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Statement from Governor Scott on defending net neutrality

first_imgVermont Business Magazine A group of national cable and telecom organizations is expected to file suit against the State of Vermont today regarding a law passed in the previous session and an Executive Order issued by the Governor protecting net neutrality in Vermont.Governor Phil Scott issued the following statement: “Our net neutrality legislation and my Executive Order demonstrate a clear commitment from Vermont’s elected officials, across branches and party lines, to preserving and promoting a free and open internet in Vermont.“I am disappointed to hear national telecom and cable organizations plan to sue us for taking action to protect our citizens and our economy.“While I understand consistent regulation is important to ensuring a vibrant and thriving telecom and cable sector, our obligation as a state government is to our citizens, who I strongly believe have a right to free and open access to information on the internet. In the absence of a national standard to protect that right, states must act.   “I am committed to working with the Attorney General’s Office to stand up for these rights in court.”Attorney General TJ Donovan said in his own statement: “Vermonters expect and deserve a government that will fight to preserve and protect a free and fair internet. And, the State of Vermont has a right to express its values when contracting for goods and services.”My office has made protecting net neutrality a priority. That fight is unfolding in the federal courts through our effort to stop the FCC from overturning net neutrality. “Earlier this year, the State passed an executive order and a law to ensure that entities the State contracts with are equally committed to net neutrality principles. Yesterday, big industry sued the State seeking to interfere with its right to contract with service providers that share Vermont’s values.”The complaint filed yesterday by industry is without merit.  While we hear a lot about free markets and support for the principles of net neutrality, this industry action seeks to infringe on the State’s right to contract with like-minded providers. “Make no mistake: we will continue to stand up for fairness and common sense on the issue of net neutrality. And, we will strongly oppose this unwarranted attempt to interfere with the State’s right of contract and participation in the market.”last_img read more

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Koalas, Kangaroos, and Credit Unions: Traveling to the ‘Land Down Under’ with WOCCU’s Brian Branch

first_imgby. Mike LawsonThe world’s credit unions will converge in Australia this coming July (27-30) for the 2014 World Credit Union Conference to discuss global issues, trends, and topics that affect us all. And it’s amazing how small a world it is when it comes to CU situations. World Council of Credit Unions’ President/CEO Brian Branch joins us on CUbroadcast to explain how similar credit unions are on any part of the planet. In fact, he conducted a survey of credit unions worldwide to show how alike we are when it comes to attracting specific audiences, dealing with regulations, and implementing particular technologies. Amazing how different we are culturally but how similar we are when it comes to the issues.Along with addressing these global topics, Brian also provides takeaways attendees will gain from this year’s conference located on Australia’s Gold Coast — where, by the way, temps will be warm despite it being the continent’s winter season. In addition, we also discussed what credit unions from different countries can learn from each other, why Australia was chosen as this year’s locale, and much more.And stay tuned for part two of our chat with Brian, as we talk about his recent trip to the Ukraine and his “front line” experiences there. Compelling content for sure, showing how credit unions are dealing with the area’s current crises. Don’t miss it.Visit:www.woccu.org continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Knight Frank: Cardiff offices Market update – Q3 2012

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Oil prices slated to rise upon OPEC pact – CARICOM Business News

first_img Oct 15, 2020 CARICOM Business News 10 April 2020Download Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act gets US Senate nod – CARICOM Business NewsPlease see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices. CARICOM-Business-2-October-2020DownloadOctober 5, 2020In “Agriculture”IMF hails The Bahamas economic performance – CARICOM Business NewsPlease see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices.April 23, 2019In “Agriculture”CDB predicts economic growth for the Caribbean – CARICOM Business NewsPlease see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices. CARICOM Business 14 June 2019June 17, 2019In “Associate Member States”Share this on WhatsApp Oct 15, 2020 St. Lucia records more cases of COVID Oct 16, 2020 CARICOM-Business-10-April-2020 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Oct 16, 2020 More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… You may be interested in… Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Please see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices.last_img read more

