VERMONT CAPTIVE INSURANCE ASSOCIATION TO HOLD LARGEST CAPTIVE INSURANCE CONFERENCE IN THE WORLD BURLINGTON, VERMONT — Captive insurance professionals from throughout the United States and around the world will gather in Burlington, Vermont for the world’s largest captive insurance conference, August 12 – 14, 2008 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center. The event is the 23rd Annual Conference hosted by the Vermont Captive Insurance Association.Though more than half of the US states now have captive insurance laws on their books, Vermont continues to be the premier domicile in the United States and the third largest in the world. Captive insurance is a specialized form of self insurance and among the close to 600 active captive insurance companies in Vermont, the State hosts the captive insurance companies of 44 of the Fortune 100 and 21 of the 30 companies that comprise the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The industry is also responsible for more than 1400 jobs (direct and indirect) for Vermonters.The conference, entitled “Solving the Risk Management Puzzle” will feature leading experts in the captive insurance world whose discussions will span from the most basic to the most complex trends and innovations in the captive insurance arena. According to VCIA President, Molly Lambert, “The world of captive insurance is in a constant state of change. Consequently, though the VCIA conference is in its 23rd year, the information presented is always fresh and intriguing. Solving the risk management puzzle has become even more complex over the years and the knowledge of the expert panelists assembled to offer solutions at the VCIA conference is without parallel. This is a “don’t miss” event for the serious captive insurance professional.”The conference keynote speaker is Will Shortz. Shortz has been the Puzzle Master for NPR’s “Weekend Edition Sunday” for over twenty years and is the crossword editor of the New York Times. He is the world’s only enigmatologist – the only academically accredited puzzle master in the world. Shortz will lead an interactive, informative, brain-stimulating session.Known for its incomparable quality and substantive contributions to the professional development of those who attend, the VCIA Annual Conference will draw over 1300 attendees. Members of the press who will be writing or broadcasting information about the VCIA Annual Conference are invited at no charge to attend conference seminars as well as a scheduled press conference from 2:15 – 2:45 pm on August 13th in the Willsboro Room at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center.2008 VCIA Conference Highlights:* On August 13th at 10am, opening remarks will be made by Vermont Governor Jim Douglas.* Conference Keynote Speaker Will Shortz, the New York Times and NPR’s Puzzle Master, will speak on August 13th at 11 am.* Over 1300 attendees from around the globe and over 100 industry exhibitors will be participating.* Eighteen educational seminars and roundtables, including an extended Captives 101 session will fill the three day conference schedule.* Evening receptions will be held at historic Shelburne Farms, the Sheraton Exhibit Hall and ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center on the Burlington Waterfront.For further information or to arrange an interview with VCIA President Molly Lambert, please contact Elizabeth Halpern at 802.658.8242 or [email protected](link sends e-mail).
Garnar called for people to go out in small groups and to continue wearing masks. Garnar says a majority of the cases tied to the bars and restaurants on the west side of Binghamton. The county health department released several public health statements in the past few days regarding the cases that stemmed from these locations. As of Wednesday, there are 193 active cases. According to Broome County Executive Jason Garnar, a majority of these cases are people who in between the ages of 30 and 60 with the average age being 39-years-old. Garnar stressed only 21 cases are Binghamton University students. This announcement echoes Binghamton Mayor Rich David’s Wednesday statement saying Binghamton police and fire departments will ramp up the city’s virus occupancy checks. Beginning Monday, Broome County Security will join police and fire departments in bar and restaurant occupancy enforcement. If the situation does not improve, Garnar says there is a possibility the state might shut down schools and businesses. He warned this will “kill” the economy. (WBNG) — More than 1,000 Broome County residents are in quarantine following a large increase in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19.
One of the first small family hotels in Hrvatsko Zagorje, which has been named the best small continental hotel in Croatia for three years in a row, has made a unique step forward in the offer of continental tourism.The investment worth two million euros opens Villa Magdalena to the business tourism sector as well. Villa Magdalena is unique in that each accommodation unit is equipped with a jacuzzi with thermal water in the living room. Two conference halls are also a novelty, which has positioned this hotel as a desirable choice for various business arrangements. “We are aware that investments are the key to survival in an increasingly demanding market and a response to the needs of guests, which is where the idea of expanding the hotel’s capacity came from. Zagorje has a huge tourist potential and I am sure that our example will encourage other investors to pay more attention and look for investment opportunities in our area.”, Said the owner of the Villa Magdalena hotel, Ivan Petrović, and added that the investment was financed with its own funds.Hotel Villa Magdalena is the first four-star hotel in Hrvatsko Zagorje and Krapinske Toplice opened in 2009. Last year, the hotel achieved an occupancy rate of 81 percent throughout the year and a total of 5.741 overnight stays in only nine accommodation units. For three years in a row (2012, 2013 and 2014) it was named the best small continental hotel in Croatia according to the choice of Tourist Flower – Quality for Croatia. “Investments are key to further strengthening the competitiveness of tourism in the Republic of Croatia, with investments in the hotel industry being of particular importance because this is a segment that characterizes year-round operations. According to the Tourism Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia until 2020, the plan is to increase the share of hotels in the total accommodation structure, but also to strengthen the additional tourist offer throughout the year throughout the country, especially on the continent with great tourist potential. Therefore, hotels that offer additional facilities to tourists in addition to their classic offer, for example in the health tourism segment, are a strong element for the development of the quality of the overall tourist offer of Croatia, but also the destination in which they operate. Also, with its renovation, the hotel Villa Magdalena has the opportunity to position itself as a place for business meetings and conferences, which will contribute to the year-round offer of Zagorje and the continental part of Croatia in general.Said Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli.