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Vermont to promote ‘Green Valley’ at environmental tech show

first_imgDorn will head a delegation that includes the VermontDepartment of Economic Development; the Vermont Global Trade Partnership;Burlington-based alternative energy firm Draker Solar; and environmental remediationequipment maker Clean Earth Technology of Ferrisburg to GLOBE 2008. For more information, visit the GLOBE Web site at: http://www.globe2008.ca/index.cfm(link is external) “This will be the second time that Vermont hasattended GLOBE, and the response has been very positive,” Dorn said.Vermont companies have found good leads, and environmental technologyfirms have expressed interest in our state. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MONTPELIER, Vt. — The State of Vermont will be lookingto generate some green by being green at an upcoming internationalenvironmental technology trade fair and conference in Vancouver. CONTACT: David Mace (802) 828-5229 He noted Vermont’s efforts to promote itself as acenter for environmental engineering and technology firms, including therelease of the recent report by the Vermont Environmental Engineering AdvisoryCouncil. Nearly 10,000 policy makers, environmental business leadersand corporate environmental managers from 78 countries attended GLOBE 2006 andorganizers estimate that $646 million in new business was generated at GLOBE2006. March 10, 2008 30 “Vermont has an internationally-recognized image as aclean, ‘green’ state; we are the healthiest state in America; andwe have more institutions of higher learning per capita than any otherstate,” said Kevin Dorn, Vermont Secretary of Commerce and CommunityDevelopment. “We believe we can leverage these strengths to recruit’green’ businesses to Vermont, and promote those alreadyhere.” GLOBE 2008 showcases emerging environmental technologies andsolutions from leading global technology companies. “Governor Jim Douglas has made growing Vermont’s’Green Valley’ a priority,” Dorn said. “This conferencehelps promote Vermont on a world stage.” Representatives of the Vermont Department of EconomicDevelopment and the Vermont Global Trade Partnership will be joined by severalVermont companies at GLOBE 2008, a biennial trade fair and conference scheduledfor March 12 through 14. VERMONT TO PROMOTE ‘GREEN VALLEY’ AT ENVIRONMENTAL TECH SHOWlast_img read more

Sale of $52 million in Vermont bonds attracts record number of bids, low rates

first_imgVermont State Treasurer Jeb Spaulding announced today that Vermont successfully sold $52 million in general obligation bonds, in a competitive auction that marked the State’s first-ever sale of “Build America Bonds.” Yesterday’s auction resulted in both the largest number of bids received and the lowest interest cost the State has incurred on a bond sale in decades.Build America Bonds, often referred to simply as “BABs,” were made available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Unlike traditional municipal bonds, BABs are subject to federal income tax, but are still exempt from Vermont State income tax. By using BABs, the State pays a higher interest rate, but receives a 35 percent subsidy on that rate from the federal government. When this subsidy is factored in, BABs often have a lower interest rate than traditional tax-exempt bonds.“We are extremely pleased by the results of our bond offering,” said State Treasurer Jeb Spaulding. “We received eleven bids, many from firms who were bidding on Vermont’s bonds for the first time. Locking in an interest rate below 3 percent on a 20-year borrowing period is almost unheard-of. The strong response indicates that demand continues to be extremely high for Vermont’s bonds. This benefits Vermont’s citizens in that the interest rate the State pays on the bonds is lower, costing us less to borrow the money.”The bonds are scheduled to settle, or close, on February 3, 2010. The State locked in a total interest cost of 2.96 percent, the lowest rate in records dating back to the 1960s. The yield investors received on their bond purchases ranged from 0.25 percent for bonds maturing in one year to 5.21 percent for bonds maturing in 20 years.The State’s financial advisor, Government Finance Associates, assisted the State in running an innovative “hybrid” online auction that allowed investment banks to bid on each bond maturity as either a tax-exempt bond or a BAB. Bonds maturing in one to five years were sold as traditional tax-exempt bonds, while bonds maturing in six to 20 years were BABs.Demand for the State’s bonds was enhanced by Vermont’s strong bond rating. The bonds offered were rated by Moody’s Investors Service, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Service, and Fitch Ratings as Aaa, AA+ and AA+, respectively, all with a stable outlook. The triple-A rating reflects the highest rating available to government issuers. High demand for the bonds allowed the State to offer a lower rate of return and consequently, lower the cost to the State for borrowing money for capital projects. Costs to the State would have been higher if Vermont’s bond ratings were lower.“The very favorable opinions of the rating agencies, which consistently cite Vermont’s prudent fiscal management, vindicate the proactive efforts of the administration and the legislature to keep the State’s budget balanced,” Spaulding said.Yesterday’s bond sale will fund projects that were authorized by the State Legislature in the last legislative session. While the bonds were originally scheduled to be sold this past fall, the Treasurer’s Office delayed the sale because the State’s cash flow dictated that new funds were not needed until early 2010.The State plans to sell an additional $20 million of general obligation Vermont Citizens’ Bonds on February 25, with a closing date in early March. The Citizens’ Bonds will be sold as tax-exempt bonds through a negotiated offering with Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. Citizens’ Bonds are free from state and federal taxes and may be purchased in denominations as low as $1,000. These bonds are reserved first for purchase by Vermont residents and businesses.“This year, we increased the Citizens’ Bond sale from $15 million to $20 million, to give Vermont investors a greater opportunity to take advantage of savings on state and federal taxes on investment earnings, and also invest in bonds backed by the full faith and credit of the State of Vermont,” explained Spaulding.As part of the annual approval of capital bonding projects, the State is planning to again offer general obligation bonds for sale in October and November of 2010.Source: Treasurer’s office. 1.28.2010last_img read more

