Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),If you have to be recognized for a charitable act something is wrong. Submitted image.JAMESTOWN – The former Cummins Engine Plant Manager has been recognized by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce for his charitable work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.Last week, the Chamber announced Mike Abbate has won its 2020 Pam Lydic Coalition Builder Award for his work bettering the local economy and helping address critical issues of education and food resources in our communities.When the COVID-19 pandemic forced a shutdown this past year, Abbate remained busy working with United Ways in Chautauqua County on a project that would help with much-needed food distribution.“I am humbled and honored to be this year’s recipient of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Pam Lydic Coalition Builder Award,” stated Abbate. “Cummins realized many years ago the correlation between the viability and success of a manufacturing site, and the viability and success of the surrounding community, creating a strong desire within Cummins to partner with our communities to improve, optimize and grow.” Abbate was deeply involved in the formation of the Chautauqua County Education Coalition, which in 2019 was named by the Lumina Foundation as one of the nearly 100 community partnerships nationwide to be part of the Lumina Community Network to help understand best practices and how resources can best make an impact.The group secured a $66,000 multi-year National Grid STEM grant for reinvestment of micro-grants to support programming in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in Chautauqua County.He has also served on a number of boards of directors in the community including the board of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier.“He played a critical volunteer role in putting together a system for tracking data and outcomes for emergency food pantries and providers (like school districts) across Chautauqua County in the midst of the COVID crisis,” said Amy Rohler, Executive Director of the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County. “Not only did he dive into a group of organizations that felt a bit like ‘herding cats,’ but helped us logistically think through a way to address transport, communicate, and share resources in this sector, especially in the early days of COVID when services were changing rapidly, and we weren’t sure yet what food access for needy families would be.”The Pam Lydic Coalition Builder Award recognizes an individual in the region who has worked hard to bring groups of people together around a common goal or objective.This award is presented to an individual that has helped move the region forward in a positive direction through collaboration and by building partnerships.It is named in memory of Pam Lydic, the first President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, who was instrumental in bringing together smaller Chambers of Commerce to create a countywide entity 20-years-ago.The award includes a $500 donation from the Chamber of Commerce to a non-profit charity of the recipients’ choice. Abbate has selected the United Christian Advocacy Network to receive the donation.The award will be presented during the joint Chamber-MAST Annual Meeting which will be held online at noon, Friday, January 22. The keynote speaker will be Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.The event marks the 20th anniversary of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and the 120th year of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier. To register for the event visit www.chamberrsvp.org.
On Feb. 23, 2009, the board of directors of Central Vermont Public Service (NYSE: CV) declared a quarterly dividend of 23 cents per share on the issued and outstanding shares of common stock, $6 par value, payable May 15, 2009 to stockholders of record at the close of business May 5, 2009.The board of directors also declared dividends on the outstanding preferred stock, $100 par value, of $1.04 per share on the 4.15% dividend series; $1.16 per share on the 4.65% dividend series; $1.18 per share on the 4.75% dividend series; $1.34375 per share on the 5.375% dividend series; and $2.075 per share on the 8.30% dividend series, payable April 1, 2009 to stockholders of record at the close of business March 20, 2009.CVPS is Vermont’s largest electric utility, serving approximately 159,000 customers statewide. The company’s non-regulated subsidiary, Catamount Resources Corporation, sells and rents electric water heaters through a subsidiary, SmartEnergy Water Heating Services.RUTLAND, VT, Feb 23, 2009 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX)
Australia Coal Downturn May Last Longer Than Government Acknowledges FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Australia Associated Press:The downturn in the coal industry will last longer than expected and prices won’t improve until at least 2020, an economics professor has warned.The dire prediction comes as the Queensland Resources Council lobbies the Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, for emergency relief measures to help prop up the state’s ailing coalmines and save thousands of jobs.An economics professor at Central Queensland University, John Rolfe, said the downturn in coal prices was expected to last another four years, which was much longer than previously thought.“Nobody predicted that the slowdown in mineral energy prices would be as swift or as long reaching,” he told ABC Radio on Tuesday. “So these sorts of costs weren’t seen as an issue even two years ago.”However, Rolfe doesn’t agree with reducing royalties to the state government, which is among the measures the QRC is pushing for after a report painted a bleak picture of the coal industry.The report, by mining sector analysts Wood Mackenzie, found a third of Queensland coalmines are running at a loss and more than half of the mines producing thermal coal for power stations are in the same position.Cockatoo Coal’s Baralaba mine has become the latest Queensland coalmine to halt production.The mine, which went into administration last year, has been put into care and maintenance mode to protect the value of assets while a possible sale structure is examined, the ABC reports.The chief executive of the QRC, Michael Roche, has warned 21,000 jobs have been lost in the sector and more of the remaining 60,000 will be on the chopping block unless the state government offers relief.Coal price won’t improve for years and mining downturn will last: professor
