Mary Elizabeth Fontenot, Diane Morrow, Linda Andrus (Richard), Mary Jeanette Williams (Allen), and Shelia Brooks (sisters), Melvin Brooks Jr. (Monika), Gerold Brooks, Jack Brooks, Darrell Brooks (Brenda), Donald Brooks, Kenneth Brooks (Delenia), and Billy Alex (brothers); And a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. A visitation is scheduled from 1:00PM until 2:00PM, Saturday, June 20, 2020 at Gabriel Funeral Home/ The funeral immediately following at 2:00PM with Pastor Samuel Joseph officiating.She is preceded in death by, Melvin Brooks Sr.(father) Mary (Irene) Alex (mother), Cecelia Brooks (grandmother), Lucious Brooks (grandfather), Ronald Brooks, Larry Brooks (brothers), Johnny Johnson (son in law), and Dewey Lyons. Mary Lee Moore leaves to cherish her memory, Raymond Brooks (Dee), Charlotte Johnson, Shawn Brooks, Marcus Brooks, Reginald Brooks (children). Ms. Mary Lee Moore of Port Arthur died Tuesday, June 9th, 2020.She was a resident of Port Arthur for over 50 years and was employed by Gulf Coast Healthcare Nursing Home for 18 years.
When stacking manure, AAPs require that stacking sites be located more than 100 feet from private wells or property boundaries. In addition, manure cannot be stacked on unimproved sites within 100 feet of surface water, or on land that is subject to annual overflow from adjacent waters. In all these situations, however, farmers have the opportunity to demonstrate to the Secretary of Agriculture that no alternative sites exist to enable you to meet these restrictions. The manure spreading ban is a regulation that has been in place since 1995 under the Accepted Agricultural Practice rules. Vermont was a leading state in developing such a ban. In recent years several other states have considered adopting, or have adopted, the idea. Research has shown that manure applications on frozen ground can increase the runoff potential. Vermont chose to select a ban period from December 15th to April 1st each year to protect water quality; however the Agency has discretion with those dates to accommodate unusual circumstances. As an example, in the spring of 2012, the ban was lifted early, due to unusually dry conditions in Vermont, a result of the warm winter. Under Vermonts Accepted Agricultural Practices (AAPs) regulations, manure spreading ban exemptions are available to farmers that are experiencing an emergency situation and find themselves with less than sufficient manure storage to make it through the manure spreading ban (107 days). Emergency situations can include, but are not limited to, the structural failure of a manure storage system, equipment failure, etc. Exemptions can also be issued for other specific management needs. If you have any questions about the manure spreading ban, or if you would like assistance in the selection of appropriate manure stacking sites, please call the Agency at (802) 828-3475. Manure spreading is a common practice in Vermont agriculture which enriches the soil for production. The Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets is issuing a reminder that the winter manure spreading ban will once again take effect December 15. Requesting a Manure Spreading Ban Exemption This annual ban is part of an overall strategy to protect our working landscape and natural resources, as outlined in Vermonts Accepted Agricultural Practices (AAPs). The Agency works closely with farmers across the state to ensure that their farming operations are complying with the AAPs. If you find yourself in this situation, please call the Agency of Agriculture at (802) 828-3475 as soon as possible. We will send an Agricultural Resource Specialist or Field Agent out to meet with you and discuss your situation. Information will be collected from you in order to determine how much manure your operation produces on a daily basis, how much, if any, surface runoff (rain fall or snow melt) may be entering your pit, what land base you have available for spreading, and the proximity of water resources to your operation. If the Agency determines that an emergency situation exists and you have no alternatives for the management of your manure, an exemption will be issued for your operation. The exemption will specify the amount of manure to be spread, the fields suitable for manure application, and the dates during which you will be allowed to spread. Fields will be selected that have the least likelihood of generating runoff to surface waters. Exemptions are not intended to allow for continued daily spreading for the duration of the ban, but are designed to allow for the application of the required amount of manure over a period of 3 to 5 days. If you have any questions regarding the manure spreading ban exemption process, please call the Agency at (802) 828-3475. During the ban, farmers must either have a storage structure that is capable of holding all manure produced from December 15th to April 1st, which is 107 days, or they must be able to stack all manure produced in a way that will not lead to water quality impacts.
