Read Full Story The recent renovation of the home to the one of the largest and most comprehensive anthropology collections in the world — the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ Tozzer Anthropology Building — has achieved LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.The 26,000 square foot renovation sought to unite the Department of Anthropology and reimagine the library’s use, transitioning the space away from purely collection storage to a state-of-the-art, collaborative research and study space. An additional 10,000 square foot fourth floor was added to the project to create new office space, student rooms, and a classroom for the department.“Tozzer’s innovative and sustainable redesign has revitalized the building by creating open and inviting spaces that encourage our students, faculty, and staff to work side-by-side,” said Lynne Schmelz, librarian for the sciences and librarian of the Cabot Science Library. “We are excited for the next phase in Tozzer’s history, and look forward to preserving and showcasing the collections and providing services in this beautiful, new sustainable space.”Occupant health and indoor environmental quality was a main focus of Tozzer’s renovation. Low chemical emitting building materials and finishes were chosen. The team also prioritized access to natural light and outdoor views, exemplified by the Library’s new central skylight.To maximize energy efficiency an active chilled beam system uses water to both heat and cool the building. Lighting controls, occupancy sensors, and daylight dimming sensors were also installed. Overall, the renovated building is expected to use 53 percent less energy than the baseline energy model.
The state Senate yesterday passed a Vermont Yankee decommissioning bill that is a significantly watered down version of one that passed the House, but which still requires the current owners of the Vernon nuclear power plant to cover the cost of decommissioning the plant, whenever that might be. The House version requires that Entergy fully fund the decommissioning within 10 years if the plant closes in 2012.Entergy is seeking to renew the license for another 20 years. Because of the long period of cool-down and actual dismantling of the plant, much of the money Entergy intended to pay for the decommissioning is coming from investments, which were expected to grow substantially over several decades. However, those investments have suffered as the stock market plummeted over the last year; the expected decommissioning costs have risen; and Entergy announced last year that it wanted to spin off some of its older plants, including Vermont Yankee, into a new company.The Senate legislation is intended to ensure that if the company is spun off, that the plant’s owner – not the state of Vermont or its ratepayers – is still required to bear the cost of decommissioning. However, Central Vermont Public Service Director of Public Affairs Steve Costello pointed out that in the original terms of the sale to Entergy, as approved by the Vermont Pubic Service Board after much deliberation, required that the owner of the plant be responsible for the decommissioning and that under no scenario would Vermont be left with decommissioning the plant. Costello said that very point was one of the reasons that the local utility owners, including CVPS and Green Mountain Power, as well as state regulators, wanted to sell the plant.“The NRC has complete authority to order plant owners to put money into the decommissioning fund whenever it feels the need, and complete authority to enforce decommissioning obligations on its owner – whoever that is,” Costello said in an email to VBM. “They’ve never let an operator walk away from its obligations. We believe the bill and the House version are unnecessary and will only serve to complicate negotiations on a new power contract and could even result in an early shutdown.”In a prepared statement, Senator Ann Cummings, Chairwoman of the Senate Finance Committee, said: “When Entergy Corporation bought Vermont Yankee they promised Vermonters that they would be responsible for the costs of decommissioning the plant. We want to make sure that Entergy Corporation keeps their promise to Vermonters.”As for the new contract, Costello said, “We continue to talk, but I can’t say when we’ll have a contract proposal to release. We remain hopeful, however, that we will come up with an agreement that provides benefits to Vermont.”The decommissioning bill, H 436, requires that if Vermont Yankee is sold, the Public Service Board (PSB) must determine that its decommissioning fund has the capacity to pay for the clean up of the plant upon the closing of Vermont Yankee. If the fund is adequate, the PSB will require nothing further. If the fund is inadequate, Entergy will be required to either add funds or supply a letter of credit or other guarantee to shore up the fund. When decommissioning does occur, H 436 assures that the fund will be adequate to cover all costs, regardless of whether the corporation that owns the plant is financially strong or not. The decommissioning bill will be taken up for third reading in the Senate today. If passed, as expected, it would go to conference committee to resolve the differences with the House version.
