LAKE CHAMPLAIN REGIONAL CHAMBER, GBIC GO LIVE WITH “VOTE! 2004″Comprehensive survey of candidates is in-depth Election Day referencepieceBURLINGTON – The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce and GBIChave gone live on the Web with “VOTE! 2004,” which contains the results ofa survey of candidates running for state offices in the November 2 GeneralElection. Results are available at www.lcrccsurvey.org/candidates(link is external).Those surveyed include candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor aswell as candidates for State Senator and State Representative fromChittenden County. With a new and exciting theme and Web-based access,the results are intended to help the business community learn more aboutcandidates and encourage and remind them to vote on Election Day.The Chamber and GBIC “VOTE! 2004” report contains two parts. The first isa biographical section provided by each candidate who responded, as wellas a list of each candidate’s top three legislative priorities. Thesecond part consists of PDF documents as pull-out grids containing allcandidates’ names and, from those who responded, answers to a series ofmultiple choice questions relating to eight broad public policy areas.According to A. Wayne Roberts, Chamber President, “As a leading businessorganization, we strive to provide information on the candidates toencourage more discussion about legislative issues and greaterparticipation in the political process.””VOTE! 2004 includes responses on a wide variety of public policy issuesand should assist voters in making decisions at the polls on November 2,”added GBIC President Frank Cioffi.Both Cioffi and Roberts are pleased with the universally accessible,Web-based format that the piece has taken on this year.The Chamber and GBIC produce “VOTE! 2004” as a benefit to the entireregion. The report is not intended to advocate expressly or implicitly for thesuccess or defeat of any particular candidate or party. Candidates, themedia and other organizations are encouraged to link to the site orpublish portions of the report in print or on the Web at no charge. Toobtain permission to do such or for questions, contact Mary Sprayregen,Chamber/GBIC Director of Government Affairs at 802-863-3489 ext. 210 firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail).The LCRCC is a nonprofit organization that provides socially responsibleleadership to enhance the economic environment of the Lake ChamplainRegion and Vermont. GBIC is a private nonprofit economic developmentcorporation that serves as a catalyst for industrial and economic growthin Chittenden County.
Governors Urge Federal Government to Increase LIHEAP Funding to $1Bfor New England StatesRequest Sharp Increase in Funds to Assist Most Vulnerable this WinterWaterbury, VT-At an energy summit held by the New England Governors’ Conference, Inc. (NEGC) July 9, Governor Jim Douglas and his regional counterparts urged the federal government to increase federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding to $1 billion for the New England states this winter.In a letter sent to President Bush, Congressional leadership, and Senators McCain and Obama, the governors illustrate that the requested funding, a sharp increase from last year’s federal budget, is desperately needed to support low-income families in the upcoming heating season. They note that since the winter of 2005-2006, the price of home heating oil in New England has jumped 87%, and natural gas prices have also risen steeply. In order to deliver the same amount of fuel to New England eligible households as LIHEAP provided in 2005-06, assuming a likely increase in the number of households that will apply for needed assistance, LIHEAP funding for New England states would need to be increased to $1 billion.”Many Vermont families-indeed, many New England families-rely on the heating assistance provided by the LIHEAP program, particularly in this time of soaring fuel prices,” said Governor Douglas. “No Vermonter should be cold in his or her home this winter, or any winter. Through my new Food and Fuel Partnership, my administration is marshalling all our state’s resources to ensure all Vermonters are able to weather the perfect storm of rising food, fuel and transportation prices.”Thanks to the financial commitments made by Governor Douglas and the Vermont legislature, last year Vermont provided the most generous LIHEAP benefit in the country, averaging approximately $1169 per household, with approximately 23,000 households served.”Ensuring that the LIHEAP program remains strong for the many families it serves is a key component of the Governor’s Food and Fuel Partnership,” said Agency of Human Services Secretary Cynthia D. LaWare. “With so many Vermont and New England residents facing the very real prospect of being unable to heat their homes this winter, we need unwavering support from our federal partners in addition to the state’s efforts to ensure our most vulnerable families are able to keep their families warm.”The New England Governors further noted that all of their states are mobilizing resources to address the coming heating crisis, including establishing programs to replace inefficient furnaces, and significantly expanding the installation of insulation, programmable thermostats, thermal windows, weather stripping, and energy efficient appliances. However, these measures alone will not be enough to address the immediate needs of vulnerable families this winter.The NEGC also called on the federal government to take action to protect New England’s most vulnerable residents through a variety of other measures. These include significantly increasing funding for the federal Weatherization Program; increasing TANF block grants to allow for family supplemental payments for greater utility and heating costs; allowing Medicaid rules to cover increasing energy costs for programs and services that are provided in 24/7 facilities such as group homes and residential care and nursing facilities; and, increasing social services block grants to cover additional costs of transportation and energy for center-based care, such as child-care centers.The New England Governors’ Conference, Inc., is a non-partisan, non-profit corporation, and includes the Governors of Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The NEGC coordinates regional policy programs in the areas of economic development, transportation, environment, energy, and health.#####
