Operation Vermont Maple Sweetness 2009′ to thank the troops

first_imgVermont maple syrup producers are each being asked to donate one gallon of syrup in order to send a taste of Vermont springtime to troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. For the fifth year, the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association is organizing Operation Vermont Maple Sweetness 2009 which will package the donated syrup into one pint containers and ship them to bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. Over 8000 pints of syrup were sent in 2008.The syrup sent last year resulted in numerous heartfelt e-mails from the troops. Thank you for the effort that people in Vermont went through with Operation Vermont Maple Sweetness. Thanks for the reminder of good things from back home. The syrup was on the breakfast line and was a big hit with my friends and me. Thanks for thinking of us and please let the rest of your co-workers know that their actions are appreciated here.Operation Vermont Maple Sweetness 2009 is a real team effort between Vermont maple producers, the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association, the Vermont Maple Foundation, the Vermont Maple Industry Council, Sugar Hill Containers, the Vermont Maple Festival, Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing, and Vermont Agency of Agriculture. We want to thank the many other individuals and businesses who supported this project last year and are seeking sponsors for this year s project.The deadline for donations of syrup is May 1 in order to have the syrup in the soldiers hands by Memorial Day. Maple syrup producers are encouraged to donate one gallon of their best syrup and take it to the drop-off locations listed below and on www.vermontmaple.org(link is external). The general public may also donate to help defray shipping costs. For more information about sponsorships call Sam Cutting IV at (802) 425-3971 and for syrup donations call Rick Marsh (802) 644-5482. Anyone wishing to may send a donation to: Mary Croft, Treasurer, Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association, 491 East Barnard Road, S. Royalton, VT, 05068.Drop-off Points for Syrup (deadline is May 1):Addison CountyDakin Farm, FerrisburghRheaume Kitchen & Flooring Center, Inc., 2106 Rte 7, South MiddleburyCaledonia CountyMaple Grove, St JohnsburyChittenden CountyDepot Home & Garden, Essex JunctionPeter Purinton, HuntingtonFranklin CountyVMSMA’s Booth at the Vermont Maple Festival – St. AlbansCDL/Maple Pro – St. AlbansLeader Evaporator – SwantonLapierre SwantonDominion & Grimm – FairfaxLamoille CountyVermont Maple Outlet – JeffersonvilleUVM Extension Office – Morrisville (Open Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm)Butternut Mountain Farm Store, JohnsonOrange CountyRoger Palmer – Randolph CenterCentral Supply-Randolph 802-728-5332Orleans CountyCouture’s Maple Shop – WestfieldFarm Yard Store – DerbyDesmarias Equipment – OrleansRutland CountyC.H. Grimm RutlandRichard Green–PoultneyWashington CountyAgency of Agriculture– MontpelierGoodrich Maple Farm CabotMorse Farm–MontpelierWindham CountyFranklin Geist – Saxtons RiverUVM Extension Office – Brattleboro (Open Monday Friday 8am – 4:30pm)Bascom Maple Farms Alstead, NHWindsor County:Gateway Motors, White River JctMary Croft, East BarnardGreen Mountain Sugar House, Ludlowlast_img read more

