Governor Releases Report on Meeting Renewable Energy Goal

first_img“The findings of the 25 x ‘25 committeeechoes the recommendations of the Governor’s Commission on ClimateChange,” added George Crombie, Secretary of the Agency of NaturalResources. “We need to keep our forests and farmlands working, both forVermonters’ well being and the overall health of our environment.” Next steps detailed in the report include: Governor Releases Report on Meeting Renewable EnergyGoalAdministration seeks 25% RenewableEnergy from Farms, Forests by 2025 Public Service Commissioner David O’Brien said there iswidespread public support for this effort.  “In 2007, almost 1,000Vermonters participated in a public engagement process on energy.  During thosediscussions, Vermonters expressed a strong desire to meet future energy demandsthrough renewable sources of energy.  The use of biofuels and sources such aswood are a natural solution for our state”, O’Brien said.   “In Vermontwe have many natural resources that can be converted into renewable and responsibleenergy options,” Governor Douglas said.  “Working toward, andmeeting, our renewable energy goals will present Vermont new opportunities for economicgrowth and job creation,” said Governor Douglas.  “This report laysthe groundwork for Vermontto be a leader in the expanding farm, forest and field-based energy industries.” Ø     Prioritizing strategies and implementation processØ     Setting a timelineØ     Identifying partners, collaborators and stakeholdersØ     Developing a resource assessment and planØ     Developing a communication planØ     Identifying and procuring administrative support The committee’s report suggests using crop-based technologies,agricultural power sources such as anaerobic digesters, wood-basedtechnologies, farm-scale wind power, and biodiesel, solar, hydro and geothermaltechnologies. Jason GibbsGovernor’sCommunications Director109 State Street ¨ The Pavilion ¨ Montpelier,VT 05609-0101 ¨ www.vermont.gov/governor(link is external)Telephone: 802.828.3333 ¨ Fax: 802.828.3339 ¨ TDD: 802.828.3345 “I appreciate the collaborative effortof the members of this committee and the work they have done to put into placerecommendations that have the potential to positively impact Vermont’s economy and our environment,”Governor Douglas said.  “It is important for Vermont to make continued progress in theseareas.”center_img The 25 x ‘25 steering committee conducting the work, firstlaunched by Governor Douglas and later approved by the Legislature in 2006, iscomprised of a broad coalition of agricultural, energy and policy professionalswhose goal is to develop a plan to meet the 25 X ’25 objective.  Thisreport shows that that is indeed feasible. David Lane, Deputy Secretary ofAgriculture, chairs the committee in 2008. Under Governor Douglas’ direction, Vermontbecame the 14th state to join the 25 X ’25 Alliance in 2006, a coalition of more than330 agricultural, forestry, businesses, labor, environmental and civicorganizations working to advance renewable energy solutions originating fromfarms, forestry and other working lands nationally. The Vermont 25 X ’25 Initiativepreliminary findings and goals can be downloaded from www.vermontagriculture.com(link is external). The report, funded by the Department of Public Service, is acompilation of the work the committee has accomplished over the past year inits consideration of all possible opportunities for renewable energy sources inVermont.   Atthe Governor’s request, it offers one of many scenarios in which Vermont could achievethe 25 X ‘25 goal. ### “Agriculture will play a key role in ensuring Vermont’s energy independence.Renewable energy offers many opportunities for our farmers, our economy and ourenvironment,” said Roger Allbee, Secretary of Agriculture. “Thisreport underscores the opportunities we have to produce energy whilemaintaining our working landscape.” Montpelier, Vt.– Governor Jim Douglas on March 6, 2008, released an advisory report showing that Vermont can meet thegoal of generating 25 percent of its total energy from renewable sources,principally from farms and forests, by 2025.last_img read more

