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first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas today met with 10 other Governors, Cabinet members and high ranking Administration officials to discuss energy policy with President Obama and Vice President Biden.  The President and Governor Douglas agreed that a non-ideological, bipartisan approach is necessary to confront the nation’s energy challenges and investments in biofuels, biomass, hydroelectric, nuclear and other clean forms of power, as well as investments for efficiency will be critical to the America’s energy future.“I appreciate the opportunity to talk with the President on these important issues,” the Governor said.  “As Washington debates our national energy policy, Vermont’s lessons and achievements must be part of that dialogue.  From in-state efficiency measures to our regional partnerships, like the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Vermont is confronting the challenges of energy independence and climate change on many fronts.”Vermont is among the leaders nationally in the level of carbon emitted from electric generation.  Governor Douglas was the first governor to sign onto the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).  Vermont was a pioneer with the first statewide energy efficiency utility, Efficiency Vermont, and currently spends more per capita on energy efficiency measures than any other state.Governor Douglas also spoke today of the need to protect consumers and the economy as national energy policies evolves.  He also encouraged federal policy makers to adopt a non-carbon focused policy that embraces all forms of non-carbon power, including large hydro – affording consumers a wide array of choices and allowing utilities to access resources that ensure a reliable grid.“I often talked about the fact the Vermont has more methane digesters per capita – a fact we are proud of,” said the Governor.  “Combining small scale renewable sources with large scale renewable resources, like hydro power, is critical to maintaining low carbon emission in Vermont.”The Governor also noted in the meeting how investments in Smart Grid technology will further efficiency efforts already underway and help Vermont transition to new environmentally-friendly technologies.  Vermont recently received a nearly $70 million Department of Energy grant, which is in addition to nearly $70 million invested by Vermont utilities, to build-out a statewide Smart Grid.“Transportation remains the largest source of emissions in our state,” the Governor noted.  “A smart grid will not only help Vermonters and Vermont businesses save money by using energy more efficiently, it is a critical component of transitioning to next generation technologies, such as electric cars.”Source: Governor’s office. 2.3.2010.###last_img read more

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first_imgBy Dialogo July 06, 2012 SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica — Drug enforcement authorities in Costa Rica detained five alleged members of the Gulf drug cartel on July 5, officials said. Among the detained was Juan Manuel García Hernández, alias “El Güero,” one of the alleged leaders of the criminal organization, Costa Rican authorities said. Authorities detained the alleged drug gang members, five Mexicans and four Costa Ricans, in 10 operations between San José and the southern border with Panama, according to district attorney Juan Chavarría. [AFP, 05/07/2012; Nacion.com (Costa Rica), 05/07/2012]last_img read more

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first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Daniel Mica Dan Mica, former head of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), established The DMA Group as a means to combine a myriad of experience into a one-stop consultancy. Elected in … Web: www.dmagroupdc.com Details With the CUNA Government Affairs Conference just a few weeks away (March 8-12) now is a good time to prepare for the meetings and engagements that the conference will bring. Of course, it is always important to have talking points and issue briefs ready for meeting members of Congress, however, another important component to these visits is careful consideration of the real audience, Congressional staff. The time that I spent as an elected member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Florida accounts for some of the most satisfying years of my long career in politics and policy. What has been dropped off of my resume since that time, are all of the positions that I held in a congressional office up until I was elected. The decade I spent working tirelessly through the ranks of Capitol Hill starting as an intern, working up to sorting mail, being a Staff Assistant, Legislative Assistant and ultimately Chief of Staff.I personally know the importance and influence that staff has on every issue handled by a Congressional office, and I respect the fact that these (often quite young) men and women have a strong depth of knowledge on a variety of issues. As a member, I relied heavily on my staff to inform my decisions. When it is considered how many constituents and issues they handle on a regular basis, it is quite impressive. Throughout the rest of my career, I have stayed in touch with many of the people who worked in my Congressional office. I have an immense debt of gratitude for these people and the amazing job they did to serve our constituents.With this in mind, I would like to reiterate a point that I have made over my many years in advocacy and government relations–keep your representatives close and their staff closer! As you come to Washington and meet with personnel and committee staff in the House and Senate, keep in mind that their impression of you personally, not just the substance of your presentation, can play a role in how they view your position. This may seem unprofessional or wrong, and I would like to say that every legislative and policy decision is based purely on merit, but politics is people and a good personal impression and relationship can go a long way.Also, remember that today you may be speaking with a Staff Assistant or Legislative Assistant who tomorrow could be a Chief of Staff or a key player on a committee. In some cases you may even be speaking to a future member of the legislature! According to a profile of the 114th Congress released by the Congressional Research Service, there are at least 102 former congressional staffers (21 in the Senate, 81 in the House), as well as seven congressional pages (three in the House and four in the Senate) in the current legislature. As a resource, here is a link to information provided by the Congressional Management Foundation that gives a brief description of many of the staff you will encounter in a Congressional office.Everyone you meet on Capitol Hill is a potential friend to the Credit Union movement, and you may be the strongest example of what the movement represents. Carry the message and show them what we are all about–people helping people!last_img read more

