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Secretary Condos issues statement on Trump firing CISA Director Chris Krebs

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 2:31pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Tuesday, November 17th President Donald Trump fired Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (DHS CISA) Director Chris Krebs because he repudiated the baseless claims, misinformation, and conspiracy theories made by the President and others about the integrity of the 2020 General Election.

Vermont to receive $1.16M from settlement with Apple over iPhone throttling

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 1:34pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan announced today that Apple, Inc will pay $1.16M to the State of Vermont as part of a $113M settlement with a coalition of over 30 attorneys general. The settlement announced today stems from Apple’s 2016 decision to throttle consumers’ iPhone speeds—artificially slowing them down—to address unexpected shutdowns in iPhones 6 and 7. The coalition alleges that Apple’s concealment of the battery issues and decision to throttle the performance of consumers’ iPhones led to Apple profiting from selling additional iPhones to consumers whose phone performance had been slowed.

DFR suspends license of Newport-area insurance producer

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 12:18pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Commissioner Michael Pieciak announced today that the Department of Financial Regulation issued an order suspending the insurance producer license of Benjamin Scherer, NAIC License Number 3210356, of Newport Center, Vermont, effective November 3, 2020, following the discovery of a series of allegedly improper practices in his handling of client files.

COVID-19 Arrearage Assistance Program expands to include water and wastewater charges

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 11:44am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Department of Public Service announces that customers of an expanded list of water and wastewater providers can now get help with past due bills. Deputy Commissioner Allen says that “the VCAAP has expanded to include non-regulated water and sewer/wastewater charges from municipal water and sewer/wastewater departments, community water systems, fire districts and other agencies that provide water and sewer/wastewater services to consumers.” This program is available for Vermonter’s primary homes and Vermont-based businesses.

Barr Hill Gin named 2020 Spirit of the Year by USA Spirits Ratings

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 11:36am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine USA Spirits Ratings, a global spirits competition featuring hundreds of entrants from over 45 different countries, handed Barr Hill Gin its first ever 100-point score at this year’s event. Produced by Vermont-based distillery Caledonia Spirits, Barr Hill Gin was awarded several prestigious medals by the competition’s panel of expert judges, including 2020 Spirit of the Year and Gin of the Year.

Berkshire Bank Foundation announces 2021 NeXt Gen Scholars Program

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 3:10am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Berkshire Bank, with locations in Vermont and throughout New England, New York and the Mid-Atlantic, today announced its Foundation is now accepting applications for its annual NeXt Gen Scholars Program. High school seniors, college students and adults who live in or attend a school in select communities served by Berkshire Bank and are pursuing an undergraduate degree from an accredited non-profit college or technical school in the fall of 2021 are eligible to apply. A total of $100,000 in scholarships will be awarded to 40 individuals.

VDH COVID-19 Update: The Northeast goes red with coronavirus cases

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 5:25pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today reported 95 more cases of COVID-19 statewide. There is not a single 'Green' county left in the Northeast. Governor Scott urged personal responsibility in reversing the upward trend in cases. He said, "Please don’t call it patriotic or pretend it’s about freedom. Because real patriots serve and sacrifice for all, whether they agree with them or not. Patriots also stand up and fight when our nation’s health and security is threatened. And right now, our country and way of life is being attacked by this virus — not the protections we put in place."

Vermont Research News: Who wears a mask and who doesn't, voter fraud in 1844

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 4:52pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine People that supported mask-wearing had motivations like keeping their family members and immuno-compromised friends safe. People who sometimes or never wore masks generally did so for reasons like glasses fogging up, difficulty being heard and COVID skepticism. The August 1 mask mandate increased mask-wearing from 84.6% of survey respondents prior to 97.3% after.

Governor addresses record COVID-19 case growth

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 4:22pm -- tim

Governor Phil Scott I understand it may seem counter-intuitive that restaurants remain open and yet you can’t have neighbors over for dinner. But the fact is, from October 1 to the time of Friday’s announcement, 71% of outbreaks were linked to social events, parties and people hanging out at a home or at bars and clubs. We’re just not seeing these types of outbreaks linked back to people dining at restaurants or working out at gyms. This tells us the protocols at these businesses are, for the most part, working. And while we have a number of cases that have shown up at schools, we have very few schools that have experienced transmission from one person to another, which means schools are not driving this either.

Comcast hosts digital equity summit focused on Veterans’ needs, Dodge House in Rutland gets $20,000

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 4:03pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Executives from Comcast Corporation and Comcast’s Western New England Region, which serves 300 communities in Connecticut, Vermont, western Massachusetts, western New Hampshire and New York, today held a virtual summit on the topic of veterans to raise awareness of the impact the digital divide has on them. As part of the event, Comcast also announced several donations worth more than $250,000 to support digital inclusion efforts in Connecticut, Vermont and western Massachusetts.

Burlington expands free COVID testing

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 2:57pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The City of Burlington is again offering additional, free testing in Burlington on Wednesday and Saturday this week, as they are trying to provide extra coverage outside of weekday working hours: Wednesday: 5:00-8:00 pm at the Miller Center, indoors; Saturday: 9:00 am-12:00 pm at the Old North End Community Center, outdoors.