Gretchen Morse announces plan to retire by end of June 2011

first_imgWith her 20th anniversary as the Executive Director of the United Way of Chittenden County (UWCC) just six months away, Gretchen Morse today announced that she plans to retire by the end of June 2011. In a letter to the Board of Directors of United Way, she said, ‘It is with a strong sense of humility and gratitude that I announce my retirement from the United Way of Chittenden County. I am fortunate to work with an amazing board and staff who are faithful stewards of United Way’s mission. There is an exceptional network of member agencies and community partners, as well as thousands of volunteers who exemplify the true meaning of service to community. I am, therefore, confident in a bright future for United Way and know that this is the time for me to move on with other aspects of my life.’According to Don Rendall from Green Mountain Power, the current Board President of UWCC, ‘Gretchen has been a transformational leader of the United Way. For twenty years she has worked tirelessly, and with extraordinary success, to spearhead innovative partnerships with the public, private and nonprofit sectors to improve the lives of the people who live in our community.’ He went on to say that Morse has truly been a change agent with a vision that has led the organization well beyond its critical fundraising role to a new place as a leader in finding solutions to community problems. According to Rendall, a search committee for a new Executive Director is currently being formed by the Board of Directors and the process will begin shortly.Among the many accomplishments of United Way of Chittenden County during her twenty years, in addition to raising a total of over $70 million during the annual Community Campaigns were:leading the transformation of UWCC to a community impact investment model in which results-based funding decisions are determined by a set of target outcomes which have been identified through a comprehensive community engagement process;joining community partners to launch the Champlain Initiative, a healthy community initiative for Chittenden County;steering the Burlington Street Outreach Project, a multi-sector partnership to work with individuals with social service needs in Burlington’s city center;launching the Chittenden County Truancy Project, a collaboration of schools, local nonprofit service providers, government agencies, law enforcement officials, and the courts to improve the graduation rate of high school students and to reduce truancy;creating the UWCC Volunteer Center by merging the Foster Grandparent, RSVP and Volunteer Connection programs under one umbrella, which annually mobilizes and places over 2,000 volunteers in local nonprofits to do work they otherwise could not accomplish;merging two call centers into one statewide ‘Get Info’ center, the precursor of Vermont 2-1-1 (a program of the United Ways of Vermont) the comprehensive statewide information and referral program for all non-emergency health and human services which this past year responded to 47,000 calls from people who needed help finding help;collaborating in the Earned Income Tax Credit program and a free tax preparation initiative which returns millions of dollars each year to low-income working individuals and families;partnering with IBM to launch the annual Days of Caring which last Spring included 12 local companies and over 430 volunteers who donated nearly 2,000 hours at 32 local nonprofit agencies;pulling together all local emergency assistance providers in Chittenden County in 2008 to form a united HELP Fund in response to the national economic crisis;establishing the Working Bridges Program that links community resources with business needs for the purpose of improving employee recruitment, retention, advancement, income and productivity; andlaunching the Child Card Food Network with licensed childcare providers to help them access federal funding in order to provide free meals to hungry children.Before joining United Way, Morse was Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Human Services from 1985-1991, appointed by Governor Madeleine Kunin. During her six years in that role, she was elected Vice-Chair of the National Council of State Human Service Administrators of the American Public Welfare Association and she led the development of the Vermont Reach-Up Program, a welfare-to-work initiative that coordinates access to education, job training, child care and health care for working families.Morse was also part of the Kunin team that created Dr. Dynasaur, the Vermont version of the federal Medicaid children’s health care program. This unique approach has become a national best practice for covering all children in low income families.Prior to that she was a Vermont State Representative from 1977-1985 and chaired the House Education Committee and the House Health and Welfare Committee during her eight year tenure. Throughout her career Morse has received numerous community services awards: the Susan B. Anthony Award from the YWCA; the Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Award; the Thibodeau/Wall Award for Community Service from HowardCenter; the Champlain College Distinguished Citizen Award; and the 2008 C. Harry Behney Lifetime Economic Achievement Award from the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation. Morse received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Vermont’s College of Education and Social Services for her service to the people of Vermont; and she was honored by UVM’s Masters of Public Administration program as an honorary member of Pi Alpha Alpha for her public service to the State of Vermont. Morse graduated with a B. S. from UVM, and in 2009 was awarded the esteemed Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University for her years of public and community service.Morse has served on a number of state commissions and nonprofit boards. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, is an emeritus member of the Wake Robin Board of Directors, and most recently was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Fletcher Allen Health Care.last_img read more

