Armstrong settles $100m lawsuit for $5m

first_imgFormer cycling champion Lance Armstrong has agreed to pay $5 million to settle a federal suit claiming he defrauded his sponsor, the U.S. Postal Service, by using performance-enhancing drugs, his attorney and federal officials said.The settlement ends the long-running false claims suit brought by fellow cyclist Floyd Landis and joined by the U.S. government, which had sought $100 million in damages on behalf of the Post Office, according to statements from Armstrong’s attorney, Elliot Peters, and the U.S. Department of Justice.“No one is above the law,” Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Civil Division Chad Readler said in a statement. “This settlement demonstrates that those who cheat the government will be held accountable.”In his statement, Peters said, “Lance is delighted to put this behind him.”By phone, Peters told Reuters that he thinks the Postal Service realized it could not prove damages to it caused by Armstrong’s behavior. He said the settlement was reached ahead of a scheduled May 7 trial date.Armstrong, who is now 46 and lives in Austin, Texas, won the biggest race in professional cycling, the Tour de France, a record seven times, six of them while riding for the Postal Service team.He was stripped of his titles and banned for life from the sport in 2012 by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency after it accused him in a report of engineering one of the most sophisticated doping schemes in sports. Armstrong admitted to the cheating in a January 2013 televised interview with Oprah Winfrey.This is the last legal matter related to Armstrong’s doping, Peters said.“I’m looking forward to devoting myself to the many great things in my life — my five kids, my wife, my podcast, several exciting writing and film projects, my work as a cancer survivor, and my passion for sports and competition,” Armstrong said in a statement provided by Peters.The settlement also calls for Armstrong to pay $1.65 million for the court costs of his former teammate Landis, who also used performance-enhancing drugs and who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France championship.Landis originally brought the lawsuit in 2010 under a federal law, the False Claims Act, that lets whistle-blowers pursue fraud cases on behalf of the government, and obtain rewards if successful. Landis will receive $1.1 million as his share of the settlement.The Justice Department joined the case in February 2013 after Amstrong’s public confession.last_img read more

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Solutions urgently needed

first_imgRecently, Public Security Minister and 3rd Vice President, Khemraj Ramjattan, said he may be out of options with regard to prison security. Such a statement has worrisome implications not just for the security of prisons, but potentially for the country as a whole. Under Mr Ramjattan’s watch, there were a number of prison riots, including one that led to a fire which killed seventeen inmates and another that completely destroyed the Camp Street penitentiary.Just a few weeks ago, there was yet another at the Lusignan Prison, which led to the escape of a few inmates while eight others were later shot. Any prison uprising is cause for concern, and the plethora of such incidents since Mr Ramjattan’s tenure as Security Minister may very well be the most for any similar length of time compared to his predecessors.That lends itself for national concern and for the immediate implementation of necessary corrective measures. Equally worrying is the minister’s pronouncement that nothing much can be done at this time pertaining to the situation at Lusignan. He cited that request for funding for construction of prisons was rejected. It naturally begs the question: what happens from now and until something can actually be done?With the ongoing spate of crime, his comments, even though they may be factual, offer little or no comfort to those who continue to suffer at the hands of bandits. Recently, the Police announced that incidents of rape and robberies have increased, which confirm the populace suspicions of crime increasing. Many are now helpless in the face of criminal onslaughts, with some being raped in the presence of family members.To say that such horrific incidents are humiliating and emotionally devastating would be a gross understatement. They can be seen as symptomatic of the failure to effectively address the growing crime situation. Some believe that there is a lack of concern over what some citizens are forced to endure. Also, concerns continue to grow over how deportees with criminal backgrounds are processed and integrated into society. Many fear that some may be involved, and have possibly brought a new dimension to the execution of crime.That said, if places of incarceration are not secured, it would not only have a disturbing impact on citizens, but it has potential to erode confidence and enthusiasm of those within law enforcement itself. In other words, motivation to pursue criminals could possibly wane if there is a belief that the confinement of prisoners can be regularly breached. The impact of the statement that nothing much can be done at this time at Lusignan cannot therefore be treated lightly.While there is no argument over the obvious challenges the Guyana Prison Service face with regard to the security of prisons, the Minister’s statement can be construed in some way as throwing in the towel, and a blow to morale, as options in his mind appear non-existent. While that may not be his thinking, it’s difficult not to point that out. No subject minister — and by extension no Government — can afford to give up on situations like that when people’s lives are at stake.No country, especially one that stands to potentially break new economic grounds, can afford to even convey such an impression. Alternative solutions must be robustly pursued; and while the harsh realities have to be conveyed to the citizenry, there must be a sense of real optimism and hope.Law enforcement agencies must be continually encouraged, and ways found to mitigate their challenges. This will help to boost confidence both in them and in residents. It was reported that St Kitts recently deployed forces from the Regional Security System, citing that criminal activities threaten to derail the country’s advancement, human development and economic progress. While this does not suggest that be implemented here, it shows the acceptance of the gravity of the situation and a willingness to explore alternative measures to safeguard people.The Government that Mr Ramjattan represents, in the 2015 campaign, convinced the populace of its prowess for national security, including combating crime. What transpired since has caused many to question that promise of comfort in some security-related matters. Given the accusations they levelled against the previous administration, some are convinced that things have now gotten worse.For one: the main prison has been destroyed by fire, and a similar attempt was made on another, which now seems prone to unrest and escape. Secondly: there are daily reports of criminal activities, some with fatalities on the part of the victims. It’s a constant barrage on people’s mindset, as criminals operate with impunity, executing brazen robberies from which no law-abiding citizen feels a sense of insulation.This has a telling impact on all, as fear builds and hovers. Naturally, it is also counterproductive to development, as investors are more concerned with a crime-free or low-crime environment. This is where a vision for both short-term and long-term solutions becomes imperative. The longer this takes, the more fear and despondency would grow. This is what the Honourable Minister needs to fully understand, if he does not.last_img read more

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Norwegian delegation due in Guyana next week

first_imgA Norwegian technical team is due in Guyana next Tuesday for a series of engagements with the Guyana Government, the Ministry of Natural Resources said Tuesday in a statement.The team comprises officials from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative.The focus of the April 26 to May 4, 2016 visit is to work with the Natural Resources Ministry, the Office of Climate Change (OCC), the Project Management Office (PMO), Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) and other stakeholders, “to improve capacity in executing the Joint Concept Note and taking advantage of REDD+ opportunities.”The statement said that since it took office in May, 2015, the Government of Guyana has been making steady progress towards creating a stronger agreement and better outcomes for Guyana’s green growth.“To date, the Government has facilitated several meetings and discussions with Norwegian Official,” it said.The statement said during a recent exchange with Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman and Norway’s new Minister of Climate and Environment Vidar Helgesen recognised the efforts being made by government.“I would like to congratulate you on your initiative to review and make public all information on logging concessions,” the statement said.Minister Helgesen was also quoted as saying he was encouraged that the Guyana government intended to review the Amerindian Act, in close consultation with affected stakeholders.Minister Trotman, who has responsibility for the Guyana/Norway agreement is also encouraged by the progress to date and looks forward to the visit, which will continue to advance the partnership in a way that is supportive of Guyana’s “green growth” vision.Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is quoted in other sections of the media as saying he will maintain his call for a suspension of the Guyana-Norway Partnership until Trotman apologises or an international probe is launched into his claim that the former People’s Progressive Party/Civic had given out all of Guyana’s productive forest.Trotman told Guyana’s National Assembly during the 2016 Budget debate in February that when the APNU/AFC (PPP/C) took office it found that all of the productive forests were allocated.The PPP/C has since rubbished the claims as “wild”.Guyana and Norway entered into the forest partnership back in 2009 and this country has already earned up to US0 million.Of that amount, US million has been transferred to the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund (GRIF).US million has been transferred to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for the delayed Amaila Falls Hydropower Project.last_img read more

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Lima Sands residents calling for Police outpost

first_imgResidents living in the community of Lima Sands, Essequibo Coast, are calling on the Public Security Ministry to construct a Police outpost in their area, since there is reportedly an increase in illegal activities. Residents related to this publication that a few unemployed teenagers in the area are involved into illicit activities, and as such, the Police outpost would help curb the amount of nefarious activities going on in the community.Councilor Cleveland SimonEchoing similar sentiments to those of residents is People’s Progressive Party Councillor, Cleveland Simon, who related that residents also met with him and raised their concerns about the situation. Simon, who sits on the Local Government Committee said Amerindians living in Tapakuma and Lake Mainstay also requested the establishment of a Police outpost in their area.He said if the outpost is established, then residents from three communities will benefit from the services. Speaking on behalf of residents, Simon said often times things happen in Amerindian communities and the closest Police station is in Anna Regina, on the Essequibo Coast. By the time the report is made, the suspect would have already left the community, often times fleeing into the interior; hence the crimes are always left unsolved.Simon therefore called for the establishment of the Police outpost in an effort to create a safer community for those living there. The residents in the respective areas also called for an increase in police patrols. (Indrawattie Natram)last_img read more

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Older women facing threat

first_imgWhile Los Angeles has adopted an air quality component into its general plan – which guides land use in the city – the city has little ability to restrict development near freeways or limit how developers want to use private property next to major roadways. Tiny bits, big risk But in releasing a study last week on the effects of air pollution from freeways, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine Professor W. James Gauderman said community leaders, schools and developers should consider the health impact when developing new schools and homes. “This is important because in areas where the population continues to grow, more and more children are living or attending school near busy roadways,” Gauderman said in a statement. “This may be harmful in the long run.” The most recent federal study focuses on how fine particulate matter – microscopic bits 1/30 the width of a human hair – can increase the risk of heart disease in older women. In a study of 65,893 post-menopausal women, University of Washington-based researchers found that women exposed to higher levels of fine particles were at greater risk of heart attacks, coronary disease, strokes and clogged arteries. Researchers have known that particulates can contribute to heart and lung disease – with women perhaps more susceptible, perhaps because of their smaller blood vessels and other biological differences. This study expands on the previous research and helps build the case for stronger pollution controls on cars, factories and power plants that generate fine particulate matter pollution, according to an editorial accompanying the study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Risk heightened The EPA tightened its daily limit for fine particulates in September but left the average annual limit untouched, allowing a concentration of 15 millionths of a gram for every cubic meter of air. In the University of Washington study, two-thirds of the subjects fell under the national standard with the average exposure at 13 units. But the study found that every increase of 10 units lifted the risk of fatal cardiovascular disease by about 75 percent. Unlike earlier studies, it looked not just at deaths, but also at heart attacks, coronary disease, strokes and clogged arteries. These problems were 24 percent more likely with every 10-unit rise in particles. And almost 3 percent of the women suffered some kind of cardiovascular problem. The Associated Press contributed to this story kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “This study adds another plank in those theories that it’s dangerous to be near particulate matter. Unfortunately, people in California are unaware of the risk and live very close to freeways.” The study comes just weeks after Southern California researchers released a report that found that children who live near freeways may have stunted lungs because of the air pollution. Long a toxic source Researchers and air quality regulators have long known that freeways are among the most toxic sources of pollution in the Southland – and that particulate matter pollution can damage the lungs, brain and heart. But Southern California officials have little power to clean up cars and have been unable to persuade legislators, local planners and developers to restrict building around freeways. The South Coast Air Quality Management District sent out voluntary guidelines encouraging cities and counties to keep houses, hospitals and schools at least 500 feet from freeways. Tiny particles in polluted air – much of it caused by tailpipe emissions – significantly increase the risk of heart disease for older women, according to a newly released federally funded study. The findings raise new questions about whether Environmental Protection Agency pollution limits are tough enough. And for Los Angeles – a region dominated by cars and freeways – it adds to the growing evidence that living near major roadways can be bad for your health. “We know that particulate matter, especially diesel, is something that can create irreversible damage. With children, once those tiny particles are in their lungs that’s when the damage occurs,” said Annette Kondo with the Coalition for Clean Air. last_img read more

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Looted Nazi art to be auctioned off

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Four of five Gustav Klimt oil paintings at the center of a restitution battle between the Austrian government and the artworks’ Jewish heirs will probably be auctioned off at Christie’s this fall, the attorney for the heirs said Monday. In announcing the pending sale on Sunday, the president of Christie’s said the decision to auction or privately sell the works – three landscapes and a portrait worth an estimated $100 million – was yet to be determined. But attorney Steven Thomas said Monday they “will likely” be put up for auction in November. “The family only recently decided to sell the paintings,” Thomas said. “They’re all great pictures,” Lauder said. “Each one would have something to add to the Neue Galerie’s collection. But if the buyer is not the Neue Galerie, I hope they will end up in other museums.” Altmann told the Times it did not matter to her whether Christie’s arranges an auction or private sales of the Klimts. “I’ve never been to an auction, so I think it would be exciting,” Altmann said. “I’m simply hoping for the best,” she added. “So far fate has been very good to me.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe paintings are currently on display at the Neue Galerie, a New York museum of German and Austrian art, along with one of Klimt’s most famous works, an ornate portrait of Viennese art patron Adele Bloch-Bauer from 1907. The five Klimt paintings were handed over by Austria in January to Maria Altmann of Los Angeles, Bloch-Bauer’s niece, and other family members following a seven-year legal battle. An arbitration court had ruled that they were improperly seized when the Nazis took over the country during World War II. The paintings temporarily went on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from April to June. Then cosmetics mogul Ronald S. Lauder purchased the gold-flecked portrait of Bloch-Bauer for a reported $135 million, topping the previous listed world art record of $104.2 million for a Picasso. The other portrait to be sold at Christie’s is a lesser known, colorful portrait of Bloch-Bauer executed between 1903 and 1916. Lauder, the co-founder of the Neue Galerie, told The New York Times he would consider purchasing one or more of the available paintings “if the price is right.” last_img read more

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Inquiry begins on Hart program

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – The Hart district is investigating sex education programs at its high schools and junior highs after the ACLU complained about possible violations of state law. Leslie Crunelle, assistant superintendent of educational services for the William S. Hart Union High School District, said Tuesday that administrators are checking into course content and classroom speakers to see if programs meet state requirements. Crunelle said she expects to have the information gathered by Friday to determine if the district is violating state law that prohibits faith-based groups from speaking at public schools and forbids sex education based only on abstinence. According to the state Department of Education, junior high and high schools don’t have to teach sex education. But if they do they are required to teach a “comprehensive” curriculum that stresses abstinence while including medically accurate information on all forms of contraception. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The Hart district is among just 4 percent of school systems statewide that don’t provide sex education, said Sharla Smith, HIV/AIDS and sex education specialist for the state Department of Education. Schools must teach HIV/AIDS prevention classes, where they also are required to provide the same comprehensive information. District officials said that while the district complies with the HIV/AIDS prevention classes, it does not have a standard curriculum and that schools offer varying programs. Parents who sought help from the American Civil Liberties Union said individual schools have brought in speakers, including some faith-based groups promoting abstinence until marriage, a violation, according to the ACLU’s letter to the district. The letter, sent two weeks ago, also claims that some students were rewarded for signing abstinence pledge cards and agreeing to wait until marriage to have sex. Smith added that the state follows an “abstinence first” curriculum, which should tout the benefits of abstaining from sexual activity, but in her experience, “abstinence-only” programs and speakers tend to bring religious doctrine into the classrooms that sometimes includes inaccurate information. “I have yet to find an organization that claims to be abstinence-only that has medically accurate information,” Smith said. connie.llanos@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Full summary of Saturday’s Scottish Premiership results

