Vermont receives $756K in carbon credits, governor announces $188,000 in Climate Change Grants

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas today announced Vermont has received $756,000 in the latest round of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative auctions and that 17 energy efficiency projects across the state have received $188,000 in the first round of funding from the Vermont Community Climate Change Grant Program.Vermont is one of 10 states in the Northeast to participate in the auction process. Power producers must buy the credits to offset their CO2 production. Vermont has been allocated 1.2 million credits a year. A Vermont Public Service Board panel will determine how the money is spent for energy efficiency programs. Vermont can be proud of its leadership role on the issue of climate change, the Governor said. All told, the emissions savings from these projects is the equivalent of not burning 25,000 gallons of heating oil or not driving 500,000 miles a year. The funding for this initiative comes from the first installment of Vermont s $1.8 million, five-year settlement payout against American Electric Power Corp., the nation s largest operator of coal-fired power plants. The grant program will fund another round of projects in late spring. The deadline to apply is May 1.center_img From Brattleboro to Wells River and from Burlington to Poultney, the renewable energy and efficiency projects announced by the governor on Friday will reduce a combined 270 tons of carbon emissions annually, while boosting Vermont s local economy with investments and lower fuel costs. The projects include:Rumney School in Middlesex: $12,000 to seal and insulate the school. Annual emissions reduction 22 tons.Town of Waterbury: $12,000 to replace boilers at the town offices, town library and wastewater treatment facility. Annual emissions reduction 12 tons.CarShare Vermont, Burlington: $12,000 toward the purchase of a hybrid automobile. Annual emissions reduction 24 tons.Town of Williston: $12,000 to insulate, weatherize and replace lighting and sensor controls. Annual emissions reduction 14 tons.Enosburg Elementary School: $12,000 to replace all light fixtures in the school. Annual emissions reduction 24 tons.Town of Westford: $5,580 for weatherization and upgrades to lighting and HVAC. Annual emissions reduction 3 tons.Ascension Lutheran Church, South Burlington: $11,108 to replace the boiler. Annual emissions reduction 8 tons.SERG (Sustainable Energy Resource Group), ThetfordCenter: $12,000 for weatherization and training. Annual emissions reduction 2 tons.Randolph Area Community Development Corp.: $12,000 for efficient lighting, solar hot water and new windows at Joslyn House, affordable shared senior housing, and Ayers Brook Center preschool.Community Climate Action: $12,000 for Mow Down Pollution mower exchange program in Brattleboro and Upper Valley communities. Annual emissions reduction 12 tons.Calais Elementary School: $12,000 to replace inefficient lighting. Annual emissions reduction 25 tons.Poultney Village: $12,000 to replace the water pump in its village water system. Annual emissions reduction 9 tons.Bristol Elementary School: $12,000 to replace lighting in 30 classrooms, three hallways and two offices. Annual emissions reduction 24 tons.Blue Mountain Supervisory Union, WellsRiver: $12,000 for a photovoltaic system. Annual emissions reduction 1 ton.HartlandElementary School: $12,000 to replace lighting. Annual emissions reduction 31 tons.Brattleboro Union High School: $12,000 to replace lighting. Annual emissions reduction 24.5 tons.Town of Dorset: $3,960 for weatherization of the town offices. Annual emissions reduction 1 ton.last_img read more

Jamaica welcomes more than 1 million visitors through May 2018

first_imgJamaica is reporting an increase in visitor arrivals to the island with Tourism Minister Edmund Bartley on Tuesday saying stopover arrivals for the first five months of this year had surpassed the one million mark.Increase in stopover visitors and cruise arrivals  Bartlett said the island also welcomed an estimated 1,025,997 stopover visitors, representing a 5.5 per cent increase over the same period last year and that cruise arrivals also increased by 5.5 per cent for a total of 933,892.“Having a million stopover tourist arrivals for the first five months of the year is truly unprecedented. These provisional estimates mean that over 52,000 more tourists arrived on our shores over the same period for 2017. It also means that we are on track to welcoming at least 4.6 million visitors for 2018, which is yet another record,” Bartlett said.“Jamaica’s tourism continues to prove itself to be resilient and robust. I am pleased that through the hard work of our team and sector workers, and continued diversification of our product to focus on experiential tourism, Jamaica remains a world-class destination that is highly sought after.”Helps foreign exchange earningBartlett said that the increased visitor arrivals has also resulted in a “significant increase in foreign exchange earnings for the period.”He said that the foreign exchange earnings stood at US$1.36 billion, up from US$1.9billion, a nine per cent increase.“As the main driver of economic growth, tourism is consistently showing its impact on economies locally, regionally and globally,” Bartlett added.last_img read more

