BURLINGTON, Vt.–Robert V. Simpson, Jr. has been named interim director of the Criminal Justice program at Champlain College.Simpson is a longtime Vermont attorney and state’s attorney, and he’s been a member of the Vermont Attorney General’s staff, as well. Most recently he conducted civil litigation, including fraud cases, for the Vermont Attorney General’s Office. From 2001 to 2006 he served as Chittenden County State’s Attorney, responsible for an office of 26 staff, a caseload that ranged from domestic assault to murder, and cases generated by more than 300 police officers.Simpson has been an adjunct instructor at Champlain College since 1990, teaching criminal procedure, substantive criminal law, administrative law and white-collar crime courses over the years. He’s currently reworking online courses in these areas and will teach on campus and online this fall. In addition, he will serve as an advisor to Criminal Justice students. Champlain’s program provides a solid foundation for careers in law enforcement, corrections or investigation, as well as for further study in the field of law.Simpson is an Army veteran and an alumnus of Vermont Law School and Colgate University. He resides in Burlington.# # #
Speaker will assess worldwide progress in reducing poverty & disease UN coordinator of $3.2 billion portfolio to speak at Saint Michael’s on UN Millennium Development Goals Dr. Bisrat Aklilu, executive coordinator of the United Nations Multi-Donor Trust Fund, will speak at Saint Michael’s College on Monday, April 28, at 3:30 p.m. in St. Edmund’s Hall Farrell Room (3rd floor). Dr. Bisrat, an economics professor at Boston University before joining the UN, will speak on the topicThe United Nations and the Millennium Development Goals: Challenges and Opportunities.Sponsored by the SMC economics department, the free public lecture marks the occasion of inducting students into the economics honor society Omicron Delta Epsilon. The Millennium Project was commissioned by the United Nations Secretary-General in 2002 to develop a concrete action plan for the world to reverse the grinding poverty, hunger and disease affecting billions of people.At the Millennium Summit in September 2000 the largest gathering of world leaders in history adopted the UN Millennium Declaration, committing their nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and setting out a series of time-bound targets, with a deadline of 2015, www.unmillenniumproject.org(link is external)Dr. Aklilu administers the UN Trust Fund, which receives development funding from 47 countries and operates in 74 countries with a portfolio of $3.2 billion. An Ethiopian national, Bisrat Aklilu received his Ph.D. from Boston University in 1974 and received an appointment to the BU faculty, where he taught from 1974 to 1979, when he joined the UN as a development economist. Now Executive Director of the Trust Fund, Dr. Aklilu has also served as Acting Director of UN Operations. He was on the board and was chair of the African Sub-Committee of OXFAM America from 1981 to 1989.Saint Michael’s College, www.smcvt.edu(link is external), founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, is identified by the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s Best 366 Colleges. A liberal arts, residential, Catholic college, Saint Michael’s is located just outside of Burlington, Vermont, one of America’s top college towns, and less than two hours from Montreal. As one of only 270 institutions nationwide with a prestigious Phi Beta Kappa chapter on campus, Saint Michael’s has 2,000 full-time undergraduate students, some 500 graduate students and 200 international students.In recent years Saint Michael’s students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Guggenheim, Fulbright, National Science Foundation and other grants, and Saint Michaels professors have been named Vermont Professor of the Year in four of the last seven years. The college is currently listed as one of the nation’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges in the 2008 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
LIAM MURPHY and CATHERINE KRONK of the law firm MURPHY SULLIVAN KRONK have been named by Super Lawyers magazine as two of the top attorneys in Vermont. Only five percent of the lawyers in the state are recognized by Super Lawyers. To earn this honor, lawyers are nominated by their peers and then reviewed by a research team that evaluates the nominees based on professional accomplishments and peer recognition. LIAM MURPHY maintains a broad practice grounded in all types of real estate matters, encompassing real estate transactions and litigation, land use and environmental law as well as condemnation litigation. CATHERINE KRONK maintains a practice focused on complex commercial transactions, including commercial finance transactions and real estate transactions. MURPHY SULLIVAN KRONK focuses its practice on real estate, commercial transactions and related litigation. Learn more about the firm at www.mskvt.com(link is external).