India’s Rajasthan state government announces 50GW solar goal by 2025

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:The state government of Rajasthan has come up with a new draft solar policy. The proposed policy package aims to establish the state as a global hub for solar with 50 GW of installed generation capacity within 5-6 years. It envisages an R&D hub for the deployment of renewable energy technologies and solar-wind hybrid projects, with a focus on improving efficiency and reducing balance-of-system costs.The new policy aims to achieve 25 GW of grid-connected solar projects up to 2021-22 to fulfill the renewable purchase obligation of state electricity distribution companies (discoms) from PV. The state will also endeavor to develop solar projects for sale to parties other than state discoms, and for commercial self-consumption.Rajasthan also proposes setting up decentralized, grid-connected solar projects near 33 kV sub-stations for the sale of power to discoms. The minimum capacity allowed for such projects under the draft policy would be 500 kW and the maximum 3 MW. The projects would be awarded through tariff-based competitive bidding.To promote the development of 500 MW-plus solar parks, the state government will invest up to half of the equity required, including the cost of land, in joint venture companies formed for their development.However, industry insider Gopal Lal Somani says Rajasthan’s ambitious 25 GW, two to three-year target appears out of reach. He said the state policy has gaps on issues such as land acquisition, the huge transmission network required for the influx of solar, the creditworthiness of discoms and permit processing for land use. The new proposals need an investment-friendly environment and cost-economic benefits for developers to take investment decisions, said Somani.More: Rajasthan eyes 50 GW of solar within six years India’s Rajasthan state government announces 50GW solar goal by 2025last_img read more

Trinidad and Tobago Forces Seize Almost 1 Ton of Marijuana

first_imgBy Guillermo Saavedra/Diálogo October 07, 2020 In mid-August, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) seized nearly 1 ton of marijuana in the north of the island of Trinidad. According to an August 13 TTPS press release, the drug, which was found inside a container coming from the port of Port of Spain, is believed to belong to a criminal gang with connections in Jamaica, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada.“On searching the container, officers found 958 boxes containing a compressed material resembling marijuana, which weighed 947.64 kilograms,” the TTPS said in the press release. Authorities detained eight people during the operation.According to the U.S. Department of State’s 2020 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, Trinidad and Tobago’s proximity to Venezuela and strategic location on the Caribbean Sea have made it an ideal location for the transshipment of illicit drugs coming from Latin America, mainly marijuana and cocaine, to North America and Europe.In mid-July, authorities in Philadelphia sentenced a Venezuelan man to more than 12 years in prison for narcotrafficking, the Venezuelan news portal Primer Informe reported. According to the online newspaper, the Venezuelan national had tried to import more than 30 kg of cocaine from Venezuela to the United States, passing through Trinidad and Tobago. Authorities detained the man in the Caribbean country, and he was extradited to the United States.In late April, the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard retrieved 221 bags of drugs (102.1 kg of marijuana and 82.7 kg of cocaine) that had been jettisoned at sea after a chase in the Gulf of Paria, located between Trinidad and Venezuela, the Trinidadian news portal Loop News reported. The vessel managed to escape to Venezuelan territorial waters.According to InSight Crime, an organization specializing in security threats in Latin America and the Caribbean, the worsening of Venezuela’s crisis has also contributed to the crime situation in Trinidad and Tobago. In mid-May 2019, InSight Crime reported that Evander, a Venezuelan criminal gang also known as Deltano Liberation Front, had turned up in the Caribbean nation. The gang, InSight Crime said, is believed to control a portion of drug, arms, and human trafficking in Delta Amacuro state, a Venezuelan port area near Trinidad and Tobago.“Venezuela’s economic situation and the Delta Amacuro’s close proximity to Trinidad and Tobago have provided the perfect dynamic for them to reach the neighboring country, seeking to expand and cooperate with local criminal groups interested in trafficking [illicit goods] from Venezuela,” InSight Crime reported.last_img read more

Report: Los Angeles Files Lawsuit over 2016 Car Carrier Oil Spill

first_imgThe city of Los Angeles has filed a lawsuit over an oil spill which occurred at the Port of Los Angeles in 2016 when heavy fuel oil leaked from the 577-foot car carrier Istra Ace, according to local media reports.The Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit listed the vessel’s owner Istra Maritime Ltd, the ship’s managing operator Stamco Ship Management Co., and the charterer Mitsui Osk Lines, as defendants.Reports indicate that the lawsuit seeks civil penalties under California’s Fish and Game Code, as well as an injunction preventing the companies from engaging in future activities that violate the state Health and Safety Code.Estimates show that some 265 barrels of oil were spilled from the vessel into San Pedro Bay, however, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife reportedly informed that the quantity could be much larger.The spill, which occurred mid-May 2016, covered more than 70 acres and took 23 days to clean up.The cause of the discharge was a failure of the inboard piping during the Istra Ace refueling, media reports cite the lawsuit.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Grenade-wielding man lands in jail

