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first_imgMore than 100 of Georgia’s county commissioners, officials and staff put on their walking shoes early Monday morning, April 14 for a Wellness Walk to encourage physical activity among Georgians. The event was sponsored by University of Georgia Extension’s Walk Georgia, The Coca-Cola Foundation, Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and Local Government Risk Management Services, Inc., and was part of the annual ACCG conference, held last week in Savannah. “I love to exercise,” said Doug Derrer, Forsyth County Board of Commissioners county manager. “I thought it was a good idea to get this group to walk and exercise together.” Preston Little, of Walton County, whose father, Kevin Little, is chairman of the Walton County Board of Commissioners and incoming ACCG president, was the first to complete the Wellness Walk. The near two-mile walk started and ended on River Street. Commissioners received one continuing education credit for participating in the walk. Area 4-H’ers assisted at the event and applauded the commissioners and staff for setting the example of being physically active. “They’re leaders; if they can do it, we can do it,” said Anna Morris, an event volunteer from Chatham County 4-H. “They’re not just supporting people; they’re getting out there and doing what they’re supporting,” said Marci Delcampo, an event volunteer from Effingham County 4-H. Commissioners were given pedometers at the start of the conference to track their steps; prizes were doled out by ACCG based on who had the most steps by the end of the Wellness Walk. Wiley Grady, a Thomas County commissioner, won this award with more than 78,000 steps by the end of the walking event. Walk Georgia, run jointly by UGA Extension and the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences, is a free, web-based program that allows Georgians to track their physical activity online and virtually “walk” the state. The program also publishes a daily blog and weekly newsletter with recipes and information on varying wellness and nutrition topics, health-related apps and websites, and state parks. Through a $1 million, three-year gift from The Coca-Cola Foundation, Walk Georgia aims to reach 100,000 Georgians and decrease the number of physically inactive Georgians by 5 percent over the next few years. The spring session of Walk Georgia closes on April 26. For more information or to register, visit www.walkgeorgia.org. For more information on the UGA Obesity Initiative, see obesity.ovpr.uga.edu.last_img read more

