Consolidated Communications,FairPoint Communications, Inc (NasdaqCM: FRP) today announced plans to reduce its workforce over the next several months by approximately 400 positions. Vermont will lose 55 jobs, New Hampshrie will lose 190 and Maine 130. Another 25 positions will be let go in other states.”We value the contributions of our employees and workforce reductions are never easy,” said CEO Paul Sunu. “We are making this decision after careful evaluation to ensure that FairPoint is staffed appropriately to serve our customers well, while prudently managing expenses.”Both management and union employees will be affected across the company. The company intends to notify approximately 100 affected management employees later this month and will follow prescribed steps in the collective bargaining agreement covering union employees. FairPoint has declared an employee surplus affecting approximately 300 union positions.FairPoint expects the reduction in force to result in annualized operating expense savings of approximately $34 million, with the full benefit realized in 2012.The company expects to provide severance or incentive payments to eligible affected employees. The total amount of such payments is expected to range from $7 million to $13 million.About FairPoint Communications, Inc.FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NasdaqCM: FRP) (www.FairPoint.com(link is external)) is a leading communications provider of high-speed Internet access, local and long-distance phone, television and other broadband services to customers in communities across 18 states. Through its fast, reliable network, FairPoint delivers data and voice networking communications solutions to residential, business and wholesale customers. VantagePoint(sm), FairPoint?s resilient IP-based network in northern New England, provides business customers a fast, flexible, affordable Ethernet connection. The VantagePoint(sm) network supports applications like video conferencing and e-learning. Additional information about FairPoint products and services is available at www.FairPoint.com(link is external).CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 8, 2011) – FairPoint Communications, Inc
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BY EMMET RUSHE: Instagram and Fitspiration go hand in hand these days.If you have no idea what ‘Fitspiration’ is, it is the fitness styles inspirational ‘memes’ that you will see frequently shared all over social media.These memes are supposed to inspire and also be a call to action for the millions of people on social media. They are the antidote to the super model inspired ‘Thinspiration’ of the 90’s and early 2000’s.Fitspiration will have tag lines like; ‘Strong is the new Skinny’ ‘Don’t stop until you’re proud’ You don’t get the butt you want by sitting on it’ and ‘Obsessed is a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated’Fitspiration will have pictures of super-hot models with amazing bodies, 6 pack abs, toned arms and thighs.They will be wearing as little as possible so they can showcase their God and Goddess like physiques, each one tanned and oiled to within an inch of their perfectly whitened teeth. Inspirational……Or is it?What is so different from the ‘Thinspiration’ that they were trying to dispel?Remember the tagline, ‘Strong is the new skinny’, we have all seen it.The initial idea was that getting in shape and hitting the gym will be better for your health than endlessly dieting and starving yourself to try and emulate a supermodels waif like appearance.But somewhere along the way things have gotten out of hand. When you look at the two movements as a whole, there is very little difference.The Fitspiration movement will tell you that they are absolutely about health and they can prove it by the never ending pictures of their meals, smoothies, shakes and gym sessions that they repeatedly post on Instagram.But is this health?They seem to think so.When you look through some of the leading Fitspiration Instagram users, it is more like an advertisement for soft-core adult films. The rules seem to be, wearing as little as possible while either squatting or showcasing your butt to the camera.And you have to squat, because if you don’t squat you can’t get ‘dat ass’ that is the newest fashion accessory.So this brings me back to my original point.Is this actually inspiring you to get in shape and lose weight?Social media is all about being accepted and part of a community.So let me ask you; Do you actually want to create your own Fitspiration, or are you happy to just passively consume someone else’s?We love being associated with these beautiful people but do we secretly hate ourselves for not being more like them?Do you feel bad about yourself when you scroll down your news feed and see their seemingly perfect bodies and lives?Claire Mysko a director at the National Eating Disorders Association had this to say;“Finding a community can be a positive thing.” ”And there are a lot of people who are really using social media to promote body positivity, body acceptance and the kinds of messages that we feel are more helpful and healthy for folks.” ” Still, “it’s important to be in tune to how much of it you are looking at and how is it making you feel.” Plus, the beauty of Instagram is that it’s a very visual way to check yourself.” “If your entire social media feed is filled with dieting and fitness-related messages that might be a signal that you might need to reach out for help or rethink the approach.” ”For some people it can actually be dangerous, and can lead to more extreme behaviour.”On the flipside, if you yourself have dozens of Instagram followers just waiting for your next fitspo picture, remember your own influence.It should be about sending messages that are about body acceptance, and body positivity, versus the ‘not good enough until you get here’, or ‘until you reach this goal’ messages that can be gleaned from some pages.Just ask yourself, ‘how is it making me feel’? And if the answer to that is, ‘Well, I feel really bad about myself and I wish I could look like this’, etc., then that’s really a sign that you need to change who you are following.Do what makes you happy. And if Instagram and Fitspiration stop being fun, just delete it. Life’s too short. #TrainSmartTo keep up to date with fitness and nutrition tips, be sure to follow me through the link below. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118EMMET RUSHE: ARE INSTAGRAM AND FITSPIRATION AFFECTING YOUR WEIGHT? was last modified: June 15th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:emmet rushefitness columnInstagramweight issues