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Vermont gets $1.8 million from US Forest Service

first_imgIn Vermont yesterday, US Forest Service Chief Gail Kimbell announced the award of $50 million in grants, including $1.8 million for the Eden Forest in Vermont, to permanently protect twenty-four working forests across twenty-one states, through the Forest Legacy Program. This program permanently protects important private forestland threatened by conversion. The Forest Legacy Program conserves open space which allows us to respond to climate change, improves water quality and flows and connects children to nature, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The strength of the Forest Legacy Program is the cooperation between States, partners and private landowners all working together to protect environmentally and economically important forests that are threatened by conversion.Examples of 2009 projects include: forest essential for wildlife and recreation in Maine; pine ecosystem critical for threatened and endangered species in Arkansas and working forests that support rural jobs in Oregon.The Forest Legacy Program promotes voluntary land conservation by operating on the principle of willing buyer, willing seller. Private forest landowners are facing increasing real estate prices, property taxes and development pressure, which result in conversion of forests to other land uses. The Forest Legacy Program focuses on conserving working forests those that provide clean water, forest products, fish and wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities.The 5,727-acre Eden Forest has been used for timber for the last 50 years and contains bear and bobcat habitat, among other species. The town of Eden is located in the Green Mountains in the northern part of Lamoille County. The forest project itself extends all the way to the Quebec border. Most Forest Legacy Program projects are conserved through conservation easements, allowing landowners to keep their forestlands while protecting them from future development.2009 Forest Legacy Program project grants:StateProjectFunding LevelMEMachias River$3,450,000CAChalk Mountain Area$3,000,000MNKoochiching Forest Legacy$3,500,000ASOttoville Rainforest Preserve$500,000MASouthern Monadnock Plateau II$2,200,000GASouthland$3,500,000PATree Farm #1$3,500,000VANew River Corridor$490,000WVSouth Branch$3,670,000MTNorth Swan River Valley$2,000,000MINorthern Great Lakes Forest Project$2,000,000NHCrotched Mountain$1,765,000COSnow Mountain Ranch$2,500,000NHGreen Acre Woodlands$1,200,000UTChalk Creek South Fork #2$3,100,000CAJenner Headlands$1,000,000MAMetacomet-Monadnock Forest$1,400,000MOLaBarque Creek$1,500,000ORSkyline Forest$1,500,000OHVinton Furnace Experimental Forest$2,000,000ARPine -Flatwoods Recovery Initiative$2,060,000IDGold Creek Ranch$510,000DEGreen Horizons$2,000,000VTEden Forest$1,800,000 TOTAL$50,145,000For 2009, the Forest Service selected 24 projects out of 83 excellent state proposals that totaled $193 million. Details of the President s 2010 budget released this week show 47 projects proposed with an increase in funding to more than $91 million.The Forest Legacy Program uses a national competitive process to select the most ecologically and socially important, threatened and strategic projects. The program consistently leverages more than a 50-percent non-federal match, well above the 25-percent requirement. In addition, each project needs to be at least 75% forested, comply with Federal appraisal standards and complete a multi-resource forest management plan.For more information on the Forest Legacy Program go to: http://www.fs.fed.us/cooperativeforestry/programs/loa/flp.shtml(link is external)last_img read more

