Governor calls emergency dairy summit

first_img### WHEN:      Tuesday, June 13, 2006,12:00 p.m. Roger Allbee, director of Farm Service Agency said preliminary estimatesof crop loss approach twenty million dollars.  This number will be updated ascounties continue to assess the damage. Burlington, Vt.-Governor Jim Douglas has announcedthat his administration, working with the Vermont Milk Commission, is organizing an Emergency Dairy Summit to discuss all availablemeans to help farmers in the near term so that they can weather what theGovernor calls a ‘perfect storm’ of circumstances. WHERE:    Universityof Vermont, WatermanBuilding, Burlington This morning Governor Douglas also signed a letter to U.S. Agriculture SecretaryMike Johanns requesting Emergency Disaster Designation, which paves the way fordirect financial relief for farmers.  “Our Agency of Agriculture willwork with USDA’s Farm Service Agency to complete the paperwork and damageassessments necessary to carry out this request,” Douglassaid.center_img Governor Douglas to Call Emergency Dairy SummitAlso Seeks Federal Emergency Relief “Low milk prices, high fuel and energy cost and poor crop, or insome cases destroyed crops, due to extended spring rains are contributing towhat is now a clear crisis situation for Vermont’sdairy farmers,” Governor Douglas said.  “Because of this perfectstorm of events, I have directed my Secretary of Administration, Mike Smith towork closely with my entire cabinet in coordination with our partners in thefederal government and Vermont’scongressional delegation to provide assistance to all Vermont farmers.”  WHAT:      Governorto Call Emergency Dairy Summit Jason GibbsGovernorsCommunications Director109 State Street ¨ The Pavilion ¨ Montpelier,VT 05609-0101 ¨ www.vermont.gov/governor(link is external)Telephone: 802.828.3333 ¨ Fax: 802.828.3339 ¨ TDD: 802.828.3345last_img read more

Long Island PI, ex-NYPD Sgt. Accused of Bribery Scheme

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A private investigator from Shoreham has been accused of bribing a former New York City police sergeant from Kings Park for information about possible witnesses in a confidential federal law enforcement database.Joseph Dwyer, 46, of Investigative Resource Group, and 48-year-old Ronald Buell, who has since retired from the NYPD, were arrested on charges of bribery, unauthorized database access and participating in a conspiracy to commit bribery and to access a federal database without authorization. Dwyer was also charged with mail fraud. Both pleaded not guilty Wednesday at Manhattan federal court.“Private investigators assisting criminal defendants can – and should – do many things to serve their clients, but bribing law enforcement officials for confidential data is not one of them,” Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said.Prosecutors said Dwyer paid Buell $9,000 for Buell to access the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database on at least 15 occasions to obtain info on witnesses and other individuals associated with at least 11 federal criminal prosecutions between 2011 and ’13 while Buell was still on the force.The NCIC, which is run by the FBI, is not publicly available because the disclosure of certain information in the database can jeopardize law enforcement operations and safety, authorities said.At the same time, Dwyer was billing the federal government for his services as a private investigator regularly hired by court appointed attorneys for poor defendants in Manhattan federal court, according to prosecutors.Dwyer faces up to 45 years in prison and Buell faces up to 25 years.last_img read more

Is your business continuity plan up to date?

first_imgThe developing COVID-19 pandemic serves as a reminder to our industry of the importance of business continuity planning (BCP). It is not just worldwide health pandemics that should prompt businesses to create and maintain a BCP—natural disasters and other unexpected events also reemphasize the importance of preparedness.Most institutions likely follow the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council’s (FFIEC) recommended BCP process, which includes a business impact analysis (BIA), risk assessment, risk management and risk monitoring and testing. And despite the FFIEC’s 2019 updates, some financial institutions are still behind.Is your institution’s BCP up to date? Ensure your organization is ready for the business landscape of the digital age by using these best practices. And don’t forget to review your plan with industry professionals who can evaluate your completed plan.Protecting Your DataWhile threats of physical loss or disruption caused by pandemics and natural disasters indeed pose risks, other threats to business continuity include disruptive data loss, breach or corruption—and these threats could affect any geographic region at any point in time. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Regeneration: The genesis of West Quay III

