Vermont Law School continues FEMA assistance for residents

first_imgVermont Law School,Vermont Law School’s Land Use Clinic and South Royalton Legal Clinic are continuing to help residents to fill out FEMA applications for Tropical Storm Irene-related damage from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Friday in the VLS Library. The South Royalton Legal Clinic also will provide civil legal assistance. For more information, call 802.831.1028. Residents should bring their Social Security number, address, contact telephone number, insurance information, total household income, bank routing and account information (if they want FEMA funds directly deposited into their bank account) and a description of losses caused by the disaster. If residents need additional legal advice, VLS volunteers will put them in contact with someone who can assist them. VLS faculty and student-clinicians are available to talk to the media about their relief efforts. VLS 9.6.2011last_img read more

BlackRock accused of ‘myopic’ fossil fuel investment

first_imgA BlackRock spokesperson said the majority of its equity holdings, including those cited in the IEEFA’s report, were held through index-based exchange-traded funds and other index products, which track the investment results of third-party indices.“Index managers such as BlackRock seek to replicate the performance of the index and do not select or exclude one company over the other based on our views of a company,” the spokesperson added.“Index providers determine which companies to include in the indices they create based on the index methodology. The conclusions of this report are thus misplaced.”“A new path is needed that leads BlackRock, its clients and the global economy toward climate health and a new cycle of profitability and growth”IEEFAA source at a large asset manager backed up this view, saying that underperforming due to investment in fossil fuels was not BlackRock’s fault.“Investing in ETFs that track the stock market is particularly difficult during a period of market transition, where previously valuable sectors can become redundant,” the source added.The individual suggested a better question would have been whether BlackRock took an active bet toward fossil fuels that did not work out.Stewardship questions IEEFA has criticised BlackRock for its holdings in fossil fuel companiesIn its report the IEEFA also accused the world’s largest asset manager of a failure of stewardship across its passive investment portfolio, saying it had steered away from leading low-carbon strategies adopted by investors such as Sweden’s AP4.BlackRock had instead opted to pursue a strategy of engagement with companies, but it was “entirely questionable” whether this approach was yielding material results.IEEFA also argued that BlackRock’s board was a problem, with too many of its members in key decision-making roles having “significant ties” to the fossil fuel sector.The think tank made five main recommendations for BlackRock, including leading the way on investing in low-carbon indices and adopting a strategic use of fossil fuel divestment.“BlackRock plays a powerful leadership role in the current global investment debate over the direction of fossil fuel investing, but the direction it is largely offering is backward,” said the IEEFA.“A new path is needed that leads the company, its clients and the global economy toward climate health and a new cycle of profitability and growth.”BlackRock has faced a steady stream of criticism over its activity with regard to climate change in recent years.The anonymous source told IPE that the attention the report from the IEEFA had received in the media was more interesting than its substance “as a reflection of the scrutiny that is turning to fund managers on their decisions and the connection between rhetoric and actions”.“Some will be misplaced, but the spotlight is clearly moving in our direction,” the individual said. A think tank has accused BlackRock of costing its clients more than $90bn (€81.4bn) from a select group of fossil fuel-heavy investments – although the asset manager has challenged the methodology and findings of the organisation’s report.According to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), BlackRock’s management of its fossil fuel holdings was “myopic”.“In holding after holding across the coal, oil and gas space around the world, weak performance over the last decade lags the market and weakens both actively and passively managed investments,” the think tank said.It highlighted the case of BlackRock’s holding in General Electric, which it said had declined by $19bn in value over a three-year period.last_img read more

