Planning Your Move

first_imgRelocating to a new home can be one of the most stressful situations in life. Whether moving across town or the nation, preparation and organization make all the difference.For military moves, visit for information about moving resources and to learn about the allowances and responsibilities of a military-sponsored move.Decide whether or not to make your move a do-it-yourself operation.For a DIY move, consider distance, labor help and the costs to rent the moving van, gas, lodging during the move and insurance. A transportable storage unit can bridge a professional and DIY move. When the unit is delivered to your residence, you load and secure it for transport and then unload it at your new residence.Whatever the method, be sure to obtain as many quotes as possible from professional movers, as well as cost estimates for a DIY move. Next, compare the costs for each type of move, factoring in the stress and physical exertion involved. Ask any company you are interested in for references and use them to inquire about reliability and customer service.Regardless of which method you choose, the first step should be to inventory your personal belongings. The list, with photographs of any valuables, will be important for both insurance purposes and to help keep you organized during transit.Plan for one full day to pack each room — though the kitchen and garage may take longer. Make a rough estimate of your packing schedule and then add 50 percent more time. It always takes longer than predicted to pack. Toss or donate unused items to lighten your load. Visit, or for locations near you or to arrange a pickup.Pack for success:Consider what you are packing and control box weight. Books should go in small boxes while bedding can easily fill a larger box.Wrap fragile items with cardboard dividers, tissue paper or air bubble wrapping.Use bright colors when wrapping small items so they don’t get thrown out accidentally.Use crumpled paper or newspaper to line the top and bottom of boxes.Tape a copy of your inventory list to boxes to identify what’s inside and where it should go.last_img read more

Shumlin re-elected as head of Democratic Governors Association

first_imgby Alicia Freese Governor Peter Shumlin was re-elected as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) on Monday.The DGA, whose stated mission is to elect Democratic governors, held its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. According to Politico, the members sanctioned Shumlin’s bid for a second term during their annual meeting.Gov. Peter Shumlin. VTDigger file photoNext year will be Shumlin’s second in the post, and it will be much busier than his first. Shumlin oversaw two elections during 2013 ‘ an unsuccessful race in New Jersey and a successful one in Virginia.Shumlin has said that he identified the New Jersey race, in which Republican incumbent Chris Christie emerged victorious, as a lost cause from the start. The DGA chose to focus exclusively on the Virginia race, spending more than $6 million to assist the winner, Terry McAuliffe.In 2014, there will be 36 gubernatorial elections, including Shumlin’s. He recently confirmed to Seven Days that he plans to run for a third term. Although he won’t formally start campaigning until Labor Day, Seven Days reported that the governor engineered a fundraiser with prominent donors in November, on his own behalf.According to Politico, the Republican Governors Association (RGA), which recently elected Christie as its chair, raised $24 million during the first half of 2013 to the DGA’s $15 million, and is expected to continue to outperform the DGA on the fundraising front.last_img read more

SM North coach says his players “weren’t going to be denied” a state championship

first_imgAvante Williams rushes to the stands as the game ends. All photos by Mariah Stadel.“They weren’t going to be denied,” SM North coach Steven Stitzer said of his now state championship team.Register to continuelast_img

Lonely, socially anxious Millennials are more likely to use dating apps compulsively, study finds

first_imgShare Pinterest Share on Facebook Email A new study in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships suggests that lonely individuals may be at particular risk when it comes to the compulsive use of mobile dating applications like Tinder.“I generally study relationship initiation, and I’m fascinated by how technology can assist people in finding relationships, particularly romantic relationships,” said Kathryn Coduto, the corresponding author of the study and doctoral student in communication at The Ohio State University.“However, I also think that technology can be both good and bad, and that we need to think carefully about how we engage with all kinds of social media specifically. I had firsthand experience seeing people opening dating apps when out with friends, and I was curious about what might drive that behavior.”center_img LinkedIn Share on Twitter In the study, 269 undergraduate students completed online assessments of loneliness, social anxiety, dating app use, and other factors. The researchers found that social anxiety was related to a preference to meet and talk to potential dating partners online rather than in person.But this preference for online social interaction only predicted compulsive dating app use among those high in loneliness. In other words, people who agreed with statements like “I feel left out” and “I am constantly nervous around other people” also tended to agree with statements such as “I have made unsuccessful attempts to control my use of dating apps.”The researchers also found that higher levels of compulsive dating app use was associated with greater negative outcomes, such as missing class or work because of dating apps.“If someone is both socially anxious and lonely, it can lead to compulsive dating application use, which in turn can lead to harmful effects in one’s personal and work lives,” Coduto told PsyPost.“Lonely, socially anxious people are the most likely to have a difficult time controlling their use of dating apps, as they are searching for connections that they haven’t been able to find in a face-to-face setting. But a lot of use does not necessarily mean more matches or better matches; it’s important to think about how someone is actually using the apps and how the apps are making them feel.”The researchers controlled for factors such as age, sex, relationship status, sexual orientation, self-esteem, personality, and time spent on dating apps. But — like all research — the study include some limitations.“One important thing to remember with this study is that we used a student sample, and so we’re definitely limited in the age range that we studied. This study is primarily focused on Millennials, and so we need more work to understand dating app use through a variety of ages and life stages,” Coduto explained.“We also only looked at the predictors of compulsive dating app use: We need more work to see if dating apps then impact social anxiety. For example, more works need to be done to actually probe whether or not constant swiping then leads to worse social anxiety, or if just seeing possible connections can alleviate any of that anxiety. We just don’t know yet.”“I would say that dating apps can be a great way to meet people if you are realistic about what they are: Just another tool for engaging. They are not a guarantee of a lifelong romance, much less a good one night stand. Managing your expectations and regulating your use are important for successful app use,” Coduto added.The study, “Swiping for trouble: Problematic dating application use among psychosocially distraught individuals and the paths to negative outcomes“, was authored by Kathryn D. Coduto, Roselyn J. Lee-Won, and Young Min Baek.last_img read more