CVPS shareholders overwhelmingly approve sale to Gaz Métro

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first_imgWith virtually no opposition, shareholders of Central Vermont Public Service Corp (NYSE-CV) have approved the sale of the company to Gaz Métro Limited Partnership in voting that concluded this morning.  Gaz Métro is the parent company of Green Mountain Power and Vermont Gas Systems; CVPS and GMP will ultimately merge into one Vermont company after the sale is completed in 2012. Shareholders began voting in late summer by phone, mail and Internet, and final votes were cast today at a special shareholder meeting in Rutland.  Over 75 percent of the outstanding shares of the company were represented at the meeting, and of those, more than 97 percent voted in support of the $702 million sale. ‘This is a critical milestone in the sale process,’ said CVPS President and CEO Larry Reilly.  ‘The overwhelming support of CVPS shareholders demonstrates the soundness of the agreement and the value it will provide to CVPS’s owners, customers, employees and other constituents.’ ‘I am very pleased that CVPS shareholders have accepted our offer and merger proposal, which will create one strong electric utility to help our Vermont customers save hundreds of millions of dollars over the next 20 years by combining CVPS and GMP service areas,’ said GMP President and CEO Mary Powell, who will lead the new company. ‘These savings will allow families, businesses and communities to reinvest to strengthen Vermont, which is so important for our economic vitality.’       Earlier this week, CVPS received clearance for the sale from the Federal Trade Commission.  The transaction must still be approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Vermont Public Service Board, among others.  The PSB has already held one pre-hearing conference and has set a preliminary schedule for the docket, with a workshop in October, a public hearing on Nov. 1, and technical hearings in February. The sale agreement provides significant benefits for customers, communities, employees and shareholders, including $144 million in customer savings over 10 years, benefits for low-income customers, and the establishment of the Headquarters for Operations and Energy Innovation in Rutland.  Savings will not be achieved through layoffs ‘ other than some executive officers ‘ but instead through natural retirements and attrition, which will allow for the smooth integration of both companies’ workforces. The all-cash transaction will provide CVPS shareholders $35.25 per common share, a 45 percent premium over the closing price of $24.32 immediately prior to the announcement of the previous agreement CVPS had reached with Fortis Inc.  The CVPS board of directors terminated the agreement with Fortis after deeming ‘superior’ the offer from Gaz Métro. ‘The sale will create one much-stronger company, which will capitalize on the strengths of both CVPS and GMP,’ Reilly said.  ‘The new company will continue to provide the top-quality service for which both companies are known, and will build on the environmental, renewable energy and community-focused programs they have developed individually.’  Powell and Reilly said now that CV’s shareholders have voted with such overwhelming support, the focus will turn to gaining the remaining required regulatory approvals, particularly the approval of the PSB. ‘CVPS and GMP will work together to provide regulators with a clear view of the tremendous benefits the sale and merger will provide to customers and Vermont as a whole,’ Powell and Reilly said.  ‘We are extremely optimistic that they will find the sale to be in the public interest, and that the combined company will be uniquely positioned to provide high-quality, affordable and clean energy services for decades to come.’ About Central Vermont Public ServiceCVPS, the largest electric utility in Vermont, serves more than 160,000 customers in 163 cities and towns across Vermont.  The company is a three-time winner of the Edison Electric Institute’s national Emergency Recovery Award, and CVPS Cow Powerâ ¢ won the 2009 U.S. Department of Energy Utility Green Program of the Year Award.  CVPS has been listed by Forbes Magazine as one of the most trusted companies in America for more than five years. About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in Vermont and is a leader in wind and solar generation. It serves more than 96,000 customers. About Gaz MétroWith over $3.6 billion in assets, Gaz Métro is Quebec’s leading natural gas distributor. Its 10,000-kilometer network serves 300 municipalities. Gaz Métro has operated in this regulated industry since 1957 and is the trusted energy provider to its customers in Quebec and Vermont, who choose natural gas for its competitive price, efficiency, comfort and environmental benefits. Gaz Métro is also present in the electricity distribution market and is involved in natural gas transportation and storage, the development of projects such as wind power, natural gas as fuel for the transportation industry, and biomethanation. Gaz Métro is committed to the satisfaction of its customers, partners, employees and the communities it serves.Forward-Looking StatementsStatements contained in this press release that are not historical fact are forward-looking statements intended to qualify for the safe-harbors from the liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements made that are not historical facts are forward-looking and, accordingly, involve estimates, assumptions, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements.  Some of the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in such forward-looking statements include: the occurrence of any event, effect or change that could give rise to a termination of the definitive agreement entered into with Gaz Métro; the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against CV and others following announcement of the agreement; the inability to complete the transaction due to the failure to obtain shareholder approval or the failure to satisfy other conditions to the completion of the transaction, including the receipt of certain regulatory approvals; risks that the proposed transaction disrupts current plans and operations and creates potential difficulties in employee retention; and the amount of the costs, fees, expenses and charges related to the transaction. These and other risk factors are detailed in CV’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. CV cannot predict the outcome of any of these matters; accordingly, there can be no assurance that such indicated results will be realized. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date of this press release. CV does not undertake any obligation to publicly release any revision to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release.CVPS. 9.29.2011last_img read more


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first_imgThe building in Letterkenny which houses the NowDoc offices.The HSE is spending €86,400 a year renting the NowDoc building in Letterkenny, auction documents have shown.Auction details of the building at Oldtown Road has revealed that the HSE has paid rent on the building for the past decade.A reduced rent of €59,000 is currently being negotiated between the HSE and the current owner. Details of the rental agreement are contained in an All-Sop auction brochure which was published last night.The NowDoc offices is one of two joint-buildings to go under the hammer as one lot at the auction in Dublin on October 22nd.The other building is the Dizzy Rascals play centre which has a rent of €15,000 each year.The current combined rent from the 14,000 sq ft warehouse is €101,400. The reserve price on the warehouse office unit has been put at between €490,000 and €540,000.The tenant information posted with the All-Sop brochure for prospective buyers says “The HSE is a public sector organisation with an annual budget of approximately €13 billion, it is also Ireland’s largest employer with approximately 67,000 employees.”There are a total of three Donegal properties for auction at the All-Sop auction.The other two include the Magnolia Restaurant in Letterkenny which has a reserve price of €30,000 and also a half acre of land in Bridgend with a reserve price of €5,000. REVEALED: HSE IS PAYING €86,400 A YEAR TO RENT NOWDOC OFFICES IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: October 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare 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:All SopauctiondonegalHSEletterkennyNowDocrentlast_img read more