Charest and Douglas discuss shared concerns

first_imgPremier Charest and Governor Douglas reviewProgress on Agreements and shared concernsBurlington, August 3, 2004-Québec Premier Jean Charest and VermontGovernor Jim Douglas met Tuesday at ECHO at the Leahy Center for LakeChamplain in Burlington, Vermont, to review progress made under the Cooperation Agreement Between the Government of Québec and theGovernment of the State of Vermont and discuss shared concerns includingsecurity, environmental issues surrounding lakes Champlain andMemphremagog, and the extension of Highway 35 in Québec.Progress has been made in many areas under the Québec-Vermont agreementsigned in December 2003, including* Establishment of a joint Québec-Vermont committee to draw upand monitor the 2004-2005 action plan* Renewal of agreements on lakes Champlain and Memphremagog, aswell as the acceleration of measures under the Missisquoi Bay phosphorousreduction agreement* Frequent information exchange meetings between the VermontState Police, the Department of Homeland Security, and Sûreté du Québec”I’m delighted to meet again with Governor Douglas to strengthen ourspecial ties to the State of Vermont, a neighbor with whom Québec has longhad a rich, solid relationship based on many shared interests. Québec andVermont share security concerns, bodies of water requiring cleanup andprotection, and a road system in need of improvement. The governor and Iare on the same wavelength regarding the importance of these issues andwhat must be done. For example, we have agreed to tighten the deadline forMissisquoi Bay cleanup work aimed at reducing phosphorous content from2016 to 2009,” said the premier.Governor Douglas said he considers Québec to be Vermont’s most importantinternational ally. “It continues to be a great pleasure to work withPremier Charest. He shares my concern for several issues of mutual ofimportance, and it is a particular pleasure to welcome him, and hisdelegation, to the beautiful state of Vermont,” Governor Douglas added.”Together, we have identified areas were we can build on our relationshipand work cooperatively to improve and protect our environment, oursecurity, and our commerce-and I am pleased to report that we are makingsteady progress.”Among other issues, Governor Douglas and Premier Charest agreed on open,transparent participation in the international working group establishedby the joint international committee regarding the bridge linking Alburgand Swanton, Vermont.The Governor and the Premier also discussed expansion of the sanitarylandfill in Coventry, Vermont, and the extension of Highway 35 in Québec,as well as security issues, including the participation of domesticsecurity directors from Vermont and Québec at the Northeast HomelandSecurity Directors meeting to be held in Québec City on August 5 and 6.###last_img read more

Wood Mackenzie: U.S. solar development pipeline hits record 37.9GW

first_imgWood Mackenzie: U.S. solar development pipeline hits record 37.9GW FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The pipeline of solar projects in the U.S. has reached an all-time high of 37.9 GW, according to a new report from Wood Mackenzie and the Solar Energy Industries Association. That number presages a boom in solar energy projects driven by friendly state and federal policies, low prices for solar power, and an increasing number of corporate off-takers looking to power their operations with renewable energy.The latest finding follows a record-high 15 GW of solar power capacity additions in 2018, the study found. And although the U.S. solar market saw a 7% year-over-year decline in the second quarter of 2019, with 2.1 GW installed, 11.2 GW of new projects were announced in the first half of this year, according to Wood Mackenzie’s analysis.The federal investment tax credit will step down from 30% for solar projects this year to 26% for projects that begin construction in 2020, 22% in 2021 and 10% in 2022, and thereafter for commercial and utility-scale projects. The tax credit for residential solar systems will expire in 2022. Installed solar capacity will more than double over the next five years as annual installations reach 17.6 GW in 2021, according to the report.As government subsidies are reduced, corporate investment will become increasingly important for the renewable energy industry. Corporate solar procurement represents 17% of new utility-scale solar capacity announced in 2019, according to the report. “As more companies commit to 100% renewable power, corporate offsite procurement is expected to drive more than 20% of new utility-scale capacity additions from 2019 through 2024,” Colin Smith, senior solar analyst with Wood Mackenzie, said in the news release.Prices for utility-scale solar power hit their lowest point ever in 2019, the report found, with recent power purchase agreements priced at $18/MWh to $35/MWh. Despite record-low prices, government support and rapid growth in deployments, however, solar power still represents only 2.5% of U.S. generation capacity, according to the SEIA.More ($): 37.9 GW of solar in the US pipeline, an all-time record, report findslast_img read more