By Dialogo April 11, 2011 The U.S. Army is looking at ways to improve a special rucksack designed to carry a robotic vehicle on a Soldier’s back. The XM1216 Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle weighs less than 30 pounds and is finding many uses across the Army. Soldiers carry the SUGV into urban terrain, tunnels, sewers, and caves where the mission may be manpower-intensive or high-risk. The SUGV helps save lives by becoming mobile eyes and ears, or even detecting chemical or toxic agents. Officials from the Army’s Program Executive Office Integration recently contacted the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s Prototype Integration Facility at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. to see what engineers could do to streamline the rucksack. The inventive team at the PIF evaluated the gear and came up with a solution to hastily remove the SUGV from the rucksack and get it operational in less than two minutes. The current design has the SUGV housed in the MOLLE-Rucksack. Soldiers commonly refer to the rucksack as a Molly, but it is an acronym for Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment. Soldier carry the MOLLE as a backpack attached to a frame. “We don’t cut corners when there are lives on the line,” says Government Project Lead TJ LaPointe. LaPointe said his team refinined the backpack design to make it easier and less time-consuming. “I have the best job in the world, being able to support and save those men and women out there fighting for all of us,” he said. “I am very proud to be involved in everything the PIF is doing for the Warfighter, and so are the rest of us that work here.” Officials also received input from the Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center’s engineering and industrial operations staff. The PIF team installed a zipper on each side of the rucksack and removed the drawstring located at the top. “The zippers allow for a much more fluid removal of the SUGV,” LaPointe said. Before, Soldiers removed the SUGV from the top of the rucksack. The zippers, as well as additional strapping and quick-release buckles, are the same components currently used on the rucksack. As the PEOI Soldier representative, Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Faddis provides a unique perspective, giving civilian scientist a Soldier’s view of the technology they develop. He said the redesign is impressive. “My first thought was that it looked like they took the time to do the zippers correctly,” he said. “It was very professionally done.” The PIF team also designed a quick-release strapping system, that attaches the SUGV unit directly to the rucksack frame, which eliminates the need for the rucksack. Both products will be tested by Soldiers soon to get additional feedback on the effectiveness of the new PIF designs. Based on feedback, the Army will move forward with fielding the new gear.
By Dialogo June 28, 2013 The police officers are not the ones to blame in this process. In a country where people pay almost 40% in taxes, it is unacceptable that police officers are poorly equipped, badly trained, and unprepared to face situations of this nature. It is most likely that the resource management is incoherent. *Fernando Montenegro, Retired Colonel of the Brazilian Army Special Forces, Terrorism and Public and Private Security Analyst However, the initiative of rescuing the quality and self-esteem of the Brazilian police, beyond just acquiring nice-looking uniforms, is the responsibility of the public security managers. Unquestionably, besides the equipment, instruction, and higher pay, it is essential that the Brazilian Criminal Code be revised. The biggest incentive for misconduct is the assurance of impunity. An insignificant number of vandals and looters have been arrested so far. At that time, anybody with the least bit of knowledge on negotiation/crises management could easily identify the serious mistakes made during the process. Besides the fact that the area had not been isolated and the reporters were free to report the news without any concern for possibly interfering with the development of the incident, no other alternative tactics were mentioned other than the negotiation, such as the use of chemical agents and snipers. As if this were not enough, the negotiation, which must be conducted by a subject matter expert due to media interference, was led at the time by the commander of BOPE himself, and ended up compromising the name of the institution, because he was neither commanding nor coordinating. So much so, that the officer who “decided” to pull the trigger did so by his own initiative. Brazil has an excellent national industry focused on technologies for non-lethal riot control, especially the Condor company. But handling the equipment requires constant training and practice, as well as joint simulations. An institution that does not invest in refresher trainings is subjected to this type of exposure. In fact, we can be free of incidents for 100 years, but the security forces cannot afford to spend one second without being prepared. Whenever problems occur, there is no time to initiate processes of acquisition, distribution, instruction, and the use of equipment. Bus number 174 was hijacked with several passengers who were released little by little after negotiations, until only one woman was left. When the kidnapper finally decided to surrender to the police, an officer from the Special Police Operations Battalion (BOPE), decided to shoot the perpetrator by his own initiative