Claudio Fort Named CEO of North Country Health System

first_imgNewport, VT – The Search Committee, with the approval of the Board of Trustees, is happy to announce Claudio Fort as North Country Health System’s new President and CEO.Claudio grew up in Nashua, New Hampshire. His parents are both deceased but his in-laws and siblings live in southern New Hampshire. He and his wife, Brenda, have two children. Gabriela “Gabby,” is age 12 and in the sixth grade and their son, Camden, age 10, is in the fourth grade. Prior to having children, Brenda worked full-time as an insurance underwriter. She was a stay-at-home mom until their children began school. She now works part-time at a local insurance agency.Claudio attended the University of New Hampshire and graduated in 1988 with a double major in Economics and History. He earned an MBA from New Hampshire College in 1997.The summer before his senior year in college Claudio got a job at Bon Secours (now Holy Family Hospital) in Methuen, Massachusetts as a summer intern, which was his introduction to healthcare. The same summer his father passed away very suddenly of a heart attack and the outpouring of support he received from the Sisters and other staff at the hospital are what motivated him to pursue a career in healthcare administration. After he completed college, he accepted an industrial sales position for a defense subcontractor, but quickly knew that was not the direction he wanted his career to take. He applied for a marketing position with North Country Associates, a chain of nursing homes in Maine. Instead he was offered a nursing home administrator training position, filling in at a couple of their locations before receiving a permanent assignment as Administrator of a facility.After four years, Claudio was recruited by the Hillhaven Corporation as Administrator of their 83-bed skilled nursing facility in Maine. He enjoyed a very successful tenure with Hillhaven, but in 1996, the organization was sold.In 1997, Claudio was contacted by the CEO of the Main Veterans Homes, a five-facility system. After one year as administrator there, he was recruited as Vice President of Facility Operations as well as Nursing Home Administrator for Inland Hospital in Waterville, ME. In this role, he had responsibility for the 76-bed skilled nursing facility, as well as hospital responsibility for Facilities, Rehabilitation Services, Food and Nutritional Service, Housekeeping, Plant Operations, and Security. This gave Claudio the opportunity to move into acute care management, as well as providing him with Board and medical staff experience. In his role, he managed nine direct reports with responsibility for 140 employees, including seven physicians and three mid-level providers.In 2004 Claudio felt ready to move into a CEO role and was recruited to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland, Illinois, where he has enjoyed success for the last five years. Though they have enjoyed living in Illinois, Claudio and Brenda have missed their families and life in New England. The opportunity to become North Country’s CEO and also live in VT was the perfect combination for Claudio, both professionally and personally.Claudio enjoys being professionally active and feels it is important to contribute to the communities in which he has lived. He is currently a member of the American College of Health Care Executives and the president-elect of Region 4 of the Illinois Hospital Association. He is a member of the Highland Rotary Club and serves on the Board of Directors of the Highland Chamber of Commerce. Claudio is also on the Strategic Planning Committee of the local school district. He is looking forward to making Newport his home and becoming an active member of our community.In his leisure hours Claudio enjoys spending time with his family in a variety of recreational activities including camping, hiking, skiing, boating, traveling, and supporting his children in their various academic, cultural, and athletic events.The Forts plan to move over the holidays and Claudio will assume his role as CEO in early January.last_img read more

