Leahy reacts to Trump threat to shut down government over ‘wall’

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) Wednesday issued the following statement on President Trump’s threat to shut down the government if Congress does not agree to force American taxpayers to fund a border wall.”This is not President Trump’s first threat to shut down the United States government over his foolish, costly and useless wall, wasting tens of billions in U.S. taxpayer dollars.  A wall the President promised that Mexico would pay for, and a wall that would be nothing more than a bumper sticker boondoggle.  “The last Republican shutdown in 2013 dealt a devastating blow to economic growth, amounting to an estimated $1.5 billion lost for each of the 16 days of the shutdown.  That is economic growth we can never get back.   “We cannot afford his brand of government by threats of manufactured crisis.  I would urge the President to instead put the full force of his administration behind investing in the American people, like the investments Democrats have proposed in the Senate Appropriations Committee.  We should be supporting medical research, rebuilding out infrastructure, providing quality education to our children – and we should be building bridges between communities and cultures, not walls to divide us.”Source: (WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017) – Leahylast_img read more

ACLU lawsuit seeks inspection of video footage of police officers’ use of force

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The ACLU of Vermont announced today that it is appealing its public records lawsuit(link is external), Doyle v. City of Burlington Police Department(link is external), to the Vermont Supreme Court, seeking access to police bodycam footage of an alleged use-of-force incident. The case was filed on behalf of Reed Doyle, a Burlington resident who is challenging the Department’s demand that he pay hundreds of dollars simply to view the footage.In a press release announcing the appeal, ACLU Staff Attorney Jay Diaz said: “Mr. Doyle wants to inspect the police bodycam video because he believes law enforcement used unreasonable force against children and was not held accountable. Charging him to do so violates Vermont’s public records laws and undermines the purported justification for using bodycams—as a tool for police accountability.”The ACLU said that in June of 2017, Mr. Doyle was walking his dog when he witnessed police officers threaten to pepper spray a group of children in Burlington’s Roosevelt Park. Mr. Doyle recalls that as one of the children walked backwards with his hands up, an officer pushed him forcefully with both arms. The boy, believed to be between 11 and 13 years old, protested the use of force and was then arrested.Mr. Doyle submitted a written complaint to the Burlington Police Department (BPD) and the Burlington Police Commission about the incident, but felt there was a lack of substantive follow-up by BPD leadership. To review the incident himself, he asked to inspect available public records from the incident, including bodycam footage.After BPD repeatedly denied access to the records and video, Mr. Doyle contacted the ACLU, which appealed those denials(link is external) on his behalf. The Department conceded(link is external) that Mr. Doyle had the right to inspect the approximately one hour of footage, but only after it had been heavily redacted—for which it would charge Mr. Doyle several hundred dollars, in advance, to begin redactions over the course of several weeks.Because Vermont’s Public Records Act does not authorize charging fees for inspection, Mr. Doyle filed suit in Washington Superior Court seeking a court order requiring Burlington to make the video available without charge. In August, Judge Mary Miles Teachout denied Mr. Doyle’s claim(link is external), ruling that “[t]here is no overarching distinction in the PRA between seeking a copy of a record and seeking to inspect a record.”The decision was at odds with a 2011 decision(link is external) by then-Washington Superior Court Judge Geoffrey Crawford, who wrote that “[t]he legislature was not conflating the concepts of’ ‘copy’ and ‘inspection’” in its 1996 Public Records Act amendments,” and that “the statute provides no authority for an agency to impose a charge for inspection of documents…The Act always has permitted the free inspection of public records.”    ACLU Staff Attorney Lia Ernst said: “Public information should not be hidden behind a paywall. Vermont’s Public Records Act does not authorize charging fees to inspect public records, and yet this is a common practice among some state agencies and municipalities. This practice effectively denies Vermonters access to records to which they are entitled, weakening their ability to hold their government accountable.”Source: ACLU 10.23.2018last_img read more