Clips of the Week: SUPs and Surfing Pigs

first_imgThe running theme in this week’ compilation of ‘Clips of the Week’ is adventure. Adventure means different things to different people. For Canadian Bruce Kirby, adventure means navigating a Stand Up Paddle Board through the Strait of Georgia from Vancouver to Victoria, British Columbia. For Brazilian physics teacher André Fatini, riding a bike around the world will have have to suffice.Oh, and there’s also a surfing pig, because who doesn’t love surfing pigs? They definitely blow skateboarding bull dogs out of the water if you ask me.last_img read more

US Legislative Committee Approves Funding for the Fight Against Drugs in Mexico

first_imgBy Dialogo May 11, 2009 Today the Appropriations Committee of the House of Representatives firmly approved a bill for additional costs for the current fiscal year, including US$470 million for the fight against drug trafficking in Mexico. The funds will be used to purchase surveillance aircraft, helicopters, and other resources, and represents an increase of about $120 million over the amount requested by the White House. During the debate on the measure, most of the Democrats insisted on the urgency of continued support for the Mexican government’s antinarcotics efforts, to prevent the spread of violence caused by drug cartels across the border to the US. Funds for Mexico in this bill will contribute to the purchase of three surveillance aircraft and four additional “Blackhawk” helicopters. United States approves funds for the fight against drug trafficking in Mexico The White House had requested a total of $350 million for Mexico and the southwest border, $66 million of which was for the purchase of three “Blackhawk” helicopters that were eliminated from the 2009 Merida Initiative budget. However, during a negotiation process legislators increased aid for Mexico and border surveillance to the new sum of $470 million. The bill for additional costs for the fiscal year 2009, which ends on September 30, total $94,200 million, or $9,300 million more than requested by the White House. The initiative, which must be voted on in a plenary session of the House of Representatives and the Senate, also includes costs for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and help to stabilize Pakistan. The bill “reflects the intention of President Barack Obama to gradually end the war in Iraq, strengthen efforts in Afghanistan, and stabilize Pakistan,” said the Committee Chairman David Obey. In total, the bill to be voted on by the full House next week authorizes $78,400 million for the Pentagon, or $4,700 million U.S. dollars more than the White House asked for. Other factors include financial assistance for the Middle East, and Africa; tackling the global financial crisis; and supporting the efforts of the international community to “identify, contain, and curb the spread of a pandemic.”last_img read more

London 2012: Uruguay’s Rodolfo Collazo hopes to leave a mark

first_img MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – Sacrifice defines the relationship between Rodolfo Collazo and rowing. The 29-year-old physical education teacher is about to compete in his third Olympics, in the lightweight double sculls category, with Emiliano Dumestres, 25. Since rowing is an amateur sport in Uruguay – making it impossible for an athlete to earn a living off it – Collazo had to find time to train after the school day. “Rowing takes a lot of initiative,” said Collazo, a resident of Colonia who will carry the Uruguayan flag at the Opening Ceremony on July 27. “Though we now have support from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Municipality of Colonia and the Uruguayan Olympic Committee, it only covers specific competitions. We don’t receive ongoing support or have a deal with a sports brand that would sponsor our training for the rest of the year.” Collazo qualified for the London Games by winning the bronze medal at the Latin American Olympic Qualification Tournament this past March in Tigre, Argentina. Collazo also took home gold medals at the South American Games in Buenos Aires (2006) and Medellín (2010). The men’s lightweight double sculls event involves a two-person racing scull, with each rower – who can weigh up to 70 kilograms (154 pounds) – using two oars. Rowing is the sport that has earned Uruguay its highest number of Olympic medals – three bronze (1932, 1948 and 1952) and a silver (1948). Since Dumestres lives 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Colonia, they had to travel to train together on the Arroyo de las Vacas in Carmelo, 250 kilometers (155 miles) northwest of Montevideo. Collazo’s goal in London is to beat the teams competing at the same level as Uruguay, such as Argentina, Hong Kong, Egypt and Japan. “Bringing home a medal would be great, but we have to be realistic – we’re a long way off,” he said. “We’ll be competing against ourselves and trying to place first in Group C (composed of the 13th to 18th place finishers) or even make it into Group B (composed of the sixth to 12th place finishers).” Collazo will be competing in his third consecutive Olympics with different partners. He competed in Athens 2004 with Joe Rebolledo, finishing in 18th before placing 15th with Javier García four years later in Beijing. Collazo’s experience led to him being named his country’s flag bearer, according to Uruguayan Olympic Committee (COU) President Julio César Maglione. “[I accepted being the flag bearer] with a great deal of happiness and joy because it feels similar to qualifying for the Olympic Games,” he said. “I made a lot of sacrifices and gave up a lot in order to achieve my goals in sports. Receiving an honor like this is a cause for celebration, because it’s a way to reward the efforts we make every day. To be the flag bearer for a nation is not something many people get to experience and the fact that I was granted this responsibility makes me extremely happy.” By Dialogo July 27, 2012last_img read more