Barca sack Valverde, replacement named

first_imgRelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has been sacked and replaced by Quique Setien despite the club being top of the LaLiga table. Valverde, 55, took training on Monday morning amid intense speculation his time as coach was about to come to an end and his fate was sealed later in the evening. The former Athletic Bilbao and Espanyol manager has guided Barca to LaLiga titles in each of his two full seasons in charge, as well as winning the Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup in 2018. Former Real Betis boss Setien was named as Valverde’s successor soon after, on a contract until June 2022. A statement on Barcelona’s website read: “The club publicly expresses its gratitude to Ernesto Valverde for his professionalism, his commitment, his dedication and his always positive treatment towards all that make up the Barca family. We wish him luck and success in the future.” Barcelona are top of LaLiga on goal difference from Real Madrid, and through to the last 16 of the Champions League after topping their group, but some of their performances under Valverde have fallen short of the club’s usually high standards. Barca have suffered embarrassing Champions League exits over the past two years, losing on away goals to Roma in the quarter-finals in 2018 despite winning the first leg 4-1 at the Nou Camp. Last year Barcelona beat Liverpool 3-0 in the first leg of a semi-final on home soil, only to lose the return 4-0 at Anfield. Valverde’s position was brought into further focus following some inconsistent performances from the Catalan outfit, the most recent being last Thursday’s Spanish Super Cup semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid. Barca led 2-1 with nine minutes remaining, only to suffer a 3-2 loss, and that proved to be the final straw for Nou Camp chiefs. Spanish media reported a meeting between president Josep Maria Bartomeu and Valverde took place at the club’s training ground on Monday afternoon, and was followed by a scheduled board meeting. That came after reported summit talks on Sunday involving Bartomeu, director Javier Bordas, chief executive Oscar Grau, technical secretary Eric Abidal, and assistant Ramon Planes. Xavi, currently in charge of Al Sadd, was one of the names who had been touted as a possible replacement for Valverde and the Qatari club’s sporting director Muhammad Ghulam Al Balushi said over the weekend that Nou Camp officials had made an approach for their ex-captain. The 39-year-old former Spain star admits it is a “dream” of his to one day coach Barca, but insisted his focus right now was on Al Sadd. Xavi made a club-record 767 appearances for Barca from 1999 through to 2015, winning 25 trophies in the process. He subsequently joined Al Sadd, initially as a player before finally retiring in May last year, and then taking over as head coach for this season. The Spanish giants have instead turned to Setien, 61, who will be presented to the media at 1:30pm GMT on Tuesday before holding his first press conference shortly afterwards.Tags: BarcelonaCopa del ReyErnesto ValverdeLa LigaQuique SetienSpanish Super Cuplast_img read more

Barcelona in crisis as six Directors resign

first_imgRelatedPosts Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi No timetable yet for Anambra FA elections — Caretaker Committee Makinde to OYSIEC: Conduct credible, unbiased LG poll Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu faces a huge problem at the Catalan club after six Directors resigned in a move that questioned how it has been managed in recent months and what is being planned for the future. Earlier in the week vice-president Emili Rousand had announced that he had been asked to stand down as Bartomeu was looking to remove four members of the board. However, on Thursday, Rousand along with fellow VP Enrique Tombas and four other directors, Silvio Elias, Maria Teixidor, Josep Pont and Jordi Clasamiglia, had sent a letter to the club announcing they had handed in their notice. Within the letter, they stated the reasons for their resignation was due to the mismanagement of the social media scandal earlier in the year, which saw Barca deny reports they had paid a company to post messages to protect the reputation of Bartomeu, while also targeting other players, club legends and potential presidential candidates. The Directors also questioned how Barca is reacting to the current coronavirus pandemic and how the club will cope in the future. “We hereby want to communicate that the directors below signatories have transferred to President Bartomeu our decision to irrevocably resign from our status as FC Barcelona executives,” the letter said. “We have reached this point by not being able to reverse the criteria and forms of management of the club in the face of the important challenges of the future and, in particular, from the new post-pandemic scenario. “We must also highlight our disillusion over the unfortunate social media episode, known as ‘Barcagate’, of which we found out through the press.” The letter went on to call for “new elections” when circumstances allow, and the directors also expressed how it had been an honour to sever their “beloved Barca”. And while the departing directors called for early elections, this is unlikely. Elections are currently scheduled for the summer of 2021, and Bartomeu, who will not be able to run having already served two terms, has remained adamant that he will not bring them forward. Even though Bartomeu had been planning for four resignations, six departures from the board raises another problem for the 57-year-old. According to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, Bartomeu is now considering adding two new people to the board. The report claimed there are now thirteen directors left following the six resignations. However, it also stipulates that there must be a minimum of fourteen members on the board. While Bartomeu requires at least one, it is claimed the Spaniard will “most likely” bring in two new faces after carefully considering who he can work with.Tags: Barcelona FCClub DirectorselectionsPresident Josep Maria BartomeuResignationslast_img read more