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COVID-19: Idul Fitri exodus will be dominated by private vehicles, ministry predicts

first_imgRead also: Train tickets for Idul Fitri to go on sale Feb. 14Every year, millions of Indonesians make the annual exodus trip, known as mudik, from big cities where they work to their hometowns across Indonesia to celebrate the long Idul Fitri holidays with their families. This year, Idul Fitri is expected to fall on May 24 and 25.In the 2019 exodus, 18.3 million passengers used mass transportation in the seven days before and after Idul Fitri. For this year’s exodus, the Transportation Ministry will continue organizing its annual free mudik program, preparing 1,317 buses to carry 59,265 passengers from Greater Jakarta to 37 destination cities across Indonesia.“As of today, we have also instructed all stakeholders in land transportation to increase their anticipatory measures including cleaning ferries and having their passengers’ temperatures checked before boarding,” Budi said.The ministry will also prepare 111 trucks to accommodate 4,995 motorcycles in the free mudik program. The program is designed to reduce the risk of people making long journeys on motorcycles.Topics : The Transportation Ministry predicts that many more people will opt for private vehicles rather than mass transportation during the annual Idul Fitri exodus this year, if the COVID-19 situation is not brought under control by the time of the annual holiday.Land Transportation Director General Budi Setyadi said in anticipation of this the ministry had identified several traffic points across Indonesia’s exodus routes that were prone to congestion. It is also working with the National Police traffic corps to implement various traffic scenarios, including contraflow and one-way systems on toll roads.“If the coronavirus is widespread [during Idul Fitri], I think many people will use private vehicles. However, I hope that this will not happen as I hope the government has enough time for recovery [before Idul Fitri],” said Budi on Friday. “But if this doesn’t happen, there will be a trend of people using more private vehicles, and that is what we will anticipate.”last_img read more

Explainer: Who’s fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh, and why does it matter?

first_imgWhat could stop the fighting?Several countries, including Russia and China, have called for a halt to hostilities but so far without any discernible impact. Russia potentially holds the key: it has a mutual defense pact with Armenia and a military base there, but also enjoys good relations with Azerbaijan and has no interest in the conflict spreading. If its diplomacy succeeded, Moscow could earn kudos for ending the fighting at a time when it is under intense criticism on other fronts, including over its backing for Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko after a disputed election and over the poisoning of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny in Siberia last month, which Germany says was carried out with a nerve agent. President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone to Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Sunday but it is not yet clear if he has attempted to talk to Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev. Fierce fighting has broken out between Azerbaijan and its ethnic Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, a new and dangerous eruption of a decades-old conflict.Where and what is nagorno-karabakh?It’s a mountainous, forested patch of land that sits inside the territory of ex-Soviet Azerbaijan and is recognized under international law as part of that country. But the ethnic Armenians who make up the vast majority of the estimated 150,000 population reject Azeri rule. They have been running their own affairs, with support from Armenia, since Azerbaijan’s troops were pushed out in a war in the 1990s. A ceasefire was agreed in 1994 but at least 200 people were killed in a violent flare-up in 2016. Nagorno-Karabakh survives almost totally on budget support from Armenia and donations from the worldwide Armenian diaspora. Why has fighting broken out now?Tensions between the two sides have been building over the summer, and spilled into direct clashes on Sunday. The timing is significant because the outside powers that have mediated in the past – namely Russia, France and the United States – are distracted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the upcoming US presidential election and a list of world crises from Lebanon to Belarus. Lower-level clashes in July prompted only a muted international response. Turkey, which held large military exercises with Azerbaijan in July and August, has been even more conspicuous in its support compared with past crises. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Ankara would stand by Azerbaijan “with all its resources and heart”. He did not directly address whether Turkey is supplying the Azeri side with military experts, drones and warplanes, as Armenia has alleged and Azerbaijan has denied.What are the risks?Past outbreaks of fighting have killed some 30,000 people since 1988. Already dozens have been killed and several hundred wounded in the latest flare-up. Olesya Vartanyan, an analyst with Crisis Group, said Monday witnessed an increase in deployment of heavy weaponry such as rockets and artillery, bringing a higher risk of civilian casualties that would make it harder to pull the two sides back from all-out war. That in turn could draw in other powers such as Turkey and Russia and destabilize the South Caucasus region, an important corridor for pipelines carrying oil and gas.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Tony Adams fires transfer warning to Arsenal board as Mikel Arteta eyes summer rebuild

