It offers corporate training and workshops, a media platform to promote conversation about well-being and an e-commerce platform.
"Thrive Global rejects the myth that burnout is the price we must pay for success," a press release about the initiative states.
Providence is receiving free training, as well as Boston, Minneapolis and Oakland, Calif.
"Here in Providence we are excited to get involved with Thrive Global and appreciate their focus on maintaining strong and sustainable work-life balance for our employees," Mayor Jorge O. Elorza said in a statement issued this week.
Elorza said he has seen firsthand the "hard work" that nonprofit and public sector employees put into their jobs.
"I know that providing them with resources and training they need is critical to supporting their quality of life both at work and at home," he continued.
Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global, said in a statement that "technology has granted us powers that accelerate the speed of life beyond our capacity to cope."
"Thrive Global is born in response to this need to take control of our lives and offer new strategies and tools, based on the latest science, to address the unintended consequences of these profound and invasive changes," she said.]]>
PROVIDENCE - Deepwater Wind LLC on Friday finished testing the nation's first offshore wind farm and expects to bring it online in a matter of days.
The company for four months has been testing its five turbine, 30-megawatt project off the shore of Block Island. Deepwater says it started producing power on Sept. 12 and has since generated more than 1 gigawatt hour of energy.
"We're truly proud of the wind farm's performance to date and to have completed a successful test phase," said Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffrey Grybowski in prepared remarks. "The wind farm's performance has been exceptional, even in some of the harshest weather conditions offshore. In late November, for example, the wind farm produced energy in 53-mile-per-hour wind gusts."
The road to completion hasn't come without hurdles for Deepwater. Most recently, during some tests, General Electric Co., which manufactured the turbines, learned a drill bit had been left inside one of the turbine generators. The mishap resulted in one of the turbines not turning, although it's not expected to delay the project from coming online, according to the company.
"GE will repair the turbine and expects to have it operational in the near term," the company said in a statement. "This short delay for this turbine is not unusual. Over the course of the next 20 years, one or more turbines will be taken offline for maintenance and repairs from time to time while others are in operation."
The news was first reported by EcoRI News.
Deepwater expects to receive final approvals from ISO New England, the region's electric grid regulator, after which commercial operations can start.
"That process should be completed in the coming days," according to Deepwater.
Once operational, the turbines will power most of Block Island's electric demands and about 1 percent of Rhode Island's. In the first year of operation, National Grid PLC, the state's largest utility, will pay Deepwater 24.4 cents per kilowatt hour, which will increase 3.5 percent yearly for two decades. That's three times National Grid's current blended rate of 8.18 cents per kilowatt hour.
The project cost an estimated $300 million, which is an amount offshore wind advocates expect will fall as the]]>
Blue Sphere Corp., an international power generation company, broke ground on the 3.2 megawatt biogas facility in May 2015, expecting to come online in the beginning of 2016.
The project completion, however, has been delayed and company executives provided this update on Thursday:
"The plant is going through the phases needed to bring the facility to the testing and commissioning phase. [A] team of engineers and subcontractors have been completing key elements of construction while preparing the facility for testing, commissioning and ultimately the commencement of operating activities."
The company did not provide an estimated time for when the project would come online.
A Blue Sphere representative could not be immediately reached for comment.
Auspark LLC, a subsidiary of the Italian-based Austep Group, is working on the project, according to the release. Blue Sphere says it holds a power-purchase agreement with National Grid, the state's largest utility.
"We are very excited for the Rhode Island facility to be entering into this phase of development especially with winter about to arrive in the northeastern United States. We have been working very hard with all of our partners including the Austep Group to see this facility take shape and we further look forward to the day when we see this amazing asset become fully operational," said Shlomi Palas, Blue Sphere CEO, in a statement.
Belkis M. Guzman was a former employee of El Centro Multiservicios LLC, a tax preparation business in Providence.
Guzman pleaded guilty on Sept. 8 to the charges. In addition to the prison term, Guzman was ordered to serve three years of supervised release and to pay $928,224.95 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Rhode Island.
The news release said Guzman was involved in two separate schemes. One involved preparation and presentation of false individual income tax returns (Forms 1040) on behalf of El Centro clients for tax years 2009-11, on which Guzman "created, inflated and falsified dependents, exemptions, credits, deductions and expenses."
The second scheme involved the deposit of approximately 100 U.S. Treasury checks totaling more than $800,700 into Guzman's personal checking account. The checks were generated by filing fraudulent individual income tax returns containing stolen personal identifying information and fraudulent amounts of income, deductions and credits.