From St. Kitts to Suriname, Caribbean Drug Runners Try to Evade the Law

first_imgBy Dialogo September 02, 2011 Caribbean cocaine smugglers are finding ever more brazen ways of getting drugs past customs agents — with officials in the past few weeks discovering the illicit white powder hidden in everything from iron pipes to Hindu religious objects. On Aug. 16, anti-narcotics police in English-speaking Guyana seized more than 72 kilos of cocaine stashed in the false bottoms of havan kunds — traditional metal urns filled with wood and camphor. The square, cast-iron receptacles, which are normally used to light fires during Hindu rituals, were to have been shipped to North America. Seelall Persaud, assistant commissioner at the criminal investigations unit of the Guyana Police Force, said cocaine was found in 148 of 426 kunds, and that it had a street value of $2.4 million. Persaud said the man who was arrested in the case refused to cooperate. Asked by local press whether the cocaine was prepared specifically for export, Persaud replied that “the fact of the concealment suggests that.” He declined to say whether the destination was the United States or Canada. The married couple arrested in the probe, along with two teenage children, operates a taxi service along Guyana’s East Coast Demerara region. On Aug. 29, the Dominican Republic’s National Drug Control Agency seized 97 packages of cocaine hidden inside 14 iron bars that were being shipped from the port of Haina to Barcelona, Spain, as part of a consignment of scrap metal. Roberto Lebrón, spokesman for the DNCD, said the 103 kilos of cocaine was found in one container alone, and that other freight containers in the same shipment are also suspected of carrying drugs. Lebrón said the agency’s president, Maj. Gen. Rolando Rosado Mateo, personally directed the operation — which represents the second seizure of cocaine on the docks at Haina this week. The Dominican Republic was also the source of a suspicious container seized Aug. 29 by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in San Juan, Puerto Rico. While inspecting the M/V Sydney Express, CBP officers noticed a discrepancy between the ship’s arrival manifest and a container seal. Upon opening the container for further examination, they found four large duffel bags containing 125 packages of narcotics, including 135.2 kilos of cocaine worth $3.38 million. Later that same afternoon, two more duffel bags were found in another container on the ship. Those bags contained 49 packages of drugs, including 51 kilos of cocaine worth $1.07 million, and two kilos of heroin worth $164,800. On Aug. 17, DNCD agents seized 810 kilos of cocaine during a raid in a residential area of Santo Domingo. Some of the drugs were hidden in a closet, and the rest were found in eight sacks in a black sport-utility vehicle. Nelson Toribio Custodio, 34, was arrested, said DNCD officials, who also recovered an Uzi submachine gun, a revolver and a Municipal Police uniform from the house. On Aug. 11, police on Grand Bahama Island seized 147 pounds of cocaine worth $1.2 million. The drugs had been stashed in a shipping crate at the Freeport Container Port. “As a result of reported anomalies within a container, the container was opened, and a search was conducted which led to the discovery of two large black duffel bags containing square tape packages suspected of being cocaine,” said a statement from the Royal Bahamas Police Force. The container originated in Peru and was destined for Canada. Earlier this month, Jamaican customs authorities confiscated 65 kilos of cocaine worth $1.5 million that had originated in Suriname. This marks the second time in two months that drugs have been found aboard the M/V Vega Azurit. The latest seizure took place at the Kingston docks, in a five-hour operation involving Customs and several other agencies. The drugs were apparently hidden in a shipment of several hundred logs from the Aroalma Forest Producers Association. Less than half a year ago, Jamaican officials seized 112.5 kilos of narcotics worth $2.5 million from that same vessel. In mid-August, Surinamese authorities intercepted around 30 kilos of cocaine at Paramaribo’s Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport in three separate cases. The first involved 21 kilos discovered during a routine scan. The second resulted in the arrest of two vegetable exporters who attempted to smuggle 7.5 kilos of cocaine in a shipment of okra. In the third case, a middle-aged Dutchman was arrested with liquid cocaine in two perfume bottles and 116 pellets in his stomach. On the tiny Caribbean island of Nevis — the smaller of the twin-island nation of St. Kitts & Nevis — police discovered and uprooted 5,000 marijuana plants ranging up to 11 feet high, with a total street value of around $2 million. Kittitian lawmakers are urging Prime Minister Denzil Douglas to declare a state of emergency to deal with the country’s worsening drug-related violence. In Trinidad & Tobago, drugs and crime have gotten so out of hand that Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on Aug. 22 did just that. The country’s “limited” state of emergency, announced by Persad in a nationally televised address, includes a 9 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew in key cities and towns, with 5,000 soldiers assisting police in making searches and arrests. Trinidad’s foreign minister, Surujrattan Rambachan, said the country’s sudden spike in all types of violence including homicides follows the Aug. 16 seizure of $22 million worth of cocaine — prompting gangs to seek retribution for their losses. Parliament may vote to extend that state of emergency for 90 days. Persad promised to “hunt down and bring to justice” the perpetrators of drug-related crime. “Our nation must not be held to ransom by marauding groups of thugs bent on creating havoc in our society,” she said. “The current crime spree dictates that more must be done and stronger action must be deplored now.”last_img read more

