Green Mountain Power Launches New Program for Customers to Combat Global Warming

first_imgGreen Mountain Power (NYSE: GMP)announced its introduction of a new monthly renewable energy service,CoolHomesm, that will enable its customers to take action in the fightagainst global warming. Voluntary charitable donations will help to buildVermont methane generators and other renewable energy projects, which willreduce the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.”We’ve made it very simple for customers to do something that works everyday to fight global warming,” said Stephen C. Terry, Green MountainPower’s Senior Vice President of Corporate and Legal Affairs. “Now ourcustomers who are concerned about global warming can choose to include acontribution to the non-profit Clean Air-Cool Planet on their GreenMountain Power bill each month. Our electricity supply is alreadyunusually low in emissions. Now our customers can choose to lessen theimpact of their total energy use,” he says.Green Mountain Power’s new CoolHomesm program allows customers to supportfledgling renewable energy projects through $6 monthly tax-deductibledonations to Clean Air-Cool Planet (CA-CP), a nonprofit organizationbringing climate change solutions to the Northeast. CA-CP in turn usesthe donations to support development of new renewable energy projectsthrough Vermont-based NativeEnergy.Each household participating for one year reduces carbon dioxide emissionsby six tons – the annual fossil fuel and electricity-related emissions ofthe average Vermont household. CA-CP makes this happen by purchasing andretiring “renewable energy credits” from NativeEnergy, allowingparticipating households to enjoy a year of “climate-neutral” living.”We’re excited to work with Green Mountain Power in this initiative,” saidAdam Markham, Clean Air-Cool Planet’s Executive Director. “It’s a greatway to increase awareness about global warming and demonstrate theimportance of individual action.To show their support for the program, Green Mountain Power, theDepartment of Public Service and the Public Service Board have all offseta year’s emissions from their offices’ total energy use. The Departmentplayed a leadership role in calculating the annual carbon dioxideemissions for the entire office building the Department and the Boardshare with AARP and Chittenden Bank. Their collective participationresulted in Montpelier’s first “climate-neutral” large office building.”I’m delighted to see Green Mountain Power offering this fine choice toits customers,” noted Michael Dworkin, Chairman of the Vermont PublicService Board. “This kind of market-based initiative will give thousandsof Vermonters a chance to make a contribution towards a better world forall of us. At the same time, it shows how a small utility can be a leaderin an emerging field. I look forward to this innovation becoming a model,as others offer similar choices to their customers.”The Green Mountain Power program passes 100% of the donated funds to CleanAir-Cool Planet, which supports the development of new renewable energyprojects utilizing the services of Vermont-based NativeEnergy. Thefinancial support is provided through Clean Air-Cool Planet’s up-frontpurchase of long-term streams of the projects’ renewable energy credits,which Clean Air-Cool Planet will then retire to assure permanentenvironmental benefit and fulfill its mission to reduce global warming.last_img read more

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Bridge on Route 7A in Bennington to close for one month

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation on April 14, 2010 will close a portion of Route 7A in Bennington. The closure, which will last approximately four weeks, is necessary to perform structural repairs and widening of Bridge 1 just north of the intersection with Route 67A, commonly referred to as Northside Drive.During construction, VTrans will replace a deteriorated bridge rail as well as rehabilitate the existing bridge deck and widen the travel portion of the bridge from 19 feet 8 inches to 24 feet. The final product will be a new, wider, bare concrete bridge deck with fascia mounted rail designed to last for years to come.Berard Street, a town highway adjacent to the project, will also be closed during this period. Traffic will be re-routed to Phyllis Lane. The detour will constitute less than a half mile, and motorists are advised to allow for extra time to reach their destination.Access to local business along Barard Street will be maintained throughout the duration of the project. Source: VTrans. 4.12.2010last_img read more

