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HBRA-Southern Vermont announces its 12th annual Excellence in Housing Awards

first_imgThe Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Southern Vermont has announced the winners of their 12th Annual Excellence in Housing Awards. These awards recognize the outstanding artistry and craftsmanship of members.  They were presented at a banquet held at Franklin Conference Center in Rutland on February 23, 2011.   Awards presented:Single Family Home ‘ under 2,000 square feet sponsored by Vermont Housing Finance Agency–Stafford Technical Center of Rutland;Single Family Home ‘ 2,001 to 3,000 square feet sponsored by Gilmore Home Center–Aspen Construction Services of Bondville;Single Family Home – over 3,000 square feet sponsored by LaValley Building Supply–The McKernon Group of Brandon;Residential Addition-Renovation–Roaring Brook Constructors of Killington;Best Kitchen–Roaring Brook Constructors of Killington;Best Feature–Aspen Construction Services of Bondville;Curb Appeal–Aspen Construction Services of Bondville;Commercial Addition-Renovation–Glendenning LLC of Wallingford;Environmental Excellence sponsored by r.k. Miles–Aspen Construction Services of Bondville;Energy Efficiency sponsored by Efficiency Vermont–The McKernon Group of Rutland;Best Website–r.k. Miles of Manchester;Best Marketing Piece–Aspen Construction Services of Bondville.                       Special recognition for participation goes to the following members: Timber Ridge Builders of Orwell; Burleson Builders of Castleton; Ennis Construction of Ascutney.  Banquet and Award Sponsor: LaValley Building Supply; Award Sponsors: Vermont Housing Finance Agency, Gilmore Home Center, r.k. Miles, Efficiency Vermont/Vermont Energy Star Home Program. Each entry was viewed anonymously by a panel of judges who were given a set of criteria with which to make their decisions.  Judges were:  Mike Coppinger, Downtown Rutland Partnership; Mary Cohen, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont; EJay Bishop, Rutland Recreation & Parks Department. The Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Southern Vermont is an organization of builders, suppliers, and associated businesses whose main purpose is to support and educate the building industry, the community and its members.  Monthly membership dinner meetings are held with featured speakers on the second Wednesday of each month, and those interested inthe presentation or those who would like to learn more about the association are encouraged to attend. Also available to the public is a FREE Membership Directory & Buyer’s Guide which lists members by category for ease of finding a business to help with building a new home, remodeling, finding an appliance or building materials, locating a fuel company, insurance needs, and more.   14th Annual Home & Recreation Show from 9am to 3pm on April 2ndat the Spartan Arena, behind the Diamond Run Mall in Rutland, VT.  Photos courtesy of HBRA of Southern Vermont.From Top: Aspen Construction, McKernon Group, Roaring Brook, Roaring Brook, Stafford Tech, Aspen.last_img read more

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Hillbilly Environmentalist: We All Drink Downstream

