Squaw Valley Statement

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Public Relations Director, Liesl Kenney released a statement addressing concerns about the water quality at Squaw Valley Upper Mountain.


In it, he laid out the facts about Squaw Valley’s upper mountain’s water quality.


Firstly, the contamination was limited to only one of the water systems, the one which services both High Camp and Gold Coast. This is not a complete contamination.


Secondly, the contamination was caused by a system upgrade that was done in response to the havoc wreaked by unusually heavy storms. Their water system was not the only one in Placer County to need an overhaul after the spell of bad storms.


The contamination never reached the public for consumption, but that didn’t stop Squaw Valley officials from taking all precautions and safety measures. Kenney was quoted as saying, “The safety of our customers is paramount to us. We take this issue very seriously, as we do all safety issues at our resort. While this issue is being resolved, our guests at High Camp and Gold Coast will have normal and full access to our facilities…”


They found the contamination during routine maintenance and testing, and immediately contacted several leading water safety experts, as well as Squaw Valley Public Service District and Placer County Environmental Health.


The resort is still operational and now offers free bottled water to all of its guests until the matter with their water is resolved. They will keep their customers updated with any changes, and will alert all guests as soon as it’s safe to drink the water again.

It is more than Just Politics – Dick and Betsy DeVos on Their Philanthropic Extent

Betsy DeVos nomination and subsequent appointment as the Secretary of Education recently sparked off debate about her and her husband’s philanthropy. The couple, as well as its extended family, is known to give generous donations to political causes that are mostly right-leaning. However, their recent revelations about their philanthropy showed that it is about more than just politics.


Charitable Contributions

Dick and Betsy DeVos reckon that they have donated a combined sum of about $139 million to charity over their lifetime. Their charity contributions have been to diverse causes including education, religion, health, and art.


Most of the couple’s donations are directed towards education causes and organizations. For instance, education causes received 26% of their 2015 charitable donations, adding up to about $3 million. They also contributed about $357,000 to organizations advocating for education reforms. The two are concerned that the education system is incapable of fulfilling the American dream. They direct their donations not only at children but also talented and diligent teachers who can help improve the current system.


The couple donated about $11.6 million to charity in 2015 alone. Compared to their campaign donations, 2015’s charity contribution are about twice of the couple’s political donations spanning five years back.


A Smoke Screen?

The report by Forbes on Dick and Betsy DeVos came at a convenient time for the couple and specifically Betsy DeVos who was then nominated to the education secretary position. The couple hails from a family with a long history of involvement in Republican politics. Dick DeVos’ dad, Richard DeVos, in particular, is an active participant in the party and U.S. politics in general. Betsy DeVos’ father and extended family is also reputable for its generous political and charitable donations.


Additionally, many critics argue that their generosity towards education organizations pushing for reforms is geared towards their business interests. Dick and Betsy DeVos are supporters of voucher and charter schools which rely on government funding to operate. Critics fear that the schools are channels of siphoning tax dollars and accuse the DeVos of having a financial interest in the increasingly popular education system.


The couple, however, has denied any claims to deflecting attention from its political donations by pointing out the numbers. To date, for instance, the DeVos extended family’s charitable donations add up to about $1.33 billion.


About Dick DeVos

Dick DeVos is the eldest son of Richard DeVos, Sr. He is also the husband to Elizabeth (Betsy) Prince and a father to four children. Over the years, Dick DeVos has worked for his family’s businesses in many capacities including as the president of Amway Corporation and the manager of the Orlando Magic Basketball franchise for the National Basket Association. He is also an active politician and identifies as a republican; in fact, he ran for governor of the State of Michigan in 2006.

US Health Group Inc. Goes Well-Beyond Being America’s Trusted Insurance

US Health Group Inc. is America’s trusted choice for healthcare for a very good reason. The Ft. Worth, Texas based company has been on the cutting edge of providing innovative health coverage for 50 years.

