Ben & Jerry’s heads to Cancun for franchisee meeting and sunny philanthropy

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Ben & Jerry’s has chosen Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, in Cancun, Mexico to host their annual Global Franchise Meeting of 2016 from January 14th-17th. Ben & Jerry’s said that the Palace Resorts aligns perfectly with Ben & Jerry’s mission and was chosen as the location to host over 400 Ben & Jerry’s franchisees and staff due in part to the company’s foundation, Fundacion Palace. The Palace Foundation’s efforts are a testament of the company’s commitment to positively impact the communities the properties are located in throughout Mexico and the Caribbean. Both businesses believe in more than simply making a profit, they support a sustainable business model, and strive to make an impact on addressing social needs.Part of every Ben & Jerry’s annual meeting includes a local community project, where meeting attendees will put down their scoops and pick up a paint brush or shovel to give back to the community. Together with Fundacion Palace, Ben & Jerry’s will take action in the Cancun community on January 15th by sprucing up Escuela Primaria, Leona Vicaro which supports 420 children. Beautification efforts including gardening and painting, in hopes to improve the quality of the facilities, will result in making a long-lasting impact on the community and its children who attend Leona Vicario.”We are excited to host over 400 Ben & Jerry’s franchisees at Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort. Palace Resorts is thrilled that Ben & Jerry’s will once again unite its philanthropic efforts with Fundacion Palace. It is our hope that by continuously giving back to local communities it will give children, schools and communities a better tomorrow,” said Gibran Chapur, Executive Vice President of Palace Resorts.Ben & Jerry’s has long been a socially responsible company, functioning under a three part mission statement focused around social, economic and product efforts. “The only thing sweeter than a scoop of ice cream is giving back to the communities we impact,” said Ben & Jerry’s CEO, Jostein Solheim. This isn’t the first time Ben & Jerry’s has chosen Cancun and Moon Palace as the location for their annual global meeting. In 2008 the organization ventured to Cancun and contributed to the local community where Scoop Shop owners cleaned, painted and planted to beautify a school in Puerto Morelos.The efforts of Ben & Jerry’s and Fundacion Palace directly support the shared value of Linked Prosperity. What could be more perfectly paired than a scoop of sweet-laden ice cream with a day of grassroots work to bring a little love to a local community?As an aspiring social justice company, Ben & Jerry’s believes in a greater calling than simply making a profit for selling its goods. The company produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream, yogurt and sorbet using high-quality ingredients. Ben & Jerry’s incorporates its vision of Linked Prosperity into its business practices in a number of ways including a focus on values-led sourcing. In 2014 the company plans to complete its transition to using entirely non-GMO (genetically modified organisms) ingredients by source as well as to fully Fairtrade-certified ingredients wherever possible, which benefits farmers in developing countries. Ben and Jerry’s products are distributed in 35 countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchise Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops, restaurants and other venues. Ben & Jerry’s, a Vermont corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, operates its business on a three-part Mission Statement emphasizing product quality, economic reward and a commitment to the community. Ben & Jerry’s became a certified B Corp (Benefit Corporation) in 2012. The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation’s employee-led grant programs totaled $2.5MM in 2014 to support economic and social justice, environmental restoration, and peace through understanding. For the inside scoop on Ben & Jerry’s visit www.benjerry.com(link is external).With eight oceanfront resorts overlooking the the Caribbean Sea, Palace Resorts sets the highest standards for five-star all-inclusive vacations in Mexico and Jamaica. Offering luxurious and spacious accommodations accentuated by signature in-room double whirlpool tubs, nightly entertainment, theCaribbean’s most extravagant spas and premier Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses, Palace Resorts sets the stage for a truly exceptional experience for travelers. The unparalleled level of service and comfort found at each property makes Palace Resorts a leading provider of world-class resort vacations.The Palace Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Cancun, Mexico. The philanthropic institution was created in 2004 by the Directors of Palace Resorts to help contribute to the solution of certain social problems. The Palace Foundation’s primary objective is to give hope to those most in need and provide them with resources, time and effort.CANCUN, Mexico, Jan. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Ben & Jerry’s www.benjerry.com. (link is external)For more information about Ben & Jerry’s Franchise Opportunities, visit: http://www.benjerry.com/scoop-shops/franchise (link is external)For more information about the Palace Foundation, visit: http://fundacionpalace.org/(link is external)last_img read more