Quick Hits: Pink Squirrels

first_imgScientists stumble upon flying squirrel that glows hot pink in UV lightResearchers Allie Kohler and her team at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin were using a UV light to study lichen in a Wisconsin forest when they discovered something else entirely—a hot pink glowing squirrel. The chance observation, made possible with the glow of the UV light, was confirmed when 135 museum specimens of the New World flying squirrel were examined and glowed pink under the UV light. Though scientists don’t know why the squirrels glow pink, they theorize that it could be to help them find—or perhaps impress– each other in the dark. The pink glow may also mimic the plumage of owls, which also omit a similar secret glow, to confuse avian predators. Learn more about Kohler’s research here.Eastern monarch butterfly population rebounded by 144 percent According to the Center for Biological Diversity, the eastern population of monarch butterflies, which breed east of the Rocky Mountains, reached their highest numbers since 2006. The butterflies overwinter in Mexico where scientists from the World Wildlife Fund Mexico estimate the population by measuring the area of trees that have turned orange by the gathering butterflies. The 2019 winter count found the monarchs occupied nearly 15 acres of forest, up from just over six acres in winter 2018—an increase of 144 percent. In the mid-1990s, monarchs covered nearly 52 acres of forest. Those numbers fell to 3 acres in 2014. Scientists estimate that 15 acres is the threshold to be out of the immediate danger zone of migratory collapse. The Fish and Wildlife Service are considering protecting the butterfly under the Endangered Species Act and a final decision will be issued by a court-ordered June deadline.U.S. intelligence officials name climate change as a worldwide threatIn its annual assessment of worldwide threats, the nation’s intelligence community warned that climate change poses risks to global stability. The Worldwide Threat Assessment, released Tuesday, the report stresses that climate change may cause global instability because it is “likely to fuel competition for resources, economic distress, and social discontent through 2019 and beyond.” Last Friday, the United Nations Security Council held a discussion to better understand how climate change acts as a “threat multiplier” in countries with vulnerable governance and sparse resources.In addition to climate change, the 2019 Worldwide Threat Assessment also lists terrorism, cyber crimes, and weapons of mass destruction as a threat to human security.last_img read more