Economist on effects of coronavirus: Comes like a freight train, but expect it to go away quickly

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The traditional definition of a recession is two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth but the worldwide shock of the Coronavirus has forced that model to stand on its head.According to economist Elliot Eisenberg, president of Graphs and Laughs, LLC, and wildly popular presenter at CU Direct’s annual conference over the last few years, the shelter in place edicts issued by many government bodies have plunged the U.S. economy directly into a recession.“Household consumption has fallen off a cliff, he said during a recent webinar presented by Origence (a CU Direct brand). A hurricane stops all production and consumption, but it only lasts a few days. This goes on and on for weeks.”Reason for OptimismWith that said, Dr. Eisenberg pointed to two pieces of relatively good news. First, based on the experience of China and South Korea two countries that were hit hard in the early days of the outbreak, Coronavirus seems to take about 40 days to run its course. continue reading »last_img read more

Wesley Primary School student wins national reading competition

first_img 228 Views   4 comments Sharing is caring! EducationLocalNewsPrimary Wesley Primary School student wins national reading competition by: – July 4, 2012 Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Share Winner of the competition; Aidan Bruney of the Wesley Primary SchoolAidan Bruney of the Wesley Primary School has copped the 2012 Dominica Broadcasting Cooperation (DBS Radio)/Ministry of Education National reading competition sponsored by Courts Dominica.Ten students participated in the final leg of the competition at the Arawak House of Culture on Wednesday.Each finalist read two pieces in two categories; narrative and news segments.Bruney also copped the prizes for “best reader” in both categories.She was followed by 1st runner up Aidicia Burton of the Salybia Primary School, 2nd runner up Rashad Valentine of the Convent Preparatory School and Zende Charles of the Roseau Primary School in 3rd runner up position.1s runner up; Aidicia Burton of the Salybia Primary SchoolThe other students who participated were; Elliot John of the Salisbury Primary School, Gabrielle Robinson of the Pioneer Preparatory School, Kelsey Leblanc of the St. Martin’s Primary School, Michaela Warrington of the Seventh Day Adventist Primary School, Naomi Francis of the Christian Union Primary School and Claire-Ann Telemaque of the Lighthouse Christian Academy.Bruney will also receive a computer from Courts Dominica and financial rewards among other prizes.The competition was judged by a two woman, three man panel including former education minister Sonia Williams and head of the University of the West Indies open campus Dominica Francis Severin. Bruney will represent Dominica later this year in the regional leg of the competition.2nd runner up; Rashad Valentine of the Convent Prep.Dominica’s Shaniah Edwards, student of the Massacre Primary School also won the regional competition last year.Meantime, Diane Telemaque Williams of Wesley walked away with a trophy and $150.00 after capturing the prize of “best reader” in the “over forty mini reading competition”.Beverly Leblanc of Penville placed 1st, Robert John of Salisbury, 2nd followed by Mary Toussaint of Vieille Case.The audience did the judging in that segment of the show.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Senator Proposes Moving Florida’s Capital

