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_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Paris Saint-Germain will line up a move to bring Pep Guardiola to the Parc des Princes to replace Thomas Tuchel, according to reports. Tuchel is believed to have fallen out with star men Kylian Mbappe and Neymar and a soured relationship will intensify the pressure on his position. The report goes on to add that should Guardiola swap Manchester for Paris, his former midfielder at Barcelona, Xavi Hernandez, could join him as his assistant. Guardiola’s current contract in Manchester  runs until the summer of 2021. But the break clause in his contract, which he has denied the existence of, allows him to depart at the end of this season. City are enduring an underwhelming defence of their Premier League title and find themselves 14 points adrift of league leaders Liverpool, sat in third. But City officials are confident that, despite an underwhelming season to date which has seen City fall a hefty 14 points behind runaway leaders Liverpool, Guardiola will honour his deal. Only last month Guardiola, 48, said he was “open” to a new contract. This season is his fourth at City. Previously, Guardiola spent four years at Barcelona, winning La Liga three times and the Champions League twice. After a break he joined Bayern Munich, where he spent three years, winning the Bundesliga in each of his three seasons. After succeeding Manuel Pellegrini in 2016, Guardiola led City to back-to-back Premier League titles after finishing third in his first year.Tags: Kylian MbappeManchester CityPep GuardiolaPremier Leaguelast_img read more

first_img24 Jul 2015 Moore celebrates five shot Carris Trophy victory What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago Derbyshire’s Bradley Moore lost a play-off for the Carris Trophy. Today he’s celebrating a five shot victory in the championship at Little Aston Golf Club.He completed the English boys’ open stroke play championship on eight-under par, signing off with a two-over par 74 – compiled in a continuous downpour – and was five clear of the runner-up, John Axelsen of Denmark.Sharing third place on level par were Portugal-based Nathan Brader and Jonathan Goth-Rasmussen, who soared up the leaderboard with a closing 67, the low round of the day. Also in the prizes were fifth placed John Gough (Stoke Park) and Harry Hall (West Cornwall) who was sixth.Last year, Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park) lost this title to a good friend, which eased the disappointment, but the championship was high on his hit list for 2015. “I definitely wanted to come here and show I could win,” he said.“It also means a lot because it’s my last year in boys’ golf and I wanted to get a big boys’ win,” added Moore (Image © Leaderboard Photography).He led from start to finish, opening with rounds of 69, 72 and yesterday’s course record 65 which gave him a lead of seven shots going in to the final round. “It was that round which gave me the opportunity,” he said.“I didn’t hit the ball great today, I don’t know why, it was just one of those days, but I managed to get it round in a winning score.”John Axelsen, who won last year’s U16 McGregor Trophy, is a formidable player, and Moore was well aware that he might charge at him. “John is capable of going low if the putts drop for him,” he said.The Danish player had some impressive shots, for example driving the 317-yard fourth hole, and he twice narrowed the gap to four shots. But each time Moore regained the momentum, helped by birdies on the ninth and 13th – both short holes.He also demonstrated some excellent short game skills, with some crucial up and downs, including two from bunkers.“This gives me confidence going into the English amateur next week, then the European amateur and then straight to the British boys,” said Moore as he outlined his busy schedule.The 17-year-old has been England’s top boy golfer for the past two years and, as well as adding the Carris Trophy to his CV, he also won the Malcolm Reid Salver for the best aggregate score in this championship and in the Peter McEvoy Trophy, in which he was runner-up.The U16 trophy, the Hazards Salver, was shared by England’s Jake Benson (Beeston Fields), Italy’s Adalberto Montini and Sweden’s Hugo Townsend, who all finished on six-over par.Benson, 16, was two behind at the start of the final round and scored one-over 73 to tie, achieving his target for the week. Crucially, he got up and down from a fairway bunker on the 18th and he said: “I knew I needed to do it to have a chance.”Click here for full scores.last_img read more