and missed the target, hitting the hostage in the head and killing her. The kidnapper was rapidly brought into the police car, but was asphyxiated to death on the way to the police station. The world press was present and the entire incident was broadcast live. The international public opinion is closely following the evolution of the disturbances and considers the possibility that they may reoccur with greater intensity during the World Cup, scheduled to occur in only one year. Many tourists underwent difficult situations or were injured on their way to the stadiums; even the cars belonging to the FIFA were damaged and hit by rocks. The managers of the process must take urgent actions to mitigate the social tensions and properly prepare the security forces that will guarantee peace for the upcoming large scale events in Brazil. Thirteen years later, we watched in real time the lack of preparation of poorly equipped police officers being attacked by vandals and looters. The officers not only failed to defend the historical patrimony, public and private assets, but also had their physical and moral integrity severely compromised. Since June 12, 2000, when a tragedy on a bus took place in the district of Jardim Botânico (Botanic Garden), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the local Military Police had not been so demoralized on live television broadcast, for the rest of the world to see. It is known by many specialists that the “camera syndrome” easily affects the average Brazilian police officer. As soon as police officers notice a reporter covering an incident, they start verbal arguments on many occasions, copying the attitude of Hollywood actors and often taking unnecessary and improper actions. We saw police officers carrying lethal weapons (rifles), shooting in the air for no reason. Professional troublemakers and agitators, like many of the ones who led the loots, are very well aware that after such episodes as the April 1996 massacre known as “Eldorado dos Carajás,” where 19 protesters from the Brazilian Landless Workers’ movement were allegedly executed by the Military Police troops from the state of Pará, and the October 1992 invasion of the Carandiru penitentiary, when 111 inmates were killed by the Military Police of the state of Sao Paulo during a rebellion, the officers hesitate to use lethal weapons to control disorder, fearing a lifetime in court explaining a possible abuse and even facing the risk of being sentenced. After the incident, many BOPE officers requested to be removed from the unit, which only recovered its self-respect after the release of the book “Elite Squad”, and the subsequent release of a movie with the same name.
Topics : Researchers from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and Zoologische Staatssammlung in München, Germany, have discovered four new beetle species in North Maluku.The four new beetle species have been identified as Epholcis acutus, Epholcis arcuatus, Epholcis cakalele, and Epholcis obiensis. The Epholcis genus is a nocturnal beetle.The beetles were found through joint collaboration between LIPI researcher Raden Pramesa Narakusumo from LIPI and Zoologische Staatssammlung researcher Michael Balke during an exploration of the Maluku islands. Pramesa said two of the beetles were named based on their physical appearances, acutus means “sharp edge”, while arcuatus means “bow-like”, referring to the species’ curved back leg. The cakalele beetle is named after a traditional Maluku dance, and obiensis is named after Obi, the island where it was found. Pramesa also explained that the researchers used classic taxonomic methods to identify the species as new discoveries. He said that Indonesia had a lot of potential for new beetle species discoveries. Currently, most beetle specimens are kept in the Zoologicum Bogoriense Museum in Bogor, West Java. (dpk)
Sharing is caring! Tweet FaithLifestyleLocalNews People’s Pentecostal Family Church and Master Academy to provide eye care to public. by: – May 23, 2011 Share Share 63 Views no discussions Share Pastor Bill Daniel. Photo credit: dominicacentral.comThe People’s Pentecostal Family Church Missions Project in collaboration with Master Academy a Canadian based missionary group will provide three days of free eye care clinics to the public commencing today.The clinics will be conducted by Drs Charles Klettke and Roland Bauder.While here, the group will also build a computer Lab, install computers and a wireless network at the St. Luke’s Primary School.The team of seventeen missionaries along will also engage several community projects which include, Replacement of toilets at Operation Youth Quake Orphanage, Painting of the PPFC Children’s Ground in Stock Farm.Visits and care for the elderly and presentation of food hampers to needy families in the communities of Stockfarm and Yam Piece.Dominica Vibes News
The Northern SportMod Nationals will be broadcast by IMCA.TV. More information is available at the www.hancockcountyspeedway.com website. Other event sponsors are Croplan by Winfield and Latham Hi-Tech Seeds Also running that evening at Britt are IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. National, regional and state points will be awarded in those three divisions. Spectator admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Kids 12 and under get in free. Pit passes are $30. BRITT, Iowa – Rain was the winner Tuesday night at Britt, as Hancock County Speedway’s $2,500 to win Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod Nationals were postponed to June 25 The MaxYield Seed-sponsored special pays a minimum of $300 to start. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and E3 Spark Plugs Iowa State, but no track points will be awarded and top finishers from each heat advance to the $200 to win DeKalb/Asgrow Dash to determine their starting spots in the main event. Pit gates open at 5 p.m., the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. and racing follows 7 p.m. hot laps.
