Vermont’s annual Lake Seminar to be held June 1

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Anglers, lakeside homeowners, scientists, students, watershed groups, conservation commission members, business owners, and lovers of lakes are invited to attend the 14th annual Vermont Lake Seminar. This daylong seminar is a time to celebrate lakes, learn how to write and submit a successful water quality grant application, and meet leaders from around the state pursing lake restoration projects.The seminar, organized by the Lakes and Ponds Program of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in conjunction with the Vermont Federation of Lakes and Ponds, will be held on Friday, June 1, 2018 at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. This year’s theme, “Partners for Healthy Lakes: Exploring Science, Data, and Tools Together,” focuses on how scientific monitoring data can be leveraged to protect and renew Vermont’s lakes. A DEC staffer discusses how lake neighbors can be “lakewise.” DEC photo.During a morning “Lakes 101” session, DEC staff will cover lake ecology and how lakes function within a watershed. The afternoon will offer three different tracks to choose from.A Deeper Dive into Lake Science: Through a glimpse into the long-term water quality trends of Vermont lakes, scientists will explore the status of Vermont’s lakes throughout the last 40 years of data collection, unveiling the latest water quality trends.Partnerships and Funding Opportunities: Leaders from organizations like the Poultney-Mettowee and the Essex County Natural Resources Conservation District will share how they successfully secured funding to complete water restoration projects in their town and assist attendees in drafting realistic, community-centered project statements to help them successfully receive funding.Data and Tools for Lake Protection: Attendees will use public data to inform and plan restoration and conservation actions in their local watershed and learn how to gather their own data.There’s something for everyone and plenty of opportunity during the day to network with fellow lake leaders from around the state. For a full agenda, presentation overview, and to register, visit the Vermont Federation of Lakes and Ponds website(link is external). Source: DEC 5.24.2018last_img read more

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School Board May Address Superintendent Position

first_imgThe school board has a work session planned for 2:30 pm on January 12 to discuss the process. Erkeneff: “And there’s several things that could happen, we could do a national search if they determine that they want to hire somebody from outside or in the state, they could also appoint somebody. So they’re going to be making their decision and then from that point forward the next steps are going to be put into place.” Also on the agenda for monday is a 1:30 pm meeting for a Fiscal Year 2015 budget revision and Fiscal Year 2016 budget information. For the full agenda, click here. Dusek took over the position after former superintendant Dr. Steve Atwater took a job for the Univeristy of Alaska as the elementary liason. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board will address the process for naming a superintendent that would start this coming July. Pegge Erkeneff with the school district said Sean Dusek is still the acting interim superintendent and will be until the process is decided.last_img read more

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IT ISN’T AN ACADEMY AWARD, BUT FOR MOVIE FANS, IT COULD BE THE NEXT BEST THING: A RED-CARPET BLEACHER SEAT ON OSCAR NIGHT.

first_imgWinners will receive a confirmation letter in early December. The 80th Academy Awards ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 24. – City News Service 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Beginning Sept. 17, movie buffs and star-gazers can enter an online lottery conducted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for a chance to win one of 300 available seats along the 500-foot-long red carpet in front of the Kodak Theatre. The lottery will be open for one week, with the winners being chosen at random at noon Sept. 24. Applicants can register for up to four seats, but only one form will be accepted per person or group. People whose names are selected will be notified in early October. They will then have to submit additional information for security purposes prior to final approval. last_img read more

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Celtic stutter with goalless draw against Rosenborg

first_imgCeltic’s bid to reach the Champions League group stages stuttered with a goalless draw against Rosenborg at home.In the first leg of their third round qualifier at Celtic Park. Celtic played without a recognised centre forward due to injury and suspension.The Norwegian side created the better chances with Celtic keeper Craig Gordon making several saves.The second leg takes place next Wednesday in Trondheim in Norway.last_img

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Bolivia asks for SA’s advice

first_img16 January 2006Visiting Bolivian President-elect Evo Morales asked a number of South Africa’s current and former leaders for advice last week on transforming his country’s bitter past into a peaceful and democratic future.Morales, who assumes office on 22 January, met with South African President Thabo Mbeki at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Wednesday.His visit to South Africa was part of a world tour aimed at clinching business and political relations with other countries.Common history“I believe Bolivia has encountered the same history as South Africa,” Morales said after the half-hour meeting with Mbeki. “In this process of change and democracy, we need to collaborate with governments which have defended the rights of their people so we can learn from them.”The former union leader explained that he learnt how Mbeki and former president Nelson Mandela had gone about transforming the country, and would like to have them as close allies in the process of fostering peace in his own country.“I asked President Mbeki to give advice on how to instill democracy in Bolivia,” Morales said. “I asked him that they should not abandon us in this process of transformation.”Former leadersMorales said he had also come to South Africa to seek advice from other former leaders who had helped chart the country’s transformation from “apartheid isolation to democratic prosperity.”On Wednesday, he held brief meetings with former apartheid Cabinet minister Roelf Meyer and businessman Cyril Ramaphosa. The two were key figures in the negotiations to end apartheid and in drafting South Africa’s new Constitution.On Thursday, he made a whirlwind visit to Cape Town, meeting apartheid-era president FW de Klerk at the city’s airport before visiting Mandela’s prison cell on Robben Island.After that he was driven to the parliamentary precinct to meet Deputy Foreign Minister Sue van der Merwe who, Morales said later, had drawn up a draft framework for future bilateral relations with the South American country on the instructions of Mbeki.He then capped off his visit by meeting another of South Africa’s Nobel Peace laureates, former Truth and Reconciliation Commission chairman Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.Speaking to the media at Tutu’s offices after a brief meeting with the man who led South Africa’s pursuit of post-conflict probity and reconciliation, Morales said he was leaving South Africa “having a father”.Archbishop Tutu said he was impressed with the warmth and humility of the former leader of Bolivia’s cocoa farmers, an indigenous South American who rose through the ranks of the country’s worker and peasant movements to win the presidential elections there in December, in a coming-of-age for a people who have suffered the humility of colonialism for almost half a millennium.Morales congratulated the Archbishop on his struggles for South Africa’s black people, receiving the quick reply from the cleric that those struggles were “for everybody”.The indigenous Aymara leader said he had asked publicly that all the personalities he met in South Africa would continue to “accompany” the impending changes in Bolivia.His trip to South Africa had “strengthened us to learn to be responsible for the changes in our country”, he said.BuaNewslast_img read more

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Maasai women lead solar revolution in Kenya