Organized Crime Groups Use Cattle Industry to Transport Drugs in Central America

first_imgAfter Military police and law enforcement agents unloaded the cattle after stopping the vehicle near Comayagua, they found 743 kilograms of cocaine in hidden compartments in the truck’s roof. “We have destroyed blind spots in our border with Guatemala with explosives to try to block the smuggling of drugs, weapons, people, cattle, and any other type of merchandise that people try to export without paying taxes,” Sub Lieutenant José Coello Molina, FUSINA’s spokesman for the country’s northwestern region, said. In recent years, organized crime operatives have sold thousands of heads of stolen Central American cattle in Mexico. Feeling the pinch of the losses of cattle herds in their industry, Pérez and René Blandón, president of the Central American Federation of Meat Producers, said they have presented their case and shared these statistics with Nicaraguan law enforcement authorities. El Cartel del Sur’s territorial reach extends to the country’s border with Nicaragua, while El Cartel de Olancho is suspected of being connected to the drug trafficking group Los Cachiros, which operates in the region north of Olancho, in the eastern region of La Mosquitía, and in the Atlantic Ocean. Law enforcement authorities suspect two major Honduran organized crime groups – El Cartel del Sur and El Cartel de Olancho – smuggle drugs inside trucks and trailers used to transport cattle. For example, since January 1, agents from Honduras’s National Interagency Task Force (FUSINA) have eradicated three blind spots used by organized crime groups to smuggle contraband through the border between Honduras and Guatemala. The chamber’s director, Onel Pérez, speculated the cattle is being moved “by hot money and probably drug trafficking.” Organized crime groups in Central America are using the livestock trade to transport drugs, hiding illicit substances inside trucks, and trailers used to transport cattle. Criminal groups steal and sell cattle The Nicaraguan Chamber of Meat Exporters estimates that between 60,000 and 65,000 heads are smuggled out of the country annually. Criminals marked the bulls and cows to make it seem like they were raised locally. center_img Security officials estimated the narcotic was worth 609 million Lempiras, the equivalent to 29 million dollars. Two Honduran families of cattle ranchers are allegedly connected to the Gulf Cartel, a Mexican transnational criminal organization, according to a May report in local Honduran daily El Heraldo. Some organized crime groups in Central America are not only using cattle to transport drugs – they are stealing and selling livestock. For example, in 2014, Honduran Military Police and civilian law enforcement officers seized a large trailer truck transporting 45 bulls and calves from Olancho to a ranch in Copán, the western department closest to Guatemala. By Dialogo August 20, 2015 No, those articles are too long. Please cut them down a bit, do me the favor I’m saying. Yuli Vanesa Zapata Tavima It’s now the end of the world. Lord lots of faith faith Drug trafficking is blanketing humanity That’s how things are in the world. Well, I think no matter how hard the authorities fight, they’re not going to be able to control this narcotic because they always look for a way to keep bringing their junk in. If we want to rid our country of drugs, we have to be relentless so that our youth may have a chance in life. Let’s help It is alarming to see how drug trafficking is progressing in the Americas and we in Argentina are also alarmed because of that scourge that seems to be deploying quickly and positively for the criminals the governments should be inflexible with those who commit crimes that ruin the lives of young people who are tempted by so much money. Those in charge should be able to detect and put an end to them The best option would be to be able to liberate the sale of drugs so to keep that monster which is drug trafficking from continuing to grow and taking over everything! Peace has ended for us in Colombia What’s this, and they cannot and will not be able to fight More news about Colombia Excellent reporting on the latest news and we don’t have to make much effort. It’s very cool from Venezuela Yaracuy… Mabel Peralta Cañaveral I like reading the news A thousand thanks. Good you inform us clearly “It is alarming that the number of legal cattle has diminished dramatically, while the contraband of these animals has increased,” Blandón added. Colonel José Antonio Sánchez, a spokesman for the Honduran Armed Forces, emphasized that when countries reinforce their security barriers – and Honduras has done so, he added – traffickers resort to new ways of getting their merchandise across borders. In Honduras, security forces are taking strong measures to crack down on the illegal cattle trade. A Mexican military report stated: “the trafficked cattle from Honduras goes to Veracruz, Querétaro, Hidalgo, San Luis Potosí, Durango, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas in a route dominated by relationships between cartels and local criminal gangs.” Cattle theft is a growing problem, Blandón said. last_img read more

Benefit applications available online for Steuben County residents

first_imgOfficials say parents or caretakers of children who received free or reduced priced meals during the 2019-2020 school year will be receiving the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer food benefits. This benefit will also be given to those who live in a district where free or reduced priced lunches were provided to all students during that year. Residents can apply for one or more of these programs by visiting the state benefits website. STEUBEN COUNTY (WBNG) — County Department of Social Services Commissioner Kathryn Muller said online applications for Steuben County residents seeking food, heating, Medicaid, and temporary assistance benefits are now available. For help with uploading supporting documents to the website, officials say you can download the free app, ‘NYDocSubmit’.center_img For more information about the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer benefits, click here. Those with questions about their benefits are asked to call the Stuben County DSS at (607) 644-2000 and leave a message with your contact number.last_img read more

