Governor Jim Douglas today announced that Vermont will receive more than $20 million in economic recovery funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency to create jobs through water infrastructure and air quality projects. These stimulus funds will put local contractors and engineers to work as we plan and build out the projects, the Governor said. There is a tremendous need for these economic recovery funds. We ve identified $380 million in drinking and clean water projects in Vermont.More than $1.7 million will go to clean diesel projects, said Ira Leighton, acting regional administrator of EPA in New England. Reducing emissions from diesel engines is one of the most important air quality challenges facing the country today, Leighton said. New England has some of the highest asthma rates in the nation.Another $19.5 million is pledged to improve aging water infrastructure and protect human health and the environment for Vermonters. This grant of Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to the state of Vermont represents one of the first stimulus grants for water infrastructure made in the country, Leighton said. This much-needed injection of funding will go a long way toward improving Vermont s water quality across the state, said the Governor. The quality of our drinking water, and the water that flows down our rivers into lakes, depends upon the drinking water plants and the wastewater treatment facilities that will directly benefit from this additional funding. About the grantsThe funds provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, will go to the state’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program. The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program provides low-interest loans for drinking water systems to finance infrastructure improvements. The program also emphasizes providing funds to small or disadvantaged communities and to programs that encourage pollution prevention as a tool for ensuring safe drinking water. An unprecedented $2 billion dollars will be awarded to fund drinking water infrastructure projects across the country under the Recovery Act in the form of low-interest loans, principal forgiveness and grants. At least 20 percent of the funds provided under the Recovery Act are to be used for green infrastructure, water and energy efficiency improvements and other environmentally innovative projects.Under ARRA s State clean diesel funding program, $88.2 million is divided equally through a noncompetitive allocation process, meaning that all 50 states and the District of Columbia will receive $1.73 million.States, local governments, non-profits and tribal agencies can also compete for a portion of $206 million under ARRA s National clean diesel funding program.President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 on February 17, 2009 and has directed that the Recovery Act be implemented with unprecedented transparency and accountability.
Stretching 3,000 miles from Massachusetts to Texas, the ICW is a linked series of channels, bays, and dredged canals. Through Low Country, it follows tidal rivers and inlets between the mainland and the barrier sea islands. Recalling my previous trip out to Cumberland, a thought occurred. The wooden boards on the walkway down the sandy bluff were warped and weather beaten. The floating dock was damaged, with one corner jutting skyward and the other underwater. A few reminders of recent hurricanes and that, in Low Country, first impressions can be misleading. My wife perked up curiously as we approached the waterway. Not much was happening on this sleepy Saturday in late February. A few fishing boats floated about. A single pelican soared across the channel. Some bored cormorants tried to look busy. We passed the waterfront campground of local paddling outfitter, Nature Adventures Outdoors. But their season was still a few weeks from starting and their floating dock rested on a mudflat. I’d studied the tide charts and knew that within minutes, the tide would start falling. The current would reverse downstream, snaking through plains of golden cordgrass toward the Atlantic Ocean. In the meantime, we prepped our gear and waited for the shift. “Is that a dorsal fin?” “No way,” said my wife. Then, one day, a friend shocked me out of my coastal complacency by mentioning Cumberland Island National Seashore, five hours south in Georgia. After paddling, biking, and hiking around this amazing near-wilderness, I had a sudden realization: I hadn’t given Low Country enough of a chance. I began searching for other adventurous spots I must have missed. One of the first images that popped in my head was a sign on Highway 17 for Awendaw Creek Canoe Launch. In the distance, I spotted a green navigation marker. Looking around, I didn’t see much evidence of a topnotch paddling destination. The creek channel was engorged with inky blackwater that moved sluggishly upstream from the peaking tide. It didn’t look particularly inviting for paddling in our intended direction, toward the Intracoastal Waterway. It was a warm and sunny morning in early spring when we arrived at Awendaw Creek Canoe Launch, the type of day when better-known put-ins across the country would be swamped with paddlers. But we were the only two boaters in sight. Several times we passed beneath the Awendaw