EPA, state announce public meetings to discuss final draft plan to restore Lake Champlain

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of Vermont are holding a series of public meetings in August to discuss new pollution reduction targets — often referred to as a TMDL — to prevent pollution from flowing into Lake Champlain and its tributaries. The meetings will be moderated by the Lake Champlain Basin Program. All interested persons are encouraged to participate.Lake Champlain Basin Phosphorus Clean Water Act TMDL Public MeetingsSt. Albans: August 26, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Bliss Room, St. Albans Historical Society, 9 Church Street, St AlbansSouth Burlington: August 27, 2015, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Burlington Doubletree, 1117 Williston Road, South BurlingtonRutland: August 27, 2015, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Fox Room, Rutland Free Library, 10 Court Street, RutlandThese meetings will allow the EPA to present the Lake Champlain phosphorus reduction plan called a “Total Maximum Daily Load” (TMDL) that will place a cap on the maximum amount of phosphorous that is allowed to enter the Lake and still meet Vermont’s water quality standards. EPA anticipates releasing the TMDL by August 14, which will begin a 30-day public comment period.For information or for a copy of the TMDL following the anticipated August 14th release:EPA information on Vermont Lake Champlain Phosphorus TMDL: http://www.epa.gov/region1/eco/tmdl/lakechamplain.html(link is external)VTDEC Restoring Lake Champlain Page: www.watershedmanagement.vt.gov/erp/champlain/(link is external)EPA Region 1 Contact: Dave Deegan, EPA Region 1, (617) 918-1017Vermont Contact: Kari Dolan, VT Dept. of Environmental Conservation, (802) 490-6113Source: Department of Environmental Conservationlast_img read more

Scott appoints Rory Thibault as Washington County state’s attorney

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointment of Rory Thibault as Washington County state’s attorney. Scott appointed Thibault as the county’s interim state’s attorney earlier this month, filling the vacancy after former State’s Attorney Scott Williams resigned. He brings more than seven years of litigation experience with a practice focused on complex cases, including murder, sexual assault, child exploitation and fraud.File photo of Rory Thibault being sworn in as interim Washington County state’s attorney by Governor Scott in early January.“I’m very pleased to make this appointment, as Rory has continued to demonstrate his leadership and commitment to serving his community and seeking justice for Vermonters,” said Governor Scott.Thibault most recently served as an assistant attorney general for the State of Vermont, and as Washington County’s chief deputy state’s attorney from June 2016 to October 2017. He is currently a major in the U.S. Army Reserve, has worked with the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps for the U.S. Army. That work includes roles as a battalion judge advocate, senior trial counsel, defense counsel and administrative law attorney.“I am honored to take on this role and for the opportunity to serve the people of Washington County,” said Thibault. “With a strong team in place, together, we are committed to seeking justice for Vermonters in our court system and supporting stronger communities.”A resident of Cabot, Thibault also owns a small business and serves on his local school board. He earned his J.D. from Vermont Law School and his B.A. in political science from the University of Richmond.Per the statute governing the appointment of Vermont state’s attorneys, Gov. Scott selected Thibault from a list of qualified candidates put forward by the Washington County Democratic Committee – the party committee of the vacating official.Source: Governor 2.1.2018last_img read more

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

first_imgMission Gateway developer Tom Valenti. Photo courtesy Bill Nichols.Gateway developer set to head to court in February to face lawsuit from contractor. Tom Valenti’s The Cameron Group in February will head to Johnson County District Court to face a lawsuit brought by Henderson Engineers, which claims the Mission Gateway developer failed to pay for $405,690 worth of work on the project. [Trial set for February in contractor lawsuit against Mission Gateway developer — The Pitch]Valenti says he is committed to Gateway, but won’t guess when project will start. Even as his company faces lawsuits from Henderson and other contractors, Mission Gateway developer Tom Valenti says he’s committed to the project. Valenti told KMBZ this week that he intends to continue work on a proposal for a mixed-use development. “We’ve been at this since 2005, 2006. We want to make it come to fruition, so we’re hanging in there. We’ve invested an incredible amount of money, but we try to finish what we start,” Valenti told the radio station. [Developer of the Mission Gateway says his firm is still committed — KMBZ]Roeland Park is calling on artists, musicians for Music Under the Stars. Roeland Park is planning a celebration of music, art and community from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 11 at the Roeland Park Community Center. It is inviting piano players and other musicians to take part as well as artists who would like to display their art or provide face painting. Musicians can play one to three selections. The event will take place at the Pianos on Parade installation outdoors. To perform or contribute, contact Lanee Morales-Fowler at lanee.morales@gmail.com no later than July 5.Prairie Village schedules meeting on Meadowbrook park financing proposal. The city of Prairie Village on Monday will hold a public meeting to answer questions on the financing structure that’s proposed for the Meadowbrook redevelopment project, which will create a new public park on the site of the former country club. The meeting will be Monday, June 29 at 7 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room at City Hall.The Northeast Johnson County morning roundup is brought to you by Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop on Johnson Drive. For updates on the latest blends and specialty drinks available, follow them on Facebook.last_img read more