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Race Day Dreams

first_imgIt’s happening again. I’m leading the race, feeling strong and confident. Suddenly the course takes an unexpected turn, into a building. This seems odd but I continue on, following the course markings up and down staircases, through narrow halls and dimly lit corridors. It’s a challenge to maintain my pace through the twists and turns but I continue to press onward, gradually realizing that not only have the course markings vanished, but that my competitors seem to have disappeared as well.I begin to panic, certain that I have taken a wrong turn and blown my lead. With relief, I spot some people up ahead – surely they can reassure me that I am still on course and will point me in the right direction. When I approach them, however, they seem to know nothing about the route – or even that a race is taking place. My urgent questions are met with blank stares so I continue to make my way through this building that is becoming more mazelike by the minute. My dream of a big victory has vanished along with the course itself and I find myself alone and lost.Eventually my heavy breathing wakes me and I realize this has all been a nightmare – a familiar one at that. Yes, it’s that time again. A big race is approaching and my unconscious fears are making themselves known. Talking with other runners, I realize that these dreams are not uncommon. Turns out many of us dream about getting lost, running into buildings, being in the port-a-john when the starting gun fires. How about the classic looking down and realizing that you are running barefoot – or worse yet, naked? Not generally a good thing unless you’re competing in a clothing-optional event.My guess is that these fears are related to classic performance anxiety. We all tend to question our preparedness before a big race, and in our dreams we are likely to blow things way out of proportion. Maybe in a way they help us to prepare for worst-case scenarios on race day. After all, whatever happens in this upcoming competition, I know it can’t be worse than my nightmares – and it’s not likely to involve any insane indoor running.Still, nightmares of any sort are no fun, so I try to figure out how to rid myself of these pre-race jitters. Positive imagery, self-affirmations, visualizing myself running strong and fast. All of that helps, but in the end, I think what I might need to do is practice some indoor running – up the stairs, through mysterious winding corridors, searching for hidden course markings and passing uncooperative spectators. That way, when this upcoming race takes an unexpected turn, I’ll be ready.last_img read more

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BREAKING: Subdivision Approved for Cumberland Island National Seashore

first_imgLast night, the Camden County Planning Commission voted to approve Lumar LLC’s Cumberland Island hardship variance. The island residents will now be free to subdivide the 87+ acre property (¼ mile from Sea Camp) that stretches from the river on one side of the Island to the ocean’s high tide on the other. The fact that the applicant failed to meet any of the hardship criteria was ignored. Concerns about the impact on the Island’s visitors and environment were ignored, despite the statement of the National Park Service Superintendent, Gary Ingram.Over 4,000 public comments opposing the subdivision were submitted to the board, including letters from The Georgia Conservancy, Wild Cumberland, the Sierra Club, and the Southern Environmental Law Center.Lumar LLC (a.k.a. the Island Residents Association) will now seek rezoning to allow for their planned development.There is still a chance to stop the development. Organizations and individuals have a 30-day window to appeal the planning board’s decision. Once that appeal is filed, the matter will go before the Camden County Commissioners.last_img read more

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Watch Rep. Ocasio-Cortez sum up the importance of unity—without abandoning progressive values

first_imgOcasio-Cortez reminded viewers of what many on the left already realize, saying that progressives have “assets to offer the party that the party has not yet fully leaned into.” She added that the conversation is deeper than simply “saying anything progressive is toxic and a losing message.”Here are those clips.xRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on criticism from within the Democratic Party: “There are, at least in the House caucus, very deep divisions within the party and I believe that we need to really come together and not allow Republican narratives to tear us apart” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/7AYH24xw3f— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) November 8, 2020- Advertisement – Here is former Ohio Governor John Kasich pressing the narrative that Biden needs to listen to Republicans, as opposed to the “hard left” or “far-left,” when it comes to policy and getting things done. And here is Ocasio-Cortez responding to that assertion.xJohn Kasich, who did not deliver Ohio to Dems, is saying folks like @IlhanMN, who did deliver Minnesota, are the problem.Please don’t take these people seriously and go back to celebrating and building power 🎉 https://t.co/kXAv3UfmgQ— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 7, 2020 On Sunday morning, Ocasio-Cortez talked to Tapper about butting heads within the House and her message to her peers.“If you look at some of these some of the arguments that are being advanced,” Ocasio-Cortez told Tapper, “that ‘defund the police hurt’ or that arguments about socialism hurt, not a single member of Congress, that I’m aware, of campaigned on socialism or defunding the police in this general election.” What’s a possible solution other than dropping progressive values from the campaign trail? Ocasio-Cortez suggested digital campaigning as an area where centralized democratic operations can improve, and become more resilient to Republican attacks.“I believe that we need to really come together and not allow Republican narratives to tear us apart,” Ocasio-Cortez said on divisions within the House caucus. Noting that the House holds a narrower majority than before, the New Yorker stressed that it’s “going to be more important than ever for us to work together and not fight each other.”- Advertisement – xEvery single swing-seat House Democrat who endorsed #MedicareForAll won re-election or is on track to win re-election.Every.👏🏽 Single.👏🏽 One.👏🏽— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 7, 2020And on a heartwarming side, Ocasio-Cortez also talked to Tapper about what it meant to her as a woman of color to see a Black woman elected to the White House. “It’s really incredible,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “For so many of us, especially women, we have grown up… And I know, my entire childhood, we are told we are too emotional, and that this country would never elect, first, a Black president. And luckily, that happened, with the election of Barack Obama, but now, a woman of color, and no less, a Black woman, to the second-highest seat in the land. I mean, it’s really remarkable. You can’t be what you can’t see. That’s very often said. It’s so amazing that so many little girls are growing up with this being a norm for them.”center_img – Advertisement – As we know, all four members of the Squad were reelected this November, as well as Congresswoman-elect Cori Bush, a progressive activist. Bush will be Missouri’s first Black congresswoman. We also saw a rainbow wave across state and local elections, and a groundbreaking number of Muslim Americans elected to office. Certainly, all of those wins are victories to be celebrated.That said, Democrats carry a majority in the House, but a smaller one than before. And people from all sides of the aisle have thoughts on what might have cost people votes or seats—blatant support for movements like defunding the police, Black Lives Matter, Medicare for All, and such among them. On a private call, for example, Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger from Virginia suggested to colleagues that “no one should say ‘defund the police’ ever again.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Uniline has announced a competition to award scholarships to students

