Governor announces 14 climate change grants

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas today announced that another 14 energy efficiency projects have been selected to receive almost $150,000 in funding from the Vermont Community Climate Change Grant Program. All told, these projects will reduce about 100 tons of greenhouse emissions – the equivalent of taking 16 cars off the road or not burning more than 10,000 galloons of gas, the Governor said.“It’s inspiring to see such strong grass-roots interest in energy efficiency and for doing Vermont’s part to combat climate change,” the Governor said.  “From Shrewsbury to Strafford, Vermonters are making improvements that will not only keep CO2 out of the air, but will also save individuals and taxpayers money.”In one project, Harwood Union High School is teaming up with Freeaire Refrigeration Systems of Warren to significantly reduce the cost and energy needed for the cafeteria’s refrigerators.Freeaire taps into the greatest source of refrigeration ever created: winter.  It uses cold outside air to cool a space, simply by using what nature has so kindly made available, to give the entire compressor system a winter vacation.  The high school expects to reduce CO2 emissions by 10.5 tons per year.Other projects include:Village of Essex Junction: $11,000 for a methane gas recapture system for the wastewater facility, which will provide heat and hot water for the facility. Annual emissions reduction – 9.5 tons.Town of Shrewsbury: $10,832 to upgrade and weatherize the town office and emergency shelter. Annual emissions reduction – 7 tons.Town of South Hero: $9,684 to replace the heating system, upgrade lighting and replace exterior doors at the town office building. Annual emissions reduction – 6.5 tons.Town of Underhill: $12,000 seal and insulate the town hall. Annual emissions reduction – 11.5 tons.Plainfield Fire & Rescue: $12,000 to weatherize the 1854 squad building. Annual emissions reduction – 10 tons.Lamoille Union School District: $12,000 to install photovoltaic panels to power the storage garage for the cross country trails.  Career center students will build the structure and net metering will generate credits for the campus. Annual emissions reduction – 2 tons.Richford Town School District: $12,000 to replace lighting at the high school gym. Annual emissions reduction – 16 tons.Yestermorrow Design/Build School of Warren: $11,850 to install a solar hot water system and create a demonstration project. Annual emissions reduction – 3 tons.Leicester School District: $8204 for lighting upgrades. Annual emissions reduction – 4 tons.Town of Moretown: $12,000 for weatherization and lighting upgrades at the town hall. Annual emissions reduction – 6 tons.Town of Waitsfield: $6515 to insulate and weatherize the Joslin Library. Annual emissions reduction – 6.5 tons.Worcester Historical Society: $9753 to weatherize and insulate the building. Annual emissions reduction – 2.5 tons.United Church of Strafford: $11,810 to install energy efficient lighting and weatherize the parish hall, including “the Ark,” an outdoor playground structure which doubles as a mini-stage for performances. Annual emissions reduction – 4.5 tons. Source: Governor’s office. 9/4/2009last_img read more

