first_imgLeaders of four diverse business organizations in Vermont have found general agreement over some of the most important economic issues facing the state, including on nuclear power and health care access.  The Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, Vermont Business Roundtable and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility communicated their shared policy goals around energy, health care, and telecommunications infrastructure in a joint statement released Wednesday.It comes as no surprise that all four organizations support broadband and mobile telecommunications coverage across the entire state. But they were also able to agree that nuclear power could be a source of electricity in what they see as a diversified energy solution, which would also include renewables. And they agreed that the health care system should be reformed to the extent that a solution would include universal access. VBR President Lisa Ventriss told Vermont Business Magazine that the nuclear piece was not an endorsement of Vermont Yankee. What VBR is saying, she said, is that, “Nuclear power is a clean, affordable, sustainable source of electricity.”LCRCC supports the relicensing of Vermont Yankee and VBSR, for one, does not. In effect, the groups are at the very least not rejecting nuclear power, Ventriss. Nuclear power, for instance, could be part of the mix of sources in a system contract a Vermont utility might sign with an out-of -state entity.Andrea Cohen, president of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility said, “VBSR does not support the relicensing of Vermont Yankee.” But, she added, her organization is “not expressly opposed to nuclear.”The same broad sort of common interest among the four groups was found with health care. All four want to find a way to reduce costs while making it available to everyone. Here, Cohen said that VBSR specifically supports universal access, ability to pay and a decoupling from employment. Neither she nor the group at large made a statement specifically about the single-payer plan making its way through the Legislature.Speaking first for the group in the prepared statement, Roundtable Chair, Steve Voigt, CEO of King Arthur Flour, said ‘Our four organizations have found common agreement on some of the most pressing issues facing Vermont today. Our aim is to work collaboratively toward faster, smarter and better policy outcomes in the legislative arena to benefit our companies and employees.’On the energy front, all four business organizations endorsed a diversified electric energy supply portfolio to meet increased demands for electricity that includes biomass, hydro, solar, wind sources, and nuclear. Referring to recent conversations with ISO-New England regarding transmission reliability, Jeff Beer, Co-Founder of Select Design and Chair the of Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, said, ‘it is incumbent upon business to speak with a collective voice of the critical need for transmission reliability; especially as we move towards a diversified energy future.’Health care reform is of great interest and critical importance to the business organizations. Recent surveys by the business organizations cited concerns primarily aimed at improving cost containment and reducing the current downward drag on business competitiveness. Julie Lineberger, Owner of LineSync Architecture and Chair of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, said, ‘The cost of healthcare is the greatest obstacle to the success of many Vermont businesses; we must find a way to provide affordable health care to all Vermonters with financing that is equitable and sustainable.’ On the economic development front, telecommunications infrastructure is recognized as the threshold issue for expanding existing companies and enabling new businesses to locate in Vermont. Steve Terry, Co-Founder of Worth Mountain Consulting, and Chair of Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation, said ‘Vermont urgently needs a universal, high-speed, affordable broadband and mobile connectivity system so we can compete with the world.’ The various organizations will be working throughout the summer on these issues to continue building consensus and broader stakeholder agreement around more granular policy recommendations.last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo March 09, 2011 United States and Dominican Republic security forces will be conducting a military exercise named Fused Response 2011 from March 7-11. Fused Response is a Chairman-Joint Chief of Staff (CJCS)-approved, U.S. Southern Command-sponsored military exercise conducted by Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH). The exercise will involve a joint contingent of U.S. and Dominican Republic military personnel with approximately 250 security personnel participating in the event. Training conducted in Fused Response will consist of staff planning, reconnaissance, and other Special Operations training intended to improve interoperability and skills necessary to combat terrorism and illicit trafficking. The Dominican Republic and the United States military frequently train together and enjoy solid working relationships.last_img read more