Guzman deposited the checks into her bank account after signing many of the checks in place of the payees who were unknown to her; she then provided most of the proceeds to a third party in cash and personal checks. Guzman then received a percentage as payment for depositing the checks into her account.]]>
October cash collections grew to $253.4 million from $248.2 million in October 2015, fueled by a nearly 18 percent increase in "all other revenue," which the state agency said was due to a "sharp year-over-year increase in business corporations tax cash collections."
A 3.1 percent increase in lottery transfer payments, 1.3 percent gain in sales and use tax, and 0.2 percent growth in personal income tax also contributed to the growth in cash collections. The only category among the revenue sources to experience a decline was departmental receipts, which fell 5.5 percent over the year, the state agency said.
A total of $1,205,588,482 was collected through the October fiscal period, compared with $1,176,397,766 during the same fiscal period last year. All revenue sources experienced growth during the four-month period, with departmental receipts reporting the largest increase at 4.2 percent, followed by all other revenue at 2.7 percent, lottery transfer at 2.5 percent, sales and use tax at 2.1 percent, and personal income tax at 1.9 percent.]]>
Rhode Island's foreclosure rate slipped to 1.18 percent in September, a 0.62 percentage point decline over the year.
Despite the over-the-year decreases, the Providence metro and Rhode Island foreclosure rates were still higher than the national foreclosure rate, which was 0.86 percent in September, a four-tenths of a percentage point decline from a year ago.
Mortgage delinquency rates also fell in the Providence metro and in Rhode Island when comparing September with September 2015. This measures the percentage of loans that are more than 90 days delinquent, including those in foreclosure and real estate-owned.
The mortgage delinquency rate for the Providence metro declined to 3.52 percent from 4.9 percent, and fell to 3.48 percent from 4.89 percent in Rhode Island. Again, the national mortgage delinquency rate was lower, at 2.63 percent. The national rate also declined over the year, as it was 3.45 percent in September 2015
Foreclosure and mortgage delinquency rates have been steadily declining in the Providence metro since January, according to CoreLogic.]]>
The 178,000 gain followed a 142,000 rise in October that was less than previously estimated, a Labor Department report showed Friday. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey called for a 180,000 advance. The jobless rate fell 0.3 percentage point to 4.6 percent as labor participation dropped for a second month.
A steady job market also signals employers were willing to keep hiring in the days before and after the Nov. 8 presidential election. While the Federal Reserve is almost certain to raise borrowing costs this month, sustained weakness in wages or participation would weigh on the economic outlook.
"You have to look at the underlying trend and that's still pretty good," Scott Brown, chief economist for Raymond James Financial Inc. in St. Petersburg, Fla., said before the report. "We're at a time of the year when there are a lot of seasonal issues. Investors are looking well beyond, at what's going to happen in 2017."
Revisions to prior reports subtracted a total of 2,000 jobs from payrolls in the previous two months.
November payroll estimates ranged from gains of 140,000 to 250,000. October was initially reported as a 161,000 increase.
The unemployment rate, which is derived from a separate Labor Department survey of households, was projected to hold at an eight-year low of 4.9 percent, according to the survey median.
Even with the tight labor market, the news on wages was disappointing. Average hourly earnings fell by 0.1 percent from the prior month to $25.89. They climbed 2.5 percent over the 12 months ended in November, following a 2.8 percent year-over-year gain in October. The average work week for all workers was unchanged at 34.4 hours.
Other measures continue to signal weaknesses that Donald Trump highlighted in the months leading up to his victory in the Nov. 8 presidential election.
The participation rate, which shows the share of working-age people in the labor force, decreased to 62.7 percent last month from 62.8 percent. It has been hovering near the lowest level since 1978, with the longer-term slide mainly due to retiring baby boomers. Better employment prospects may draw more people into the workforce or limit unemployed Americans from giving up and dropping out.
The underemployment rate -- which includes part-time workers who'd prefer a full-time position and people who want to work but have given up looking -- fell 0.2 percentage point to 9.3 percent. While that's the lowest since April 2008, it compares with 8.4 percent in November 2007, the month before the last recession began.
Americans who are working part time though would rather have a full time position, or the measure known as part-time for economic reasons, fell 220,000 to 5.67 million. That compares with 4.5 million just before the recession.