Legal Roundup

first_img Legal RoundupAbel Band University: Abel Band in Sarasota has launched a new firm-wide education, development, and knowledge management program. Known as Abel Band University, the program operates as the firm’s conduit for continuing education and development programs for both attorneys and nonattorneys. The university’s primary purpose is to enhance business and legal skills so that all staff and attorneys are better educated to deliver the highest level of client service possible. The university provides educational opportunities utilizing technology and other media that enable lawyers to participate in programs within the office to minimize time away from delivering client service, while still allowing attorneys to obtain the latest and most up-to-date educational materials. Sandler Wins McEwen Award: Hillsborough County Bar’s immediate past president, William J. Schifino, Jr., presented Susan Sandler with the Red McEwen Award, given by the outgoing president to the individual who provided the most assistance during his or her term. Sandler was recognized in part for her “tireless efforts” for Lawyers for Literacy, elementary school children’s mentoring, and the West Tampa Elementary School projects and her contributions to the community and the legal profession. Sandler is a staff attorney with Bay Area Legal Services Stetson Wins: A team of students from Stetson University College of Law won the 15th Annual Cathy Bennett National Criminal Trial Competition at the annual meeting of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Santa Fe, N.M. The Stetson student team of Patricia Calhoun, Samuel Denny, Reneka Redmond, and Ruel Smith beat a student team from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law in the final round of the three-day competition to become national champions. Teams argued a hypothetical death penalty case. This is the first year a capital litigation problem was used in the competition. Rogers Towers Honored: Jacksonville Area Legal Aid presented Rogers Towers with its 2005 Equal Justice Award and Chief Justice Barbara Pariente was the keynote speaker at the awards reception. “For 100 years Rogers Towers has been a part of our local community,” said Michael Figgins, executive director of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid. “JALA is honored to be recognized by RT during its special anniversary with an expression of generosity that honors the entire legal profession and furthers JALA’s commitment to justice for all.” In August, JALA approached Rogers Towers for fundraising help to replace funds which were budgeted by JALA, but unexpectedly cut by governmental sources. In response to this need, the firm created a program to match individual financial contributions made by its attorneys. Gables Bar sets Holiday Luncheon: The Coral Gables Bar Association will hold its holiday luncheon December 21 from 11: 30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Norman’s located at 21 Almeria Ave in Coral Gables. The cost is $55 per person, with part of the proceeds going to CHARLEE — Children Have All Rights: Legal, Educational, Emotional — an organization that provides therapeutic, residential, and support services to abused and neglected children in Miami-Dade County. For more information contact Deborah A. Antoni, Coral Gables Bar director, at D-Antoni@msn.com. Martin County Softball: The Young Lawyers Division of the Martin County Bar hosted the Second Annual Martin County Bench, Bar, and Red Cross Youth Leadership Program Softball Game. Jack Sobel and Robert Naberhaus pitched for the two teams; Walter Woods coached from the bench. Chief Judge Roby brought his son who was a star hitter, and his daughter who helped out in the outfield. Others who participated include: Judge Lawrence Mirman, Richard Levenstein, Scott Konopka, Rep. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, R.J. Ferraro, Todd Thurlow, and Darren Steele. Nina Ferraro, and Michelle Naberhaus cheered from the sidelines. Jennifer Waters photographed the event. Marland, Passidomo Recognized: The Collier County Women’s Bar Association recently presented its “Distinguished Executive Award” to Martha Marland of Northern Trust Bank and Trust Company for leading in the “workplace with vision, determination, and compassion, and for promoting and creating a good working environment for women attorneys within her organization.” The “Woman Lawyer of the Year Award” was presented to Kathleen Passidomo for “excelling in her career, overcoming traditional stereotypes associated with women, and distinguishing herself as an outstanding practitioner of law.” Carbo and Dr. Phil: In a recent appearance on the “Dr. Phil Show,” Ft. Lauderdale attorney Michael J. Carbo demonstrated how effective mediation can resolve a highly complex child custody case. Carbo, a certified family mediator, was invited to appear on the program to help settle a bitterly fought custody case involving alternative lifestyles. The case involved a woman who became a man through a sex change operation in 1987. Two years later, he married a woman who was pregnant at the time. Then the couple had another child by artificial insemination. When the wife filed for divorce and primary residence of the children, ages 15 and 13, the case drew national attention and the two-week trial was televised on Court TV – without coming to a resolution. Carbo held a successful seven-hour mediation session in May, and then flew to Los Angeles two days later to appear on the Dr. Phil Show. Burnett to Lead Bankruptcy Lawyers: At a recent meeting of the Southwest Florida Bankruptcy Professional Association, the following officers were elected: Philip L. Burnett, president; Louis Amato, vice president; Richard A. Johnston, Jr., secretary; Gregory Champeau, treasurer. Legal Roundup December 15, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

