features to consider when buying and more can be found online at www.ConsumerReports.org(link is external) and in June issue of the Consumer Reports.Consumer Reports is the world’s largest independent product-testing organization. Using its more than 50 labs, auto test center, and survey research center, the nonprofit rates thousands of products and services annually. Founded in 1936, Consumer Reports has over 8 million subscribers to its magazine, website and other publications.  Its advocacy division, Consumers Union, works for health reform, product safety, financial reform, and other consumer issues in Washington, D.C., the states, and in the marketplace.SOURCE Consumer Reports 5.15.2012last_img read more

Leonine: Legislature reconvenes with budget focus

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first_imgTOP #VTPOLI TWEETS  TO OUR READERSLeonine Public Affairs(link is external) Please visit our website(link is external) for our in-depth reporting on COVID-19 throughout the United States. This site is courtesy of Leonine FOCUS(link is external), our 50-state legislative regulatory, tracking and reporting service. The site is frequently updated and includes information on executive orders, legislation, regulation, tax deadlines and more from across the country.Source: Leonine Public Affairs, Montpelier, Legislative Report Fall Session – Week 1 – August 28, 2020. leoninepublicaffairs.com. (link is external)Through a special arrangement with Leonine, Vermont Business Magazine republishes Leonine’s legislative report on vermontbiz.com BACK AGAINLeonine Public Affairs On Tuesday the Vermont General Assembly reconvened for what is projected to be a three to five week session. The primary focus of the fall session is to finalize the FY2021 budget for the remaining three quarters of the fiscal year, October 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. The legislature approved funding for the first three months of FY2021 before they recessed in June. The fall session will cap an unprecedented year in the Vermont Legislature, which usually finishes its work in May or June. But as a result of COVID-19, the legislature will have been in session for the vast majority of 2020 when all is said and done. The beginning of the fall session was preceded by Governor Phil Scott’s budget “restatement” proposal which he issued on August 18. The restatement modifies the governor’s initial budget proposal from January and builds off the first quarter FY2021 budget that was approved in June. The restatement proposes to balance the budget without major cuts or tax increases and fills the projected $66 million general fund gap through a variety of reallocations, vacancy savings and continued increased reimbursement for Medicaid expenses from the federal government. The restatement also includes proposals to spend $198 million in remaining coronavirus relief funding (CRF). The majority of the relief funding ($133 million) would be allocated to continue economic relief programs enacted in June. Another provision would provide $2 million in economic stimulus for undocumented workers who were denied federal stimulus checks. Other provisions include giving each Vermont household a $150 gift card and increasing funding for state infrastructure projects.This week lawmakers went quickly to work on the restatement proposal and the House and Senate Appropriations Committees held joint hearings to expedite the process. The House Appropriations Committee hopes to be in a position to vote on the budget next week.While the tone of the relationship between the governor and lawmakers continues to be collaborative, there are some disagreements that will need to be resolved before adjournment. The most prominent is probably funding to support the Vermont State College system (VSC). The governor included $30 million in CRF funds for VSC but only if the federal government changes current restrictions to allow it. If and when this will happen is uncertain, and legislative leaders and the House and Senate Appropriations committees have indicated their commitment to fund VSC regardless of whether the federal government acts.Another strange dynamic in a strange year stems from lawmakers trying to finish up their work at a time they would normally be campaigning. This combined with the fact that COVID-19 has turned traditional campaigning on its head makes for an unprecedented and bizarre situation.While the FY2021 budget is the focus, there are still some policy bills in play. These include a bill to allow for the retail sale of cannabis, a climate solutions bill and a bill addressing the needs of older Vermonters. Because the 2020 session is the second half of the biennium, all bills that do not pass both chambers before adjournment will die. Senate President Tim Ashe, D/P-Chittenden said this week that lawmakers will not remain in session after passage of the budget, so whatever has not reached the finish line by that point will have to be revisited next year.Given this dynamic, permission has been granted to the committees to only work on a limited number of bills. Specifically, only those bills that have passed at least one chamber and are relatively close to the finish line in the other chamber.last_img read more

CFPB fines firm for mortgage kickbacks

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first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The CFPB has ordered St. Louis-based Fidelity Mortgage Corporation, its former owner and current president to pay $81,076 in penalties for paying illegal kickbacks to a bank for referrals of potential borrowers.The penalties are being imposed under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. RESPA prohibits giving and receiving kickbacks for referrals of settlement-service business involving federally related mortgages.Fidelity is a non-depository mortgage lender. CFPB said the firm entered into an agreement that provided the bank would refer potential borrowers to Fidelity in exchange for kickbacks. Kickbacks “were disguised as inflated lease payments for renting office space” in the bank, the bureau said. continue reading »last_img read more