WCQ 2018: Comoros to face Ghana,Sellas Tetteh’s Sierra Leone lose out

first_imgThe tiny island nation of the Comoros and  Chad both unexpectedly advanced to the second round of Africa’s World Cup preliminaries with away goal triumphs in qualifying matches on Tuesday.They were joined by Botswana, Burundi, Liberia, Madagascar, Namibia, Niger and Mauritania while Djibouti failed to arrive for their tie in Swaziland.Comoros booked a second round knockout tie against Ghana next month after they held Lesotho to a 1-1 draw in Maseru, netting a vital away goal after a 0-0 draw in last week’s first leg.French-born Mohamed Mchangama scored 20 minutes from time for the Indian Ocean island nation.Chad  qualified despite losing 2-1 to Sierra Leone in the second leg of their preliminary round tie.The match was played in Port Harcourt, Nigeria because there is a ban on international football in the Ebola-affected Sierra Leone. Chad had won last week’s first leg 1-0 and doubled the aggregate score when Leger Djimrangar netted just before half-time.Sierra Leone left it late with two goals but needed a third to advance.Mauritania and Niger both won 4-0 at home to dispatch South Sudan and Somalia respectively while William Jebor scored a hat-trick as Liberia won 3-1 away in Guinea Bissau for a 4-2 aggregate triumph.Swaziland, who were 6-0 winners away in Djibouti last week, were left twiddling their thumbs after Djibouti were stranded in Nairobi with visa problems.“We are going to discuss the way forward concerning the match but it is likely to be played within the next 48 hours,” said Frederick Mngomezulu, the chief executive of the Swaziland football association. If Djibouti do not arrive by Wednesday, however, Swaziland will get a walkover to confirm their second round meeting with giants Nigeria, officials added.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

