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5 Vermont historic buildings to get $425,000 for village restoration

first_imgUS Senator Patrick Leahy and the Preservation Trust of Vermont announced that five historic downtown buildings will receive federal funds to help spur village redevelopment.  Historic buildings in Putney, Readsboro, Poultney, Richmond and Shoreham will get restoration work using a $425,000 federal grant Leahy secured for the Preservation Trust of Vermont s Village Revitalization Initiative. These historic buildings are at the very heart of the identity and economy of our communities, said Leahy.  These grants do more than ensure the stability and aesthetics of a building, they also open these buildings to the public and help to keep our villages healthy.”Our Village Revitalization Initiative has now provided significant funding for 25 community-based  projects across Vermont,” said Paul Bruhn, executive director of the Preservation Trust of Vermont.  “Each of these projects is a key piece in each community’s effort to build a successful village center.  We’re most grateful that Senator Leahy is so committed to this effort.”Since 2005, Leahy has secured more than $2 million in federal funds to help rehabilitate more than 25 buildings across the state of Vermont, creating new indoor public spaces and reopening long-shuttered public spaces to Vermonters.  The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board assists in the administration of these grants.Putney General Store – $100,000.  Funding will be used by the town of Putney and the Putney Historical Society to continue restoration of the general store destroyed by fire in May of 2008.  CONTACT:  Lyssa Papazian (802) 387-2878.Readsboro Bullock’s Store – $100,000.  Funding will be used to acquire and begin rehab on the 1880 s era Bullock building in the village of Readsboro.  The rehab work will make the space available to mixed use and community use.  CONTACT: David Marchegiani (802) 423-5416.Poultney Bentley Hall- $100,000.  Funding will be used to restore Bentley Hall on the edge of campus and in the center of Poultney to make the space available to the community.   CONTACT:  Paul Fonteyn, President, Green Mountain College (802) 287-8201.Richmond Round Church – $25,000.  Funds will be used to make restorations to the 195 year-old National Historic Landmark Richmond Round Church.  CONTACT:  Gary Bressor, Richmond Historical Society (802) 434-2800.Shoreham Newton Academy – $100,000.  Funds will be used to restore the 1810 federal style building on the town green in Shoreham.   CONTACT:  Wilson MacIntire, President, Newton Academy Restoration Corporation, (802) 897-2600.In June, Leahy announced that the Chandler Center for the Arts received a $250,000 federal grant through the Village Revitalization Initiative to fund the rehabilitation of the Chandler Music Hall and Gallery in Randolph.Source: Leahy’s office. MONTPELIER, Vt. (Tuesday, Sept. 29)last_img read more

