Douglas: Quebec a key partner in Vermont’s energy future

first_imgBy Governor Jim Douglas July 6, 2011. As Governor of Vermont, one of my first priorities was to strengthen and grow our state’s centuries-long partnership with the Canadian Province of Quebec.  I believed then as I do now that this relationship is critical to the success of our great state. Quebec is our largest trading partner and a significant source of clean, stable and, most importantly, renewable energy from Hydro-Quebec. Not only do we share an international border, but we share a deep cultural and historic connection; indeed many families have relatives on both sides.In December of 2003 I led the first of many delegations north to Montreal, Quebec City and Sherbrooke. Quebec Premier Jean Charest and I quickly established a professional rapport and close friendship because we both know the importance of the bond our people share. Our Lake Champlain Quadricentennial in 2009 was a great example of how we celebrate our shared history and Franco-American heritage. In recent years Vermont and Quebec worked together on a host of important initiatives. We committed ourselves to improve the quality of Lakes Champlain and Memphremagog; we agreed, with other states and provinces in our region, to reduce emissions into the atmosphere; we entered into an agreement on reciprocity of child support; we instituted enhanced driver’s licenses for easier transit across the border; we conducted joint training drills in emergency preparedness; and we worked on enhancing our cross-border transportation options. One of the most important relationships we have with Quebec is around energy.  I am proud that our energy portfolio is the cleanest in the nation ‘ we emit less in greenhouse gases than any other state ‘and our retail electric rates are the lowest in New England.  This due in large part to the very favorable contracts we have negotiated with our energy partners at Hydro-Quebec. As we look to a new phase in our energy future, the acquisition of our largest utility, Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS), likely by one of two Canadian companies, it is my hope that the focus will remain on what is best for families and employers who struggle everyday to make ends meet. Vermonters are right to measure the outcome of the CVPS acquisition based almost entirely on what it will mean for their electric rates. Two ways to achieve lower rates are to ensure the availability of power and streamlining its delivery to consumers. While Vermont should continue to explore alternative sources of power, it is essential that we maintain a cost-effective supply of baseload electricity.  That means stable, affordable, renewable energy from a source of which we can be proud and a country we can trust. Our neighbors to the north are not an unstable regime far from home; they are a valued ally whose success is integrally tied to our own. A key cost of doing business ‘ especially in manufacturing and other energy-intensive sectors ‘ is electricity. If we’re going to create more good-paying jobs for the next generation of Vermonters, we need to moderate that cost.   We can be proud that all of our utilities, including our two largest, CVPS and Green Mountain Power, have such a great record of service to our people. This is due to the dedication of the countless hard-working Vermonters who make these companies run. But as I have often said, in order for us to realize savings in our small state, whether in education spending, healthcare costs or electric rates, we must seek efficiencies through economies of scale wherever possible. For this reason, as Governor, I supported consolidation of our utilities.  There are few, if any, more meaningful ways to reduce costs among regulated monopolies like utilities. Improving our relationship with Quebec is one of the great accomplishments of my tenure. It is encouraging to see the new administration carry on this important mission. There will be many energy challenges in the future as the demand for electricity grows and, in an increasingly unstable world, it is a great comfort to know that Vermont can look to Quebec as a valued partner and friend.last_img read more

Man Utd signing Bishop impressed by De Gea, Romero

first_img Bishop also said that De Gea was someone he admired when growing up: “He’s incredible. His calmness, his composure, he’s got everything. Everything he’s done in the game is just admirable alone. He’s still quite young which is nice as well. “He’s just got that character, that positive persona when you’re around him and he’s got time for you as well which is lovely. He’s got time for everyone which is spot on.” And when asked about the qualities of those two that struck him the most, Bishop responded: “David’s ability to be a goalkeeper is incredible. He can catch everything. Honestly, everything. Read Also: “And Serge as a person and as a character, he’s got that incredible ability to pull things out of nowhere which is unreal. David’s hands and David’s saves as well. They’re both top tier keepers.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The 20-year-old goalkeeper joined in the January transfer window and penned a two and a half year contract. He has been training with the two first team keepers during the mini winter break, as Lee Grant did not travel to the Red Devils’ training camp in Spain. When asked by the club website what it was like to train with the first team, Bishop said: “It’s incredible. Serge, you can learn so much from him. “David is one of the best in the world, so it’s just an honour to be around him. To learn off everything he does, every little thing, every aspect, his attitude, everything is just fantastic and Sergio as well, he’s just so positive. “He’s open to teaching, coaching, helping me as well which is so nice.” Manchester United new boy Nathan Bishop has spoken about his impressions of David De Gea and Sergio Romero.center_img Loading…last_img read more