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Luxul to Debut New Routers and Networking Gear at CEDIA Expo 2019

first_imgLuxul has announced its technology lineup for CEDIA Expo 2019, taking place Sept. 12-14 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. In Legrand | AV’s booth 905, Luxul will exhibit a new wireless mesh solution and a cloud remote monitoring and management system, self-healing managed Gigabit switches, the next generation of wireless controller technology, “good, better, best” dual-band wireless access points (AP) and dealer tools designed to speed up installations.Making its debut at CEDIA Expo 2019, Luxul’s Epic Mesh kit comes with two dual-purpose mesh nodes that can each serve as either a router or satellite. Integrators turn one of the two nodes into a router in under two minutes using the Luxul Easy Setup App. The other becomes the satellite node, which is placed around the residence to create a wireless mesh. There is no need to run additional wires; integrators just plug the satellite node into an available outlet. An innovative antenna design and 4x2x2 antenna array enable two 2×2 client access radios and a 4×4 5 GHz dedicated backhaul channel to ensure strong connectivity back to the router for the delivery of high-speed internet anywhere in the home. Additional satellite nodes can be incorporated as needed to accommodate installations of any size.Check out a product demo of the Epic Mesh Node here:Highlighted managed Gigabit switches featuring Self-Healing capability will include the 18-port/16 PoE+ L2/L3 AMS-1816P and 12-port/8 PoE+ XMS-1208P. The units empower integrators with two advanced features: auto-recovery and power scheduling. With auto-recovery, devices connected to the switches by PoE are automatically rebooted when they fall offline or become unresponsive. With power scheduling, integrators can trigger the switches to power PoE-connected devices on or off based on any schedule they create within the switch interface.Also on display will be the next-generation XWC-2000 wireless controller, which delivers twice the capacity of its predecessor with support for up to 32 APs for large-scale projects. Newly deployed APs are automatically added for plug-and-play installation, and Luxul’s Roam Assist technology for active roaming is built into the wireless controller, ensuring mobile devices are always connected to the best AP for the highest performance.Luxul will also showcase a “Good, Better, and Best” offering of wireless Apex APs. For smaller networks where budgets are a concern, Luxul’s “good” XAP-810 is a cost-effective wireless AP offering 802.11ac 2×2 dual-band technology and 5 GHz beamforming for data rates up to 1200 Mbps. The “better” XAP-1510 features 802.11ac 3×3 dual-band technology and 2.4 and 5GHz beamforming for data rates up to 1900Mbps throughout a facility. The “best” XAP-1610 — Luxul’s fastest ever — features advanced Wave 2 4×4 MU-MIMO 802.11ac technology and 2.4 and 5 GHz beamforming for data rates up to 3167 Mbps.Highlighted dealer tools will include Luxul’s Easy Setup App and the company’s free network design service (Customer Assurance Program, or CAP). Available as a free download from the Apple and Android stores, Luxul’s Easy Setup App allows integrators to install a Luxul wireless router and up to two wireless APs at the same time, in under two minutes, from the convenience of a mobile phone. Luxul’s CAP provides dealers with certified wired and wireless network designs, which are guaranteed to deliver Wi-Fi networks that meet their customers’ reliability and performance requirements.Luxul is here.last_img read more

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Lawyer fights to keep a single, working mother in her home