Young lawyers get up to speed

first_img Young lawyers get up to speed Young lawyers get up to speed February 1, 2003 Managing Editor Regular Newscenter_img Mark D. Killian Managing EditorRevision 7 must be approached as an opportunity to improve the state’s trial court system and not just an exercise in maintaining the status quo, according to Rep. Dudley Goodlette, who will play a central role in the House approach to Article V funding.“I think that was the mandate of the citizens,” said Goodlette, a former member of the Bar Board of Governors who will serve as House policy chair for the next two years. “We will not have created good public policy if we have not improved the current system.”Goodlette, R-Naples, told those gathered January 10 for the Young Lawyers Division’s Governmental Symposium in Ponte Vedra that legislators expect this year to address structural, operational, and technological issues involved with the impending state takeover of more funding for the trial courts, but the hardest task – finding the money to pay for it – likely won’t happen until the 2004 session.In 1998, voters approved a constitutional amendment mandating that the state assume from the counties more funding of the county and circuit courts, no later than July 1, 2004. Under the amendment, the state will be responsible for funding most aspects of the state courts system, offices of state attorneys and public defenders, and other court-appointed counsel. Offices of the clerks of court (when performing court-related functions) will be largely funded through user fees. The counties will continue to pay for facilities, security, existing criminal justice information systems, communications, and, as specified by the legislature, local requirements.But while Goodlette expressed optimism about using Revision 7 as a catalyst for improving the court system, others on the panel worried about the funding transition, especially in light of tight budgets at both the state and county level.Bar President-elect Miles McGrane said the legislature has a huge task before it and that all debate should start with the position of maintenance of effort.“And that is we know what the courts have now and we should maintain those efforts, whether it be at the state level or the county level,” McGrane said, adding that the mantra should be “first do no harm to our state court system.”Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Belvin Perry, a member of the Supreme Court’s Trial Court Budget Commission, said without adequate funding the court system as we know it will be drastically different.Perry said in anticipation of the transition, the TCBC has come up with a list of core functions that must be adequately funded. Those core functions include:• Judges and their assistants.• Court administration and staff.• Case management staff.• Court interpreters and court reporters.• Masters and hearing officers.• Legal staff.• Expert and witness expenses.• Psychological evaluations.“Counties are going to have to pay a reasonable share to help fund the system because if we don’t do that, we are not going to have justice for all Floridians,” Judge Perry said.John Ricco of the Florida Association of Counties said his organization supported Revision 7 because since the last reorganization in 1972, the counties have had to fund an increasing share of the state court system over which county commissioners have no managerial control or oversight.“They are merely a conduit to provide money to the system,” Ricco said, adding that the courts’ expenses over the past 10 years have been growing at about 11 percent per year.Buddy Jacobs, general counsel of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, however, said when the current court system was set up in 1973, the counties understood they were part of the funding equation and were allowed to keep the money generated from fines and forfeitures to help pay their share.“That was a trade-off,” Jacobs said. “So it is not like we have imposed upon the counties of Florida this new system. There were trade-offs and things that were debated.”Jacobs said the counties supported the amendment because they wanted to keep more money locally and get the state to pay for more of the courts. But now that the “deal is broken,” the issue of who gets the money from fines and forfeitures should be back on the table.Goodlette said preliminary studies indicate the state now spends $1.5 billion on the state court system, of which 51 percent (or about $775 million) is paid for by the counties or through user fees and 49 percent (or about $735 million) is funded by the state.Goodlette said out of the $735 million the state now funds, approximately 7 percent supports the operations of the Supreme and appellate courts; 40 percent goes to the state attorneys; 21 percent funds the public defenders; and 27 percent helps fund the trial courts, with the rest paying for judicial administration costs. He said local government collects just over $400 million, and approximately $120 million of that is retained by the county clerks.“At the end of the day, our preliminary analysis is that the total impact of this funding shift could be as little as $200 million — that assumes that court-related collections are used to offset the costs of the state and the clerks — or it could be as much as $600 million. . . assuming no change in the distribution of court-related collections,” Goodlette said.“One of the things we are going to be looking at is to what extent some of those user-related fees can be inched up, where appropriate, without interfering with access to the courts, which is a balancing act where we must be very careful,” Goodlette said.Even after the Revision 7 changes, it’s likely the court system will still receive less than 2 percent of the entire state budget. Jacobs said that leaves little room for error if lawmakers plan to make the system leaner.“So when we start cutting, and try to cut away fat, you might be getting into bone,” Jacobs said.William White of the Florida Public Defenders Association is concerned about how the state is going to pay for conflict counsel and said the state must be careful not to let diversionary programs like drug and teen courts fall by the wayside.Right now, he said, there are 67 different systems for paying for conflict counsel “and in most areas it works.”“One of the things that could harm the effective delivery of representation – about 20 percent of the cases – is to mandate one system for handling conflict representation,” White said, adding he is not in favor of setting up a system that excludes private bar participation in conflict counsel cases.White also is worried the state will leave it to the counties to decide if they want to fund diversionary programs like drug or teen courts, which are in some, but not all, of the counties.“This is not a zero sum game; you cannot pull some of these things out and not have effects somewhere else in the system,” White said, adding that if relatively low cost diversion programs are eliminated, people eligible for those programs now will go back into the felony system “and now you are going to require more assistant state attorneys, more assistant public defenders, and additional judicial resources and crowd the court system.”“The legislature is going to have to bite the bullet on this and decide that some of these are really core functions,” White said.Kent Spuhler, executive director of Florida Legal Services, said the reorganization of court system funding provides the state a unique opportunity to build a system to meet future demands.“In this process we really have to look not only at what now can be defined as the essential services, but really where we need our court system to go and how do we make sure that whatever decisions are made are really going to be responsive to a public that is making decisions about what they want from their court system and what they expect from their court system,” Spuhler said.Spuhler said the legislature should study some of the local programs that work well to see if they should be replicated statewide.“The ability to access justice and the ability to access programs that are effective, like drug court or something that can really improve the family as opposed to being destructive to a family, shouldn’t depend on whether you are in Taylor County or Dade County,” Spuhler said. “Right now those discrepancies are huge, and this really is our opportunity to figure out what works well.. . and apply it statewide.”Bar President Tod Aronovitz said the decisions made over the next two years about how to fund the system will affect all Floridians for years to come.“If our courts are not funded adequately and reasonably, then we have not fulfilled our constitutional responsibility to support our court system,” Aronovitz said. “As I travel around the state from Key West to Perry, I see that many people don’t know very much about Article V/Revision 7 or how important it is to all Floridians.”Aronovitz said it is imperative lawyers talk to their communities and elected representatives at both the state and local levels about the importance of the issue.“If you are a banker and your court system locally is not funded properly, you are not going to be able to get a piece of commercial litigation through the system, or a mortgage foreclosure, or landlord/tenant eviction proceeding,” Aronovitz said. “The business community needs to understand our court system is the backbone of our democracy.”Goodlette said the legislature is committed to making the funding transition seamless.“It is going to be done in a thoughtful way,” Goodlette said. “It is going to be done in a way that I hope I can be proud of not only as a member of the legislature, but as a practicing member of The Florida Bar.”last_img read more