first_imgOn the side of a can of Pisgah Brewing Company’s (excellent) Pisgah Pale Ale or Greybeard IPA is the quotation “We all drink downstream.” Though printed on the side of a beer can, this sentence captures the essence of the broader argument that living organisms are highly affected by activities upstream—and essentially all of us live downstream.Let me get directly to the point of this post: Our nation’s waterways are once again under attack, an attack which began the afternoon of January 20, 2017, the day Donald Trump was inaugurated as President. His public statements in support of clean air and clean water contrast sharply with his executive actions and budget proposals. He said the following when addressing Congress on February 28, 2017: “My administration wants to work with members in both parties … to promote clean air and clean water.” Nothing could be further from the truth.Mr. Trump quickly signed into law H.J.Res.38 “Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Interior known as the Stream Protection Rule,” submitted to him by Congress on February 16, 2017. The Stream Protection Rule, finalized in the waning days of the Obama Administration, made it nearly impossible for companies to legally remove mountaintops to remove coal, and then fill the once-pristine, adjacent headwater streams with “overburden.” This action was low-hanging-fruit for anti-environment, pro-business members of Congress and the President, as the rule was legally reviewable by Congress under the Congressional Review Act. The Stream Protection Rule is dead.But Mr. Trump is not satisfied to stop there, as his administration has set its sights on the broader Clean Water Rule, which was finalized on June 29, 2015 under President Obama. The title of the President Trump’s executive order, signed the same day as the address to Congress, says much: “Presidential Executive Order on Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the ‘Waters of the United States’ Rule.” This executive order directs the administrator of the EPA (climate-change denier Scott Pruitt) and the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works (currently Douglas Lamont) to review and then rescind or revise the rule.Mr. Pruitt and Mr. Lamont wasted no time in signaling their intent in the Federal Register. Their intention is to interpret “navigable waters,” a crucial phrase which appears in the landmark Clean Water Act of 1972, as narrowly as possible—in fact, consistent with the interpretation of uber-conservative Justice Scalia in the 2006 U.S. Supreme Court ruling Rapanos vs. United States. Rapanos was argued many years after Michigan-based developer John Rapanos filled 22 acres of wetlands with sand to develop a mall, and he did not apply for a permit for this action, even though his consultant and state employees requested that he do so, claiming that the wetlands were far enough from “navigable waters” that he could do whatever he wanted.The intention filed by Mr. Pruitt and Mr. Lamont in the Federal Register states “… the agencies will consider interpreting the term ‘navigable waters,’ as defined in the CWA in a manner consistent with the opinion of Justice Scalia in Rapanos.” Justice Scalia wrote this in his opinion on the case: “In applying the definition to “ephemeral streams,” “wet meadows,” storm sewers and culverts, “directional sheet flow during storm events,” drain tiles, man-made drainage ditches, and dry arroyos in the middle of the desert, the Corps has stretched the term “waters of the United States” beyond parody.” Parody, as in funny, an exaggeration. Justice Scalia thought it was humorous that one could consider all waters as connected and worthy of federal protection.I could go on for pages with the details, but I will cut to the chase: After the 2006 Rapanos ruling, which did not clarify exactly which waters are protected under the Clean Water Act, the EPA began the years-long process of studying the science related to “connectivity of streams and wetlands to downstream waters,” the title of its 2015 report. It took four years to even finalize the report, owing to the extensive review by dozens of both governmental and non-governmental subject matter experts (a.k.a. scientists). Over 1,200 publications from the peer-reviewed journal literature were used in the writing of the report. Bottom line: The extensive study is scientifically-based, not whimsical. Next bottom line: Mr. Trump’s and Mr. Pruitt’s/Mr. Lamont’s intentions are whimsical, at least from a scientific perspective. In fact, Mr. Pruitt and Mr. Lamont write in the Federal Register “such a revised decision need not be based upon a change of facts of circumstances.” (emphasis mine)The science report “Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence” is almost 500 pages long, but the conclusions are clear—all streams, wetlands, and open waters of any kind, size, and frequency of flow are intimately “connected to downstream waters and strongly influence their function” and/or “provide physical, chemical, and biological functions that could affect the integrity of downstream waters.” The subsequent Clean Water Rule, then, defines “navigable waters” very broadly, given these unequivocal findings of professional scientists in the field (again, both governmental and non-governmental). [Read a summary of the “Connectivity” report here.]Back to my opening line—We all drink downstream. Clean water is crucial to all living organisms. And clean water is paramount for the readers of this magazine to do all the wonderful activities we do outside. The incredible efforts of scientists, lawmakers, and federal employees have made universal (at least in the U.S.) clean water even more attainable, but these efforts are being undermined by an Administration hell-bent on moving the needle in the opposite direction, towards a handful of companies and landowners.We don’t have to take this sitting down. The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers, under new leadership, will not effortlessly undo the Clean Water Rule, as it took years to create and will take years to undo, with long court battles undoubtedly forthcoming. But we can resist as individuals, too. A simple action is to do what Mr. Pruitt and Mr. Lamont state in the Federal Register: “For further information, contact …” Let’s ask for further information. Let’s unite, regardless of political leanings and affiliation, to demand an explanation as to why the current Administration desires, openly, to roll back environmental protections of waterways and those of us who live, drink, work, and play downstream.Here are the contacts. Please take five minutes to make the call and send an email. And then send these along to all your friends. After all, we all drink downstream.EPA: (202) 566-2428  /  CWAwaters@epa.govAsst. Secretary of the Army for Civil Works:(703) 695-4641 / email: gib.a.owen.civ@mail.millast_img read more