Nestled in the heart of Virginia’s bucolic Shenandoah Valley, Massanutten Resort encompasses some 6,000 acres of Blue Ridge mountain terrain. Within its confines, visitors will find opportunities to engage in a plethora of outdoor activities that span the gamut from snow sports to zip line canopy tours. Visit in the summer time and you’ll be greeted by one of the best gravity-powered, downhill mountain bike parks on the East Coast. Come in the dead of winter and you’ll find top-notch skiing, snowboarding, tubing and ice skating. No matter what time of year you come to Massanutten, there will be five star farm to table fare, craft beer from local and regional producers, and mountain views for days.Day One OptionsTest Gravity at the Massanutten Bike ParkThe Shenandoah Valley has become a hotspot for downhill mountain biking, and the Massanutten Bike Park is one of the best in the area. With two chairlifts that service a network of gravity-fed trails, Massanutten offers a great mix of purpose built trails tailor made for beginner, intermediate, and expert riders.Hit the SlopesIf you’re visiting in winter, don’t miss the chance to hit some of the best slopes in the state of Virginia. Massanutten is home to wide groomed trails, a dedicated learner’s area, terrain parks and night skiing. Skiers and riders who visit Massanutten will have access to 14 runs serviced by 8 lifts. When snow is scarce, which is often the case in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, Massanuttten employs a unique snowmaking method that conserving energy by drawing water from a man made reservoir located on resort ground. If skiing and snowboarding aren’t your cup of tea, check out the tubing park or hit the ice skating rink. Take a Canopy TourWant to see the mountains of Massanutten from a totally different perspective? Consider signing up for an exhilarating canopy tour. This 90-minute journey will take you across four different ziplines that range in length from 90 to 470 feet.Day Two OptionsCross Country MTB on the “Western Slope”One thing that sets the mountain biking scene at Massanutten apart from that of similar resorts in the area and around the country is its access to cross country trails in addition to the purpose-built downhill park. The undeveloped “Western Slope” of the property is home some 30 miles of well-maintained and clearly marked single track trails that wind up and down wooded terrain and are suitable for intermediate to advanced riders. The trails of the “Western Slope” are maintained by volunteers working with the nearby Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC). Those who volunteer their time with the SVBC are afforded access to this amazing network of trails. If you’re a mountain biker, don’t leave Massanutten without hitting the “Western Slope.”Hike the Massanutten Ridge TrailIf you’re looking to access one of the best views Massanutten has to offer via your own two feet, look no further than the Massanutten Ridge Trail. This 4.7-mile, moderately trafficked out-and-back, offers stellar views of the nearby ski area and the mountains surrounding Massanutten. To access the trailhead, start at the parking lot at the end of Del Webb Drive. For an added bonus, consider timing your hike with a sunrise or a sunset and be sure to come prepared with sturdy hiking boots and plenty of water.Where to EatAll that hiking, mountain biking, skiing, or canopy touring is sure to build up your appetite. Luckily, Massanutten is carefully cultivating one of the best dining scenes in the entire Shenandoah Valley. With three top-notch restaurants to choose from, you’ll never want for great food and drink when visiting Massanutten.Campfire GrillThis casual dining venue pays homage to the outdoors and the spirit of adventure, making it a must-visit destination for hungry campers of all ages. Camp stove chili, chicken dumplings, campfire pouches, and skillets are just a few favorites served at our scenic mountain setting. Just make sure to save room for the s’mores!BasecampThis indoor-outdoor bar and grill is the perfect location to enjoy a great local or regional craft beer on tap, but the food is not to be missed either. From fried mac ‘n’ cheese balls and house-made Bavarian pretzels to classic cheeseburgers and Southern staples like shrimp and grits, the Basecamp is the perfect place to refuel after a long day of Massanutten adventure.Virginia BBQ and Pizza Co.If you are craving a taste of down home southern barbecue, check out Massanutten’s all new Virginia Barbecue & Pizza Co. From their own custom built smoker, this eclectic establishment offers mouthwatering wood-smoked chicken, pork, and ribs accompanied by delicious, traditional southern sides. They also offer fresh breakfast every morning from 8 am to 11 am.Where to StayEagle Trace Town HomesThese charming town-house style units can accommodate anywhere from four to twelve occupants.The SummitTwo to four bedroom homes with all the amenities and sprawling mountain views.Massanutten HotelThe Massanutten Hotel is newly renovated and offers king or queen rooms.Nearby AttractionsVisit nearby Harrisonburg to get a feel for the bike and beer scene of the Shenandoah Valley!