Companies continue to add jobs at a steady clip. Private employment, which excludes government agencies, rose by 156,000 after a 135,000 increase the prior month.
Government payrolls rose by 22,000, with employment at state and local agencies up 19,000.
The report showed differences across industries. Service providers, which include restaurants, business services and health-care, are typically less exposed to headwinds -- such as tepid overseas markets -- than manufacturers.
Payrolls at factories fell by 4,000, after a 5,000 decline in the previous month.
Retailers reduced payrolls by 8,300. Employment in leisure and hospitality rose by 29,000.]]>
"It has been a great privilege to have the opportunity to lead Thundermist and to work with such a committed group of employees who care so deeply about Thundermist, our patients and communities." Jones said in a statement. "My work at Thundermist and with our community partners has provided me with the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my career."
Tim Henry, chair of the Thundermist Board of Directors, said Jones came to Thundermist eight years ago, adding the board is grateful for his leadership.
"During his time with us he has far exceeded expectations in his contributions to our communities, the state and most importantly to Thundermist. He is leaving Thundermist financially strong, operationally sound and well positioned in the health care environment. The board has a CEO succession planning process in place which it will now execute as we work closely with Chuck to ensure a seamless transition to our next leader," Henry said in prepared remarks.
In 2008, Jones joined the nonprofit community health center as chief information officer. Three years later, he became president and CEO.
Jones led numerous facility and program expansions in each of its communities, including the completion of a new health center in the Wakefield section of South Kingstown.
Upon leaving Thundermist, Jones will become CEO of Harbor Health Services Inc., a community health agency based in Dorchester, Mass.
A nationwide search will be conducted for Jones' replacement.
Thundermist has locations in West Warwick, Woonsocket and South County. In 2015, Thundermist served more than 42,000 patients.]]>
Zagat.com, which collects diners' restaurant ratings, placed Rhode Island's capital city 25th on the list.
Old and new city destinations were recognized, from Al Forno, which opened in 1980, to Long Live Beerworks, which debuted on the West End this year. North, North Bakery, Persimmon's move to the East Side from Bristol, and Benjamin and Heidi Sukle's Birch and their new restaurant Oberlin also were noted.
Zagat, which released the list this week, said 2016 has been "an incredible year for dining across the U.S." It said it asked editors around the country to make a case for the city they believe had the biggest year in food by assessing the number of new openings and awards, as well as national media attention. It also asked some of the "top food media brass" to weigh in on which locales were most exciting.
Topping the list was Washington, D.C., with Los Angeles, Denver, Boston and Seattle rounding out the top five.]]>
The welcome address was given by Dale J. Venturini, president and CEO of the hospitality association during the annual Stars of the Industry event.
The following individuals were recognized as award winners:
RI Hospitality Association Stars of the Industry Award Winners
RI Hospitality Association Chairman's Award
Blackstone Valley Tourism Council
Block Island Tourism Council
Providence Tourism Council
Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau
South County Tourism Council
Warwick Department of Tourism, Culture and Development
Frank T. Galleshaw, III, Wright's Farm restaurant
Hotelier of the Year
Robert J. Burnetti, Hotel Viking
Restaurateur of the Year
David Lahousse, The Lodge Pub & Eatery and Kay's Restaurant
Vendor of the Year
Vendor Representative of the Year
Paul Fitzpatrick, Performance Food Group
Joseph R. Gaudreau, Sysco Boston
Volunteer of the Year
George McAuliffe, Mews Tavern
Chef of the Year
Matthew R. Varga, Gracie's
Mary Brennan Tourism Award
Eric B. Weiner, FoodTrucksIn.com
Lifetime Achievement Award
Vincenzo Iemma, Capriccio & Caf Nuovo
Media Partner of the Year
Providence Business News
Woman of the Year
Tracy Rabar, Avenue N American Kitchen & The Pantry
Man of the Year
Norman L. LeBlanc, CPA, Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Co., Ltd.
