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UVM Dean Domenico Grasso Featured in EPA Report of Science Advisory Committee Accomplishments

first_imgUVM Dean DomenicoGrasso Featured in EPA Report of Science AdvisoryCommitteeAccomplishmentsA soon-to-bepublished report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ScienceAdvice for EPA – Current and Future Challenges, recognizes the service andaccomplishments of EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) members, including formerSAB Chair and University of Vermont Dean of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences,Domenico Grasso.Dr. Grasso, an environmentalengineer, served as Vice Chair of the overall EPA Science Advisory Board andChair of the EPA Science Advisory Board Committee on Valuing the Protection ofEcological Systems and Services from 1998 through 2007.  He isalso Chair Emeritus of the SAB Committee on EnvironmentalEngineering.  Grasso is featured in the report along with EPAScience Advisory Board colleagues from Harvard, Carnegie-Mellon, Stanford, Georgia Tech, and the WorldBank.EPA’s strategy to reorient the Agency’s ecologicalresearch program around the concept of ecosystem services was evaluated by Dr.Grasso’s committee featured in the report.”Strengthening EPA’s ability to assess the value ofecological protection is a priority for the Agency because life depends onecosystems and the services they provide” says Grasso.  TheCommittee’s goal was to help EPA improve its ability to identify, quantify, andassess the value of the ecological effects of its activities, thereby helpingdecision makers to make more informed choices among environmental policyoptions.  This novel and important approach has”the potential to be transformative for environmental decision making as well asecological science,” according to the report. “I considered my EPAadvisory role a unique chance to serve and strengthen our nation’s scientificabilities and decision-making around environmental and economic issues,” saidGrasso, “It was an honor to work with so many distinguished colleagues fromacross the U.S. and hope our efforts continue to inform and advance the nation’s21st century environmental policies.”On-line of the EPA report are available on thewebsite:http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/WebSABSO/AccomplishmentsRepor…(link is external)Dawn Densmore, Director Outreach & PublicRelationsUVM, College of Engineering and MathematicalSciencesPhone: 802-656-8748last_img read more

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UN secretary general calls for end to coal plant financing, shift to clean energy

first_imgUN secretary general calls for end to coal plant financing, shift to clean energy FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged countries on Thursday to stop financing coal and pledge not to build new coal-fired power plants to enable a shift to clean energy.He spoke at a virtual clean energy transition summit of 40 countries representing 80% of energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. They discussed steps to buoy economies, cut emissions and make energy systems more resilient to climate change. As countries seek to revive their economies from the slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, governments and investors have called for recovery packages to focus in part on green stimulus.The European Union and South Korea have already pledged environmentally-minded recovery programmes. But Guterres said some countries have also used economic packages to support fossil fuel companies that were already struggling financially, and others have chosen to jump-start coal-fired power plants.“Coal has no place in COVID-19 recovery plans,” Guterres said in a videolink speech to the summit, hosted by the International Energy Agency (IEA). He said the business case for renewables was better than for coal in nearly every market and that green jobs and sustainable growth were crucial. Costs for renewables such as wind and solar have plummeted over the last decade.[Nina Chestney, Matthew Green and Timothy Gardner]More: U.N. chief urges end to coal financing to spur clean energy shiftlast_img read more

