President Obama signs Vermont disaster declaration

first_imgThe president Wednesday declared a major disaster exists in the State of Vermont and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe winter storms during the period of December 20-26, 2013. Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe winter storm in the counties of Caledonia, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, and Orleans. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.   W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named James N. Russo as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.   FEMA said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.last_img read more

2010 ASTC Asian Calendar announced

first_img Related After Europe, America and Oceania, the host continent of the first ever Youth Olympic Games, Asia has confirmed its triathlon and multisport competitions for 2010.The ASTC U23 & Junior Triathlon Asian Championships will be held on 1-2 May in Subic Bay, Korea. Full details of the 2010 calendar can be found at the following link at the International Triathlon Union (ITU).last_img

Former credit union CEO sentenced for bank fraud

first_img continue reading » Former credit union CEO Susan Margaret Garza was sentenced by a federal judge in Galveston, Texas Thursday to 36 months in prison for bank fraud that was uncovered more than five years ago.There was a good reason it took so long for federal investigators to finally bring Garza to justice for stealing nearly a half million dollars from a Texas credit union.When she resigned in April 2013 from the Electrical Workers 527 Federal Credit Union in Texas City, financial discrepancies were uncovered, and NCUA examiners also found the credit union’s computer system had been purged, according to court documents. What’s more, the credit union claimed in 2008 that it lost all of its records because of Hurricane Ike. No records prior to 2012 were available and no backup of those records was kept.That meant examiners had to reconstruct transactions from daily work that showed Garza embezzled at least $466,675 over 17 years, federal prosecutors said. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

6 reasons why your guests must visit Krk National Park

first_imgPublic institution “Krka National Park”, Šibenik presented “Krka’s cultural summer“Which is being held this year with a special theme of conveying a clear environmental message.Quality content is the end, and they certainly know that in the Krka National Park, and in addition to the top experience of the river and waterfalls of the Krka, interesting and quality facilities are organized that will certainly attract a large number of tourists. “We are aware that the need to preserve nature is inevitable and that each individual has a decisive role in this process. In order to encourage people to behave responsibly throughout the summer, we will sensitize visitors and the local community to a harmonious attitude towards nature through various and regular events. I am extremely glad that we have gathered many excellent artists, experts and nature lovers on this project, to whom I would like to express my gratitude and welcome to the Krka National Park.”, Emphasized the director of JU” NP Krka “mr. sc. Krešimir Šakić.We bring you six reasons, of course, in addition to natural wealth and beauty, why visit the Krk National Park this summer.1. THE SOUNDS OF THE RIVERMusic evenings along the island of Krk have been held regularly since 2011 with the strong support of extremely satisfied visitors and the local population. This year, too, many artists will perform in the magical atmosphere of Roški slap and Visovac. Manifestation “Zvuci Krke – The Sounds of the River“This year it is dedicated to conveying an ecological message like music with a message. Before each concert, visitors will be introduced to a series of exhibitions, workshops and environmental actions.”Music, film, various performances, exhibitions, actions, workshops and festivals in beautiful locations welcome visitors to the Park at this year’s cultural summer, which will affirm the Krka National Park and present itself as an attractive and rich destination for visitors and locals. This year, too, we have with us high-quality performers who will perform for the first time at musical evenings along the island of Krk and merge the richness of their musical expression with beautiful nature.”, Concluded Željko Petreš, producer of the project Sounds of the Krka – The Sounds of the River.2. LEGENDFESTLegendFest, a festival of myths, legends and stories, will be held on July 9 and 10, 2016 at Roški slap. For the first time in Šibenik-Knin County, the family festival LegendFest includes entertaining art events – concerts, lectures, theater performances, exhibitions, workshops, performances, video presentations / screenings – at several locations on Roški slap, which will, through an interactive approach, introduce visitors to a world of myths, legends and interesting historical stories related to the place where they are located. The participants of the festival are prominent Croatian artists, actors, ethnologists, historians, illustrators and others.3. X. BURNUM IDEBurnumske ide will be held on August 13, 2016 at Burnum in Ivoševci. Burnumski ide has been traditionally held since 2011 at the only preserved Roman military amphitheater in Croatia. The aim of this event is to acquaint visitors and locals with the exceptional value of the archeological site Burnum through the staging of the life of Roman legionaries who lived in this area two thousand years ago.4. BAT NIGHTBat Night will be held on August 27, 2016 in Skradin in order to break the prejudices, fueled by numerous folk legends, about bats as dangerous animals, which endanger their habitats and the bats themselves. The event, primarily intended for children, consists of children’s art workshops, interactive games and performances to raise awareness of the importance of bats and their role in preserving the world’s ecosystems.5. KRKA NATURE FILM FESTIVALKrka Nature Film Festival, a festival of ecology and environmental protection, will be held in early September 2016 in NP “Krka” in various locations with the aim of developing awareness of nature, ecology, current environmental problems, global warming, environmental pollution and extinction of animal species through films , holding workshops, lectures and exhibitions.6. MUSIC PROMOTIONIn order to promote traditional klapa dance, singing and brass music for visitors to Skradinski buk, performances and socializing with the Cultural Association “Šuštine” from Šibenik (traditional Šibenik dance with singing), the Choir of St. Mihovil from Šibenik (klapa singing), Skradin City Music and Skradinka Klapa.Whether you are a host in a family accommodation or a tourist worker in a hotel, be sure to introduce your guests to this excellent and quality content that offers a unique experience. Guests come to the tourist destination for the experience, not for the accommodation, and guests will be grateful for this experience. Also, if guests are satisfied with the destination, they will return again for up to a year, ie they will return to your accommodation. Win-Win.last_img read more

