Vermont gets $1.2 million in broadband mapping grant

January 1, 2021

first_imgUS Senator Patrick Leahy, US Senator Bernie Sanders, Congressman Peter Welch and Governor Jim Douglas Tuesday welcomed the announcement by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), an agency of the US Department of Commerce, that Vermont has been awarded Vermont a $1.2 million broadband mapping grant.  Vermont s grant is one of the first four American Recovery and Reinvestment Act broadband grants to reach the states for broadband mapping, aggregation and infrastructure.The new federal funds will be managed by the Vermont Center for Geographic Information (VCGI) to implement the Vermont Broadband Mapping Initiative, a collaborative broadband data collection and verification effort involving partners from the public, private and academic sectors.  This team — VCGI, the Vermont Telecommunications Authority, the Vermont Department of Public Service, the University of Vermont s Center for Rural Studies, and Vermont s Enhanced 9-1-1 Board — will use the latest technology to create a comprehensive and verified broadband availability map.  This data will help the Rural Utilities Service, NTIA and other public and private organizations deploy broadband infrastructure to address broadband needs in unserved and underserved areas.  This federal investment is the foundation upon which economic recovery projects in broadband infrastructure will be built, the Vermont Congressional Delegation said in a joint statement.  Identifying every Vermont household without adequate broadband access will enable public and private resources to be targeted to reach the neediest and most underserved areas of Vermont as quickly as possible. VCGI and the full Vermont Broadband Mapping Team, including potential private contractors, will be working with the broadband provider community in Vermont to develop this important public information resource for the state, said VCGI Executive Director David Brotzman.  Only by approaching this effort as a partnership will we be able to map broadband coverage in the state with the accuracy necessary to support Vermont’s future broadband development needs. This announcement recognizes that Vermont is already a national leader in broadband mapping thanks to the work we ve been doing over the last two years, said Governor Jim Douglas.  We have over $130 million in pending stimulus grant applications for actual buildout of broadband; those applications are dependent on the mapping and planning that we ve done. It s a very good omen to see that the NTIA, which will award many of these grants, respects the quality of our data. Moreover, as we build, this additional money will assure that we know not only where we have broadband and mobile coverage but also how good that coverage actually is.According to an NTIA announcement on Monday, the State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program is a matching grant program that implements the joint purposes of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Broadband Data Improvement Act (BDIA).  The program will provide grants to assist states or their designees in gathering and verifying state-specific data on the availability, speed, location, and technology type of broadband services. The data they collect and compile will also be used to develop publicly available state-wide broadband maps and to inform the comprehensive, interactive, and searchable national broadband map that NTIA is required by the Recovery Act to create and make publicly available by Feb.17, 2011.The State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program grants announced Monday are the first of $7.2 billion in broadband funds included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  The legislation created the RUS Broadband Initiatives Program, a loan and grant program aimed at deploying more broadband infrastructure to rural areas, and the NTIA s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, a grant program that will build broadband infrastructure, help communities deploy public computing centers and develop long-term broadband education campaigns. A summary of Vermont s broadband mapping initiative is available at is external)Source: Vermont Congressional delegation. WASHINGTON (Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009)last_img read more