Wijnaldum bound for Newcastle

first_img The 24-year-old is due to fly into Newcastle on Friday for a medical and Press Association Sport understands the Barclays Premier League club have agreed a fee of around 20million euros (£14.4million) for the 19-times capped Dutch midfielder. Newcastle hope to complete the deal before the squad departs for a pre-season tour of the United States this weekend. PSV Eindhoven have confirmed that Georginio Wijnaldum is on his way to England to agree personal terms with Newcastle. “Georginio Wijnaldum has left the players’ hotel in Evian-les-Bains,” PSV technical manager Marcel Brands said on the club’s official website. “The 24-year-old captain is on his way to England to reach a personal agreement there with Newcastle United.” Wijnaldum extended his PSV contract until the summer of 2018 last year and has made more than 100 appearances for the club since joining from Feyenoord in 2011. Phillip Cocu named Wijnaldum as captain following his appointment as PSV head coach in 2013 and the Rotterdam-born player impressed as the Netherlands finished third at the 2014 World Cup under Louis van Gaal. Wijnaldum scored 14 goals in 33 games last season as PSV won their 22nd Eredivisie title. If, as expected, Wijnaldum completes his move to Tyneside he will become the first signing of new Newcastle manager Steve McClaren. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Magnus Carlsen’s reaction to beating Alireza Firouzja underlines fiery fight for chess perch

first_imgMagnus Carlsen seems to sense the growing power of 16-year-old chess phenom Alireza Firouzja and the long-term threat Firouzja poses to his chess supremacy.Their rivalry has exploded lately: No. 1 Carlsen narrowly edged Firouzja in a controversial World Blitz 2019 matchup in which his rival accused him of cheating; Firzouzja returned the favor earlier this month at the Banter Blitz Cup before Carlsen beat him again at the Magnus Carlsen Invitational on Monday. Carlsen’s reaction to this week’s victory over No. 21 Firouzja — who still remains a step behind the world’s best overall — provided a look into the intensity of a one-on-one battle that could define chess in the coming years.”Truth be told, I wanted to crush him today,” Carlsen said in a postmatch interview. “A narrow win wouldn’t make up for the fact that I actually lost to the guy. … The fact that (I didn’t sweep him) pissed me off.”MORE: How chess has carved a place in pandemic timesThe World Blitz 2019 finish established a level of animosity between Carlsen and Firouzja. After Carlsen won via time, Firouzja accused him of speaking under his breath as a means of distraction. Firouzja appealed the decision and video captured him enraged at his appeal being denied.”He was talking,” Firouzja insisted to a judge. “He’s talking during the game. He’s saying something in Norwegian, I don’t know what he’s saying.”Carlsen fell to Firouzja in the Banter Blitz Cup last week — a competition he was considered a heavy favorite to win. The final game of the match is being widely considered an instant classic. Carlsen’s 2.5-1.5 match win against Firouzja on Monday in the Magnus Carlsen Invitational, meanwhile, restored his supremacy over Firouzja — for now. It’s an advantage he clearly cares about beyond a one-off round robin tournament triumph.Carlsen is nowhere near ready to cede control of his perch atop the chess world, but Firouzja is on a mission to chase him down.last_img read more

LEGAL HISTORY MADE AS FIRST VIDEO-LINK CARRIED OUT IN DONEGAL COURT

first_imgLegal history was made in the county yesterday when a video-link was used during a court case for the first time.The link was used at Letterkenny Circuit Court during the trial of a man charged with alleged sexual assault.A key witness in the case gave his evidence from Monaghan courthouse. The man’s testimony was relayed by video via two video screens at the courthouse and through a microphone system.The witness was in turn able to see the surrounds of Letterkenny Circuit Court including questions being put to him by both defence and prosecution teams.Judge John O’Hagan was also able to put questions to the witness through his own personal camera.The successful link-up lasted more than an hour.An even more ambitious link-up is to be carried out on November 16th next when a witness in a case at Letterkenny District Court is to give her evidence from Australia.* Donegaldaily.com – keeping you in touch with all that’s happening in the courts.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.LEGAL HISTORY MADE AS FIRST VIDEO-LINK CARRIED OUT IN DONEGAL COURT was last modified: November 9th, 2011 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:JUdge John O’HaganLetterkenny Circuit Courtvideo-linklast_img read more