The U.S. Treasury Department froze the assets of three Mexican attorneys and a real estate company for their alleged links to Mexican drug traffickers, the Treasury Department announced on Sept. 11. The Treasury Department froze the assets of attorneys José Aviña Bribiesca, Ignacio González Hernández, and Janette Iliana González Linares, who are all based in Guadalajara, Mexico. The real estate company, Bona-Habitat, is also based in Guadalajara. The Treasury Department alleges that Bona-Habitat is controlled by Mexican attorney Juvencio Ignacio González Parada. The Treasury Department has previously levied financial sanctions against González Parada. He is accused of advising Rafael Caro Quintero, a drug trafficker who spent 28 years in a Mexican prison after he was convicted of the 1985 kidnapping and murder of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. A Mexican judge threw out Caro Quintero’s conviction in August 2013, and Mexican prison authorities released him. The Treasury Department has designated Aviña Bribiesca, González Hernández, González Linares and Bona-Habitat as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs). “Narcotics traffickers often employ corrupt attorneys to disguise and advance their illicit activities,” Adam J. Szubin, director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control, said in a prepared statement. “We will continue to cut off the funding of any actors who enable the illegal dealings of drug trafficking organizations.” The sanctions, established under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act, freeze all assets held in the U.S. by any of the three men and the real estate company, making it illegal for any U.S. entity or citizen to conduct financial or commercial transactions with them. The Treasury Department designated Caro Quintero was a SDNT in 2000. Since June 2000, the Treasury Department has designated more than 1,600 individuals and entities worldwide under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act since June 2000. Penalties for violations of the Kingpin Act range from civil penalties of up to US$1.075 million per violation to more severe criminal penalties. Criminal penalties for corporate officers may include up to 30 years in prison and fines of up to US$5 million, while fines for corporations may reach US$10 million. Individuals face up to 10 years in prison and fines. Argentine security forces captured Pantaleone Mancuso, an alleged high-ranking member of the Italian narco-trafficking ‘Ndrangheta mafia, in the city of Puerto Iguazú in the province of Misiones. Agents with the Argentine Gendarmerie arrested Mancuso on Aug. 29 as he tried to cross the border and enter Brazil. Mancuso was carrying a fake identification card and about $130,000 (USD) when he was captured, according to Sky TG24. Italian police allege Mancuso is a member of the ‘Ndrangheta. He is wanted in Italy on two charges of attempted murder. Mancuso had been a fugitive since early 2013. The Argentine Gendarmerie made the arrest of Mancuso public on Sept. 11, after the Gendarmerie confirmed his identity through fingerprints. The ‘Ndrangheta controls the vast majority of cocaine that enters Italy and has ties with Colombian and Mexican cartels and organized crime groups, according to news accounts in The Guardian and a report issued in June by the Council on Hemispheric Affairs. Mancuso, 53, was wanted by Italian police and prosecutors who allege he tried to kill two members of his own family. Argentine police will hold him while they await extradition documents from Italian prosecutors. It’s unclear how Mancuso entered Argentina or what he was doing in South America. Argentine authorities have apprehended numerous alleged drug lords in recent years. For example, in 2011, Argentinian security forces captured Ignacio Álvarez Meyendorff, who had strong ties to Colombia’s Norte de Valle cartel. U.S. Treasury Department sanctions 3 Mexican lawyers, real estate company By Dialogo September 16, 2014