JOB POSTING: IEEFA Financial Analyst Based in Europe

December 31, 2020

first_imgJOB POSTING: IEEFA Financial Analyst Based in Europe FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis is seeking to hire a financial analyst in Europe to join our team of professionals. The position is suited for an experienced financial analyst who can produce high-quality research reports and understands the market dynamics of the energy sector.IEEFA conducts research and analyses on financial and economic issues related to energy and the environment. The Institute’s mission is to accelerate the transition to a diverse, sustainable and profitable energy economy and to reduce dependence on coal and other non-renewable energy resources.Background information on IEEFA, our research products, and daily news and commentary can be found at IEEFA is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, and currently has personnel in the U.S., Australia, India, and Turkey.The major projects on the horizon for IEEFA in Europe in 2016 will include:Analyzing the financing structures and risks of several proposed new coal-fired power plants, vulnerabilities of existing coal-fired power plants, and decisions on resource planning being made by electric utilities in Europe.Establishing personal relationships with key financial analysts, providing commentary and information on energy markets trends, and coordinating research efforts as appropriate with other researchers based in Europe.Training environmental advocates in how to use financial information in their campaigns.Providing support for divestment/investment campaigns, as IEEFA did in Norway in 2015.Representing IEEFA and its partners before formal and informal bodies in both the public and private sector, such as investment professionals and appointed and elected officials.Building and maintaining a body of information and analysis that supports regular public reporting through issuance of papers, op ed pieces, and commentaries.Responsibilities and Skills NeededThe analyst’s responsibilities would include:Working with the IEEFA team in the U.S. to determine priorities for research projects. Projects will be selected based on several factors, including strength of local campaigns, the availability of research data, and the availability of competent local and regional expertise on European capacity markets and policy issues;Researching and preparing detailed analyses of the financing mechanisms and likely economic impacts of specific proposed coal plants, existing coal plants, or utilities in Europe;Presenting IEEFA reports to various audiences in Europe, including meeting with key players in the financial community, and presenting information to advocacy organizations or in public forums;Coordinating with IEEFA’s media team, serving as a media spokesperson, writing periodic commentaries for the IEEFA website.The candidate must have top-notch analytic, writing and presentation skills, and be a self-starter able to work well with long-distance supervision. He or she must also be willing to travel when necessary, and could be based in London or the Continent. He or she must have at least five years of experience in financial analysis or a related field.CompensationIEEFA’s model is to contract with analysts through their business consultancies. Pay will be commensurate with experience.ApplicationsPlease send a resume or c.v., along with a writing sample, to: Sandy Buchanan, Executive Director, at [email protected] This is a newly-created position, and is available as soon as a suitable candidate is selected.Originally published March 24, 2016last_img read more

Putting the ‘social’ into social media

December 18, 2020

first_imgOnce upon a time, in a galaxy far far away…. No, I’m kidding. I won’t do that.It was roughly 10 years ago when Facebook was officially opened up to the public, instead of just being for college students. When we think back to the birth and idea of Facebook, it was simply to connect students on college campuses with similar interests. It was ‘cool’ and ‘new.’ Was that the last time social media was truly social?We only had a few things to do on Facebook at that time. We could message, write on someone’s wall (that’s what we older folk call it) and we could poke each other. Do we still do this? Sometimes. That isn’t all social media does anymore. Now, social media is a tool for sharing information with the public, but it’s still as social as you want it to be.What does all of this have to do with finances and credit unions? How could a tool designed to connect people possibly help a credit union? Create a community with them. They are your foundation. They want to hear from you! continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Employee marijuana use: Is your organization prepared?

December 17, 2020

first_imgEmployers operating in states that have legalized marijuana use may be having a tough time figuring out how to handle a worker who smoked pot the night before. The employee may or may not still be experiencing some of the effects when they punch in for work – whether they sit at a desk or operate heavy machinery.A recent Paychex survey bears out this dilemma for employers: more than one-third of business owners with fewer than 500 employees say they are not yet prepared to manage the impact of legalized marijuana on the workplace — 34% say this regarding medical marijuana and 38% say this regarding marijuana for recreational use.The respondents are slightly more prepared to manage legalized medical use than recreational use: 42% say they are very prepared to handle someone who smoked pot for medicinal reasons, while 39% say this for someone who just wanted to get high to relax. A quarter are somewhat prepared for both (24% for medical use and 23% for recreational use).Broken down by industry, the professional services sector is the most prepared (70%) for medical use and the least prepared for recreational use (58%). Manufacturing and retail/wholesale are the most prepared industries for recreational use (tied at 64%), while manufacturing is the least prepared for medical use (64%). continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Reimagining Retail: How Ron Koenigsberg Is Revitalizing Retail Shopping On Long Island