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Mountain Mama: Winter Solstice

first_imgBetween shopping, decorating, baking and showing up to holiday functions, this time of year tends to overwhelm. Getting caught up in all the frenzy results in losing sight of the magic and beauty of the season.When Orion marched across the night sky and nightfall blanketed our ancestors in darkness, they celebrated a simpler and more natural holiday, the winter solstice. From the ancient Egyptians to the Celts, and the Hopi, winter signaled a time to turn inward, a time of ritual, reflection and rest.For us in the Northern Hemisphere, Thursday, December 21st marks the beginning of winter when the sun shines at its most southern point. People celebrate the winter solstice to acknowledge winter’s arrival and look forward to the increasing light as the countdown to spring begins.Many Christmas traditions date back to solstice celebrations, which incorporated Yule logs and decorating to brighten the dark winter nights. Evergreens, mistletoe, and holly began as symbols of everlasting life, a reminder many of us appreciate when darkness becomes so prevalent.Even the earliest version of Santa Claus may be based on a story about the first shamans who climbed the highest peaks to visit the upper worlds, returning to their communities on the winter solstice with gifts that included predictions and visions for the coming year.A typical Christmas celebration in 1800s Appalachia more closely resembled winter solstice than our current holiday customs. Back then, parents limited gift giving to one or two small gifts to their children, not the mound of presents we pile under today’s trees. Communities celebrated by eating sweets, setting off fireworks, gathering around bonfires, and drinking wine and moonshine. For anyone craving deeper connections to people and places this holiday season, the answer might be as simple as getting outside with a loved one to witness late sunrises and early sunsets, to acknowledge the natural order and rhythm of the season. The colder temperatures and early nightfall means some of our favorite trails, rivers, and mountain perches become less frequented. The stillness of winter landscapes provides the silence that cultivates intention.In these quiet places, we may also find the requisite courage to revise our holiday rituals. Nature tethers us to what matters most, gifting us with the opportunity to create meaningful lives.last_img read more

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GAULA, Pais Libre and University of La Sabana help families of kidnapping victims