21 jurists face merit votes

first_imgFourth DCA: John W. Dell, Bobby W. Gunther, Fred A. Hazouri, Larry A. Klein, Barry J. Stone and Carole Y. Taylor. Second DCA: Judges John Robert Blue, Darryl C. Casanueva, Charles A. Davis, Jr., Oliver L. Green, Emiliano Jose (E.J.) Salcines, Thomas E. Stringer, Sr., and Edward F. Threadgill, Jr. 21 jurists face merit votes Three Supreme Court justices and 18 district court of appeal judges will face voters on the merit retention portion of the November 7 general election ballot. Voters will be asked to vote “yes” or “no” on whether the 21 jurists should be retained under the merit retention system used for appellate judges since it was approved by voters in 1976. They are appointed by the Governor from a list submitted by a judicial nominating commission. Newly appointed judges and justices go before voters for the first time within two years after appointment. If the voters keep them in office, they then go before the voters again every six years. It will be the first time on the Supreme Court retention ballot for Justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara J. Pariente and Peggy A. Quince, and the first time on any ballot for Justice Lewis. Quince and Pariente faced merit retention when they were on their respective district courts of appeal. In the Bar’s recent judicial poll, Florida lawyers overwhelmingly recommended the three justices be retained. Justice Lewis received an approval rating of 88 percent, Justice Pariente 84 percent, and Justice Quince 83 percent. Justice Lewis, 52, joined the court in 1998 after 26 years in private practice. Justice Pariente, 51, has been on the Supreme Court since 1997, after serving on the Fourth District Court of Appeal from 1993-97. Justice Quince, 52, has been on the Supreme Court since 1998, after serving on the Second District Court of Appeal from 1994-98, and as an assistant attorney general from 1980 to 1993. If Supreme Court justices don’t attract much attention for their races, DCA judges are usually an even lower profile matter. Here’s a list of each DCA and the judges up for retention: Third DCA: James R. Jorgenson. Fifth DCA: Emerson R. Thompson, Jr.center_img First DCA: Judges Edwin B. Browning, Jr., Richard W. Ervin III, and Peter D. Webster. 21 jurists face merit votes November 1, 2000 Regular Newslast_img read more

New Suffolk Traffic Court Debuts Monday

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County’s new traffic court opened Monday in Hauppauge, taking over for a New York State-run bureau in a move that will help local lawmakers plug perpetual budget gaps.The Department of Motor Vehicles Traffic Violations Bureau was replaced by the Suffolk County Traffic and Parking Violations Authority, which handles non-criminal traffic and parking violations in Suffolk’s five western towns—except for villages that have their own courts.The court is expected to generate up to $11 million annually in revenue from fines, most of which went straight to Albany under the old system.Suffolk officials have said the new court will also reduce the backlog of unanswered and unpaid summonses.Drivers issued parking or traffic tickets prior to April 1 must still answer the DMV. Only tickets issued after April 1 go through the new court.Unanswered tickets may result in a driver’s license being suspended. A suspension termination fee may be due regardless of the verdict.The new court is located in the H. Lee Dennison Building, 100 Veterans Memorial Hwy., Hauppauge. The new court’s phone number is 631-853-3800.To answer a pre-April 1 ticket through the DMV after their bureau closes, contact any state-run Traffic Violations Bureau, call 518-474-0941 or visit the DMV website for more information.last_img read more

CUNA asks SBC to consider consumer data vulnerabilities

first_img continue reading » CUNA encouraged Congress to consider ways consumers’ personal data could be put at risk in a letter to Senate Banking Committee leadership Tuesday. CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle submitted the letter for the record of the committee’s hearing on consumer data security and credit bureaus.“As this Committee works to shed light on the impact of the Equifax breach and to ensure consumers are not at further risk, we encourage you and your colleagues to consider the risk to consumers’ personal data in other sectors of the economy, including the retail sector, as well as at federal agencies like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB),” Nussle wrote, adding that the Equifax breach is “only the last in a long string of massive data breaches” affecting consumers.CUNA previously wrote to the committee, and other Congressional committees, emphasizing the need for Congress to ensure affected consumers are notified what information may have been exposed. 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Stem cell trial halted