Outdoor Updates: Man with dementia missing near Great Smoky Mountains National Park

first_imgAnyone with information about Lynch is asked to call the Emergency Communications Center at 865-436-1230 or the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office at 828-452-6600. Wildfires are raging across the Arctic  The report, based on the 2019 U.S. Energy and Employment Report, also found that 4 out of 5 clean energy workers are employed by small businesses with less than 20 employees and that 80 percent of clean energy employers reported it was “very difficult” or “somewhat difficult” to hire qualified employees. Of those employed by the clean energy sector in North Carolina, 11.4 percent are veterans—that’s nearly double the 6 percent of veterans employed in the national workforce. Satellite images show that huge areas of the Arctic Circle are burning across Greenland, Siberia and Alaska following the hottest June on record. Since the beginning of June, more than 100 fires have swept across huge areas of uninhabited Arctic wilderness. In Alaska alone more than 1.6 billion acres have already been burned.  Blue Ridge Public Radio reports that more than 110,000 North Carolinians now work in clean industry sectors, such as the solar and wind industries. Clean energy jobs grew 3.5 percent last year; almost double the statewide employment growth of 1.9 percent.  Thirty search and rescue individuals, including some park rangers, are searching for a 58-year-old man who went missing on July 27 near the Cataloochee Divide Trail at the border of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The missing man, Kevin Mark Lynch, is described as having mild dementia and may be confused about his whereabouts. Lynch is from New Jersey and is visiting the area with his family. They are staying at the Swag, an upscale hotel located along park boundaries. Lynch was not hiking at the time of his disappearance but was last seen exploring the grounds of his hotel. He was wearing a brown shirt and a hat. Man with dementia missing near Great Smoky Mountains National Park North Carolina’s clean energy jobs grew 3.5 percent last year The CO2 released in June alone from these fires is estimated to be about 100 megatonnes. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is warning of the impact that the CO2 will have on the world’s climate crisis, calling the fires “unprecedented” and adding that, “the northern part of the world is warming faster than the planet as a whole. That heat is drying out forests and making them more susceptible to burn. A recent study found Earth’s boreal forests are now burning at a rate unseen in at least 10,000 years.”last_img read more

Peru and Bolivia Close Airspace to Narcotrafficking

first_imgBy Gonzalo Infante/Diálogo February 01, 2018 Peru and Bolivia conduct the first combined air exercise to combat illegal flights.last_img