Vermont Business Magazine The state’s largest union is pushing for the creation of a statewide health care commission to design and administer health benefits for all of Vermont’s public school employees. After a unanimous vote by delegates to Vermont-NEA’s annual meeting over the weekend, the union announced Monday it is advocating for a return of equity, predictability, affordability, and transparency in the health insurance covering nearly 40,000 Vermonters.“Vermont-NEA’s members and their families must no longer be denied an equal voice in the determination of benefits so vital to their welfare and economic security as health insurance, including, critically, the matter of plan design and cost-sharing,” said Martha Allen, a K-12 librarian from Canaan who serves as president of the 14,000-member union. “Nor can we accept any longer the widespread and harmful disparities in health insurance coverage and costs among public school employees.”Since 2015, Vermont-NEA members have been afforded a minority – now a single seat – on the board of the Vermont Education Health Initiative board of directors, leaving the once consensus-driven entity now completely employer-dominated. Vermont-NEA wants an equal voice at the health insurance table, in part to ensure that this year’s chaos with the implementation of new plans is avoided in the future.Coupled with last year’s proposal by the Vermont School Boards Association and Gov. Phil Scott to strip local school boards of their ability to negotiate directly with their local educators over health insurance, Vermont-NEA has taken this step to give school employees a greater voice in their health care.“We recognize the fundamental shift a statewide health care commission is in our relationship with local school boards,” Allen said. “But it is clear that unless our members have the opportunity to work as equals with school boards in determining their health benefits, and unless strong reform measures are pursued and achieved by school employees and school boards to bring down the irrationally high costs of health care, Vermont’s public school employees will continue to see health care become less affordable.”In the measure passed by delegates to the union’s annual meeting, a statewide health benefits commission will ensure that the following objectives are achieved:It will design, manage, and offer to all school employees a health benefit plan that is comprehensive, affordable, equitable and based on an employee’s ability to pay.It will establish full equality in its governance structures and operational procedures between representatives of school boards and Vermont-NEA representatives of school employees.It will facilitate the transition of school employees’ health benefits to a new system in such a manner that avoids further chaos in the system, is fully transparent, and responds immediately and effectively to concerns or problems arising from the transition.It will vigorously research and foster the implementation of rational health care cost control opportunities and ways to achieve a more efficient, patient-centric, health care system.It will recognize that the majority of school employees are women and not exacerbate the already unacceptable compensation gap between educational employees and other more male-dominated professions.“We encourage legislative leaders and the governor to work with us in establishing this commission over the coming weeks,” Allen said. “The governor has said he wants health insurance for public school employees determined at the state level, and we hope he will see this proposal as the right way to design and implement plans that do right by the women and men who teach our state’s children.”Read an outline of the union’s proposal and more details here(link is external).Source: Vermont NEA 4.13.2018
by. Amaia KirtlandEvery now and then, it’s important to take some time and evaluate your budget to make sure that you’re getting the most out of your financial planning. You might find that you’ll be able to save money in certain areas, or that you need to commit more money to specific items. July, being the half way point of the year is a great time to evaluate the goals you set at the beginning of the year. Remember, a budget isn’t something that you “set and forget.” Be sure to keep checking back and making sure it’s doing its job for your financial goals.Here are a few questions to keep in mind when you evaluate your budget:What are your goals?Your financial goals are going to change over time. When you’re in your mid-20s like me, your biggest financial goal is likely to be paying off the remaining debt that you have for student loans or other types of debt. When you’re a little older, it could be saving for a house. Maybe you’re looking long term, and are trying to save for retirement. Whenever you take a look at your budget to evaluate it, you need to do it with your specific goals in mind. Also make sure your goals are realistic.Are you reaching those goals?If you’re on a good path toward achieving those goals, then great! Chances are, you don’t need to make any big tweaks to your budget. But if not, then clearly something needs to change.If you’re not reaching your goals, how can you improve? continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
BBC:We all experience negative emotions and find different ways to cope – maybe by exercising or by listening to music. But some people deliberately inflict pain on themselves as a way of managing how they feel. Why? Experts believe 15% of adolescents self-injure at least once, with some children as young as 9 using self-injury as a coping mechanism, albeit an unhealthy one. The behaviour can lead to feelings of guilt and distress; family and friends often don’t know how to help. Catherine Carr explores the impact self-harming has on those who do it and those close to them.She speaks to Matthew Nock, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University who explains the type of person most at risk of engaging in self-injury and the reasons why they use it to regulate their emotions.Read the whole story: BBC More of our Members in the Media >
Operator of offshore support vessels Toisa Ltd. has regained control of its crude oil tanker United Journey which was arrested in the Caribbean Netherlands on December 24, 2016.The 2010-built tanker was released from custody following a negotiated court order with Citibank N.A., which seized the vessel late last year.United Journey, which has been idled in Sint Eustatius, Bonaire ever since, is scheduled to resume full operations as soon as possible, according to Toisa.The cargo which was on board the 112,723 dwt tanker at the time of the arrest was transferred to another ship.Toisa Ltd. is currently in the mid of financial restructuring talks with its stakeholders after it, together with 23 of its affiliated vessel-owning companies, last month filed voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The company took this action following a prolonged slump in global oil prices, among other factors, and its effect on the offshore business.In addition to United Journey’s return, the court order included provisions for the consensual use of Citibank’s cash collateral by the company.Toisa, which is continuing to work with the lender steering committee on a consensual debt restructuring, informed that all of its 46 vessels are now free to undertake business already contracted and available to enter into additional contracts.