“This game is no different and I strongly urge everyone in the ground to show each other respect and not to chant songs that could be regarded as insulting to others – particularly from a religious or political perspective.” “I hope everyone bears that in mind, and every time we come to support our national team.” England fans’ reputation has been restored by their behaviour at recent tournaments, with Hodgson adding his praise, while underlining that it could be quickly eroded. “In my time as England manager the support this team has received at home and abroad has been nothing short of fantastic,” he said. “I have been taken aback by the sheer scale of passion and commitment our supporters have shown. “Long before I came into the job I knew that the behaviour and reputation of England fans has developed into something we all should be very proud of. “World Cups in South Africa and Germany in the last decade are shining examples of this. So I hope everyone who follows England understands that position has been built by many fans over a long period of time and sadly it can be undone very quickly by a minority.” Roy Hodgson has heaped praise on England fans while urging them not to sing “religious or political” songs in next week’s friendly with Ireland. Press Association The Ireland encounter at Wembley on May 29 will be their first meeting with England since 1995, when a friendly in Dublin had to be abandoned due to rioting by the visiting supporters. An anti-IRA song ‘No Surrender’ continues to be sung by England fans and, after escaping a charge for the alleged behaviour of their supporters in San Marino recently, the Football Association are desperate to avoid more controversy. In his programme notes for next Wednesday’s game, published on the FA website, Hodgson wrote: “As much as we all want to win, respect for the game and for our opponents is paramount.
Though each indoor track and field season for CNY Indoor Track Association sides starts with the Jack Morse Kickoff Meet, this one had a bit more meaning.That’s because the event’s namesake, Jack Morse, a long-time radio and television sportscaster who spent a large part of his four-decade career highlighting area high school sports, passed away in November at age 84.Baldwinsville’s indoor track team was part of the Thursday portion of this two-day event, and won both the boys and girls titles. On the way to the 1,600-meter team title in 19:51.98, B’ville was 1-2 individually, Jack Michaels taking the top spot in 4:42.21 to edge teammate Colin Delaney, who posted 4:43.10. That predated a sprint medley relay where Weaver, Sam Mellinger, Kenneth Svitak and Connor Waldron got a Bees victory in 3:53.02, the only time under four minutes.Quinn Peters, David Mahar, Logan Hayes and Robert Thompson went 1:42.24 in the 4×200 relay, just behind the winning 1:42.09 from Institute of Technology Central. Thompson and Aden Kostolecki were fourth in the long jump.Matt Komuda cleared 9 feet in the pole vault for third-place points. The Bees also finished fourth in the 4×800 relay in 9:41.89 and fourth in the 4×400 (4:08.76) as Tom Hagopian and Tom Bernardin got fifth place in the 55-meter hurdles.On the girls side at the Morse meet, the Bees also excelled at field events, including the pole vault, where Ella Smith’s clearance of 7’6″ meant an individual title and 10 first-place team points, too. In the weight throw, B’ville had three of the top four finishers, with Sarah Smiley heaving it 29’10” to beat Kathryn Mitts (27’2″) and Lauren Shaler (26’9″).Lauren Addario, by herself, got fourth-place points in the triple jump thanks to her individual victory with 37’3 1/2″. Hannah Johnson and Allyson Surowick paired for 29’7 1/4″ in the long jump, second to F-M (31’3 1/2″), while Karen Ekure and Natalia Lewis were second in the high jump, combining to top 9’3″.Vivian Holden-Betts, Sarah Fawwaz, Annabelle Horan and Sage Springsteen won the 1,500-meter four-runner event in 23:50.43, while in the sprint medley Addario, Ekure, Olivia Creelman and Anna Conklin were second in 4:53.19.Mary Sabatino, Lily Horan, Emilee Salzman and Catherine Thompson were third in the 4×800 in 12:13.58. Johnson, Brianna Natoli, Katie Nice and Bailey Nicholson got third in the 4×400 in 4:40.71 as Courtney Bostic, Madison Kennedy, Brook Wirtheim and Olivia Muscolino took third place in the 4×200 in 2:01.43.Elsewhere, Surowick and Nadia Kozman were fifth in the 55 hurdles, with Carlie Desimone and Alida Menickelli fifth in the 55 sprint. Shaler and Sarah Smiley were sixth in the shot put.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story The boys Bees had 94 points, well clear of Cazenovia’s runner-up total of 71 points, while the girls Bees got a scare from Cazenovia and Fayetteville-Manlius, yet won with 87 points to the Lakers’ 85 and the Hornets’ 84.Dominating field events, the B’ville boys had Ryan Dupra clear 6 feet 3 inches to win the high jump and gain team honors with Owen Weaver, who topped 5’6″. In the triple jump, Weaver and Aidan Priest prevailed with 75’5″, Weaver second among individuals with 39’11 1/4″.Steven Miller, second in the individual shot put with 39’2 1/4″, paired with Adam Graham for the team victory with 75’8 1/2″, while in the weight throw Miller (second) and Alex Boak (fourth) finished on top, their throws adding up to 81’2″. Tags: Baldwinsvilleindoor track