1983 WHS Grad Garrison Hullinger is now a nationally renown interior designer in Portland, Ore.

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +9 Vote up Vote down WHSFAN · 382 weeks ago Great story…keep them coming CUE! Report Reply 0 replies · active 382 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down janejane · 382 weeks ago Thant’s my boy. Go G. Report Reply 0 replies · active 382 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Caped Crusader · 382 weeks ago Love this series Cue! Congrats Garrison. Keep making Wellington proud! Report Reply 0 replies · active 382 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Redkitty · 381 weeks ago This is a wonderful story.Its nice to read articles like this, makes us forget about all the bad things in the world, even if for just a moment. Thanks! Report Reply 0 replies · active 381 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 2. A lot of things have happened with your business, just over the last year. Tell us a little about what the business has been able to achieve over the past 12 months.At the end of 2011 I had five employees and we were mostly working on a few new home builds and remodels but mostly helping people furnish their existing homes. The real estate market wasn’t making a come-back and families were making the decisions to stay in their home and finish spaces that would make their life more comfortable. As we’re coming into 2013 consumer confidence is back up and we are extremely busy with projects in Oregon and Washington.Our company now has 12 employees and we have many projects in a variety of stages of design/build and four of those homes are over 12,000 square feet and each have over nine bathrooms. I am also known in the design/build industry as a social marketing expert with over 40,000 twitter followers and recent articles in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal highlighting my use of the internet and social media to promote my business. One of the kitchen’s I designed was recently used on Lowe’s marketing materials for a $50,000 dream kitchen give away with Houzz.com.Kitchen featured in Lowe’s ad this year.3. What would you say has been the key to your success? We’re very fortunate to work with wonderful clients that appreciate the practicality and beauty that we bring to their home and many of those clients add to our success by giving us wonderful referrals to others. I’m told very often that my personality doesn’t always match the serious and meticulous image that is created on my website or in the magazine articles…I think people are surprised to learn how amiable I am that I am looking out for their best interest on their project.4. Do you feel the true ingredient to success in business, is to have passion for a specific talent, or to have a keen business mind and common sense? It’s great for a person to have a passion about a business but sometimes that passion can be ill-placed if there is no business plan. My years at The Gap headquarters has had an influence on how I run my business. I am very aware of what my strengths and at the same time I am quick to make changes, if I try something and it doesn’t work, I move on and try a different strategy. I have been told that I am probably an “early adapter” otherwise I will change course quickly and hold steady when appropriate. I don’t have a college degree and all my employees hold degrees and have years and years of experience in their profession. It is so important to hire the right people with the skills that I don’t have and not to hire someone because they are a friend or you want to ‘help them out’. I am able to take my experience and opinion on home design and formulate a big picture idea then I hand that idea off to one of my associate or junior designers and they have the technical skill to implement and follow through with the plan.5. Obviously, Wellington and Portland, Oregon are worlds apart. Do you think your experiences in Wellington has made you successful in Oregon? Why? I feel fortunate that I grew up in Wellington with a family that believed in working hard and enjoying a simple life of family activities. I was involved in scouting at an early age and many school activities and then went on to work at Dillon’s when I was in high school. I think the personal interaction we had to have with our customers was a great training ground for engaging with clients in an honest but friendly manner. I also think the work ethic I learned as a young adult has made me not only a successful person but also a great employer.6. What advice to you have for people wishing to start business in interior design? It’s not for the weary…if you make a mistake it can be expensive. I think partnering with someone you trust and that likes your aesthetics is a great way to start. Many times contractors are asked by their clients to pick out flooring, tile, countertops and even paint for a project and they’re not comfortable doing this…if you could partner with a contractor and help with surface and material selections you have a great way of making the project look so much better and making the client happy that you’re sure to get referrals to help others. I also think working at a furniture store is a great way to gain experience in home design.I travel to Las Vegas, Hight Point, NC and NYC several times a year to shop for furnishings and get new ideas…a person wanting to start a design business might find a lot of opportunity at a furniture store.7. What advice do you have for the youth of Sumner County and what they must have to be successful in life?We have dozens of college and high school students that come to my firm each year wanting to learn more about our business and we also rotate through 8-10 post graduate interns a year for those looking for experience in our field and the people we see being successful have a few similar traits.Figure out what makes you happy or what types of things make you happy. I also say you have to be involved in your community, push yourself to volunteer with people that are outside of your small circle of friends/family. I think you also have to be honest with yourself and follow your dreams, if you have an artistic ability I think it’s really important to explore it even when others may not see the opportunity in the future.I hear many people say that the Millennial Generation group is too plugged in to technology but I think you just have to have some balance in your life and take the change and disengage with your ipod and get out and experience something totally different in your community.Garrison Hullinger is a 1983 graduate of Wellington High School.If you know of a Wellington High School graduate who is doing something spectacular somewhere other than Sumner County send us an email at [email protected] 1. Tell us a little bit about your Interior Design business and how you got into that chosen field of work? After attending Oklahoma Christian University for a couple of years, I started working in retail in Oklahoma City with Dillard’s and then moved to Dallas and worked for Neiman Marcus and then had a long career with The Gap, Inc. I started managing stores in the Dallas area before relocating to many different locations opening high volume Old Navy stores in the mid 1990’s eventually ending up at Headquarters in San Francisco and developed technology and store systems for Old Navy.My story is slightly nontraditional in the way I came to developing my business. I was involved in a work-related accident in 1999 and suffered a traumatic brain injury. I was in therapy and rehab for just over four years learning to read, speak, write and walk again after the accident. I had 20+ hours of therapy a week the first year and a half of my recovery and slowly my short-term memory got better and the therapists developed a program for me to remodel a bathroom as part of my recovery.Growing up my father was an avid do it yourself guy, always working with my uncle to remodel our home and work on other family member’s homes and it was an easy transition to get me back to handling tools and improving my home in San Francisco.After buying and remodeling different homes in San Francisco, it became apparent to others that my new found talent was to remodel homes..doing it in a budget mindful manner but also in a way that was very pleasing to others. After selling the second home that was remodeled the realtor turned to me and said “Garrison you know you can do this with other people’s money, right?”It was a great idea but I still had a big move to make to really restart my life and that was moving to Portland, Ore. Portland had a slower pace and was much more affordable for buying properties and remodeling them. I spent over a year of remodeling a newly purchased 1909 Foursquare craftsman home and in the process my new realtor dropped by and couldn’t believe the transformation. He tipped off a location scout that I had recently remodeled the house and after the photographers checked out the home they started pitching it to different magazines and I think it has been published seven different times since 2006.After getting published a few times new opportunities opened up and I briefly worked part-time for a designer as an assistant and I help with the creative development of a large lighting manufacturer that was trying to create a new magazine styled catalog. I started taking on friend’s jobs and then in the fall of 2009 I was approached to design and select all the finishes for a 6,800 square foot Parade of Homes show home in the spring of 2009.center_img by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It has been quite a year for Garrison Hullinger, the son of Ruth Hare and the late Farrell Hullinger of Wellington. The 1983 Wellington High School graduate is an owner of a Portland, Ore. interior design company. The company at 12 employees strong helps people furnish and design their homes. His work has been recently featured in Lowe’s marketing materials for a $50,000 dream kitchen give away.Garrison HullingerHullinger is also known as a social marketing expert in the design/build industry with over 40,000 twitter followers (follow him at #GHIDinc). He also just won the Jackson Design and Remodeling best blogger of the year for Interior Design (see his website here: http://garrisonhullinger.com/So how did Hullinger, who grew up in Wellington – not exactly the mecca of interior design – make such a name for himself on a national stage?Well it’s an interesting story. Here are a few questions we asked him about his ascension to success. last_img read more

