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Shumlin presents $70,500 inaugural check to Vermont National Guard Charitable Fund

first_imgIn a ceremony held at Camp Johnson, Gov. Peter Shumlin today presented a check for $70,500 to the Vermont National Guard Charitable Foundation, money raised as part of the Governor’s inaugural celebration that will be used to assist the families of Vermont Guard troops.‘I am proud to make this donation to help the Vermont Guard men and women who are serving our state and their country, and support their families,’ the Governor said. The funds are used to help Guard families meet the financial challenges they face, particularly during a deployment.‘This recession has been hard on all Vermont families, but particularly difficult for those who lost one income while the husband or wife was serving overseas,’ Gov. Shumlin said. ‘I hope that in making this donation, these families and our Guard troops understand how important their service and their families are to our state.’Mary Powell, CEO of Green Mountain Power Corp. and Inaugural Chairwoman, agreed.‘Helping to make the inaugural a successful celebration of Vermont was deeply satisfying to me,’ she said. ‘Vermonters were clearly eager to donate to the Guard and their families. I was reminded again of what a wonderful state we live in and how generous and committed people are to those who serve.’In addition, the Governor signed a proclamation honoring the Vermont Guard and proclaiming Feb. 1-7 as ‘Vermont National Guard Appreciation Week.’The proclamation declares that ‘all Vermonters are grateful for the sacrifices made by the brave men and women of the Vermont National Guard.’Gov. Shumlin presented to the proclamation to Brigadier General Steven Cray, who attended today’s Camp Johnson event. Adjutant General Michael Dubie was out of state.Source: Shumlin’s office.1.31.2011last_img read more

Ecuador Sends 405 Tons of Food and Water to Victims in Haiti

first_imgBy Dialogo March 24, 2010 The cargo includes “canned food, personal-hygiene items and cleaning supplies, clothing, medicine, and purified water,” the bureau indicated. The Ecuadorean navy ship Calicuchima departed from the port of Guayaquil (in southwestern Ecuador) this morning with the provisions and is expected to arrive in Port-au-Prince on Monday, the institution indicated in a statement. Ecuador has sent 405 tons of food and water for victims of the Haitian earthquake, which left at least 220,000 dead on 12 January, the National Risk Management Bureau announced. center_img Ecuador had already sent another 40 tons of humanitarian aid to the victims of the earthquake, which impacted a million survivors. The bureau added that the supplies were collected as part of a campaign that was promoted by private businesses and public institutions and received donations from the general public. last_img read more

Is your credit union using its hidden assets?

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr My colleague Eric is one of those Renaissance Men. He handles our IT and technology issues at NAFCU.On the weekends, though, he hosts movie nights in his neighborhood, where he projects movies onto a screen – creating his own little drive-in theater for his kids and other neighborhood children.Oh, but that’s not enough. He builds furniture. He bakes. He loves home improvement.I’m trying to keep his exploits a secret from my wife. My idea of “home improvement” is me walking through the door.Eric’s latest adventure, though, is pure genius. continue reading »last_img