Australia: Hamersley Iron has taken delivery of 132 iron ore wagons from Bradken; 106 more will arrive in February. Goninan is currently commissioning three General Electric Dash-9 locos at Dampier.Brazil: CPTM has begun preliminary studies for a US$200m privately-financed rail link between São Paulo and Guarulhos Airport, 4 km north of the Roosevelt – Calmon Viana route.Canada: Ontario Northland Transportation Commission has been instructed to sell off its Toronto – Cochrane Northlander passenger train as part of a restructuring announced on December 13. The move follows a study by KPMG, which recommended breaking up ONTC.Estonia: The government has decided to end all long-distance passenger services on the national network. Tenders to run the services, currently operated by Edelaraudtee, failed as the 60m kroon subsidy available was considered too low by new owner GB Railways. From February 28 the routes will be served by buses. France: SNCF has begun to relocate its Traction & Rolling Stock Division comprising 250 staff from Paris to Le Mans. By 2003, SNCF will have moved 1200 staff from the capital.Germany: DB Cargo is to install GPS-based tracking equipment on 13000 wagons over the next two years at a cost of DM25m. Hungary: Electric services began running on MAV’s Szekesfehervar – Szombathely line on December 11, following a three-year wiring programme by Italy’s Compagnia Generale Costruzioni SpA and Siemens.MAV officially opened its modernised Zahony freight terminal on the Ukrainian border on December 6. The EU provided 10m euros towards the work.International: A weekly through train from Toshkent to Tehran began running on January 11, with a through portion to Dushanbe in Tajikistan attached and detached at Chardzhou. The train runs via the border crossing at Sarakhs, where gauge changing takes 2h. Journey time from Dushanbe to Tehran is 55 h 15min, according to the Tajik Railways’ Passenger Director Karimjon Muminov.The 11 countries involved in the EU-funded Traceca programme – which approved a unified tariff structure in January for traffic moving via the trans-Caucasus corridor and central Asia – have proposed the formation of an international railway association. Members would be Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine.Israel: IR carried 13 million passengers during 2000, a 46% increase on 1999. Passenger services between Rehovot, Yavne and Ashdod were reintroduced on December 20, and double-deck trains will arrive in June 2001. Construction has started on a privately-funded station serving the Lev Ha Mifratz shopping area near Haifa.New Zealand: Tranz Rail has allocated NZ$16·5m towards moving its headquarters from Wellington to a business park at Takapuna, near Auckland, and redundancy costs for the current outsourcing programme. Headquarters staffing will be reduced from 400 to around 100.Auckland City Council has approved new plans for a NZ$194m transport interchange, incorporating a sub-surface terminal station and the historic Chief Post Office building. It would link with the trams proposed for Queens Street, and cross-harbour ferries.Spain: Bids have been invited for signalling work on the Las Palmas – Oropesa cut-off on the Valencia – Tarragona route, which is to have a top speed of 220 km/h. Tracklaying and electrification are currently in progress.With a budget of Pts500m, the Ministry of Development has put out to tender design work for upgrading the Zaragoza – Teruel route for 160 km/h. The project includes track relaying and new alignments for some route sections to achieve a 1h 05min journey time.Renfe’s Freight business unit has joined wagon leasing companies Saltra, Ivexa and Tranfesa to form the Cererail pool of 1056 grain wagons. The partners hope to reduce wagon cycle times which are currently averaging 24days.Sri Lanka: Pakistan Railways has supplied 40 Lahore-built covered bogie freight wagons to SLR at a cost of US$3m, funded by part of US$5m of credit provided to Colombo by Pakistan.USA: As part of its debt reduction strategy, RailAmerica sold its 26·5% stake in Quebec Railway Corp and its interest in Ontario L’Orignal Railway on December 26. Three days later, Pittsburgh Industrial Railroad was sold to Ohio Central for $7·7m. On January 4 RailAmerica announced the sale of the 83·7 km South Central Tennessee Railroad, and 115·8 route-km in Illinois, for a total of $6·4m.Fire safety measures in the tunnels leading to New York’s Pennsylvania station have been criticised by federal transport inspectors. Bringing the tunnels up to modern standards has been repeatedly delayed due to the very high costs, now estimated at $898m.