News and Notes 1/1/03

first_img January 1, 2003 News & Notes News and Notes 1/1/03 News and Notes Jerald David August of August & Kalunas, P.A., West Palm Beach, was selected by the American Bar Association Section of Taxation to participate in a live webcast and teleconference, as he was one of three nationally recognized tax expert panelists in a program titled “Key Issues & Rules for Electing Small Business Trusts Under the Recently Issued Final Regulations.” Janet W. Behnke, a sole practitioner at Janet W. Behnke, P.A., Ocala, has been appointed to membership on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners by the Supreme Court of Florida, to succeed retiring member C. Jeffrey McInnis of Ft. Walton Beach. Gabriel Imperato of Broad and Cassel, Ft. Lauderdale, led a panel on the PhRMA Code Guidelines on marketing and sales practices and what they mean for pharmaceutical companies and physicians, at the Health Care Compliance Association’s Compliance Program for Physicians in San Francisco, CA. Yvonne Loggins-Coleman, president of LCB International, a business consulting firm, has been reappointed by the Supreme Court of Florida to a second term on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. Miguel M. de la O, managing partner of de la O & Marko, Miami, has been appointed to membership on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners by the Supreme Court of Florida, to succeed retiring member Gary Fox of Miami. G. Mark Shalloway of Shalloway and Shalloway, P.A., West Palm Beach, presented “Medicaid and Elder Law Issues in Florida” for Lorman Educational Services. Gloretta Hankins Hall of Gary, Williams, Parenti, et al. , Stuart, was elected to the position of vice chair of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. Hall becomes the first African-American woman to chair the board. Stuart J. Levine, founding shareholder of Walters Levine Brown Klingensmith & Thomison, P.A., Sara-sota, has been selected by the president of the Sarasota County Bar Association to be the chair of the circuit civil committee. Kevin J. Napper, a shareholder with Carlton Fields, in Tampa, was elected to a second term as chair of the board of the Tampa Theatre, Inc. David Sampedro of Panter, Panter & Sampedro, P.A., in Miami, presented “A Practical Refresher on Litigating the Florida Auto Injury Case” on behalf of the National Business Institute in Miami. Chris Searcy of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A., West Palm Beach, spoke at the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers’ 2002 Fall Convention. He spoke on the topic of “Advanced Trial Skills: A Trial Demonstration by the Masters.” David B. Pakula of Ft. Lauderdale has received the 2002 Amicus Award from the Florida Defense Lawyers Association. Frank Sheppard of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, Orlando, was named a member of the community advisory board at the hospice of the Comforter, a community-based, nonprofit Hospice serving terminally ill patients in Seminole, Orange, and Osceola counties. E. Thom Rumberger, founding partner of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, P.A., Tallahassee, was recently appointed chair of the Study Committee on Public Records by Gov. Jeb Bush. Mike Segal and Joanne Erde of Broad and Cassel, Miami, addressed the Florida Hospital Association Annual Meeting on Corporate Governance Issues After Enron. Lee Stapleton Mil-ford, a former federal prosecutor and partner at Baker & McKenzie, Miami, has been appointed to the editorial board of the legal journal Litigation, published by the American Bar Association. Russel Lazega, James Underwood, and Christopher Tuccitto of the Law Office of Russel Lazega have published West’s Florida Motor Vehicle No-Fault Law-PIP,” a new introduction to West’s Florida Practice Series. Robin Rosenberg, a partner in Rosenberg & McAuliffe, PL, West Palm Beach, was honored as a finalist for the Arthur E. Turner Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards sponsored by Northwood University. Charles N. Cas-tagna was sworn in as president of the Flo-rida Academy of Professional Mediators at the recent Florida Supreme Court Dispute Resolution Center annual conference in Orlando. Zola L. Forizs, a co-founder and president of Forizs & Dogali, P.L., Tampa, has been appointed to membership on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners by the Supreme Court of Florida, to succeed retiring member John A. Yanchunis of Tampa. Rebecca O’Dell Townsend of GrayHarris, Tampa, recently spoke on a panel with Don Fehr of the Major League Baseball Player’s Association regarding “The Future of Amer-ica’s Favorite Pastime,” at the 14th Annual Southern Regional Entertainment and Sports Law Seminar and 8th Annual Intellectual Property Law Institute in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Hugh W. Nevin, Jr., a partner and member of the international business group at Cohen & Grigsby, with Naples, was recently elected as director of the German American Business Chamber–Southwest Florida Chapter, which promotes international trade and cultural exchange between Florida and Germany.last_img read more

Roberson Museum and Science Center celebrates their annual trick or treating

first_imgOrganizers say while they knew this year would present a challenge they still wanted to be able to put on something safe. While organizers say they were nervous, they are thrilled with the turnout and happy to see the families and children excited and getting to celebrate Halloween. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Roberson Museum and Science Center held an in-person trick-or-treat today. They say they are proud of the safety measures that were enforced, which include social distancing, time ticketed reservations, mask-wearing, and having hand sanitizer readily available. Children and their families were able to explore, run around, learn, trick-or-treat, and even participate in arts and crafts.last_img read more