It is not every day that an insurance company offers an array of products that meets the needs of so many of its customers. US Health Group PPO has designed products which include benefits specifically to meet the needs of more than 15 million customers.

The company prides itself in being able to provide coverage to address each customer’s specific needs to meet their budget. US Health Group Inc. continues to strive for innovation in developing a portfolio of insurance coverage that promotes member choice. Their diverse plans include benefits that are uniquely qualified to meet the need for flexibility, affordability and reliability for the customers’ insurance selections.

In 2016, US Health Group Inc. won the prestigious honor of the One Planet Business and Professional Excellence Award. It is a coveted global premier award which honors excellence in every industry around the world. US Health Group won the gold award as Company of the Year in the category of Accounting, Banking, Financial and Insurance.

President and CEO, Troy McQuagge stated: “It’s an honor to be named by One Planet Awards to receive this esteemed industry and peer recognition.”

Since Mr. McQuagge has taken the lead as the company’s top executive, US Health Group has reached an unprecedented level of success and growth. Mr. McQuagge further stated “…this award is a testament to our company’s ongoing commitment to solve the healthcare affordability problem for customers by providing them with innovative coverage that can grow as their healthcare needs grow.”

The company’s PPO products are ground-breaking and offer a fast-growing network of providers. The plans are intended to offer a more affordable option while maintain the integrity, protection and high-quality assurances of benefits.

US Health Group Inc. has maintained a larger than usual customer loyalty with their products which has yielded the company a very low customer turnover. The company has clearly dedicated its efforts to deliver on a vision and promise for dependability.

In an industry that is continually being characterized as needing reform, US Health Group Inc. has differentiated itself from the marketplace by establishing committed relationships with their customers. The hallmark of their brand is within treating customers as people and not data. Customers are the focus for their commitment for continually meeting their high expectations.

The health coverage being offered by US Health Group Inc. is not the only way they’ve shown their commitment. In 2016, in connection with its US Health Advisor’s, the company shipped care packages to soldiers for the Christmas holiday. The packages included hundreds of items such as snacks, energy drinks, socks, toiletries, books and sunglasses.

US Health Group Inc. continues to focus on serving America and earning the trust their growing customers have placed in them.

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The Vintners Of UK

The practice of winemaking has traditionally been a natural process carried out via various processes that involved accidents and experimentation. In recent times, however, the entire process has taken a more scientific approach, in that specific techniques are crafted through careful analysis and experimentation by expert winemakers. A vintner’s job is to oversee the processes carried out by a group of experienced winemakers, who in turn carry out the various processes that pertain to production and distribution of the wine. These winemakers have evolved to spread into large corporations, with the vintner’s job being more than simply managing the different processes that go into winemaking.

In large scale wineries, an expert winemaker is also likely to carry out the job of a technician, with a vast knowledge of the technical know-how that goes into winemaking, in addition to being a consultant.

The UK Vintner industry is a highly competitive field, especially with the onset of the establishment of independent businesses within the UK. The majority of UK vintner companies are more concerned about their wine trading business and make the most out of it by not only selling locally but on an international level.

Several UK vintners work with the Vineyard Association as it serves as a platform for a variety of opportunities for wine traders.

There are some 500 vineyards in the UK, out of which some are open for tasting and tourism. Vintners are also popular for providing their services online, which has largely boosted wine businesses all around.

A popular UK based vintner company goes by the name of UKV PLC, which hasn’t only established its name in merely the sale of wine but is also widely recognized for the innovation and productivity that goes into the winemaking process. The company has an elaborate website which provides descriptions of the input employed for wine production, from basic processes like choosing the grape to complex techniques adopted through experience.

With the facility of online membership, not only can wine enthusiasts read about wine, but in fact, figure out which wine is specific to a particular area, and order the kind of wine that they want.

Top companies like Merchant Vintner goes so far as only to allow members to have access to an exclusive menu of wines. These high-end companies also provide consultation services, as well as a range of storage and delivery options, which is undoubtedly one of the several perks that a wine enthusiast enjoys.