The central bank also said it is “closely monitoring developments and their implications for the economic outlook and will use its tools and act as appropriate to support the economy.”The Fed’s action could presage a wave of easing from other central banks around the world. It came hours after Chairman Jerome Powell and finance chiefs from the Group of Seven nations said they would “use all appropriate policy tools to achieve strong, sustainable growth and safeguard against downside risks.” That echoed a statement Powell made on Friday.The vote for the emergency cut to a range of 1 percent to 1.25 percent was unanimous. The Fed also said in the statement that the “fundamentals of the US economy remain strong.”Powell will hold a press conference Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Washington, the Fed said. The US Federal Reserve delivered an emergency half-percentage point interest rate cut Tuesday in a bid to protect the longest-ever economic expansion from the spreading coronavirus.“The coronavirus poses evolving risks to economic activity,” the Fed said in a statement to announce the move, its first such inter-meeting cut since October 2008 during the financial crisis.US stocks were higher after the news, while the 10-year Treasury yield touched 1.08 percent. Fed funds futures are pricing more than a percentage point of central bank rate reductions for 2020, including another quarter-point cut in the first half of the year. Topics : The decision comes amid public pressure for a cut by President Donald Trump, whose stewardship of the economy is central to his reelection campaign this year. Following the news he called for more, demanding in a tweet that the Fed “must further ease and, most importantly, come into line with other countries/competitors. We are not playing on a level field. Not fair to USA.”US central bankers were scheduled to gather March 17-18 in Washington. Tuesday’s decision was the first time it had cut by more than 25 basis points since the financial crisis.The reduction marks a stark shift for Powell and his colleagues. They had previously projected no change in rates during 2020, remaining on the sidelines during a US election year, after lowering their benchmark three times in 2019 to a range of 1.5 percent to 1.75 percent.As recently as last week, some officials, including Vice Chairman Richard Clarida, had indicated they thought it was too soon to respond to the virus. They pledged to monitor the situation, but argued monetary policy was already easy and the fundamentals of the economy strong with unemployment near a 50-year low.But as the number of reported cases of the virus rose around the world in recent days and the US reported its first fatality, traders increasingly bet the Fed would step in to shore up confidence and keep credit flowing. Powell seemed to cement that view with his emergency statement on Friday, which lent some support to stocks.Powell has staked his chairmanship on sustaining the expansion, words he has used to describe the essential mission of the FOMC, the Fed’s rate-setting panel. Despite the limited ability of monetary policy to ease the impact of a public health emergency, the rate cut could support consumer and business sentiment. Lawmakers are working on a US$7.5 billion virus response bill, another reminder that critical fiscal policy can take weeks to move through Congress.Lower rates do little for factories lacking needed materials from abroad and are unlikely to spur consumers to shop if they’re scared of infection. But they do ease financial conditions by making debt payments easier to manage and by calming volatility.One lesson Fed officials will take away from this moment is how rapidly their policy space is used up in a crisis.Total cuts of one percentage point this year, which several Wall Street firms are forecasting, would bring the bottom range of the Fed policy rate down to 0.5 percent. If the virus impact is worse than expected, or if the economy is hit by a separate shock, the policy rate could strike zero. At that point, Fed officials are left with unconventional tools, such as purchases of longer-dated Treasuries – known as quantitative easing. The effectiveness of such tools when longer-term rates are already low remains to be seen.The Fed is in the midst of a review of its tool kit to achieve its goal of maximum employment and stable prices. They are considering policies such as outcome-based forward guidance, where a policy change would be linked to some tangible metric such as achieving an inflation rate, and yield curve caps.Wherever the discussion lands, the virus has highlighted the need for better fiscal and monetary policy coordination in a time of exceptionally low interest rates, says Julia Coronado, the president of The Fed is “carrying the domestic burden and the global burden” because they are one of the few central banks in developed economies that still has rates to some degree above zero, Coronado said.“The fiscal policy response has been lacking. There are people that are going to be struggling to pay their bills and certain workers are going to lose incomes. This is the shock that needs to be insured and we are really behind the curve.”