Passage Trail on the creek-left bank, which runs for about four miles between the canoe launch and Buck Hall Recreation Area, overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. These islands are shell middens, built by Native Americans who piled oyster shells above the high tide level. Archaeologists are uncertain about the precise purposes for these platforms. They were probably created for a few reasons, including fishing, camping, religious ceremonies, oystering, and collecting refuse. Odd, because the Intracoastal Waterway itself was completely hidden from view. When a tugboat passed by, it looked more like a tractor plowing through tallgrass. From my paddleboard, I saw two shapes moving through the water in front of the Buck Hall dock. Two bottlenose dolphins were swimming directly toward us, their fins rising every twenty feet. Approaching within 20 feet, they circled playfully around us for a while, before continuing their way south. “Maybe we’ll see dolphins today?” To say I never imagined paddling in a place called Low Country would be a major understatement. For a dozen years, I was mostly a whitewater paddler who did occasional flatwater trips with friends. Then my wife and I relocated to a college town near Myrtle Beach. Surrounded by swamps and a lack of topography lines, I wasn’t particularly pleased with the move. As we continued downstream, the current quickened and the water level within the creek channel dropped. This revealed cordgrass roots, mud banks, and eventually tidal flats covered by oyster reefs. A few slightly elevated islands of hardwood trees rose up from the marsh grasses. Sure enough, during our first hour on the falling tide we moved lazily downstream through sweeping meanders between pine forest. Bald eagles perched and herons circled. Fish jumped. I paddleboarded into a narrow side channel before thinking about gators and hustling back out. I quickly identified what I thought were the main outdoor opportunities in the area. A few short hiking trails through what I called the wildlife refuge of lowered expectations. A flatwater section on the Waccamaw River where the excitement came from dodging speedboat wakes. A local dunes trail for mountain biking. And a 5-mile loop through suburban neighborhoods where I could road cycle laps until my brain numbed enough to forget where I lived. Every chance I got, I’d hit the road heading uphill. So here we were. When we began paddling at 10 a.m., the current was moving slowly downstream. Being new to the area, I’d spent some time learning about tides on the Southeast Coast. There are four tides every day, two highs and two lows, with a typical range of about four to five feet around South Carolina’s Low Country. Each rising or falling tide lasts six hours, and the bulk of the water moves through during the middle third of a changing tide, when the current is fastest in either direction. After lunch at Buck Hall, while waiting for the current to switch, we paddled back to our vehicle on the rising tide. We’d found a great new Low Country paddling adventure. And two weeks later, we were back.
By Nelza Oliveira/Diálogo July 26, 2017 On June 2nd, the Ministry of Defense published “Defense and the Environment: Training with Sustainability,” also known as The Green Book of Defense, on the best practices for environmental management that the Brazilian Armed Forces (Army, Navy, and Air Force) use in their military areas and activities. The Green Book also contains information on their operations combatting environmental crimes. “The Brazilian Armed Forces are the institutions that do the most to protect, preserve, and restore the nation’s natural environment. We are defending our practices. Those who pass through the Brazilian Armed Forces learn to care for, and about the environment,” said Brazil’s Minister of Defense Raul Jungmann at the book launch ceremony. In the places used as military facilities or training camps, the Brazilian Armed Forces balance national security with the conservation of the ecosystems. “I believe that these military areas are being well protected, be it through the security provided by our military personnel or be it mainly through the zeal and care that our service members show for public resources, including environmental resources,” stated Brazilian Army Lieutenant General Elias Rodrigues Martins Filho, from the Strategic Affairs Command of the Ministry of Defense. “The military’s presence is well respected by Brazilian society, even by those who risk committing environmental crimes.” Millions of hectares protected The Brazilian Air Force (FAB, per its Portuguese acronym) is responsible for Serra do Cachimbo in the southern part of the state of Pará, a 22,000-square kilometer green space equal in size to the state of Sergipe. Brigadeiro Velloso Proving Ground is maintained at that location, which is home simultaneously to military training and periodic flyovers by FAB for detecting and suppressing deforestation in the area. There, FAB is also promoting the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources’ efforts to reintegrate various species of Brazilian fauna rescued from illegal poaching back into the environment. At Anápolis Air Base in the state of Goiás, FAB is continuing with the Erosion Control and Reforestation with Native and Exotic Species (CERNE, per