Seven Days buys Kids VT

first_imgBurlington-based Da Capo Publishing, dba Seven Days, has purchased Kids VT, Vermont’s monthly parenting publication. The February issue will be the first one published by the new owners.Kim Kropf started Kids VT in 1994, when her own kids were young, and Susan Holson, too, raised children while growing the business which consists of a newspaper, website, a family resource guide and an annual camp and school fair. Sixteen years later, with their kids heading off to college, Holson and Kropf were looking for a change. They approached Seven Days.‘We have great confidence that we are leaving our ‘baby’ in the best possible hands, and that the Seven Days team will nurture it and steward it through its next great growth phase,’ says Holson, Kids VT’s editor and co-publisher. Kropf served as the publication’s co-publisher and ad director.‘Susan and Kim did all the hard work,’ says Seven Days Publisher Paula Routly. ‘Thanks to their dedication, the publication is in great shape ‘ the recession barely made an impact.’Kids VT will get a fresh start under the leadership of Seven Days Associate Publishers Colby Roberts, Don Eggert and Cathy Resmer. The February issue of Kids VT will feature an updated design, and will carry new, local, kid-friendly content ‘ including news stories relating to education, child care and other issues of interest to parents and caregivers. Kidsvt.com will undergo a similar redesign.Photo: Kids VT Publisher Colby Roberts and Editor Cathy Resmer, with Lily and Nola Roberts, and Graham and Ivy Resmer. Photo by: Matthew Thorsen‘Vermont is a great place for families,’ notes Resmer, a parent of two who will oversee the editorial side of the operation. ‘How many times have you heard people say they moved here, or moved back, to raise their kids? We want Kids VT to continue to connect these families to the community, and to reflect their lives ‘ both in print and online.’ Routly says the decision to purchase another title was motivated at least in part by the number of Seven Days employees who are having children. ‘At least half our staff are parents now,’ she says. ‘It’s made us realize that we have an opportunity to grow in this direction.’Though primarily geared toward parents, Kids VT will be ‘kid-safe,’ Routly promises. ‘If children find it lying around, great. Of course, when they’re grown-up enough, we hope they’ll graduate to Seven Days.’Lynne Silva of The Silva Group, brokered the deal on behalf of Kids VT. Da Capo Publishing was advised by Seija Goldstein Associates.Seven Days was founded in 1995 by Routly and Pamela Polston, and is now owned by Routly, Polston, Eggert, Resmer and Roberts. The company has grown from an original staff of seven to 44 employees today.Seven Days publishes a weekly newspaper every Wednesday, as well as three e-newsletters, two award-winning glossy annual guides ‘ the 7 Nights dining guide and What’s Good student guide.In 2000, the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce selected then-5-year-old Seven Days as ‘Business of the Year.’ Eight years later, the Burlington Business Association did the same, citing the company’s exemplary business practices, contributions to the community, and promotion of a positive image for Burlington and business success.In 2010, Seven Days expanded its print circulation from 34,000 to 35,000; added two new, full-time positions in its newsroom; launched a daily e-newsletter, the Daily 7, which delivers the top seven Vermont headlines; marked the 200th episode of ‘Stuck in Vermont,’ its award-winning weekly web video series; launched the first ever Vermont Restaurant Week, which celebrates the state’s culinary culture; and helped organize the fourth Vermont Tech Jam, a yearly job fair and tech expo, with the Vermont Software Developers’ Alliance, the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Vermont Department of Labor.Top Photo: Seven Days buys Kids VT (from left to right): Colby Roberts, Don Eggert, Cathy Resmer, Paula Routly, Pamela Polston, Kim Kropf, Lynn Silva, Susan Holson. Photo by Andy Dubacklast_img read more