Gophers win over New Hampshire in Whalen’s first game as coach

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first_imgGophers win over New Hampshire in Whalen’s first game as coachLindsay Whalen coached the Gophers to a win in their season opener in front of 14,625 fans.Tony SaundersCoach Lindsay Whalen prepares to blow the whistle during Gopher women’s basketball’s annual exhibition versus the men’s scout team on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Williams Arena. Babatunde JinaduNovember 10, 2018Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe second Lindsay Whalen era of Gophers’ women’s basketball got off to a strong start Friday night.Minnesota pulled out a 70-47 win over New Hampshire in front of a sold-out crowd at Williams Arena. It was Whalen’s highly-anticipated first game as head coach and her first time in the Barn as a member of the Gophers in 14 years.It took the home team a few moments to become comfortable playing in that environment.“I was nervous.” said senior Annalese Lamke. “It was really exciting just to run up that tunnel and see the stands full because that was kind of the first time that we’ve seen that. I had my chest pounding a little bit to see that many people in the stands, but it was easy as soon as the ball tipped.”Once settled, it became evident that the energy of Minnesota’s new man-to-man defense can live up to the hype of the crowd that came to watch it.“I wasn’t really nervous at all,” said senior Kenisha Bell. “I was more excited that we got more people to come out. We’ve been working hard, so we were able to show people what we’ve been doing all summer…. I just thought it was pretty cool that we actually got a lot of people out here.”Coming off of a 19-win season, the Wildcats hung with the Gophers in the first half. The score was 16-11 in favor of Minnesota after the first quarter; however, the Gophers shut out the Wildcats for nearly five minutes to begin the second quarter, and the Minnesota lead stretched to 11 points by halftime. Taiye Bello dropped a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds in the opener. Meanwhile, Lamke was a force in the paint, scoring 21 points on 75 percent shooting. “She’s the first one in the gym and she’s one of our hardest workers and leader on the team. For her to be putting the time in, to have a night like this is special,” said Whalen about Lamke’s effort. “I think tonight she showed, when she has poise in there and she’s patient, she’s able to make finishes and take contact.”In the second half of the game, Minnesota continued to use the crowd to their advantage. Neither team shot exceptionally well in the game but the Gophers had all of the momentum from start-to-finish, and a record 14,625 screaming fans were a large reason for that.After three quarters the lead had expanded to 48-29 in favor of Minnesota. The Gophers continued to build up the lead from 19 at the end of three quarters to 23 points as the game finished 70-47. On the court after the game, Whalen addressed the stadium as fans walked out. “As a player it was the greatest honor to play in front of crowds like this when I played here, and so I’m just thankful that our players got to experience this tonight,” Whalen said. “These players work so hard, our coaches work so hard, every day…. We’re going to do everything we can to make the entire state of Minnesota proud of our program by how hard we work and how we play … we’ll see you next weekend.”Minnesota’s next home game is on Nov. 17, but before that they will travel to Cincinnati, Ohio to take on the Xavier Musketeers on Nov. 14.last_img read more

REI to open 400KSF distribution center on Loop 303

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first_imgSeattle-based REI, a leading outdoor retailer, has announced it will open a 400,000-square-foot distribution center creating more than 100 new jobs in the West Valley – becoming the third tenant along the newly-opened Loop 303 in Goodyear.REI offers its members and customers outdoor gear and apparel for activities such as for hiking, biking and camping. The company is expected to break ground on the facility covering 34 acres near Loop 303 and Camelback Road in May and open in early 2016. REI has been one of a few select companies recognized on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” since the recognition began in 1998.“This is exciting news,” said Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord. “Not only does REI’s announcement mean more jobs in the city, it signals businesses continuing to open along Loop 303 – a major corridor of land available for development. We’re glad REI selected Goodyear to set up shop, and we look forward to having them here.”Through the new distribution center, REI and REI.com customers will benefit from shorter cycle times required to replenish product, ensuring for more options on store shelves and shorter deliveries. Once the Goodyear facility is up and running, the company will reach 20 percent more customers with two-day ground service.“We are privileged to join the community of Goodyear as we expand our distribution capacity and services to the southwest market,” said Rick Bingle, REI’s vice president of Supply Chain. “The Goodyear distribution center will enable us to continue to focus on the needs of customers by moving our gear and apparel more quickly and efficiently, now and into the future.”REI has partnered with Sunbelt Holdings/Merit Partners     as developers for the project.“We are very excited that REI has selected PV303 for their new distribution and fulfillment center,” said Kevin Czerwinski, President of Merit Partners. “REI joins other corporate household names currently located at PV303, all benefiting from the availability of quality labor, fantastic logistics, freeway identity, and foreign trade zone.”The addition of REI to Goodyear continues to solidify not only Goodyear’s, but the West Valley’s presence as a major player in online fulfillment centers that provide high-quality goods to consumers and retailers throughout the western United States.Sandra Watson, president of CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority, said Arizona is a prime location for companies such as REI.“Arizona’s world-class infrastructure system and strategic Southwest location are key advantages supporting the distribution channel and supply chain management needs of growing national and international companies, Watson said. “We welcome REI to our business community and thank them for investing in Goodyear for their corporate expansion.”The sentiments of Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, echoed Watson’s.“There has been significant investment in infrastructure in the West Valley, and the recently completed PV303 business park is another example of how our region is growing businesses,” said Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.“The decision by REI to locate their newest facility to the city of Goodyear at the PV303 is emblematic of this commitment, and Mayor Georgia Lord and her team have contributed greatly to this effort. Together, we look forward to welcoming REI to the region,” Camacho added.last_img read more

