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Green Mountain Power Increases Quarterly Dividend

first_imgDirectors of Green Mountain Power Corporation (NYSE:GMP) announced a quarterly cash dividend of $0.22 per share on the utility’s Common Stock, payable March 31, 2004 to holders of record at the close of business on March 12, 2004. The new indicated annual dividend rate is $0.88, an increase of 16 percent over the previous indicated annual rate of $0.76.“The Company believes that, in light of the general practice in the utility industry, it should pay out 50 percent to 70 percent of anticipated earnings in dividends. Over the course of the next five years, we intend to increase our dividend in the first quarter of each year in a measured, consistent manner to the middle of this payout range, which we will sustain so long as our financial health seems assured. As earnings grow, of course, the opportunity for higher dividend increases is presented,” said Christopher L. Dutton, President and Chief Executive Officer of Green Mountain Power.Green Mountain Power Corporation (www.greenmountainpower.biz(link is external) )is a Vermont-based energy services company serving 89,000 electric customers.last_img read more

Gordon’s Window Decor passes company to next generation

first_imgGordon’s Window Decor,Growth is on the horizon as Gordon’s Window Décor, a local family business that has been manufacturing custom window treatments in Essex Junction for 25 years, transitions to the next generation..‘I think our growth is due to the fact that we manufacture insulating window shades that save substantial amounts of energy- a vital component in our country’s efforts to cut our dependence on fossil fuels’ Explains Gordon Clements, owner of Gordon’s Window Décor.And grow they have. With distribution now well established in Ireland, as well as across the US, similar interest from Russia and recent sales in Japan Gordon’s has been hiring and just bought a larger factory/showroom in Williston. They will be moving at the end of March. That is a lot of change for any company especially combined with serious succession planning. It has truly been a busy year for Gordon’s.‘It is all really exciting’ says Kelly Conklin, Clements’ daughter and successor, ‘Buying the new building was a huge step, but we are bursting at the seams in our current building and with our growth we need more space.’ The succession planning is equally as exciting’. ‘We’ve been working with the Vermont Family Business Initiative to help with the planning’ Conklin adds.It is well known that transitioning a business from the first generation to the second generation is no easy feat. But Clements and Conklin have been working vigorously to avoid common pitfalls of succession;with resources like the Vermont Family Business Initiative it looks like Gordon’s Window Décor will be going strong for another 25 years.‘My first child, Silas, was born in August and if all goes well I hope that he’ll be the third generation to run Gordon’s Window Décor’ Smiles Conklin.Photo: Kelly, Silas and Gordon.last_img read more

Gov. Cuomo pushes major renewable energy effort in New York

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the launch of a “Green New Deal” initiative Tuesday, responding to pressure for bold climate action from progressives and clean energy advocates.The plan, outlined in Cuomo’s 2019 Justice Agenda, calls for a “globally unprecedented” ramp-up in renewable energy deployments as New York seeks to achieve 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2040, and ultimately eliminate its entire carbon footprint. Former California Governor Jerry Brown signed a similar executive order last fall calling for the Golden State to achieve carbon neutrality economy-wide by 2045. California also passed legislation to achieve 100 percent clean electricity by the same year. If Cuomo’s 100 percent carbon-free electricity goal is approved by the state legislature, New York will officially have the most aggressive — and legally binding — clean energy target in the country.The cornerstone of Cuomo’s Green New Deal is to boost New York’s Clean Energy Standard from 50 percent to 70 percent renewable electricity by 2030. To meet this new mandate, the briefing calls for: nearly quadrupling New York’s offshore wind target to 9,000 megawatts by 2035, up from 2,400 megawatts by 2030; doubling distributed solar deployment to 6,000 megawatts by 2025, up from 3,000 megawatts by 2023; more than doubling new large-scale land-based wind and solar resources through the Clean Energy Standard; maximizing the contributions and potential of New York’s existing renewable resources; and deploying 3,000 megawatts of energy storage by 2030.Gov. Cuomo also announced $1.5 billion in competitive awards to support 20 large-scale solar, wind and energy storage projects across upstate New York. These projects are expected to add 1,650 megawatts of capacity and generate enough renewable energy to power nearly 550,000 homes. All projects are expected to be operational by 2022 and create more than 2,600 short-term and long-term jobs in the process.More: New York governor launches ‘green new deal’ with accelerated clean energy targets Gov. Cuomo pushes major renewable energy effort in New Yorklast_img read more

