Stephan Morse Named Vermont Chamber Citizen of the Year

first_imgThe Vermont Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Stephan A. Morse of Newfane has been selected as the Vermont Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. Morse will be honored with a roast-and-toast banquet on October 28, 2004 at the Woodstock Inn & Resort.The prestigious Vermont Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award focuses on community service, and going above and beyond the call of duty. Presented annually for more than four decades, the Citizen of the Year award honors the person who contributes to Vermont on a statewide basis through service, self-sacrifice, and volunteerism.Morse is known for his dedication to Vermont communities and our citizens through both his career and volunteer efforts. A native Vermonter and former Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives, Morse is currently the President and CEO of the Windham Foundation, Inc., in Grafton.In addition to overseeing the operations of the foundation and its for-profit subsidiaries, Morse executes the popular, decade-old Grafton Conference program, which provides a forum for state leaders to convene and discuss topics and issues of statewide impact. To date, more than 25 conferences have been held on a variety of Vermont social policy issues.Morses public contributions extend far past his responsibilities at the Windham Foundation and the boundaries of Windham County. Throughout his career, he has contributed countless hours to more than 10 boards, committees and commissions, including the Brattleboro Retreat and the Snelling Center for Government. Most recently, Morse agreed to chair Coalition 21: Transforming Health Care for the New Century, a task force dedicated to transforming the states health care system.Stephan Morse is a very deserving recipient of this award, stated Vermont Chamber President Duane Marsh. He has displayed his dedication to the state, not only through his career at the Windham Foundation, but more importantly, by continually serving as a devoted citizen in the interest of Vermonts welfare.I am honored to be the recipient, Morse said of the award. Vermont is a great place to live and work because so many of us dedicate ourselves to helping others. I view this award as recognition that this philosophy remains alive and well in Vermont.The Citizen of the Year Award dates back to 1964. Recent recipients include David R. Coates (2003), the Honorable Barbara Snelling (2002), Diane P. Mueller (2001), and Francis G.W. Voigt (2000). For more information on attending the banquet, please contact Erin Hitchcock ( sends e-mail), 802-223-3443).last_img read more

Connecticut joins no-more-coal coalition

first_imgConnecticut joins no-more-coal coalition FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Hartford Courant:Connecticut will join an international coalition dedicated to ending reliance on traditional coal-fired power plants, Gov. Daniel P. Malloy announced at a San Francisco conference Thursday.The only remaining coal-burning power plant in Connecticut is the Bridgeport Harbor Station. That plant is already scheduled to be shut down by 2021 and be replaced with a new, less-polluting natural gas facility. But Malloy said joining other U.S. states and businesses on the “Powering Past Coal Alliance,” includes a commitment by Connecticut not to allow construction of any new coal-powered plants.“Climate change is the most significant global threat in our lifetime,” Malloy said in a statement issued at a meeting of the U.S. Climate Alliance. “We have seen its impacts firsthand this summer from wildfires in California to the powerful Hurricane Florence on the East Coast.”The Bridgeport Harbor Station plant is one of the last coal-fired generating facilities in New England. The massive plant has been a major target for environmental and minority community activists. The plant is owned by PSEG Power Connecticut LLC, a subsidiary of one of the largest electricity producers in the U.S.The natural gas replacement for the Bridgeport Harbor Station plant is expected to be in operation next year. Plans call for it to be capable of producing 485 megawatts of electricity, according to company officials.More: Connecticut joining anti-coal climate coalitionlast_img read more

US promises $107 million more to fight Central America crime

first_imgBy Dialogo March 07, 2012 TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden pledged on March 6 to allocate US$107 million more in aid to Central America under a security initiative to tackle organized crime amid soaring drug violence in the region. “Despite the significant recession … we are sustaining support for the Central American Regional Security Initiative, through which we have dedicated US$361 million since 2008. And we’re asking our Congress for another US$107 million next year,” Biden said after meeting with regional presidents in Honduras. Biden spoke of the “shared responsibility” of the United States and said U.S. authorities were acting on “multiple fronts,” including seeking to reduce demand for illegal drugs at home. He also proposed that the United States and Central American governments hold an annual high-level meeting to assess progress on improving security. [AFP, 07/03/2012;, 07/03/2012]last_img read more