Camps achieved a 35 percent increase in overnight stays

first_imgFrom the beginning of the year to May 1, more than 1,72 million arrivals and 4,85 million overnight stays were realized, while in just three days of the May Day holidays, 9,7% of total arrivals and 11,8% of total overnight stays of domestic and foreign tourists were realized. so far this year.According to the data from the eVisitor system, the camping sector is from 1.1. to 2.5. realized this year 368.796 overnight stays, which is an increase compared to last year of 34,8%. In the same period, there were 110.783 arrivals, which means that the average length of stay was 3,3 days.Brochure of small camps “OK Mini Camps 2017” published and distributed in record circulation in SloveniaAnd this year, for free for small member camps, thanks to the activities of KUH, a brochure “OK Mini Camps” was published in Slovenian, and distributed in a record edition of as many as 22.000 copies. Prior to that, in the fall of 2016, KUH published the brochure “OK Mini Camps 2017” in 3 languages ​​(English, Dutch and German), in a circulation of 13.000 copies, in cooperation with the small camps that covered the cost of printing, while distribution of KUH was ensured at all the most important fairs in all important emitting markets and through CNTB representative offices.However, KUH points out that there was no possibility of quality fair appearance and distribution through fairs and representative offices in Slovenia, in cooperation with Slovenian partners for the best small camps, the publication of the Slovenian brochure “OK Mini Camps 2017” was ensured, as a special and separately insert of the spring edition of the magazine Fokusplus, ie a special thematic issue “Camping & Caravanning”, which ensured the distribution of the entire edition in May 5, in a (for OK Mini) record edition – 2017 brochures that reached the magazine ( at least) the same number of Slovenian families.”OK Mini Camps” special supplement is made in such a way that it can be – as a self-bound / stapled edition with its own cover – taken out of the magazine and kept as a holiday guide in 2017 in the best small Croatian camps, so we are sure of exceptional promotional value of this project. ” points out Adriano Palman, director of the Croatian Camping Union (KUH)You can download the brochure: OK mini camps in Slovenian herelast_img read more

Enterprise Bank Rolls Out Interactive Teller Machines

first_imgBy CAROL A. CLARKLos Alamos Daily Postcaclark@ladailypost.com Enterprise Bank & Trust is among the first banks to provide Video Teller Machines (VTMs) in the region and is installing nine at various locations throughout Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque – including the Los Alamos National Laboratory campus.“It is so exciting to provide our loyal customer base with state of the art technology,” Los Alamos Market President Liddie Martinez said. “This ITM enables customers to preform their normal and simple cash transactions but offers the option to engage in a deeper, more personalized banking experience.”A VTM is an ATM with the functionality to video conference with a live Enterprise teller.Extended hours and bilingual services are offered at the VTMs, where the user is connected with a remote teller to communicate in real time to perform          a transaction.“It is important to invest in the community and enhance our customer experience, and technological innovation is one of the best ways we can accomplish this goal,” Martinez said. “These VTMs provide many benefits for our customers, including extended hours, paperless transactions and faster transaction time with the addition of our virtual teller team.”Enterprise customers can expect VTM remote tellers available 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. MST, Monday through Saturday and 24-hour ATM Monday through Sunday. The VTMs provide customers added convenience with drive-up access at branch locations and an expanded footprint to receive live teller assistance with their transactions and questions.“We are always looking for new ways to make doing business with us easier and as convenient as possible for our customers,” Martinez said. “The Los Alamos National Laboratory is a perfect partner and location to roll out this new technology because it provides a convenient location for their employees to do their banking.”About Enterprise Bank & Trust Enterprise Financial Services Corp (NASDAQ: EFSC), with approximately $7 billion in assets, is a bank holding company headquartered in Clayton, Mo. Enterprise Bank & Trust operates 34 branch offices in Arizona, Kansas, Missouri and New Mexico. Enterprise Bank & Trust offers a range of business and personal banking services and wealth management services. Enterprise Trust, a division of Enterprise Bank & Trust, provides financial planning, estate planning, investment management and trust services to businesses, individuals, institutions, retirement plans and non-profit organizations. Additional information is available at enterprisebank.com. Member FDIC. Los Alamos Market President Liddie Martinez with the new Video Teller Machine in the drive thru Tuesday at Enterprise Bank & Trust at 1200 Trinty Dr. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.comlast_img read more