first_imgRED BANK – The Red Bank Volunteer Fire Depart­ment held its annual chiefs election at the Red Bank Borough Courthouse. Members selected Thomas “TD”’ Doremus as chief for 2013, Thomas J. Welsh as first deputy chief and Joseph Lauterwasser as second deputy chief.Doremus is the fifth generation from his family to be a member of the Red Bank Fire Department, following his dad Thomas and his grandfather, Albert, as chief of the department.Red Bank Fire Chief Joshua Sanders (second from the left) congratulates incoming Chief Thomas “TD” Doremus and hands over the chief’s helmet to him as First Deputy Chief Thomas J. Welsh (left) and Second Deputy Chief Joseph Lauterwasser look on.Welsh is on his second, three-year term as a chief serving the Red Bank community. He is also a Red Bank fire marshal. Lauterwasser is a second-generation firefighter. His father George is a former departmental chief.A reception and celebration was held Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Independent Engine Company on Mechanic Street following the election. Mayor Pasquale Menna and Red Bank Fire Commis­sioner Arthur Murphy said a few words and commended the department on the excellent job it did during and after Super Storm Sandy. The borough officials then presented the new chiefs with their badges. Fire department members stop­ped by throughout the evening to congratulate the new chiefs.last_img read more

first_imgOn Thursday, the Petroleum Services Association of Canada announced that its Educational Fund program will be offering new scholarships to five schools that offer petroleum-related training programs. One of the five schools eligible for the new scholarship is Northern Lights College, which has campuses across northeast B.C., including in Fort St. John. A new scholarship opportunity has become available to five schools in Western Canada. Other eligible schools include Alberta`s Keyano College, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology. Each institute will receive four scholarships worth $1,500 each for a three-year period. President and CEO of PSAC Mark Salkeld says “the fund provides great opportunites for deserving students to acquire the knowledge and tools to thrive, and is just one example of the petroleum service sector supporting the Canadian communities in which we work. Encouraging students at a time when they are making crucial career decisions to consider the exciting prospects available in the service sector, and helping them capitalize on opportunities by providing further training and financial support is the central aim of the PSAC Educational Fund. For more information on the PSAC Educational Fund and the available scholarships, please visit the PSAC official website.- Advertisement –last_img

first_imgA guide to the correct usage of South Africa’s National Flag, compiled by the Southern African Vexillological Association.Treat your flag with respectThe National Flag must at all times be treated with dignity and respect. In the Regulations Regarding the Flying of the National Flag, published just before the flag was adopted in 1994, the dos and don’ts are clearly spelled out.The flag must never:Be allowed to touch the ground or floor.Be used as a table cloth, or draped in front of a platform.Be used to cover a statue, plaque corner stone etc. at unveiling or similar ceremonies.Be used to start or finish any competition, race or similar event.Be manufactured or used as underclothes, bath and floor mats or any similar demeaning application.Be used for any commercial advertising in a manner that will distort or show disrespect to the flag.Use of the flag in artefacts and products is subject to the approval of The Presidency and, in the case of manufactured items, the Department of Trade and Industry.Traditional rules for handling the flagThere are a number of traditional rules of respect that should be observed when handling or displaying the National Flag: The flag should always be hoisted at the start of the working day and lowered again before or at sunset. It is not to remain flying at night unless suitably illuminated. In South Africa, this rule still applies to government-designated flag stations, while through common usage the flag can be displayed 24 hours a day outside of official stations.  The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.  Whenever a person sees an official flag hoisting or lowering ceremony in progress, he or she should come to a halt and stand respectfully to attention for the duration. If a hat is worn, it should be removed and the right hand should be placed over the heart in salute. Persons in uniform should salute in the manner prescribed by their service. (The same rules apply when the National Anthem is being played or sung.)  The flag should never be depicted, displayed or flown upside down. Flying a flag upside down is the traditional sign of surrender! When displayed horizontally, the black triangle should be to your left and the red band uppermost.  When draped vertically, a flag should not merely be rotated through 90 degrees, but also reversed. In the case of the South African flag, the black triangle must be uppermost and the red band to your left. (One “reads” a flag like the pages of a book – from top to bottom and from left to right – and after rotation the results should be the same.)  