Youth voices

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first_img Sep 30, 2020 Maritime Webinars Coming for CARICOM Students Sep 29, 2020 Related Posts A CARICOM Youngster Excelling in the Maritime Industry CARICOM Youth Ambassadors and other participants of the Caribbean Forum for Youth, Population and Development, chatted with Communications Officer, Jascene Malcolm during the event that was held in Georgetown, Guyana, 24-26 July, 2018. Listen to their views:center_img CARICOM Youth Ambassadors’ Message – Caribbean… Aug 11, 2020 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Samaidy Akima, the CARICOM Youth Ambassador from Suriname, let’s get to know her!The CARICOM Secretariat recently hosted a Forum on Youth Population and Development at the Marriott Hotel in Georgetown Guyana. The Forum was hosted in collaboration with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), EU Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, (UNECLAC), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Commonwealth Secretariat and other…July 30, 2018In “Associate Member States”Introducing Andre Browne, Dean of the CARICOM Youth Ambassadors CorpsSenior government officials from the Caribbean in the areas of population, youth and development, representatives of Caribbean youth, international organisations, civil society and academia are attending a Forum on Youth Population and Development in Georgetown, Guyana. Five of the CARICOM Youth Ambassadors (CYAs) are also participating in this forum which is…July 26, 2018In “Associate Member States”Meet McAllister Hunt, Saint Lucia’s CARICOM Youth AmbassadorThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is currently hosting a Forum on Youth Population and Development in collaboration with the UNFPA, ECLAC, the Caribbean Development Bank and other stakeholders. The Forum is being held at the Marriott Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana, 24-26 July, 2018. Saint Lucia in the house! https://t.co/va0X4CwLw8 —…July 25, 2018In “Associate Member States”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Petoskey Plastics Announces Several Executive Appointments

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first_imgPETOSKEY, MI – Petoskey Plastics announced several executive appointments this week.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementCharles Donlin has joined the Petoskey Plastics sales team as sales manager on the company’s automotive aftermarket team. Donlin’s 15 years of experience in sales includes work with industrial supply and media companies that focused in part on the car dealer market. He is based in the Birmingham, MI, sales office, and is responsible for building sales of Petoskey’s automotive aftermarket products through the company’s global network of distributors.Darrell Hill (not pictured) has joined Petoskey Plastics as production shift manager at its Morristown, TN, facility. A U.S. Army veteran, Hill brings an extensive background in blown film extrusion, manufacturing and shipping to his new position.Nancy Cole (not pictured) has been named office assistant at the company headquarters in Petoskey, MI. She will handle direct customer contact and work in administrative support roles. Cole’s previous experience includes banking, resort and education. She earned a BS in business administration from Bob Jones University.Andrea Jurasek has joined Petoskey Plastics as sales representative in the original equipment manufacturing market segment. She is based in the Birmingham, MI, sales office, and is responsible for growing sales of Petoskey’s OEM products. Jurasek brings substantial OEM experience to her new position. She holds a business administration degree from Spring Arbor College.Karen Stolpmann (not pictured) has joined Petoskey Plastics as a materials coordinator, supporting the OEM market segment. Stolpmann has a strong background in shipping and receiving, customer service and information technology. She holds a bachelor of science degree in communications from Eastern Michigan University.AdvertisementFor more information about Petoskey Plastics, visit: www.petoskeyplastics.com.last_img read more