Jakarta lockdown aimed at preventing collapse of healthcare system

first_imgEven with these additional facilities, however, all isolation beds would be occupied by COVID-19 patients in mid-October and ICU beds on Sept. 25 unless the city returned to stricter PSBB, the Jakarta administration projects.The grim outlook comes amid an increase in deaths of medical workers.At least 109 doctors across the country have died of COVID-19, including 16 in Jakarta, according to the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI). Nine dentists have also died of COVID-19; five of them were based in the capital. Thousands of medical workers nationwide are infected, according to estimates.Read also: Patients crowd hospitals as Indonesia loses 183 ‘priceless’ medical workersJakarta recently recruited 1,174 additional medical workers, including pulmonologists, internists, anesthetists, pediatricians, nurses, midwives and public health educators, who came from across the country, and Anies is considering recruiting more.“[The question] is not only how to increase the number of beds, but also how to ensure that there are sufficient medical workers, medicines, personal protective equipment,” he said.On Thursday, Jakarta reported 1,450 new cases and 18 deaths — bringing the tally to 51,287 confirmed cases, 11,696 of which are active ones, with 4,728 patients hospitalized.Adang Bachtiar of the Indonesian Public Health Experts Association (IAKMI) said reimposing the PSBB would help prevent Jakarta hospitals from becoming overburdened.”Staffing shortages and increasing fatigue among medical workers might lead to unsafe procedures and expose them to the virus,” he said. “Adding COVID-19 referral hospitals won’t resolve the problem; bed occupancy rates reaching almost 80 percent indicates that preventive measures did not take place.”When the PSBB is in place next week, Jakarta will likely allow only 11 essential sectors to operate with limited capacity, while other businesses and offices will have to reimplement work-from-home policies. Operational hours and the passenger capacity of public transportation will also be reduced.Anies, who is expected to issue a gubernatorial decree specifying the restrictions in greater detail, said the PSBB basically would require people to “work, study and pray” from home.The governor’s move on Wednesday was in line with what health experts have long insisted: Putting public health first through stricter social restrictions is key to curbing the pandemic and to eventually mitigate its economic impacts.Read also: Jakarta on ‘right track’ in COVID-19 handling, Anies says, despite rising numbersPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo earlier this week also said that “health is key to economic recovery”.But economic affairs ministers were quick to raise their concerns about Anies’ decision, with Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto saying in a meeting with the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) on Thursday that the PSBB announcement had caused uncertainty in the stock market.Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita, meanwhile, said Jakarta’s PSBB would affect the industrial performance that had somewhat improved over the past few months.Epidemiologist Dicky Budiman of Australia’s Griffith University said Anies’ decision was bold and based on data, but, like other experts, he said reimposing the PSBB in Jakarta would be pointless if such restrictions were not well implemented in other areas as well, given that mobility across regions remains high.“Other areas in Java must do what is being done in Jakarta, especially those with an immense burden on healthcare [systems] and a high number of deaths,” Dicky said.Read also: Testing disparity looms over Greater Jakarta’s efforts to break chain of transmissionAt least 30 percent of confirmed cases in Jakarta originated from outside the city, according to Jakarta Health Agency head Widyastuti.Jakarta is among cities across the world that have decided to reimpose stricter curbs as COVID-19 cases flared up again after economic reopening, such as Australia’s Melbourne, Portugal’s Lisbon and India’s Bangalore.– Budi Sutrisno contributed to this story.Topics : The healthcare system in Jakarta is on the brink of collapse as medical workers are dying and hospitals have reported “alarming” shortages of beds needed to treat COVID-19 patients, prompting Jakarta to once again partially close down the city.With the worsening COVID-19 situation particularly observed after the gradual easing of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in June, bed occupancy rates — the number of people hospitalized with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 — in the city’s hospitals are increasing.The city’s isolation bed occupancy rate stood at 77 percent and that of intensive care unit (ICU) beds at 83 percent as of Wednesday. The city currently has 4,053 beds in isolation rooms and 528 beds in ICU rooms. “If we don’t pull the brake [by reimposing the PSBB] or allocate additional beds, our projection shows that we will run out of isolation beds by Sept. 17 and ICU beds by Sept. 15,” Anies said on Wednesday evening while announcing his decision, which will take effect on Monday.”We have no choice,” he said. “Without strict restrictions, [a collapsed healthcare system] is a disaster waiting to happen.”National COVID-19 task force spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito recently said that 80 percent bed occupancy was still considered safe, so that hospitals could carefully and promptly treat patients. But, in the case of Jakarta, Wiku said, the current rates were “no longer ideal”, pointing to the need to bring them down to 60 percent.The city administration plans to increase the number of isolation beds and ICU beds to 4,807 and 636, respectively, by allocating more beds in 13 city-owned hospitals for COVID-19 patients, adding beds in 67 referral hospitals as well as cooperating with private hospitals for additional referral capacity.last_img read more

Och-Ziff Capital’s Hugh Cutler joins Affiliated Managers Group

first_imgHugh Cutler is to join US asset management conglomerate Affiliated Managers Group (AMG) in the New Year.Cutler is managing director at hedge fund firm Och-Ziff Capital Management, where he has overseen business strategy in Europe since 2014.Prior to joining Och-Ziff, Cutler was head of distribution at Legal & General Investment Management.He has also led the Global Strategic Solutions group at Barclays Global Investors and was a consultant at Railpen and Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson). Cutler said he was “extremely enthusiastic” about the new role, which he will take up from 1 March 2017.He added: “With AMG’s reputation as the partner of choice to many of the world’s best active equity and alternative managers, there is a large and expanding opportunity to build increasingly strong and multi-faceted client relationships on a global basis.”Sean Healey, chairman and chief executive at AMG, said: “Given Hugh’s experience in leading multi-region distribution efforts for global asset managers across the full spectrum of asset classes and investment disciplines, and track record of developing and managing highly effective sales teams across multiple geographies and channels, we look forward to his contributions to the continued long-term success of our global distribution franchise, including through the development of potential new strategic avenues and regions of coverage.”AMG takes stakes in – and provides services such as distribution to – boutique asset managers in a number of countries.Among its affiliate firms are AQR Capital Management, Artemis Investment Management, Pantheon and Veritas Asset Management.last_img read more

