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Energy conference and gubernatorial address October 6

first_imgSource: AIV Associated Industries of Vermont convenes its 89th Annual Meeting on Tuesday, October 6 at the CapitolPlaza Hotel in Montpelier.  Vermont is currently seeing a convergence of several very significant energy policies that pose imminentchallenges for the state and carry serious implications for Vermont’s ratepayers.  The Legislature, PublicService Board, Public Service Department, and utilities will make critical decisions in the coming months,and it is important for Vermont employers to be aware of what is at stake.In addition to looming “end game” in deciding the fate of Vermont Yankee, decisions on future contractswith Hydro Quebec are also coming due — placing two-thirds of Vermont’s energy supply in question inthe very near future.  At the same time, the debate continues between letting the market or statemandates drive renewable energy development. On top of this, regional, national, and international plansare being developed for transmission strategies and projects that will not only impact the sources andgeneration types in Vermont’s own portfolio, but that of the region — all with cost and constructionimplications not entirely under Vermont’s control. AIV’s 89th Annual Meeting will provide presentations from key players in these unfolding events, a paneldiscussion with some of Vermont’s top decision makers and stakeholders, and finally a luncheon addressby Governor Jim Douglas.Both members and non-members are welcome to register by faxing or mailing a registrationform by October 2.  Registration is required for admission to the presentations and luncheonaddress.  Contact Angelina Beardsley at (802) 223-3441 or email [email protected](link sends e-mail) for more information.REGISTRATION FORM IS AVAILABLE ON THE HOME PAGE OF THE AIV WEBSITE:  www.aivt.org(link is external)Agenda8:30 am         Registration for Presentations and Luncheon Address9:00 am         Future of Transmission in Vermont:  Choices, Demands, and CostsJohn Donleavy, President and CEO, VELCO9:45 am         Hydro Quebec and Vermont’s Energy FutureTBA10:15 am       Vermont Yankee and Vermont’s Energy FutureJay Thayer, Vice President of Operations, Entergy Nuclear10:45 am       Investment Decisions Facing Vermont’s UtilitiesMary Powell, President and CEO, Green Mountain Power11:15 am       Ready or Not:  Panel Discussion on Vermont’s Energy FutureJohn Goodrich, Vice President and General Manager, Weidmann Electrical TechnologyRepresentative Tony Klein, Chair, House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy                   Lawrence Mott, Director, New Energy Partners                   David O’Brien, Commissioner, Department of Public Service                   Robert Young, President and CEO, Central Vermont Public Service12:30 pm       Lunch and Address by Governor Jim Douglas1:30 pm         Wrap Uplast_img read more