North Fork Festival of Trees Held At Treiber Farms in Peconic

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Community Action Southold Town (CAST) hosted the inaugural North Fork Festival of Trees on Dec. 5 and 6 at Treiber Farms in Peconic.The hybrid virtual and live event displayed themed trees decorated by local businesses, artists, and friends of CAST. The best trees were given People’s Choice and Designer’s Choice awards.The holiday trees and other items, including art from local artists, were auctioned off to benefit CAST. The event also collected new unwrapped toys for the annualCAST Holiday Toy Drive benefiting North Fork families in need.Guests meandered through CAST’s magical tree garden while enjoying holiday music and refreshments for sale.CAST North Fork Festival of Trees held at Treiber Farms in Peconic. (Photo by Ed Shin)Treiber Farms. (Photo by Ed Shin)Super Mario tree – Sponsored by Sheri & Brian Winter Parker – The Corcoran Group, Stephanie & Chuck McEvily, Gurwin Home Health Agency. Designed by Alex Vinash-American Beech. (Photo by Ed Shin)RBG Tree – Sponsored and designed by Craft Hair. (Photo by Ed Shin)Birds and Berries sponsored by M&T Bank & PSEG. Designed by Fran Ormand and Jessica Frankel. (Photo by Ed Shin)Nights in White Satin – Sponsored by Eileen MGuire & John McLane, Sutton Landing at Mount Sinai. Designed by Pam Ferrari and Chirstine Makowski. (Photo by Ed Shin)CAST North Fork Festival of Tree. (Photo by Ed Shin)The Rainbow Colors of Bridge Lane Wine – Sponsored by Kim West – The Corcoran Group & PSEG. Designed by Bridge Lane Wine. (Photo by Ed Shin)For more scene & seen event photos visit up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here.last_img read more

Facebook Banned in Solomon Islands Following Government Criticism on Platform: Report

first_img– Advertisement – The Solomon Islands has banned the use of Facebook for a temporary period after inflammatory critique of the government was aired on the social media platform, the Solomon Times reported.The government, led by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, earlier told Reuters it would issue a formal statement on its decision later on Tuesday. Solomon Times reported today morning that the Cabinet has agreed to ban Facebook.- Advertisement – Facebook is a hugely popular forum in the Solomons for discussion with the population of around 6,50,000 people spread out over a sprawling archipelago.Solomon’s Minister of Communication and Aviation, Peter Shanel Agovaka, is one of the chief supporters of the ban, according to the Solomon Times, and has blamed “abusive language” and “character assassination” of government ministers, including the prime minister, being carried on the platform for the decision.Opposition leader Matthew Wale told Reuters he would oppose the ban.- Advertisement – With the ban, the Solomons joined only a handful of countries around the world, including China, to actively restrict the world’s biggest social networking platform.Facebook did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on Tuesday.The government has been heavily criticised over the distribution of economic stimulus funds amid the coronavirus pandemic and the impact of the Pacific nation’s decision to switch diplomatic ties from Taiwan to China.- Advertisement – “I absolutely do not see any justification whatsoever for such a ban,” Wale told Reuters on the phone.© Thomson Reuters 2020Will Apple Silicon Lead to Affordable MacBooks in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.last_img read more