Facing Fear on the Chatooga

first_imgI steady Tobin, my toddler, between my knees and stand up in the 18’ foot aluminum canoe to search for a chute down the rocky jumble, but still I only see the Chattooga River disappearing over the horizon line. I paddle toward my marker rock, taking one last stroke to launch us off the ramp.“Wheee!” Tobin yells as we slide down the granite.At the bottom of the rapid I swell with success. Tobin looks up at me wide-eyed and says, “Mama, another rabid!”I’m brimming from the perfection of the moment, the sunlight reflecting off the water so that thousands of flecks of light dance from wave to wave. I let the canoe float in the flat pool and hug Tobin, knowing that his toddler days are passing. As a single mom, there are so many things I haven’t been able to give to my son—a dad he sees daily and a mom who isn’t stressed out living paycheck-to-paycheck. This canoe trip reminds me that I can pass along what I value most to my son, spending time on rivers.We are on the northern border of Georgia, paddling the same river made famous by the 1970’s thriller Deliverance, which portrays the Chattooga River as a foreboding place where locals don’t welcome outsiders. In the movie, when businessmen canoe down the river, they encounter grizzled mountain men who rape one at gunpoint, ordering him to “squeal like a pig.”As we drifted, my mind conjures images about who might live nearby, uneducated-locals-turned-meth-heads and rapists-in-the-woods—even as I told myself those are vile stereotypes that in no way reflect the real people of this region.That evening, I beach the canoe on a sandy bank, and search for a level spot to put up our tent. On the shore, broken glass litters the remnants of a recent fire. A broken camp chair sits next to the fire ring, and a pair of men’s underwear hangs from the arm rest. The campsite looks as if it might be someone’s place, and it occurs to me that we might not be alone. A prickly fear overcomes me, and I scoop up Tobin, hurrying back to our canoe.Chatooga3_FIX2I paddle fast downstream in search of another campsite and finally settle on one. Tobin helps unfold the tent poles. I make an easy dinner of canned Spaghettios and the last bit of trail mix for dessert. We put on our pajamas and climb into the tent.As soon as I zip up the tent, Tobin asks to go home. I tell him no, that we are camping for the night and will paddle out the next morning.“I want home.”“We aren’t going home. We’re spending the night here.’He cries and I rock him in my arms, tears flowing down my own face as I curse my decision for taking a two-year old on an overnight river trip alone. Between his sobbing, I hear a noise.“Shhhh. Quiet, my love,” I whisper. My thoughts turn to the rape scene in Deliverance. I think of all the wild mountain men who might be hiding out in the woods. It’s dark now, and we have no way out of here until the morning.Tobin identifies the source of the sounds before I can.“Frog!” he says.Bull frogs are serenading us. We sing back, imitating the bull frog’s call, and Tobin laughs. He laughs in little peals at first and then uncontrollably until his whole body heaves from giggling. His joy is contagious, and I start laughing too.The next morning we paddle out as sunlight pours through the pines. Blue herons sit on limbs above and startle as we approach, awkwardly loping to another perch downstream. I feel like I’ve entered into a secret dream world that exists on the Chattooga before all the tourists come out to float, before the sun casts its sharp rays directly overhead that turn the river a deep brown, before the herons disappear into the forests.At the takeout, a father and his teenage son are casting, thigh-deep in the water when we pull up to the riverbank. I am wary as I unload Tobin and the gear. I struggle with the boat, and the teenage son wanders over to me.“Do you need a hand?” he asks. He helps carry the canoe up the steep gravel and then hoists it on top of my car. As I start strapping it down, the boy disappears.I tie a bowline under the front bumper and add a stern line to secure the back. Just as I’m giving the straps a final tug to confirm they’ll hold for the three-hour drive back, the son and dad reappear carrying our camping gear up from the takeout.I am stunned by the kindness of these strangers—and my own stereotypes. All of my scary-men-in-the-woods-who-want-to-hurt-me fears fall away, leaving only embarrassment for falling victim to baseless fears. The father and son disappear down the wooded trail, and I remember the other half of the storyline in Deliverance: how locals helped outsiders who underestimated challenges posed by the river.last_img read more

