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Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott to present ‘Green Restaurant’ award to the Wayside Restaurant in Montpelier

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first_imgLieutenant Governor Phil Scott will recognize the owners of the Wayside Restaurant in Montpelier in a “green restaurant” award presentation on Tuesday, May 3.Scott will join a representative from the Vermont Small Business Development Center in presenting an award to Wayside owners Brian and Karen Zecchinelli for becoming Vermont’s fifth “green restaurant.” An important part of this designation is the amount of local produce that goes into the menu at the Wayside. In recognition of this fact, a group of Central Vermont farmers will also be on hand at the event, which will run from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. The public is welcome to attend and stay for an a la carte dinner.”I congratulate the Zecchinellis for their commitment to helping their neighbors and reducing their environmental footprint,” Scott said. “The “Buy Local” movement is something I intend to promote as Lt. Governor. In addition to recognizing the Wayside, I also hope this event can kick off a spring and summer “Buy Local Tour” where I’ll be appearing at parades, fairs and farmers’ markets across the state to encourage more Vermonters to shop locally.”Scott entered a “Buy Local” group in the St. Albans Maplefest Parade earlier this month, and representatives of his office will also have a presence in the Rutland Loyalty Day Parade this coming Sunday. At each of these events, Scott has organized a group of local businesspeople to march behind a “Buy Local” banner. Scott intends to continue this theme at parades across the state this spring and summer.Soruce: Scott’s office. 4.28.2011last_img read more

A Common Threat

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first_img Southern Cone countries have realized that halting the drug flow through their territory begins with secure borders. As the shortest route between their cocaine-producing Andean neighbors and West Africa, a major conduit to the European drug market, the Southern Cone has increased as a transit point for shipping cocaine to consumer markets abroad. The illicit trade in turn threatens the local population with a growing sense of insecurity, the presence of criminal organizations and armed gangs, and as many as 2.4 million drug users on the continent, according to 2010 U.N. figures. “It is easier to secure drugs at the border than to secure drugs at the ports,” said Oslain Santana, coordinator of the counternarcotics unit of the Brazilian Federal Police, explaining that once drugs have entered the country, they are redistributed to numerous traffickers. Brazil increased the number of police officers by 90 percent between 2007 and 2010. In the past three to four years, Santana told Diálogo in an interview from Brasilia that new police officers spend their first tour assigned to the state of Amazonas, which borders Peru and Colombia. The country also increased its training and cooperation with Paraguay, Bolivia and Uruguay. In 2010, an agreement was signed with Colombia to allow an officer exchange program this year. Skills training with regional, European and U.S. officials takes place regularly in Brazil covering topics including money laundering, drug interdiction in ports and airports and use of canines. In Brazil, technological innovations have included electronic surveillance on the border, unmanned aerial vehicles and greater information sharing with international agencies such as Interpol, as well as internal intelligence gathering. Santana said that his nation’s collaboration with the U.S. government goes back 20 years. “We are very grateful in large part for the technology and investigation techniques used for drug interdiction,” he said. Santana added that while drug interdiction is primarily the responsibility of the Federal Police, informal relationships with the Brazilian military are vital for sharing logistical information and requesting assistance in the form of boats and helicopters to track down traffickers. Sean Waite, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA, country attaché in Chile, told Diálogo in an e-mail interview that larger scale trafficking is more common at the northern borders of Chile and through the ports of Arica and Iquique, near Peru and Bolivia. Some 40 percent of border drug seizures in 2010 also took place in Paso Los Libertadores according to the government; the pass is located directly east of the major port of Valparaiso on Chile’s border with Argentina and the largest access route to the capital of Santiago. The Chilean government announced in February 2011 an investment of $35 million for a new border complex, and 10,000 more Carabineros police to help fight narcotrafficking and organized crime, according to the Chilean government website, www.gob.cl. Chile has also increased surveillance of containers at its ports and upgraded border surveillance technology along its northern borders with Peru and Bolivia, including the use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Lucia Dammert, an analyst with the nongovernmental Global Consortium on Security Transformation in Santiago, said Chile has become part of the network of drug routes feeding consumer markets internally and in Brazil and Argentina. “It is important to recognize that this is a regional problem,” she said. Maritime trafficking hot spots have emerged in the border zones to the north of the country. “There are ports that receive much more transit of goods, much more transit of people, and in this, we can see a greater presence in drug trafficking,” she said. The Chilean police have also received training from a variety of sources, including the DEA Academy’s International Training Section, according to Waite. In 2009, Argentina identified dozens of illegal airstrips near its borders with Paraguay and Bolivia. New military radar stations were installed and legislation was enacted to allow for immediate information sharing between provincial and federal police forces, according to industry forecaster Global Insight. Drug violence Across the region, countries are noticing increases in violent crime associated with the drug trade. In Argentina, a triple murder in 2008 gripped the attention of Buenos Aires residents and drew notice to the violence associated with drug trafficking. Drug violence in Brazil is often associated with powerful gangs. “In this country, we have observed that violence is intimately connected to the trafficking of drugs,” said Santana, noting the relationship between arms trafficking and drug trafficking. Dammert believes that while Chile is not known for large scale drug seizures, the real threat in the country is the rise in violence and crime associated with drug consumption. “A significant percentage of crimes that take place in the country are done by people who are drug addicts, or who are looking for money to buy drugs, or by people who live in the world of trafficking,” she said, adding that a recent study by Fundacion Paz Ciudadana (Citizen Peace Foundation) in Santiago found that 80 percent of those detained had consumed drugs in the 24 hours prior to their arrest. “This is perhaps one of the top concerns in Chile, the increase in insecurity, or the feeling of safety,” Dammert said. By Dialogo April 01, 2011center_img Security experts acknowledged to Diálogo there is more to be done to combat this threat. Santana advocates regional cooperation through information sharing and training. “Brazil is encouraging information exchange,” he said, noting the DEA as an example for the region. “We are trying to apply the same policy with countries here in the Southern Cone with respect to producers of cocaine and marijuana.” Chile’s Dammert believes steps have been taken toward regional collaboration, but she said the road is still long, “Even if we do not have high levels of violence, we have to begin to review the best ways to prevent these groups from establishing themselves by strengthening the institutions of government and, above all, look at the role each country plays in the varied world of crime.”last_img read more