Prettygarden Faux-Fur Jacket Is a Must-Have Piece for the Fall

first_img– Advertisement – Us Weekly has affiliate partnerships so we may receive compensation for some links to products and services.When it comes to outerwear, we have one simple rule: the fuzzier, the better! A particularly fuzzy garment has the power to put Us in a cozy mood — plus, it provides endless warmth and happiness. This type of jacket has become quite popular over recent years, and the trend shows no signs of slowing down.- Advertisement – If you’re in the market for a new jacket, this option from PRETTYGARDEN is an ideal example of a fall fashion win. It looks like an absolute dream to wear, and will team well with so many autumn ensembles!PRETTYGARDEN Women's Fashion Long Sleeve Lapel Zip Up Faux Shearling Shaggy Oversized CoatPRETTYGARDEN Women’s Fashion Long Sleeve Lapel Zip Up Faux Shearling Shaggy Oversized Coat AmazonSee it!Get the PRETTYGARDEN Women’s Fashion Long Sleeve Lapel Zip Up Faux Shearling Shaggy Oversized Coat for prices starting at just $21, available at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 2, 2020, but are subject to change.- Advertisement – Get the PRETTYGARDEN Women’s Fashion Long Sleeve Lapel Zip Up Faux Shearling Shaggy Oversized Coat for prices starting at just $21, available at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 2, 2020, but are subject to change.These jackets come complete with roomy pockets on each side that can keep your hands warm or house small items. In terms of styling, these jackets can complement virtually any fall look that you already have in your closet. They will look effortlessly cool with jeans, skinny pants and even dresses! You’re going to want to wear this jacket every day, so its versatility is a major plus.This is one of the most popular jackets on Amazon right now, and it’s incredibly affordable too. Quite frankly, it’s the perfect coat for the fall season, which is why we’re clicking “Add to Cart” immediately!See it: Get the PRETTYGARDEN Women’s Fashion Long Sleeve Lapel Zip Up Faux Shearling Shaggy Oversized Coat for prices starting at just $21, available at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 2, 2020, but are subject to change.Not what you’re looking for? Check out more styles from PRETTYGARDEN and shop all of the clothing, shoes and jewelry available on Amazon! Don’t forget to check out all of Amazon’s Daily Deals here!Check out more of our picks and deals here!This post is brought to you by Us Weekly’s Shop With Us team. The Shop With Us team aims to highlight products and services our readers might find interesting and useful, such as face masks, self tanners, Lululemon-style leggings and all the best gifts for everyone in your life. Product and service selection, however, is in no way intended to constitute an endorsement by either Us Weekly or of any celebrity mentioned in the post.The Shop With Us team may receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. In addition, Us Weekly receives compensation from the manufacturer of the products we write about when you click on a link and then purchase the product featured in an article. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product or service is featured or recommended. Shop With Us operates independently from advertising sales team. We welcome your feedback at Happy shopping! This jacket is made from soft faux fur that feels fabulous and will keep you warm on chilly days. It has an oversized fit, which is key for layering. It allows enough room to wear thicker sweaters underneath when it’s seriously frigid outside.This jacket is currently available in so many amazing colors and styles, all of which are made from the same material. There are zip-up versions and buttoned versions too, and each style may have slightly varied design details. For example, some have elastic drawstrings that you can adjust to make tighter, and others feature a plain stitched hem.PRETTYGARDEN Women's Fashion Long Sleeve Lapel Zip Up Faux Shearling Shaggy Oversized CoatPRETTYGARDEN Women’s Fashion Long Sleeve Lapel Zip Up Faux Shearling Shaggy Oversized Coat AmazonSee it!- Advertisement –last_img read more

Govt warns civil servants they face sanctions if they participate in Idul Fitri ‘mudik’

first_imgTopics : “The type of sanction depends on the impact the person’s actions have on their work, their institution and society,” the ministry’s integrity and merit evaluation undersecretary’s assistant, Bambang Sumarsono, told the press on Thursday.Mild sanctions include verbal warnings and/or reprimand letters, while the second most severe sanctions include postponement of salary increases and demotion, Bambang said.Under the most severe sanctions, civil servants face a three year demotion or termination of employment.Read also: Explainer: What’s allowed and what’s not in Indonesia’s ‘mudik’ ban Records of the sanctions will be uploaded to the National Civil Service Agency’s (BKN) online employment system. “All sanctions will be recorded, which later will affect their careers,” he said.Aside from being prohibited from taking part in mudik, civil servants are also prohibited from taking leave during the pandemic, unless it is for urgent matters, including maternity leave, sick leave or family reasons such as the death of a close relative, Bambang added.After President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced the mudik ban last week, the Transportation Ministry announced that travel restrictions would be effective from April 24 until May 31 that prevent private vehicles, bus, trains, ships and chartered and commercial flights from entering or leaving COVID-19-impacted areas.As of Wednesday afternoon, 9,771 confirmed cases had been recorded, with 784 fatalities, according to the government’s official tally.The Idul Fitri mudik ban, coupled with the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) currently in place in a number of regions, will likely help to break the chain of transmission and possibly bring the outbreak to an end by June, according to the Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI).center_img The central government has warned civil servants that they face sanctions should they participate in this year’s Idul Fitri mudik (exodus), now that the state has officially banned the annual tradition to curb the spread of COVID-19.Prior to the official mudik ban, the Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Ministry already prohibited civil servants and their families from going on mudik until the country “is free of COVID-19”.The ministry issued a circular on April 9 stipulating that civil servants who disobeyed the ban faced mild to heavy disciplinary sanctions.last_img read more