Five Dead, at least 21 injured in Abaco

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first_imgInitial reports have confirmed five people dead and at least twenty one injured on Abaco in the aftermath of destructive Hurricane Dorian, Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Dr. Hubert Minnis confirmed Monday, according to The Tribune. Dr. Minnis said the Royal Bahamas Police Force confirmed the tragic news of the deaths, adding that teams were set to go into Abaco as soon as possible for proper assessment and identification. The Prime Minister was unable to give details or reveal any identifying factors related to the victims. However one of the victims was identified by his grandmother Ingrid McIntosh as seven-year-old Lachino McIntosh. During a press conference at the National Emergency Management Agency, Dr Minnis said initial assessments of Abaco had shown unprecedented devastation. He said there was extraordinary flooding and damage to infrastructure. CDB to Lend US$70M to The Bahamas and Saint Lucia,… Statement by The Bahamas Prime Minister on Preparations for… Dr Minnis said recovery efforts would commence in the coming days as officials sought to help the victims. He also explained that exigency orders to cover Abaco and its cays and Grand Bahama along with Sweeting’s Cay and Deep Water Cay were signed at Cabinet the previous morning. He further informed that a hurricane relief and recovery committee was being formed and a coordinator will be chosen as soon as possible. I wish to report that the United States (Coast) Guard is already on the ground in Abaco and has rescued a number of injured individuals. Critically injured individuals are being taken to the Princess Margaret Hospital here on New Providence. Through various channels we are continuing to monitor events in Abaco and Grand Bahama as well as Bimini and the Berry Islands, which are continuing to receive tropical storm winds. And New Providence Andros and Eleuthera have been given the all clear Prime Minister Minnis said. He also urged residents of these islands to be careful and diligent as they move about as there was still flooding in a number of areas. At its maximum strength Dorian packed winds of 185mph, leaving ruin in its path. While Dorian was downgraded to a category four hurricane with winds of 150 miles per hour, it battered Grand Bahama for the better part of Monday and early this morning. Many residents on that island were trapped in their homes, either climbing into their ceilings or venturing out into the storm. Reporters on ZNS Grand Bahama, before the station went offline yesterday evening, read desperate pleas for help from many residents who were reportedly trapped on the eastern end of the island. There were calls from officials earlier in the day to people who have jet skis to go out and help with rescue efforts on the island. More at The Tribune and The Nassau Guardian Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Aug 2, 2020 Aug 1, 2020 The Bahamas bracing for hurricane conditions today Jul 31, 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Bahamians assessing the damage from Hurricane Isaias You may be interested in… Deadly Dorian Monster hurricane blamed for 5 deaths in The BahamasNASSAU, The Bahamas (CMC) — The Bahamas Government yesterday confirmed five people had been killed in the Abacos as the virtually standstill, but weakening, Hurricane Dorian continued to pound The Bahamas. Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis told a news conference that the Royal Bahamas Police Force “has confirmed that there…September 3, 2019In “Featured”Death toll climbs to seven, PM expects more(Nassau Guardian) The death toll from Hurricane Dorian climbed to seven after two of the victims airlifted from Abaco to New Providence for urgent medical attention died, and Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said he expects that number to climb even further.   “Of the 25 individuals that were transported…September 4, 2019In “Antigua & Barbuda”Sustainability, Creativity, Innovation at Core of Rebuilding Efforts in The BahamasPrime Minister of The Bahamas, the Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis is hoping that the upcoming donor conference will attract donations to address social issues as well as specific projects in the areas of infrastructure, productive areas of the economy, and the environment. The Government of The Bahamas and the United…December 11, 2019In “CCCCC”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Measles Still A Threat Here

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first_imgThe number of confirmed cases of the measles continued to rise last week in New York City, leading health officials to aggressively mandate vaccinations and fine those who refuse to participate in the program.Four neighborhoods in Brooklyn have been targeted; they contain ultra orthodox Jewish schools, which citing religious beliefs, refused to comply with the city health department mandate that all students be vaccinated. Families object to having their children vaccinated. Parents filed a lawsuit to overrule the city’s decision on schools but it was thrown out of court on April 18.New York City confirmed 44 cases more than a week earlier.In Brooklyn, the city ramped up its effort to keep a lid on the outbreaks, closing four schools altogether and partially shuttering another. Summonses mandating $1000 fines have been issued to three individuals so far. Measles is a virus that causes fever and a rash. According to the NYC Health department, “It is highly contagious and anyone who is not vaccinated against the virus can get it at any age. Although measles is rare in the United States because of high vaccination rates, it is still common in other parts of the world.”rmurphy@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

Linde highlights oxyfuel benefits to aluminium production

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