first_imgBy Dialogo June 24, 2014 Security forces reduce kidnappings While Colombian security forces have succeeded in reducing the number of kidnappings by cracking down on gangs responsible for abductions, the military’s elite anti-kidnapping unit, a non-governmental organization (NGO), and a major university are working hard to assist kidnapping victims. The organization, País Libre, has a Victims Support Center which provides information to victims about their legal rights and connects them with agencies which provide mental health services. País Libre also serves as a bridge between victims and authorities in the criminal justice system. “We developed several projects focused on victims of kidnapping and mental health in coordination with state agencies,” said Dr. María Consuelo Jáuregui, executive director of País Libre. “We also provide direct and indirect assistance to victims of this scourge.” País Libre also educates the public about the impact kidnapping has on victims, and the need to provide resources to people who have been abducted and their loved ones. “Our mission is to ensure that in Colombia there is awareness of the severity of the crime of kidnapping and the importance of fighting and studying it,” Jáuregui said. País Libre was formed in August, 1991. Since it was founded, the organization has helped about 9,000 victims of crimes against personal freedom. These would include victims of kidnapping, extortion, and other crimes. Though the number of kidnappings has plunged in recent years, there are tens of thousands of kidnapping victims, according to a study published in 2013 by the Center for Historical Memory in Colombia. Kidnappers abducted at least 39,000 people between 1970 and 2010, according to the study. More than 21,100 of the victims, or 79 percent, were children, the study found. Organized crime groups committed most of the kidnappings. Terrorists from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) committed 37 percent of the kidnappings, and the National Liberation Army (ELN) committed 30 percent of the abductions. Other organized crime groups committed 20 percent of the kidnappings. País Libre works closely with the GAULA. Many kidnapping victims are reluctant to report abductions because they fear retaliation from the kidnappers. The NGO encourages kidnapping victims to report abductions to the GAULA and to cooperate with investigators. “We work closely with military GAULA, which is led by Colonel José Angel Pirela. It is very important to us that victims are assisted by them about their rights,” Jáuregui said. “A fundamental part to combat this scourge is that the victims dare to report the crime. They are afraid to report it.” País Libre works with soldiers, providing guidance on how to communicate with fearful kidnapping victims, Jáuregui said. “We have a close link with soldiers whom we have trained in the subject of kidnapping victims and how to serve them best and the military GAULA has made a great effort to win the trust of the people,” she said. “There is better confidence in them by the people today.” Thousands of kidnapping victims need help País Libre works with GAULA Students at the School of Communications at the University of La Sabana engage in an innovative program to help victims of abduction. The program, known as “Adopt a Kidnapping Victim,” invites members of the public to recognize kidnapping victims by symbolically adopting them and demanding their freedom. People who symbolically adopt people who have been abducted try to help relatives of victims by providing emotional support and accompanying them to public events to honor victims of abduction. “We tell our volunteers to value their freedom first and secondly to think that there are many people who do not have their loved one at home. We invite volunteers to break through indifference,” said Diana Patricia Molano coordinator of the program at the University of La Sabana. The brother of a kidnapped soldier told Diálogo that a woman who has adopted his family has helped him and other family members. “Our adopter is a young woman. She calls my mother on a regular basis. They do fun things and together keep my brother’s memory alive,” said the brother, who declined to be identified by name to maintain his privacy. “We are so grateful that my mother is in better spirits and her faith and hope has been renewed.” “This means a world of difference for our family,” the brother said. The program began in 2008. Since then, volunteers have adopted 20 families of kidnapping victims. Transition to quote: Dr. Jáuregui cautions “efforts against kidnapping and violence in Colombia should not be only on security but on social investment and education of children and youth in Colombia without it we will not achieve peace.” Kidnappings were once widespread in Colombia, but have declined dramatically in recent years, thanks to the work of security forces. Then-President César Gaviria Trujillo ordered the creation of an anti-kidnapping unit, known as the UNASE (Anti-Extortion and Kidnapping Units), in 1990. Gaviria created the UNASED after the number of kidnapping surged from 789 in 1989 to 1,274 the following year. In 1996, UNASE evolved into the military’s elite anti-kidnapping unit and extortion unit, the Unified Action Group for Personal Liberty (GAULA). Kidnappings, many of which were committed by organized crime groups which demanded ransom, continued to climb for several years. In 2000, there were 3,752 kidnappings reported in Colombia, according to the military. Over time, GAULA officers became more affective as they gained experience investigating abductions and improved their training and intelligence-gathering. In the 2000s, the number of kidnappings dropped steadily, then dramatically. In 2013, there were 299 kidnappings reported in Colombia, according to a report from the Colombian Defense Ministry. In 55 percent of these abductions, the kidnappers demanded ransom. Since 2007, the GAULA has dismantled 47 gangs of kidnappers. ‘Adopting’ kidnapping victims Good. No one is exempt from being a victim of kidnapping. Let us all pray for those who are kidnapped, lost and who have lost their freedom.last_img read more

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PREMIUMFrom military to national coverage: 75 years of Indonesia’s health insurance

first_imgFacebook Forgot Password ? Google Topics : Linkedin “Documenting 75 years of resilience” is a series of special reports by The Jakarta Post to celebrate Indonesia’s Independence Day on Aug. 17, 1945.From the Dutch colonial era policy of primarily covering civil servants and military personnel to present-day national coverage, Indonesia’s public health insurance and welfare program has reached some 221 million of its 271 million population, nearly 75 years after independence.Said to be the world’s largest single-payer national health insurance by targeted coverage, the National Health Insurance (JKN) was launched in 2014 a decade after the government adopted the program under the 2004 law on the national social security system (SJSN).The program began with 112 million participants, less than half of roughly 255 million Indonesians at that time, who were registered by integrating the policyholders of … Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here deficit health-insurance-in-Indonesia BPJS-Kesehatan JKN universal-healthcare sustainability #Indonesia75last_img read more

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Governor Tom Wolf on the Price of the Opioid Epidemic

first_img October 13, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog,  Videos We all pay the price for Pennsylvania’s opioid epidemic.We pay for it in incarceration costs. It costs seven times as much to incarcerate someone as it does to treat that person.We pay for it in an economy that doesn’t have those consumers. We pay for it in an economy that doesn’t have those people working good, productive jobs.We pay for it in families that are broken up. Even if you are personally unaffected by Pennsylvania’s opioid epidemic, you are affected by what this means for our society.In order to stem the tide of opioid abuse and make progress for those suffering from the disease of addiction and their loved ones, we must work quickly and efficiently to pass bills to send to Governor Wolf’s desk.Visit on.pa.gov/opioids to learn more about how the Wolf Administration is working to provide real solutions to save lives and help addicted individuals and their families get the treatment they need to live long, productive lives.   SHARE  TWEET By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf Governor Tom Wolf on the Price of the Opioid Epidemic SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Qld’s top streets for property clicks revealed