Farm to Fork Excellence in Sustainability
Nicks on Broadway
Hospitality Ambassador of the Year
Rep. Lauren Carson
Rep. William A. Walaska
RI Hospitality Education Foundation Stars of the Industry Award Winners
RI Hospitality Education Foundation Chairman's Award
Victoria Gailliard-Garrick, William M. Davies Jr. Career & Technical High School
Teacher of the Year Steven E. Kalble, Newport Area Career & Technical Center
Education Partnership of the Year
R.I. Department of Health, Center for Food Protection
Education Ambassador of the Year
Scott R. Jensen, R.I. Department of Labor & Training
Hotel Employee of the Year
Megan Bell, Hampton Inn & Suites Providence - Downtown
Bob Carmody, Hampton Inn & Suites Providence - Downtown
Robert Adamo, Hampton Inn and Suites Providence - Warwick Airport
Michael Lehn, Hampton Inn and Suites Providence - Warwick Airport
Adam S. Rodi, Hampton Inn and Suites Providence - Warwick Airport
Amy Buzzell, Hilton Garden Inn Providence
Elizabeth Gonzales, Hilton Providence
Ramona Pena, Hilton Providence
Berkis Wilson, Hilton Providence
Andrea K. Fumia, Hotel Viking Newport
Selina D. Kardel, Hotel Viking Newport
Juan Pleitez, Hotel Viking Newport
Leslie Burns, Omni Providence Hotel
Antonio Lopes, Omni Providence Hotel
Jennifer McDaniel, Omni Providence Hotel
Carlos Moscoso, Omni Providence Hotel
Everton Gaskin, Providence Biltmore Hotel
Ines Monteiro, Providence Biltmore Hotel
Jorge Rodriguez, Providence Biltmore Hotel
Larry Tunstall, Providence Biltmore Hotel
Ingrid Marroquin, Providence Marriott Downtown
Monique Vanover, Providence Marriott Downtown
Florencio Vargas, Providence Marriott Downtown
Walter Baker, Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel
Courtney Maleakas, Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel
Wilfredo Vargas Garcia, Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel
Mike Carrier, Residence Inn by Marriott Warwick
Restaurant Employee of the Year
Marena Bitar, Angelo's Palace Pizza
Jordyn Cruise, Angelo's Palace Pizza
Marco Morales, Angelo's Palace Pizza
Greg Coccio, Avvio Restaurante
Robert Avarista, Caf Nuovo
Lori A. Rodger, Chelo's Hometown Bar & Grille
Danielle Anthony, Fred & Steve's Steakhouse
Gaetano Izzo Jr., Fred & Steve's Steakhouse
Freddie Rodriguez, Fred & Steve's Steakhouse
Brian Shottek, Fred & Steve's Steakhouse
Tom Dupre, Gregg's Restaurants and Taverns Commissary
Carl Priestly, Gregg's Restaurants and Taverns Commissary
Raymond "Skip" Vanasee, Gregg's Restaurants and Taverns Commissary
Debbie Craft, Gregg's Restaurants and Taverns
Ryan Daw, Harry's Bar and Burger
James Lane Buckley II, Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar
Amy Elliott, Howley Bread Group Ltd, a Franchisee of Panera LLC
Dorverdra "Dove" Garrett, Howley Bread Group Ltd, a Franchisee of Panera LLC
Tammi Lonergan, Howley Bread Group Ltd, a Franchisee of Panera LLC
Safa Mansoor, Howley Bread Group Ltd, a Franchisee of Panera LLC
Robin Thibeault, Howley Bread Group Ltd, a Franchisee of Panera LLC
Jeff Farley, Siena Restaurant Group
Balina Rosario, Siena Restaurant Group
Julio Vargas, Siena Restaurant Group
Daniel Cardoso, Twin River Casino
John Gomes, Twin River Casino
Christopher Burt, Wicked Good Bar & Grill
Ricky Oldrid, Wicked Good Bar & Grill
Bartender of the Year
Kerri Lynn Handrigan, Champlin's Seafood Deck
Jeffrey C. DeSautels, Fred & Steve's Steakhouse
Allison B. Willwerth, Shipyard and Blackstone Bar
Catering Employee of the Year
Kevin Duffney, Pranzi Catering & Events
Kevin DeBarros, Providence Biltmore Hotel
Tourism Employee of the Year
Patricia Smurro, Discover Newport
John V. Gibbons, Rhode Island Sports Commission
Cynthia O'Malley, The Preservation Society of Newport County
Derek McGurn, Twin River Casino
Jason R. Vincellette, Twin River Casino
Allied Employee of the Year
Joseph Lynch, Ecolab
Louie Toulis, LAZ Ultimate Hospitality
Christopher Magboo, Regency Plaza
Nicole Christie, Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar
Rachel Mossbrook, Hilton Providence
Corey Livingstone, Omni Providence Hotel
Crystal Papino, Providence Biltmore Hotel
Nathanial Williams, Siena Restaurant Group
Lindsay Houle, The Dorrance]]>