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Three Long Islanders have been arrested for allegedly conspiring to sell untraceable assault rifles known as “ghost guns” which are weapons built from spare parts—the first such case in New York State, authorities said.Thomas Weber, Antonio Himonitis and his wife, Diana Collins, were charged Thursday with criminal sale of a firearm and conspiracy. Himonitis and Collins were also charged with endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly assembling the guns while a child was in their Suffolk County home.“Ghost guns are the next frontier of illegal firearm trafficking,” said State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “The allegations against these defendants show just how easy it is for criminals to make completely untraceable, military-grade firearms.”Prosecutors alleged Himonitis and Weber hatched the plot while serving prison time together. Then Himonitis and Collins ordered gun parts from different firearms manufacturers nationwide and used them to assemble at least a dozen “ghost guns.”An undercover investigator met with Weber while the suspect was incarcerated at Nassau County jail, where Weber allegedly said that he and Himonitis could acquire AR-10 rifles that would sell for $5,000 each, prosecutors said.The day that Himonitis was released from jail in May, the investigator met with him at a hotel in Uniondale, where they set up the purchase of 12 fully-functional “ghost guns” over a two-month span, authorities said.The key component involved in the weapons’ assembly is the lower receiver, the part of the gun that fires the bullet and the only gun part that is considered a firearm under federal regulations. The suspects in the case allegedly ordered incomplete lower receivers that are only considered a piece of metal. Then they modified the parts with a special tool so the firearms were fully functioning, according to investigators. Such firearms lack serial numbers, making them an untraceable “ghost gun.”The joint investigation with state police and the attorney general’s Organized Crime Task Force was dubbed “Operation Ghostbusters.”The trio is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Suffolk County court. If convicted, they face up to 25 years in prison.last_img read more

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first_imgFrom year to year, Lika-Senj County records excellent tourist results, and the positive trend continues this year.Thus, in the first six months, 223.627 tourist arrivals were recorded, which is 31,8 percent more than in the same period last year. With 19.809 arrivals, domestic guests achieved an increase of nine percent, while foreigners with 203.818 arrivals achieved an increase of as much as 34,52 percent compared to the first half of last year.In the observed period, a total of 628.458 overnight stays were realized, which is an increase of 24,16 percent. At the same time, foreign tourists recorded 549.423 overnight stays, or 26,45 percent more, while domestic guests with 79.035 overnight stays increased by 10,30 percent.All the better results in OtočacTraditionally, the most visited tourist destinations this year are Plitvice Lakes, where 106.569 tourist arrivals were recorded in the first six months of this year, which is 32,89 percent more than in the first six months of last year. It is followed by Novalja with 58.213 registered arrivals, which is an increase of 25,48 percent and Senj with 19.995 arrivals, or 30,55 percent more than in the first half of 2016.Great results were also achieved by continental Lika destinations such as Otočac with a record 17.840 arrivals, which is as much as 62,34 percent more than last year. In June alone, 115.464 tourist arrivals and 428.030 overnight stays were realized in the Lika-Senj County. This is an increase of 37,43 percent in arrivals and 31,82 percent in overnight stays compared to June 2016.Nikola Tesla, Smiljan and Gospić among Croatian finalists for EDEN”These great tourist results confirm the fact that we are an increasingly interesting destination for tourists. In addition to the Plitvice Lakes National Park, Velebit Nature Park, protected bay Zavratnica, untouched nature, rivers and lakes, we offer a rich cultural heritage such as fortresses and old towns, excellent gastronomy such as Lika and Pag lamb, fresh sea and river fish and famous Lika potatoes. The world-famous scientist Nikola Tesla was born in our county, and we were especially pleased to hear that Tesla’s homeland – Smiljan and Gospić, was among the five finalists in this year’s selection of the national winner for the European Destination of Excellence (EDEN) on Cultural Tourism.”, Said Ivan Radošević, director of the Tourist Board of Lika-Senj County and added that it came at the right time, just before the celebration of the 161st anniversary of the birth of the famous scientist.Related news: TESLA’S LIGHTNING IN THE PROMOTION OF CROATIAN TOURISMlast_img read more