Gov. Wolf: Career and Technical Education Prepares Students for In-Demand Jobs

first_img December 02, 2019 Education,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach,  Workforce Development Governor Tom Wolf visited the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) today to talk with students about their employment goals and watch a demonstration of their skills. The students led the governor, legislators and local education leaders on a tour of the career and technical education center (CTC) in Montgomery County. Expanding opportunities for students to get hands-on training for jobs in high-demand industries is a priority for the governor.“The vo-tech of the past has been transformed into advanced career and technical centers where students can get an education and develop real-world skills,” said Governor Wolf. “There isn’t a one-size-fits-all path for every high school student and CTCs give students options to choose which path is best for them. After graduation they can continue their education in college or a job training program or enter the workforce.”There are more than 80 CTCs in Pennsylvania that offer a combination of classes and hands-on learning in programs approved by the Department of Education. Thousands of students earn industry credentials or certifications for local jobs in high demand, so they graduate on a path for success.The governor’s groundbreaking PAsmart initiative is investing $70 million over two years to expand science and technology education, apprenticeships and industry partnerships, including $10 million for CTCs. The Eastern Center for Arts and Technology will invest its share of the funding to create a robotics and automated technology program starting next school year. The Wolf administration also awarded EASTERN a competitive equipment grant of $8,813 to help purchase three welding machines.“We are honored that Governor Wolf chose to tour EASTERN today,” said Dr. Cathleen Plesnarski, executive director, EASTERN. “We appreciate his support of career and technical education. Career and technical education provides cost-effective ways for students to explore, clarify and pursue their career goals and opens multiple pathways to success for our students.”Since Governor Wolf took office the number of CTC students has increased by more than 27 percent and the number of students earning industry-recognized credentials has increased by 34 percent.During the visit, students told the governor about their experiences and future career plans. The students led the governor on a tour of the veterinary science, construction technology, welding technology and practical nursing programs and provided a demonstration of their skills at each stop.EASTERN serves ninth through twelfth grade students in nine school districts: Abington, Hatboro-Horsham; Springfield; Bryn Athyn; Jenkintown; Upper Dublin; Cheltenham; Lower Moreland and Upper Moreland.For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart. Gov. Wolf: Career and Technical Education Prepares Students for In-Demand Jobscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Inside the holiday beach shack which has had a major makeover

first_img5 Andrew St, Point Arkwright (after renos).An original 1970s holiday beach shack on the Sunshine Coast has been split into two houses and given a total facelift.Built by a Brisbane family more than 40 years ago, the original open undercroft garage was converted into a living room, kitchen, sleeping area and bathroom. 5 Andrew St, Point Arkwright (before renos).The current owner, Kim Connor, said the house, known as Barra, was in great condition for its age and where it sits relative to the beach.“When it was first built the property had views of the ocean, but over the years the land that sits opposite became parkland. This parkland now protects the beach house from the coastal weather,” she said.Mrs Connor and her husband Ian, who have two young boys and two dogs, bought the property in 2018 and use it as their ‘get away from it all’ holiday home. With rock pools and reefs to explore, and watching turtles nest on the beach, Mrs Connor said there was no time to be bored, and they enjoy sharing the house with family and friends. 5 Andrew St, Point Arkwright has had a major transformation. Crafters help injured wildlife Inside 5 Andrew St, Point Arkwright.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoMrs Connor said asbestos was removed from old bathrooms, as were all the fixtures. “The bathrooms were reconfigured, resheeted and tiled,” she said. “The front deck was enlarged to capture views of the ocean. The original timber floors were in great condition, so we stripped, sanded and lime-washed them. A new timber floor was put in on the ground floor, which was lime-washed to match the existing floors above.” Property trend making tradies millionaires The kitchen area before the makeover.center_img The loft.Mrs Connor said she designed the house with plenty of flexibility to the floor plan. “The design allows for big groups to stay. It’s ideal for multigenerational gatherings. The Shed has no stairs to climb or navigate. Similarly, the property can be divided into parts, as each house sleeps six and each can be rented independently.Mrs Connor said she loved the property and was “very torn” over selling it but is ready to embark on their next project. Fancy a home with retractable walls? The property is being sold for offers over $2 million by Jodie Curran from Agent 4573. Phone 0412 717 691. MORE QLD REAL ESTATE NEWS: the kitchen area at 5 Andrew St, Point Arkwright (after renos).The family spent $900,000 transforming the property into two self-contained houses – the Shack (the original house) and Shed (a single-storey extension/guesthouse at the rear of the property). Mrs Connor, who has a background in architecture, said the original ground-floor construction was demolished and rebuilt.Steel beams and columns were reinstated to allow for an internal staircase, a concealed exterior storage room (for surfboards, bikes and fishing rods), a bathroom and large open living room with a fireplace.last_img read more