The U.S. Senate Friday confirmed two nominees for the top federal law enforcement offices in Vermont, steered through the Senate by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). Tristram Coffin and David Demag became the first U.S. Attorney and U.S. Marshal nominees of President Obama to be confirmed by the Senate. In March, Leahy recommended Coffin to fill Vermont s U.S. Attorney position, and Demag, a longtime law enforcement officer in Vermont, to be the state s U.S. Marshal. Coffin was the President s first nominee to fill 93 U.S. Attorney positions across the country. Demag became the President s first U.S. Marshal nominee on July 31. By longstanding practice, the state s senior senator from the President s party makes recommendations for nominations to federal vacancies in the senator s state. Leahy also chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, which handles the confirmation process for U.S. Attorneys and U.S. Marshals. In Tris Coffin and David Demag, Vermont has two first-rate federal law enforcers to fight and prevent crime, said Leahy. Their experience and professionalism will be especially valuable in our ongoing efforts to combat drug-related crime and violence in Vermont. I am delighted that they have become the first U.S. Attorney and U.S. Marshal confirmed by the Senate in the new administration.Coffin was nominated by the President on June 4. He will manage the U.S. Department of Justice s U.S. Attorney offices in Burlington and Rutland overseeing the work of nearly 20 prosecutors. Coffin formerly served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and as an attorney in the Justice Department s Civil Division. Since 2006 he has been in private practice in Burlington.Demag was nominated just one week ago, on July 31. He will oversee Vermont s U.S. Marshal Service operation, which has offices in Burlington, Rutland and Brattleboro. Demag is a fourth-generation law enforcement officer, and formerly served as police chief in St. Albans and Essex Jct. Source: Leahy’s office. (FRIDAY, August 7, 2009)
By Dialogo April 29, 2013 The biggest fear of decriminalization is that it would result in an increased demand for a stronger drug from marijuana addicts, causing an unprecedented epidemic, such as what occurs with crack, according to Minister of Health Alexandre Padilha. In addition, Brazil’s proximity to the world’s largest cocaine and marijuana producers coupled with a strong presence of criminal organizations focused on drug trafficking reinforces this trend, eliminating the possibility that legalization would reduce drug trafficking and associated crime, as some government officials believe. It is a very controversial matter with divided opinions, especially in Brazil, which ranks second in the world for cocaine and crack consumption. More recent studies performed by the University of São Paulo indicated that 1.5 million citizens use marijuana, and approximately 8 million had tried the drug. The current situation is discouraging. The Institute of Applied Economic Research estimated that 56.12% of homicides in Brazil are directly linked to drug trafficking rendering the policies for combating narcotics inefficient. Some specialists who are openly against the state’s initiative, claim that policies from developed countries cannot be adopted in Brazil due to the lack of infrastructure, clearly exemplified by the penitentiary and juvenile detention facilities in the country. Add to this the basic public health services, which barely meet the needs of the population and the main problem of which is the lack of hospital rooms. Uruguay vetoed the bill to legalize the commercialization of the drug after a poll showed that 64% of the respondents were against it. The Brazilian Ministry of Justice and National Congress have been promoting several debates on decontrolling the use of medical marijuana, as well as legalizing it for users who are currently subject to jail time. The idea is basically to treat the user as a public health case and replace jail sentences with administrative fines and mandatory hospitalization for health treatment, which already occurs in Spain, Holland, Portugal, and parts of the United States. *André Luís Woloszyn, Strategic Intelligence Analyst
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 18-year-old Brooklyn woman became the third possible drowning victim on Long Island this week at a Glen Cove house party celebrating the Fourth of July that went into early Friday morning.Glen Cove city police said guests at the party pulled the woman from the deep end of the pool and started CPR until officers and EMTs arrived at the Valley Road home.Further attempts at CPR and advanced life support were unsuccessful and the victim, whose identity was not immediately released, was pronounced dead at the scene.Her body was taken to the Nassau County Medical Examiner’s office, where an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause and manner of death.On Monday afternoon, a clammer is believed to have drowned while swimming to his boat that drifted away in Flanders Bay.Then on Tuesday morning, a 36-year-old man who is suspected of drowning was found floating in the water near Inwood Bay Park.
Your members’ expectations evolve as they become more acclimated to technology, more financially stressed, and overburdened with life’s pace and demands. In case you have not noticed, the world is changing. Newly emerging competition is developing new bank-like products, and the definition of banking is evolving right before our eyes.It’s time we step back and reevaluate how credit unions can provide more value.Declaring you’re the financial partner for life is just not compelling, unless you have strong actions to back it up. Too often we forget that credit unions are enablers, and in fact have the ability to enable members to get the things they want and do the things they want to do.With all the advances in technology, some things have not changed—like the basic needs of a household to address fundamental financial requirements, milestones, challenges and obligations. Life and money are inextricably linked whether we like it or not (or are willing to admit).Importance of an Emotional ConnectionThe key for the credit union is to remain remarkably relevant throughout the “member” journey and to be there with logical products and services when members (or their households) could use them the most. Credit unions are missing very logical point-of-purchase opportunities, while not associating their products with the specific needs of a member at a specific, relevant time. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
CUNA wrote to a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee Wednesday to request consideration of issues CUNA has raised with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act as the subcommittee conducts a markup. CUNA filed a petition seeking TCPA relief last month, and it was issued for comment by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last week.“We ask you to consider these issues as the Subcommittee marks-up legislation to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to reauthorize appropriations for the FCC, to provide for certain procedural changes to the rules of the Commission to maximize opportunities for public participation and efficient decision making, and for other purposes,” wrote CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle.CUNA’s petition requests the FCC issue a declaratory ruling that wireless informational calls to credit union member-owners with whom the credit union has an established business relationship, or where the call or text is in fact free, be exempt from the TCPA’s prior express consent requirement for autodialed and artificial or prerecorded voice calls. 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) launched a redesigned Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML) InfoBase website last week, aimed at sharing financial institution examination procedure information with examiners, financial institutions, the public and other stakeholders.According to the FFIEC, InfoBase was redesigned to improve the overall experience for users. The redesign improves site navigation, enhances search capabilities, provides mobile-friendly capability and contains new functionality that allows users to download various sections of the FFIEC BSA/AML Examination Manual.The BSA/AML InfoBase Home Page provides users with access to everything in one place. At the top of the screen, across the banner from left to right, users can get to the Infobase Home Page, the Online BSA/AML Manual, Examination Procedures, References, and the FFIEC Home Page. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr