Cigar association stresses ‘Freedom, Unity’ for all Vermont citizens

first_imgContrary to its motto – ‘Freedom and Unity’ – the state of Vermont is one step closer to tightening its current smoking ban by prohibiting the use of tobacco and other smoking products in all workplaces throughout the state.The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association says the freedom of all Vermont citizens – smokers and non-smokers alike – is at stake and state legislators should be spending their time on issues that truly matter – like jobs and the economy.”The United States Constitution gives the right to employers to decide how to conduct their businesses, and that includes whether or not to allow smoking on their premises. The state of Vermont preempted that right by legislating a smoking ban in 1987 and would be adding insult to injury now by tightening those decades-old restrictions,” said Chris McCalla, legislative director of the IPCPR.”Why is this important to the estimated 675,000 non-smokers and smokers who live in the state? They all should be concerned because their constitutional rights are being further tampered with and further deprivation of their rights would be in the offing,” he explained.McCalla pointed out that, in contrast to what is claimed by pro-ban and anti-smoking forces, secondhand smoke in the workplace has been declared a virtual non-issue by the very federal organization that has been assigned the responsibility for wellness in the workplace – the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.”In the first place, OSHA has established safe levels for secondhand smoke in the workplace and, secondly, those safe levels are so high that the air quality in most bars and restaurants would not come close to reaching them let alone exceeding them,” McCalla said.McCalla cited official documentation from senior officials of OSHA that states, in part, “It would be very rare to find a workplace with so much smoking that permissible exposure levels would be exceeded.”Vermont’s current smoking ban plus on-going trends in the marketplace have led to an increasing number of business owners banning the use of tobacco in their establishments.”Legislated smoking bans are simply not necessary when the market is adjusting accordingly on its own. Why bother with something that’s already working when there are so many other more important issues to deal with such as jobs and the economy?” he said.Source: The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers AssociationSource: MONTPELIER, Vt., April 9 /PRNewswire/last_img read more

The missing link in CEO succession planning

first_imgCommunication strategy in CEO succession is often a critical but missing element in managing the transition of leadership. Practically, the board’s focus is on answering the question “Who should be our next CEO?” and misses an opportunity to strategically manage the communication strategy. The most effective approach is to design a strategic succession process, and communication is one step in that process.Here are some examples to illustrate the collateral damage of mismanaging communication.Brett is the EVP of a well-run organization and has been told by his CEO that he is the de facto successor. Monday morning he learns the board did an external, confidential CEO search. Brett now has a new boss and was never presented the opportunity to interview for the position.Mary is the current CEO and is developing two executives as potential CEO candidates with whom she has created the expectation that there is no need for the board to go external. The board, however, has a different agenda. Mary has done well as the CEO, but the board is reflecting that the competencies needed in the next CEO may be materially different from Mary. In the meantime, the internal candidates are being developed as a Mary look-alike. The board is not sure what it wants in a CEO, and Mary is retiring in nine months. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Football injury report: Clement, Caputo banged up for Badgers

first_imgSaturday night’s game against No. 3 Alabama was supposed to be Corey Clement’s grand entrance.Instead, the junior running back spent the majority of the game on the sidelines, hampered by a left groin injury he suffered in practice the week of the Alabama game, University of Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst said.Clement carried the ball only eight times for 16 yards. Backups Taiwan Deal (six carries for 14 yards) and Dare Ogunbowale (three carries for nine yards) rounded out Wisconsin’s meager rushing attack.Chryst said he was being cautious with his premier offensive player.“I think he could have gone a little bit more, possibly,” he said.Chryst also said the injury is a short-term issue that should be resolved in the near future during his news conference Monday.Clement didn’t practice Tuesday, but he said he had every intention of playing this Saturday against Miami (Ohio).“I’m planning to play [Saturday], and I think that’s the mindset you want to have,” Clement said. “You don’t want to say, ‘I’m not going to play this week because I’m scared to get re-injured.’ If you have to lay it out there for your teammates, you gotta do what you gotta do.”Fifth-year senior Michael Caputo suffered a concussion on the first drive of the game when Alabama running back Derrick Henry’s knee collided forcefully with his helmet.Caputo tried staying in the game, but was so disoriented he thought the Alabama huddle was his own team’s huddle. That’s when the UW training staff rushed onto the field and removed him from the game.Chryst said Caputo is going through the concussion protocol and his status regarding Saturday’s game is uncertain. D’Cota Dixon, who filled in for Caputo against Alabama, is expected to do the same against Miami (Ohio).Chryst said Leon Jacobs, who had trouble moving around as the game went on, told him he’d practice this week. True freshman linebacker Chris Orr filled in for Jacobs during some plays last Saturday.Offensive lineman Ray Ball, who is dealing with a bad arm, will be evaluated throughout the week, Chryst said.Chryst added he sympathizes with injured players because he knows how badly they want to be on the field.“These guys only have so many opportunities and they want to be able to take advantage of them,” Chryst said. “That’s what was hard for me to see more than anything.”last_img read more