Chittenden Bank Helps Local Families byDonating $2,000 to the Burlington Children’s SpaceBurlington, VT The quality childcare and early educational development programs provided by the Burlington Children’s Space (BCS) help children and their families grow and thrive within their community. As the organization enters its 25th year of service, BCS is seeking additional support to supplement the tuition for families who do not qualify due to the freezes placed on the subsidy program. A sliding scale for tuition was adjusted this fall to create additional relief to families impacted by the freeze. BCS has agreed to reserve 21 spots for families receiving state subsides for tuition, and maintain 15 preschool spots for a collaboration supporting Head Start Eligible families. The additional funding is critical for children who come from households that lack access to resources as basic as parents who read to them, play-related learning experiences, and the books, tools, and activities needed to stimulate intellectual and physical growth.”At Chittenden Bank, we understand the need to provide quality childcare for families that otherwise would not have an option. We are pleased to give a $2,000 donation to support the efforts of BCS,” said Kathy Schirling, Senior Vice President at Chittenden Bank.BCS Director Sarah Adams-Kollitz said, “We were very impressed with Chittenden Bank’s decision to fund essential services to some of the communitys most vulnerable citizens.””Affordable high quality child care is an essential service: a link to financial stability for parents who work or attend school, a source of learning and inspiration for young children, as well as a place where parents can seek additional support in times of need. Because of community support like this gift from the Chittenden Bank we are able to offer parents a sliding scale for tuition (the only one in the county), for which parents are extremely grateful,” explained Adams-Kollitz. One parent said, “If it were not for all the dear hearts at BCS I would not be able to put my energy into my new business and help it get off the ground. Literally, BCS is helping me achieve my life long dream!”Burlington Children’s SpaceHealthy, inquisitive, joyful children are a sign of a healthy society and something a community can take pride in. Children from all economic sectors are provided with care and early education of the highest quality. The BCS has been serving the community for over 25 years, for more information please call the McClure Multi-Generational Center at 802-658-1500.About Chittenden BankChittenden Bank has proudly served businesses and individuals statewide for more than 100 years. With assets greater than $3.3 billion and 47 offices located throughout the state, Chittenden is dedicated to meeting the financial needs of Vermonters at every stage of life. Chittenden Bank is a subsidiary of People’s United Bank headquartered in Bridgeport, Connecticut with assets of over $21 billion. For more information please visit www.chittenden.com(link is external) or call the Customer Service Center at 800-545-2236.-###-
Army programs making strides in endangered species protection, historic preservation, waste reduction, environmental restoration, sustainability, and pollution prevention earned Pentagon recognition in January as the Department of the Army announced the winners of its highest honors for environmental stewardship and sustainability.Seven installations, three teams, and one individual will receive Secretary of the Army Awards for their environmental and sustainability program achievements. This year’s winning accomplishments include: designing a multi-phase ethnographic oral history collection project, achieving significant waste and emissions reductions, securing special legislation that returns state timber revenues to the Army, construction of a photovoltaic array to reduce dependence on fossil fuel, and implementing performance-based contracting to save the Army millions of dollars in cleanup costs.”The Army is committed to protecting the environment at installations here and overseas,” said Tad Davis, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for the Environment, Safety and Occupational Health. “In fact, as the winners of our environmental awards demonstrate, the Army is getting more and more sophisticated in its use of environmental technology and sustainable practices. We’re becoming a greener shade of green.”The winners of this year’s environmental awards stand out as examples of how environmental stewardship and sustainability plays a crucial role in the Army’s readiness mission. Investments the Army makes in environmental programs and sustainability initiatives pay dividends in sustaining realistic training and testing capabilities both now and in the future.The winners of the FY 2008 Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards are:Camp Johnson, Vermont Army National Guard — Environmental Quality, Industrial InstallationU.S. Army Garrison Bamberg, Germany — Environmental Quality, Overseas InstallationCamp Navajo, Arizona Army National Guard — Cultural Resources Management, InstallationFort Bragg, N.C. — Environmental Restoration, InstallationCamp Ripley Maneuver and Training Center, Minnesota Army National Guard — Natural Resources Conservation, Large InstallationCombined Support Maintenance Shop, Michigan Army National Guard — Pollution Prevention, Non-industrial InstallationFort Hood, Texas — Sustainability, InstallationField