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenTop 6 streets in Australia00:39A ROAD in Coorparoo has been revealed as the most viewed street by property clicks in Queensland – taking out top spot alongside the likes of Sydney’s most prestigious street in Point Piper.Chatsworth Road in the heritage hills of Coorparoo had the most property views over the three years to September 30, according to realestate.com.auClose to schools and amenities, it is a high demand market just 6km from the city centre.But unlike its southern counterpart, Wolseley Road in Point Piper, a house in Chatworth Road in Coorparoo won’t cost you a vital organ.The median house sales price in Coorparoo is $885,000, according to CoreLogic. A unit in Point Piper will set you back an average of $3 million.REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee said she was surprised at the wide geographical range in the Queensland data.REA Group Chief Economist Nerida Conisbee“It probably shows that there is currently a wide range of people looking at the southeast market at the moment,” Ms Conisbee said.“For example, if you were looking at Brisbane or the Gold Coast from Sydney you probably wouldn’t be deterred by commute time.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:34Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, 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 Rate1xFullscreenMonthly core index October 201800:34“That’s probably why you see half of the top 10 spread across the Gold and Sunshine Coast.”In Brisbane, Ms Conisbee said good schools, public transport and amenities were among the biggest drawcards for local and interstate buyers.Ray White Stones Corner agent Ben Cannon is selling 330 Chatsworth Rd – a five bedroom renovated family homethat is on the market to offers over $1.05 million.330 Chatsworth Rd in Coorparoo is on the market“Chatsworth Road carries commuter traffic but you can get a big house on a big parcel of land without the premium pricetag of a house one or two streets either side of it,” he said.“For example, we sold a house on Chatsworth Rd for about $1.8 million but if flipped it over the boundary it would have gone for $3 million-plus.”Mr Cannon said property on Chatsworth Rd “ticked a lot of boxes” for buyers looking for a large house on a big block in a convenient location.Coming in at number two was Sanctuary Drive at Mount Cotton, a semi-rural area close to the Sirromet Winery.The leafy stretch of road is home to many large houses on acreage.Shirleen Paulger, and her husband, Alan, are selling their home of 18 years at 71-73 Sanctuary Drive. Shirleen and Alan Paulger’s house at 71-73 Sanctuary Drive at Mount CottonBuilt in 2000, the couple raised their four children at the five bedroom house, which is on the market to offers over $1.4 million.“We had been up here for work and had been looking around the area but when my husband drove in to this estate (Ridgewood Estate) I said to him, that’s it, don’t take me anywhere else,” Mrs Paulger said.“It had these huge fig trees that reached over the road … it was just beautiful.”The entrance to the Paulger homeThe house sits on almost one and a half acres, with half of that dedicated as a koala corridor.Mrs Pulger said she loved having the wildlife as neighbours, and that she would miss standing in the outdoor shower at night and looking up at the stars.“But the kids have grown up, we have grandkids now,” she said. “We don’t even use the upstairs floor anymore so it is time to move on.”RE/MAX Advantage Manly agent Gordon Walters, who is marketing the property, said Sanctuary Drive was a “beautiful street”.“When you enter that estate, it is tree-lined, there are wallabies everywhere, it is not all fenced off,” he said. “It is very free range and you feel good when you drive in.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoHe said most enquiries came from people living around the Cleveland area, but also from the city and western suburbs.Rounding out the top five was Skyline Terrace in Burleigh Heads, Mallawa Drive at Palm Beach and Knightsbridge Parade West at Sovereign Islands.This three bedroom house at 60 Mallawa drive in Palm Beach sold for $1.275 million on September 4Interestingly, Palm Beach took out two spots in the top 10 with Mallawa Drive and Tallebudgera Drive.The Anchorage in Noosa Waters also made the top 10, as did Sundridge Street in Taringa, Plucks Road in Arana Hills a,d Kent Road in Wooloowin.In terms of median house sales prices, the family-friendly suburb of Arana Hills came in at the cheapest at $550,000.But houses in Arana Hills are generally snapped up fast, with a median days on market of just 16 days.***TOP 10 MOST VIEWED STREETS IN QUEENSLAND/MEDIAN HOUSE SALES PRICEChatsworth Rd, Coorparoo – $885,000Sanctuary Dve, Mount Cotton – $550,800Skyline Terrace, Burleigh Heads – $880,000Mallawa Dve, Palm Beach – $810,000Knightsbridge Parade West, Sovereign Islands – $990,500 (Paradise Point)Tallebudgera Dve, Palm Beach – $810,000Sundridge St, Taringa – $888,000The Anchorage, Noosa Waters – $982,000 (Noosaville)Plucks Rd, Arana Hills – $550,000Kent Rd, Wooloowin – $840,000(Source: realestate.com.au; CoreLogic) ***last_img read more