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first_imgEast Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa has finally decided to submit a request to implement large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to the Health Ministry to stop the spread of COVID-19 as a result of a rising number of cases over the past three days. Khofifah, who was previously adamant about not implementing the restrictions, said the provincial COVID-19 task force had requested detailed measures from Greater Surabaya administrations — Surabaya, Sidoarjo, Gresik and Lamongan — in the efforts to significantly reduce the spread of the virus. The detailed measures are part of requirements that any region must meet before requesting PSBB status. “We are waiting for the detailed [measures]. I’ve been informed that the respective administrations are working hard on it. Hopefully tonight or tomorrow [Thursday] we will receive an update,” Khofifah told the press on Tuesday at the governor’s official residence, the Grahadi Building, in Surabaya. Read also: COVID-19: More regions request PSBB status as Indonesia sees big jump in infections, deathsEast Java recorded a sharp increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the last three days, bringing the total tally to 474 with 81 recoveries and 45 fatalities as of Tuesday. Surabaya is the hardest hit city in the province with 228 confirmed cases. Surabaya’s satellite cities such as Sidoarjo, Lamongan and Gresik have seen 45, 25 and 18 confirmed cases, respectively.The head of the task force’s curative team, Joni Wahyuhadi, told The Jakarta Post that cities and regencies that were hard hit by the virus should have requested PSBB status.He refuted an accusation that put the provincial COVID-19 task force into the spotlight for discouraging cities and regencies from submitting their respective requests for PSBB status. “Each time the governor, as the provincial task force head, announces the progress of COVID-19 spread in respective cities and regencies, those with a high number of confirmed cases, especially Surabaya, should [automatically] think of stricter measures to stop the spread,” said Joni.Separately, Surabaya task force spokesperson M. Fikser said the city administration had been working on the detailed measures that would be included in its PSBB status request. Read also: COVID-19: Community in Madiun builds ‘open kitchen’ to help affected residents avoid hunger”I have not yet been informed about the progress of the meeting on the matter,” he told the Post.A source familiar with the matter revealed to the Post that the Surabaya administration had been preparing the measures for the request long before the surge in cases. However, the source said that Governor Khofifah was disappointed with the Surabaya administration’s actions, which were deemed taken without coordination with the provincial administration. “There have been silent disagreements between the two leaders,” said the source, referring to Khofifah and Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini.Topics :last_img read more

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first_imgReal Madrid forward Gareth Bale does not want to return to the Premier League at the moment and could finish his career at the Spanish club, the Welshman’s agent Jonathan Barnett has said.Despite winning four Champions League titles with Real, Bale divides opinion due to a perceived lack of commitment and a poor injury record. He seemed set for a move to Chinese club Jiangsu Suning last year before the deal fell through.”He has a very nice lifestyle. I don’t see why he doesn’t see his career out at Madrid probably,” Barnett told the BBC. “… To come back and play (in the Premier League) would be unbelievable — a big thing. I don’t think he wants to do that at the moment. He’s quite happy to play at Real.”Real host Eibar on June 14 when La Liga resumes after a three-month pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Topics :last_img read more

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first_imgThe just-concluded 2017 regular session of the Louisiana Legislature contained good news for the state’s ongoing program to protect and restore the coast.According to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, the approved legislation allows the continuation of established successful efforts while adding new mechanisms to increase productivity and results.First and foremost, the 2017 update to Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast, carried this year by Sen. Morrish and Sen. Alario, passed the House and Senate with unanimous bipartisan support picking up an additional 34 co-authors on the House Floor.“The Coastal Master Plan was developed using robust scientific and technical analysis with extensive public input,” said Johnny Bradberry, Chairman of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA). “This 2017 update recommends 124 projects, including restoration projects, structural protection projects, and nonstructural risk reduction projects.”The Coastal Master Plan outlines specific actions to implement an integrated coastal protection and restoration strategy over the next 50 years with projects constrained by a $50 billion total budget. In this fully integrated plan, half of the projects by cost are devoted to restoration and half to protection.The ecosystem restoration portion includes $18 billion for marsh creation, $5 billion for sediment diversions, and more than $2 billion for other types of restoration projects. On the protection side, the plan allocates $19 billion for structural protection and $6 billion for nonstructural risk reduction. “It is far wiser to spend money proactively today than spend it on damages later,” said Bradberry.In addition to passing the 5-year, long-term strategy document, the Louisiana Legislature also passed the CPRA’s Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Plan which outlines the agency’s project priorities for the coming fiscal year as well as providing a three-year outlook. This year, the CPRA Annual Plan was enacted through two resolutions, a Senate Resolution authored by Sen. Morrish and a House Resolution by Rep. Zeringue.In fiscal year 2018 CPRA will advance the coastal program with $644 million in expenditures on project construction, engineering and design, planning, ongoing programs and initiatives, and the operation and maintenance of previously constructed projects.The implementation of the goals of the Coastal Master Plan will also be assisted by new legislation coming out of this year’s session that provide CPRA with the ability to utilize new project delivery methods and to explore the bonding of some of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill revenues.House Bill 596 by Rep. Leger and Rep. Bishop allows a new contracting mechanism to help get projects constructed earlier. House Bill 618 by Rep. Garofalo also has the potential to expedite Coastal Master Plan project implementation. House Bill 144 by Rep. Jerome Zeringue also aids the accomplishment of coastal projects by allowing public entities to enter into fixed-term agreements with private property owners for servitude and easement rights.Finally, Senate Bill 249 by Sen. Chabert directed the CPRA to dedicate set percentages of its GOMESA revenues for coastal protection projects.last_img read more