With Indonesians prevented from celebrating Kartini Day to the full extent with festive parades and group competitions due to COVID-19, many have taken the celebration to the virtual realm by sharing social media posts, while others marked the occasion by watching a special television program.Kartini Day is celebrated annually on April 21 to commemorate the birth of national heroine Raden Ajeng Kartini, who is hailed as a symbol of women’s empowerment in the country for promoting gender equity and women’s rights during the Dutch colonial era.Most offices across the country usually celebrate the special day with women employees wearing kebaya (traditional Indonesian blouse) throughout the day. This form of celebration is not only limited to office workers, as everyone from women traffic police officers to surfers have been known to don the look. The program focused on telling stories of two national heroines: Maria Walanda Maramis from North Sulawesi and Keumalahayati from Aceh. Maria was known for her role in fighting for women’s right to vote for legislative agency representatives during the Dutch colonial era, while Keumalahayati fought against Dutch imperialists who came to Aceh in 1599.The program was aired from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday.Topics : Schools usually hold parades in which students wear kebaya or other costumes, in addition to staging student competitions.With the government’s stay-at-home policy in effect as part of an effort to flatten the curve of COVID-19, people took to social media platforms on Tuesday to celebrate Kartini Day. Twitter users, for example, shared the hashtag #kartiniday while reminiscing over past parades that honored Kartini’s birthday.The hashtag, along with the phrase Selamat Hari Kartini (Happy Kartini Day), became trending topics on Twitter in Indonesia by Tuesday at noon.Twitter user @ddayrinmop made a post recounting a past experience of a Kartini Day parade. “When I was a third-grader in elementary school, I went to a salon at 2 a.m. [to prepare for the parade],” the user wrote.Selamat Hari Kartini..Kalian kalo dandan, berangkat ke salon jam berapa? Aku pas kelas 3 sd pernah berangkat jam 2 pagi🙂#kartiniday— emo. (@ddayrinmop) April 20, 2020 Another user, @pembachot__, expressed regret over not being able to watch a live parade this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak.“April 21 is usually filled with dressing up and renting costumes for the parade and participating in various competitions,” the user tweeted. “It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t see such activities in schools this year.”tgl 21 april biasanya subuh2 udah di salon aja buat makeup sama minjem baju kebaya buat upacara hari kartini, terus lomba tumpeng, busana, kartini kartono :”) sayang banget tahun ini ngga ada yg kaya gitu lagi di sekolah2. #SelamatHariKartini— Chill (@pembachot__) April 20, 2020Public broadcaster TVRI celebrated the occasion by airing a special educational program targeted at senior high school students.
Jeno Jacob: “Recycling is the way forward”The Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation (DSWMC) has turned its attention to the recycling of paper and cardboard under its “Reduce Reuse Recycle” program. In 2011 the Corporation launched its “Reduce Reuse Recycle” program with a view “to keep the dazzling green showcased in our logo and to preserve our environmental integrity” Acting General Manager of the DSWMC Bristol Lawrence noted. Under that program, the Corporation took the leading role in the collection of the harmful waste to the environment and people including used lead acid batteries, used oil (cooking and engine oil) tires and metallic waste.The Corporation is now targeting businesses, offices and schools who generate high volumes of paper and cardboard waste to store these items properly so that they can be shipped off island for recycling.Public Relations Officer of the DSWMC Jeno Jacob told Dominica Vibes News that this new initiative will assist in ensuring that the Fond Cole Landfill lasts longer and protects the environment against littering.According to Jacob, “Paper and card board form about 11 to 12% of waste generated in our urban and rural areas” therefore the Corporation is soliciting the assistance of business establishments and schools to reduce these figures.“We’re launching the paper and cardboard recycling initiative and we’re inviting business places, schools and offices who generate waste especially cardboard and paper to come on board with us. We want them to store those cardboard and papers in dry places away from water, place them in clear paper bags or boxes and then call the Corporation for collection of those items. These items can be placed in clear plastic bags for better identification and we collect said waste.”These items will be collected twice weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays at no cost to the businesses and schools.The DSWMC will also provide training sessions for business houses including a local cleaners association to inform them on the method in which the items for recycling should be separated and packed for collection.He explained that waste for recycling especially paper must be disposed of in separate bins than general garbage items including food and drinks.Jacob also noted that confidentiality is important to the Corporation and they will accept shredded papers as “we do not want people’s business out on the streets”.According to him; the Corporation is also seeking to purchase a specialized shredder, however for this venture to be successful, volume is a critical aspect.“We are looking for partners to ensure that we get the volume of paper because we are a small island state and the volume is crucial because when we receive the orders from overseas they are saying to us that they want so many metric tons of paper and to meet that volume we need cooperation from all and sundry to allow us to meet that said volume for containerizing paper and cardboard for shipment overseas.”The Corporation is also offering businesses jumbo garbage bags with 25 pieces at a reasonable price of $25.00 per package as well as garbage bins. Dominica Vibes News Share 37 Views one comment LocalNews DSWMC targets paper under its Reduce, Reuse Recycle program by: – February 23, 2012 Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweet
One of the things child psychologists spend a lot of time talking about is how hard it is for teenagers to find their “niche” in school. In the old days, a lot of individuals did not come out for sports because they went to small rural elementaries and they believed they didn’t have a chance to make the team. They did not know anybody from the “big” schools and were intimidated by this situation.Today, this problem occurs because of a much more mobile society. Changing schools is a reality more than an oddity because their parents are more likely to change jobs than they were years ago. Finding their niche is much easier if the student is willing to participate in sports or any school activity. This is how you make new friends, and thus, you become accepted much faster. You will be in a class with people you know because of your willingness to get involved.Fitting in wasn’t easy 60 years ago and it seems to be much harder today.