It is also insulting to display the flag in a frayed or dirty state. The same rule applies to the flagpoles and halyards used to hoist the flag – they should always be in a proper state of maintenance. The flag may never be defaced by placing slogans or any writing or design directly on the field of the flag.Correct display of the flag When two flags are fully spread out horizontally on a wall behind a podium, their hoists should be towards each other with the red stripes uppermost.  When the flag is displayed on a short flag pole, this should be mounted at an angle to the wall with the flag draped tastefully from it.  When two national flags are displayed on crossed staffs, the hoists must be towards each other and the flags must be fully spread out.  The flag should never be used as a cloth to cover tables, lecterns or podiums, or be draped from railings. In company with other national flagsWhen the National Flag is flown outdoors in company with the national flags of other countries, the following rules apply: It must always occupy the position of honour. This means it must be the flag furthest to the right (observers’ left) of all the flags on display, with the flags of other countries being arranged alphabetically.  All the flags should be approximately the same size, with no flags being larger than the South African flag.  Each country’s flag should be on a separate pole, with no national flag being flown on top of another from the same pole.  The South African flag must always be hoisted first and lowered last.  If the South African flag is displayed on crossed poles, the South African flag’s pole should be in front and the flag to the right (observers’ left) of the other flag. In company with non-national flagsWhen the National Flag is displayed in company with other flags that are not national flags, such as corporate flags and advertising banners: If on separate staffs, the National Flag should be in the middle, or the furthest left from the viewpoint of the onlookers, or at least one flag’s breadth higher than the other flags in the group, or its flagpole must be in front of the other poles in the group.  If on the same staff, it must be the uppermost flag.  If carried in procession with other flags, it must be at the head of the marching procession.  If carried with a row of flags in line abreast, it must be carried to the marching right of the procession. Displaying the flag indoorsWhenever the National flag is displayed indoors in halls at public meetings or gatherings of any kind, it should: Always be on the right (observers’ left), as this is the position of authority. So when the flag is displayed next to a speaker in a hall or other meeting place, it must be placed on the speaker’s right hand; when displayed elsewhere in the hall, it should be to the right of the audience.  The flag should be displayed completely spread out with the red stripe on top. If hung vertically on the wall behind the podium, the red stripe should be to the left of the onlookers facing the flag with the hoist cord at the top. Parades and ceremoniesThe flag, when carried in a procession or parade or with another flag or flags, should be on the marching right or alone in front in the centre.The flag may form a distinctive feature of the unveiling of a statue, monument or plaque, but should never be used as the covering for the object.As a mark of respect to the flag, it should never be dipped to a person or thing. Regimental colours, organisational or institutional flags may be dipped as a mark of honour.During a ceremony where the flag is hoisted or lowered, or when the flag is passing in a parade, all persons present, except for those in uniform, should face the flag while standing at attention with the right hand over the heart. Hats should be removed and held in the right hand at the left shoulder with the hand over the heart. Those present in uniform should salute. The same rules apply when the National Anthem is played.Half mastingThe South African flag should be half-masted as a sign of mourning only on instructions from The Presidency, who will also give a date ending the mourning period. When the flag is to be flown at half-mast, it must first be raised to the top of the mast and then slowly lowered to half-mast.Before being lowered at sunset or at the appropriate time, the flag is first raised to the top of the pole and then lowered. ONLY the National Flag is half-masted. All other flags remain at normal height.DisposalWhen no longer in a fit condition to be used, a flag should be disposed of in a dignified manner, preferably by burning.Source: Southern African Vexillological Associationlast_img read more