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

first_imgPhoto via SM East swim and dive.Lancers win 15th straight Sunflower League boys swim and dive title. SM East’s dominance in the Sunflower League boys swim and dive championship continues. The Lancers on Friday wrapped up their 15th straight Sunflower League title, blowing past the field with 285.5 team points. Second place Lawrence Free State had 182. SM North finished seventh overall with 86.5 team points, followed by SM South in eighth at 86. SM West and SM Northwest finished 10th and 11th, respectively, in the 13-team field.Overland Park, Olathe among top cities for homeownership among Millenials. Olathe is the city in the U.S. with the highest rate of homeownership among people aged 18-34, according to the website SmartAsset. Overland Park is not too far behind, coming in at 11th overall. Olathe’s 2016 home ownership rate was 50.43 percent for the age group. Overland Park was at 31.43 percent. [Where Are Millennials Buying Homes? — SmartAsset]SM North NJROTC crew qualifies for 13th straight appearance at nationals. SM North’s Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps recently won the regional championship in Oklahoma City, earning them a trip to their 13th straight appearance at the national tournament. They’ll head to Florida in April to face off against some of the other top squads in the country.Police find shell casings at 47th and Mission after report of shots fired. Kansas City, Kan., police found shell casings near 47th Street and Mission Road Friday after receiving an anonymous report of shots fired in the area. Police were not able to identify a shooter or any victims when they arrived to investigate. [KCK police find shell casings at 47th, Mission Road — KCTV]last_img read more

The Benefits of Being Distracted

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal:Most people are more easily distracted as they get older. There might be a benefit to that.Research is finding that greater distractibility and a reduced ability to focus—what scientists call decreased cognitive control—is often associated with greater creativity in problem solving. It also can facilitate learning new information, according to a review of more than 100 studies that was published in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences earlier this month.“There are things that people learn faster and remember better when they are not exercising careful control over what they’re doing,” says Lynn Hasher, a psychology professor at the University of Toronto and senior author of the study. “Younger adults are focused on their goal and they’re missing all this other information.Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journal More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Matheson re-shuffle signals drive for strategic growth

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Port of Rotterdam, TPK Logistica to Develop a New Port in Brazil

first_imgOn 29 April the Port of Rotterdam Authority and TPK (Terminal Presidente Kennedy) Logistica signed a joint venture agreement in Vitória, Brazil for the development of Porto Central, a new port in Brazil. TPK Logistica is owned by a group of Brazilian companies with a great deal of experience in the mining, construction and offshore sectors.The ‘greenfield’ port will be built in the southernmost part of the state of Espirito Santo in the industrial heart of Brazil. It will be an industrial deep sea port for the handling of oil, gas, dry bulk, containers and general cargo.The port will also serve as a support centre for the strongly growing offshore sector. In the coming time, the already existing market interest will be specified and the required permits will be obtained. The Port Authority’s main role will be providing its extensive expertise and knowledge in the field of port development. An investment decision will not be made until a later stage.Approximately 30 million tonnes of cargo is transported yearly between Brazil and the port of Rotterdam, with iron ore traditionally far and away the major cargo type. This makes the port of Rotterdam the most important European port for Brazil.Other Brazilian cargo which comes to the Netherlands includes oil products, basic chemical products and fruit juices. Meat, fruit and car parts are good for containerised cargo. Brazil is one of the BRIC countries ( emerging national economies referring to Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). With its natural riches and aged port infrastructure, the country offers great potential for port development.The Port Authority has been operating in Brazil since 2010, when it was asked by the Brazilian government to advise on a strategic study into remodelling the Brazilian port sector, which consists of 34 public ports along the 8,000-kilometre coastline.The Port Authority has had its own office in São Paulo since 2012, but it plans to continue to provide intensive support for the joint venture in Vitória from Rotterdam as well. Four Port Authority employees currently work in Brazil.[mappress]Port of Rotterdam, April 30, 2014last_img read more