Maria weakened to a category three storm with winds of 115 mph (185km/h) as it moved across the island. However, he urged everyone else to stay indoors, adding that debris and damage caused by Maria pose some amount of risk to residents. To conduct rapid assessment“Therefore, I am now giving the all-clear to emergency and essential workers only to help conduct the rapid assessment and to ensure we are able to clear roadways. This means only critical agencies should be on the roads – all other persons must still stay off the roads. There are still risks from debris and damage from Maria,” he said. “The Premier and I, in consultation with the Director of The National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) are satisfied that the immediate serious threat posed by Hurricane Maria to the territory is over.” Governor of the British Virgin Islands, Augustus Jaspert on Wednesday gave an all-clear signal for essential and emergency workers to resume operations following the close passage of Hurricane Maria. According to Jaspert, following assessment of the damage caused by Maria, the Government will re-establish plans to continue with the recovery efforts. The Governor added that although Maria continues to move away from the BVI, squalls, rain and high surf continued to affect the territory throughout the day until the hurricane moved away fully. Meanwhile, Hurricane Maria knocked out power to the entire island of Puerto Rico. Head of the Disaster Management Agency, Abner Gómez said the hurricane had damaged “everything in its path”. Sympathies to Dominica and the USVIHe offered sympathies to Dominica and the US Virgin Islands which were badly affected by Hurricane Maria and noted that he fully supports the call by the Governor of Puerto Rico to ensure individuals were fully prepared for the approaching Hurricane. Curfew remains in place“I urge all persons of the BVI, to please adhere to the instructions being given and to ensure full cooperation. The curfew remains in place for all people apart from emergency responders. Please continue to remain indoors and allow us adequate time to complete the assessments and initiate the necessary immediate response. I will advise you later in the day when the public all-clear is given,” he said.
Chinese firm to build pharmaceutical plant in Ethiopia Powering Angola: Chinese firm contracted to build Angola’s largest power plant Chinese firm building new manufacturing plant in Durban The Zambian Government says Chinese enterprise Sinohydro Corporation is expected to complete the construction of the 750-megawatt Kafue Gorge Lower Hydro-power Station next year, a senior Government official said on Sunday.Once the construction is completed, Zambia will have an increased power generation capacity of 3,750 from the current 2,900 megawatts.Minister of Energy Matthew Nkhuwa said Kafue Gorge Lower power plant works are on schedule and that the infrastructure is expected to be handed over by end of 2020.“We are happy with the on-going works by a Chinese enterprise, works done so far is at 67 percent,” Nkhuwa said.Nkhuwa said in an interview with Xinhua in Chingola that once the power plant is brought on board, Zambia is expected to be a net power exporter in the southern Africa region and beyond.According to Nkhuwa, over 3,000 jobs have been created during the construction period.He said state-of-the-art technology is being applied at the power plant by the Chinese enterprise.Meanwhile, Nkhuwa said the mapping of Zambia’s solar and wind power generation sites has been finalized.Related
LocalNews DAPD appeals for financial rescue by: – November 13, 2013 Tweet DAPD’s Vice President, Michael MurphyThe movement charged with the responsibility of advocating for the rights of persons living with disabilities, has appealed for greater financial assistance from the private sector to help sustain it. Vice president of the Dominica Association of Persons living with Disabilities (DAPD) Michael Murphy said the Association continues to grapple with a major financial constraint. The movement, which depends solely on grants for its survival, has not been able to meet salary obligations for its staff for over seven months.“The survival of any non-governmental organization particularly one like the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities, where our main consumers are persons with disabilities depends on its ability to procure or obtain the necessary funding either from external resources or local resources”.According to Mr. Murphy, resources from all areas have been dwindling, and they are now dependent on capable citizens for survival. “In recent times this both areas have been dwindling, as a matter of fact external resources have been almost cut off completely so we depend to a very large extent on the population of Dominica for our survival.” Although government makes a yearly subvention to the Association, Murphy said it is not sufficient to cover all their operational costs and obligations. “We conduct the operations of the organizations for a year, I think that can only pay the staff for about two months and we are left with a deficit throughout the year, we have had to carry forward a deficit at the end of each year for the past few years,” Murphy said.He indicated that several of its planned projects had to be cut back due to lack of funds to implement them.“The financial meltdown has affected us here; I think it has affected not only our organization but all other organizations including the government”.Although the continue resources received from the government “is not very much”, he said, the Association “use it very wisely”.Mr. Murphy is hoping that there will be improvements to its operations during the next year as they are this year celebrating 30 years of existence. “I’m hoping that some persons in the private sector will come to our rescue at some point but I don’t think that sufficient corporate citizens are assisting in that direction,” he noted. Meanwhile, he said fund raising activities are continuing this month with a Barbeque scheduled for 29th of November and a talent show with a difference on November 30th at the Arawak House of Culture.Tickets for the talent show with a difference costs $20.00 before and $25.00 as the gate. Murphy is hopeful that these events will help defray some of the Association’s expenses.On Monday, November 11, the Association was part of nine charitable organizations which received EC$14, 750.00 each from the President’s Charities Foundation at the Public Service Training Centre in Roseau.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring! 15 Views no discussions Share Share