Cricket News Navdeep Saini to be net bowler for India cricket team in two-Test series vs West Indies

first_img New Delhi: Navdeep Saini had an impressive start to his India cricket team career during the three-match Twenty20 Internationals against West Indies. In his first match, he picked up 3/17 at Lauderhill which included a wicket in his first over and also a wicket maiden in the last over. In the second game, he went wicketless but in the third game, on a slow pitch, he picked up 2/34 as India whitewashed the West Indies 3-0. Looking at the performance of Saini, the Indian cricket team has decided to keep Saini as a net bowler for the upcoming two-Test series against West Indies. A senior BCCI official told PTI that Saini has been groomed for future red ball assignments. “Yes, Navdeep Saini has been asked to stay back by the team management for the Test series. He will stay back primarily as a net bowler, they want to groom him for the Test format keeping an eye on the future. Saini has been a performer in red ball cricket for the past few years. He has the pace, and ability to hit the deck, move the ball both in air and off the pitch. If he is groomed well, it will only increase our pool of fast bowlers for the top tier cricket. That’s how the team management is looking at him,” the official said. It is believed that if Saini stays back, it will help bowling coach Bharath Arun to invest more time in the 26-year-old Karnal-lad, who has taken 120 wickets from 43 first-class games with three five-wicket hauls.  “One can’t ignore the effort that Arun has put in to make India’s fast bowling unit the best that has emerged from the country. Rather than playing domestic cricket, he now needs to be in and around the international scene and learn the tricks of the trade for the next level,” he said.  India will play five Test matches at home this season with three against South Africa and two against Bangladesh. It will not be a bad idea to blood Saini against Bangladesh since the management would be monitoring Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami’s respective workloads.  highlights India play two Tests against West Indies on August 22 and August 30.Navdeep Saini took five wickets in three Twenty20 Internationals.Saini took 3/17 in his first match at Fort Lauderhill.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Port Mourant teams dominate BVA one-day club tournament

first_imgPORT Mourant Training Centre-1 (PMTC-1) and Port Mourant females dominated the Berbice Volleyball Association’s (BVA) Inter-Club one-day tournament which was played at the PMTC’s Hostel compound, Corentyne, Berbice last Sunday.Four teams contested the male category while three teams participated in the female category. At the end, PMTC-1 males and Port Mourant females emerged victorious in the respective categories.After a round-robin play-off in both categories, PMTC-1 and PMTC-2 came out as the top teams in the male category.The two teams then engaged each other in a play-off to decide the winning team and PMTC-1 came from behind to win 2-1 after three intensive sets. They had lost the first set at 14-25, but rebounded to win the other two sets 25-18, 15-11.The other two teams in this category were Corriverton Jets and GUYSUCO Training Centre/Port Mourant.In the female category, Port Mourant females defeated Corriverton Jets 30-18 in the final to claim the top prize.The other female team who contested the tournament were the Falcons of Orealla.last_img read more