Wellington boys keep AV-CTL DIV title hopes alive with Circle sweep

first_img1234567R HE Follow us on Twitter. Circle0001000162 Wellington200010X360 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments WP – Phelps. LP – Coulter. Save – Condit Circle0000200234 Game #2 Wellington 3 Circle 1 WP- Nance. LP- Scherenberg. HR- Circle: Ellison, Wellington: Dunn Wellington220142X1190 Game #1 Wellington 11 Circle 2 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington boys baseball team kept its league title hopes alive with a doubleheader sweep against Circle Thursday at Sellers Park. The victory sweep improved the Dukes to 9-5 and 7-1 in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV. They are currently in a battle with Andale-Garden Plain for the league title.Freshman Cade Phelps in game two.The Indians are 5-1 and travels to Wichita Collegiate tonight. They will then play at Mulvane on May 7. Wellington hosts Clearwater on the same day.On Thursday, the Crusaders won the first game 11-2 and followed that up with a thrilling 3-1 victory in the nightcap.Wellington took advantage of four Circle errors while generating nine hits in game one. Austin Dunn also had himself a home run.Crusaders were in cruise control getting two runs in the first and two runs in the second. Eventually they held a 5-0 lead after four innings. The Thunderbirds would narrow the lead to two in the top of the fifth. But a four-run output in the bottom of the fifth secured victory for the Dukes. Trevor Nance was the winning pitcher striking out 10 Circle batters, while allowing just three hits and walking five.The second game did not come as easily for the Crusaders, who were in a defensive tussle.Wellington opened the game with a 2-0 lead with Connor Phelps and Wesley Gilmore scoring off Circle errors.Cameron Bartelson with the critical tag in the fifth.But scoring became a premium thereafter. In the fourth inning, Circle made its move and scored a run by Chase Ellison.Then in the fifth, Circle loaded the bases with one out. However, Wellington catcher Cameron Bartelson tagged the runner at third to prevent a score and Wellington left the top half of the inning still clutching to a 2-1 lead.The bottom half of the inning had an interesting sequence in which Wesley Gilmore had rounded to second but then got caught in a rundown between second and third with two outs. How he escaped that situation was an act of Houdini. In his race back to second base he escaped a near Circle tag. In fact the Thunderbirds were running back to the dugout when the umpire called him safe.Wesley Gilmore escapes a rundown.Nance would then bat him home to make it 3-1. Nobody scored in the final two innings.Freshman Cade Phelps was the winning pitcher in game two. He allowed six hits, but no walks, and strikeout eight in 6.1 innings pitched. Adam Condit came in relief in the final inning.Wellington, which was plagued with errors on Monday against Buhler, was errorless Thursday. Wellington hosts Winfield Thursday in a non-league contest.More detailed stats of the doubleheader can be found here:Photo gallery of the games can be found here: 1234567R HElast_img read more

Democratic lawmakers seek 3 immediate criminal justice reforms

first_imgDES MOINES — A group of Democrats in the Iowa legislature is urging the governor and Republican leaders to immediately pass three criminal justice reforms, starting by banning law enforcement from using choke holds.Representative Ras Smith of Waterloo said the state attorney general and county attorneys should be given clear authority to investigate cases of police misconduct.“No one law will end racism or end inequities that we face,” Smith said during a news conference. “This won’t happen overnight, but today we can begin to respond to the crisis, to bring justice for George Floyd and work for the day where no Iowan has to live in fear of becoming another hashtag.”The third action the group seeks is a ban on hiring police officers with a history of serious misconduct.“This is where we turn our outrage into organizing,” Smith said. “This is where we turn our organizing into ordinances that make sure that our state, our union are more fair than they’ve ever been.”The group of lawmakers invited Yena Balekyani, a young woman who’s been protesting in Des Moines, to speak at their news conference on the state capitol steps.“I am holding you guys accountable,” she said. “I will be here and if this does not pass, I will be in the streets. We will be out here every single night until black lives matter.”Democratic lawmakers say it’s clear they now “have the ear” of Republican Governor Kim Reynolds, who said earlier this week she’s working on legislation to address racial profiling, but Representative Smith and others say it’s time for action now, not six months from now.“And we’ll continue to ask for her support and push her to make sure that she helps us to make sure that every Iowan is treated equitably,” Smith told reporters.The governor, during a news conference inside the capitol half an hour later, these and other racial justice proposals are worth developing into legislation.“But you can’t fix it overnight,” Reynolds said, “and we are making progress.”Reynolds said she’s committed to having ongoing conversations about constructive policy changes, including the three outlined today.“It doesn’t mean no. It doesn’t mean it can’t continue to move forward, but it also doesn’t mean that if we can’t done in a week that we’re done,” Reynolds said. “We’re going to continue to have those conversations. We’re going to continue to work on it and we’re going to address the concerns that we’re hearing from Iowans.”Black Lives Matter protesters in Des Moines are planning a march to the state Capitol tonight.last_img read more