first_imgRakish Bingham netted twice while Louis Longridge also got in on the scoring as Martin Canning’s side enjoyed an incredible second half at Easter Road. Anthony Stokes pulled a goal back for the home side as the game entered stoppage time but it was too little too late and Accies moved up to fourth in the table. Rangers and Hearts battled out a flat goalless draw at Ibrox, the first time this season two sides have had to share the points. Stevie May hit his first two goals for Aberdeen as the Pittodrie side beat Dundee 2-1. Roarie Deacon had equalised for the visitors shortly after the start of the second half but it didn’t stop the Dons making it three wins out of three. And Motherwell returned to Dingwall less than a fortnight after their extra-time win in the League Cup there and beat Ross County 2-0. Richard Tait and Louis Moult netted the goals. Celtic moved top of the Scottish Premiership table with their third win of the season, leapfrogging St Johnstone on goal difference. But the Perth side remain hot on their heels as they also maintained their 100% record with a 1-0 home win over Partick Thistle, thanks to a Michael O’Halloran strike. Brendan Rodgers put his faith in youth against Kilmarnock, like he did when the sides met in the League Cup earlier this month, starting Anthony Ralston, Kristoffer Ajer, Kundai Benyu and Calvin Miller in the 2-0 win at Rugby Park. Hibernian crumbled to their first defeat of the new league campaign, losing 3-1 to Hamilton Accies just a week after their emphatic victory over Rangers at Ibrox. last_img read more

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DVC Monthly Preview – June 2018