first_imgUniline, a leading tourism company, has announced a competition for the award of scholarships to full-time and part-time students in their final years, Faculty of Management in Tourism and Hospitality Management, University of Rijeka – FMTU. Scholarships are awarded to students of the final years of the Faculty of Management in Tourism and Hospitality, and the amount of the scholarship is HRK 1.000,00 per month, for the scholarship period is from 01.01.2019. to 31.10.2019. The right to apply for scholarships have full-time and part-time students of the final years of the Faculty of Management in Tourism and Hospitality who do not receive another scholarship from another legal entity that obliges them to establish an employment relationship after graduation. Obligations of scholarship holders during the scholarship period and after the end of the scholarship: • The scholarship holder undertakes to complete the training in Uniline doo (in Pula) for a period of 1 month during the scholarship period (no later than October 31.10.2019, XNUMX).• After the end of the scholarship period, the scholarship holder undertakes to conclude a fixed-term employment contract with Uniline doo, subject to a probationary period (no later than November 30.11.2019, XNUMX).• The scholarship holder undertakes to remain employed for 12 monthsCandidates send their applications together with their CV and motivation letter to the e-mail [email protected] with the indication “Scholarship competition”.last_img read more

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Attack Over Political Signs Lands Florida Man in Jail

first_imgA Florida man is facing a serious charge, after officials say an argument over the placement of political signs went too far recently in DeBary.According to a police report, the man, who they identified as 55-year-old Anthony Vullo, allegedly threw his neighbor’s Joe Biden sign out of the man’s yard last Friday.Vullo reportedly was telling the other man that the Biden sign was blocking his Trump sign.The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office says that after throwing the sign, Vullo punched his neighbor in the presence of several witnesses.However, he alleges that the neighbor pushed and tried to punch him first, but missed.Deputies add that the victim showed signs of injury around his left eye, but told deputies that he did not require medical assistance.Officers arrested Vullo and charged him with battery.last_img read more

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Baseball’s most prolific pinch-hitting team, the Dodgers have mastered the crude science in 2018