Houston Sober is crowned Duke of Wellington for 2014

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 Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close 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. 0 Vote up Vote down WHS Fan · 338 weeks ago Congrats Houston. Proud of you Report Reply 0 replies · active 338 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to 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 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 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Houston Sober, the son of Patti Sober and Ty Sober, was crowned the Duke of Wellington for 2014.Sober was crowned with Payton Baker, Parker Daugherty, Ben DeJarnett, and Jacob Johnson as attendants.Jaedyn Ledesma, the Duchess of Wellington of 2013-14, presented the crown to Sober in front of a large crowd at the Wellington gymnasium. The coronation followed Wellington boys 67-44 loss to Andale and the girls 43-27 loss to the Lady Indians.Sober is a member of the First United Methodist Church. His school activities include running the Momentum Movement, Business Professionals of America for one year, Fellowship of Christian Athletes for two years, National Honor Society for two years, baseball for four years, cross country for four years, basketball for two years, wrestling for one year and powerlifting for one year. Houston Sober and Jaedyn Ledesma.Out of school, Sober coaches youth basketball and summer baseball, runs Grass Attacker Lawn Service, enjoys flipping homes, and volunteering and expanding the Momentum Movements. He enjoys riding dirt bikes, hanging out with friends, carpentry, and is involved in the stock market.Houston’s honors include Kansas Honors Society, University of Kansas top 10 percent, Presidential scholar, first place at a Cowley College Business competition, and citizenship award his freshman year.His future plans are to attend Emporia State University to study business and finance. Later on he would like to get in to real estate and start and investing firm and manage rental homes as well. Houston is being escorted by Halynn Page.The girl escorts were Avery Lewellen, Kelsey Whaley, Jaedyn Ledesma, Carlie McComb and Haylynn Page.Milo Elder and Georgia Ann Shinliver were the child attendants. The child escorts were Holly Wright and Alex Langford.2014 Wellington High School Homecoming court.last_img read more

Sumner County Court Docket: Feb. 17, 2015 report (part 1)