LOMAS promotes professionalism

first_img Phelps said LOMAS’s services enhance professionalism and competency by addressing the following objectives: LOMAS promotes professionalism Providing a broad range of practice management information services to members of the Bar, the Law Office Management Assistance Service plays an integral role in promoting professionalism. LOMAS is a fees supported educational resource housed within the Bar’s Programs Division. “The teaching of practice management skills to lawyers has been haphazard over the years because most law schools do not consider it to be a part of their mandate to educate their students in these matters and no other effective teaching forum exists,” said J.R. Phelps, LOMAS director. The LOMAS department offers the membership an affordable way to obtain answers to questions regarding practice management and basic technology systems. Phelps said this is particularly important for sole practitioners and small firm members who may not be able to afford these services if they are not offered by the Bar. “The phone rarely stops ringing in the LOMAS department as we log over 10,000 calls each year concerning a wide range of topics,” Phelps said. “And with the advent of e-mail, each morning’s listing of requests continues to grow.” From an initial staff of one full-time director in 1980, LOMAS now has three full-time practice management advisors and a full-time secretary. With the increase in telephone inquiries to the program, the staff is now spending the largest portion of available time in telephone consultations, Phelps said. Just as the numbers of members of the Bar have increased during this period of time, so has the complexity of issues faced by law firm managers. “Technology, staffing shortages and labor law issues today are far more of a factor for law firms and correspondingly require more of the attention of LOMAS advisors,” Phelps said. The Florida Bar’s LOMAS department was the first of the state bar-sponsored practice management advisory services, and has now been copied by 19 other state bars. Phelps said the development of the LOMAS program occurred in response to the growing evidence that: December 1, 2000 Regular News Professionalism, sound management and effective leadership are inherently intertwined and dependent one upon the other Many, and perhaps most, complaints to discipline authorities and malpractice claims against lawyers are caused, in large part, by poor practice management. Improving practice management skills can play an important role in reducing the number and dollar value of malpractice claims and improving the public perception of lawyers. Solo and small firm practitioners have few options available in trying to find the necessary assistance with law office management and technology issues. LOMAS promotes professionalism Assist lawyers in improving efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of legal services. Assist lawyers in implementing systems and controls to reduce risk and improve quality in the delivery of legal services. Assist lawyers by fostering better client relations. Assist lawyers and their office personnel to use emerging technologies to enhance the delivery of legal services. Telephone advice and information on the complete range of practice management issues. On-site consulting services to solo and small firms. Business plan development for new start-up firms or lawyers transitioning from an existing firm. Technology needs hardware and software selection. Staffing and human resource management. Financial management. Trust accounting management. Law firm governance and partnership considerations. Malpractice prevention through calendar, docket and conflict-of-interest management systems. “promoting and providing the services of LOMAS, The Florida Bar enhances the value to its members by reducing the potential for legal malpractice liability; reducing disciplinary complaints; providing an alternative to disciplinary proceedings through LOMAS disciplinary and diversionary on-site office reviews; and reducing the stress within the practice caused by poor office systems and procedures,” Phelps said. A sampling of the services provided by LOMAS includes: Additional responsibilities and activities of the department include serving as a resource to Bar sections by providing speakers and materials for programs; providing articles or speakers for local and voluntary bars serving the legal community; serving as a resource to other ancillary support groups such as legal administrators, paralegal and legal support staff organizations; cross-marketing other Florida Bar departments such as SCOPE, FLA, Inc., and the Lawyer Referral Service. “Feedback concerning the program is welcomed and used to identify strengths and weaknesses of existing services and products, as well as to determine other services that members desire,” Phelps said. “Through feedback received in early 1999, LOMAS determined there was a need for an educational program concerning the difficulty law firms faced in meeting the IRS requirement to provide 1099s for certain transactions handled within a trust account.” Because of the feedback, Phelps said, a special program was produced and presented at the 2000 Annual Meeting this past June. LOMAS also has produced or developed a number of videotapes, audiotape books and manuals regarding practice management topics, all of which are described on the Bar’s webpage at www.FLABAR.org.last_img read more

Trump Supporters Protest at Maricopa County Vote-Counting Site

first_imgMany in the crowd were holding Trump flags, and numerous people were wielding AR-15 rifles and other firearms. Some also chanted “Fox News sucks,” reflecting their displeasure with the network’s decision on Tuesday to call Arizona for Mr. Biden, a move that some other news outlets later followed. The last time a Democratic presidential candidate won Arizona was Bill Clinton in 1996, and Maricopa County has not voted for a Democrat for president since 1948. But demographic changes have transformed Arizona into a battleground state.As of late Wednesday night, Mr. Biden led Mr. Trump in Arizona by fewer than 80,000 votes, or less than three percentage points, with about 14 percent of the total vote still outstanding. In the votes so far from Maricopa County, Mr. Biden leads by five percentage points. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Without citing evidence, some Republicans have accused election officials of manipulating the results to indicate that Mr. Trump is losing in Maricopa County, which is home to about 60 percent of Arizona’s population. PHOENIX — More than 150 supporters of President Trump, some of them armed, gathered outside the Maricopa County election office on Wednesday and chanted “Count the vote,” as officials did just that under the protection of sheriff’s deputies.Early results in Arizona show Joseph R. Biden Jr. in the lead, but Trump supporters believe that could change as the last votes are counted.- Advertisement – Keely Varvel, chief deputy recorder for Maricopa County, said counting would continue despite the protest. “We are still planning to finish up our scheduled ballot processing work and report out more results tonight,” Ms. Varvel said. “The only way Biden can win Arizona is through fraud,” said Jim Williams, 67, a welder who attended the protest. “I won’t accept a Biden victory. I don’t want to live under Communist rule.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Northgate location close to the CBD helps home fetch $825k

