NEK development group undertakes sweeping economic development study

first_imgA comprehensive economic analysis is underway in the Northeast Kingdom toidentify potential areas of employment growth and what skills people willneed to fill those jobs.The study, being conducted by the Northeastern Vermont DevelopmentAssociation (NVDA) is funded by a federal grant in conjunction with theVermont Department of Labor.‘This study will provide us with solid economic research that will helpus establish priorities for our work in the region,’ said StevePatterson, executive director of NVDA.Dave Snedeker, Planning Manager for NVDA, is heading up the project andsaid the study will look at four different areas and:determine ways that bio-medical companies in the Northeast Kingdom can cooperate for mutual economic benefit and determine whether a formal organization should be established.assess key industry sectors that offer the most promise for sustainable competitiveness and higher wages.draft a strategy to stimulate value added food production systems for the entire region.develop a system to better gather tourism data and improve tourism planning efforts.Patterson said cluster development, such as seen with the value-addedagriculture activity, might also be possible in the biomedical field.‘We already have successful medical manufacturing companies in theregion. Add Newport’s proposed biomedical company and we may be able toestablish a way for the companies to help each other, as well as attractsimilar businesses,’ Patterson said.Other areas that will be studied include the establishment of a regionalfood system development plan. This project will determine ways to expandthe already successful value added food sector.This aspect of the study will identify local food sources, distributionnetworks, packaging, marketing, and career paths that may be available.What producers and buyers are facing as challenges will also be explored.Tourism is a vital part of the region’s economy. The study will focuson developing better research techniques, marketing plans, tactics,branding and budgeting. Burke will be used as a model, but the techniquesdeveloped will be applicable to other areas.The last area of concentration in the plan is an analysis of keyindustries in the region.‘This will allow us to focus our economic development efforts towardssectors of the economy that offer the post promise for sustainablecompetitiveness and higher wages,’ Patterson said.In addition to a detailed sector analysis, a plan for building capacity inkey sectors and ways to measure success will be included.NVDA will be working with the Center for an Agricultural Economy on theregional food system plan. The Economic and Policy Resources company,which does much of the state’s economic forecasting will be doing theeconomic sector analysis work, as well as the biomedical consortiumresearch. A national marketing company and the Burke Area Travel andTourism Committee will be working on the tourism portion of the study.last_img read more

Japan’s ‘mosh pit’ trains spark fear of new coronavirus cases

first_imgAs Japan returns to work from coronavirus restrictions, its notoriously crowded trains – almost a symbol of its celebrated work ethic – are raising fears about a resurgence of infections.Authorities in Tokyo had hoped to solve the problem of crowded commuting with staggered hours and remote working but the trains appeared almost back to normal on Thursday, days after the lifting of a coronavirus emergency.Health experts and politicians have blamed night spots and concert venues, known as live houses, for cultivating clusters of infection and have advised them to stay closed. The Tokyo Metro subway is taking steps to prevent infections with open carriage windows and the disinfecting of ticket machines, spokesman Hisao Asano said.But it has no plan to limit passenger numbers or insist on spacing, he said.”Given the various needs of our customers, we’re not thinking about such a blanket restriction,” Asano said.But a study by one of Japan’s top research institutes indicated it may have to. The Riken Center for Computational Science found that even with open windows, the air flow concentrated above passengers’ heads on crowded trains.Government infection expert Shigeru Omi said crowded trains could no longer be an everyday reality.”The train is the symbol of Japanese workaholic society,” Omi told reporters. “This is an opportunity for Japan to address this issue of overcrowded trains by, first of all, staggered working hours and remote work.”Topics : But while no coronavirus cases have been linked to trains, many Tokyo residents say they are just as packed as any nightclub.”It’s such a contradiction that crowded trains are OK but live houses still can’t open,” said Twitter user Rimiken.”Crowded trains are like a music festival. They’re a festival mosh pit.”Tokyo recorded 34 new infections on Tuesday, the highest daily increase since early May.last_img read more

Driver sped down the street and crashed into a tree

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. – Police say a 25–year–old driver from Rogers City had been speeding down the street, missed a turn, and got hurt in a car crash.The Alpena Police Department and other agencies were called to the corner of 11th Avenue and Elizabeth Street on Sunday.Paramedics took the driver to MidMichigan Health and later transferred the 25-year-old to another hospital. No one else was involved in the crash.Witnesses say they saw the young driver flying down 11th avenue until the car struck a tree and nearby rail. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Teens who vape at school know its ‘not allowed in our building’Next Hearts attacks most likely to happen on Christmas Evelast_img read more

Referee Joseph Lamptey called up by FIFA for Rio 2016 duty

first_imgThe FIFA Referees Committee has confirmed Ghana’s Joseph Lamptey as one of the match officials for the men’s competition of the Olympic Football Tournament in Brazil this year.Lamptey, 42, together with Peru’s Haro Diego are the only two supporting referees on the list of 18 referees and 32 assistant referees appointed by FIFA.According to the FIFA Referees Committee, the Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 represents the first important step on the road to the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 and the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 for match officials.The Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 will take place from August 3rd – 21st.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img