GMP hosts local jobs fairs for Lowell wind project

first_imgGreen Mountain Power Corp,Green Mountain Power (GMP) hosted the first of two Jobs Fairs in the Northeast Kingdom Tuesday at the Lowell Fire Department in conjunction with the Kingdom Community Wind (KCW) project to be built on Lowell Mountain.  About 60 people from the area came to learn about job openings.  GMP’s General Contractor, Reed & Reed, along with three newly hired, Vermont-based contractors were on site to speak with attendees. Three Vermont-based contractors were recently selected to provide services for the construction phase of Kingdom Community Wind.  J.A. McDonald of Lyndon Center has been selected for the site preparation and road work and is seeking equipment operators and laborers. Bates & Murray Electrical Contractors of Barre will be doing the underground electrical work on the project and is taking applications as well.  Maine Drilling & Blasting, which has an office in Barre, has also been selected to work on the KCW project and is looking for driller trainees and laborers.     ‘As we get closer to construction, we are excited to begin talking with local residents about the job opportunities available as a result of the renewable wind project in Lowell,’ said Rebecca Towne, Administration Manager at Green Mountain Power.  ‘We are committed to employing as many Vermonters and Vermont companies as possible, including those who have already been hired.’ To date GMP has employed 18 other Vermont-based businesses during the permitting and planning phase of the project. ‘Supporting local jobs is one of the many benefits that Kingdom Community Wind brings to Orleans County and throughout northern Vermont. Local property taxes, the Good Neighbor Fund, Education tax payments, and renewable energy at a great price are others, ‘ added Towne.  Green Mountain Power and Reed & Reed will host a second Jobs Fair at North Country Union High School on Tuesday, July 19 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. About Kingdom Community WindKingdom Community Wind is a local renewable wind energy project in Lowell, Vermont.  It will produce 63 MW of electricity for customers of Green Mountain Power and Vermont Electric Cooperative members.  The project received a certificate of public good from the Vermont Public Service Board in late May and construction is expected to commence in August of this year.  GMP expects KCW to be operational by the end of 2012.  About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com(link is external)) generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in the State of Vermont. It serves more than 175,000 people and businesses.last_img read more

UN Includes Venezuela Among Countries in Urgent Need of Humanitarian Assistance

first_imgBy Voice of America January 07, 2020 On December 4, Mark Lowcock, United Nations (U.N.) Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, presented the list of priority needs requiring funding, in Geneva, Switzerland.In Venezuela, where there’s a financial requirement to reach $1.35 billion for 3.8 million people in 2020, needs are higher than the allocated resources, the U.N. official said.According to Lowcock, a “substantial increase in humanitarian assistance for Venezuelans is needed, for those who remain in their country, and about twice as much aid for those who’ve left the country,” the official said.In Venezuela, the economic crisis has led to income reduction for many families, forcing millions of them to migrate to other countries in the world, but Colombia has received the highest number of Venezuelans so far.According to official figures from the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the aid plan for Venezuela was the most difficult to fund in 2019. At the moment, only 25 percent of requested funds have been obtained, the U.N. body said.In October, the International Solidarity Conference on the Venezuelan Refugee and Migrant Crisis was held in Brussels, Belgium, where it was announced that the European Union (EU) had collected an additional $150 million to confront the Venezuelan migration crisis.At this event, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said that “the main goal wasn’t fundraising,” but to bring to light the serious migratory situation that Latin America is experiencing because of the Venezuelan situation.Besides Venezuela, Yemen, South Sudan, and Syria are among the nations that need humanitarian assistance. Consequently, $29 billion will be requested from the international community.One in every 45 people on the planet needs food, shelter, medical care, protection, or other basic assistance to survive, according to OCHA’s Global Humanitarian Overview. Conflicts, extreme weather events, and epidemics are the main causes behind the record figure of 168 million individuals in emergency situations.last_img read more