At the cow wash: Pakistanis scrub Eid animals at car cleaners

first_imgIn the run-up to the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, Karachi car-wash owner Sheikh Sagheer sees much of the traffic at his business switch from four wheels to four legs.Locals bring him their cattle, sheep and goats for a thorough scrub down ahead of the animals’ sacrifice during the three-day religious holiday, which begins Friday in Pakistan.Sagheer, 42, said the cow wash started when he was spotted cleaning his sacrificial animal ahead of Eid after opening his business a few years ago. Topics : “The charge is 100 rupees, which is nothing,” said Mohammad Uzair, who brought in a large grey cow for a wash.Across Pakistan, between eight and 10 million animals are sacrificed over Eid al-Adha, according to the Pakistan Tanners Association.Sagheer says cleanliness is especially important because of the coronavirus pandemic.”I make it a point to sanitize the animal with disinfectants,” he said.center_img “The people who saw me washing the animal came to me with their own… that’s how this trend started,” Sagheer told AFP.Many of the animals come from a huge market on the outskirts of Karachi — reputed to be the largest Eid cattle bazaar in Asia — that is packed with goats, cows, bullocks, sheep and camels.The creatures are often dirty, dusty and speckled with dung after being transported then packed together at the market.Sagheer charges just 100 rupees (about 60 cents) for a wash — which includes a soak with a pressure hose, a lather with suds, a scrub and a rinse.last_img read more

Masterclasses to teach ins and out of retirement

first_imgAndrew Winter will be hosting retirement masterclasses DEVELOPER Lendlease is set to provide Retirement Living Masterclasses to prospective retirees during a series of events at retirement villages from Brisbane to Mackay this month.The masterclasses feature a panel of guests, including Andrew Winter from Selling Houses Australia, and are designed to help retirees understand the retirement process and to answer all questions about what retirement living means for them. The events will inform and empower retirees with the knowledge they need to make important and impending life decisions.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019 They will discover how to downsize and declutter, learn what it means to retire to a Lendlease village, and be given information about where to go for the appropriate financial advice.They will also begin to understand and compare offers and learn about the personal experience of residents.Retirement Living regional manager Queensland Mark said the decision to move into a retirement village from your own home could be daunting, but exciting.“This series of events aims at answering the questions that so many people have about the retirement living process and are filled with information that people need to know before making a retirement decision,” he said.A masterclass will be held at The Terraces Retirement Village, Forest Lake, on March 6 from 2pm.Bookings are essential and can be made by calling 1800 550 550 or via discoveryseries.com.aulast_img read more

Schilling Point Dredging Proposed

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Norfolk District is seeking public input on a Virginia Beach City Government proposal to mechanically dredge a Saw Pen Point neighborhood tributary to provide residents with navigation access. The Schilling Point SSD project is located in a tributary to the Lynnhaven River’s Western Branch, adjacent to the Saw Pen Point neighborhood surrounded by homes along Saw Pen Point Trail, Bridgehampton Lane, Witch Point Trail and Schilling Point in Virginia Beach, Virginia.A 692-foot-long city spur channel with a 25-foot bottom width is proposed to be dredged to a maximum depth of -4.5 feet mean low water (MLW) and would connect to the existing channel in the Lynnhaven River’s Western Branch.A main 490-foot-long Special Service District channel would run from the city channel to SSD North Spur and SSD South Spur channels. The main SSD channel would have a maximum bottom width of 25 feet, reducing to a 20-foot bottom width as it approaches the neighborhood, and would be dredged to a maximum depth of -4.5 feet MLW.The SSD North Spur would be 470 feet long with a 15-foot bottom width, and the SSD South Spur would be 286 feet long with a 15-foot bottom – individual access basins will be dredged as part of this proposal. These SSD channels would be dredged to a maximum -4.5-foot depth and MLW.The proposal also includes dredging nine individual access basins for homeowners to access the dredged channels. These areas are proposed to be dredged to a maximum depth of -4.5 feet MLW.The applicant has proposed to dredge 9,583 cubic yards of material from 88,383 square feet of impact area.last_img read more