Outdoor Updates: All beaches in Mississippi are closed due to a toxic algae bloom

first_imgCoral reefs play a critical role in the ecosystem, supporting millions of species that live in the ocean. They also act as a buffer during hurricanes and storm surges, protecting coastal areas from the full impact of powerful storms. Planning to take a dip in Mississippi’s Gulf Coast anytime soon? Think again. All of Mississippi’s 21 beaches are closed to swimming due to a toxic blue-green algae bloom. While beaches are still technically open to sunbathers and beachcombers, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality warns humans and pets to stay out of the water.  All beaches in Mississippi are closed due to a toxic algae bloom Scientists in Florida scramble to collect healthy coral reefs before they succumb to devastating diseasecenter_img Scientists in Florida are diligently working to collect healthy coral from the ocean after a mysterious and fast-moving disease called stony coral tissue disease began killing coral reefs in the state. The collected coral specimens may be used to populate a gene bank from which new colonies of coral can be bred in the future. Seven research facilities around the country will temporarily house the coral as part of the Florida Coral Rescue Project led by NOAA. Scientists are collecting 23 species of coral that are either susceptible to the disease or have higher coral-building capacity, while they work to find a cure to the disease before the entire reef is killed.  Blue-green algae is actually not an algae at all but cyanobacteria, which is known to cause rashes, stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhea. Eating fish and other seafood in areas experiencing the bloom is also a bad idea, authorities say. last_img read more

Brevard attorneys invited to join Lawyer Referral Service

first_imgThe Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service has added Brevard County to its coverage area, and is now recruiting lawyers from Brevard County to join the service.The Bar’s LRS began making referrals in Brevard County February 5. The service refers callers to an attorney in their county who practices the type of law requested. Under the Bar’s LRS, attorneys provide prospective clients with a half-hour office consultation for no more than $25.The referral service made 123,156 referrals in 2001, 7,000 more than the year before and more than in any other year since the service began in 1972.The 12 LRS clerks average about 500 referrals per day to lawyers participating in the service, with an additional 50 referrals per day to local bar association referral programs and other agencies.At present, more than 1,000 Bar members participate in the service, which covers 49 counties in the state. The remaining counties have referral services offered through their local bar associations.LRS clerks log a consumer’s name, telephone number, and brief description of their legal problems into a computerized referral system, which selects a panel member based on location and area of law. The clerk then provides the caller with the name, address, and telephone number of the panel member and advises the caller to contact the lawyer for an appointment.The LRS currently boasts five bilingual clerks who answer approximately 50 calls per day from consumers who don’t speak English. Those callers are referred to a Spanish-speaking attorney in their area.The number of referrals a participating lawyer receives depends on his or her area of practice and geographic location. Any member in good standing with no pending probable cause complaints who maintains an office in geographical areas not covered by a local bar referral service is eligible to join the panel by completing an application. The participating lawyers must also carry at least $100,000 in professional liability insurance.The service has established several specialty panels of lawyers who are willing to take elderly, low-fee, AIDS law, and disability law cases for clients in need.If a caller can be referred to a specialty panel attorney, the first half-hour consultation is free.To be eligible for the Low Fee Panel, a caller’s income must fall within the panel’s income eligibility guidelines.The Bar’s Elderly Referral Panel is designed to help those over 60 years old on a low or fixed income obtain simple legal services and advice at reduced rates.The Disability Referral Panel is designed to help disabled individuals on a low or fixed income obtain services for disability-related legal problems.Lawyers participating on the AIDS panel agree to take at least one referred case per year, participate in training to learn the legal and medical aspects of AIDS, and agree to go to the client if the client is unable to meet at the attorney’s office.For more information about the Lawyer Referral Service, contact Karen Kelly at (800) 342-8060, ext. 5810, or e-mail kkelly@flabar.org. Applications are available online or use the form below.JOIN THE FLORIDA BAR’S March 15, 2002 Regular News Brevard attorneys invited to join Lawyer Referral Service LAWYER REFERRAL SERVICE During 2001, The Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Staff made over 123,156 referrals to people seeking legal assistance. Lawyer Referral Service attorneys collected over $5.7 million in fees from Lawyer Referral Service clients. The Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service: • Provides statewide advertising • Provides a toll-free telephone number • Matches attorneys with prospective clients • Screens clients by geographical area and legal problem • Allows the attorney to negotiate fees • Provides a good source for new clients NOTE: If your office is in Baker, Broward, Clay, Collier, Duval, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Nassau, Orange, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Santa Rosa, Wakulla, or West Pasco counties, please contact your local bar association lawyer referral service for information. INTERESTED? PLEASE COMPLETE, CLIP AND MAIL TODAY FOR MORE INFORMATION. Please send me an application and information about The Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service. Name: Address: City/State/Zip: MAIL TO: The Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300. The application also may be downloaded from The Florida Bar’s website or call The Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service at (800) 342-8060, ext 5810 or e-mail your request to kkelly@FLABAR.org . Brevard attorneys invited to join Lawyer Referral Servicelast_img read more