Proposed ‘PIP’ jury instructions

first_imgThe Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases is proposing an instruction and verdict form for claims for personal injury protection (PIP) medical benefits, which are reproduced in full below as well as online at www.floridabar.org. Interested persons may provide comments on the proposals by December 15, but are encouraged to submit them by November 1 for consideration at the committee’s meeting on November 3-4. All comments should be sent to the committee chair, Scott D. Makar, Office of General Counsel, 117 West Duval St., Suite 480, Jacksonville 32202-5721 or via e-mail at smakar@coj.net. MI 13 CLAIM FOR PERSONAL INJURY PROTECTION BENEFITS (PIP) (Medical Benefits Only) a. Issues: (Plaintiff) seeks personal injury benefits from (Defendant) for [a medical service] [medical services]. (Plaintiff) is entitled to recover benefits if the service[s] is [are] related to the accident, the service[s] is [are] medically necessary, and the charge[s] for the service[s] is [are] reasonable. [Give this preemptive instruction only where rulings or stipulations have altered the number of issues to be proven.] In this case, there is no dispute that (the service[s] is [are] related to the accident) [and] (that the service[s] is [are] medically necessary) [and] (that the charge[s] is [are] reasonable), but there is dispute over (whether the service[s] is [are] related to the accident) [and] (whether the service[s] is [are] medically necessary) [and] (whether the charge[s] for the service[s] is [are] reasonable). [To be given in all cases. Alter numbering where required due to rulings or stipulations.] Therefore, on this claim for personal injury benefits, you must decide the following: The first issue is whether the service is related to the automobile accident of (date). If you decide that a service is not related to the accident, you should not award damages for that service. If you decide that one or more services are related to the accident, you must then decide a second issue. The second issue is whether the service is medically necessary. If you decide that a service was not medically necessary, you should not award damages for that service. If you decide that one or more services are medically necessary, you must then decide a third issue. The third issue is whether the charge is reasonable. If you find the charge for a service or services reasonable, you should award that amount as damages. If you find the charge for a service is not reasonable, you should determine what is a reasonable amount and award that amount. In determining these issues, you should apply the following definitions: [Give applicable definitions below] a. Services: The term “services” includes, but is not limited to, treatment, diagnostic studies, and supplies provided by the medical provider to the insured. b. Medically Necessary: “Medically necessary” refers to a medical service or supply that a prudent physician would provide for the purpose of preventing, diagnosing, or treating an illness, injury, disease, or symptom in a manner that is: (a) In accordance with generally accepted standards of medical practice; (b) Clinically appropriate in terms of type, frequency, extent, site, and duration; and, (c) Not primarily for the convenience of the patient, physician, or other health care provider. c. Reasonable Charge: 1 In deciding whether the amount of a charge is reasonable, you may consider evidence of: · usual and customary amounts charged and payments accepted by the provider; · reimbursement levels in the community; · various federal and state medical fee schedules applicable to automobile coverages; and · any other evidence relevant to the reasonableness of the charges. You may not, however, award an amount that exceeds the amount the provider customarily charges for like services or supplies. [Burden – To be given in all cases.] If the greater weight of the evidence does not support the claim of (Plaintiff), then your verdict should be for (Defendant). However if the greater weight of the evidence does support the claim of (Plaintiff), then your verdict should be for (Plaintiff) and against (Defendant). [Give when defenses to the claim have been raised.] If, however, the greater weight of the evidence does support the claim of (Plaintiff), then you shall consider the defense[s] raised by (Defendant). [Give in all cases.] “Greater weight of the evidence” means the more persuasive and convincing force and effect of the entire evidence in the case. NOTES ON USE This instruction assumes that the jury will be asked to decide the total amount of medical charges. It is anticipated that the judge will adjust this award in entering judgment to account for any payments previously made by the insurer, as well as for the effect of the 80% limitation in section 627.736(1)(a) and any deductible. COMMENT 1. The definition of “medically necessary” is based on section 736.732(2), Florida Statutes (2003). The committee has added the option of a “prudent health care provider” to this definition in anticipation that the phrase, “prudent physician,” as described in the statute could sometimes be inadequate. This statutory definition is somewhat complex. It is possible that the parties could agree upon a plainer and simpler definition. 2. No definition of “related” is provided in this instruction. Causation can be a complex issue in a PIP case. Generally, to invoke this insurance coverage a bodily injury must “arise out of the ownership, maintenance, or use of a motor vehicle.” See § 768.736(1), Fla. Stat. (2003); Lumbermen’s Mutual Casualty Co. v. Castagna, 368 So. 2d 348 (Fla. 1979). The medical treatment covered by the insurance policy is the treatment that is related to the bodily injury arising out of the ownership, maintenance, or use of the motor vehicle. The committee has been advised that most practitioners prefer to use the term, “related,” as a simple method to explain causation to the jury. The committee does not intend for S.J.I. 5.1 to be given in a PIP case as an explanation of causation. (Footnotes) 1 T his statutory description of reasonable amount may require a supplemental instruction for fee capped diagnostic testing services as described in Section 627.736(5)(b), Florida Statutes (2003). IN THE COUNTY COURT IN AND FOR _________________COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No. Judge Plaintiff, v. Defendant. ________________________________/ VERDICT FORM MI 13 PIP – Medical Services 1. Are any of the services related to the accident of (date). ______ Yes ______ No If your answer is no, your verdict is for the Defendant and you should go no further but to sign and date the verdict form. If your answer is yes, you should answer question 2. 2. Are any of the services medically necessary? ______ Yes ______ No If your answer is no, your verdict is for the Defendant and you should go no further but to sign and date the verdict form. If your answer is yes, you should answer question 3. 3. Are [is] the charge[s] for the service[s] reasonable? If you find the charge or charges reasonable, you should proceed to number 4. However, if you find the charge or charges unreasonable, you must determine a reasonable amount for the charge or charges, then proceed to question 4. 4. What is the total amount do you find reasonable? $____________________ SO SAY WE ALL, this _____ day of ________________________, _______. ___________________________ FOREPERSON October 15, 2005 Regular News Proposed ‘PIP’ jury instructionscenter_img Proposed ‘PIP’ jury instructionslast_img read more