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Fresh Air Home

first_img Jean Shafiroff Dara Tomanovich, Charlotte Bonstrom Assaf, Claudia Avendano Valerie Rooks, Charlotte Bonstrom Assaf, Jacques Azoulay Jean Shafiroff, Marella Cameran-Reilly Agata Zajkowski, Rona Landman, Samantha Landman Lucrezia Scarampi, Maryanne Horwath The 27th Annual Southampton Fresh Air Home’s Decorators-Designers-Dealers (D-D-D) Sale and Auction benefit gala was held on Saturday, June 1. The event featured live, silent, and wine auctions and a home furnishings and antiques sale.center_img Agata Zajkowski, Rona Landman, Samantha Landman David Azofeifa, Jean Shafiroff, NYS Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright, Sean Burr Ann Lawall, Sheila Traglio, Nancy Stone, Victoria Kirsten Dana Geller, Lauren Spiegel Sharelast_img read more

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European Wind Industry Faces Worker Shortage

first_imgThe European wind industry has grown so rapidly over the past decade that it is facing a critical shortage of skilled personnel, a new report reveals. There is currently a shortage of 7,000 qualified personnel required by the European wind energy sector each year, a figure that could increase to 15,000 by 2030 if the number of graduates taking courses relevant to the industry does not rise.The figures come from a new report by the European Wind Energy Technology Platform (TPWind), based on research by renewable energy consultancy GL Garrad Hassan: “Workers wanted: The EU wind energy sector skills gap”. A full 78% of companies that responded to the TPWind questionnaire said they “found it difficult or very difficult to find suitably trained staff”. EU has an unemployment rate of 11%, and a youth unemployment rate of 20.9% (5.5 million people between the ages of 15-24).Filippo Gagliardi, Project Manager for EWEA, which coordinates and hosts the TPWind Secretariat, says that there are different reasons for the gap between skills and jobs in the industry. These include the rapid pace of growth in the sector – installed capacity has increased from around 13 GW in 2000 to more than 100 GW in 2012, far beyond all forecasts; a demographic problem whereby retiring engineers are not being replaced, due to lack of new engineers; and a dearth of students with STEM skills – science, technology, engineering and mathematics.The lack of new people with STEM skills is an issue now, and will be even more so in the future, as the proportion of operations and maintenance jobs will grow in the wind industry. To circumvent this, the report recommends introducing industry experience into training and education, thus expanding the cohort of graduate level wind energy generalists. ‘Access to the experience of the wind industry can be provided through short-term secondments or visiting lecturer roles for senior industry professionals. This would benefit current students and help to shape future curricula. Industry and universities could jointly fund internships or create industrial scholarships’ says the report.In addition, a framework is needed to coordinate this cooperation between industry and academia, there needs to be harmonisation between vocational education and training at EU level, and an increase in emphasis on O&M training. Other recommendations are to improve core and STEM skills within industry itself, through targeted courses run by external providers.By taking these steps and ensuring that the European wind energy industry has access to a well trained workforce, wind energy will be able to continue to play a pivotal role in the transition to a renewable energy system. It will also help to boost economic growth and create hundreds of thousands of jobs.[mappress]Press release, August 6, 2013; Image: ewealast_img read more

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Interest in Norwegian offshore acreage dips as 33 oil firms apply

first_imgThirty-three oil companies have applied for exploration acreage offshore Norway as part of this year’s licensing round, the APA 2016, comprising the predefined areas with blocks in the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea, and the Barents Sea. This year’s oil and gas exploration licensing round, expanded by 24 blocks in the Norwegian Sea and 32 blocks in the Barents Sea, was launched in March.The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), a government agency whose task is to manage the oil and gas resources on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, said on Wednesday that, following the expiration of the application deadline on September 6, 2016, the authorities had received applications from 33 companies.In this licensing round, companies could apply for a total of 139 942 square kilometers, while the available area in APA 2015 was 127 608 square kilometers. The number of applicants for APA 2016 is somewhat lower than for APA 2015 when 43 companies had applied. Norway’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy concluded that this can mainly be attributed to consolidation and structural changes in the industry.“It is very positive that so many companies still believe that more oil and gas can be discovered on the most mature parts of the shelf. We have received many exciting applications,” says Sissel Eriksen, exploration director at the NPD.The companies have applied for acreage on the whole shelf, but they are most interested in the North Sea and the Norwegian Sea, the agency said.“The APA scheme is important for maintaining the activity level and realizing the values on the shelf. The application volume has remained consistently high in recent years, and this demonstrates that the companies also prioritize exploration in mature areas during times with challenging cost and price regimes.”The agency said it will now start with the technical evaluation of the applications and it will also evaluate the applicants’ geological concepts and strategy for exploring the areas.Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Tord Lien, said: “Predictable access to attractive acreage is among the most important measures the Government can contribute with in order to maintain employment as well as a high, long-term level of activity in the industry. I take note of the fact that there is great interest in all areas on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.” The companies that have applied:A/S Norske ShellBP Norge ASCapricorn Norge ASCentrica Resources (Norge) ASConcedo ASAConocoPhillips Skandinavia ASDEA Norge ASDet norske oljeselskap ASAEdison Norge ASENGIE E&P Norge ASEni Norge ASFaroe Petroleum Norge ASFortis Petroleum Norway ASGrail North Sea LtdIdemitsu Petroleum Norge ASLotos Exploration & Production Norge ASLundin Norway ASM Vest Energy ASMOL Norge ASNorth E&P ASOMV (Norge) ASOrigo Exploration Norway ASPetrolia NOCO ASPGNiG Upstream International ASPoint Resources ASRepsol Norge ASSkagen 44 ASStatoil Petroleum ASSuncor Energy Norge ASTotal E&P Norge ASVNG  Norge ASWellesley Petroleum ASWintershall Norge ASOffshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