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 17 Mar 2020 1:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.8kShares Tony Adams fires transfer warning to Arsenal board as Mikel Arteta eyes summer rebuild Advertisement Tony Adams has issued a transfer warning to the Arsenal board (Picture: BBC)Tony Adams says Arsenal’s recruitment has not been up to scratch for a decade and has warned his former club that Mikel Arteta could be doomed to fail unless it improves.Former Gunners midfielder Arteta has endured a mixed spell in the Emirates hot-seat since returning to the club as manager in December.While performances have generally improved since Arteta replaced Unai Emery, the Gunners remain just ninth in the Premier League and were knocked out of the Europa League last month.Despite this, former Arsenal captain Adams has been impressed with Arteta and says it is time for the Gunners to back their manager in the transfer market.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArteta, who left a role at Manchester City to return to Arsenal, is hoping to bolster his squad with a number of signings this summer and Adams says the club need to sort out their recruitment.‘He [Mikel Arteta] is doing a great job. I really like the man and his enthusiasm,’ Adams told Sky Sports. ‘I am glad he is well and recovered from the virus.‘I have been speaking for the last 10 years about recruitment at the club and I think that really needs to up it’s game. Mikel Arteta will look to bolster his Arsenal squad this summer (Picture: Getty)‘The coach is irrelevant. [Unai] Emery was a fantastic coach but recruitment let him down. If you get that right then the coach has a chance.’Adams, who made more than 650 appearances for Arsenal, has also claimed that it would be wrong for Liverpool to be awarded the Premier League title if no more fixtures of the 2019-20 season can be completed.All professional football in England has been suspended until at least April due to the coronavirus outbreak.‘I don’t think it is completed. Hopefully we get going again and all will be revealed,’ Adams added.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I like to stay in reality and you can’t make any decisions today. I am not going to speculate but I don’t think you can give the Premier League to Liverpool and I don’t think you can relegate three teams.‘If they cancel the Euros, hopefully we can finish the Premier League. That makes sense to me or we should just start afresh from next season.’UEFA confirmed on Tuesday that Euro 2020 had been cancelled, with the tournament now due to take place next year.MORE: Arsenal and Tottenham consider transfer moves for Dejan LovrenMORE: Arsenal offered chance to sign Barcelona star Samuel Umtiti Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Marietta Curran, 51, Versailles

first_imgMarietta T. Curran, 51, of Versailles passed away 9:30am, Sunday, October 6, 2019 at her residence. She was born at Greensburg, Indiana on May 2, 1968 the daughter of Joseph and Christine Voss Brandewiede. She was married to Jack Lee Curran on February 3, 1990 and her husband of 29 years survives. Other survivors include three sons; Daniel, James and Jacob and one daughter Joanne Curran all of Versailles, one brother Edward Brandewiede of North Vernon. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Michelle and her parents. Marietta was a wonderful homemaker and loved horses, cooking for her family and crocheting. She was also a member of the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship, Indiana. Her wishes were to be cremated, the family will have a private burial in Flat Rock Cemetery at their convenience with Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating.“Across the years I will walk with You in deep, green forest; on shores of sand; and when our time on earth is through, in heaven, too, You will have my hand.”last_img read more