Big bank riskiness — not mergers — should concern Americans

first_imgFrom 2008 to 2018, 5,056 banks and credit unions merged — that is approximately 459 per year, 38 per month and more than one per day over an 11-year period. And to this day, the industries continue to consolidate.This week, lawmakers on Capitol Hill will examine additional bank mergers. But it is not an institution’s size alone that should give lawmakers pause, as there is nothing inherently wrong with mergers, but rather the risks a particular institution and its business practices may pose to the U.S. economy.Ahead of the August recess, what lawmakers should be discussing are the potential benefits of a modern Glass-Steagall Act and the economic impact of excessive, unbridled risk-taking by Wall Street banks.Without Glass-Steagall, American taxpayers are responsible for losses, as big banks count on the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s insurance fund to back up their risky trading activities. Yet, all profits from these gambles head straight into the coffers of bank shareholders. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

How organizational culture drives customer service from the inside out

first_img 43SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joy Smith-Durant Joy Smith-Durant is a Chief Lending Officer for Eagle Federal Credit Union in Baton Rouge, LA. Joy earned her Doctor of Business Administration degree, with a concentration in Leadership, from … Web: https://eaglefederal.org Details Gone are the days where consumers are restricted to local credit unions or driven by product differentiation. Consumers have more choices of credit unions and other financial institutions now than ever before and are not afraid to use those other institutions to fulfill their financial needs. But what is it that keeps credit union members coming back to your institution? Members are driven by something that sets a particular credit union apart from the rest.  Members are attracted to a credit union culture, which no other credit union can copy because each culture is unique. Take a moment to think about your culture and your competitors’ culture and how it differs. But first things first, what is organizational culture, and why is it important?Culture acts as a guiding force to shape behavior by defining expectations within an organization, which becomes ingrained in employees’ minds, attitudes, and actions. Culture is the organization’s values and identity created through consistent behaviors and attitudes and is manifested everywhere within the organization. Culture helps manifest your brand identity, which is how external stakeholders perceive your organization. When your culture and external brand align, you can determine the internal culture needed to deliver that brand.If you are positioning your brand as service, there must be an internal culture of service with a commitment to service excellence. In this culture, all employees focus on a collective way of creating value and providing outstanding service. Leaders must define core values and ensure those values prioritizing delivering high-quality service are evident in strategies, policies, procedures, and operations.If a service culture begins within the organization, employees will exude the core values in every member interaction. If there is no internal service culture, where employees experience exceptional service from within, external service may suffer. Building a service culture requires action and should be a priority for front-line staff and all who support their efforts. The tellers’ primary role is to process transactions, but it is the IT team’s responsibility to correct technical issues when they arise.  If member service reps need a quick loan decision, loan underwriters and processors should also be ready and willing to respond promptly. Other departments within the organization should expect to offer the same internal service level when needed. In either of these situations, if the support staff’s response is slow or negative, then there could be a breakdown in the quality of service provided, causing internal friction that negatively impacts service to members. All employees are responsible for building and maintaining a strong service culture. Still, leaders must define, cultivate, support, and encourage an internal service culture and shift employees’ mindset to gain the commitment needed for a service culture to work internally and externally. Leaders should hire employees who share the same passion for service, share resources and empower employees, create an environment of respect and appreciation, and apply the same standards from the top down, including leaders.  Although not in the financial realm, an example of this culture is Zappos, the online shoe retailer where employee culture and customer service are the priority. The late visionary and former CEO, Tony Hsieh, believed that “customer service excellence starts from a commitment from the top and must be lived into by every employee.”Having a distinct culture of service is what drives customer service from the inside out. When a credit union or any other organization operates to encourage service excellence from within, the outcome is the unique service identity that will differentiate you from competitors.last_img read more