Deadline to Comment on New Suffolk Area Code Looms

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Eastern Long Island residents have less than a month left to comment on whether the proposed new Suffolk County area code should be geographically split or be what’s known as an overlay.New York State officials are encouraging the public to weigh in on the proposal by emailing comments to secretary@dps.ny.gov, calling 1-800-335-2120 or by mailing their opinion to Public Service Commission (PSC) Secretary Kathleen Burgess, 3 Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York 12223. The deadline is Nov. 7.“The Public Service Commission is very much interested in hearing public comment on this area code issue,” James Denn, a spokesman for the commission, told the Press shortly before a pair of local public hearings on the issue in July.The need for the new three-digit number came after analysts recently determined that the 631 area code used for Suffolk telephone calls will run out of assignable phone numbers in two years. What three digits would make up the proposed new area code has yet to be determined.The 631 area code has served Suffolk since it was split from the 516 area code that serves Nassau County in 1999. This time, the state Department of Public Service (DPS) has recommended that the new area code be an overlay—meaning existing Suffolk phone numbers would not be impacted and new numbers would use the new area code.If the PSC ignores that recommendation and goes with the geographic split, the proposed dividing line would go through the western Suffolk towns of Islip and Smithtown. The DPS has left the door open to changing its recommendation based on the comments it receives.If the overlay option is used, Suffolk would have area code relief for about 45 years, according to projections. The downside? Current federal regulations would require 10-digit dialing within the county once the overlay is put in place.Those who comment in writing should refer to “Case 14-C-0182 – 631 Area Code Relief.” Callers should press “1” to leave comments, mentioning the 631 Area Code proceeding. Those in need of language assistance can call1-800-342-3377.last_img read more

Retail: All change at the pumps

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EU plans to step up fight against child sex abuse