Maintenance Shop #2 Pollution Prevention Team, North Carolina Army National Guard — Pollution Prevention, TeamFort Carson, Colo. — Sustainability, TeamFort Drum, N.Y. — Cultural Resources Management, Team/IndividualMajor Laura McHugh, Pennsylvania Army National Guard — Sustainability, IndividualThe Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards represent the highest honor in the field of environmental science and sustainability conferred by the Army. Many of these award winners will compete for the Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards this year.For details about the fiscal year 2008 Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards recipients visit the U.S. Army Environmental Command’s Web site at http://aec.army.mil/usaec/newsroom/awards00.html(link is external).”Sustaining the Environment for a Secure Future”For more information on the U.S. Army Environmental Command, visit http://aec.army.mil(link is external)SOURCE U.S. Army Environmental Command. ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/
The Essex, Vermont s Culinary Resort & Spa, has expanded its management team by hiring a leading statewide tourism sales executive. Dave Hakins, former Executive Director of the Vermont Convention Bureau (VCB) and Vermont Sports & Events Council (VSEC), has joined The Essex as Director of Business Development. We re fortunate to attract a sales pro of Dave s caliber and experience to introduce new sales programs and to identify new markets to leverage our exciting assets, said Jim Glanville, Vice President & General Manager of The Essex. We plan to prosper in this difficult environment by continuing to make smart hiring and expansion decisions. Before leading VCB and VSEC, Hakins was Director of Sales and Promotion for the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing in Governor Jim Douglas administration. Hakins is a member of the Management Committee of the Vermont Hospitality Council, member of the Champlain College adjunct faculty in Hospitality Industry Management, lectures on hospitality management at the University of Vermont, and writes and speaks extensively on group travel, conference-planning and event-marketing. Before returning to his native Vermont a few years ago, Hakins was CEO of a nationally acclaimed meeting, conference and event-planning firm in New Jersey with a Fortune 100 client roster for nearly 20 years and Vice President of Corporate Promotion for Chase Manhattan Bank in New York for eight years prior.Source: The Essex.
MunicipalityVCDP Funds AwardedOther ResourcesBrief DescriptionBristol$50,000 $771,200 Grant to provide accessibility to the historic Holly Hall and bring it into full ADA compliance with state and federal regulations.Georgia$32,885 $32,885 Grant to provide accessibility to the Georgia Town Office building and bring it into full ADA compliance with state and federal regulations.Vergennes City$500,000 $5,584,481 Deferred loan to Housing Vermont to construct 25 unit elderly apartment building off Armory Lane which will include services for the tenants. The project will also extend sidewalks that will connect to downtown and nearby shopping center.Montpelier City$17,500 $24,444 Grant to conduct a study to review the combined capacity of the existing Senior Center at 58 Barre Street and the Recreation Center at 55 Barre Street to meet the existing and future needs of the Senior Center. In addition, the study will explore the feasibility of adding senior housing in the 58 Barre Street building.South Burlington City$30,000 $64,632 Grant to assist with the predevelopment and design of a new Burlington Aviation Technical Training Center at the Burlington airport. Work includes architectural services, civil design services and permit applications and fees. Grand Total $630,385 $6,477,642 Source: Governor’s office. 3.5.2010 Governor Jim Douglas today awarded more than $630,000 in Community Development Block Grants to South Burlington, Montpelier, Vergennes, Georgia and Bristol. At a ceremony at the American Legion Post 14 in Vergennes, the Governor announced funding for an affordable housing project for the elderly, as well as money for improvements to make the Georgia and Bristol municipal buildings handicapped accessible. This project will provide much-needed housing for seniors in Vergennes, with on-site services and easy access to nearby services and the community, Governor Douglas said. These kinds of projects are an important part of Vermont s housing stock, particularly as more of our population seeks to remain in their communities as they age. (See list below)The $500,000 Community Development Block Grant will be given to the City of Vergennes, then loaned to Housing Vermont, which will construct the new building and infrastructure improvements that together total nearly $6 million on the 12-acre site. The building will have 20 one-bedroom units and 5 two-bedroom units, and will also feature a common area; community kitchen; private examination rooms; a meals on wheels storage area; and a business office for a part time resident service coordinator.This project is part of a planned development that also includes the initial permitting of a new daycare center and additional residential development proposed for the future. Five of the units are market rate; the remaining 20 will be affordable housing. In addition to connecting to the city water and sewer systems and construction of a storm water treatment system, the