its Portuguese acronym) Project, which has already planted 16,000 seedlings and recovered nearly 168 hectares. The first plantings started in 2007. “The project was born from the observation that soil was being removed for construction in the built-up areas of Anápolis Air Base and also in the areas around the airport, the runways and landing strips, the hangars, and the parking area,” said Senior Airman Lucas Abadia (FAB), an environmental engineer and coordinator of the CERNE Project. “The main objective that folks have been able to realize over these last 10 years has been to restore the environment to its natural balance, which was being lost during the construction years, mainly due to the aviation piece. But nowadays, people rely on the environment as a partner as well.” The planting of seedlings was also done by FAB on Santa Maria Air Base in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, and at the Air Force Academy in Pirassununga, in the state of São Paulo. The Brazilian Navy (MB, per its Portuguese acronym) has supported environmental protection on Marambaia Island in Rio de Janeiro since 1906 when the Seaman Apprentice School was established. In the 1980s, MB also set up its Marambaia Island Training Center there. Environmental protection on the island, according to the Green Book of Defense, is a guarantor of the ecological preservation of 95 percent of the vast area of coastal Atlantic Forest, which is the reason why the island is visited by students and researchers in fields such as botany, ecology, zoology, archeology, climatology, and geoprocessing in their search for species that are common to the reef, many of which are going extinct in other parts of the Brazilian coast. MB is also present in protecting the Alcatrazes Archipelago in São Sebastião in the state of São Paulo, where it promotes comprehensive actions that include supervision, safe navigation, protecting lives at sea, and enforcing the prohibition against anchoring vessels or diving around the archipelago. Commitment to the environment Like the Navy, the Brazilian Army (EB, per its Portuguese acronym) also has a presence on Marambaia Island in Rio de Janeiro, occupying an area of nearly 34 square kilometers where the Army Technology Center and the Army Evaluation Center operate. For the past 200 years, EB has protected the flora and fauna common to the plains of the Pampas in an area covering more than 50,000 hectares in the state of Rio Grande do Sul whereBarão de São Borja Training Camp operates. At Formosa Training Camp in the state of Goiás, EB is taking part in a study of a 15,000-hectare area to find solutions to the natural erosion there, in addition to doing scientific research to identify medium- and large-sized mammal species. In Recife, in the state of Pernambuco, EB is responsible for protecting the environment at its Curado Military Complex, the headquarters of the Northeastern Military Command and six other military organizations. Pernambuco is also home to Guararapes Historical National Park, which was restored by the Army command in order to recover and preserve the natural features in that area. This national park is considered EB’s birthplace, as it was the site of the first battle of EB’s land troops in 1648, an episode known as the “Battle of Guararapes.” “The Brazilian Armed Forces have a tradition of protecting the biomass and green spaces in a continent-sized nation like Brazil. And this is also done through a broad structure of garrisons, bases, and training camps – some of which are centuries old – which contribute to the protection of all of our national resources,” EB confirmed for Diálogo through its press office. “One example of this historical commitment is Decree 14.273 of July 28, 1920, which approved the regulation of Gericinó Training Center in Rio de Janeiro. Article 6 of the decree states that “the cutting of trees by troops in these forests or in Serra de Gericinó is strictly prohibited. The camp administration shall establish guidelines for using the forests […] in order to prevent general landslides that may harm the yield of the native waters. Any tree that is knocked down must be replaced by another,” the press office note continued. In Manaus, in the state of Amazonas, the Jungle Warfare Training Center created by EB more than 50 years ago, occupies an area of more than 150,000 hectares and trained service members since 1960. At the center, there is a refuge for rescued animals that cannot be returned to the wild. In all, 400 animals live there. In 2014, the refuge received an Amazon Aquarium with more than 200 animals and a Learning Center, a space for educational and conservation activities. During the launch of the Green Book, Minister Jungmann announced that he would send an inter-ministerial statement of purpose to the Office of the President to create a category of military areas to be given special environmental protection. “That will make it possible for those areas to receive greater protection. Today there are many pressures on the areas protected by the Brazilian Armed Forces. This measure will strengthen their legal certainty because, by looking after those areas, we are looking after ourselves as well. Furthermore, it will greatly expand the roster of protected areas, bringing them all together as one,” the minister concluded.