Dave Davies of The Kinks Invades Suffolk Theater

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Fueled by two brothers sharing a penchant for messy power chords and infectious melodies, English rockers The Kinks’ explosive, raw style and catchy tunes embody the spirit and dirty, jagged riffs that would inspire punk and heavy metal and revolutionize rock and roll.Formed in 1964, with a foundation in late ’50s R&B, brothers Ray and Dave Davies, Pete Quaife and Mick Avory branded their own form of traditional rock by tossing out the rule books and simply having fun. In turn, they influenced generations of bands and musicians and helped spawn the raw, visceral sounds of such musical deviants as the Ramones and Clash, Van Halen, Blur, Oasis, Green Day, Nirvana, and countless others.Their 1964 chart-topping single “You Really Got Me”—immediately recognizable by its quick succession of dissonant, choppy chords—led the charge. Described as “a love song for street kids” by the tune’s architect, The Kinks’ lead guitarist Dave Davies, the song dismantled the myth that only seasoned, well-trained musicians could achieve stardom and radio play, and went on to inspire legions throughout the decades to pick up a guitar and launch their own sonic revolutions—its simple structure and rough sound serving as the blueprint. It was aided by Davies’ slashing the amp cone with a razor blade.The Kinks became infamous components of the late wave of the British Invasion and recorded more than two dozen albums since their formation—at the center of it all resides the imaginative guitar work and craftsmanship of Dave Davies, who will be ripping through an unforgettable set of Kinks classics as well as his own solo efforts at Suffolk Theater in Riverhead on Saturday, April 22.Even if you don’t blatantly identify yourself as a fan, you know the songs: Besides “You Really Got Me,” the group’s ear candy arsenal includes “Tired of Waiting for You,” “All Day & All of the Night,” “Picture Book,” “Lola,” “Victoria,” and dozens of others. And don’t ever forget Dave Davies’ melancholy masterpiece, “Death of a Clown.”In 2003, Dave Davies was ranked 91st in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” and for damn good reason. Do not miss out on this phenomenal chance to experience this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and the supreme glory that is The Kinks in this extraordinary and intimate venue!Repeat: Don’t miss this gig!Featured Photo: Dave Davies, legendary guitarist for The Kinks, rocks Suffolk Theater in Riverhead on April 22! (Photo: Robert Loerzel via Dave Davies official Facebook profile)Dave Davies, lead guitarist for the legendary band The Kinks will be destroying Suffolk Theater, located at 118 East Main Street in Riverhead, on Saturday, April 22. Tickets are $49, $60 & $65. For more information about this amazing show and to purchase tickets, visit suffolktheater.com!last_img read more

Tech Time: Policies and vendors and staff! Oh, my!