Executive order is strong step against regulator overreach

first_imgPresident Donald Trump Wednesday signed an executive order requiring federal regulatory agencies seek comment on major federal guidance and better explain the guidance to the public.“Today’s executive order is a strong step toward reining in regulator overreach,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “In recent years, we have seen federal agencies try to exceed their statutory authority and skirt their obligations under the Administrative Procedures Act by issuing guidance in lieu of new regulation.  This practice runs counter to our nation’s democratic principles, and we appreciate the President’s line in the sand on the matter. As America’s trusted partner for member-driven financial services, we look forward to this moment serving as a springboard toward ensuring the rulemaking process is a more democratic, input-driven process, leading to thoughtful, informed regulations that protect consumers and advance our country.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Istra Inspirit represents Istria and Croatia at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in Edinburgh

first_imgOne of the best tourist stories in the world according to the UNWTO, Istra Inspirit has the great honor to present Istria and Croatia at Scottish International Storytelling festival in Edinburgh.Thus, Istra Inspirit, as the only cultural and innovative tourism project from Croatia, was invited to present itself to the audience of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in Edinburgh, which is being held for the 28th year in a row from October 20 to 31, 2017. those eager for creative presentations of stories from all over the world and thus connecting cultures, languages, generations and places, and this interesting concept that encourages cultural diversity will include Istra Inspirit, which will present Istria and Croatia on Tuesday, 24.10.During its performance in Edinburgh, Istra Inspirit will present Istrian stories, myths and legends from its rich creative palette of experiences, and in addition to stories characteristic of Istria, it will also present the most interesting legends from Croatia. Petra B. Blašković and Frano Novljan, academic actors with many years of experience in performing Istra Inspirit experiences, will perform on behalf of Istra Inspirit. “The promotion of Istra Inspirit on the foreign market is extremely important for the project which for the sixth year in a row successfully revives the history, myths and legends of the Istrian peninsula in authentic locations and behind which is an extremely fruitful season with over 100 performances realized in cooperation with public and private sector. stand out from Istra Inspirita.This trip will provide Istra Inspirit with connections with experts who also apply storytelling as a concept in their business and will provide them with education based on examples of good practice from abroad as well as connections with foreign stakeholders in culture and creative tourism.And don’t forget, tourism is made up of emotions, experiences and stories. Tell stories, our authentic stories.Related news:UNWTO MAKES ISTRIA INSPIRIT AMONG THE BEST TOURIST STORIES IN THE WORLD STORYTELLING IN THE TRUE SENSE – ISTRIA INSPIRITlast_img read more