Every hour of TV watching shortens life by 22 minutes

first_img Tweet Share HealthLifestyle Every hour of TV watching shortens life by 22 minutes by: – June 30, 2014 Share 78 Views no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Anyone who spends six hours a day in front of the box is at risk of dying five years sooner than those who enjoy more active pastimes, it is claimed.Researchers say that watching too much TV is as dangerous as smoking or being overweight, and that the “ubiquitous sedentary behaviour” should be seen as a “public health problem”.Experts from the University of Queensland, Australia, write: “TV viewing time may have adverse health consequences that rival those of lack of physical activity, obesity and smoking; every single hour of TV viewed may shorten life by as much as 22 minutes.”Referring to Australian and American guidelines that suggest children should spend no more than two hours a day in front of a screen, the academics conclude: “With further corroborative evidence, a public health case could be made that adults also need to limit the time spent watching TV.”Although health campaigners – and parents – have long warned of the dangers of watching too much television, its effects on life expectancy have never before been calculated.In a paper published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Dr J Lennert Veerman and colleagues looked at the results of a survey of 11,247 Australians taken in 1999-2000, which asked about time spent watching TV, and also mortality figures for the country.They constructed a model in which they compared life expectancy for adults who watch TV to those who did not, and worked out that every hour spent glued to the screen shortened life by 21.8 minutes.For those in the top 1 per cent of the population who watch six hours of programmes a day, they “can expect to live 4.8 years less than a person who does not watch TV”.The researchers say that watching TV is among the most common forms of sedentary behaviour, along with sitting in cars.“Because TV viewing is a ubiquitous behaviour that occupies significant portions of adults’ leisure time, its effects are significant for overall population health.”England’s Chief Medical Officer, Sally Davies, said: “Physical activity offers huge benefits and these studies back what we already know – that doing a little bit of physical activity each day brings health benefits and a sedentary lifestyle carries additional risks.“That’s why the UK’s Chief Medical Officers recently updated their advice on physical activity to be more flexible, right from babyhood to adult life.“Adults, for example, can get their 150 minutes of activity a week in sessions of 10 minutes or more and for the first time we have provided guidelines on reducing sedentary time.“We hope these studies will help more people realise that there are many ways to get exercise – activities like walking at a good pace or digging the garden over can count too.”Maureen Talbot, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: “Sedentary behaviour such as vegging in front of the TV is practically a cultural institution these days and it’s good to relax for a while, but this study supports the view that too much of it can be bad for our health.“Many of us make a conscious decision not to smoke because we know it’s bad for us, and this study suggests that more of us should make the same kind of pledge about lounging around and watching lots of TV.“Introducing more activity to our daily lives, whether it’s walking to the shops instead of taking the bus, using the stairs instead of the lift or taking up active hobbies like sport or gardening mean we won’t spend as much time in front of the TV where we’re likely to pile on the pounds.”The Telegraphlast_img read more

Government to improve effectiveness of the public service

first_img Share Share Share 26 Views one comment Information, Telecommunication and Constituency Empowerment Minister, Ambrose George Government anticipates the execution of a new venture designed to further improve the effectiveness of the public service.Hon. Ambrose George, Minister for Information, Telecommunication and Constituency Empowerment at the launch of Public Service Day last week, spoke of an ‘e-government for regional integration’ project which will soon be realised. He described the venture further.“The creation of this enabling environment allows government to main fully utilise public officers and all developing partners both locally and regionally. This kind of partnership is paramount and is increasingly recognized as necessary for transparent, equitable, sustainable, connected and an inclusive public administration.”Minister George explained the purpose of the ‘e-government for regional integration’ project.“At a regional level we look forward to the implementation of the e-government for regional integration project which aims to promote efficiency, quality and transparency of public service while at the same time achieves economies of scale; to strengthen and harmonize government’s processes, structures and legal frameworks; to provide an enabling environment in the context of global competitiveness.”The telecommunications minister also said that through this environment, the public service and other developmental partners- both locally and abroad will be able to meaningfully contribute to equitable public administration.Government Information Servicecenter_img LocalNews Government to improve effectiveness of the public service by: – July 2, 2012 Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

REMCs suspending non-payment disconnects for April

first_imgSoutheastern Indiana and Decatur County REMCs understands that many of its members are struggling financially at this time. Both REMCs are suspending non-payment disconnects for the month of April 2020. It is strongly encouraged that members make partial payments when possible to keep their outstanding amount as low as possible.last_img