first_imgLOS ANGELES — It was a forgettable line in a forgettable box score: in the fourth inning of the Dodgers’ game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Aug. 21, Brian Dozier pinch hit for pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu. Dozier struck out against Daniel Poncedeleon, and the inning ended quietly. The Dodgers stranded two runners in scoring position and the Cardinals ultimately won the game.The story lies in the strategy.Ryu had thrown 72 pitches to that point. Manager Dave Roberts said he planned only one more inning for Ryu, and the benefit of stretching his starting pitcher was dwarfed by Dozier’s potential to drive in a run.“When you’re having a tough time scoring runs, you look at potential opportunities to tack on a run or two in a certain spot,” Roberts said after the game. “We have a better chance to put up zeroes and put up a couple runs with Dozier.” “Definitely there was an adjustment process,” Utley said. “You see three or four at-bats during the game, and you get in a rhythm as the game goes along. You don’t have that opportunity when you’re pinch hitting. You try to do as much homework on the pitcher you’re going to face and essentially, for me, try not to do too much because you know that’s your only opportunity. You want to be ready to hit early and just try to put the ball in play.”If there is a science to pinch hitting, it seems unrefined by the standards of baseball in 2018. Both Utley and Muncy, never a frequent pinch hitter until recently, described learning how to pinch hit as a trial-and-error process: studying opposing relief pitchers, determining who they’re likely to face on a given night, deciding when to get warmed up in a batting cage, and how to prepare once they’re in there.“You just try to figure out what works for you,” Utley said. “You don’t feel the same every single day, so you have to try to recognize how you feel that day and counteract that with what the pitcher’s going to do.”The Dodgers seem to have mastered this process as much as any major league club. It took a couple years – and a buy-in on the individual level, Roberts said.“If they’re not starting that day, and they don’t feel good about it, and they’re not preparing themselves the right way, that’s going to bleed into not having success,” Roberts said. “Our guys, to their credit, have bought in and prepared themselves the right way.”ALSOJulio Urías pitched two scoreless innings in his fourth appearance for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, his first since being optioned on Saturday. The left-hander walked the leadoff batter in each inning, but he struck out four and induced two groundouts. He’s expected to join the Dodgers once he’s eligible to be recalled Sept. 3. … Josh Fields allowed two runs in one-third of an inning for OKC on Monday, the second of back-to-back nights for Fields, who allowed one run in two-thirds of an inning Sunday. … The Dodgers signed right-handed pitcher Zach McAllister to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Oklahoma City. McAllister, 30, was released by the Cleveland Indians on Aug. 7 after posting a 4.97 ERA in 41 games this season. He was claimed by the Detroit Tigers three days later and allowed eight runs in 3-1/3 innings. … McAllister is eligible for the Dodgers’ postseason roster. … Oklahoma City outfielder Alex Verdugo and pitcher Manny Banuelos were selected to the All-Pacific Coast League team. Verdugo led the PCL with a .335 batting average at week’s end, and Banuelos ranked among the league’s top 10 in ERA (3.59) and strikeouts (126). … The Dodgers’ game in St. Louis on Sept. 16 was selected for a “Sunday Night Baseball” telecast on ESPN. The Dodgers begin a six-game homestand the following day.UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Walker Buehler, 6-4, 2.96 ERA) at Texas Rangers (RHP Ariel Jurado 2-3, 6.40 ERA), Tuesday, 5 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available) Even though that decision backfired, it will hardly deter Roberts. Since he became the manager in 2016, the Dodgers lead all of baseball in pinch-hit at-bats by a significant margin.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.Pinch hitters are far more popular in the National League, where the opportunity to replace a pitcher with a position player represents a significant upgrade. This year, no NL team has gotten more hits (55), RBIs (32) or a higher on-base plus slugging percentage (.775) than the Dodgers.Roberts believes it’s a credit to the players on his bench, not his own sense of timing.“It seems like there’s four guys that could be in any major league lineup on a particular night,” he said. “I don’t see any other big league clubs that can say that.”However, this is not why Roberts pinch hits more aggressively than his counterparts. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start In 2016, Dodger pinch hitters ranked 13th in the NL in OPS – .567, the equivalent of sending Zack Greinke to the plate – yet Roberts still liked his bench enough to pinch hit more frequently than his counterparts. The gap has narrowed slightly this year, but the Dodgers (215) still began the week with nine more at-bats from pinch-hitters than the next closest team, the San Francisco Giants (206).Does the aggressive strategy flow from the personnel, or from the manager?“It’s a reflection of conversations that I’ve had with the front office, with players, coaches, and my trying to grow my mind,” Roberts said. “When I played, coached, there wasn’t a whole lot of pinch hitting. To call a guy from the on-deck circle and hit for him, that’s a gut punch. That’s something that I feel is the best way to manage our roster, to give us the best chance to score runs. It just takes the buy-in from the players to understand this is the best thing for the Dodgers.”The strategy, then, is more likely to come from the front office than the clubhouse. President of baseball operations Andrew Friedman upgraded the Dodgers’ lineup by acquiring infielders Manny Machado and Brian Dozier at the trade deadline, rather than bolster the team’s pitching staff.Dozier and Machado have bumped former starters such as Matt Kemp, Chris Taylor and Max Muncy to the bench regularly. Now, Roberts has even more of a potential upgrade when it is his pitcher’s turn to bat.For his part, Friedman said he wasn’t aware the Dodgers were leading the league in pinch-hit at-bats.“That’s not something we set out to lead the league in,” he said.Veteran Chase Utley leads the Dodgers in pinch-hit at-bats (29) and pinch hits (13) this season. A prolific second baseman at his peak, Utley wasn’t always accustomed to coming off the bench. He wasn’t always good at it, either.In 2016, Utley collected just two hits in 11 pinch-hit at-bats. Last year he went 9 for 33. This season, his .484 on-base percentage and .621 slugging percentage is the equivalent of bringing Ted Williams off the bench on a whim.Related Articleslast_img read more