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June 1, 2006 On the Move

first_img June 1, 2006 On the Move On the Move Leonard G. Rubin formed Leonard G. Rubin, P.A., at 701 Northpoint Pkwy, Ste. 209 in West Palm Beach 33401. The phone number is (561) 721-1683. The firm represents municipalities and private individuals in all aspects of local government. Terence G. “Terry” Connor joined Hunton & Williams’ Miami office as partner and co-head of the labor and employment practice. Michael D. Crosbie joined American Leisure Holdings, Inc., as executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary. Tina Dunsford joined Fowler White Boggs Banker as a shareholder. Dunsford’s practice includes corporate representation of hospital systems and physician practices. The Rosenthal Law Firm relocated to 212 Pasadena Place, Ste. A, Orlando 32803. The phone number is (407) 488-1220 and the fax number is (407) 488-1221. Scott Leeds, J.B. Spence, Jack Paris, and Jonathan Colby have all joined The Cochran Firm-Miami as partners. Daniel P. Osterndorf was made partner in Gronek & Latham’s commercial litigation practice group in Orlando. Sharon Calix Tiffany joined Fowler White Boggs Banker as an associate practicing all areas of insurance coverage litigation. Robert E. Johnson joined GrayRobinson’s Tampa office as a shareholder and will focus his practice in the areas of complex civil and probate litigation. H. Wesley Reeder and T. Shane Rowe were appointed as directors of Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon in Pensacola. Brett A. Marlowe joined Page, Eichenblatt, Bernbaum & Bennett in Orlando as an associate and will focus on construction and commercial litigation. Robert M. Mitchell joined Bush Graziano & Rice in Tampa as of counsel. Andrés Rivero, Eduardo Palmer, and Jorge A. Mestre formed Rivero Palmer & Mestre. They will focus on representing corporate and institutional clients in complex commercial disputes. Alan B. Fields joined the First American Title Insurance Company as state counsel for the state of Florida. Fields will be responsible for underwriting and special projects. Robert A. Segal moved his practice to 2955 Pineda Causeway, Ste. 209 in Melboune 32940. The phone number is (321) 757-6906 and the fax number is (321) 242-1350. Segal will continue to accept referrals in all family law related cases. Cesar A. Sastre was named general counsel for Bass Underwriters in Plantation. Neil P. Anthony was promoted to partner at the law office of William W. Price. Subsequently, the firm’s name changed to Price & Anthony. Amanda L. Brock joined Henderson Franklin as an associate in the Ft. Myers office and will concentrate her practice on environmental and land use law and coastal construction law. Scott L. McMullen, Joanne O’Connor, and Mark Dahlmeier have advanced at Jones Foster. McMullen was selected as firm officer and O’Connor and Dahlmier have been made shareholders. Deborah B. Ansbro of Gronek & Latham was appointed a county court judge for Orange County by Gov. Jeb Bush. Robert N. Hogan II joined Gary, Dytrych & Ryan in North Palm Beach and will continue to focus his practice on civil litigation, personal injury, wrongful death, and real estate law. Jeanne Vagell Rowlee joined Rudolf & Hoffman in Ft. Lauderdale as an associate. Rowlee will focus her practice on probate, trust and guardianship administration, and litigation matters. Adam K. Feldman was elected shareholder at Patterson, Anderson & Feldman and practices in the areas of commercial and residential real estate, commercial lending, and community association and general corporate law. Alyson M. Innes became an associate with Killgore, Pearlman, Stamp, Ornstein & Squires in Orlando. Tami L. Diebel joined Hannah, Estes & Ingram as an associate practicing in the areas of insurance defense and medical malpractice defense. The Law Offices of Carlos A. Velasquez relocated to 101 N. Pine Island Rd., Ste. 201 in Plantation 33324. The firm will continue its practice in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, wrongful death, general civil lititgation, commercial litigation, and immigration. Sandra M. Ferrera was named partner at Meland Russin & Budwick in Miami. Ferrera represents developers, investors, and lenders in large and complex transactions. Richard W. Bassett and John M. O’Malley have joined McFarlane & Dolan’s Coral Springs office as litigation associates. Kathy J. Tayon joined Fowler White Boggs Banker’s Boca Raton office. Tayon’s health care practice includes negotiating, documenting, and closing a wide array of transactions. Raja & Kret moved to 20801 Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 403, Aventura 33180. The phone number is (305) 932-6188 and the fax number is (786) 923-0271. The firm continues to focus on real estate transactions, residential and commercial closings, title work, landlord/tenant law, and mortgage law. Marc B. Cohen and Chad S. Paiva joined Adorno & Yoss and will work in both the West Palm Beach and Stuart offices. Cohen has extensive experience in retail and commercial collections and Paiva will practice primarily in the area of collections. Michael B. Kirwan joined Foley & Lardner as of counsel. He will be a member of the business law department and the transactional and securities practice group. Scott Vezina joined McIntosh Sawran Peltz & Cartaya’s Ft. Lauderdale office as an associate. He has experience in medical malpractice, insurance coverage, and products liability matters. Brian L. Thompson and John R. Cummings formed Thompson & Cummings. Their office is at 500 E. Kennedy Blvd, Ste. 101 in Tampa. The phone number is (813) 908-4013 and the fax number is (813) 908-4014. The firm practices personal injury, criminal defense, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, and family law. Joseph W. Beasley, Hugh J. Connolly IV, Stephanie E. Demos, Susan S. Lerner, and Andrew D. Stone have all become members of Josephs Jack and Helen Leen Miranda has become managing partner. D. Scott Baker joined Zimmerman, Kiser & Sutcliffe’s Orlando office as an associate, representing clients in the areas of land use, zoning, and real estate transactions. John M. Cooney and Ebony J.E. Calloway have joined Arnstein & Lehr’s Ft. Lauderdale office: Cooney as a lateral partner and Calloway as an associate. Cooney’s practice involves both complex commercial and tort litigation and Calloway’s practice focuses on municipal/local government law and commercial litigation. Janet T. Munn joined the Miami office of Shutts & Bowen as a partner in the firm’s litigation department. Mark E. Walker opened The Law Offices of Mark E. Walker on 215 S. Monroe St, Ste. 400 in Tallahassee 32301. Walker will specialize in personal injury law, civil litigation, and criminal defense. Eugene P. Samuels joined the Envision group of health care companies as vice president and general