first_imgAn idea that has come up and been rejected from time to time regarding Florida’s capital is back again.Democratic Senator Kevin Rader, of Delray Beach, wants lawmakers to consider moving our state capital from Tallahassee.He filed the proposal (SB 112) for consideration during the 2020 legislative session, which starts this January.The proposal requests that the Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability study the cost of relocating the flagship city to Central Florida, and the related economic impact to Tallahassee and its surrounding area.Rader, who seeks to have the study completed by the end of 2021, wants the analysis to include information about travel costs to the state capital.On a similar note, former Republican Representative Bill Hager, of Delray Beach, also proposed a measure last year to form a task force to examine options for relocating the Capitol building, executive-branch offices and Legislature. It failed to get heard in committees.Tallahassee was selected as the state’s territorial capital in 1824, since it was located midway between Florida’s two principal cities – St. Augustine and Pensacola, according to the Florida Department of State.Voters rejected a referendum in 1900 to relocate the capital. In 1969, a debate on relocation also surfaced, but never made it to the ballot.In 1972, the state Legislature agreed to build the 22-story Capitol building that stands behind the Old Capitol.last_img read more

Crosby lifts Penguins to 4-3 win over Islanders

first_imgPittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) skates in the second period of a NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders in Pittsburgh Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Sidney Crosby scored with 1:16 remaining to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday night.Crosby’s 12th goal of the season was also the 250th of his career, and the Penguins’ captain also had an assist. Chris Kunitz had two goals and an assist, Evgeni Malkin had a goal and two assists, and James Neal added two assists. Malkin’s goal ending his career-high 15-game scoring drought.Jeff Zatkoff, playing for the first time since Nov. 2, stopped 32 shots in his fourth NHL start.Thomas Vanek scored twice for the Islanders in his first game after missing five with an upper-body injury. Vanek has three goals and two assists with New York since being acquired from Buffalo in October, and seven goals and seven assists in 20 games overall this season. Colin McDonald also got his second of the season for the Islanders.Kevin Poulin made 30 saves for the Islanders. He started his sixth straight game in place of injured starter Evgeni Nabokov, who is out with a groin injury.With less than 90 seconds left, Kunitz got the puck to Pascal Dupuis behind the net, and he centered it to Crosby, who got the tiebreaker for the Penguins.The Penguins picked up their third straight victory and fourth win in five games to rebound from a three-game skid. Pittsburgh won its third straight at home, winning for the fifth time in six games at Consol Energy Center, a place where the Penguins are 10-3 while having allowed just 24 goals.Pittsburgh, tops in the Metropolitan Division, thumped rival Washington 4-0 on Wednesday night and gained a measure of revenge from a heartbreaking loss to the Islanders four weeks earlier. However, it wasn’t easy for the Penguins, who weren’t nearly as disciplined defensively on Friday.The Islanders, tied for last in the Metropolitan Division entering Friday, lost for the seventh time in nine games, but the matchup with the division-leading Penguins brought out the best in New York, as it has done recently.Pittsburgh, which survived a six-game playoff series against the underdog Islanders last season, held third-period leads of 2-1 and 3-2 four weeks ago before New York rallied, scoring three times in the final 7:14 for a 4-3 victory. The Islanders nearly did it again, coming back from early deficits of 2-0 and 3-1 before Crosby’s heroics.Malkin has been productive with 14 assists in 15 games – 12 helpers coming in nine November games, but had no goals to show for it. He previously scored Oct. 17 during a 4-1 win at Philadelphia and it showed as emotion poured from Malkin, who aggressively pumped his fist and slammed his stick against the end boards after beating Poulin midway through the second period.New York committed three penalties in the first 7:42 of the game, and Kunitz made the Islanders pay, staking the Penguins to a 2-0 lead with two power-play goals in 7:55.Crosby and Malkin’s slick tic-tac-toe passing sequence set up Kunitz’s first goal 4:04 into the game.Malkin found Crosby at the point and the Penguins’ captain dished a quick back-door pass through the slot to the far post, where Kunitz one-timed the puck over Poulin’s right pad.Kunitz scored his second less than four minutes later, blowing a slap shot past Poulin after taking a pass off the rush from Neal.Kunitz thought he had the natural hat trick with 1:10 left in the first period, but a high-sticking call on Malkin before the puck went in negated the goal.That allowed Vanek to trim the Penguins’ lead to a goal 1:46 into the second period. Vanek took a backhand corner feed from Kyle Okposo and ripped a one-timer behind Zatkoff from the faceoff dot, making it 2-1.Malkin helped the Penguins regain the two-goal advantage less than 5 minutes later.Malkin initially passed to an open Neal on the left wing but he dished it back to the Penguins’ superstar, who slid a shot underneath Poulin with a defender draped on his back.Malkin’s goal gave the Penguins life as Pittsburgh buzzed the Islanders’ zone looking for more. The Islanders weathered the storm, tying the game a little more than 5 minutes later with two goals in 1½ minutes.McDonald started the comeback, beating Zatkoff with a wrist shot to the blocker side off the rush. Vanek scored his second of the game soon after, finding a loose puck during a scrum in front after the Islanders capitalized on a Penguins turnover.NOTES: The Penguins and Islanders meet in two weeks at the Nassau Coliseum. … Both teams are in action Saturday, Pittsburgh visiting Montreal, while the Islanders continue a three-game road swing at Philadelphia. … C Brock Nelson, LW Eric Boulton, and D Aaron Ness were scratched for the Islanders, while RW Matt D’Agostini and D Robert Bortuzzo sat for the Penguins.last_img read more