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Icahn in push to replace Oxy directors

first_imgOffshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options. Related: Icahn slams Oxy’s ‘fundamentally misguided’ buy of AnadarkoHe also said that the new directors could help with achieving “the Board’s and management’s projected stated cost savings and deal synergies for the Anadarko transaction.”Icahn is also seeking to remove and replace four Occidental directors and to amend the Charter and By-laws through a stockholder consent solicitation.In a filing this week, Icahn Participants said the conditions Oxy has imposed on the stockholders right to call for a special stockholders meeting are overly restrictive and “effectively deprive stockholders of the ability to exercise this right.”The Icahn Participants further said that the current setup whereby the Oxy’s Board may wait up to 90 days after a request for holding a Special Meeting meeting “greatly diminishes the accountability of management to respond to stockholder initiatives and concerns.”Related: Anadarko, Oxy sign takeover dealSubject to receiving other shareholders’ support, Icahn Participants said they’d ask for four Oxy directors to be removed and replaced by other four director nominees related to Icahn.If elected, Icahn Participants said, each Director Nominee will serve as a director until the company’s annual meeting in 2020 and until a successor has been duly elected.“The Director Nominees, if elected, will support stockholders’ ability to act by written consent without the restrictive and burdensome requirements currently in place,” the Icahn filing read, adding that if elected director nominees would also support the reduction of the required threshold to request a special meeting.As for his May attempt to get insight into Oxy’s book, Icahn said that Oxy on June 14 responded: “the [ Icahn] plaintiffs had not stated a proper purpose for the inspection of the Company’s books and records and denying that the plaintiffs were entitled to any relief.”Responding to Carl Icahn’s move, Occidental issued the following statement: “We maintain an open dialogue with all our shareholders and welcome constructive input toward our shared goal of maximizing long-term value. Our Board is committed to acting in the best interests of Occidental shareholders and will continue to take actions to drive value on their behalf.“We remain focused on completing our transaction with Anadarko in the second half of 2019, which we believe will create significant value and enhanced returns for shareholders.“We will review the latest materials filed by Mr. Icahn and look forward to addressing them in our ongoing conversations with Occidental shareholders.” Activist investor Carl Icahn is pushing to oust and replace four directors at Occidental Petroleum’s board over what he recently labeled a misguided “bet-the-company” acquisition of Anadarko by Oxy in which he owns shares.Image by: Marco Verch/Flickr – Shared under CC BY 2.0 licenseThe 83-year-old whose net worth has been estimated at around $18 billion, has previously slammed Oxy over its decision to pay a significant portion of the $38 billion acquisition fee in cash, with the aim to avoid the shareholder vote, and has also criticized what he believed was a bad $10 billion financing deal with Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway.He also said that Oxy should’ve put itself up for sale.Icahn in May sued Oxy seeking court permission to grant him access to certain books and records of the company, “relating to its fundamentally misguided and hugely overpriced acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation after a bidding contest between the Company and Chevron.”In a filing this week Icahn, who says owns around 4.4% stake in Oxy, said: “The Icahn Participants … believe that the [ Oxy’s ] current directors have made a number of mistakes in how and at what cost they pursued the acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation.”Icahn said in a statement that “it is important to add new directors to Occidental’s Board of Directors to oversee future extraordinary transactions like the Anadarko transaction and to ensure that they are not consummated without stockholder approval when appropriate.”Embed from Getty Imageslast_img read more