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! 10 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyle Stem cell trial halted by: – November 15, 2011center_img Share Embryonic stem cellsThe world’s first official trial using human embryonic stem cells in patients has been halted.Geron, based in California, made the sudden announcement that it was halting further work in this field.In a statement the company said in the “current environment of capital scarcity and uncertain economic conditions” it had decided to concentrate instead on developing cancer treatments.Geron said it was seeking partners to enable further development of its stem cell programmes. The press statement implies the decision is purely a financial one – by stopping its stem cell programme it will cut its workforce by more than a third and save millions of dollars.But the company has already invested tens of millions in the stem cell therapy over the past decade. Its submission to the US Food and Drug Administration to conduct the first trial in patients of human embryonic stem cells was the largest and most complex ever submitted. Geron had injected stem cells into the spine of a small number of spinal patients to test safety. In its statement the company said the treatment had been “well tolerated with no serious adverse events”.The decision does seem to be extraordinary given the huge investment of time and resources. When I visited Geron nearly three years ago, the then chief executive Dr Tom Okarma claimed the technology had an incredible future (Green light for US stem cell work):“What stem cells promise for a heart attack or spinal cord injury or diabetes is that you go to the hospital, you receive these cells and you go home with a repaired organ, that has been repaired by new heart cells or new new nerve cells or new islet cells that have been made from embryonic stem cells.” If that future exists, it won’t be Geron that will now lead the way.Ben Sykes, Executive Director of the UK National Stem Cell Network, said: “Stem cell research continues to show great promise in helping many people currently suffering from incurable conditions and injuries. It is disappointing that Geron has taken the decision to stop its spinal cord injury trial but we hope that the company is able to find new partners who can take on the work and provide the necessary finance.”Joanna Knott, Co-Founder and Chair of SpinalCure Australia said: “This is incredibly sad and frustrating news for people with spinal injuries and their families. It is devastating for those people who will have a spinal injury and may as a result of this research been cured.Daniel Heumann, who is on the board of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, was more forthright in The Washington Post online which reported him as saying: “I’m disgusted. It makes me sick. To get people’s hopes up and then do this for financial reasons is despicable. They’re treating us like lab rats.”John Martin, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at University College London said: “The Geron trial had no real chance of success because of the design and the disease targeted. It was an intrinsically flawed study. And for that reasons we should not be describing this as a set back. “The first trials of stem cell that will give an answer are our own in the heart. The heart is an organ that can give quantitative data of quality.”Josephine Quintavalle from the group Comment on Reproductive Ethics said: “At long last after 10 years of unremitting hype, reality has caught up with embryonic stem cell claims. If Geron is abandoning this project it is because it is simply not working, despite the millions of dollars and hot air that has been invested in the promotion of this research.”Fergus WalshMedical correspondent, BBC News Tweetlast_img read more

10 Capiz LGUs support Anti-Terrorism Bill

first_img“The remaining LGUs are on the process,” he added, noting that coordination efforts have also been made for the support of this province to the measure that is now awaiting the signature of President Rodrigo Duterte. The bill carries provisions imposing life imprisonment without parole on those who will participate in the planning, training, preparation, and facilitation of a terrorist act; possess objects connected with the preparation for the commission of terrorism; or collect or make documents connected with the preparation of terrorism. Based on the record of the Capiz Police Provincial Office (CPPO) as of June 29, the municipalities of Cuartero, Dao, Dumalag, Ivisan, Maayon, Mambusao, Panay, Panitan, Pilar, and Tapaz have expressed support to the bill.“Let us help one another by signifying our support on the manifesto so that we could convey that Capiz is supporting the anti-terrorism bill,” said CPPO-Provincial Operation Management Unit acting chief Major Renante Matillano during a Provincial Peace and Order Council meeting earlier this week.He presented the CPPO’s accomplishments, in the presence of Capiz police director Colonel Julio Gustilo Jr., before the Council members that also included in attendance local chief executives and local government units (LGUs) representatives, among others.According to Matillano, the report will reach Camp Crame and the President will eventually see who among the LGUs have not yet expressed support to the legislation. ROXAS City – Ten towns in this province have shown support to House Bill 6875, or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 which aims to strengthen peace and order in the country.center_img It also calls for 12 years imprisonment to persons who shall threaten to commit terrorism and those who will propose any terroristic acts or incite others to commit terrorism. This province is composed of 16 towns and one component city. (With a report from PIA/PN)last_img read more