Senior Management Changes At MAHLE Group

first_imgAuto and light truck sales continued their rebound in September, when sales were 16.34 million at a seasonally adjusted annual rate. That compares to last September, when they were 17.08 million, and this April when they were 8.71 million. At least for now, the sales rebound has compressed into a couple of months what took a couple of years after the 2008-‘09 recession.  STUTTGART, Germany – The supervisory board ofMAHLE GmbH has appointed Wolf-Henning Scheider as the new chairman of the MAHLE management board, effective July 1, 2015.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementHe will join the MAHLE Group on April 1, 2015, and initially will assume the role of vice chairman of the management board. Wolf-Henning Scheider has been employed at Bosch, the largest global automotive supplier, since 1987. During this time, he has taken on increasingly greater responsibilities within the Bosch organization. In 2010, he was appointed a member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH and since 2013 has had overall responsibility for the automotive technology division.Prof. Dr. Heinz Junker, who has held the role of chairman of the MAHLE Management Board since 1996, will transfer to the supervisory board of MAHLE GmbH and to MABEG, the shareholders’ committee with voting rights, when Scheider takes over as chairman of the management board. Junker will replace the chairman of both committees – Dr. Klaus Bleyer, who has been a member of the supervisory board since 1993.,This “Data Did You Know” item comes from Babcox Media Audience Insights Manager Bruce Kratofil:AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The data is from the US Bureau of Economic Analysis, via the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.last_img read more

World’s largest green H2 plant

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Consider the client

first_imgGet your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Subscribe now for unlimited accesslast_img read more


first_imgTo continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

Occis to head up Port of Rouen

first_imgOccis, who previously served as a deputy sub-director within France’s Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, succeeds Philippe Deiss who has been appointed managing director of Ports Normands Associes (Associated Normandy Ports).As part of his appointment, Occis will also take over the presidency of HAROPA’s Economic Interest Group (EIG) for 2015.  www.haropaports.comlast_img

Man fined for cultivation of cannabis

first_imgLocalNews Man fined for cultivation of cannabis by: Dominica Vibes News – January 23, 2015 Wayne Daniel of Shawford, who pleaded guilty to three drug-related charges when he appeared before Magistrate Bernard Pacquette on Friday 30 January 2015, has been fined two thousand five hundred dollars.Mr Daniel was charged with possession of 554 grams of cannabis, cultivation of 1000 cannabis plants and possession with intent to supply the drug which has a street value of $1221.00.According to information revealed in court by police prosecutor sergeant Davidson Cadette, the police obtained a search warrant for the premises of Wayne Daniel on Tuesday 20 January 2015 based on information indicating that Mr Daniel was in possession of a shotgun.The search was executed about 5:30 am and upon arrival the officers knocked on the door and although Daniel responded, he did not come to open the door. The officers opened the door, went in and found the defendant lying on his bed. The police introduced themselves and informed him of the warrant.Upon searching the bedroom a yellow plastic bag with what appeared to be cannabis was found. He was cautioned and he replied, “weed that there for me to smoke”. As the search continued, more of the drug was found hanging from a line in another room and Daniel was again cautioned.Additionally, thirteen (13) black trays with what appeared to be cannabis seedlings were also found. He was cautioned and said, “That is about 500 trees.” He was arrested for the offense and transported with the alleged drug to the Police Headquarters.The alleged drug was analyzed by the Government analyst and confirmed to be cannabis. Attorney at Law Peter Alleyne who mitigated on Daniel’s behalf, appealed to the court for leniency considering that his client cooperated with the police. Mr Alleyne asked the court to impose a sentence that would discourage Daniel from expanding his cultivation instead of a hefty fine that he cannot pay.“He left his door open suggesting he doesn’t have any enemies, he is a hardworking man,” Mr Alleyne continued.Moreover, Attorney at Law Ronald Charles who said he knew the client personally also pleaded with the magistrate for leniency.“Wayne is a community man; he has been very involved in sports development in the community,” Charles said.But Magistrate Pacquette said “the law is still the law no matter how much society is trying to decriminalize marijuana”.“A message has to be sent that if you are engaged in these activities there will be consequences,” the magistrate said.Daniel was fined $2500.00 for the cultivation of marijuana charge which has to be paid in 6 months and in default of payment he will be sentenced to 6 months in jail.There was no separate penalty for the other charges. Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img Share 226 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more