site work will also include new sidewalks that extend to Monkton Road; pedestrian pathways that connect to city sidewalks; parking; and landscaping. This site is conveniently located within walking distance of downtown Vergennes and will provide seniors with access to many amenities, social opportunities and community services.Another grant of $17,500 will be used by the City of Montpelier to study the capacity of the former Senior Center at 58 Barre Street, which was damaged in a December fire, and the existing municipal Recreation Center at 55 Barre Street, for their respective uses. In addition, the feasibility of adding senior housing in the 58 Barre Street Senior Center building will be studied. Both of these buildings are presently underutilized and are extremely expensive to heat due to the inefficiency of the energy systems and the poorly insulated building envelopes, the Governor remarked. This analysis will be helpful as residents of Montpelier contemplate how these important services will be provided in the future.And two towns, Bristol and Georgia, received grants of $50,000 and $32,885 to make their municipal buildings handicapped accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Built in 1885, Holley Hall serves as both the Town of Bristol s town hall and town offices and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Governor said. This historic building is a vital part of civic and cultural life in Bristol.The first floor of the building, which also hosts town meetings, public hearings, recreational programs, performing arts and other events, will be completely renovated to accommodate the town offices and will include a new vault, electrical upgrades, and energy improvements. The second floor a large auditorium will be made ADA accessible; its floor will be completely renovated and restored; the roof system and balcony will be repaired; and the doors, windows and the bell tower will be weatherized.The Town of Georgia will receive $32,885 to help pay for handicapped accessibility modifications to the Georgia Town Office, which is the town s meeting space as well as its public records repository featuring a vault in the basement. These funds will help install a lift to make the building handicapped accessible to both floors, and complete other improvements to ensure that the bathroom, parking lots, entry ways, and other features of the building are ADA compliant, including way-finding signage; changing handrails; and reconfiguring parking spaces to accommodate side-loading vans, Governor Douglas said.In February, Douglas presented a $30,000 grant to officials from the City of South Burlington to fund preliminary work on a new Burlington Aviation Technical Training Center.Vermont receives about $7 million annually in federal CDBG funds, which are used principally to benefit persons of low and moderate income. The state awards the competitive grants based on recommendations of the Vermont Community Development Board and approval of Commerce and Community Development Secretary Kevin Dorn. These grants are important because they leverage other financial resources and help address critical needs in our communities, the Governor remarked. The $630,385 we are awarding will leverage more than $6.4 million in other funds from private and public sources.For information about the Vermont Community Development Program, please see the Agency of Commerce and Community Development website at: http://www.dhca.state.vt.us/VCDP/index.htm(link is external)
Secretary of State Jim Condos announces that since the Governor has declared a state of emergency, temporary emergency licenses for out-of-state health care providers and veterinarians are available.Use of Vermont providers should be our highest priority before reaching out to other states.Secretary Condos said this provision was enacted so Vermont would be better prepared to respond in the event of a disaster. It expedites the licensing process for the emergency assistance needed in the wake of a disaster like that caused by tropical storm Irene. Under normal conditions, the licensing process takes longer. ‘In an emergency situation like this,’ said Condos, ‘we need to act quickly to get the help on the ground where it is needed most. Volunteer health care professionals from neighboring states and even from all over the country are coming to Vermont to lend a hand. Under the circumstances, we’ll get them a temporary license the same day they apply and get them to work.’ Chris Winters, the Director of the Office of Professional Regulation, added: ‘Our mission is to protect the public and make sure that licensed health care providers are competent and safe practitioners. When the state is in emergency response mode, this law allows us to be more flexible when time is of the essence.’ 3 V.S.A. § 129(a)(10) allows the Office of Professional Regulation to issue temporary licenses to health care providers and veterinarians during a declared state of emergency. The health care provider or veterinarian must be currently licensed, in good standing and not subject to disciplinary proceedings in any other jurisdiction. The temporary license authorizes the holder to practice in Vermont until the termination of the declared state of emergency or 90 days, whichever occurs first. All licensing fees are waived. The Secretary of State’s Office of Professional regulation protects the public through licensing and regulation of 45 professions and nearly 55,000 licenses.