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first_imgA Family Fun Day at Macoucherie on October 16th and the launch of a new loan product are just two of the main activities which will be spearheaded by the National Cooperative Credit Union, to celebrate Credit Union Week in Dominica this year.The National Cooperative Credit Union, located at Roseau is an amalgamation of five credit unions; Roseau, Vielle Case, La Salette, St Paul and St David Credit Unions.Credit Union Week will be observed internationally from October 16th to 22nd while Credit Union Day will be celebrated on October 20th, 2011 under the theme, ‘Credit Unions build a better world’.NCCU’s Marketing Officer, Mrs Marie-Louise Grell said that the institution is pleased to be commemorating the week along with partners regionally and internationally.“Credit union week is a week that is being celebrated by credit unions all over the world. The credit union movement is a very large movement of 187 million people in 100 countries, in almost 53,000 credit unions. So we are joining credit unions worldwide to celebrate a week of activities to basically promote what we are doing in terms of economical and social development in our country.”While this is not the institution’s first Family Fun Day, it is the first since the amalgamation in 2010. The Family Fun Day was initiated by the Cooperative Society League which is the umbrella body for credit unions on the island, as a means of creating a developmental activity to promote families.“As we know the credit union is about people and our members are very important to us. We know that families are important and we need to build and strengthen our families so we are taking this opportunity to say to our members to come out as a family and have fun, spend a day together and get to know other members of the Credit Union.”The NCCU is soliciting the support of the general public in making the event a success. The event will include a wide variety of sporting activities and will feature a number of top local performers.“We are inviting all the members from the five branches to come out and have a day of fun. Come and have fun as a family, there will be a lot of sports, games and entertainment. Among the entertainers we will have top calypsonians including Sour Sour, Tasha P. We also have the Phase Five Steel Band, the Waitukubuli Dance Theatre Company and we are also going to have cultural performances, so its really going to be grand. Sports will include rounders, football, cricket, lime and spoon, sack race, needle and thread, hula hoop and everything that families can participate in.”The event is open to the general public; members and non-members. Patrons will also be able to receive hands-on information of the services available at the institution at the event. “It’s going to be mainly about fun but we are going to have some brochures and information so you can easily speak to a staff member and ask some questions. We certainly would answer your questions and encourage you to join the organization. We are the largest credit union in the OECS and we are also the leading financial institution locally so I am sure you would want to be a part of this institution.”The Family Fun Day is expected to begin at 12 noon on October 16th at Macoucherie.Other activities to mark the week will include outreach to schools, the community and presentation of gift baskets and food hampers to the elderly.NCCU will be celebrating its first anniversary since the amalgamation in November of 2011.Dominica Vibes News 54 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Tweet LocalNews NCCU host its first Family Fun Day as part of Credit Union Week by: – October 15, 2011last_img read more

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first_imgMoreover, an additional P15,547,450 was released to beneficiaries representing their differentials from December 2019 until January 2020.(With a report from PNA/PN) Pantawid Provincial Link Jeffrey Gabucay said recently that the cash grants released to beneficiaries from this province’s 18 municipalities starting on June 2 amounted to P122.196 million. Under the law, a household will receive not lesser than P750 per month for health and nutrition instead of the previous amount of P500.“Senior high school children of Pantawid household beneficiaries who were previously given P500 per month are now being given P700 each (also),” said Gabucay. The payout, which was completed on June 11, covered the differential for the said period as stipulated under Republic Act No. 11310, or the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Act signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last year.center_img SAN JOSE, Antique – A total of 34,968 member-beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps) in this province received their February to March 2020 payout. Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program beneficiaries in San Remigio, Antique receive their February to March cash grants on June 11. PANTAWID SAN REMIGIOlast_img read more

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