Barbados Prime Minister arrives for CARICOM Heads Meeting

first_imgBarbados Prime Minister Hon. Freundel Stuart (right) arrives in The Bahamas for the 26th Inter-sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads and is welcomed by The Bahamas Ambassador  to CARICOM H.E. Picewell Forbes (centre). Also arriving for the Meeting is President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDC) Dr. William Warren Smith Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Statement by the CARICOM Secretary-General on the passing of… Jul 27, 2020 Prime Minister Mottley Salutes Sir Everton Weekes You may be interested in… CDB to provide US$3 million for equipment in response to the… Jul 2, 2020 CARICOM Secretariat and CDB seeking to strengthen… Barbados Prime Minister for CARICOM Inter-sessional MeetingBarbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is scheduled to leave the island today, Wednesday, February 25, to attend the Twenty-Sixth Inter-sessional Meeting of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), which gets under way in The Bahamas, from February 26 to 27. As incoming Chair of the regional group, the…February 25, 2015In “Barbados”CARICOM Heads meet UNCTAD Secretary-GeneralCARICOM Heads of Government met with Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Mr Mukhisa Kituyi, Monday night, on the margins of their 30th Inter-Sessional Meeting in St. Kitts and Nevis. UNCTAD supports developing countries to more effectively benefit from the globalised economy by providing technical…February 25, 2019In “Barbados”CARICOM places emphasis on sports tourism, cultural industriesCaribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government have decided to place emphasis on developing their cultural and creative industries and sports sectors to boost their economies. The announcement was made at the closing press conference of the two-day 26th Intersessional Meeting of the CARICOM Heads of Government on Friday afternoon by Chairman…February 28, 2015In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsApp Apr 7, 2020 Nov 7, 2019last_img read more

Yesterday’s News

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Exec Reshuffle in Goodyear Units

first_imgFrom Tire Review             AKRON, Ohio – Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has appointed George Rietbergen as vice president of the company’s Commercial Product Business Unit EMEA, and Erich Fric as managing director of Goodyear Dunlop Tires UK Ltd.   In his new post, Fric replaces Rietbergen as head of the tiremaker’s U.K. unit. Both appointments are effective July 1.   “In his new role, George will continue to drive the strategy for our commercial tire business focusing on strong and sustainable performance. He will lead the commercial organization in continuing to improve operational excellence and in driving market-back innovation,” said Arthur de Bok, president of Goodyear’s EMEA unit.   AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img

UK borders ‘less secure’, say Home Office immigration staff

first_imgUK immigration staff charged with policing the nation’s borders believe that borders have become less secure as a result of government changes to immigration law, Home Office research has indicated. A study of Home Office staff, published unannounced on its website last month, indicates that 71% of the 552 border staff questioned perceive borders to be less secure following the introduction of the points-based immigration system (PBS) in February 2008. Overall, 53% of the 1,132 Home Office staff surveyed thought that borders were less secure following the PBS, which has been criticised by immigration lawyers. The report, labelled ‘Research report 49’, indicated that, while 59% of staff thought PBS was ‘easy to understand’ and 56% said it was ‘open and transparent’, only 41% said it was ‘fair’ and just 34% agreed that it was ‘efficient’. Philip Barth, head of immigration law at City firm Penningtons, said Border Force staff have historically had the freedom to exercise their discretion when deciding whether to admit passengers, ‘often relying on their instincts in deciding whether a passenger is telling the truth or concealing their real intentions’. He added: ‘In contrast, the PBS has been designed to be objective and transparent – if a passenger scores the required points, they must be admitted, even if the visa officer’s trained instincts say “no”.’last_img read more