Trump Tariff Decision Deals a Blow to U.S. Solar FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg News:In the biggest blow he’s dealt to the renewable energy industry yet, President Donald Trump decided on Monday to slap tariffs on imported solar panels.The U.S. will impose duties of as much as 30 percent on solar equipment made abroad, a move that threatens to handicap a $28 billion industry that relies on parts made abroad for 80 percent of its supply. Just the mere threat of tariffs has shaken solar developers in recent months, with some hoarding panels and others stalling projects in anticipation of higher costs. The Solar Energy Industries Association has projected tens of thousands of job losses in a sector that employed 260,000.“Developers may have to walk away from their projects,” Hugh Bromley, a New York-based analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, said in an interview before Trump’s decision. “Some rooftop solar companies may have to pull out” of some states.U.S. panel maker First Solar Inc. jumped 9 percent to $75.20 in after-hours trading in New York. The Tempe, Arizona-based manufacturer stands to gain as costs for competing, foreign panels rise. First Solar didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The Solar Energy Industries Association also didn’t immediately respond.The first 2.5 gigawatts of imported solar cells will be exempt from the tariffs, Trump said in a statement Monday. The president approved four years of tariffs that start at 30 percent in the first year and gradually drop to 15 percent.The duties are lower than the 35 percent rate the U.S. International Trade Commission recommended in October after finding that imported panels were harming American manufacturers. The idea behind the tariffs is to raise the costs of cheap imports, particularly from Asia, and level the playing field for those who manufacture the parts domestically.Trump’s solar decision comes almost nine months after Suniva Inc., a bankrupt U.S. module manufacturer with a Chinese majority owner, sought import duties on solar cells and panels. It asserted that it had suffered “ serious injury” from a flood of cheap panels produced in Asia. A month later, the U.S. unit of German manufacturer SolarWorld AG signed on as a co-petitioner, adding heft to Suniva’s cause.Suniva had sought import duties of 32 cents a watt for solar panels produced outside the U.S. and a floor price of 74 cents a watt.China and neighbors including South Korea may opt to challenge the decision at the World Trade Organization — which has rebuffed prior U.S.-imposed tariffs that appeared before it.Lewis Leibowitz, a Washington-based trade lawyer, expects the matter will wind up with the WTO. “Nothing is very likely to stop the relief in its tracks,” he said before the decision. “It’s going to take a while.”More: President Trump Slaps Tariffs on Solar Panels in Major Blow to Renewable Energy
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:U.S. shale producers last year again spent more money than they collected, extending a years-long streak of putting oil output above cash flow and investor returns, according to a Reuters analysis of top independent producers.All but seven of 29 of these producers last year spent more on drilling and shareholder payouts than they generated through operations, according to securities filings. Total overspending by the group was $6.69 billion in 2018, according to Morningstar data provided to Reuters by the Sightline Institute and the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.While total overspending was down slightly from a year earlier, stock prices in the sector have slid at a time when U.S. share prices in general have posted strong gains.Shale firms are pushing U.S. oil output to record-shattering levels, but companies have prioritized spending on acreage and drilling. The data showed few producers generated solid returns, even as U.S. crude prices rose 28 percent in 2018 to an average $65.06 a barrel, from $50.79 in 2017.Stock prices of all 29 shale producers fell in 2018, pressured by volatile crude prices and stronger returns in other sectors. Only one of the 29, Cabot Oil & Gas Corp, traded higher at the end of 2018 than it did two years earlier.An investor who put $100 into the S&P 500 Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Index in 2013 would have had $58.99 at the end of 2018. Similar $100 investments were worth just $9 in Whiting Petroleum Corp, $33.51 in Apache and $38.88 in Devon, according to financial filings. By contrast, $100 in the S&P 500 grew to $150.33 over the same period.More: Cash flow still weak at U.S. shale firms, stock prices underperform Stock market data: U.S. shale producers are a money-losing investment