counsel.The Envision group offers healthcare services nationwide ranging from pharmacy benefits management to medical plans. Gene can be reached at (305) 418-7512 or at GSamuels@envisionrx.com Keith M. Hanenian opened the Hanenian Law Firm located at 64 Sarasota Center Blvd., Sarasota 34240. The phone number is (941) 952-9200 and the fax number is (941) 952-9220. Joel D. Kenwood and John O. McKirchy joined Sachs Sax Klein ; Kenwood will practice in the areas of business, real estate, construction defect, and general commercial litigation law while McKirchy will practice in the areas of land use and governmental law. David J. Akins, A. Felipe Guerrero, and Jessica L.H. Tupis are making moves at Dean Mead. Akins became a shareholder in the firm’s Orlando office; Guerrero joined the Orlando office as an associate; and Tupis joined the Viera office as an associate. Lee Taylor Mercado and Mira Berry partnered to form Mercado & Berry at 206 E. First St., Ste. 201 in Sanford. Their phone number is (407) 328-6930 and they will focus on criminal defense, family law, juveniles, bankruptcy, and wills. David C. Schwartz joined the firm of Fowler White Boggs Banker as a shareholder concentrating his practice of mediation in state and federal courts. Ted R. Brown, Matthew S. Smith, Allison E. Turnbull, and Chris Hamilton joined Baker Hostetler’s Orlando office. Brown and Smith joined as partners, and Turnbull and Hamilton joined as associates. Stein, Rosenberg & Stein moved to 1499 W. Palmetto Park Rd., Ste. 300 in Boca Raton 33486. The phone number is (561) 368-0888 and the fax number is (561) 368-2010. John Fraser Himes and Frederique B. Boire joined to form Himes & Boire, located at 101 E. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 2430 in Tampa, 33602. The phone number is (813) 261-4700 and the fax number is (813) 261-4707. Tom McAleavey joined Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed as a partner. McAleavey intends to concentrate his practice on the representation of companies headquartered in the Orlando area. David R. Softness joined Buchanan Ingersoll as a shareholder in its Miami office and will represent large corporations in general creditors’ rights and commercial litigation matters. McClain & Alfonso is changing its name to McClain, Alfonso, Meeker & Dunn and will continue to practice general civil and litigation areas. Trevor Rhodes joined Fowler White Boggs Banker as an associate in the general trial practice group. Andrew Robins, Susan Robin, Michelle Oms, Michael Rodriguez, and Marissa Samuel joined Proskauer Rose’s Boca Raton office. Anthony Casareale and Mario Iglesias have joined Akerman Senterfitt as shareholders; Casareal in the Miami office and Iglesias in the Ft. Lauderdale office. Lisa D. Taylor has become a partner with Stern & Kilcullen in Roseland, New Jersey, where she will continue her health care practice. Francis Harkins was elected vice president and general counsel of The New Piper Aircraft, Inc., in Vero Beach. Sue Jacobson joined Kirk-Pinkerton in Sarasota. Venus A. Zilieris joined Schwarzberg Spector Duke, et al and will focus on commercial litigation, employment law, insurance coverage disputes, healthcare litigation, and appellate practice. Amy Lewis Bergen joined Henderson Franklin’s Bonita Springs office as an associate. Lewis Bergen will practice with the business and tax division, focusing on health care law. Alfred “Jib” Bell, Jr. joined the Accident Law Offices of Philip DeBerard and will practice in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death. Scott L. Reed joined deBeaubien, Knight, Simmons, Mantzaris & Neal as an associate. Nicholas B. Cox joined Bush Graziano & Rice as of counsel. His primary practice areas will be the defense of medical malpractice, products liability, and other long-term care claims. Carrie Weintraub joined Holland & Knight’s Tampa office as director of attorney recruiting. Jonathan Z. Schiller joined Brinkley, McNerney, Morgan, Solomon & Tatum’s Ft. Lauderdale office as an associate. Schiller’s practice focuses primarily on marital and family law. T’anjuiming A. Marx has become an associate at Grower, Ketcham, Rutherford, et al in Orlando. Bona M. Kim joined Allen, Norton & Blue as an associate. Amy Cohen joined Shapiro, Blasi, Wasserman & Gora’s Boca Raton office and will specialize in family law. Ford & Harrison in Jacksonville launched its new human resource consulting subsidiary, F&H Solutions Group, to complement its law practice. Marsha C. Massey joined the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Enforcement Division in Washington, D.C. Bruce A. Rosenthal joined Ferrell Law in Miami as a partner in their appellate and trial practice. Christopher D. Brown is opening a Miami branch of Cozen O’Connor at 200 S. Biscayne Blvd, Ste. 4410, 33131. The phone number is (305) 704-5940. Thomas A. Falkinburg was promoted to senior general attorney with the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights in Atlanta. Paul E. Berg joined the Kennedy Law Group and will be concentrating his practice on all types of personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice. Bryant E. Esquenazi opened the Law Offices of Bryant E. Esquenazi at 150 Alhambra Circle, Ste. 1150, Coral Gables 33134. The phone number is (305) 444-8856His firm specializes in personal injury litigation, including products liability, wrongful death and medical malpractice. Kenneth Mathews joined Levin Tannenbaum. He will focus his practice in all aspects of civil litigation in the areas of construction, real estate, and business litigation. Daniel R. Kurland joined Wasserstrom, Weinreb & Wealcatch as an associate. Kurland will focus on corporate and securities matters and real estate. Vincent P. Beilman joined Phelps Dunbar’s Tampa office as an associate. He will work in the firm’s regional commercial litigation practice group. Missy Turra was appointed to serve as executive partner of Holland & Knight’s Jacksonville office. Robin L. Pekkala joined Carlton Fields’ West Palm Beach office and will practice in the firm’s product and toxic tort liability group. Adam Friedenberg joined Genovese Joblove & Battista as an associate. Friedenberg specializes in complex commercial litigation. Jeffrey A. Timmerman joined Lapp, Libra, Thomson, et al. in Minneapolis as an associate where he will practice in the areas of general commercial and corporate litigation, securities arbitration, first amendment litigation, bankruptcy and corporate and transactional law. Len Haberman joined The Law Offices of Aronberg & Aronberg in Delray Beach. Juan J. Farach joined Shubin & Bass as counsel. He will concentrate on litigating real estate, land use, and construction disputes. A. Felipe Guerrero joined Dean Mead’s Orlando office as an associate in the commercial real estate department. June 1, 2006 On the Movelast_img read more