Drewry: Carriers Urged for Transparency on Low-Sulphur Surcharges

first_imgCarriers will need to provide transparent cost calculations to exporters and importers to justify the cost surcharges which they have announced from January 2015, according to Drewry Shipping Consultants. Carriers do face additional costs to meet the tighter pollution rules Drewry says, but may have a difficult task convincing big shippers to pay a separate low-sulphur surcharge.In late May, Drewry’s Container Insight Weekly highlighted the new low-sulphur fuel environment regulations that will come into force in January 2015 and some five months later a number of carriers have finally announced the related surcharges they will be requesting from shippers.In summary, from January 1 carriers will be obligated to use fuel with maximum 0.1% sulphur content, down from today’s allowed 1%, in so-called Emission Control Areas (ECAs) in North Europe and North America.Carriers have said that they will collect new “low-sulphur surcharges” or “emission control area charges” in addition to ocean freight. As predicted by Drewry, these new fuel charges vary by geography and by trade. They range from USD 30 per 40ft container for Asia to/from North West Europe, to USD 280 per 40ft container for Baltic region to/from Canada East Coast, which carriers justify by the need to use fuel-inefficient feeder ships to serve Baltic ports.The Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA), a discussion group of 15 container lines serving the eastbound Asia to US trade, said that shippers can expect initial low-sulphur charges on January 1 of USD 67 for Asia-USEC and USD 53 per feu for Asia-USWC, versus USD 17 and USD 16 at present for the respective trades. Charges per teu will be assessed at 90% of feu levels.How carriers recover these significant extra costs will be an interesting problem according to Drewry, particularly as many high-volume shippers have specific “no surcharge” clauses within their contracts. Prior to the signing of the annual Transpacific 2015-16 contracts in May, Drewry says that carriers will have to negotiate with their customers to either adopt a modified low-sulphur component within the total bunker charge or apply a standalone charge.Whether shippers accept the separate surcharge within the next annual contracts is not a given and Drewry Supply Chain Advisors, the sea freight procurement consultancy arm of Drewry, advises large shippers to try to include the new low-sulphur surcharges in all-inclusive rates fixed for 12 months. Drewry believes that by using more fuel-efficient mega-vessels, carriers may be able to mitigate some of these cost increases, but not 100%.However, Drewry says that no one knows whether, come January, low-sulphur Marine Gas Oil (MGO) – approximately USD 280 per tonne more expensive that IFO 380 at current Rotterdam prices – will remain at current prices or will increase faster than other fuel types in response to much higher industry demand.The cost differential between MGO and IFO will have a significant impact on the likely costs levied to importers and exporters. The TSA told Drewry that under the new regulations a USD 20 increase in the differential between MGO and IFO fuels would add USD 4 per feu in costs to carriers for Asia to US West Coast services and USD 7 per teu for Asia to US East Coast loops.To cover any potential swing in the fuel price differential, the TSA will introduce a floating low-sulphur cost recovery formula that will be adjusted quarterly based on a 13-week average of weekly prices. The TSA’s formula will also take into account revised fleet characteristics such as vessel size, speed and effective capacity; MGO consumption rates; and sailing time within the ECA zone.Source: Drewrylast_img read more

Spain comes out of the rain

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Report: Secret Service can’t afford to pay agents to protect Trump family

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. WASHINGTON (CBS) The Secret Service can no longer afford to pay agents needed to protect President Trump and his family because of an unprecedented number of White House protectees and because of frequent travel, according to USA Today.“The president has a large family, and our responsibility is required in law,” Service Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles told USA Today in an interview. “I can’t change that. I have no flexibility.”Alles said that more than 1,000 agents have already hit federal caps for salary and overtime allowances that were supposed to cover the entire year, which is about a third of the agency’s workforce. As a result, the director is discussing with members of Congress to raise the caps from $160,000 per year to $187,000 for the rest of Mr. Trump’s first term, the report said.“We have them working all night long; we’re sending them on the road all of the time,” Alles said. “There are no quick fixes, but over the long term, I’ve got to give them a better balance [of work and private life] here.”The agency has also had to deal with frequent travel by the president to his properties along the East Coast such as in Florida, Virginia and New Jersey as well as vacations taken by other members of his family, the report said. In April, CBS News’ Laura Strickler reported that the president’s trips on Air Force One to Mar-a-Lago have cost taxpayers an estimated $700,000 for each round trip. CBS News has estimated, based on a previous Government Accountabilty Office report, that each presidential trip to Mar-a-Lago costs about $3 million.The Secret Service protects 18 members of the president’s family, with 42 people in total, the report said. During the Obama administration, agents protected 31 people. Published: August 21, 2017 10:34 AM EDT SHARE Report: Secret Service can’t afford to pay agents to protect Trump family last_img read more