L’Equipe: Napoli still negotiating for Osimhen’s teammate Gabriel

first_imgNapoli are not only close to a deal with Lille for Victor Osimhen, but also defender Gabriel Magalhaes for €22m plus bonuses. According to the French newspaper, intensive negotiations have been taking place over the last 24 hours between director of sport Cristiano Giuntoli, Lille President Gerard Lopez and various agents and intermediaries. They proved fruitful, as not only is Osimhen reportedly on the verge of accepting the transfer after initially rejecting this move, but Napoli are also close to defender Gabriel. The Brazilian is targeted by Arsenal and Everton too, but Napoli seems to be having the upper hand.Advertisement read also:Everton, Chelsea face fresh battle for Lille defender Gabriel A transfer can be done for €22m plus bonuses, taking the fee up to €25m. With Osimhen valued at €81m, it’s believed Adam Ounas will be included to Lille as part of the package to lower the overall cost of the operation. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth20 Historical Things You Won’t Believe Actually HappenedWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?A Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth VisitingPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Muchlast_img read more

Cabaye content at Newcastle

first_img The France international has been linked with a series of potential suitors after a difficult second season in English football, but is adamant that he is content where he is and that all that matters currently is the fight for Barclays Premier League survival. Cabaye told the Chronicle: “I have three years’ contract left and now my mind is just to save the club. We have two cup finals then it will be the holidays. But I am at Newcastle. I don’t want to think about the future with two games left. I am very, very happy to play for this club and these fans.” Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has insisted he remains happy on Tyneside despite fevered speculation that his future could lie elsewhere. The scrap to preserve the Magpies’ top-flight status continues at relegated QPR on Sunday, when a point would be good enough to keep them up should FA Cup finalists Wigan lose at Arsenal on Tuesday. Even then, serious questions would have to be asked during the closed-season after a campaign which Cabaye admits has been nowhere near good enough. He said: “We all made some mistakes at the start of the season – that’s why we are fighting for relegation. “But if we learn from our mistakes, no problem. We are only human and we all make mistakes, but now is time to learn and prepare. “We need to finish strongly and then prepare well for next season. We have to be ready to fight and play and be ready again in the Premier League, like we were last season.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