Keeping Power Companies Honest

first_imgJudy Musa and Kin Gee are working to form an advocacy organization which protects electrical ratepayers in legislative discussions. The group, CHARGE, was formed from their volunteer work fighting a transmission line project over the last two years. Photo by Jay CookBy Jay Cook |MIDDLETOWN – There are public policy programs for fresher air and cleaner drinking water, but a new advocacy group believes the focus should also be on larger issues in the electrical utility industry.It’s why a small group of Monmouth County residents have teamed up to give a voice to electrical consumers who suffer when the power shuts off and the lights don’t turn back on. Their new organization, Consumers Helping Affect Regulation of Gas and Electric (CHARGE), plans to jolt public utilities into more proactivity and transparency on the local service level.“There’s really little consumer voice in terms of public policy for the distribution system and the regulation of that,” CHARGE president Kin Gee, a Holmdel resident, told The Two River Times this week. “What we want to do is be the consumer advocate to make sure those issues are brought to light for education and to bring awareness.”Gee, a semi-retired risk management consultant, and board secretary Judy Musa, a public relations professional, are no strangers to the electrical industry. They successfully anchored the residents group Residents Against Giant Electric during a two-year legal battle fighting Jersey Central Power & Light’s (JCP&L) Monmouth County Reliability Project, a proposed 230-kV transmission line from Aberdeen to Red Bank along the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line commuter rail right-of-way. The project was shot down by BPU officials in June.That experience provided Gee and Musa with two years’ worth of background about how the electrical industry operates throughout New Jersey.“These problems are symptoms of a bigger issue – the neglect of the whole distribution system,” Gee said. “We need to have that system fixed because it’s broken. Unless someone comes in, this will go on for years.”The group has already been active on the state level as it works to secure nonprofit status. Gee has testified before the New Jersey Legislature on public utility business practices and reliability standards across the board in the past year.The most common problems are caused by the distribution lines looping down streets and along highways, he said. Wooden poles along roadways are usually the culprits when stormy weather causes power outages.“The service is the part that’s falling apart,” Musa. “And at the end of the day, we’re the ones who sit in the dark waiting for them to turn the lights on.”Gee is also bothered by the discrepancy between what ratepayers pay to the utility companies and the level of performance that’s reciprocated. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, New Jersey typically has among the top 10 highest electricity prices in the country. But a June 2017 report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy found New Jersey’s two largest utilities to be in the bottom half nationwide in terms of service.“There are rates paid and with those rates are certain expectations,” Musa added. “Those are not being met.”Thanks to a wave of two intense winter storms earlier this year, public utilities were put in the spotlight for their business practices. Winter storms Quinn and Riley knocked out power to over 100,000 New Jersey residents during that brief span in March.Gee testified in April on behalf of ratepayers to the economic growth committee of the state Senate during hearings on implementing stricter fines for public utilities for service failures doing major storms. Fines were bumped up from $100 per day to $25,000 per violation.On a local level, Monmouth County residents receive electrical service from JCP&L, a subsidiary of the Ohio-based FirstEnergy organization.And Monmouth County felt the effect of those winter storms. Monmouth County Freeholder Patrick Impreveduto sent a letter to the state Board of Public Utilities (BPU) in May asking for meetings with JCP&L to discuss “their outdated infrastructure that is negatively impacting the lives of thousands of taxpayers throughout New Jersey.”Last month, JCP&L took a step forward in addressing “reliability and resiliency” to its distribution system when it announced a nearly $400 million plan, JCP&L Reliability Plus, to protect the local distribution systems from severe weather and the frequency of power outages.That project includes over 4,000 enhancements to underground and aboveground lines as well as more vegetation management locally. Still in the petition phase, the utility proposed a 25-cent increase to ratepayers.“The special focus of this program is to limit damage during severe weather events,” JCP&L president Jim Fakult said in a statement. “The new equipment, along with enhanced vegetation management, builds on our ongoing efforts to ensure customer service reliability and resiliency.”Although CHARGE has taken no official position yet, Gee said he is still skeptical. Sure, improvements are positive, but he argued the project’s need. Existing management practices in place should already address those issues.A Sept. 11 public meeting in Holmdel has been set to discuss the JCP&L Reliability Plus project.This article was first published in the August 16-23, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