first_imgShare This!Welcome to the June installment of our monthly Disney Vacation Club preview. We’ve got news about the 2019 DVC member cruises and a booking reminder for the next Moonlight Magic events. Our DVC explainer this month is all about those member benefits we’re discussing. You can view last month’s preview here.Booking WindowsThis month, here are some booking window dates to keep in mind. For your home resort (11-month booking window), in June, you will be able to book for dates in May 2019. For all other DVC resorts (7-month booking window), this month you will be able to book for dates in January 2019. If you’re looking to book a room for marathon weekend Jan. 9-13, 2019, don’t delay. Availability gets scooped up quickly.For last-minute trips, Saratoga Springs and Old Key West have availability for their 1- and 2-bedroom villas for much of the month. And if you have the points available, the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows have availability for most days June 10 and later at DVC’s last-minute resort availability page.DVC NewsDisney Vacation Club has announced two DVC Member Cruises for 2019, departing from each coast.Two DVC member cruises will be offered in 2019 ©Julia MascardoFrom May 15-20, 2019, a 5-night Pacific Coast cruise on the Disney Wonder will depart from San Diego, making stops in San Francisco and Victoria, British Columbia, disembarking in Vancouver. From Oct. 5-12, 2019, the Disney Magic will host the 7-night Bermuda cruise out of New York City with a port stop in Boston and a two-day visit in Bermuda before returning to New York.Member Services will begin taking reservations for both cruises on June 23. Full payment is required at the time of booking. DVC has waived both the $95 fee for using DVC points toward a cruise and the policy of requiring at least one passenger to sail using vacation points. You can use a combination of cash and vacation points for a room, but individual passengers must either be all cash or all vacation points.Registration is set to open for the next round of Moonlight Magic parties for DVC members on July 16 and Aug. 15 at Epcot. Members with resort reservations during the event can register online beginning Wednesday, June 6, at 9 a.m. Eastern time. Registration opens to all members on Wednesday, June 20, at 9 a.m. Eastern time.At the Disneyland Resort, a Father’s Day lunch will be offered from 12 to 2 p.m. June 17 in the Sequoia Ballroom at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Pixar-themed games, activities, and characters will be part of the event. Prices are $53.95 per adult and $29.95 for children 3-9. Call Member Services to reserve your space.As part of the effort to promote Incredibles 2, DVC has launched the Incredible Family Vacation Sweepstakes. First prize is a 5-day, 4-night vacation in a 2-bedroom villa at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins with park tickets and round-trip flights for up to eight people. Go to incrediblevacationsweeps.com to enter by July 19.Last month, we mentioned no information had been released about any possible Toy Story Land previews for DVC members prior to the official June 30 opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The follow-up is that it’s looking highly doubtful that there will be any previews, except perhaps for media and cast members, as work continues to finish construction.DVC Explainer – Member BenefitsMuch of what we discuss in our monthly preview can be placed under the category of member benefits. At its core, Disney Vacation Club is a timeshare with your real estate interest being represented by vacation points. The one guarantee to all members is the ability to use those points to book rooms at resorts that have been sold as Disney Vacation Club properties.Presenting a membership card is required for many of the DVC member benefits.As the years have gone on, additional member benefits have become part of the appeal of owning DVC. That appeal has prompted Disney Vacation Club to ratchet back the amount of benefits received by owners who buy resale, thus making direct purchases more appealing.So this month, we will briefly explain the benefits, then explain how benefits have changed for those who purchased DVC contracts resale and don’t have that blue membership card.Here is a rundown of the various categories of benefits for DVC members:Events/experiences – Events such as the Member Cruise and the Moonlight Magic nights fall under this category. DVC also offers smaller events for members, such as the weekly member nights at Splitsville Luxury Lanes in Disney Springs, fitness activities at Disney California Adventure, and exclusive culinary experiences at the resorts.Member-exclusive areas – The Top of The World Lounge in Disney’s Bay Lake Tower and the Member’s Lounge in Epcot’s Imagination Pavilion are two areas that require a blue membership card and ID to access.Top of the World Lounge at Bay Lake Tower Annual pass discounts, ticket offers – The value of this benefit has varied year to year, but in general, members have received discounted annual passes. Annual pass discounts are limited to those living in the household of the owner. In the past, DVC has also provided other theme park ticket offers, though they haven’t done that recently.Tour/party discounts – Members get discounts (typically 15 percent) for all kinds of tours, activities, and spa treatments. Members also get discounted tickets for select dates of the Halloween and Christmas parties.Dining/merchandise discounts – These can add up quickly while you’re on vacation. Many table service dining locations are discounted 10 percent, though you can find some select Epcot or Swan and Dolphin restaurants with discounts as high as 20 percent. The shopping discount at Walt Disney World owned and operated shops is currently 20 percent, though that could return to 10 percent in the future.Other Disney destinations – Members can use points for Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, and even non-DVC rooms at Disney resorts throughout the world. Though, as members will tell you, the value of using points for some of these options is debatable. Here is DVC’s information on booking the Disney Collection.Non-Disney destinations – Non-Disney resorts worldwide are available to book with points through the Concierge Collection and the World Collection through RCI exchanges. There are complicated rules for booking these destinations, including fees to book and use year limits. If you’re interested in learning more, here is DVC’s information on booking the Concierge Collection and the World Collection.Disney Files magazine – Comes in the mail to members four times a year.Printable lists of member benefits can be found here. I recommend printing them or saving them to your mobile device for quick reference while you’re on vacation.Now, here’s how benefits for resale owners have changed through the years:For resale purchasers after March 21, 2011: DVC points are no longer eligible for reservations in the Concierge Collection, the Disney Collection, or the Adventurer Collection. This includes Disney Cruise Line and Adventures By Disney. As we said earlier, the value of using points for some of these options was already questionable, so the change wasn’t considered a huge loss to resale buyers.For resale purchasers after April 4, 2016: Members who did not purchase points direct from Disney are no longer eligible for Membership Extras, such as exclusive experiences and discounts. This change had a much larger impact, affecting nearly all of the benefits we’ve outlined above. The workaround that some used was to purchase a small contract direct from Disney to get the benefits, then purchase the bulk of their points resale.For resale purchasers after February 25, 2018: The tiny direct purchase “workaround” brought the next change, which was the requirement of at least 75 points to be bought direct for the owner to enjoy full member benefits.So owners considering whether to buy direct or resale (or a combination of both) must weigh the value of member benefits into their decision. The complicating factor is that none of these benefits is guaranteed. As we mentioned at the outset, the only guaranteed benefit for any member is the continued ability to use your purchased points to book rooms for the length of your contract.Admittedly, there would be loud howls if some of these discounts and benefits were to be taken away. And it’s in DVC’s interest to keep members happy, as word of mouth is one of their best selling tools.Which member benefits do you use and consider most valuable? Which would upset you the most if they went away? And what benefits would you like to see added in the future? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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Supporting Others in HR