first_imgManchester United head coach Casey Stoney– Advertisement – 0:29 Manchester United’s development as a club took a step up when they defeated Arsenal last weekend – their first league win over one of the established ‘big three’ since their reformation.The season started by holding champions Chelsea to a draw at home and they go into the derby against Manchester City with the prospect of going eight points clear of their city rivals.“We haven’t achieved anything yet,” Turner told Sky Sports News.“After the Arsenal game it felt like something had happened but, as Tobin said in the changing room, it means nothing if we don’t win on Saturday.“We were like ‘way to bring the mood down, Tobin’, but that’s the mentality you have to have. The league isn’t going to be decided on one game.”Mentality, hard work, development and a little star power has got Manchester United to the summit 817 days after their first professional match. It will be interesting to see what will be needed to keep them there. Katie Zelem, who won back-to-back titles with Liverpool before joining Juventus for a season where she also won Serie A, rejoined the club that trained her in her youth. She is now club captain.She told Sky Sports News: “Before I stepped foot through the door, when they’d appointed Casey as manager I knew they were going for it. I had a presentation with Casey and I played with her at Liverpool; Casey’s a winner. For me I knew I was joining a club that wanted to be the best. I knew the ambition was to reach the Champions League and that’s hopefully where we’re heading.”“It’s great what the club has done, I love the philosophy of bringing back youth to United. We’ve not just improved as a team but if you look at everyone individually they’ve really improved as players themselves.”Sprinkle of stardust 817 days ago Manchester United Women were preparing for their first professional game. On Saturday, they will take on Manchester City already top of the WSL with the chance to go eight points of their rivals.Sky Sports News has spoken to key figures at the club to find out just how the club has developed so rapidly in the 27 months since their first match.Stoney’s vision – Advertisement – Manchester United's Katie Zelem is one of seven players to earn their first senior England call-upImage:Katie Zelem has gone on to earn an England call-up this season Part of Stoney’s philosophy was to dip into the talent pool the club itself had developed.Despite the senior team disbanding in 2005, the club’s centre of excellence continued to produce professional standard players that had to go elsewhere to break into the game.Millie Turner, Ella Toone and Kirsty Hanson were among a group of players who rejoined the club they represented as a teenager and have gone on to become a huge part of the team’s success. Megan Rapinoe and Katie Zelem Casey Stoney, Man Utd Women's manager “I was going to get to build this club from the bottom up, to bring in the players I wanted. I was going to be able to build a philosophy I believe in, create an environment I think will work and the club has allowed me to get on with it.“To be honest, they knew I knew women’s football better than they did and they supported me through it. It’s a unique opportunity, you never get that in football. Every player is here because I chose them, every staff member is here because I chose them, the philosophy we have is because it’s the one I want to play. You don’t ever get that and for me it’s just a fantastic opportunity.”Back to the future Despite their quick rise to be WSL leaders, Manchester United boss Casey Stoney says developing the team is a slow process but believes they are in a ‘good place’center_img Casey Stoney was named Manchester United head coach on June 8 2018 and their first fixture was just two months later.Twenty-one players were signed in that period by the first-time manager, who was encouraged to apply for the job by Phil Neville after assisting in the England setup.By the end of the season, United had won promotion to the WSL at the first attempt, topping the Women’s Championship and winning 18 of their 20 league games.“The fact it was Manchester United in terms of the tradition, the history, the scale of the club and that it was a blank canvass,” Stoney recalls when thinking back to why she took the job. 0:44 Ballon D’Or winner Megan Rapinoe suggested it was ‘disgraceful’ Manchester United did not set up their current women’s team until 2018 – but current skipper Katie Zelem feels the criticism is misplaced Casey Stoney says the comments made by Greg Clarke that led to his resignation as FA chairman show ‘how much work we’ve still got to do’ regarding diversity in English football – Advertisement – 0:29 Building on Stoney’s philosophy, developing young players and recruiting experienced WSL campaigners meant Manchester United finished fourth in WSL last season. However, expectations have increased after a busy summer of signings.England midfielder Lucy Staniforth and Spain full-back Ona Batlle were among the senior players to join but it was the additions of two-time World Cup winners – Tobin Heath and Christen Press – on one-year deals that excited the fans.“If you look at our team from the first year to now we’ve got so much more experience,” Zelem told Sky Sports News. “We’ve recruited winners.”“It’s not just what they’ve achieved on the pitch but they’re also really good people for the group,” added centre-back Amy Turner, whose form has been singled out by Casey Stoney as one of the unheralded reasons for the club’s success.“They’ve brought that extra bit of confidence and that belief we maybe didn’t have before. You can see the intensity they perform at and when you’re behind that it really eggs you on to match that.”Just keep winning Turner has been part of a back-four that's only conceded five goals this season.Image:Amy Turner has been part of a back four that has only conceded five goals this season World Cup winner Christen Press is one of five United States internationals to have joined English clubsImage:World Cup winner Christen Press signed on loan for Man Utd in the summer – Advertisement –last_img read more