Monaco’s Prince Albert II tests positive for coronavirus

first_imgPrince Albert II of Monaco has tested positive for the new coronavirus, the principality said in a statement Thursday, adding there were “no concerns for his health.”The titular head of the Mediterranean enclave is continuing to work from his private apartments at the royal palace, the statement said.The announcement came three days after Monaco’s prime minister, Serge Telle, announced that he too had caught COVID-19. Monaco has said all public spaces will be closed to the public starting at midnight on Saturday, including its emblematic casinos catering to the global jet-set, as it joins the ranks of nations locking down in a bid to stem the outbreak.It said Wednesday that nine cases of infection had been detected since the first was announced on February 28.Albert is head of the House of Grimaldi that rules Monaco, the world’s second-smallest country and a haven for the rich and famous because of its low taxes.Topics :last_img read more

COVID-19: Dems calls for cash assistance for poor families, lockdown

first_imgThe government must also ensure the availability of staple foods and prices, especially ahead of Ramadan and Idul Fitri.Read also: Agus Yudhoyono elected as Democratic Party chairman”Don’t let the inflation rate get out of hand,” he said.Agus added that the government should impose a short-term lockdown in areas considered to be hotspots of the disease, despite the impact it could cause on the people and economy. The Democratic Party has demanded that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration enforce a lockdown on urban areas as well as provide financial assistance to low-income households who might lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.“They need financial assistance through cash transfers, Bantuan Langsung Tunai [cash assistance program] or other social safety net programs. We need to maintain the people’s purchasing power, especially the bottom 40 percent,” Dems chairman Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono said in a written statement on Friday. “Public health and safety should be prioritized above all else,” he said.The government, he went on to say, should focus on urban areas considering the population density, saying he was worried that the number of detected COVID-19 cases in Indonesia would increase when it declined in other countries.”Don’t be surprised and late in responding to the virus.”Read also: Indonesian government prepares for worst, including zero percent growth, as COVID-19 hitsThe government announced on Wednesday that it was finalizing a third stimulus package as it reallocated Rp 27 trillion (US$1.8 billion) to fund the healthcare system in fighting the pandemic.It would reallocate up to Rp 10 trillion from the portion of the state budget that was set for ministries and institutions, as well as Rp 17.2 trillion in funds earmarked for regional administrations.These resources, according to Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, would be useful for them in handling COVID-19-related issues immediately as part of the government’s plan to mitigate its effects.She said low-income households and individuals working in the informal sector would be given financial assistance, although she did not provide further details.Topics :last_img read more

Fact-finding team of slain Papuan pastor concludes field investigation, returns to Jakarta

first_imgThe TGPF has also convinced Yeremia’s wife and family members to allow the body to be autopsied as part of the ongoing investigation.Four members of Yeremia’s family also signed a police interrogation report, which made them witnesses in the case.According to the Indonesian Communion of Churches, Indonesian Evangelical Christian Church (GKII) and local media in Papua, Yeremia was allegedly shot by Indonesian Army (TNI) personnel on his way to his pig pen on Sept. 19, at the same time when a military operation reportedly took place.Meanwhile, the TNI has denied the allegation, instead saying that Yeremia was shot by an armed group. The West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) confirmed last Friday that it was behind an attack on members of the TGPF in Mamba village, Intan Jaya regency, Papua.Two members of the investigative team were injured: Gadjah Mada University (UGM) lecturer Bambang Purwoko and Indonesian Military (TNI) soldier First Sgt. Faisal Akbar Force.Read also: Body of slain Intan Jaya pastor to be autopsied, says fact-finding teamBenny said the team would resume its investigation in Jakarta to meet its 14 day deadline to report the results of the investigation to the government, which would end Thursday. The government-sanctioned joint fact-finding team (TGPF) says it has concluded the field investigation of the shooting case of Papuan pastor Yeremia Zanambani, despite naming no suspects yet.National Police Commission (Kompolnas) head and TGPF chief Benny Mamoto said the team was set to return to Jakarta on Monday, after conducting a crime scene investigation and questioning more than 25 eyewitnesses. “We have worked to our maximum capacity and were able to relatively achieve our targets, despite the security threats that we faced there,” Benny said in a written statement on Monday.center_img Topics :last_img read more