FDA delays new BSE-related feed ban 2 months

first_img Proposals to ban SRM from all animal feed and pet food grew out of concerns that the BSE agent could spread if feed intended for nonruminant animals, such as pigs, poultry, or pets, was inadvertently mixed with cattle feed during production or transport or was accidentally given to cattle on farms. The banned items, known as specified risk materials (SRM), include the brains and spinal cords of cattle more than 30 months old. The FDA is also providing a week for public comment solely on whether to delay the ban. Apr 7, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed yesterday to delay by another 2 months a long-planned ban on the use of certain cattle materials in any animal feed, a measure designed to prevent the spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease. The ban would take effect Jun 26 instead of Apr 27. Apr 7 NCBA statement To prevent the spread of BSE, the United States and Canada both banned the use of cattle protein in feed for cattle and other ruminants in 1997. After their first BSE cases, both countries banned the use of SRM from cattle older than 30 months in human food. Apr 24, 2008, CIDRAP News story “FDA broadens BSE-related feed ban” The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) criticized the FDA in a statement today, saying the agency should reopen public discussion of the ban to allow for full consideration of problems it will cause. Dr. Elizabeth Parker, the NCBA’s chief veterinarian, called the 7-day period for commenting on the 2-month delay “a weak and ineffective response to the issues already arising from this ill-considered decision.” Existing BSE safeguards have limited the prevalence of BSE in healthy US cattle to a “negligible” level, the NCBA said. The group argued that the expanded feed ban will yield little benefit for animal health or food safety while causing “tremendous costs” and disposal problems for ranchers. The agency said it was proposing the delay because some cattle industry groups have expressed concern about their ability to comply with the rule by Apr 27, with some saying they are finding it difficult to find other ways to get rid of materials that can no longer be made into animal feed. “This rule has essentially ended rendering services in many parts of the country, and left producers with no legal alternatives,” said Parker. FDA announcement on delay of BSE final rulehttp://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm133462.htm See also: The ban, first announced a year ago, is poised to take effect more than 5 years after the first US BSE case was discovered, in a Canadian-born cow in Washington state in December 2003. Canada, which detected its first BSE case a few months earlier and has identified about a dozen since then, imposed a similar ban in July 2007. The United States has identified three cases, the last in March 2006.last_img read more

Public decries ‘elite privilege’ as lawmakers, relatives get tested first for COVID-19

first_imgIndra estimated that as many as 2,000 people would be tested on Thursday or Friday at the House’s housing complexes in Kalibata and Ulujami. “The test kit is funded by donations from several House members and leaders. Our doctors and paramedics will conduct the tests,” he said.The public has criticized the plan, noting that there are still many sick people across the country struggling to get tested.A Twitter user and cardiologist @berlianidris, called for the House to cancel the plan, saying there are many doctors who have been treating COVID-19 patients and still need to be tested because they have no symptoms and test kits were limited.Ini benar-benar jahat kalau yang tanpa indikasi diperiksa hanya karena mereka pejabat 😭Sejawat saya dokter2 yang kontak dengan pasien COVID-19 tidak diperiksa karena mereka tidak bergejala, karena alat pemeriksaannya terbatas.TOLONG DIBATALKAN!!! pic.twitter.com/QvkCjxaWdI— bili (@berlianidris) March 23, 2020 Members of the House of Representatives and their families are to be tested first for COVID-19, with or without symptoms, triggering an outpouring of anger on social media.House secretary-general Indra Iskandar told reporters on Monday that all 575 lawmakers and their immediate families – as well as their domestic workers and chauffeurs – would be tested for the virus using the rapid test kits that are expected to arrive on Tuesday.”Every House member wants to ensure that they and their families are clear [of the virus] as it has spread everywhere, including government circles,” he said. “It’s really mean if those without symptoms are being tested just because they are members of the elite,” he said.privilege yang memuakkan. https://t.co/CKBnR85h6x— Farchan (@efenerr) March 23, 2020″What a sickening privilege,” wrote Twitter user @efenerr.So, again, the political elites take precedence over the people— Kamal 「カマル」 (@funkybukkyo) March 23, 2020″So, again, the political elites take precedence over the people,” wrote @funkybukkyo.As of Monday morning, Indonesia had 514 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 48 deaths.Topics :last_img read more

Wooden boat phase out in Boracay sought

first_imgLast Oct. 1, it enforced a priceadjustment from P23 to P30 for both tourists and residents traversingCaticlan-Boracay and vice versa, adding that the price adjustment aims to raisefund for the acquisition of more fiber glass boats.     PCG-Aklan head Lieutenant CommanderMarlowe Acevedo said the memorandum came from the Maritime Industry Authority(MARINA).    “As soon as I received the memorandumfrom MARINA, I have been discussing this with the CBTMPC. The management iscooperating with the plan,” Acevedo said. Wooden boats were used fortransporting tourists and residents to and from Boracay and Caticlan in Malay,Aklan for several years. Wooden boats were used for transporting tourists and residents to and from Boracay and Caticlan in Malay, Aklan for several years. center_img The transport cooperative and theSangguniang Panlalawigan of Aklan last February proposed to MARINA a five-year(2019-2023) gradual phase out period to comply with the policy./PN MALAY, Aklan – The Philippine CoastGuard (PCG) with the Caticlan-Boracay Transport Multi-Purpose Cooperative(CBTMPC), said they were cooperating for the implementation of the phasing outof wooden boats not only in Boracay Island but all over the country.       Recently, the CBTMPC started acquiringfew units of fiber glass boats. last_img read more