September 1, 2003 Regular News Robert L. Rocke, Robert D. McLean, and Jonathan B. Sbar, formerly of Foley & Lardner, Tampa, announce the formation of Rocke, McLean & Sbar, P.A., with offices located at the AmSouth Bldg., 100 N. Tampa St., Ste. 3575, Tampa 33602, telephone (813) 769-5600. The firm practices in commercial litigation and commercial real estate. William J. Schifino, Sr., formerly of Schifino & Fleischer, P.A., has joined Williams Schifino Mangione & Steady, P.A., with offices at One Tampa City Center, 201 N. Franklin St., Ste. 2600, Tampa 33602, telephone (813) 221-2626. The firm practices in the areas of securities law, corporate law, and corporate and municipal finance. John W. West III has become a shareholder with Kirk Pinkerton, with offices at 720 S. Orange Ave., Sarasota 34236, telephone (941) 364-2400. He practices in federal and state tax controversy, estate planning, business and personal tax planning, and corporate acquisitions. Christopher Torres has joined Foley & Lardner, with offices at 100 N. Tampa St., Ste. 2700, Tampa 33602, telephone (813) 229-2300. He concentrates in general litigation, bankruptcy, and creditor’s rights. Desiree S.A. Demonbreun, has become an associate with Zinober & McCrea, P.A., with offices at 201 E. Kennedy Blvd., Ste. 800, Tampa 33602, telephone (813) 224-9004. The firm concentrates in the area of labor and employment law. Wendy J. Smith has joined Abel, Band, Russell, Collier, Pitchford & Gordon, Chartered, with offices at 240 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota 34236, telephone (941) 366-6660. She joins the firm’s employment law practice. James F. Basque, of counsel to Allen, Lang, Carpenter & Peed, P.A., Orlando, has joined Ward & Babb, with an office at 3069 Williston Rd., South Burlington, Vermont 05403, phone (407) 422-8250. He practices in real estate, corporate, and general business law. Benjamin P. Shenkman, P.A., announces its relocation to new offices at 2160 W. Atlantic Ave., Second Fl., Delray Beach 33445, telephone (561) 274-6488. He practices in the areas of estate planning, probate, and trust administration, and guardianship. Rene D. Harrod has become an associate with Berger Singerman, with offices at 350 E. Las Olas Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale 33301, telephone (954) 525-9900. She concentrates in commercial litigation and intellectual property. Michael Cotzen and Keisha N. Harris have become associates with Kluger, Peretz, Kaplan & Berlin, P.L., with offices at The Miami Center, 17th Fl., 201 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami 33131, telephone (305) 379-9000. Cotzen concentrates in commercial litigation; Harris concentrates in commercial and personal injury litigation. Scott Callen has joined Foley & Lardner, with offices at 106 E. College Ave., Ste. 900, Tallahassee 32301, telephone (850) 222-6100. He concentrates in labor and employment law, civil litigation, and corporate counseling. Willie L. Prince II has joined Fowler White Boggs Banker, which has offices at 501 E. Kennedy Blvd., Ste. 1700, Tampa 33602, telephone (813) 228-7411. He concentrates in the areas of real estate, property acquisition and developments, homeowners associations, foreclosures, and title insurance. Donna Stinson has become a partner with Broad and Cassel, with offices at the Sun Trust Bank Bldg., 215 S. Monroe St., Ste. 400, Tallahassee 32301, telephone (850) 681-6810. She practices in administrative land use and health law. Steven G. Rappaport, formerly of Wiley, Rein and Fielding, Washington, D.C., has joined Sachs Sax & Klein, with offices at 301Yamato Rd., Ste. 4150, Boca Raton 33431, telephone (561) 994-4499. He practices in community association and condominium law. September 1, 2003 On the Move
Every credit union, no matter what size, faces regulatory compliance standards that have been developed to improve both the security of member accounts and ensure the clarity and transparency of financial transactions. Current federal laws can require things like an explanation of interest rates and contract liabilities for mortgages and other types of loans. If your organization collects member information online, you are also required to reveal what you do with that data.Much of this is sent to the “fine print” location on your application forms, statements, electronic correspondence and even marketing materials. The specific content may be different from one legal jurisdiction to another, or can change with new governmental rulings. While compliance sets the bar for the minimum required within your member communications, forward-thinking credit unions will raise the bar.Compliance language is designed to protect financial services organizations and their clients, but it’s often “communicated” as convoluted “legalese” that can confuse recipients or even arouse suspicions. Worse, as the number of regulatory requirements increases, compliance takes up more space without helping to improve the member experience or build the relationship members expect from their financial organization of choice, which houses detailed private information about them. This can run counter to your members’ expectations of attentive, personal service. continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