first_imgResponding policemen said they saw Gimeno holding the hand grenade. The 56-year-old Mamerto Gimeno yielded a hand grenade. He was taken to the Dumarao municipal police station. ILOILO City – A drunken man who threatened his neighbors was arrested yesterday in Poblacion Ilaya, Dumarao, Capiz. Gimeno was caught around 6 p.m. on July 8 after his neighbors sought the police’s help. They claimed the suspect was causing disturbance. Charges for violation of Republic Act 9516, which imposes stiffer penalties for illegal possession of explosives, will be filed against him./PNlast_img

Real confirm Solari as coach until 2021

first_imgMadrid, Spain | AFP | Santiago Solari on Tuesday was confirmed as Real Madrid coach until 2021 following his successful spell in charge as caretaker boss of the European champions.“Real Madrid’s board of directors met today and decided to name Santiago Solari as first team coach until June 30, 2021,” the club announced in a statement.Solari’s anointment as sacked Julen Lopetegui’s permanent successor comes after wins in his first four matches.And with 15 goals scored and only two conceded the 42-year-old Argentinian has established the best ever start for a Real manager.After thrashing Melilla in the Copa del Rey, they won 5-0 away to Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League, between victories over Real Valladolid and Celta Vigo in La Liga.The upturn has left Madrid only four points adrift of league leaders Barcelona and on the brink of qualification for the last 16 in Europe.Solari was handed the reins on a temporary two-week basis on October 29 after Lopetegui had overseen a miserable run that included just one victory in seven games. The last of those, a 5-1 thumping at the hands of Barcelona, proved the final straw for club president Florentino Perez but the team have rebounded under their new coach.News that he had been rewarded with a permanent contract surfaced on Monday when the Spanish federation announced: “Everything is in order. Real Madrid have worked out his contract and there are no problems.”The Spanish press had urged Real to appoint the former Castilla ‘B’ team coach.Solari’s maiden match as long-term boss is the trip to Eibar in La Liga on November 25, following the international break.Zinedine Zidane also stepped up mid-season from coaching Castilla in 2016 and led the team to the first of three consecutive Champions League trophies five months later.This is Solari’s maiden job in charge of a first team.Antonio Conte, Mauricio Pochettino, Jose Mourinho and Joachim Low had all been linked to the position.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Champions Trophy 2017: Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed thrilled with emphatic turnaround

first_imgPakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed hailed his side’s character and belief as they delivered a brilliant performance to hand defending champions India a 180-run thrashing in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy on Sunday.Pakistan, ranked eight in the tournament, had opened the group stage campaign with a huge loss of 124 runs via Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method. But they turned it around in style as they topped South Africa (19 runs via D/L method), and Sri Lanka (three wickets) to enter the semi-finals where they got the better of hosts England by eight wickets.They didn’t stop there as they came out with their best show in the final to bag their first Champions Trophy title.And the captain credited his men for the strong comeback. “After the India (group) match I said to my boys, the tournament is not finished yet. I told them trust their talent. We played very well and now we have won the final,” Sarfraz said.”We played like we had nothing to lose, now we are champions. It’s a very proud moment for me and my country, and thanks to the nation for supporting us,” the wicket-keeper added.Sarfraz, who had captained Pakistan to Under-19 World Cup 2006 triumph, especially credited the bowlers for dismissing India for 158.”All credit goes to my bowlers, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Shadab, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, they bowled really well. It’s a young team, credit goes to my boys, this tournament can be a great booster for us.”He also felt that Fakhar Zaman, who scored 114 in the final, has the credential to serve Pakistan cricket for a long time.advertisement”Fakhar is a great impact player. In his first ICC event, he played like a champion, he can be a great player for Pakistan,” Sarfraz added.last_img read more