first_img15 March 2005A national campaign has been launched to raise awareness among South Africans, particularly young people, about the dangers of drug abuse.The campaign, dubbed “Ke Moja”, meaning “No Thanks”, is jointly sponsored by the Department of Social Development and the United Nations Office for Drug Control (UNODC).Speaking at the launch in Johannesburg on Friday, Social Development Director-General Vusi Madonsela said the campaign would also promote healthy behaviour among South African teenagers.The department and the UNODC commissioned the Human Science Research Council (HSRC) to assess drug abuse related perceptions and behaviour among teenagers in disadvantaged areas in Gauteng.Madonsela said the HSRC would be making recommendations about the suitability of campaign material targeting that age group.Gauteng Social Development MEC Bob Mabaso said the campaign sought to shield young people from the pressures that led them into substance abuse.UNODC representative Jonathan Lucas said that international strategies to reduce the supply of illicit drugs, mainly through law enforcement measures, had to be complemented by efforts to curb demand for drugs.“Unless we are successful in addressing drug abuse in our communities, on our streets and in our schools, we will not make sustainable progress”, Lucas said.“For this to happen we need to mobilise civil society as a whole, starting with the schools, parents and teachers.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_imgReal Madrid to use Bale to beat Man Utd for Pochettino dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are ready to use Gareth Bale as a bargaining chip in talks with Tottenham for manager Mauricio Pochettino.The Daily Star says Spurs want £45million at least in compensation for Pochettino, who is also a top target for Manchester United.Sources close to Real suggest they will give Spurs the first option to buy back the Wales international on the cheap – if it paves the way to lure Poch to Madrid.Certainly, the prospect of Bale, 29, returning to the club he left five years ago for a then-world record £85m would be a tempting one for Tottenham supremo Daniel Levy.Re-signing the three-time Champions League winner – even at a reduced price – would be a significant statement going into their first full season at the new White Hart Lane. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgzoom Finland’s technology group Wärtsilä and COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry Co (CHI) have joined forces in the development of a natural gas operating fleet concept, a design which has now received Lloyd’s Register’s (LR) Approval in Principle (AiP) certificate. The development project was carried out under the terms of a memorandum of understanding cooperation signed in June 2016 between the three companies.The aim of the concept is to offer global operators a more efficient and economical fleet design that meets current and anticipated environmental requirements according to the classification rules. The fleet comprises four vessels; a pusher tug, LNG storage barge, LNG regasification barge, and a floating liquefaction natural gas barge, according to Wärtsilä.“This is a new and innovative fleet concept that is designed to create better efficiencies for companies involved in any part of the natural gas supply chain. By combining CHI’s know-how in this field with Wärtsilä’ s vast technological competences, we have together taken yet another step forward in creating an optimal LNG supply chain,” Sanjay Verma, Director, Business Development, South East Asia, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, said.The parties informed that the concept’s main advantages are its operative flexibility, and the fleet’s competitive CAPEX and OPEX costs. The project has attained the authority of China’s National Patent Office and has been conceptualised by CHI. The design and engineering development, especially in relation to the hinge joint, mooring arrangement, ship type and seakeeping analysis, has also been carried out by CHI.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Home Capital Group Inc. (TSX:HCG) says it has reached an agreement to sell its payment processing and prepaid card business as it looks to further streamline operations.The Toronto-based alternative mortgage lender says the sale of the business will save about $20 million in annual salary and other operating costs, while giving up the $18 million in fees and other income it brought in.Home Capital had already signalled its intention to sell the division as a non-core operation, and says the impact from the sale on its full-year net income is insignificant.Earlier in October, the company said it had cut 65 jobs as part of a program to eliminate $15 million in annual costs that was largely complete.The company has been looking to restore soundness after allegations by regulators that it misled investors prompted a run on deposits by customers in April.Home Capital says it is still facing elevated expenses because of the scrutiny, and the need to borrow funds at higher rates to make it through the liquidity crunch.last_img read more