Chelsea stand firm over Salah

first_img The Blues were not expecting to do any major business in January but are prepared to sell Salah, who is yet to start in the Barclays Premier League this season. Roma had hoped to take Salah on loan but Chelsea have told the Italian giants they would have to make the switch permanent at the end of the campaign. Press Association Sport understands Chelsea are demanding 1m euros (£760,000) for an initial six-month loan spell, with an obligation to pay another 14m euros (£10.6m) in the summer. The deal would see the Blues recuperate the fee they paid Basel to sign Salah just 12 months ago. It is understood, however, Roma view that package as too expensive for a player who has managed only two goals in almost 14 months. Roma are also in negotiations with Dnipro for Yevhen Konoplyanka and will turn their attention to the Ukraine playmaker if Chelsea refuse to soften their stance. Andre Schurrle has also been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, with both Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg reportedly keen. Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs, however, insists they hold no interest in signing Schurrle and told Press Association Sport: “There is nothing in it whatsoever.” Jose Mourinho would be happy to end the January transfer window with his current squad, despite being linked with a big-money move for Fiorentina’s Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado. Chelsea have made contact with the Italian club about Cuadrado’s availability but it is believed a formal offer will only materialise if Salah or Schurrle are sold. Fiorentina, who are sixth in Serie A and chasing Champions League qualification, do not want Cuadrado to leave mid-season but would be helpless should Chelsea trigger the player’s £26.8m release clause. Chelsea have told Roma they will only allow winger Mohamed Salah to leave this month as part of a permanent deal worth over £11million.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Baseball drops series to California

first_imgAfter topping host No. 22 California (33-17, 17-10 Pac-12) 11-3 Saturday afternoon, the No. 15 Trojans (35-18, 16-11 Pac-12) lost 7-5 and 7-2 on Sunday and Monday, respectively.The Trojans’ win was sparked by three RBIs and a two-run home run from junior center fielder Timmy Robinson. In the top of the second, Robinson kicked off the scoring drive with an RBI double.Sophomore first baseman Jeremy Martinez and senior second baseman Dante Flores also had great offensive showings. Martinez went three-for-five with three RBIs and Flores knocked in two RBIs.Senior pitcher Kyle Davis —in his second-straight Friday night start — kept the Bears to three runs and eight hits in eight innings. He struck out three and walked only one. Davis improved his record to 3-1 on the year.Sophomore pitcher Andrew Wright tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning with one strikeout to close out the game for USC.Game 2 of the series didn’t fair as well for the Trojans. It was a back-and-forth battle, but the Bears maintained the lead and got the win to tie the series at one game apiece.USC jumped ahead early with senior catcher Garrett Stubbs knocking in Martinez with a double in the first. Redshirt junior left fielder Bobby Stahel had a sac fly to give the Trojans a 2-0 lead in the second.It was back-and-forth scoring until the Bears broke it open 5-3 in the fifth inning. It wasn’t until the seventh inning that the Trojans tied it up.Flores had a sac fly and junior third baseman Blake Lacey knocked in his second RBI of the game.With two on and two outs, junior right fielder AJ Ramirez was up, but he struck out to end the offensive-fueled inning.The Bears scored the go-ahead run in the bottom half of the inning and knocked in an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth to seal the win and tie the series at one each.In the final game of the series, the Trojans saw their only two scores in the first inning —despite outhitting the Bears 8-7.In the 7-2 loss, the Trojans’ rough patch was the nine walks from the pitchers.When the game kicked off, it looked like it was going to be a great day for the Trojans after they scored two runs on a two-out rally. Martinez, Robinson and Flores all contributed to the early 2-0 lead.Flores went 2-for-4 with one RBI, and Martinez went 2-for-3 with one run on the day.The Bears sparked off their offense with three runs in the bottom of the third and sustained that momentum throughout the game to score a total of seven unanswered runs.Three of the Bears’ seven runs were scored by baserunners who were on because of the atypical number of walks from the Trojans pitchers. Another run came as a result of an error and another as a result of a hit by pitch.Freshman starter Mitch Hart took the loss (7-3 on the year) in three innings. He allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits with five walks and two strikeouts.The Trojans brought in three relievers — juniors Brent Wheatley, Marc Huberman and Brooks Kriske — to try and salvage the game, but fell short.Wheatley threw for 1.1 innings, allowing two runs on two hits. Huberman threw two innings, allowing two runs on one hit and three walks. Kriske closed out the game in 1.2 innings, allowing only just on run with two strikeouts.The Trojans’ lack of scoring can be attributed to the fact that they left nine runners on base.Before dropping this series, the Trojans won three of their last four.USC will look to shake off this past weekend and win its final series of the regular season at home this weekend.The Trojans will close out the regular season with a home series against No. 12 Arizona State (32-19, 17-10 Pac-12). The first game will be at 7 p.m. on May 22.last_img read more