first_imgRural communities in Kenya are benefitting from a solar power drive by Green Energy Africa. Maasai women buy the equipment from the organisation, sell it for a small profit, and are empowered to install it themselves. Maasai women are changing their communities for the better by installing solar powered lights in villages. (Image: Green Energy Africa) • DNA detective work could end poaching • Local researchers honoured at their ‘Oscars’ • Royal boost for conservation in Africa • Solar car races around southern Africa • South African and Indian scientists team up Priya PitamberWhen night falls in Kenya’s Kajiado County villages, such as Magadi, residents face danger that is relatively unknown in big, bright cities. Their cattle becomes prey for hyenas and big cats; and they breathe in smoke from the fires and lamps as children try to complete their school work and people try to keep warm and cook their food.Things are slowly changing, though. An initiative is helping entire villages by providing solar powered lights and empowering women, by teaching them to install these lights themselves.Jackline Naiputa told news agency Reuters that the impact of solar technology was unparalleled. She heads up the Osopuko-Edonyinap group, one of five taking the lead in spreading alternative energy in the area. “The light scares the hyenas away, so we don’t have to worry about losing our animals at night,” she explained.In 2014, she lost 10 goats to big cats. Before she got solar lamps installed in her homestead, her son used to brave cold nights in the cattle enclosure to guard her livestock. But now, she and all her children sleep in the warmth of indoors.The processThe initiative, by Green Energy Africa (GEA), is called Women and Entrepreneurship in Renewable Energy Project (Werep). The goal is to convert the whole of Kajiado County to solar power.The organisation trains women to install solar devices themselves on to homes. The women buy the energy-efficient lights, solar panels, and rechargeable batteries from GEA at a discounted rate. They use donkeys to transport them across various villages, and sell them for a small profit. Donkeys are used to transport solar panels across Kajiado County in Kenya. (Image: Green Energy Africa)“The solar energy drive began around September 2014,” the organisation said. “And so far about 2 000 households in the country have adopted solar technology.” There have been 200 women participating in the Werep initiative.According to GEA, only 23% of Kenyans have access to the national electricity grid and only 5% of rural communities are connected.Benefits all aroundBesides being able to protect their cattle, and their children being able to study at night, there are other perks to using solar energy. It is much cheaper than both kerosene and firewood.“The nearest market where one can charge a cellphone or buy kerosene is 15 kilometres away, and it is only held one day a week,” Naiputa explained.Before the installation of the solar panels, she would spend 40 Kenyan shillings (about R5) a day on kerosene and 100 shillings a week to charge the family’s two mobile phones.Fewer trees are also being cut for firewood. The National Environmental Management Authority has said that chopping down trees means they now cover just 1% of the land area.There will also be overall improved health benefits as less fire smoke is inhaled. “According to a 2014 World Health Organization report, household smoke was responsible for 1.6 million deaths worldwide,” noted Reuters.“Our community customs do not allow women to own any property,” Naiputa said. “But now women here own the solar technology, and it is something we are very happy about.”last_img read more

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Highlights from Mobile World Congress – Day Three

first_imgIf you would like to see our interview with Genevieve about her presentation, you can watch it here. Mobile Services: The Importance of Network API’sTo help #MWC attendees understand the benefits of API’s, Chetan Sharma moderated an Intel spotlight panel during day three of MWC. The open discussion covered the value of offering network services as API’s to further the Internet of Things. It also explained how opening CSP network capabilities to internal users, enterprises, partners, and independent developers could help improve businesses.Intel and FC BarcelonaIntel recently announced an exciting global sponsorship for FC Barcelona. The President of FC Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu came to discuss the details on how Intel is helping the team transform to become the most technologically advanced clubs in the world. Bartomeu also toured the Intel booth at MWC and checked out the latest and greatest products with Intel Inside, including the Intel® Atom™ smartphone reference design with Intel® XMM™ 7260 LTE.We are definitely looking forward to seeing this partnership in action on the field of football and in field of technology! Mobile and the 64-bit AdvantageWith the latest announcements from Intel on the 64-Bit Intel Atom Processor, Intel hosted a spotlight presentation around “Mobile and the 64-bit Advantage”. Intel has supported 64-bit technology for over a decade and has provided 64-bit support in their tablets since 2011.Mobile app developers, mobile OEM’s, and business units joined to listened in about the next phase for mobile and what 64-bit means for their devices.The first three days of the conference have been a whirlwind of new partnerships, state of the art products and great demos. It’s hard to believe that we only have one day left of MWC! If you’re in Barcelona for MWC, come say hello to team Intel in hall 3 tomorrow.Follow @IntelBiz and @IntelITS for the latest conference updates! We wrapped up another big day here at Mobile World Congress, 2014. From new partnerships, to a 64-bit processor spotlight, and everything in between, we’re sharing our top moments from day three of the conference in Barcelona. Genevieve Bell’s MWC SpeakershipIntel Anthropologist, Dr. Genevieve Bell was a key speaker at today’s #MWC14 session “Mobile Innovation 2024: What’s Next?” The session on innovative mobile technology focused on the need to foster innovation at the core of the mobile industry.She provided her expertise on the crossroads between history and future technology. Dr. Bell put a new spin on popular mobile trends and wearable technologies and explained how they are part of a tale as old as time. It was a truly incredible session as Genevieve explained how the past can really show what the future has in store for us.last_img read more

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Probable line-ups: Inter-Dortmund

first_imgLautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku will lead the line for Inter against a depleted Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League this evening. ‘LuLa’ clicked into gear last weekend as they scored a brace each against Sassuolo, and the pair will be entrusted with firing Inter to a first Champions League win of the season. Elsewhere, Stefano Sensi’s place in midfield is set to be taken by Roberto Gagliardini, with Matias Vecino also struggling. As for Dortmund, they are without key attackers Marco Reus and Paco Alcacer so Mario Gotze is expected to start as a false nine up top. However, the Germans are boosted by the return of England winger Jadon Sancho, who has served his punishment for lateness. Whereas the Nerazzurri are bottom of Group F after two games, their opponents are top with four points. Inter (probable): Handanovic; Godin, De Vrij, Skriniar; Candreva, Gagliardini, Brozovic, Barella, Asamoah; Lautaro, Lukaku Borussia Dortmund (probable): Burki; Hakimi, Weigl, Hummels, Schulz; Witsel, Delaney; Sancho, Brandt, T Hazard; Gotze Referee: Taylor (ENG) Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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Bernier wants Transportation Ministry to address snow clearing on roads below 9

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. — After the Ministry of Transportation announced tougher criteria for highway maintenance contractors during the winter months, Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier says that those new criteria won’t often apply in Northeast B.C, and he wants the Ministry to look at more options to help areas of B.C. that fall outside those requirements.In early April, the Ministry announced new rule changes that will go into effect next winter, including increased fines for commercial vehicles that don’t chain up when required. Among those changes include new requirements for the 26 of 28 provincial highway maintenance contracts that are due to be renewed this year. The changes include that contractors will be required to get Class ‘A’ highways returned to bare pavement within 24 hours of a winter weather event ending when temperatures are above -9 C, halving the time from the old standard of 48 hours. Contractors will also need to increase patrol frequency to 90 minutes on a Class A highway during a winter storm, compared to every four hours. Bernier said that while those changes are great for areas on Vancouver Island and in parts of the Southern Interior, they don’t have areas of the province where the temperature seldom climbs above the -9 mark in winter.“We need to not have a cookie-cutter approach, but flexibility on these contracts to allow our maintenance crews to do their jobs,” said Bernier. “We need to have more opportunity, which means more money unfortunately a lot of the times, for the companies to have more equipment and more people. But you need to have flexibility in the tools they use to keep the rules clean. Up here we don’t have many options other than throwing sand – which some people say are rocks – on the roads, and we have salt but that only works at certain temperatures.”He pointed out that in Alberta and other jurisdictions road crews use different salts that are calcium-based, which bring the melting point of ice lower than that of normal salt – which is known chemically as sodium chloride. According to The Globe and Mail, road crews in Williams Lake used a beet juice mixture to deice roads during a pilot project four years ago.Bernier added however that the onus is not solely on road contractors or the Ministry when it comes to making roads safer, and that motorists also need to do their part.“To be blunt, people need to also drive to road conditions. We need to do as best a job as possible to have the roads safe, but we also have to realize that there are times when there’s going to be ice and compact snow no matter what we do, and people people need to be more careful in our region. It’s a combination, we all have to do our part.”last_img read more

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City Council and Regional District Board member nomination packages available

first_imgCandidates must submit their completed nomination packages between September 4 and 14 at 4 p.m.The District of Taylor and City of Dawson Creek have also opened nominations for Mayor and Council.  You can read more about those communities by clicking here. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Those thinking about running for Fort St. John City Council and Director of the Regional District can now pick up their nomination papers.Nomination papers for the City of Fort St. John can be downloaded at www.fortstjohn.ca/municipal-elections or can be picked up at City Hall.  For residents who wish to run as a director in the Regional District, nomination papers can be picked up at the Regional District offices in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek and Chetwynd.In Fort St. John potential candidates are encouraged to attend at Candidate 101 Workshop on August 29 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at City Hall.  This short session will cover eligibility, the nomination process, roles and responsibilities, policies and bylaws, time commitment, and compensation.last_img read more

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