Senator Stabenow Visits Alpena & East Tawas

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Yesterday the cities of Alpena and East Tawas got a special visit.U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow was in town. Senator Stabenow toured small business operations as part of her statewide local small business tour. She first met with business owners and employees in East Tawas at Branham’s Jewelry and Tawas Tools.Afterwards she headed north to Alpena, stopping at Stoney Acres Winery and Omni Metalcraft. Senator Stabenow has visited over 80 small businesses across the state as a part of her small business tour.According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, Michigan’s small businesses employed over half or 1.8 million of the state’s private work force in 2012.After hearing about the need for skilled workers and continued partnerships, Stabenow is now working to change tax laws so that incentives will be given to companies to remain stateside. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious ‘Outstanding Older Citizen of the Year’ Goes to Mr. Jim MottNext Alpena Recognizes World MS Daylast_img read more

Fair Haven Presents Concept Plans for New Municipal Buildings

first_imgBy Vincent Ferrer FAIR HAVEN – Residents got their first look at concept plans for new municipal buildings to replace the existing public works building and police headquarters. A second project would see the construction of a new municipal/police building at River Road and Cedar Avenue, to be completed by spring 2021. The new municipal building’s first floor would be the new home of the borough police department. The second floor would house municipal offices and services, while the third floor would serve as a council meeting room and storage area. “This is not a want, this is a need,” said Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli. Some residents applauded the council’s use of the open forum, but were quick to voice concerns over added traffic, environmental impact and tax implications for residents.  A new public works building will be built on a portion of its present site on Third Street. Image courtesy The Goldstein Partnership The concept plans call for the construction of a new public works building on a portion of its present site on Third Street, featuring a reduced size and more residential aesthetic. According to the borough’s timeline, it will be completed by early 2020.   A concept plan shows a new municipal building with police headquarters at River Road and Cedar Avenue. Image courtesy the Goldstein Partnership There is a third project, to convert the existing municipal library building into a library and community center by the end of 2021. The library would be moved to the downstairs floor, effectively doubling its size, and the top level would be converted into a community center.  The police department, formerly a school building, has decomposing stucco, water damage, improper wiring and several ADA violations. Similar shortcomings and noncompliance were shown for the current community center.   More than 200 residents attended the Borough Council’s Jan. 10 session at the Knollwood School gymnasium. They heard architect Eli Goldstein explain the current state of disrepair of existing municipal facilities.  “I know the council wants to get something approved, but I just don’t remember asking for it,” said one resident.  Theresa Casagrande, the borough administrator, said the project’s estimated price tag is still being determined. “Once we get more detailed plans, we will start to look at costs,” said Casagrande. Uncertainty also remains over how much the borough might receive from the NJ Library Construction Bond Act, which the borough plans to apply for once criteria is announced.  A similar presentation will be made before the Fair Haven Borough Planning Board in the coming weeks. The full special meeting presentation is available on the borough’s website at fairhavennj.org.last_img read more

The Life of Domestic Servants in Freehold

first_imgAfrican-American domestic servants worked in many 20th century Monmouth County homes. Around 1900, Thomas Laws (left) was brought from Virginia by Capt. George Bailey to work in the Bailey family’s Brielle home, as shown in this drawing by Bailey’s son. Laws and his family settled in the area.Photo courtesy Jackie Morgan-Stackhouse FREEHOLD – On Thursday, Dec. 19 at the Monmouth County Historical Association, the cultural impact of domestic servants working in Freehold during the 20th century will be the subject of a talk by Walter Greason, Ph.D, chair of the educational leadership department at Monmouth University. Greason is the author of six books, lectures frequently here and abroad, and is the founding president of Red Bank’s T. Thomas Fortune Foundation. He recently spoke with us about his research. Drawing from themes in his 2010 book, “The Path to Freedom, Black Families in New Jersey,” as well as his personal family history in Freehold, the distinguished scholar will explore the lives and contributions of “the brave families of New Jersey who made a difference in their communities and across the country.” Was being a domestic servant a career choice or was it a matter of economic survival? Where did most of Monmouth County’s domestic servants come from? Were they local people or migrants from other parts of the country? This wasn’t a direct result of slavery, but domestic service jobs in places like Freehold were better than sharecropping in the southern states. At the people had no capacity for time, it was thought these other kinds of labor. By Rick Geffken How common was it for domestic servants to work in Monmouth County households during the 20th century?center_img Was domestic service an option for minorities only? If so, was it a legacy of enslavement? Family survival. Before 1930, African-American men worked as stage coach drivers, chauffeurs and train porters. In Freehold, they did yard work, sometimes walking 25 miles in a day from house to house. Did any domestic servants in Freehold or other local towns succeed in other pursuits? Prior to the Great Migration (1916 through the 1960s) from the rural south to northern states, many African Americans worked their way up and down the coast following crop harvests in New Jersey and into New England. Eventually, after they moved here permanently, African Americans contributed to the growth of cities like Long Branch and Asbury Park where they supported the tourist industry. Many did, as did their descendants. My mother’s family came from New Bern, North Carolina to Freehold in 1923. They helped build the African-American community in the borough. Very common. My review of early 20th century census records revealed that 75 percent of the African-American women in Monmouth County were employed as domestic servants – laundresses, maids, cooks, the kinds of jobs associated with housework today. These women were hired at very low rates of pay, around $2 to $3 per week in the 1920s. They often worked for multiple households. The event will take place at the MCHA’s headquarters, 70 Court St., Freehold, beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets for the lecture are $5. Visitors can combine a visit to the MCHA Museum and admission to the lecture for $20. Details and ticket reservations (recommended) can be found at monmouthhistory.org or by calling the MCHA at 732-462-1466.last_img read more

