Vermont projects awarded $114,325 in USDA energy funding

first_imgAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that USDA is funding projects to harness wind, solar, geothermal and hydroelectric power to reduce energy costs for farms and small business across rural America.  Funding was also announced to conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy systems.  Funding is made available through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which is authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill.  Rural Development Deputy Under Secretaries Doug O’Brien and Dallas Tonsager made the announcements on the Secretary’s behalf. In Vermont, Green Mountain Environmental Consulting, Inc of Bennington will receive $49,325 of REAP funding to assist in the installation of a 50 kilowatt micro-hydro system that is expected to generate 436,800 kilowatts of power annually.  The $197,300 project is expected to produce enough power to supply 48 average Vermont homes annually.  This project represents the first hydro project financed in Vermont by USDA Rural Development. In addition, Lemington Solar Farm, LLC, and Green Mountain Clean Energy, LLC. received $15,000 and $49,325 respectively to perform feasibility studies. The studies will analyze system design, environmental impacts, resource assessments and the cost effectiveness for the construction of solar and wind powered renewable energy systems. “The Obama Administration is assisting small businesses, including farmers and ranchers, as they work to reduce their energy costs,” O’Brien said of the announcement. “When energy costs are reduced, American rural businesses become more competitive, allowing them to expand and create jobs.” Molly Lambert, USDA Rural Development State Director for Vermont and New Hampshire followed the announcement by stating, “The Obama Administration is committed to making America more energy self-reliant.  The REAP program furthers this commitment by encouraging rural businesses to study and build renewable energy systems.’ Including today’s announcements, the REAP program has funded a total of 162 projects in Vermont that total just over $34 million in total development and construction costs.  Of this amount, $13.46 million has been funded from the REAP program and an additional $21 million dollars of private capital has flowed into project development costs.  USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $155 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.  Visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov(link is external) for additional information about the agency’s programs.Montpelier VT, November 17, 2011 ‘last_img read more

Ajax star keen on Premier League switch

first_img Promoted Content7 Inventions Created To Start Saving The World18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too Soon7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value Loading… Ajax and Holland midfielder Donny van de Beek is keen on a switch to the Premier League but offers are yet to materialise. The 23-year-old signalled his emergence in the 2018-19 season with a string of impressive displays in the Ajax side that encapsulated Europe on their run to the Champions League semi-final. The Dutch club clung onto Van de Beek as Europe’s elite raided them, but Sky Sports say the midfielder is now ready to depart and Ajax will let him go for the right price. His preference is to head to England for Premier League football but, despite previously being linked with Manchester United, an offer from any side is yet to emerge. The Eredivise season begins on August 13 and Van de Beek is purported to want to have his future sorted before the new campaign gets underway. Earlier this year, Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag admitted that Van de Beek could be one of a few high-profile departures at the Dutch club but was optimistic of keeping him for another season.Advertisementcenter_img He told Dutch newspaper Het Parool: ‘The transfer market will start in August. The top leagues are now being played out, so the money flows are maintained. The market value of players will be slightly depressed, but not much. ‘Based on their performance and ambition, a number of our players also want to make the move abroad. Agreements have been made with Andre Onana, Donny van de Beek and Nicolas Tagliafico, but it remains to be seen whether the market is indeed breaking loose. Van de Beek first came to prominence in Ajax’s 2019 Champions League semi-final run Read Also: Barcelona board struggling to pin down Messi ‘For Onana and Van de Beek, another year of Ajax could certainly be an option, for Tagliafico it is slightly different because of his age.’ Van de Beek’s Ajax contract runs until 2022. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