Pistorius Walks on Stumps to Show Court His Disability

first_imgOscar Pistorius has removed his prosthetic limbs and hobbled around the courtroom at his sentencing hearing in South Africa.The former Olympic athlete was on his stumps when he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a door at his home in 2013, and his defence made much of his vulnerability.The hearing in Pretoria was called after a court convicted him of murder, overturning a manslaughter verdict. Pistorius will be sentenced on July 6.The six-time Paralympic gold medallist, whose legs were amputated below the knee as a baby, made history by becoming the first amputee sprinter to compete at the Olympics in 2012, running on prosthetic “blades”.Judge Thokozile Masipa also has granted permission for the crime scene photos to be made public – a request made by Ms Steenkamp’s father, who gave emotional testimony on Tuesday, saying Pistorius should pay for killing his daughter.On Wednesday, the Pretoria High court heard testimony from Ms Steenkamp’s cousin Kim Martin, who said the victim had not loved Pistorius though she had been fond of him.The athlete’s defence team had argued that he mistook Ms Steenkamp for an intruder.The double amputee faces a jail term of 15 years but it may be reduced due to time already spent in prison and mitigating factors.Oscar Pistorius has spent all his life fighting misconceptions about disabled people but today, with this fate hanging in the balance, he hobbled in the courtroom before Judge Masipa – desperate to show his vulnerability.Very few people have seen this world-renowned athlete this way. Over the course of his trial, we learned of a self-conscious Pistorius worlds apart from the demi-god celebrated for his sporting prowess.It is one of those moments that will remain etched on the minds of many – it is beyond doubt that defence lawyer Barry Roux made an impression here. But theatrics aside, Gerrie Nel, for the prosecution, reminded the world of the hard facts: Reeva Steenkamp was dead and Oscar Pistorius killed her.Mr Nel argued that South Africa’s high murder rate and seeming leniency of the courts could no longer go unchallenged. He implored the judge to not let this be “business as usual”.Now Judge Masipa, a decorated and well-respected judge, who though soft-spoken speaks with authority, is now faced with the difficult task of imposing a sentence.Making his final plea for the defence, lawyer Barry Roux stressed his client’s disability as he gave his version of events at the former athlete’s home on Valentine’s Day (14 February) 2013.“It is three o’clock in the morning, it is dark, he is on his stumps,” he said.“His balance is seriously compromised and… he would not be able to defend himself. He was anxious, he was frightened…“He believed the person in the toilet was an intruder and deceased was at the time in the bed,” Mr Roux said.The lawyer asked Pistorius to remove his prosthetic limbs and the sobbing former star, who was wearing shorts, took them off and hobbled about.He argued that a sentence with community service should be considered.In his closing argument for the prosecution, state lawyer Gerrie Nel pushed for a severe penalty.“He knew there was someone behind the door,” he said.“Using a lethal weapon, a loaded firearm, the accused fired not one but four shots to the toilet door. He failed to provide any acceptable version for his conduct.”Ms Martin, who was called as the final witness for the prosecution, said she did not believe the true version of events had come out.Mr Roux asked her about the couple’s relationship.Ms Steenkamp, a model and law graduate, was excited and fond of Pistorius, “but I couldn’t see love”, Ms Martin replied.Pistorius was initially jailed for manslaughter in 2014 and was released into house arrest after a year, but his conviction was changed to murder in December 2015 after the prosecution appealed.He had been released from prison last October and allowed to serve out the remainder of his initial sentence under house arrest at his uncle’s property in Pretoria, the capital of South Africa.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

GIG strengthens M&A growth strategy with SEK 400 million bond issuance

first_img StumbleUpon Submit GiG launches WSN Podcast hosted by Bill Krackomberger  June 18, 2020 Robin Reed, Gaming Innovation GroupFurther to yesterday’s announcement that Oslo-listed Gaming Innovation Group will enter the UK betting market launching its Nordic flagship betting brands Guts.com and Super Lenny.GIG governance has further detailed that the firm has secured a Nordic bond issuance of SEK 400 million (£35 million), which it will use to further exploit its ongoing M&A growth strategy.The Malta-based operator detailed that its bond issue had been ‘significantly oversubscribed’ with strong demand from a number of Nordic investors. The company has been further granted an SEK 1,250 million ‘borrowing cap’ for its acquisition initiatives. Bond settlement is expected to be 6 March 2017, with final maturity 6 March 2020. The bond issue has a fixed coupon of 7.0% p.a. GIG governance will make an application for the bonds to be listed on Oslo Stock Exchange.Updating investors and corporate stakeholders GIG Group CEO Robin Reed commented on the Nordic bond Issuance“Our vision is to interconnect the operators and suppliers of the iGaming industry in an eco-system. The proceeds from this bond placement will allow us to acquire and invest into marketing businesses and distribution channels. This will greatly increase our traffic driving capability to our rapidly expanding eco-system. More volumes will benefit all the stakeholders with advantages of scale.”ABG Sundal Collier ASA acted as sole manager in connection with the placement of the new bond issue. Share GiG ups code security oversight with Checkmarx July 10, 2020 GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Share Related Articleslast_img read more