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first_imgThe infamous Carbanak cybergang was uncovered in 2015 after its members had stolen more than $1 billion from over 100 banks worldwide. Notably, the group began each cyber-heist with a simple spear phishing attack aimed at individual employee computers.All it took for the heist to work was one employee clicking on an infected email link or attachment. This click would inject malware into that one computer which, in turn, infiltrated the internal network and installed information-gathering spyware on administrative computers. From there, it was relatively simple for the attackers to mimic the bank clerks’ activities, allowing them to hijack e-payment systems, inflate internal account balances and even program ATMs to dispense cash.Fiendishly clever? Yes. Surprisingly easy for the thieves to execute? Yes, again. Let’s look at some lessons your credit union can learn from such a simple but effective attack.We want to note that we believe in the points we are about to make in this article because we do them ourselves. At PSCU and its consulting group, Advisors Plus, we emphasize employee education, implement proper vendor controls and create easily understood information protection policies. Each of these has proven to be a cost-effective, common-sense way to protect information and financial assets. 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Good Governance: A case for reaching higher

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first_imgThe Federal Reserve In August, the Federal Reserve published its Proposed Guidance on Supervisory Expectation for Boards of Directors and invited comment and discussion on the subject of better performance though better governance—a topic near and dear to us at Quantum Governance.These proposed guidelines, which apply directly to the boards of directors of banks and savings and loans (not credit unions), seek to “establish principles regarding effective boards of directors focused on the performance of a board’s core responsibilities.” These proposed guidelines are inspired largely by the 2007-2009 financial crisis and are designed around supporting “safety and soundness.” While we applaud any effort to improve governance, we are concerned that these guidelines are too focused on the oversight or a “supervisory” role for the board. That is, they are concerned largely with mitigating exposure to risk and, as such, promote a narrow view of the board’s role in governance. Even though the proposed guidelines do not directly apply to credit unions, we think it is vital to comment, as there are natural parallels to credit union governance.The Fed’s proposal seeks to better distinguish the role of the board from that of management by encouraging the board to focus on its core responsibilities: (1) setting clear, aligned and consistent direction; (2) actively managing information flow and board discussions; (3) holding senior management accountable; (4) supporting the independence and stature of independent risk management and internal audits; and (5) maintaining a capable board composition and governance structure. continue reading »center_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Indonesia ready to assist citizen confirmed with COVID-19 in Australia

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first_imgThe department is seeking to contact anyone who was traveling on Virgin Airlines flight VA682 from Perth to Melbourne on March 2, which was the flight taken by the patient when she was already showing symptoms of the respiratory illness.The Indonesian Health Ministry’s Disease Control and Prevention Director General Achmad Yurianto said his ministry had coordinated with Indonesian representatives in the neighboring country to trace the patient’s travel records. Achmad, however, asserted that his office believed the patient “did not contract the virus in Indonesia”.Authorities worldwide, including in Indonesia and Australia, are on high alert over the coronavirus epidemic that has killed more than 4,000 and infected more than 110,000 people in more than 100 countries, AFP reported. According to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, Australia recorded 91 confirmed cases as of Tuesday, while Indonesia recorded 19 cases on its soil. Citizens have been advised to regularly wash their hands with soap and take care of their health as the best means of protecting themselves against the virus.Topics : “However, as she is an Indonesian citizen then she has to understand that if she needs help, our representative [in Australia] is ready to help her at any time,” Retno said on Monday.News of the patient made rounds on Sunday after the Victorian Health Department issued a public statement saying the patient “who is now well and in home-isolation” was the 12th confirmed COVID-19 case in Victoria. The woman, who flew from Jakarta to Perth on Feb. 27, tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday.Read also: COVID-19: More Indonesian travelers The government is ready to give assistance to an Indonesian woman in her 50s who recently tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus in the Australian state of Victoria, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi says. Retno said that she had met with Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Gary Quinlan in Jakarta on Monday to clarify the citizenship status of the woman, who was later confirmed to be an Indonesian citizen holding an Australian permanent residency visa. She told reporters the Indonesian government “will try to get more information about her” while at the same time respecting her privacy. last_img read more

Lecturer challenges Constitutional Court Law at Constitutional Court

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first_img“The academic script of the revision lacks fundamental reasons. That is apparent from the errors in the research methodology, which is not supported by accurate data,” the plaintiff wrote in the petition.He further challenged Article 15 of the revised law that increases the minimum age for justices to 55 years, arguing that the court’s own ruling made under Constitutional Court No. 7/2013 stipulated a minimum age of 47 years for justices in the nine-head panel.This provision is also deemed to close the opportunity for those who are not yet 55 years old to become judges.Read also: Explainer: The problem with the ‘cosmetic’ Constitutional Court Law revision A university lecturer has challenged the revised Constitutional Court Law that increases the maximum term and minimum age for the court’s justices, arguing that the provisions as well as the deliberation process of the law violate the 1945 Constitution.The plaintiff, Allan Fatchan Gani, a lecturer at Indonesia Islamic University’s (UII) Law School, filed the judicial review petition at the court on Tuesday, challenging both the legislation process and the revised content of the law.In his petition, Allan argued that the deliberation for the revision violated lawmaking procedures stipulated in Article 22A of the1945 Constitution because of a lack of transparency and little public participation. Allan demanded that the court repeal the provisions that increase the judicial term to 15 years and allow justices to serve in office until the age of 70, noting that a longer judicial term opened the potential of abuse of power.Based on the previous version of the law, justices could only serve for five years, after which they could be reelected for a second five-year term.”The removal of this provision has eliminated the monitoring and evaluation function for the justices, because we no longer have fit and proper test procedures when they are to be reelected for a second term,” the plaintiff said.The House of Representatives passed the revision to the 2003 Constitutional Court law on Sept. 1, following only eight days of deliberation that started on Aug. 24, making the revision one of the fastest ever in the House’s history.Legal experts have criticized the revision, particularly questioning the absence of urgency for amending the law as well as the lack of transparency and public involvement in the process.Some civil rights groups have also raised fears that the revision would undermine the court’s impartiality and that it was a “political swap” to influence the court’s future decisions on petitions challenging numerous controversial bills and laws, including the contentious Job Creation Law.The Constitutional Court in 2017 rejected a petition for judicial review of the Constitutional Court Law to challenge a plan to introduce a lifetime tenure for the court’s justices, citing the lack of a legal basis.Topics :last_img read more

Wolf Administration Approves Funding to Help Homeless Families in Pennsylvania

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first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter December 03, 2018 Government That Works,  Human Services,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced more than $5 million in funding to help homeless families and promote homelessness prevention across the commonwealth. The funding is provided from the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program.“Combating homelessness and preventing someone from becoming homeless in the first place is a priority of my administration,” said Governor Wolf. “Our goal is simple: to eliminate homelessness in the commonwealth. These grants are another step in achieving that goal.”The ESG funding falls into four categories: rapid rehousing, homelessness prevention, street outreach, and emergency shelter. Rapid rehousing helps individuals and families who are homeless, fleeing violence, or living in a home not suitable for human habitation. Homelessness prevention helps families who are currently housed but may be in jeopardy of losing their housing. Street outreach connects unsheltered homeless individuals with emergency shelter and/or health services. Emergency shelter funding supports costs associated with operating an emergency shelter and renovations.The $5,276,043 in ESG funding was approved for the following areas:Adams County $64,193Allegheny County $200,000Armstrong County $265,020Beaver County $45,000Bedford County $97,300Blair County $350,000Bradford County $50,000Bucks County $25,000Butler County $64,194Carbon County $79,200Chester County $237,848City of Philadelphia $200,000Clinton County $99,639Crawford County $50,000Cumberland County $99,639Dauphin County $191,736Franklin County $279,972Indiana County $145,295Lawrence County Social Services, Inc. $1,276,142McKean County $112,259Mercer County $197,507Monroe County $329,953Montgomery County $155,625Schuylkill County $330,652Tioga County $50,000Union-Snyder Community Action Agency $150,000Wayne County $129,868For more information, on the Emergency Solutions Grant visit DCED, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.center_img Wolf Administration Approves Funding to Help Homeless Families in Pennsylvanialast_img read more

ATTF lists Toriola, Oshonaike, Quadri for Olympic Qualifiers

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first_img African champions Omar Assar and Dina Meshref of Egypt tops the list in the mixed doubles event. Others are Gedeon Kassa and Cyntia Nzangani (Congo DRC), Segun Toriola and Olufunke Oshonaike (Nigeria), Ahmed Djamal and Rahma Houssein (Djibouti), Fadwa Garci and Mamia Thameur (Tunisia), Sami Kherouf and Lynda Loghraibi (Algeria) Godfrey Sultan and Christy Bristol (Seychelles). According to the prospectus, the singles event (men and women) shall played in a round robin system with the players expected to be drawn into groups of four based on the decision of the jury. From the first stage, the winners and runners-up of all groups will be drawn in the second stage to play another round robin system to decide the top four positions that will qualify for the Olympic Games. The mixed doubles event shall be played in a simple knockout from the beginning to the final and the winning pair will be directly qualify to Tokyo 2020 as Africa’s representative in the Japan. Read Also:ATTF postpones table tennis kick-off in Morocco The allotment of the players in groups will also be based on the latest African ranking list for February 2020 in singles and mixed doubles, while all matches in all stages for all events to be best of seven games. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Being the final opportunity for African players to be part of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan, the African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF) has released the list of players that will compete in the singles and mixed doubles qualification event scheduled for February 27 to 29 in Tunisia. Segun Toriola is one of Nigeria’s medal hopefuls in the Table Tennis event Eight players made up of four men and four women in singles including one mixed doubles pair will qualify for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tunisia. Already, Egypt as African champions in men and women team event has picked the African sole slot in team event while two men and two women from the Egyptian team will feature in the singles event of Tokyo 2020. Nigeria’s duo of Segun Toriola and Olufunke Oshonaike will be eyeing history as Toriola will be aiming for eighth Olympics appearance as the first African athlete while Oshonaike will be targeting seventh outing as the first African female player.Each national association is expected to present two players each in the singles event of men and women and one team in the mixed doubles event Topping the list of the field of men’s singles heading to Tunis is Africa’s number one ranked player, Aruna Quadri of Nigeria as well as his compatriot – Olajide Omotayo. Others listed for the men’s singles event are Gedeon Kassa and Diawaku Diamuangana (Congo DRC), Habeb Alajaebi and Salh Abodib (Libya), Ibrahima Diaw and Hamidou Sow (Senegal), Derek Abrefa and Emmanuel Commey (Ghana), Ahmed Djamal (Djibouti), Kizito Oba Oba and Kanate Ali (Cote d’Ivoire), Dodji Kokou Fanny and Mawussi Agbetoglo (Togo), Saheed Idowu and Christ Bienatiki (Congo Brazzaville), Adam Hmam and Kerem Ben Yahia (Tunisia), Sami Kherouf and Larbi Bouriah (Algeria), Brian Mutua and Josiah Wandera (Kenya), Godfrey Sultan (Seychelles), Monday Olabiyi (Benin Republic), Jonathan Nativel and Stephen Ravonison (Madagascar). The women has Flavia Kimbu and Cyntia Nzangani (Congo DRC), Sarah Hanffou (Cameroun), Offiong Edem and Olufunke Oshonaike (Nigeria), Rahma Houssein (Djibouti), Nandeshwaree Jalim (Mauritius), Marta Gulti (Ethiopia), Abir Salah Haj and Fadwa Garci (Tunisia), Lynda Loghraibi and Katia Kessaci (Algeria), Doreen Juma and Lydia Setey (Kenya) and Christy Bristol (Seychelles). Loading…last_img read more

Mane to earn millions from Liverpool’s EPL victory

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first_imgSadio Mane has trademarked his name as Liverpool players prepare to cash in on Premier League title glory with millions in endorsements. Mane is on the verge of claiming his first EPL title The superstar striker has been interviewed in an “SM10” cap and has registered his brand with the Government’s Intellectual Property Office, The Telegraph says. Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar each scoop £20milion-plus from a string of endorsement, making them sport’s top earners overall. Harry Kane and Gareth Bale are among other big names to trademark their brands, promoting items like men’s products and clothes. And with the Reds 25 points clear in the Premier League, their first crown since 2001 would be a huge marketing asset for a club with such long-established global following. Social media, too, has also become a major earner for the world’s most-followed footballers. Juventus hero Ronaldo pockets make around £38m a year from Instagram posts, twice the sum made by Messi. Loading… David Beckham is said to rake in £8.6m, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic on £3.2m. But as for endorsements, Senegal ace Mane’s fame is Africa could be his special selling point. Sports marketing consultant Nigel Currie, of NC Partnerships, told The Telegraph: “Success is important in terms of marketability. “Having that badge on your CV as not only a Champions League winner but a Premier League winner is pretty important. “We have seen in the Far East with Son Heung-min and other players who have been able to crack that market, it is hugely lucrative. Read Also:Rangers to turn down permanent deal for Ojo “Africa may not be as lucrative but it is still a very big and important market. Being the player of the year is significant and can capture a home market ahead of others.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MorePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiWhat’s Up With All The Female Remakes?last_img read more