– Advertisement – And so, we try to quell our beauty obsession, at the very least opting for less expensive products or a more minimal routine. Sometimes that ends up working just fine, but that doesn’t mean those cult-favorite, higher-end products disappear from our wish list. They’re constantly showing up in our mind (and in our Instagram ads). But are they realistic to buy? Not always. And definitely not all of them at once. But for the holidays? Whether you’re looking to gift yourself some fancier beauty or finally hook a loved one up with the products they’ve been yearning for all year long, we’ve put together the ultimate list to shop from. Check it out below! Us Weekly has affiliate partnerships so we may receive compensation for some links to products and services.Having a beauty obsession is a little dangerous. Don’t get Us wrong — discovering new makeup and skincare products is fun and exciting, and there’s no better feeling than seeing your skin clear up and your eyelashes start to lengthen and curl. The issue is that having a 10-step skincare routine and a 10-step makeup routine can add up. Fast. And that’s not even including hair products. Some say pain is beauty, but sometimes it seems like money is the main factor.- Advertisement –
The view from the deck of the Cannon Hill property being offered for rent. Picture: realestate.com.auFORMER Brisbane Lions AFL club captain Tom Rockliff has listed another of his Queensland properties for rent.Rockliff moved to South Australia late last year to play for Port Adelaide.In November he took his Morningside home to auction and then listed it for rent after it failed to sell.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoInside the Cannon Hill home being offered for rent. Picture: realestate.com.auProperty records reveal now that another property listed under his name, at Shrapnel Rd, Cannon Hill is also listed for rent for $750 a week.The split-level home is airconditioned and there are two bedrooms upstairs and two bedrooms downstairs.It has a timber rear deck and is available for rent through Rebecca Houghton of McGrath Bulimba — Balmoral.
Joseph Mariathasan assesses the merit of so-called activist fundsKarl Marx is not the economist whose views most fund managers would claim to follow. But if you ever visit his grave at the once fashionable Victorian cemetery in Highgate, North London, you will see the epitaph inscribed beneath his bust: “The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it.” Some fund managers have taken this axiom very much to heart and, in their interactions with the companies they follow, seek not just to interpret the information they get but to change the companies themselves.In the US, activist investing has been around for decades, but there is some evidence indicating it is increasing. In 2015, the number of companies receiving public demands by an activist investor grew by 16%, according to Activist Insight. But activist funds have not been getting good press recently. Activist firm ValueAct, for example, was the driving force behind the growth of now struggling pharmaceutical company Valeant. Concerns about the impact of activist firms in encouraging very short-term focus by management in the US has led to two US Senate Democrats introducing a bill in March co-sponsored by Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat, and presidential contender Bernie Sanders of Vermont. The Bill – apparently inspired by the closure of a paper mill in Wisconsin that was the target of activist fund manager Starboard Value in 2011 – aimed to curb the behaviour of activist hedge funds.At another level, shareholder activism has been tied in with the general debate on corporate governance and the necessity for fund managers to exercise active voting. For most fund managers, this has been a chore that adds little to their ability to outperform their peers and arguably detracts from it by the amount of resources it consumes, leading to the development of engagement-overlay