Central Maine business briefs: Red Cross Northern New England Region welcomes new CEO

Stephanie Couturier is the new regional chief executive officer of the American Red Cross’ organization’s Northern New England Region. As of Monday, Couturier oversees all Red Cross service delivery, fundraising and external relations throughout New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont, according to a news release from the American Red Cross.

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“I am proud and humbled to have been selected for this promotion by senior leaders of our national organization,” said Couturier, according to the release. “The work of the Red Cross has a positive, meaningful impact on the communities it serves. I am committed to leading our group of dedicated and talented volunteers and staff who deliver the mission of the Red Cross in Northern New England every day.”

Couturier brings 14 years of direct nonprofit, community relations, fundraising and event planning experience to the role. She became interim CEO in April,

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Covid: Northern leaders say jobs package ‘only a start’

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Political leaders from the North of England have warned the chancellor’s latest Covid rescue package may “not be enough” to save jobs and businesses.

Rishi Sunak earlier announced the state will pay two-thirds of the wages of staff whose employers are legally forced to close over the coming months.

He said he wanted to work with regional chiefs to help them through the winter.

But the mayors of Greater Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield said they still feared widespread “hardship”.

And a group of North-East council leaders are set to oppose any plans to close pubs or other hospitality venues in the worse-affected areas, which could be announced as early as next week.

The government is poised to introduce a new three-tiered framework of restrictions for England after coming under pressure to simplify the patchwork of different restrictions in force across much of the North.

Ahead of

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Northern Virginia business consultant Puneet Ahluwalia announces GOP run for LG | Govt-and-politics

Puneet Ahluwalia, a Northern Virginia business consultant, has joined the competition for the GOP’s lieutenant governor nomination in 2021, campaigning on a message of “hope, growth and opportunity.”

Ahluwalia, originally from India, consults with businesses on client acquisition, marketing and strategic affairs. His wife, Nadia, originally from Pakistan, owns an IT services firm that supports companies and government agencies. They became U.S. citizens 14 years ago and have three children in college.

He says he is running because he believes that in a turbulent year, Virginia is in trouble.

“It’s important that we find ways to create jobs, not only in Northern Virginia but in the rest of Virginia,” Ahluwalia said in a telephone interview.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, he said, it’s particularly important to strengthen small businesses.

As for education, he said Virginia must take a “safety first” approach to returning students to classrooms, noting that officials must work

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Brexit: Pharmaceutical companies stockpiling medicine for Northern Ireland

  • Pharmaceutical companies are stockpiling medicines due to ongoing uncertainty over what will happen in Northern Ireland after Brexit.
  • The UK government last month threatened to rip up its Brexit withdrawal agreement with the EU and has warned that no trade deal may be agreed with the EU by the end of the year.
  • As a result, the industry says they “just don’t know” whether there will need to be checks on medicine going from Great Britain to Northern Ireland from next year.
  • “We just don’t know how it’ll work in Northern Ireland,” the ABPI’s Richard Torbett told Business Insider.
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Pharmaceutical companies are building up stockpiles of medicines to supply Northern Ireland due to widespread industry uncertainty over whether medicines will be allowed to move smoothly across the Irish Sea after Brexit.

With less than three months until the Brexit transition period ends, the

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