Bloodsport

first_imgAs I sit here at my computer on this very dreary Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I am in a semi-fog in regards to the importance of wins and losses in the sports world. There is a tragedy, an almost unimaginable tragedy that has occurred in the Western Hemisphere. Yes I am talking about the almost “genocidal” non-response to the “army” of “grim reapers” that has invaded the small impoverished Afro-Caribbean country to the south of America, Haiti. The monumental loss of life is a burden unto itself and overwhelming but the response by the African-American community, particularly affluent Black athletes in the NFL, MLB and the NBA has been very “underwhelming.” The Afrocentric athletes from other countries and cultures take the economic and social impact of games and sports, very seriously.Everyone, at least a significant percentage of Black folk seem to be going “Lady Gaga” over a few “insensitive remarks that the CBN right-winger and so-called preacher and part-time politician Pat Robertson made in response to the horrific situation in Haiti.Robertson said in a nutshell that “something happened a long time ago in Haiti and people might not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French. Napoleon the Third and whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, ‘We will serve you if you get us free from the prince.’ True story.” And so the devil said, “OK, it’s a deal.” They kicked the French out, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other and desperately poor.That island of Hispaniola is one island. It’s cut down the middle, on the one side is Haiti, on the other side is the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic is prosperous, healthy, full of resorts, etc. Haiti is in desperate poverty. Same island.Because there are no living Haitians to confirm their country’s alleged past pact with the devil it is difficult to corroborate or dispute Robertson’s statement.Please indulge me for a few moments while I kick it seriously with you, ladies and gents.One of the prime reasons that Haiti sits on the bottom of the economic pyramid in the Western Hemisphere is because they lack basic commodities of value that they can sell and they rarely take advantage of any opportunities that may be occasionally available to them. However, the most visible commodity exported from the Dominican Republic is baseball players.There was an article published on CBS-sports.com titled “Baseball: a Dominican cash crop.”It said “In this impoverished country the single-minded dedication to sports has paid off for many like native Dominican Sammy Sosa and Dominican-American Alex Rodriguez.“There are a lot of things we don’t produce in this corner of the Caribbean,” said Enrique Emilio Cordova, a local baseball historian. “We don’t produce much grain, we don’t have much industry. But every year we have a harvest of excellent ball players.” Dominicans outnumber any nationality other than U.S. citizens in the Major League system. Baseball not only is the national pastime, it’s an important bragging point, a crucial economic activity and a strong component of Dominican nationalism.”“The government is strongly linked to the sport of baseball,” said Cesar Cedeno, the cabinet-level secretary of sports. “What our baseball stars do to uphold and promote the country’s image, if we had to pay for that, the price would be immeasurable.”Have the Dominicans sold their soul to the devil so that a few of their young men can become rich and prosperous?Why aren’t more Black athletes giving back more of their time and money to urban America and why aren’t they trying to create and maintain positive public images as opposed to shooting themselves, and bringing guns into locker rooms?In 2009-2010 the collective payroll of the NFL was more than $6 billion (CBS sports.com). The percentage of Black athletes in the league in the last few years has hovered around 75 percent. Based on the number of players in the league and their salaries, theoretically at least Black players should reap around $4.5 billion of the windfall. If they put just 10 percent of those dollars back into the community, our inner cities could possibly benefit to the tune of between $250-300 million. I don’t even want to get into the salaries of Black players in the NBA and MLB. We do not have enough space here.On Dec. 31, 1972 Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder the late, great Roberto Clemente, died in a plane crash in route to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. His body was never recovered but he died honorably attempting to help others.In times of need Black athletes and Black people must get up, put up and shut up. We must stop being the borrowers and become the lenders because the best commodity that we have to offer to the world is ourselves. (Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com.)last_img read more