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TECHNO HEALTH 2011

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0From: Dr. Murray SmithToday across my desk comes an article from the American Chiropractic Association(ACA) titled, “Get Techno Healthy!” Basically modern technology is taking a toll on our bodies and health in ways we’ve not experienced in our history.  When I first read the article’s title I thought, “What?  Have we come to the point that technology is having such a deleterious effect on our health that it coins a new term?”  Then I thought about the first 25 years of my practice.  Early on in practice 60% of the conditions that brought people through the doors were related to the low back and 40% was everything else.  Now its 60% related to the neck, arms and shoulders and 40% is everything else.  25 years ago computers were the size of a bus and no one had a PC on their desk. Now computers will fit in the palm of your hand with more computing power than the bus sized one and virtually everyone has at least one.25 years ago there were 10 guys on a construction site with shovels to dig the small holes.  Today that job site has one guy with a shovel and one with a miniature trac hoe.That got me wondering about the term Techno Healthand what other new terms of the computer age relate to 2011 that were never used on an episode of Star Trek.  That made for an interesting Google search let me tell you.  Here’s a partial list of the conditions I found related to computer and handheld devices:Cell phone elbow, Nintendonitis, Rock Band Hand, Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome, Joystick wrist, Nintendo thumb, Texting Teen Tendonitis, Wii knee, Wii shoulder, Wii neck, Gamer Rage, Texting Thumb, Screen Diplopia, PS2 Wrist and headache just to name some.  And this doesn’t include injuries from the runaway flying Wii controller.I also found that the current Guinness world record for texting is 40.72 seconds for a 160 word message.  And I found an article titled, “When the Wii Goes Bad!” I haven’t read it yet but can hardly wait.  And if you want to pass some time, You Tube has several videos listed under that title that should be most entertaining.“Doc, I’m most amused by the above but what should I do to prevent that stuff?”  To begin with most of the conditions I’ve listed are in the category of RSI’s or Repetitive Strain Injury.That means you’ve used the darn things for too long at one time and the body part is inflamed.  Solution?Take breaks on a regular basis from the offending activity.  Stretch!  Use ice to minimize the inflammation.  Sometimes a brace or support can be helpful.  When the offending tech device is your office computer have an ergonomic evaluation performed.  If need be stop the damaging activity.  For long-term control change your posture during the activity to a more favorable ergonomic one and condition the body part for that activity.  Football players and other athletes condition their bodies for their activity, why not the rest of us mortals?  The ACA has some great references and links on ergonomics and Techno Health at: (http://www.acatoday.org/ ).  You will find them under the patient section in Health and Wellness Tips.  Thera-Band makes products for exercise and rehabilitation and has a resource area on its website called Thera-Band Academy.  There you can find hundreds of exercises for the arms, hands, shoulders, neck and back.  That link is:   http://www.thera-bandacademy.com/“Doc, I think I already have Wii Knee.  What now?”  Come on in and let me check you out first.  If Chiropractic is part of your recovery I’ll tell you and if not, I’ll tell you that too.  And because I’ve been at this so long I have a nice referral network of other docs, physical therapists, massage therapists and acupuncturist that I can refer you to if that is what is needed.last_img read more

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