State health reform a charade

first_img New taxes on employers who don’t provide health coverage for workers that is substantially less than what the average California business offering health plans now pay. That’s a huge incentive for employers to reduce health coverage, shifting more of the financial burden to California families, or drop benefits entirely and just pay the tax. A false promise of requiring insurance companies to cover everyone. In fact, the bill has a huge loophole that will allow insurance companies to dump people with “serious medical conditions” into a public pool that will probably be bankrupted by having to pay for the sickest patients – while the insurance companies make hundreds of millions more in profits by only covering the healthiest people. The final package is also expected to include a tax on hospitals that could further jeopardize the survival of public hospitals. The formula, which includes a match of federal funds for the poor, is written in a way that it would return $1.7 billion to private hospital corporations, while California counties would lose about $600 million statewide. Big California hospitals agreed to the tax as a little-noticed separate bill was being passed by the Legislature that delays until 2020 the requirement that unsafe hospital buildings meet seismic safety guidelines. So you’ll have to pay more for health care coverage, and if you can afford to get into a hospital, it just might fall down on you in an earthquake. Perhaps most importantly, AB 8, and the final weaker version that will come from the special session, reinforces the existing dysfunctional system, throwing millions of more people into the insurance-industry meat grinder, while giving the newly “insured” policies they may find will cover immunizations but not cancer. This is not reform, it’s an insurance-industry heist. Rather than completing this fiasco in the special session, it would be better to call it off and start over. Rose Ann DeMoro is executive director of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For careful observers of the California political scene, this united front might have a familiar ring. The same consensus produced the hurried passage a decade ago of energy deregulation. That was followed by blackouts, skyrocketing energy costs for consumers, and open thievery by Enron and other energy corporations. Second was the demolition of workers’ compensation in California by the same coalition. That call to slash business costs – backed by the same folks now touting AB 8 – led to a rushed “reform” that, according to a employer/worker state commission, ended up cutting average benefits by 50 percent for workers on permanent disability due to work-related job injuries. Following that history of failure, we now have the framework for the latest debacle. The bill passed by the legislature has: No controls on runaway costs of premiums, deductibles, co-pays, co-insurance, drug prices, or annual fees imposed by doctors. No minimum standard of health benefits for middle-income employees who don’t qualify for state subsidies. The likely result is those people would end up with junk insurance – high-deductible plans with low standards of covered benefits, and costs that will continually rise. ANYONE wondering why so many voters distrust politicians might want to take a look at the charade on health care reform being performed in Sacramento. Under the whip of California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez and Senate President Don Perata, with the active prodding of some labor and interest groups desperate to settle for any health care legislation no matter how bad it is, the California Legislature last week passed a fundamentally flawed bill that just might set back real reform for years. To make matters worse, they passed a bill they know will be vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as a starting point for negotiations to pass an even worse bill in a special legislative session now under way. Ironically, the Democratic leadership passed the weak bill, AB 8, after refusing to unite behind a single-payer, Medicare-for-all approach, SB 840, as they did last year, because they said SB 840 would be vetoed. last_img read more

Helping People Is My Calling Says Jamaica 55 Anniversary Awardee

first_img Ms. Balls recounted that friends and some of her fellow recipients are delighted with her award, saying: “Full time. You’ve been working for so long. It’s well earned.” Special Projects Coordinator in the Ministry of National Security, Patricia Leonie Balls, is among 65 institutions and persons who have been bestowed with the Prime Minister’s Jamaica 55 Commemorative Medal of Appreciation for the roles they have played in the country’s development.“My philosophy is about doing the full gamut of social intervention – individuals and infrastructure. Helping people is my calling. I have a natural ability for that, which I have enhanced with a Master’s degree in National Development and Project Planning that I did in England,” she tells JIS News.Ms. Balls recounted that friends and some of her fellow recipients are delighted with her award, saying: “Full time. You’ve been working for so long. It’s well earned.”This award is for her years of work in the field of public service, specifically social intervention. “When you do what you love, your work becomes your passion. Hence it doesn’t feel like work. I love to help people. That’s my passion,” Ms. Balls tells JIS News.Her journey began in 2001 as Project Manager in Grants Pen, where she oversaw the establishment of the Shortwood Road Branch Library, and the upgrade of the football field and multipurpose courts at the New Day Primary and Junior High School, and a carpentry/woodwork facility at the Stella Maris Foundation in the community. Five hundred persons were placed in jobs under this project and over 2,000 individuals participated in conflict resolution.The projects were funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the private sector.“I believe our greatest asset is our people. No one should be left behind. They have so much potential, but they need help to bring it to fruition,” says Ms. Balls.At this time, Montego Bay is her focus area. The Special Projects Coordinator has facilitated capacity-building and problem-solving initiatives in six communities in the Second City, namely Flanker, Mount Salem, Salt Spring, Canterbury, Rose Heights and Norwood.The short-term priorities for these communities include trauma care for victims of violence, effective parenting, infrastructural development, reduction of gender-based violence and improved conflict-resolution capacity of the residents.She is currently working with community members to implement some of these initiatives. Additionally, she is assisting with the build phase in Mount Salem, which forms part of the social-development component of the Ministry’s Five-Pillar Strategy.“Social intervention is critical in bringing about a more caring society. I interact with the residents on a daily basis, and get the buy-in from them,” says Ms. Balls.“A good day for me is when someone in the community has achieved something outstanding from one of the programmes,” she adds.When asked what her solution is for the youth, she advised: “Get them working. Get them to build their capacity and enhance their employability. I grew up seeing persons around me working”.The Prime Minister’s Jamaica 55 Commemorative Medal of Appreciation for Service to Jamaica is the culmination of the nearly year-long celebrations, which officially began in August 2017. “My philosophy is about doing the full gamut of social intervention – individuals and infrastructure. Helping people is my calling. I have a natural ability for that, which I have enhanced with a Master’s degree in National Development and Project Planning that I did in England,” she tells JIS News. Story Highlights Special Projects Coordinator in the Ministry of National Security, Patricia Leonie Balls, is among 65 institutions and persons who have been bestowed with the Prime Minister’s Jamaica 55 Commemorative Medal of Appreciation for the roles they have played in the country’s development. last_img read more