Trio of pension funds call for action at administrator after data failings

first_imgDutch pensions provider AGH has been questioned by three clients about its ability to properly manage internal processes after a series of administration problems.The industry-wide pension funds for butchers (Slagers), the food trade (AVH) and the drinks industry (Dranken) all reported having to carry out additional checks on AGH’s processes.The issues were highlighted by the schemes’ external auditors tasked with assessing internal processes and controls. The €725m Dranken scheme said AGH hadn’t checked that annual statements for pensioners contained all the required data. The same applied to communications with new joiners and departing staff. Dranken also found that the amounts quoted on annual statements were too low, as the figures had been based on 11 months rather than 12.Although AGH had paid for the necessary corrections, the pension fund said these incidents also caused reputational risk.John Klijn, chairman of the €2.3bn Slagers scheme, said that its accountant had been forced to check calculations as the bookkeepers had doubts about accuracy.Klijn suggested that the errors had been caused by AGH’s rapid growth in 2017, when both Slagers and the €272m sector scheme for millers joined, followed by the €813m pension fund for hairdressers earlier this year.Klijn said that he expected AGH to improve its its performance.“My impression is that the reporting by AGH is correct, but we have to prove this to supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank,” he said. “Currently, we are checking all processes.”The €1.3bn AVH said it was worried about the quality of internal processes at AGH, although it did not provide specific examples.Both AVH and Dranken – founders of AGH – have also objected to the provider’s proposals to amend its articles of association, which would end their right to binding nominations for trustees at AGH.The court in The Hague has already ruled that AGH must honour AVH’s nomination for two trustees. In another case, Dranken and AGH have asked a Rotterdam court to rule whether the provider was allowed to unilaterally amend its articles of association.AGH said it was not able to comment on the issues because of the holiday period in the Netherlands.last_img read more

Damen DOP150 Dredge Pump for New Power Plant Project in Brazil

first_imgImage source: DamenDamen has supplied a DOP150 submersible dredge pump to Brazilian civil engineering contractor BELOV. It is now in operation, creating an access channel into the sea for a new power plant currently under construction, the Dutch defense, shipbuilding and engineering conglomerate said. The access channel is for a critical pipeline for the plant’s cooling system and when completed it will extend 600 meters out into the sea. Over the course of the project the DOP150 is expected to remove around 30,000 cubic meters of material.The Damen DOP150 is being used to extract sand in the surf zone, varying in density from loose to medium fine.“Working in such a dynamic marine environment presents challenges when it comes to delivering the flat, even surface required for the pipeline. Cables and other obstructions in the area also need to be worked around. The dredge pump is mounted on the boom of a 30-tonne excavator, itself mounted on tracks running along a pier. Concrete walls are being added to the access channel as the work proceeds to protect the piping,” Damen said.Image source: DamenThis particular model of Damen submersible dredge pump was selected due both to its ability to run off the excavator’s hydraulic power plant and the ease and speed with which the sand mining head can be exchanged for the cutter unit when the density of the material requires it to be broken up. An additional factor is its low assembly weight.The Porto de Sergipe I power plant is a 1,516 MW combined cycle, natural gas-fired design located in the state of Sergipe in the north-east of Brazil.A floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) positioned 6.5 kilometers offshore will receive the LNG from tankers and supply gas to the plant via a submarine pipeline. Due to begin operations in January 2020, it will be the largest gas-fired power plant in the region.The DOP150 is the smallest in Damen’s range of submersible dredge pumps with an hourly capacity of 600 cubic meters of mixture. The DOP150 was delivered with both a jet water-assisted sand production head to be used in free-flowing sand, and a cutter unit to be used in compacted sand.The exchange between the heads can be done swiftly due to the practical identical mounting flange, said Damen.The six-model range extends up to the DOP 450L, which can move 4,000 cubic meters an hour via a 450mm pipe.Image source: Damenlast_img read more

European Commission to Extend Liner Consortia Block Exemption

first_imgThe European Commission is proposing to extend the regulation exempting liner shipping consortia from EU antitrust rules by another four years, having concluded that the current measure is “still adequate”The regulation, known as the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation (BER), is set to expire on April 25, 2020.According to the commission, the proposed initiative is scheduled to be finalized before the expiry date. The proposal will be subject to a four-week feedback period.As explained, the initiative builds on the findings of the evaluation of the Consortia BER conducted from Q4 2018 to Q3 2019. The commission collected data from the general public, numerous stakeholders and national competition authorities of the EU. Furthermore, data was also collected from other international organizations such as the OECD International Transport Forum and UNCTAD.“Overall, the evaluation showed that the market conditions of the liner-shipping sector still appear to necessitate the existence of a sector-specific BER. Therefore, we propose that the CBER application period should be prolonged,” the European Commission said.Liner shipping services consist of the provision of regular, scheduled maritime cargo transport on a specific route. They require significant levels of investment and therefore are regularly provided by several carriers cooperating in consortia agreements. Consortia generally lead to economies of scale and better utilization of the space of the vessels.Although the EU law generally bans agreements between companies that restrict competition, the maritime Consortia Block Exemption Regulation allows, under certain conditions, shipping lines with a combined market share of below 30% to enter into cooperation agreements to provide joint cargo transport services.“EU rules normally prevent companies from working together in a way that might restrict competition, but companies shipping cargo by sea have been granted an exemption from this ban as they often need to work together to make their operations more financially viable and efficient,” the commission added.Related:Liner Industry Calls for Extension of Consortia Block ExemptionMaritime Organizations Propose Repeal of Consortia Block Exemption Regulationlast_img read more