BetRegal diary: Making the trip to London to meet the BOS

first_img Related Articles 6 of the Best – Mark Jarvis Racing’s Paul Graham June 20, 2019 Share Share GVC reprices and relocates its corporate debt holdings February 11, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit GVC Holdings transfers corporate control to London HQ February 6, 2020 Aly Lalani, Head of Marketing at BetRegal.com, reflects on his company’s Betting on Sports debut, sharing expertise to the tune of a ‘Latin Beat’ and finding folks with a focus on “getting things done”.It’s now been almost a month since the Betting on Sports conference took place in London, and I thought it would be a good time to reflect on that week. This was actually my first Betting on Sports conference (I was scheduled to go last year but wasn’t able to make it). Overall, BetRegal had a very productive week at this year’s conference.If nothing else, this conference served as a great excuse for a general catch up of the ownership and senior management group of BetRegal. We all speak fairly often on Skype chats, but the value of actually being able to meet face to face, have dinner and/or a drink, and have a personal conversation is undeniable. If nothing else, the trip was worthwhile for that reason.Fortunately, there was a lot more value to be had at this conference beyond just a meeting place. Again, as my first time here, I had no real frame of reference. My only real comparison for a gaming show in London would be ICE.Betting on Sports turned out to be quite a different experience. ICE, because of its tremendous size, is great for casting a wide net looking for contacts, and then engaging in an aggressive follow up (or potentially dodging an aggressive follow up).Conversely, I found the Betting on Sports audience to be much more targeted. The folks I was speaking with seemed to have a genuine interest in getting things done, rather than loosely discussing future plans. It seemed to be that the people in attendance were decision makers of their respective companies and had come with specific agendas in place.To be honest it was refreshing. I am in no way discounting the value of general networking with a broader audience, of course that has its own value, it just seemed that this show was much more targeted. I can say personally that we left with contacts for a couple of different product-based companies that I am excited to explore a further relationship with.Looking at these types of products wasn’t on the radar going into this show, so it was nice to depart with some unexpected value. Isn’t that what conferences should be all about?I would like to join all the others I have seen on LinkedIn congratulating Rasmus, Andy, Luke and all the good people at SBC for putting on a great conference. I can’t imagine how much work and planning goes into putting on a show of this quality.However, what was even more exciting for me personally was that I was able to participate in my very first panel as part of the ‘Latin Beat – Opportunities Further South’ discussion.This was especially interesting for me not only to provide my insight as a new operator looking at establishing a brand presence in key Latin American markets, but also to hear the opinion of the other panelists, who all represented different components of the LatAm iGaming corporate structure.I can honestly say that I left that panel experience with a greater knowledge, and a couple of great contacts which I anticipate will pay immediate dividends in terms of our short-term future planning.I think it was important to put the BetRegal brand alongside more developed brands such as Sportradar and BtoBet. Let’s hope that sharing the stage with these guys is a sign of things to come.last_img read more

Shaq, Charles Barkley, ‘Inside the NBA’ crew hilariously try goat yoga

first_imgBest show on TV is TNT at the half. Why talk about Giannis having another MVP season when you can get Charles Barkley doing yoga with a goat? pic.twitter.com/M69Af6mfWZ— Joe John Brown (@Joe_Laurendi) November 22, 2019Goat Yoga huh pic.twitter.com/lk68VRJLQa— sus (@SeanAikens) November 22, 2019Goat yoga with the TNT crew: its the halftime entertainment we didn’t know we needed but here it is pic.twitter.com/Y4oLt0Ttu2— Blazin Buck (@BuckBlazin) November 22, 2019Goat yoga started on a small farm in western Oregon, according to CNN, and it didn’t take long for the concept to gain popularity across the U.S.Curious about goat yoga and how it works? Check out the video below. Both Smith and O’Neal climbed on top of Barkley during the hilarious segment.Goat yoga is the newest trend in Studio J 🐐😂Presented by @AmericanExpress | #SmallBizSat #ShopSmall pic.twitter.com/8WnCADpDr6— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) November 22, 2019MORE: Charles Barkley apologizes for telling reporter he’d hit herNBA fans seemed to enjoy the silly bit. TNT’s “Inside the NBA” crew did a little yoga Thursday — goat yoga.Yes, Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal all tried out the hottest exercise trend during halftime of the Trail Blazers vs. Bucks game.last_img read more

CCTV CLUE AS MYSTERY MAN STEALS HUNDREDS OF COPIES OF NEW BUSINESS MAGAZINE

first_imgENTREPRENEURS behind a new business magazine say they hope CCTV footage will help identify the mystery man who tried to ruin their launch.It has been reported that free copies of The Bizz – which have been left in shops throughout Letterkenny area and other parts of Donegal last weekend – have been ‘scooped up’ and dumped!A spokesman for the magazine told Donegal Daily: “We were dumbstruck when people from a number of shops contacted us to say one particular individual has been in with them taking free copies of the magazine. When challenged by one shop owner he claimed as they were free he could take as many as he liked. “The magazine is a new venture and we decided to give the first issue away free to allow people see the colour, content and original stories we had. We didn’t some people could be so low. We’ve seen the CCTV of the person in action and it’s the real deal!“If that individual could contact our office and consider returning the magazines we’d be only too grateful as we had arrangements made to drop any leftover copies to the Letterkenny General Hospital wards, the Donegal Hospice and medical centres around the county,” he said.The Bizz features interviews, current affairs, history, profiles, blogs, fashion and much much more.As well as features on Seamus Coleman, knitwear queen Edel MacBride, the glossy magazine even has a feature on Donegal Daily! The first issue is free and locally produced and is also geared towards the Donegal diaspora with an online and mobile version available. CCTV CLUE AS MYSTERY MAN STEALS HUNDREDS OF COPIES OF NEW BUSINESS MAGAZINE was last modified: October 5th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalmagazineThe Bizztheftlast_img read more