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Export cables at SeaMade offshore wind project ready to deliver

first_imgDEME Offshore and Hellenic Cables have completed the testing and energization of the export cable connections at the SeaMade offshore wind project in Belgium. “Another important milestone for the SeaMade offshore wind farm as this is an essential step towards the actual production of green energy,” said Mathias Verkest, SeaMade NV CEO. The consortium of DEME Offshore and Hellenic Cables signed the contract for the design, supply, installation and commissioning works of the submarine high voltage cables for SeaMade in 2018. “I am very proud about the fact that SeaMade contributes significantly to Belgium’s binding goal of having 13% of our energy produced out of renewable energy sources by 2020. Half of this renewable energy production will come from offshore wind energy. SeaMade will contribute to almost one quarter of the required offshore energy production.” DEME said it is currently carrying out the inter-array cable installation and preparing for the turbine installation campaign, set to begin in mid-June.center_img Source: Otary NV SeaMade comprises the 252 MW Seastar and the 235 MW Mermaid offshore wind projects which will feature 58 Siemens Gamesa 8.0-167 DD turbines. It will be Belgium’s largest offshore wind farm once commissioned this year. At the end of last year, DEME completed the pull-in of the project’s two export cables into Elia’s Offshore SwitchYard (OSY) platform. last_img read more

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Sanitation and effective tax collection are major challenges for Portsmouth

first_img Share 50 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharecenter_img LocalNews Sanitation and effective tax collection are major challenges for Portsmouth by: – October 12, 2011 Sharing is caring! Vernon Daniel. Image via: Facebook.comFormer Mayor of Portsmouth Vernon Daniel has indentified sanitation and effective tax collection as major challenges for the town of Portsmouth.Mr. Daniel who served as mayor of Portsmouth for a year, did not contest the recently held elections as he says he dedicated five years into the Council and now needs to focus on his career.Daniel told Dominica Vibes News that the new Council will have to pay special attention to the issues of sanitation and effective tax collection.“There has always been challenges in the town with regards to sanitation, with regards to property taxes which is one of the major headache of the council and these are areas that we’ve made advances in. We’ve computerized the entire data-base of the properties in Portsmouth so these challenges still exist. Effective tax collection is something that must be taken on; the sanitation aspect of it hinges a lot on the revenue of the council so proper financial management must be considered in order to be able to carry out the core functions that is the sanitary upkeep of the town,” he said.Mr Daniel further explained other areas of development which the new Council should focus on.“There are other areas for development; tourism is a major part of the town and the fact that there will be a new ferry coming in the council must find a way of engaging our French neighbors so that the township agreements that are created can allow more people to come in on an official level and enhance the whole tourism product of Portsmouth that is something that must be considered.”According to Daniel, another area which needs immediate attention is the development of small business and assistance for entrepreneurs within the town of Portsmouth.“The Council has the opportunity to engage the small business people in the town there are a lot of new budding entrepreneurs that need space and the Council can be the mediator in making those spaces available keeping in mind that there are a lot of vacant properties in the town of Portsmouth, a lot of them are owned by people that are overseas and the Council must take on a serious regime in order to make those properties accessible. So these are policies that must be taken on,” Daniel said.The former mayor also highlighted some of his achievements during his one year tenure.“When I became the mayor I actually noted that the Council had to forge closer relations with private institutions, with public institutions; these are things that never happened before or if it did not in an official capacity. That is one of the things that can be regarded as an accomplishment because we were able to work closely with several government institutions in order to carry out core functions in the town. For example the Solid Waste Department, the police we had good relations with the police, Land and Surveys; keeping in mind that all these departments are essential to town development so we were able to do that and it is a matter of continuing that kind of trend in order to be able to solve problems in the town,” he said.Meantime Mr Daniel says he is committed to assisting the new mayor.“I have already in a private capacity pledge my support to the new Council and the new members that got elected. There has not been an inauguration yet, it’s not official but they know that I’ll be there to support and advice.”Mr Daniel served five years as a member of council; four years as a councilor and one year as the Mayor of Portsmouth.The Portsmouth Town Council was dissolved on August 22nd 2011. Nomination for new candidates took place on August 25th 2011 followed by elections on September 14th 2011. Mr Cleve Saint Jean has been nominated as the new Mayor of Portsmouth. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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