providers – specialist providers that do not manage the underlying investment but provide voting and engagement services to asset owners. But perhaps the deepest criticism of activist intervention of this type are the arguments marshalled by commentators such as Arjuna Sittambalam, who believes corporate-governance activism can stifle enterprise and damage investment returns. Sittampalam’s assertion in his 2004 book – Corporate Governance Activism: Desirable Doctrine or Damaging Dogma? – is that fund managers, instead of pressurising for change, should stick to selling the stocks they dislike, while company management should be left to get on with their jobs, something that, in most cases, they are better equipped to do than a fund manager. Moreover, it is the existence of accountable and independent boards that should be taking the role of ensuring management does not cause the company’s decline through mismanagement.The debate over the role and benefits of shareholder activism is likely to run and run and ultimately will depend on the other checks and balances inherent in the local financial environment, which still can differ significantly from one developed economy to the next. In the US, shareholders have less power and rights than in the UK, so an activist shareholder has to take a much more aggressive approach to influence boards and chief executives.What may be clearer is that taking some of the private equity disciplines and applying them to selected listed companies may be able to produce substantial benefits. However, with such a high level of engagement with a small number of small and mid-cap stocks, the capacity constraints for an activist manager are important. At these levels, activist funds may be profitable for their investors, but they are hardly likely to change the world.Joseph Mariathasan is a contributing editor at IPE
The merrymaking will start at 8:30 a.m. andend by around noon. There is a proposal to stage the Kasadyahanevery September, the National Tourism Month. No, the inmates won’t be joining this Saturdaymorning merrymaking event confined on the whole stretch of JM Basa Street inthe City Proper. They will be making the costumes of the drummers ofparticipating barangays/tribes. Nevertheless, Layson said, the IFFI will begiving subsidy to participating tribes. Layson said the inmates would be weaving orsewing the costumes designed by Ilonggo artists. The Iloilo District Jail has some 200 inmates,according to Jose Layson Jr., co-chairman of Iloilo Festivals Foundation,Inc.’s (IFFI) New and Special Events Group. “Kasadyahan should be distinct from Dinagyang.It must have its own identity,” said Tourism regional director Helen Catalbas. The IFFI has decided to do away with Kasadyahan.The Department of Tourism supported the decision. The inmates would thus be making some 400drummer costumes. ILOILO City – Female inmates of the IloiloDistrict Jail in Barangay Nanga, Pototan, Iloilo will take part in theDinagyang sa Calle Real on Jan. 25, 2020, a new feature of the DinagyangFestival. Dinagyang sa Calle Real is the activityreplacing the Kasadyahan, a contest among various homegrown festivals inWestern Visayas held a day before the Dinagyang ati tribes competition. Kasadyahan has leveled up through the years,she said, noting the improvements in the competing contingents’ choreographies,costumes, music, props, and concepts. So far, 10 barangay-based tribes haveconfirmed their participation. These are Aninipay, Molave, Parianon, Hamili,Panaad, Angola, Sagrada, Milagrosa, Kanyaw, and Bolilaonon – each with 40drummers. The city government has tasked IFFI to handlethe 2020 edition of Dinagyang. He also clarified that Dinagyang sa Calle Realis not a contest but “purely a merrymaking activity for the people.” The Kasadyahan cultural contest wasconceptualized by local residents and the provincial government of Iloilo a fewyears after the birth of Dinagyang Festival. But it actually started as out asmardi gras. The participants were schools and private organizations./PN
Statewide—The Indiana State Department of Health has reported that 370 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 Tuesday. A total of 32,437 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. To date, 235,333 tests have been reported to ISDH at a 13.8% positive rate and 21 new deaths were reported for a total of 1871 Hoosiers have died to date.Decatur County has a total of 224 positive cases and 31 deaths, Franklin County has 106 positive cases and 8 deaths, and Ripley County has 113 positive cases and 6 deaths according to numbers reported to the Indiana State Department of Health.