first_imgWelcome to 2019!  With the whole new year ahead of us, it’s a great time to take a look at ourselves, and how we are going to approach this year.  If you, like me, have been in HR for quite some time, you may have more to give than you think.Nearly three years ago, I had the opportunity to co-present at a local HR meeting, my first public speaking engagement.  (As an introvert, that was a huge step, but I have since embraced getting comfortable with being uncomfortable!) Since then, I’ve been fortunate to have many more speaking opportunities locally and nationally.  Last year, I started teaching a SHRM Certification class. Public speaking and teaching put me in the very fortunate position of regularly being in front of many HR professionals.I am 20+ years into my HR career.  Occasionally over the years I had been asked for and had given advice. And I had asked for advice and guidance myself.  But these new endeavors put me in a position of accidental “expert,” which at first was difficult for me to embrace. ME? Why? People are asking me for advice regularly?  I’m helping to shape emerging HR professionals, and reinvigorate established HR professionals? Yes, me. And you too. We all have something to say, and we all can help others inside – and outside – our profession.  Here is what I have learned.It is important to connect with others inside and outside HR.  Build your #HRTribe – which can and should include those outside of HR. (Mine does.)  Share your knowledge with others. Follow fellow HR practitioners on Twitter. Connect on LinkedIn.  Listen to their podcasts and watch their YouTube videos. As a bonus, you will learn something! There are many of you doing amazing work here, but perhaps none more so than Steve Browne, who seems to make it his life’s mission to encourage the #HRTribe to connect with each other.  Listen to him. You will not regret it.You have a responsibility to give back to those seeking your help. Take that phone call. Respond to that email.  It may be very difficult for an emerging professional to have the courage to reach out.  Remember when you were in that position and extend your hand. I never turn down a LinkedIn request from a fellow HR professional.  I never fail to answer a message, email or return a phone call from an HR professional asking for advice or guidance. Do this regularly, without expecting anything at all.  As an amazing bonus, you will get much more back than you give. When you get that excited call from an HR professional who is newly certified. When you get the email from an HR professional that they were offered that job you coached them to prepare for.  When an HR professional tells you that you gave them the courage to apply to speak at a conference, and then knocks it out of the park. It feels amazing to do things for others. So do it!Don’t be afraid to ask for help – you should never stop learning.  If you are new to HR, you should do this all the time.  It can be scary, but it is so worth it. Even if you are not new to HR, you should be continuously learning.  One of the best ways to do this is to ask for help from others. I have a wonderful community of HR Rebels in my home state of NH, and I regularly reach out to them for advice. In fact, I don’t know what I would do without this group!  Always support.  Don’t compete. Competition can be good.  However, when it comes to the workplace, there is not always as much support as there should be.  So reach out your hand to the person who is up for the same promotion as you. Support them if they receive it.  Network with a fellow speaker or podcaster. Share their posts on social media. Go high, and stay high. Be the person you aspire to be.Here’s to an amazing, supportive 2019!last_img read more

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