first_imgTopics : The European Union is set to unveil a package of measures to better combat child sex abuse after online demand for illegal content involving minors soared during the coronavirus lockdowns, an EU commissioner said Sunday.EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson told Germany’s Die Welt daily that she wanted to lead “a more efficient fight” against the scourge of child abuse, including through closer cooperation with social media companies.”Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for material showing the sexual abuse of children has risen by 30 percent in some member states,” she said in comments translated into German. The internet is “sadly a decisive factor” for potential perpetrators looking for victims, she added, underscoring that more cooperation with internet companies was needed.Experts have repeatedly sounded the alarm about vulnerable children forced to stay indoors for much of the past few months as part of efforts to halt the coronavirus, potentially trapping them with their abusers and cutting them off from outside help.There has also been concern that the millions of children spending more time online are at greater risk of being groomed on the internet by pedophiles.The urgency of the problem was highlighted again when German police on Saturday said they had detained 11 people accused of being part of a pedophile ring and filming their actions.Officers seized hard disks containing up to 500 terabytes of data, including videos and photos, from the cellar of one of the suspects, a 27-year-old man from the western city of Muenster.Investigators have identified at least three potential victims aged five, 10 and 12 years old. center_img The new plan, which Johansson said would be presented “soon”, would include the creation of a new EU center to help member states “investigate, prevent and combat child sex abuse” and facilitate cross-border information sharing.She also called for tougher action against perpetrators.”We need prevention strategies but we can’t rely on that alone,” Johansson said. “We also need to enforce our laws when they are broken and show that our values prevail, both on the internet and in real life.”last_img read more

Jusuf Wanandi mourns death of Kompas Gramedia cofounder Jakob Oetama

first_img“Kompas also played a big role in educating the nation, so he was one of the best educators in the country. I hope that the future generations in Kompas will be able to preserve and maintain Kompas as the legacy of Jakob,” he continued.Jakob died on Wednesday at the age of 88. A Kompas Gramedia spokesperson said Jakob died at Mitra Keluarga Hospital in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, and will be buried at the Kalibata Heroes Cemetery in South Jakarta on Thursday.Jakob was born in Magelang, Central Java, on Sept. 27, 1931. He started his career as a teacher and later founded Kompas Gramedia, one of the country’s largest media and publishing companies, in 1965 with his colleague P.K. Ojong, who died in 1980. (mfp)Topics : Jusuf Wanandi, vice chair of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) board of trustee, expressed his grief at the death of Kompas Gramedia cofounder Jakob Oetama. Jusuf and Jakob worked together, along with other colleagues, to establish The Jakarta Post in 1983.“He is one of the giants of the Indonesian newspaper industry,” Jusuf said in a written statement issued on Wednesday, citing Jakob’s key role in establishing the Kompas daily newspaper in 1965 and fostering it to this day.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces First Stakeholder Meeting on Statewide Solar Energy Development Planning

first_img February 22, 2017 Governor Wolf Announces First Stakeholder Meeting on Statewide Solar Energy Development Planning SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Energy,  Environment,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today Governor Tom Wolf announced that the first statewide solar energy planning meeting will be held in Harrisburg on Thursday, March 2. Finding Pennsylvania’s Solar Future is a 30-month planning project led by the Department of Environmental Protection that will identify approaches to increase generation of in-state solar-powered electricity to 10 percent of all in-state electricity sales by 2030.“Solar is a clean renewable energy that brings economic as well as environmental benefits, including creating jobs, lowering consumers’ electricity bills, and protecting the health of our farming, outdoor recreation, and tourism industries in the face of climate change,” said Governor Wolf. “By investing our statewide expertise in proactive planning of solar energy development, we ensure that we fully leverage these benefits for all Pennsylvanians.”DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell and SunShot Initiative’s Balance of Systems Program director Dr. Elaine Ulrich will provide opening remarks. Coordinated by project partner PennFuture, the meeting includes an overview of the project, introduction of steering committee members, identification of strategic focus areas and potential working groups, a review of baseline modeling, and general discussions about the state solar marketplace.State and local government leaders, academics, consumer advocates, utility and business leaders, experts in the solar industry, and others interested in solar energy are expected to participate in the project, which is funded by a $550,000 award from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative.“We’re pleased with the interest in this project shown by all sectors,” said Acting Secretary McDonnell. “Collaboration and diversity of views on solar are essential to a balanced plan that has statewide support and reflects a shared understanding of the steps needed to increase solar energy production in Pennsylvania.”The stakeholder meeting is scheduled to be held from10:00 am – 4:00 pm in the auditorium of the Rachel Carson State Office Building in Harrisburg and is open to the public. Registration is required.Meeting in working groups regularly throughout 2017 and 2018, project participants will use data modeling to analyze roles and opportunities in regulatory and ratemaking processes, business and market transformation, and operations and systems integration.Meeting results and other information will be posted at Finding Pennsylvania’s Solar Future.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