first_imgLawyer fights to keep a single, working mother in her home August 1, 2010 Annie Butterworth Jones Associate editor Regular News Lawyer fights to keep a single, working mother in her home Associate editor S tephanie Land knows just how quickly life can change. When her job with Tallahassee Community College was terminated in 2008, Land went nine months before finding work at the Department of Juvenile Justice. The weeks of unemployment took their toll, and Land felt helpless as she fell behind on the mortgage payments for her home.“I was going crazy,” said Land. “I kept thinking, ‘I’m going to lose my house. I can’t feed my children.’ I was just praying someone would help me.”Through a friend working at The Florida Bar, Land heard about the Florida Attorneys Saving Homes program, a Bar initiative originally created to help distressed Florida homeowners behind on their mortgage payments. The program now primarily utilizes attorneys and local circuit mediation programs to represent eligible homeowners in foreclosure mediation.Just one week after applying for FASH, Land heard from Carol Grondzik, an attorney with Lutz, Bobo, Telfair, Eastman, Gabel & Lee in Tallahassee. For months, Grondzik worked with Land, filling out paperwork and placing calls to Land’s mortgage company. Nothing seemed to be working.“The day we thought we had come to a verbal agreement, Stephanie was served with foreclosure papers,” said Grondzik. “That’s when it became a nightmare.”Although Grondzik’s commitment through FASH had ended with Land’s foreclosure papers (under FASH, attorneys are not obligated to handle foreclosures), the attorney chose to remain on Land’s case pro bono, despite never having worked on a foreclosure case before.“Carol was the cornerstone of everything,” said Land. “If she weren’t so committed, there’s no telling where I’d be sleeping tonight.”Grondzik worked tirelessly to help Land navigate lenders, but it wasn’t easy.“They wouldn’t give us exact numbers,” recalled Grondzik. “Stephanie mailed her payment, and they mailed it back, saying they didn’t know who she was. It was a complete disaster. Everything was so circular; people didn’t have their processes straight.”Grondzik believes things have changed since the beginning of Land’s case, especially as the FASH program has evolved, but she doesn’t deny that these cases each come with their own challenges.“This was a very early case, and FASH didn’t have the information they have now,” said Grondzik. “[Communication between] attorneys and lenders was difficult. I don’t think this is the program for the faint of heart.”Grondzik herself has worked on only one other FASH case. Other referrals were sent to her through the FASH program, but not all applicants choose to continue through the process.“One of the major problems that I encounter talking with other folks is just getting them to accept the reality of their situation,” Grondzik said. “They are desperately looking for advice, and they have friends and family and other attorneys offering conflicting advice.“Stephanie had very good circumstances. She had some resources and employment, and so for someone who has no resources, you know, it’s even more difficult.”There were times, though, Land says, when she thought she would not be able to make it.“I was making myself sick. I couldn’t enjoy the extra time I had with my children. I couldn’t even enjoy breathing without this heavy fog over me.”Then, in June, after months of paperwork and hours spent speaking with banks and mortgage companies, Land received the news she and Grondzik been waiting for: Her home was out of foreclosure.Land says she can’t thank Grondzik enough.“She never once complained. Even when she was on vacation, she’d return my calls,” said Land. “I tell people that the attorneys who volunteer to give their time, energy, and effort to people who have come into economic hardship — and not due to their own incompetence — are willing to do anything to help you stay in your home without making you feel like you’re a charity case and it’s your fault. They do what they do with sincere compassion.”The FASH program provides attorneys like Grondzik with an unusual opportunity for pro bono work outside of litigation, and help is still needed for attorneys willing to work pro bono with local mediation programs.Grondzik, whose own volunteer experience with FASH sprung out of her involvement with the RPPTL Section, believes the cases are worth the time and effort required.“I really had to debate whether to take another case,” said Grondzik, particularly after the difficulty she encountered during Land’s. “But, I felt like I should. I thought volunteering with FASH would be a good way to provide pro bono service without entering the more common world of family law where I feel incompetent. I thought it would be a worthwhile venture.”If Land’s closed foreclosure is any indication, FASH is more than just a worthwhile venture; it’s a life-changing one.“If I lost my home, I would have lost everything I had worked for. I would have lost the only thing I ever owned,” said Land. “Now, I’m like a whole new me. The cloud has been lifted!”last_img read more

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Displays of ethical conduct linked to abusive behavior in bosses