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Leveraging the credit union difference to advance our movement

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Going back more than four decades, PSCU was established for collaboration and scale on behalf of credit unions and their members. Our commitment to the “people helping people” values of the credit union movement is strengthened by ensuring our PSCU staff understand the history and philosophy of the movement, as well as the current issues impacting credit unions and their members.We are proudly growing the number of PSCU Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) on staff, each who have studied the development issues that affect our communities. Our CUDE graduates emerge thoroughly motivated to see where they can make an impact. PSCU also actively and enthusiastically supports and endorses CUDE projects – it is part of who we are.Fostering Development EducationPartnering with the National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation), we developed “The Credit Union Difference: CU Principles & Philosophies” training course for our staff. To date, more than half of PSCU’s 2,200 employees have completed the course.last_img read more

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US banks tightened loan standards in first quarter as coronavirus outbreak took hold

first_img“Banks reported that the changes in standards and demand across loan categories reported for the first quarter occurred late in March as the economic outlook shifted when news emerged about the rapid global spread of COVID-19,” the US central bank said in its quarterly survey, referring to the respiratory disease caused by the virus.The latter half of March was when US states and local governments shut non-essential businesses and issued “stay-at-home” orders to limit the spread of the virus.Since then, such businesses have struggled to stay afloat, leading to actions by US lawmakers and the Federal Reserve to try and limit the fallout and stave off a wave of bankruptcies.The US Small Business Administration has processed over 3.8 million loans for more than half a trillion dollars since the launch of the Paycheck Protection Program on April 3, the government agency said on Sunday. The program is designed to provide forgivable, government-guaranteed loans to small businesses shuttered by the outbreak. Loan officers at US banks reported significantly tightening standards and terms on business loans in the first three months of the year as the coronavirus outbreak in the United States began to shutter large parts of the economy and millions became newly unemployed.The officers also said in the Federal Reserve survey released on Monday that there was greater demand for business loans from medium- and large-sized firms, but that business loan demand from small businesses was roughly unchanged.Banks reported tightening standards across all three consumer loan categories — credit card loans, auto loans, and other consumer loans – but saw weaker demand for them during the same period. The central bank said last week it would soon open its “Main Street Lending Facility,” with US$600 billion in loans available to companies with up to 15,000 employees and $5 billion in revenue.Since early March, the Fed has pumped trillions into US financial markets to try and keep credit flowing to businesses and households. It has launched numerous crisis-fighting programs, slashed interest rates to near zero and resumed large-scale asset purchases.US banks previously reported keeping loan standards mostly unchanged for many business loans and commercial real estate loans in the fourth quarter of last year.In tightening standards, loan officers cited a deteriorating or more uncertain economic outlook, a worsening of industry-specific problems, and reduced tolerance for risk.They also said due to the effects of the coronavirus outbreak they “were focused on existing clients rather than granting loans to new clients.”The Fed surveyed loan officers at 67 domestic banks and 22 US branches and agencies of foreign banks.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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OA plays host to Maverick Challenge