Brewery helps local food bank through mac and cheese competition

first_img“There’s nothing more local than giving back to the people in need,” said Holiavko. “So we feel like, ‘hey this is a great way to give back.’ We are happy to donate to them when we can.” Those in attendance were asked to donate $5 towards the Food Bank of the Southern Tier as the event’s charity recipient, an element to the showdown Holiavko thinks is vital. OWEGO (WBNG) – Fans of food were in for a treat on Sunday, as The Farmhouse Brewery held their Mac-N-Cheese Throwdown. Holiavko told 12 News the brewery chooses a new recipient each month. Around 14 locals put their best culinary creations on the line, trying to impress restaurant-goers with their unique mac and cheese dishes. “A lot of people want an outlet to give them something to do instead of just posting something to Facebook,” said beer tender Michael Holiavko. “Here, you can actually make something, you bring it down, you compete a little bit, you have fun and if you win you get a growler or beer and a nice trophy.” The brewery will hold a chili competition in February.last_img read more

Southern Tier Junior Golf Tour swings into second tournament

first_imgThe 15-16 age group was won by Seton Catholic junior Michael Bucko, who finished at even par. With unknowns surrounding his upcoming fall season, Bucko said getting back on the course is a great opportunity. WINDSOR (WBNG) — The Southern Tier Junior Golf Tour held its second tournament of the summer today at Golden Oak Golf Course in Windsor. “The combination of businesses and the community getting involved, a high turnout in golfers who love to play the game, I think that’s really gotten us off to a great start,” said Brown. The 12-14 age group was led by Dante Bertoni. Bertoni is 14 and finished with the best score (-1). The next stop on the tournament comes up Sunday at the Links at Hiawatha. If interested in signing up, click here. “It’s fun. I love really playing competitive, because it makes me strive more,” said Bucko. “My dad passed away when I was nine years old and he taught me how to play, so I want to play competitive golf just for him.”center_img Tournament director Riley Brown says the feedback from the community has been encouraging. Recent Windsor graduate and tournament co-director Jordan Starley led the 17-18 age group. Starley said creating this tournament and giving other young golfers the opportunity to golf this summer is crucial for their development. Today’s match featured 17 golfers, and the format was individual stroke play. Competition was split into three age groups. “Getting out here in a competitive nature, playing a lot of the courses in the area all the teams play, getting familiar with the courses, it’s going to be good for them,” said Starley. last_img read more

Pizza Express to slice 14 outlets after sales go flat

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COVID-19: State officials take tests, precautionary measures following confirmed Cabinet case