Ira Davis Joins Asian Manufacturer Alliance

first_img In this article: LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  Print BOYNTON BEACH, FL — Ira Davis, former president of Beck/Arnley Worldparts, has announced a new partnership with a group of Asian automotive parts manufacturers to assist the market’s larger distributors and importers in achieving lower costs and improved profit margins. The company, Alliance of Independent Manufacturers (AIM, Inc.), has its North American headquarters in Boynton Beach, FL, with offices in China. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 30 years in the import field, Davis’ extensive experience and attention to details will be utilized in his new role at AIM to help mitigate problems encountered when importing products from abroad. Utilizing a staff of skilled engineers, quality control personnel and administrative staff in Asia, AIM closely monitors every step of the process, from production to delivery, in order to insure that products are manufactured consistently and on time to meet customer requirements. Manufacturers joining the Alliance are hand selected based on their world class quality standards, consistency, and ability to respond to customer requirements, identify and correct inherent product function problems and develop new products and programs rapidly. AIM can be contacted at (561) 364-1933 or _______________________________________ Click Advertisement Up Next:Delphi Appoints New Global Marketing Director for Aftermarket Unit DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. Don’t Miss:Ex-Dana Exec Paul Bishop Joins Ice Industries as President, COO,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. last_img read more

The market in minutes – Hants, Dorset + Wiltshire

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Cryostar launches new mobile LNG station

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Hike in TUPE litigation claims against law firms

first_imgThe number of law firms facing litigation under Transfer of Undertakings, Protection of Employment (TUPE) regulations has risen sharply, the Gazette has learned. Gordon Turner (pictured), employment specialist at London firm Partners Law, said he has acted on nine cases where law firms have been sued under TUPE regulation since March this year. Under the regulations, where a law firm wins a client from another firm, any lawyers working exclusively for that client have the right to transfer to the new firm. If the new firm refuses to take on the lawyers, or declines to consult with them, there may be a case for unfair dismissal. Turner said lawyers are becoming increasingly aggressive at using the legislation because, if they are made redundant from their existing firm because the client has been lost, economic conditions mean they face the likelihood of months or even years of unemployment. He said most of the cases he had dealt with involved insurance or financial clients. One recent case was for lawyers at a firm dealing with all of one insurer’s personal injury cases. Turner said the ‘arrogance of the all-seeing solicitor’ was at the root of the problem, with firms reluctant to admit they needed to seek specialist employment advice. He added that finding out firms were under a duty to take on a group of solicitors from another firm was like being faced with an ‘epic blind date’. It was particularly difficult, he said, because firms had often won the client in the first place by ‘paring costs to the bone’. Employment lawyer Darren Clayton, a partner at City firm Doyle Clayton, said TUPE cases were definitely ‘rising’. He said: ‘The debate is over. As with discrimination legislation, TUPE is an extra cost for the business community, but it is good for employees and it is here to stay.’ As the Gazette reported in March, the first TUPE case involving law firms found in favour of staff from Liverpool firm Lees Lloyd Whitley who made a claim against Southport firm Barnetts when it took over the Britannia account.last_img read more

Faymonville builds Russian facility

first_imgFaymonville Group says the new facility will be inaugurated before the end of 2013. The new unit will come equipped with the latest tools and infrastructure to ensure that trailers can be repaired to the highest possible standard. Painting, welding and other support services will also be provided at the new facility. www.faymonville.comlast_img

The “game is up” for ABP, says Able

first_imgIn response to Mrs Justice Patterson’s decision to refuse the application by ABP, which was seeking a judicial review of the decision of the Secretary of State for Transport to grant a Development Control Order for the AMEP project, Able executive chairman Peter Stephenson said “it is surely time for them to recognise the game is up”.In her decision Patterson found against ABP on all the grounds it put forward in applying for judicial review, describing its claim as “unarguable”. “Their claims surrounding the so-called Killingholme Triangle, the small area of land which is needed for AMEP, have now been rejected by the hugely detailed and lengthy planning process, overseen by senior planning inspectors, a Government Minister, a Joint Parliamentary Committee – and now by the High Court,” said Stephenson.”Every other interest on the Humber – including the Local Enterprise Partnership, the local business community, local authorities, local members of parliament and their constituents – have looked on in despair as time after time a development of such importance to the area has been delayed and put in jeopardy by the actions of a single company.”ABP can now seek to challenge Mrs Justice Patterson’s comprehensive rejection of their arguments through an oral hearing but that would once again delay AMEP and yet again highlight that ABP are more concerned with defending their near monopoly position on the Humber against the interests of the whole region and the UK for that matter.”  www.ableuk.comwww.abports.comlast_img read more