first_imgOldenburg, IN—The Maverick Challenge, a business planning competition was hosted at Oldenburg Academy on December 13, 2019. Community judges adjudicated the 19 students based on the business plans and products they created for the competition. Oldenburg Academy had nine teams compete and was the only school competing this year in both Franklin and Ripley Counties.The Maverick Challenge was started in 2008 by the Columbus Indiana Chamber of Commerce and has been a growing program since. The competition is intended to simulate the real-world process of entrepreneurs soliciting start-up funds from early-stage investors, successful entrepreneurs and community leaders. Oldenburg Academy Assistant Principal Jonathon Maple is the head of the Franklin/Ripley County competition and leads the challenge at the school, “OA is thrilled to participate in the Maverick Challenge – this is a real-world learning experience that provides students with many skills beyond the business plan.” Students had the opportunity to work with business and community mentors as well as experience feedback from professional judges.The winners were announced, and they received cash prizes. Third place winner, which received $100 – Babysitting Brokerage, a babysitting app which was created by Allison Storms and Ben Kraus; this application would allow babysitters and parents to connect – this was focused on the southeastern Indiana market. Second place, $200, went to Claire Horan, Phoebe Kroen and Faith Sullivan, who created the company Just the Essentials – an essential based oil sock company. The first-place winner received $500 and went to a company that could save lives in the future – a retractable oxygen cord company which was called O2Go. This was presented by GiGi Dreyer, Alexa Miles, and Kathryn Wilder.  “This was another great year – it is amazing to see all of the clever ideas and the thought and passion that students put into creating their businesses.” Maple commented. “We are seeing the growing need of entrepreneurship in the local area – it is our hope that this will spark a passion with students locally.”  The top team will move on to the Spring Maverick Challenge Regional Competition, where nine counties will compete against each other, hosted by Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce. They then have a chance to move on to the state competition at Ball State University, called Innovate WithIN.Genesis Pathways To Success out of Ripley County, Franklin County Community Foundation, Oldenburg Academy and the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce all sponsor the challenge. “We truly cannot have this without their support and assistance, we are so grateful to live and work in such a supportive community,” Maple commented. Anyone interested in participating in the Maverick Challenge can contact Maple at jmaple@oldenburgacademy.orglast_img read more

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State employed registered nurses sue for unpaid overtime

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A group of nurses working at Iowa prisons and other state-run facilities who have not been paid overtime for two years have sued the state and Gov. Kim Reynolds.The five women filing suit say the state is violating federal and state laws. They are seeking class-action status on behalf of as many as 700 registered nurses working for state agencies.The state court lawsuit filed June 28 seeks an order requiring the state to pay overtime going forward, past unpaid compensation and other damages and costs.The women said Monday the state refuses to pay registered nurses for overtime even though their jobs require them to work beyond 40 hours a week and other nurses working with them are paid overtime.A spokesman says the governor declines to comment.last_img read more

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Federal Prosecutors on Prince Andrew: “Hand Andy Over”

first_imgFederal prosecutors in New York want to question Prince Andrew under oath as they continue their criminal investigation into sex trafficking charges against late financier Jeffrey Epstein. The Prince, who was a long time friend of Epstein, has been accused by one woman of sexual abuse when she was 17-years old. The feds have made a formal request to the British government to interview Prince Andrew who says the allegations are untrue.Prince Andrew has not been forthcoming with the US prosecutors and refuses to speak with them. So now they are forcing his hand.He may have to go to a magistrate’s court in the UK to make a statement possibly not under oath.The 66-year-old Epstein died by suicide last summer while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.Prosecutors say Epstein preyed on dozens of underage girls in New York and Florida. Netflix has released a new documentary called “Filthy Rich” about Epstein’s exploits especially in South Florida.Also a new book has just been released, “Prince Andrew: Epstein and the Monarchy” by Nigel Cawthorne.last_img read more

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