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury unless specified otherwise. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.•••••Kaylena Nash, born in 1989, of 714 E. Harvey in Wellington was charged with aggravated assault, a level 7 felony; aggravated endangering a child, a level 9 felony; aggravated criminal possession of a firearm, a level 8 felony; and criminal discharge of firearm, a level 7 felony.Nash is accused on Feb. 10 of firing a handgun onto the floor intending to scare the person she was upset with.There was also a 5-year child in the next room, allegedly when she fired the gun.Nash also unlawfully possessed a firearm after having been convicted of attempted aggravated battery. However, she told authorities, it was not a firearm and the conviction has not been expunged or pardoned. She advised the investigative officer after shooting the handgun that she had previously been convicted of aggravated battery involving a knife.Her bond was set at $10,000 on Feb. 10.•••••Christopher Carron, born in 1991, of Wichita was charged with battery, a Class B misdemeanor; criminal trespass, a Class B misdemeanor; and obstructing official duty, a Class A misdemeanor.Carron is accused on Feb. 5 at the Kansas Star Casino of elbowing a food and beverage supervisor in the stomach as he was passing by him.He was told by the the supervisor and a special agent working at the casino that he needed to leave the premises due to his intoxication and profanity. He allegedly refused to do so and launched into a profanity-laced tirade which concluded by saying he was going to finish his beer first.He then allegedly threatened the special agent with physical violence.••••Crystal Carron,  born in 1966, of Peck was charged with criminal trespass, a Class B misdemeanor; interference with a law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor; and battery, a Class A misdemeanor.Ms. Carron on Feb. 5 at the Kansas Star Casino allegedly angrily approached the special agent who was escorting Christopher Carron to the holding cell after he was arrested. The agent told her to stay back and leave the property immediately or she would be arrested. She allegedly pursued the agent instead of leaving.She then allegedly angrily kicked the special agent twice.•••••Bobby Altis, born in 1996, of Wellington was charged with theft, a Class A misdemeanor; and sale of electronic cigarettes to a minor, a Class B misdemeanor.Altis is accused from May 8 through May 26, 2015 of stealing about $418 in cash from a McDonald’s cash register and was captured on video surveillance doing so. He was encouraged to make restitution to the owner and promised to do so. But allegedly he did not follow through. He also is accused of selling e-cigarettes and a cartridge to a 15-year-old at Jefferson Park in Wellington.•••••Jordan Elston of Arkansas City was accused with disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor; driving under the influence, a Class A misdemeanor; circumvention of ignition interlock, a Class A misdemeanor; transportation of open container, unclassified misdemeanor; and failure to maintain one lane, a traffic infraction.Elston is accused on Jan. 16, of physically fighting with his brother in the parking lot of the Belle Plaine Turnpike Travel Center resulting in a 911 phone call. He then allegedly was accused of operating a vehicle not equipped with an interlock device with an alcohol concentration of .08 or more.•••••Robert Johnson, born in 1961, of Belle Plaine was charged with driving left of center, a traffic infraction; driving under the influence, a Class B misdemeanor; possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor.Johnson is accused on Jan. 26, of driving a brown Chevrolet S-10 pickup left of center on the 800 block of North U.S. 81 Highway while having an alcohol concentration of more than .08 or more.When stopped officers allegedly found a purple metal marijuana pipe and a small amount of marijuana in a small plastic container in his pocket when he was booked into jail.•••••Jorge Silerio-Nunez of Wichita was charged with theft, a level 9 felony.Silerio-Nunez is accused on Jan. 6 at the Kansas Star Casino of stealing about $3,000 in cash after picking up a wallet from the floor beneath another person’s chair and taking it home with him.•••••Mariah Greeno, born in 1995, of Wellington was charged with theft, a level 9 felony.Greeno is accused on August 20, 2014 of taking $1,000 cash from her employee’s account at CornerBank in Wellington.•••••Jeffrey Shafer, born in 1959, of Mulvane was charged with battery, a Class B misdemeanor; and domestic battery, a Class B misdemeanor.Shafer is accused of angrily pushing another person, then grabbing his neck and trying to choke him.  He then allegedly pushed another person out of the way who was trying to break up the fight.Shafer pled guilty to both the Class B battery and domestic battery misdemeanor charges on Feb. 5 in district court. He was sentenced to two concurrent six months in county jail and must pay court costs. The defendant was committed to serve a sentence immediately and his release date is July 27, 2015.•••••Nicole Logue, born in 1990, of Wellington was charged with battery, a Class B misdemeanor; disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor; battery of a law enforcement officer, a Class A misdemeanor; interference with law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor; and forgery, a level 8 felony.Logue is accused on Jan. 27 of causing injuries to a 2-year-old, who had a red and swollen left cheek and bruises on the back of his back and legs. She also allegedly yelled profanity at her son. When neighbors came over to intervene to protect the boy, she said to take him away because he was being a little brat.She then allegedly resisted arrest when being handcuffed.Earlier, on Dec. 13, Logue allegedly went to the Casey’s General Store and purchased $134.41 of gas and other merchandise using a check from a closed account of another person.Then on Dec. 14, she was charged with another forgery, a level 8 felony when she wrote a $61.97 check to Penny’s Diner on another person’s checking account without his knowledge.•••••Jenny Sanders-Royston, born in 1982, and currently an occupant at the Sedgwick County Jail in Wichita; was charged with conspiracy to commit forgery, a level 10 felony; and two counts of forgery, a level 8 felony.Brandon Long, born in 1982, and currently an occupant at the Sumner County Jail, was charged with burglary, a level 7 felony; theft, a Class A misdemeanor; criminal damage to property, a Class B misdemeanor; conspiracy to commit forgery, a level 10 felony; and two counts of forgery, a level 8 felony.Long is accused of breaking into a storage unit at 2001 North A Street in Wellington and stealing checks belonging to someone else.Sanders-Royston on Oct. 8, 2014 along with Long is accused of borrowing a phone and ordering $48.50 worth of food from Big Cheese Pizza and paying for it using the stolen checks. Then she is accused of using a forged check to buy $55 worth of merchandise from Casey’s General Store.•••••Kelly Williams, born in 1984, of Haysville was charged with theft, a level 9 felony; and criminal damage to property, a level 9 felony;Williams is accused on Feb. 2, 2014, while at the Kansas Star Casino of stealing a 1997 Honda Accord which was parked there. Williams also removed the exhaust and catalytic converter from the car, totaling about $2,949 in damage to the vehicle.•••••Heshaem Dridi, also known as Jesse, born in 1990, considered homeless and in Shawnee County Jail in Topeka was charged with theft, a level 9 felony.Dridi is accused of stealing a Sony Digital Camera; two Aladdin doors, a 21 inch gold bangle, a 20 inch gold chain with tear-shaped pendant; 16-inch gold rope chain, several small gold chains and other jewelry from his father and stepmother’s home in Wellington. He was then caught allegedly with the camcorder in his suitcase when his father took him back to Topeka. He also allegedly gave the jewelry to his sister Alishi Dridi, who sold the jewelry to the Gold Corner and gave him the money.last_img read more