VALE DORI REPELS STIFF CHALLENGE FROM FINEST CITY TO TAKE GRADE I, $400,000 SANTA MARGARITA STAKES BY 1 ½ LENGTHS; BAFFERT & BEJARANO TEAM FOR 1 1/8 MILES SCORE IN 1:48.81

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 18, 2017)–Challenged from the opening bell, Argentine-bred Vale Dori repelled a serious challenge from Finest City to take Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes by 1 ½ lengths under Rafael Bejarano.  Trained by Bob Baffert, Vale Dori made every pole a winning one as she got a mile and one eighth in 1:48.81.Breaking from post position two in a field of eight older fillies and mares, Vale Dori had a neck on Finest City a half mile from home and finally shook loose approaching the sixteenth pole.“Today was the first time I think that she was pressured almost the whole race,” said Bejarano. “She showed me a lot of power, a lot of heart.  I don’t think she minds coming from behind, but having a clean break, I just took it from there.”A winner of five straight races, the last four graded stakes, Vale Dori, a 5-year-old mare who was a Group I winner in her native Argentina at age three, was off as the 6-5 favorite and paid $4.60, $2.60 and $2.60.Owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum, she is now 13-8-3-1 and with the winner’s share of $240,000, she increased her earnings to $934,943.Finest City, America’s reigning Eclipse Champion Female Sprinter, who finished some 9 ½ lengths clear of Autumn Flower, was stretching out off a big win here in the Grade II, seven furlong Santa Monica Stakes on Jan. 21, which followed her signature moment in winning the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint two starts back on Nov. 5.“She ran great,” said Baze, who was aboard for the first time as regular rider Mike Smith was out of town to ride at Oaklawn Park.  “This is probably a little too far for her but she ran really well.  I give the winner credit, she’d never been headed before and we were head and head the whole way.”The second choice at 8-5, Finest City paid $3.00 and $2.80.“My filly ran her eyeballs out,” said Kruljac.  “Running second in a Grade I isn’t all bad.  I’m happy with how she ran.”Ridden by Martin Pedroza, Autumn Flower held off Lady Tapit by a head for third money.  The longest shot in the field at 59-1, Autumn Flower paid $10.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.50, 48.23, 1:12.21 and 1:36.37.Note: Bob Baffert was away, en route to Dubai, while his primary assistant, Jimmy Barnes was at Oaklawn Park.  Vale Dori was saddled today by Baffert assistant, Mike Marlow.last_img read more