first_imgRead also: Where in the world was Indonesian minister before announced as COVID-19 positive?That meeting gathered most of the Cabinet, including State Secretary Pratikno, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung and Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko, coordinating ministers Mahfud MD and Airlangga Hartarto, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir, Agrarian and Spatial Planning Minister Sofyan Djalil, Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar and Home Minister Tito Karnavian.Attorney General ST Burhanuddin, Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Air Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto and National Police chief Gen. Idham Azis were also present at the Cabinet meeting, as was North Sumatra Governor Edy Rahmayadi and acting Medan mayor Akhyar Nasution, among others.As word of the virus’ spread to a government official arrived on social media, many began to worry that the state bureaucracy would face an even more significant setback should more Cabinet members get infected. Some officials have sought to quell any panic. As the country deals with heightened concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) following news that a Cabinet member was infected, state officials have taken precautions to ensure the government remains functional amid the global public health emergency.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said during a press conference on Sunday that all members of his Cabinet had been tested for COVID-19 following news that Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi had tested positive for the virus. The President added that he would also get tested on the same day.Such measures were deemed necessary by the government, Jokowi said, given that Budi had attended a Cabinet meeting led by the President on March 11 prior to testing positive for COVID-19. Finance Minister Sri debunked rumors that her health had deteriorated since the last Cabinet meeting, reassuring social media users that she was healthy and working from home.“Some have asked about my health amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Alhamdulillah [thank God], I’m in good health and still working as Finance Minister in full capacity,” Sri wrote on her official Instagram page @smindrawati on Sunday, alongside photos and videos of her holding a video conference with ministry colleagues from the comfort of her own home.She said that the Finance Ministry had agreed to issue a decree on the reallocation of the state budget to improve efforts to mitigate the pandemic, which would give the government a legal basis to transfer funds to local and regional mitigation efforts across the country.Read also: Regions close schools, cancel public events because of COVID-19United Development Party (PPP) secretary-general Asrul Sani issued a statement on Sunday debunking claims that National Development Planning Minister Suharso Monoarfa had been infected with the coronavirus disease.“Suharso Monoarfa, who is currently attending an event held by the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) in Bali, has asked to be tested by a team of doctors from the Health Ministry’s regional office following news that Pak Budi Karya Sumadi tested positive for the coronavirus,” Asrul said in the statement.Suharso had been responding positively to the recent outpouring of sympathy and well wishes, Asrul said, but he insisted that the minister had not been put into isolation, as he had not been declared positive for the virus.He remained in good health and had not exhibited any symptoms of COVID-19, he added, acknowledging that the minister had indeed sat next to Minister Budi during the March 11 Cabinet meeting.SOE Ministry spokesperson Arya Sinulingga said that Minister Erick and his wife were declared healthy after being tested on Sunday.“Rest assured that he is currently in good health,” Arya said as quoted by tribunnews.com.Public Works and Housing Ministry spokesperson Endra Atmawidjaja reassured the public that Minister Basuki Hadimuljono was not ill.“It’s not true that he has been [quarantined]. He has been staying at his official residence and is currently in good health,” Endra said on Saturday, as quoted by kompas.com.Basuki was previously seen sitting next to the Transportation Minister during an inspection of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway project on March 4.Senior security minister Mahfud MD was allowed to return home following the test on Sunday, according to ministry spokesperson Rizal Mustary.“Minister Mahfud underwent a medical check-up at the RSPAD [Gatot Soebroto Army Hospital] in Jakarta earlier this morning and was then allowed to return home afterwards,” Rizal said in a statement.Jokowi on Sunday deferred any queries regarding the health of the President and his Cabinet members to Health Minister Terawan Agus Purwanto, who had yet to announce any results as of Monday.The government confirmed on Sunday afternoon that there were 117 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, including five that had resulted in deaths. Regional heads in a number of areas – including Jakarta, Banten and West Java – have moved to temporarily shutter schools and public facilities in an effort to contain the virus.Topics :last_img read more

NBA legend Michael Jordan wins long-running China trademark dispute

first_imgChina’s Supreme Court has ruled in favor of basketball legend Michael Jordan in a long-running trademark dispute, ending an eight-year legal battle with a Chinese sportswear firm that illegally used his name.Upholding intellectual property rights is one of the core disputes of the US-China trade war, and a phase one deal signed in January saw Beijing pledge to improve protections of intellectual property.The landmark ruling, made late last month, prohibits the Fujian-based Qiaodan Sports from using the Chinese translation of Jordan’s name, Qiao Dan. Topics : The retired Chicago Bulls player and six-time NBA championship winner has a huge following in China, a country that has legions of avid basketball fans.The Supreme Court decision overturns two previous verdicts in favor of the Chinese firm.However, it still allows the firm to continue using its logo of a silhouetted basketball player — which has similarities with the “Jumpman” logo used by Nike to promote its “Air Jordan” line of sports shoes. However the Supreme Court referred the case over the use of the logo for retrial by the State Intellectual Property Office. center_img In 2016, Jordan won the right to his name in Chinese characters, but the Supreme Court upheld the firm’s right to use its trademark “Qiaodan” in Romanized English.Qiaodan Sports said in a Weibo statement Tuesday that the ruling “would not impact the normal use of [its] existing trademarks, nor would it affect normal business operations.”Founded in 2000, the sportswear franchise operates more than 5,700 stores nationwide.It has also applied for nearly 200 similarly named trademarks including different Chinese spellings of “Qiaodan”, “Flying Power” and “Qiaodan King”, according to the verdict. In 2017, the sportswear brand New Balance was awarded $1.5 million in copyright damages by a Chinese court over its famous “N” logo, which was illegally copied by a local sports shoe firm. The verdict — a rare victory for a Western brand in a Chinese intellectual property infringement case — was announced shortly after US President Donald Trump launched a sweeping investigation into China’s record on intellectual property. The UN said this week that China became the world leader in international patent filings last year, unseating the United States, which had held the top spot for more than four decades.last_img read more