Lt. 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.”
Valamar cooperates with more than a hundred local partners and suppliers from Istria, Kvarner as well as Slavonia and Dalmatia, with the aim of expanding cooperation to interested partners from all parts of Croatia. Valfresco Direkt offers a wide selection of fresh local products and groceries from family farms from Istria, semi-finished and ready meals according to traditional recipes, prepared in the central kitchen and distribution center of Valamar in Vinež, as well as many other necessities bought in the market. Valfresco Direkt offers in one place the products of family farms, winemakers, olive growers and many other local producers with a long tradition in the production of healthy and quality food, as well as traditional dishes and desserts from Valfresco Cuisine. Namely, Valamar launched its online store Valfresco Direkt for all citizens and tourists in Istria at the beginning of June, and at the end of June it became available for guests in Valamar’s camps on the island of Krk. Valfresco Direkt, Valamar’s online store with delivery from September 14, is expanding its service to the area of Rijeka and the Opatija Riviera. From now on, the citizens of Rijeka, Opatija, Ičić, Viškovo, Dražice, Jurdan, Kastav, Kostren, Kukuljanovo, Lovran, Martinšćica, Matulji and Mošćenička Draga will be able to order products from Valfresco Direkt. “We are proud that the citizens of Rijeka and the surrounding area will also become part of the Valfresco Direkt story, which has already been extremely successful in Istria, where we are continuously recording an increasing number of regular customers. By purchasing through the Valfresco Direkt online store, citizens can be sure that they will receive quality and home-made food and dishes prepared to the highest catering standards and a Valamar guarantee of quality and safety at their home address. Also, by buying through Valfresco Direct, customers directly support the local community and gain access to groceries that are difficult to find in retail chains. “, said Karmela Višković, Valamar’s product development director and Valfresco Direkt project manager.
The Kenyan government has ordered all public and private schools to be shut down by Monday following the ongoing teachers’ strike in the country. Only final year candidates have been directed to stay on, in school.The directive was given through a circular by Kenya’s Ministry of Education.At least 1.4 million candidates will be sitting for their national examinations this year. According to Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) final year students the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations will begin on November 10 and end on November 12. The Candidates sitting for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations will start from October 12.Teachers’ strike is based on the promised salary increase of 50 – 60 per cent given to them by the Employment and Labour Relations Court in June and upheld by the Court of Appeal in July.
Photo: © pixabay World number one Andy Murray reckons Wimbledon will give Maria Sharapova a wild card if she needs one.But he says the All England Club would rather not have to make the decision – and would hope she qualifies herself based on her world ranking.Murray says that players banned for doping should have to work their way back up. Sharapova made her comeback from a 15-month drug suspension last week, reaching the semi-finals of the Stuttgart Open.