Jungle Bay Joins 365MMP/desiGna Love Contest

first_img Share Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img 16 Views   no discussions LocalNews Jungle Bay Joins 365MMP/desiGna Love Contest by: – February 10, 2012 365 Media, Marketing and Production is pleased to announce that Jungle Bay Resort and Spa has chosen to partner with us in staging the 365MMP Valentine’s Day Love Contest.Jungle Bay is the newest company to do so joining, online store desiGna, to create even more value to our customers and offering a One-night Getaway Package, which includes accommodation and breakfast for two, to the winning couple. General Manager of Jungle Bay Sam Raphael said, “Jungle Bay is delighted to support WEL associate 365 MMP by donating a one night get-away package for this promotion.”The Love Contest ends on February 12, 2012 and couples seeking entry into the competition need only go to the 365MMP Facebook page, “like” the page and post a photo of them and their spouse together. From there, friends will have the opportunity to like the picture. The photo with the most likes will be judged the winner and results will be announced simultaneously on the Facebook pages of 365MMP and www.shopdesiGna.com.The winner will score a One-night Getaway Package courtesy of Jungle Bay Resort and Spa, along with a $240 Gift Certificate atwww.shopdesiGna.com and a 365 MMP Couple’s Photo-shoot.The second place winner will also win a Couple’s Photo-shoot.A full list of contest rules are available on the365 MMP Facebook page under the promotional flier.Press Releaselast_img read more

CariMAN tackles scourge of violence in Dominica

first_img 14 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img LocalNews CariMAN tackles scourge of violence in Dominica by: – April 23, 2012 Share A local chapter of the Caribbean Male Action Network Organization (CariMAN) has taken up the responsibility of addressing the scourge of violence in Dominica.CariMAN Dominica Chapter Inc held a one-day Symposium on Violence at the Public Service Union on Friday in response to the escalation of violence in our homes, schools and communities. Several individuals, groups, institutions and organizations were invited to attend the Symposium including magistrate Gloria Augustus, Opposition leader Hector John, Member of Parliament for the Roseau Central Constituency Norris Prevost, Health Minister Julius Timothy, Community Development Minister Gloria Shillingford to discuss and develop a National Plan of Action to reduce violence and its impact on the society. CariMAN’s president Thomas Holmes explained that the idea for the Symposium was born out of a brain storming session among group members to determine ways in which they could pull their resources together in an effort to help the country. He noted that among the ideas were tackling the negative impact of drugs on the island, finding ways to raise men’s awareness to their health and violence.Holmes reported that CariMAN embarked upon violence as “because it is destroying our people, destroying our land. We see this pain inflicting activity as one that is having a very negative impact on the very fabric of our society; everyone is affected by violence many of our boys, young men and men are involved in it”.CariMAN’s goal he continued; “Is to see Dominicans living in love, in harmony, respecting each other, appreciating and celebrating our success and achievement. Violence is a hindrance to all of these”.According to Holmes, “people are angry, they go to bed angry and wake up with a “double dose of anger, violence and disrespect when we hear what certain people have to say about us and others”. At work, at home and within society Holmes believes there is intense anger and frustration exhibited which can also lead to violent behaviors.“At the work place, we behave like crabs in the barrel. Friendship and gossip lavish and professionalism is not yet born for many of us. Our behavior and attitude sometimes lead to violence and violation of the human rights of others. We are like strangers in our homes, our homes are becoming like hotels; we check in, we check out. No time to sit down and enjoy each other’s company, we do not talk with each other”.Holmes believes that violence is “flourishing” because there is a lack of “positive role models, respected and trustworthy men and boys”.“Violence is flourishing because we curse more and we love less, we forget the children and youth who are neglected, abandoned, rejected, and afflicted; they become violent when we do not help them. Sometime, the only way out for them, the only way of survival is the path of violence and destruction”.He proposed that society need to “guide, protect and teach” the youth in an effort to reduce the rate of crime and violent behavior among them.“It is time that we take back our country from the brink of disaster and give it back to God, let him bless it; let him work in our land together with us. Let us come together and work for a Dominica free from fear and violence. Boys and men of Dominica; let us come together and reject violence, let us join with the girls and women and reject all types of violence”. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more