UK railway news round-up

first_imgArriva Trains UK has invited expressions of interest in financing ‘self-propelled units’ and a fleet of trainsets for the proposed South Wales Metro should it win the next Wales & Borders franchise.HS2 Ltd has awarded WSP UK an £8·3m contract to provide railway systems technical support services for four years, with the possibility of two one-year extensions.RSSB is consulting on the introduction of a structured framework of standards intended to ensure that steam and diesel hauled heritage and tourist services such as the Fort William – Mallaig Jacobite can operate safely and reliably alongside conventional services. RSSB said the standards which could be published in December would replace obsolete ones which have failed to keep up with the growth of the heritage sector.Chiltern Railways is offering a ‘Kids’ Coach‘ with family games, arts and crafts, music and on-board entertainers on the 10.55 service from Birmingham Moor Street to London Marylebone on August 9-11. If successful, it may operate again.The Rail Delivery Group is working with the Department for Transport, Office of Rail & Road, Transport Focus and London TravelWatch to develop proposals for an independent ombudsman with the power to resolve passenger disputes. The free service is expected to start in early 2018. ‘Train companies are drawing up and fully supporting plans for an independent ombudsman to make journeys better now and for the long term’, said RDG Managing Director of Customer Experience Jacqueline Starr on August 4. ‘A fair, friendly, strong and independent appeals service will help rail companies learn lessons as they continue to invest to better connect the country.’ Network Rail, Transport for London and HS2 Ltd have requested industry feedback on their plan to procure jointly an industry Health & Safety Passport System which would manage access to sites, staff competence, health exposure and the safety of lone workers.PTM Calibration was the sole bidder for a £200 000 Northern Ireland Railways contract covering calibration of general engineering hand tools and equipment including torque wrenches, pressure gauges and micrometres as well as rail-specific equipment such as TPWS test apparatus.The West Midlands Rail group of 16 councils welcomed the publication of Network Rail’s West Midlands & Chilterns Route Study on August 4, saying the projects ‘would bring significant benefits for passengers and businesses if implemented‘. The proposed Midlands Rail Hub includes a series of upgrades around central Birmingham which would allow up to 150 extra trains per day to operate in and out of the city.The first of Great Western Railway’s Eversholt-financed Hitachi Class 802 electro-diesel trainsets for Devon and Cornwall services began test running between Bruton and Cogload in Somerset on August 8. Five-car set 802 001 will be based at the Stoke Gifford depot whilst the test programme is carried out, and two more trainsets are due to arrive for testing in the southwest within the coming weeks. ‘This is an exciting milestone for our team as we ensure the trains are delivered on time and in top condition‘, said Berry Sas, Projects Director at Hitachi Rail Europe.The Department for International Trade and the Railway Industry Association are organising a UK suppliers’ rolling stock trade mission to Barcelona on October 24 and Madrid on October 25, including meetings with Alstom, Stadler and Talgo.With funding from Tees Valley Combined Authority and TransPennine Express, Middlesbrough Council has appointed consultancy BDP to undertake a study to support the development of a ‘long-term vision’ for Middlesbrough station and the surrounding area. Hitachi has awarded ISS a three-year contract to provided cleaning services for the Great Western IEP fleet.Following a meeting with Babcock and Network Rail, RMT welcomed the contractor’s agreement to meet Welsh Government ministers to look at ‘all sensible and appropriate alternatives’ to the proposed closure of its Newport depot which has put 31 jobs at risk.Network Rail replaced 15 km of rail, 10 150 sleepers and 16 500 tonnes of ballast between Ipswich and Halesworth between July 29 and August 6, and installed a geogrid at Westerfield.last_img read more

Botswana parliament dissolved ahead of October election

first_imgKenya parliament passes controversial election law amendment Mohammadu Buhari ahead in Nigeria’s tight election The dissolution of government now gives the electoral body the authorization to organize and conduct the presidential vote within 60 days. [Photo courtesy: Botswana Parliament]Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi has dissolved parliament as the country gears up for a presidential election in October.President Masisi will be running for his first full mandate but will come up against an opposition boasting of his predecessor Ian Khama.The incumbent succeeded Khama in 2018 after he resigned more than a year before the scheduled end of his term.The dissolution of government now gives the electoral body the authorization to organize and conduct the presidential vote within 60 days.Botswana’s constitution allows for a two-term presidential term limit.In the October elections, voters will elect members of parliament, who will then proceed to choose a president.President Masisi was picked in April as the candidate of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), which has ruled since independence.A fallout between the incumbent and his predecessor is expected to play a part in the October elections.While BDB is confident of an easy win, the opposition says it is ready to end the streak.(Additional information from BBC)Relatedcenter_img Uganda President Museveni Releases Song Ahead Of National Electionlast_img read more