Irish Blog — Bombers win opener on Ireland Rugby Tour

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers are currently traveling the roads of Ireland on Rugby tour.The team, which has been raising money to help offset the costs, left last week from Nelson.LVR Vice Principal Frank Marisco, who is with the team on the tour, is going to blog the tour for The Nelson Daily.Here’s his first contribution.Tries by Connor Butler, Sean Hickson, and Daigan Cairn, with a pair, along with Kevin Lewis kicking one penalty and two conversions, led the Bombers to a 27-5 in their opening game of the tour.Maverick Seed and Jake Lock had great games and were very impressive in all aspects of the game, especially tackling. The man in charge of Youth Development Rugby for Leincster Province was there and he was surprised and impressed by our level of skill and fitness. It was blustery and windy but a nice day. After the game the boys were treated to soup and sandwiches at the Balbriggan clubhouse. Today we are on the pitch for a training session with (coach) Mr. Joyce after a tour of the new Aviva Stadium. Tomorrow we head for Galway and expect to play a much stronger team there.last_img read more

NICK ALEXANDER’S HOMEBRED SUNDAY RULES REMAINS UNBEATEN WITH GATE TO WIRE WIN IN $150,000 SPRING FEVER STAKES; D’AMATO, BAZE TEAM FOR THREE LENGTH WIN AS ‘SUNDAY’ GETS SIX FURLONGS IN 1:08.93

first_imgD’AMATO RUNS 1-2 AS LONGSHOT SIDEPOCKET RUN COMPLETES EXACTA IN GOLDEN STATE SERIES FIXTURE FOR OLDER FILLIES & MARES  BRED OR SIRED IN CALIFORNIA ARCADIA, Calif. (May 23, 2015)–Nick Alexander’s homebred Sunday Rules kept her perfect record intact with a facile three length win in Saturday’s $150,000 Spring Fever Stakes, as she covered six furlongs in gate to wire fashion under Tyler Baze in 1:08.93. (The Spring Fever was the first of five Golden State Series races run Saturday at Santa Anita for horses bred or sired in California).Conditioned by Phil D’Amato, the 4-year-old California-bred daughter of Tribal Rule now has five wins from as many starts. Heavily favored at 1-5 in a field of six older fillies and mares, she paid $2.60, $2.20 and $2.10. With the winner’s share of $90,000, she increased her earnings to $314, 880.“Nice filly,” said an emphatic Baze. “She runs with her head a little low but…she’s not real fast that first jump out of the gate, but after that she’s a monster. She’s a train really, she just goes. Those first strides, she just needs to get her feet up under her but then she’s really just a train.”Pressed early by Tribal Gal, Sunday Rules carved out fractions of 21.60, 44.11 and 56.13.“That was like two wins,” said D’Amato, whose longshot Sidepocket Run was up to take second by a nose, thus enabling the trainer to run 1-2. “Sunday Rules couldn’t be doing any better right now. I just think it’s a combination of getting over her little baby issues and now, hopefully, I’ll be able to map out a nice campaign for the future. She’ll definitely stay sprinting.”Alexander, who’s homebred Grazen is based at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds and is currently one of California’s top stallions, is a longtime breeder/owner in California who is best known locally as the owner of Nick Alexander (automotive) Imports in Los Angeles, whose advertising catch phrase is “Nick Can’t Say No.”“We are blessed to have horses as we do in Santa Ynez and to be able to race them here at Santa Anita,” said Alexander. “What a pleasant surprise she’s been. She’s very plain looking and you’d never pick her out of a group of horses in a pasture. The way she runs with her neck low…Nothing bothers her. There is a graded stakes in in Florida this coming July that we might take a look at.”Off at 35-1, Sidepocket Run, who was ridden by Tiago Pereira, paid $13.60 and $4.40.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Tribal Gal finished third, 1 ¾ lengths in front of Meinertzhageni. Off at 6-1, Tribal Gal paid $3.40 to show.–30–last_img read more