first_imgThe study, online in the Journal of Applied Psychology, is called “When ethical leader behavior breaks bad: How ethical behavior can turn abusive via ego depletion and moral licensing.” Moral licensing is a phenomenon in which people, after doing something good, feel they have earned the right to act in a negative manner.“Ironically, when leaders felt mentally fatigued and morally licensed after displays of ethical behavior, they were more likely to be abusive toward their subordinates on the next day,” said Johnson, an expert on the psychology of the workplace.Johnson and MSU students Szu-Han Lin and Jingjing Ma surveyed 172 supervisors over a several-day period in various industries including retail, education, manufacturing and health care. The goal: examine the consequences of ethical behavior for the leaders who exhibited it.Johnson said it’s not easy to be ethical, as it turns out. “Being ethical means leaders often have to suppress their own self-interest (they must do ‘what’s right’ as opposed to ‘what’s profitable’), and they have to monitor not only the performance outcomes of subordinates but also the means (to ensure that ethical/appropriate practices were followed).”Ethical behavior led to mental fatigue and moral licensing, and this led to leaders being more abusive to their workers. The abuse included ridiculing, insulting and expressing anger toward employees, giving them the silent treatment and reminding them of past mistakes or failures.To combat mental fatigue, Johnson said managers should build in time for breaks during the workday; get sufficient sleep; eat healthy and exercise; and unplug from work outside of the office (which includes shutting off the smart phone at night).Dealing with moral licensing is trickier, as there is not much research on the subject. However, Johnson suggested companies could consider formally requiring ethical behavior. “If such behavior is required, then it’s more difficult for people to feel they’ve earned credit for performing something that is mandatory,” he said. “A sense of moral license is more likely when people feel they voluntarily or freely exhibited the behavior.”Ethical behavior could also be formally rewarded with social praise or money. But the praise or bonus should come relatively soon after the ethical behavior in order to counteract the moral licensing, Johnson said. LinkedIn Share Share on Twitter Is your boss ethical? Does he or she do what’s right, as opposed to what’s profitable?If so, they may turn downright abusive the next day.New research on leader behavior by Russell Johnson, associate professor of management at Michigan State University, suggests ethical conduct leads to mental exhaustion and the “moral licensing” to lash out at employees.center_img Share on Facebook Email Pinterestlast_img read more

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Capitals draft Connor McMichael of the London Knights

first_imgMcMichael had a great season, as a go-to player for London when its lineup was depleted, and he continued to produce and generate shots at a high level when the roster filled out, although he tailed off toward the end. He doesn’t wow you with his tools, but he’s a quality player. McMichael is a very smart all-around hockey player. He sees the ice very well, is creative with the puck and understands the game away from the puck. He’s not the biggest guy but McMichael competes well. He gets to the net and gets back on defense. With the puck, he’s skilled but not amazingly so. He can make some space with his hands, and his shot can surprise goalies with the ability to pick corners. His skating leaves some to be desired. He has decent speed but not great for his size, and his stride is inefficient. I give a nod to his sense and production as indicators that he could play in the NHL.London Knights assistant coach Rick Steadman on McMichael: “He makes plays. He can play up and down a lineup. He can play at both ends of the ice. He’s very skilled and has a great shot.” Ranked the 24th North American skater by most draft boards, McMichael fills a few areas of need in Washington’s system, mainly forward depth, good two-way ability, and intelligence. McMichael models his game after Calgary forward Sean Monahan. On Friday night, the Washington Capitals selected center Connor McMichael with the 25th pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. McMichael played for the renowned London Ontario Knights in the Ontario Hockey League, coached by former captain and head coach Dale Hunter. If all of these things turn out to be true and McMichael reaches Washington in a year or two, we could see him eventually take over the 3rd line center role from Lars Eller, or slot in the top 9 as a scoring winger with good two-way play. center_img Corey Pronman, NHL expert at the Athletic, had this to say about McMichael: In the coming days, we’ll review every draft pick and give a more complete picture of who could join the big club in the next few years. Please follow and like us:last_img read more

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Parking with a twist

first_imgLEFT unchecked, a gravel car park in Berwick could break a heel or ankle according to the chamber of commerce….[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Stephanie Barnett Chosen Southland Women’s Tennis Player of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Nicholls sophomore Stephanie Barnett has been selected Southland Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday. Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his own player. To receive honorable mention, a player must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors. Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Stephanie Barnett, NichollsBarnett went undefeated at both No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles last week, combining for a 6-0 mark to help extend Nicholls’ winning streak to seven matches. After winning a pair of non-conference matches at home last Tuesday, Barnett led the Colonels to two Southland victories over McNeese State and Central Arkansas. The Melbourne, Australia, native won in straight sets, 7-6, 6-1, over Klaudia Gawlik to give the two-time player of the year her first career loss in league play. Barnett also had 8-2 doubles victories with teammate Klara Skopac at McNeese State and versus Central Arkansas as she closed out the week with a convincing 6-3, 6-0 victory over UCA’s Nataly Yoo. The sophomore has earned player of the week honors for the second straight week.center_img Honorable mention this week goes to Northwestern State senior Tatiana Larina, Southeastern Louisiana junior Renee Villarreal, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi junior Maider Martin and Lamar junior Andrea Ivanovic.last_img read more

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