England don’t Care about O’Driscoll

first_img The decisive moment of a compelling encounter arrived with Danny Care’s 57th minute try, enabling Stuart Lancaster’s men to turn a 10-6 deficit into a 13-10 lead that they never relinquished. O’Driscoll, making a record-equalling 139th Test appearance ahead of his looming retirement at the end of the season, stood with hands on his hips in frustration as Care dashed over. Seventeen phases passed as the Irish defence came under pressure, but when England went wide in search of the try they blundered, Owen Farrell delaying his pass to Billy Twelvetrees which reduced the space available. The whitewash still beckoned for Jonny May only for the Gloucester wing to drop the ball over the line following a double tackle from Andrew Trimble and Conor Murray. A breathless first quarter continued to unfold at breakneck speed and now it was Ireland who poured forward, going inches close twice through Trimble after quick hands in the backs. An impressive start from the Irish gave way to a renewed attack from England, although their efforts lacked the imagination and skill displayed by their opponents. Farrell conceded a penalty for a late tackle on Murray as the move died out, but once that had been defended the Saracens fly-half landed the first points of the match in the 23rd minute. The frantic pace finally slowed in the second quarter, but Ireland were still looking to put as much speed on the ball as possible when they attacked. Seizing the opportunity to drain the stamina of tighthead David Wilson, who has been limited to just 47 minutes of rugby in two months because of a calf injury, they opted for a series of scrums. Having attempted to soften up England at the set piece, they probed out wide on the left on two occasions, but the defence to keep Dave Kearney wrapped up was superb. Farrell struck the left post with a second penalty attempt before England suffered a damaging blow when Billy Vunipola fell awkwardly on his right ankle and had to be replaced by Ben Morgan. Captain Chris Robshaw made a brave call with a minute of the first half remaining, opting for touch instead of taking a long-range shot at goal and the gamble failed when Luther Burrell knocked on. Just 82 seconds after the interval Ireland raced ahead when Jamie Heaslip sent Rob Kearney darting through a hole at the breakdown on the 22 and the Leinster full-back easily evaded Brown. The gap in England’s defence was compounded by the fact it was tight five forwards Wilson and Joe Launchbury who attempted to close the space and there was only one winner when Heaslip teed up Rob Kearney. Sexton converted and added a penalty, but the deficit was slashed to four points by Farrell following a great passage of play from the Red Rose that almost saw Burrell squeeze over. The pivotal moment arrived 16 minutes into the second half with an outstanding try launched by Robshaw’s break through the midfield. Robshaw fed Harlequins team-mate Brown and just as the full-back was hauled down, Care grabbed his pass and raced in under the posts with Farrell converting. England needed to summon on their depths of character as they repelled a driving maul that showed Ireland were far from finished as an attacking force. Dave Kearney tripped as Ireland staged one final attack and once more the home defence held firm, snuffing out the final throws of Irish resistance. The 35-year-old’s 13th and final appearance against England ended in bitter disappointment as Ireland’s Triple Crown and Grand Slam ambitions evaporated with their first defeat of the Championship. When Rob Kearney capitalised on slack defending to touch down under the posts, the Irish had established a commanding position underpinned by a 10-3 lead. But the Red Rose rallied with a display of trademark character to register their fourth successive victory in the fixture. Remarkably, the score had been limited to just 3-0 in England’s favour at half-time as defences reigned, the rivals taking it in turns to trade blows in an absorbing contest. Ireland’s starting XV contained 422 more caps at 724, but it was panic-free England who looked the grizzled band of proven veterans in a nerve-shredding final quarter. With two rounds of the Six Nations remaining, England, Ireland, France and Wales remain in contention for the title with Twickenham hosting Warren Gatland’s defending champions next on March 9. For the second successive game the magnificent Mike Brown was named man of the match with his run to set up Care’s try the high point of another outstanding afternoon. The Harlequins full-back was influential as England made a bulldozing start, producing a diving catch off O’Driscoll’s chip and then speeding free from the breakdown. England ruined Brian O’Driscoll’s Twickenham farewell and created a four-way shootout for the RBS 6 Nations title after ending Ireland’s Grand Slam quest. Press Associationlast_img read more

Pollard springs to life as Strikers silence Thunder

first_imgSYDNEY Thunder needed a win to remain alive in the Big Bash League, but a crushing 77-run defeat to Adelaide Strikers ended their hopes.Kieron Pollard smashed five sixes in a 22-ball 47 as the Adelaide Strikers ended Sydney Thunder’s hopes of reaching the Big Bash League semi-finals with a 77-run victory yesterday.The Strikers came into this meeting at the Sydney Showground Stadium bottom of the table, with their own last-four ambitions already over, while the defending champions needed a victory from their final fixture to stay alive in the tournament.But New Zealand leg-spinner Ish Sodhi returned 6-11 – the second best BBL figures behind Lasith Malinga’s 6-7 in 2012 – as the Thunder collapsed to 101 all out after the Strikers had posted 178-5.Ben Dunk became this season’s top run-scorer, overtaking Chris Lynn as the Strikers opener plundered 65 from 40 deliveries, including five fours and three maximums.He had good support from the evergreen Brad Hodge (39 from 32), before Pollard clubbed in his 22-ball 47.Only Shane Watson (39) and Kurtis Patterson (29) reached double figures in reply for the Thunder, as the Strikers gained a consolation win to send the holders to the bottom of the table.West Indian all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite on the other hand had an evening to forget.The Twenty20 captain, with lime green bat in hand lasted only two deliveries as Sodhi ripped through the Thunder batting line-up. Brathwaite had also dropped Dunk when the opener was on eight – the missed chance seeming to spark the electric opener into gear, hitting his first six two balls later and then accelerating to his 50. (Sportsmax.com)last_img read more