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Saudi Arabia Lays Foundations for USD 4.3 Billion Maritime Complex

first_imgThe inauguration ceremony of the King Salman Global Maritime Industries Complex was held at Ras Al-Khair, near Jubail in Saudi Arabia, on November 29, 2016, South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) informed. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud laid the cornerstone of the King Salman International Complex for Maritime Industries & Services, which was named in his honor during the ceremony.The intended maritime yard is aimed at providing engineering, manufacturing and repair services for offshore rigs, commercial vessels and offshore service vessels.Upon completion, the USD 4.3 billion yard will encompass an area of 4.96 million square meters and will consist of four operating zones, including several dry docks and over 15 piers and wharfs of various types.The ceremony is a follow-up of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) on new business opportunities collaboration signed in November 2015 between HHI, energy and chemicals company Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco), Lamprell and The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri). The parties agreed to collaborate on businesses including the maritime yard, marine engine and industrial plant.Earlier this year, the parties also inked a joint development agreement (JDA) on the establishment of the yard.King Salman Global Maritime Industries Complex is being executed as part of Saudi Arabia’s growth and economic diversification strategy ‘Vision 2030’.The complex is expected to begin initial production in November 2018, followed by operation of the rig area in February 2019, the shipbuilding area in 2020, and the maintenance and overhaul area in 2021, with full production capacity to be reached by 2022, according to Saudi Aramco.Image Courtesy: HHIlast_img read more

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Magistrates drop court closure challenge

first_imgSedgemoor magistrates have dropped legal action seeking to prevent the closure of their court after having ‘lost faith in the system’. The decision leaves the Ministry of Justice facing three actions over its programme of court closures. Mike Dodden, former chairman of the Sedgemoor bench and director of SLJ, the company set up to fight the closure of Sedgemoor Magistrates’ Court, told the Gazette he would not be pursuing the application for a judicial review. SLJ had issued proceedings, but decided not to continue after considering the response to its application from the Treasury Solicitor on behalf of the MoJ. Dodden said: ‘We got the feeling that although we had a strong case, the MoJ would find another way to close the court even if we succeeded. ‘We didn’t feel they had taken note of anything we had said and we lost faith in the system.’ The High Court in Cardiff will hear arguments next month over the proposed closure of magistrates’ courts in Barry and Cardigan. Two local solicitors, Stephen Welch, partner at Welch & Co and Alan Lewis, consultant at Taylor Lewis, are bringing the proceedings in relation to the Cardigan court. They were initially refused permission for a review, but now have an oral hearing listed and have launched a fighting fund to cover their costs. The Law Society has offered £3,000 on the condition that the sum is matched by local donations. The substantive hearing of the case in relation to Barry, instigated by Vale of Glamorgan Council, is listed on the same dates. At the time of going to press, the High Court was also scheduled to hear proceedings challenging the closure of the court in Sittingbourne. An MoJ spokeswoman said it is defending the claims, but is committed to supporting local justice, and enabling justice to be done and be seen to be done. She said: ‘Closures will ultimately help to modernise and improve the use of courts in England and Wales. ‘Keeping under-utilised courts open is simply not a good use of taxpayers’ money and resources must be targeted to best effect to provide value for money.’last_img read more

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Grim outlook for jobs in UK construction

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