Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie and Treasurer Jeb Spaulding Announce “Green Valley” Funding Initiative

first_imgLt. Governor Brian Dubie and State Treasurer Jeb Spauldingjointly announced a plan to invest $48 million in state employeepension funds in Vermont’s “Green Valley” – an economic development sectorcomprised of businesses dealing in environmental technologies, goods andservices.”It’s all about jobs and economic growth for our state in a dynamic newdirection,” Dubie said, “and it’s about devoting Vermont’s youthful energyand some of our resources towards making Earth a cleaner and healthier placefor everyone.”Spaulding noted that as State Treasurer, he is the custodian of Vermontstate employees’ pension funds. “Ever since I was elected,” he said, “I havelooked for ‘triple bottom line’ investment opportunities for our funds: onesthat are good for people and society, good for our environment and produce agood return on investment. Our investment board has made clear its desire touse 2% of our funds this way. When Lt. Governor Dubie proposed investing inVermont’s Green Valley companies, I was immediately excited.”Dubie, Spaulding and Economic Development Commissioner Mike Quinn have beenworking on a mechanism to distribute the funds, such as Vermont’s EconomicDevelopment Authority (VEDA). The final structure of that mechanism has yetto be determined.Dubie and Spaulding made the announcement at a forum on renewable energysponsored by the Vermont Environmental Consortium and Norwich University.”We have innovative people and companies right in our state developing cleantechnologies with the potential to provide these pension funds withpositive, long-term returns, and that can create jobs and economic growth inVermont for years to come,” Dubie said.”Everywhere on earth, from Shanghai to Montreal,” he continued, “demographictrends, public awareness, environmental crises and increased regulation aredriving the growth in the clean technology industry. I commend Treasurer JebSpaulding and look forward to working with him to harness that growth energyfor Vermonters.”last_img read more

How mobile technology can help divorced parents manage financial obligations

first_imgChildren and childcare expenses can often force divorced parents to stay in communication with each other when would rather not, sometimes resulting in uncomfortable exchanges and disputes over who owes what. The complications involved in tallying and balancing receipts add yet another tense layer to the dissolution of a marriage.Child-related expenses must be addressed despite former partners’ communication barriers, however. Parents need to make a variety of purchases for their children – new clothes, braces, summer camp and more – but handling these budgeting matters is difficult, even among partners who have divorced amicably. Such matters become even more complex as parents remarry and bring additional caregivers into their children’s lives.It was for this reason that Laura MacMahon co-founded Family Plan, an app that facilitates expense sharing between divorcees. MacMahon, who is also the president of the company, stated that the app’s design keeps payment services swift, streamlined and professional. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

New York’s JFK starts Ebola checks

first_img 98 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img HealthInternationalLifestylePrint New York’s JFK starts Ebola checks by: – October 11, 2014 Share Screening measures will include checking passengers for high temperatureNew York’s JFK airport has started screening to try to stem the Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 4,000 people.Passengers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea – the worst-hit countries – will have their temperatures taken and have to answer a series of questions.Checks at O’Hare in Chicago, Newark, Washington’s Dulles and Atlanta’s airport will begin in the coming days.This comes after the first person died of Ebola in Texas on Wednesday.Thomas Duncan had travelled to the US from Liberia, and was only diagnosed with the disease once he arrived in Dallas.The latest figures released by the World Health Organization show the number of deaths attributed to the the haemorrhagic fever has risen to 4,033.The vast majority of the fatalities – 4,024 – were in the West African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.New York’s Bellevue Hospital staff in protective suits in an isolation room during a demonstration of procedures for possible Ebola patientsNew York’s authorities say the city is “particularly well prepared”‘Simulated patients’The screening measures at JFK started on Saturday. Border agents will check passengers for signs of illness such as high temperatures.Passengers from the three African nations will also be asked about their travel history prior to coming to the US and also if they have been in contact with anyone suffering from Ebola.If they answer “Yes” to any questions or are running a fever, a representative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will intervene and provide a public health assessment.There are currently no scheduled direct flights from the three countries to the US, with most passengers from Africa travelling via Europe.Gil Kerlikowske, commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection, said the new system provided an extra layer of assurance for the American public, and would cover 94% of travellers from the affected region.Martin Cetron, director for the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine at the Centers for Disease Control, said that this was in addition to the 100% screening being carried out at the points of departure.However, he cautioned that “we cannot get the risk to zero” and that the latest screening “may not have caught the Texas case”.Mr Duncan only developed symptoms a week after he entered the US.Experts have warned that a person can carry the virus for up to three weeks before showing symptoms.JFK and the four other airports account for 90% of air travellers arriving in the US. As many as 160 people enter the US from the worse-affected countries each day.“There is no cause for alarm,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said earlier, adding that the city was “particularly well prepared”.“Physicians, hospitals, emergency medical personnel are trained in how to identify this disease and how to quickly isolate anyone who may be afflicted.”To test the readiness of New York, people pretending to display Ebola symptoms – the so-called “simulated patients” – have been walking into hospital emergency rooms to see if there were any weaknesses in the new system.BBC Newslast_img read more

Serena Knocks Out Halep in Epic Clash

first_imgAUSTRALIA OPENSerena Williams outlined why she is the favourite to win the Australian Open with a 6-1 4-6 6-4 win over top seed Simona Halep in a high-quality last-16 match.The 37-year-old American dismantled Halep’s game to race through the opening set in 20 minutes. Romania’s Halep, 27, recovered in the second, breaking in what proved to be the final game.Williams, seeded 16th, saved three break points for 3-3 in the decider, crucially winning the next game to seize control.The 23-time Grand Slam champion comfortably held her next service game to edge closer, then served out for victory over last year’s runner-up in one hour and 47 minutes.Triumphantly punching the air with both arms as she gave a steely stare towards her box, Williams showed how much relief she felt at beating the world number one.“It was an intense match and there were some incredible points, but I love being here,” she said.Williams, searching for her first Grand Slam title since coming back from pregnancy last year, has now won nine of her 10 meetings with Halep.The seven-time champion will meet Czech seventh seed Karolina Pliskova, who beat Spain’s two-time Grand Slam winner Garbine Muguruza earlier on Monday, in the last eight.If Williams goes on to extend her record number of victories in Melbourne, she will equal Australian Margaret Court’s all-time tally of 24 Grand Slam titles.From the moment these two players were drawn in the same section of the Australian Open – and projected to meet in the last 16 – there had been a sense of anticipation among tennis fans: Williams, the long-time former world number one, taking on the current holder, Halep.And a match containing fight, drama and high-quality tennis from both players did not disappoint.Halep admitted before the match that Williams was still the “best player in the world”, and Williams may have proved it with her first win over a number-one ranked player since beating Victoria Azarenka in 2013.“I really needed to elevate my game,” Williams said.“She’s the number one player in the world and there’s a reason why. She’s a great player.”Williams left the Melbourne crowd stunned with the ease with which she dismantled Halep’s game, particularly the Romanian’s second serve, in a one-sided opening set.Halep, who won her maiden Grand Slam at last year’s French Open, broke Williams’ serve to love in the first game – which included a double fault on game point – before the American settled down.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more