US authorities seize $190,000 from vessel leaving Puerto Rico

first_img Share Photo credit: sdoi.comAGUADILLA, Puerto Rico — Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG) federal law enforcement authorities seized $190,000, a Cal-Tech 5.56mm semi-automatic pistol, and approximately 300 rounds of ammunition found in a single-engine yola type vessel, north west of Puerto Rico last Wednesday night. At midnight on Wednesday, a US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) maritime patrol aircraft detected a vessel approximately 60 nautical miles northwest of Puerto Rico. The vessel had no visible registration, flag or markings.CBP personnel coordinated with watch-standers at Coast Guard Sector San Juan to intercept the vessel at sea. An HC-144 Ocean Sentry fixed-wing aircraft crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami and Coast Guard Cutter Cushing were diverted to interdict the vessel. Cutter Cushing boarding team members discovered approximately $190,000, a Kel-Tec 5.56mm semi-automatic rifle, and approximately 300 rounds of ammunition. The five individuals on board the vessel claimed to be citizens of the Dominican Republic. Cushing crewmembers team took custody of the five suspects aboard the vessel, currency, and weapon and transported them to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations at Arecibo for further investigation at the Mayaguez Sea Port, Puerto Rico.Caribbean News Now Sharing is caring! Tweet NewsRegional US authorities seize $190,000 from vessel leaving Puerto Rico by: – January 3, 2012center_img Share Share 13 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

INTENSE VIRUS WATCH: Feverish Chinese child seeks hospital check-up

first_imgPhoto by Ian Paul Cordero/PN The first to be quarantined was a29-year-old Chinese national. This was on Jan. 17. The second was athree-year-old girl on Jan. 18. The three have been released from thehospital. On Tuesday, an expert at China’sNational Health Commission said one week was sufficient for a recovery frommild coronavirus symptoms. The virus causes severe acuterespiratory infection and symptoms seem to start with a fever, followed by adry cough. After a week, some people can experience shortness of breath andneed hospital treatment. “If the child is eventually assessedas a PUI for the new coronavirus, the hospital’s isolation room would be used,”said Juanico. “We are closely coordinating with ourreferral hospital as to the child’s status,” saidDr. Jane Juanico, head of the Infectious Disease Section of DOH Region 6. DOH-6 has issued a “code white” alertas part of measures to protect Western Visayas from the novel coronavirus thatas of yesterday already killed 132 people in China and made ill nearly 6,000others. Juanico said Western Visayas MedicalCenter would be assessing the Chinese child’s condition and determine if theyoung Chinese visitor would be classified as a patient-under-investigation orPUI for the new coronavirus. ILOILO City – A day after theDepartment of Health (DOH) announced that Western Visayas remained free fromthe novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) spreading in China, a visiting Chinese couplehad their three-year-old child with fever checked at the Western VisayasMedical Center in Mandurriao district.center_img The family were guests of a hotel.DOH-6 did not say how long the family had been staying in the city and if theywere Dinagyang Festival tourists. The new coronavirus is thought to haveemerged from illegally traded wildlife at a seafood market in Wuhan City, Chinaand can now spread between people. DOH-6 announced on Tuesday that thethree Boracay Island-bound Chinese nationals quarantined at the Dr. Rafael S.Tumbukon Memorial Hospital in Kalibo, Aklan tested negative for it, itannounced. Throat swab specimens were collectedfrom the three foreigners then these were sent to the Research Institute forTropical Medicine in Manila for analysis. It also issued a “general advisory”that travellers with flu-like symptoms must seek immediate medical attention. “We received the results of theirlaboratory tests. All of them were negative for the virus,” said Dr. JessieGlen Alosabe, epidemiologist of DOH-6. The child is the first foreigntraveller in the region to seek medical attention at the DOH-referral hospitalsince the outbreak of the new coronavirus in China, according to Juanico. The third was a 65-year-old Chinese,on Jan. 20./PNlast_img read more