first_imgThe home at 40 Junior Tce, Northgate, sold for $825,000.THIS family home at Northgate has sold for $825,000.According to CoreLogic data, the median house price for the suburb was $708,000.Ray White Banyo principal Renee Rennie said the home at 40 Junior Tce sold to a young couple, with the property settling late last month.“They’re a delightful young couple and they are so in love with the home,” Ms Rennie said. “It is going to be their family home and they will be there for a long time.”Ms Rennie said the home was recently renovated, and she had still been receiving inquiries on it until settlement.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Inside 40 Junior Tce, Northgate.“It was a renovated property with beautiful flow,” she said.The agent said the location of Northgate is what drew most buyers to the area, with it being within 10km of the CBD and close to the airport.Further north, 596 Flinders Pde at Brighton sold before auction for $1,475,000.Ray White New Farm agent Christine Rudolph said the buyers were desperate to purchase the home before heading overseas.“It’s the waterfront dream and they absolutely fell in love with it,” she said.“They’re eventually going to retire at that property.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:28Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:28 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenPrestige property with Liz Tilley07:29last_img read more

Region One Steering Committee installed

first_img–Moves closer to becoming GFF Regional Member AssociationREGION One has moved one step closer to becoming a Regional Member Association (RMA) of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) with the establishment of a steering committee yesterday at Moruca, sub-district Region 1.The committee was presented with its Terms of Reference (ToR), which includes among others, the development of a Constitution and the registration of clubs in the region.President of the GFF, Wayne Forde, who is among a three-man visiting team, said the GFF is pleased to offer the structure and organisation necessary to enable the region to maximise its resources:“The expansion of football across Guyana is beyond the mandate of the GFF’s Executive Committee. We also have a moral obligation to give every young boy and girl the opportunity to play football; and within the Barima-Waini community there are a lot of passionate and talented young footballers.The only way that the GFF can give them the level of support that is needed to bring structure and organization to the game is by having the steering committee start the important work of leading Region 1 towards full-fledge membership of the Guyana football fraternity.”Forde said while this is considered an ad-hoc committee under the GFF’s Constitution, with a six-month life-span, “our goal is to propose Region One’s membership to the Congress in May 2018 but, of course, that will be based entirely on the work the steering committee does to demonstrate to the Executive Committee that they’re worthy of being inducted as members of the Guyana Football Federation.”“Government’s support to this endeavour is critical, given the logistics of integrating Region 1 into national football,” said Forde. “We also take this opportunity to invite the NGOs and all stakeholders within the Region 1 community to come on board and support the work of the steering committee and do whatever is necessary to help Region One’s integration into national football.”Forde added that the establishment of the Steering Committee will see GFF’s immediate technical support to the region via capacity-building sessions to identify coaches, referees and others, as necessary. Other members of the visiting team are Dion Inniss, GFF’s Executive Committee member, and Ian Greenwood, GFF’s Technical Director.last_img read more

Wildfire smoke advisory continues for northeast B.C.