Norway’s oil output for May up three percent

first_imgSleipner; Image: Statoil (For illustration)Norway’s oil production in May 2017 was 2.8 percent higher than oil production in the same month last year, according to a report by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD).The NPD’s production figures showed an average daily production of 1,980,000 barrels of oil, NGL and condensate, which is a decrease of 128,000 barrels per day compared to April.Total gas sales were 9.3 billion Sm3 (GSm3), which is a decrease of 1.2 GSM3 from the previous month.NPD assistant director Kirsti Veggeland said: “The decline in gas sales is as expected, caused by natural fluctuations in the market.”Average daily liquids production in May was: 1,612,000 barrels of oil, 349,000 barrels of NGL, and 18,000 barrels of condensate.Oil production rose by 2.8 percent when compared to May last year and was about 1.9 percent above the NPD’s prognosis for May 2017. The oil production is about 1.9 percent above the prognosis so far this year.The total petroleum production for the first five months in 2017 is about 101.9 million Sm3 oil equivalents (MSm3 o.e.), broken down as follows: about 39.9 MSm3 o.e. of oil, about 9.7 MSm3 o.e. of NGL and condensate, and about 52.3 MSm3 o.e. of gas for sale. The total volume is 0.2 MSm3 o.e. higher than in 2016.Final production figures from April 2017 show an average daily production of about 1.704 million barrels of oil, 0.404 million barrels of NGL and condensate, and a total of 10.5 billion Sm3 saleable gas production.last_img read more

Local excise officers receive state recognition

first_imgIndianapolis, Ind. — Indiana State Excise Superintendent Matt Strirrmatter recognized two officers from District 4 recently.Bradley Whittaker was recognized as the Officer of the Year and Thomas Tully earned the Public Information Officer of the Year award.Superintendent Strittmatter said, “This is the sixth time, in as many years, that I have had the privilege of presenting the Officer of the Year Awards.  Each day, I am reminded of the quality people that make up the Indiana State Excise Police.  These officers worked hard to earn their respective awards. The officers that make up the Indiana State Excise Police work diligently to keep Indiana citizens safe.  Likewise, they work hard to do their part to keep with Governor Holcomb’s commitment to take Indiana to the next level.”As the enforcement division of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, the primary mission of the Indiana State Excise Police is to promote public safety by enforcing Indiana’s Alcoholic Beverage Code. While excise officers have the authority to enforce any state law, they focus primarily on alcohol, tobacco and related laws.last_img read more

Jordon Ibe linked with cafe car crash

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Football star Jordon Ibe’s 4×4 ploughed into a cafe – but was traced by a wing mirror in the wreckage.The 4am crash caused £11,000 of damage but the 23-year-old former Liverpool winger’s car was driven off.Police found the mirror and used it to trace his car weeks later.Officers quizzed the £38,000-a-week Bournemouth ace about the accident at The Pantry in Bromley, South East London. A source said: “An upstairs neighbour heard the smash and called police.“The owners got there and were gobsmacked. “The entire shop front was smashed and they were worried there was structural damage.“They were out of pocket from loss of earnings and having to fix the damage. “They had no idea who was responsible but there was a wing mirror in the rubble.“Forensic teams were able to trace the car from the part.”The crash happened on July 30, days before Bournemouth kicked off their Premier League campaign with a 1-1 draw with Sheffield United. The Met Police said: “The driver of the car has been interviewed under caution. Enquiries continue.” Bournemouth declined to comment on the incident.At 15, Ibe was labelled a ­wonder kid after becoming Wycombe’s youngest ever goal-scorer in the Football League.He was snapped up by Liverpool and named man of the match in his Premier League debut in 2015.He went to Bournemouth in 2016 and has admitted he had failed to live up to his early hype, saying: “I’ve been given chances but I’ve not taken them.”The owner of The Pantry ­declined to comment. Tags: LiverpoolThe Pantrylast_img read more