first_imgThe communities included in the advisory are Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Fort Nelson and the surrounding areas.“The forest fires causing the smoke fires are still active and periods of smoke my affect communities throughout the area,” a press release reads.The ministry goes on to say smoke levels can change rapidly, and there may be large variations over short distances.- Advertisement -If you’re experiencing difficulty breathing, chest pain or discomfort, or a sudden onset of a cough/irritation of airways, contact your health care provider immediately. Also, avoid strenuous outdoor activity, especially along busy traffic corridors.Exposure is of particular concern for infants, the elderly and those who have underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, lung, or heart disease.For the latest information regarding the current condition of air quality, visit bcairquality.ca.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgA DOT com entrepreneur wants to turn a Donegal island into a miniature Silicon Valley and have his business headquarters there.Neil Gallagher wants to bring his company to Arranmore Island.London-based businessman Neil Gallagher has his sights set on Arranmore Island for his company HQ.But the trouble is there’s no proper broadband there, meaning his dream is on hold for the moment. The 43 year old dad-of-three grew up on the island and his family still runs a popular bar there.But Neil wants to run a business of a different kind on Arranmore – a creative technology company, Caped Koala Studios, that will catapult the island onto the gaming map.“If it can be done in Finland, which is right at the edge of Europe, by the likes of Rovio and Supercell, then there’s absolutely no reason why it can’t be done on Arranmore,” Neil said.Supercell was started up in Finland in 2010 and within a year the gaming studio was worth more than $3 billion. Likewise, Rovio – the company behind the phenomenon that is Angry Birds, also had humble beginnings there. Arranmore IslandThe difference between Finland and a place like Arranmore, according to Neil, is just a matter of proper broadband.“Arranmore would be perfect for Caped Koala,” said Neil. “Donegal Airport is only 15 minutes away from the port and you can get a flight to Dublin in half an hour. If you had a decent broadband connection you would have everything you need.“Arranmore has a really educated population and in fact a number of islanders have already worked for me on Pora Ora, which is what we’re launching in November and showcasing at the Web Summit.“I’ve had talented maths graduates, coding experts and teachers from Arranmore help me make Pora Ora into what it is today and I think the young people there at the moment would definitely have a lot to offer Caped Koala or any other technology company that would be attracted to Arranmore if the proper infrastructure were in place.”Pora Ora – a series of interconnected games and apps designed for children between five and 12 – is already being used in primary schools across the globe. Tailored to the national curriculum, it helps children learn in an entertaining and engaging way – teaching everything from times tables to spellings and geography. It’s also been translated into Irish by Foras na Gaeilge.Neil’s company Pora Ora has been hugely successful.Neil dreamed up the idea for Pora Ora whilst visiting Arranmore after building a family home there. And last year he sold his profitable company, Sentaca UK, to fund his dream.His three children, Niamh (11) Darragh (10) and Sean (8) were already in school and Neil was amazed that the way they were learning various subjects hadn’t changed at all since when he was learning the same lessons in primary school.“They were bored. Children these days are used to different technologies and I found it crazy that nothing had changed since God knows when. I wanted to inject a bit of fun into learning and I think Pora Ora does that.” Tests have shown that children using Pora Ora in the classroom for an hour a week for six weeks improved their speed and accuracy in times tables by an average of over 30 per cent compared to a control class who didn’t use it at all. Some children’s scores improved by 100 per cent.“These games aren’t just educational, they’re great games, so everyone is happy – parents, teachers and kids,” said Neil.Arranmore is currently serviced by the formal national broadband scheme operated by 3, and the island’s community services programme manager, Seamus Bonner described it as completely unsatisfactory. He revealed that three companies have indicated to him that they will open an office on Arranmore if proper broadband is put in place.Seamus said: “We have received confirmation from Eircom that they don’t intend to upgrade our exchange because it’s not economically viable for them to do so. The 3 service is slow and unreliable and we have no wired services available.”He added: “Nearly €18 million for rural broadband was reallocated under the Rural Development Programme this year as the Department said it was not required. We need a fibre to the home solution to sort the issue out once and for all. Wireless is not sufficient.“Pat Rabbitte announced a new scheme during the summer that promises to deliver fibre to rural areas. We need clarity on when it will be delivered as they are saying 2016. Islands need to be at the top of the queue as they have the most to gain for jobs, healthcare, government services and education.”“Broadband is now as basic an infrastructure as water and electricity. Many other services will depend on having a proper high speed connection available. We need a minimum of 100MB.He continued: “Companies like Caped Koala will make a huge contribution to the future of the island by adding to the local economy, providing highly skilled jobs for young people and stopping the brain drain which is contributing to our huge depopulation problem.”* Neil Gallagher will be one of the exhibitors at next week’s Web Summit in Dublin where the world’s brightest techies will gather in their thousands next week.ENTREPRENEUR REVEALS PLANS TO BRING SLICE OF SILICON VALLEY TO DONEGAL ISLAND was last modified: October 28th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Arranmore IslandbroadbandCaped Kola StudioscompanydonegalNeil GallagherPora Oralast_img read more

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