December 16, 2020

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Ever since childhood when he’d watch his father survey buildings and construction sites, Ron Koenigsberg has had a passion for real estate.Now this highly regarded commercial real estate broker, based in Garden City, has found a new outlet for his passion—repurposing retail shopping centers across Long Island. As the president of American Investment Properties, one of the leading niche brokerage firms in the region, Koenigsberg is launching a new partnership, the Long Island Investment Group, to “implement what’s been bothering me,” he admits, since 2005. The revelation came to him when he was driving home about a decade ago and realized that even though he was one of the leading salesmen of shopping centers on the Island, he was still buying everything he needed online.“I’m saying to myself: ‘I need another business because I’m finished. Retail shopping centers are not going to make it,’” he recalls. “I think I was a little bit ahead of the curve.” Koenigsberg may have been right about that, but now the trend in retailing is much clearer, as the once-mighty giants in the retail mall world close up shop one by one.“People who sell goods in the brick and mortar stores are not making it,” says Koenigsberg. But that doesn’t mean it’s Armageddon for retailing, or, more importantly for someone like him, the end of commercial real estate as he and his real estate peers have known it.Instead, Keonigsberg bided his time and did his homework. He took a hard look at the Long Island landscape and saw something different—if only he could reconfigure it. He waited for his chance, and now that the economy is finally coming out of the Great Recession, he has the capital to make his move.“We’re able to buy shopping centers at or below replacement costs,” says Koenigsberg. “We see it as a great opportunity at this very moment to be purchasing Long Island retail centers.”He explains his modus operandi:“We’re purchasing properties that are suffering and using our strategy to re-engineer these [poorly performing] strip centers into high-demand, service-orientated tenants that provide services, not goods,” he says. Ron Koenigsberg, president of American Investment Properties, is launching a new partnership, the Long Island Investment Group, to revitalize retail shopping centers across Long Island.Koenigsberg finds the shopping centers that are losing their tenants, where the vacancy rates are high, that are mismanaged, and in serious need of an upgrade. Then he’ll dig deeper. Perhaps the partners no longer get along and want to sell the property, or the center is in an estate sale or a divorce proceeding. He checks out the locations and sees if he and his partners can maximize the value.Their acquisition criteria tend to be very specific at this point. They’re looking for shopping centers with about five to 10 stores of around 10,000-square feet each, relatively small compared to a regional mall. But they want the traffic to be 20,000 vehicles a day for the property to make the cut, and the center should have a ratio of 3.5 parking spaces to every 10,000-square feet of retail.“We’re going to walk before we run,” he says. “Eventually we’d like Long Island Investment Group to be a major player, but I think that’s a 10-year process.” One clear advantage Koenigsberg has with this strategy is that he doesn’t have to worry about rezoning these “tired” B- and C-grade properties. His group plans to take the shopping centers as they are, so he doesn’t have to worry about appearing before a local planning board, because he won’t need any variances. Once the site is 100-percent acquired, Koenigsberg and his partners in this venture will come in and fix up the site with their value-added upgrades, bring in new high-demand, service-oriented tenants that perform better than the current ones, and grow the net-operating income of the center over time.“If we are able to isolate that property in Great Neck, or Roslyn, or Merrick, or East Northport, where the demographics warrant it, we’d love to raise the rent $12 to $15 per square foot,” Koenigsberg says, “but realistically we understand that we’re buying properties all over Long Island and it may result in only a $4 to $6 bump.”For Koenigsberg, the ideal tenants bring in a lot of foot traffic. He cites urgent care centers where people seek treatment for minor medical needs, and cell phone providers where customers want their new products activated immediately. And, of course, he’s including decent food and drink establishments.“You can’t change the experience of going out to a restaurant,” he says. “You can’t get that online!”This new venture has barely begun, but Koenigsberg is confident it can succeed. “What we are is a dynamic, successful, decades-old brokerage firm that sees an opportunity in this marketplace and we’re going about doing it,” he says. “Now that the economy is finally coming out of recession, we can follow our passion.”last_img read more

Instructions for sending a signed application for deferment of payment of flat income tax

November 18, 2020

first_imgSide dish: Instructions for sending a signed application for deferment of payment of flat income tax In the attachment we bring you step by step. Lump sum INCOME TAX  Taxpayers of lump-sum income tax according to the Income Tax Act, given that the annual lump-sum income tax and surtax on income tax are paid quarterly, may submit to the competent tax administration a request for deferral of payment due to special circumstances  Instructions for sending a signed application for deferment of payment of flat income tax /link to the document/Request for deferral of payment due to special circumstances /lnk on Request/ ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:TAX INFORMATION RELATED TO THE EMERGENCY CAUSED BY THE SPREAD OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS A lot of renters and entrepreneurs in tourism contact us with an inquiry on how to send a request to defer the payment of a flat income tax.last_img read more

Consumers lament PLN electricity bill spike

October 19, 2020

first_img“I use nine hours of air conditioning daily. That hasn’t changed. Plus, I haven’t added any new electronic devices,” he told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.He said his effort to contact PLN customer service, including through the company’s official Twitter account and its hotline last week, had not improved the situation. While the company promised to send an inspector to his house, the person had yet to show up.Similarly, Putu Riza, a Youtube gadget reviewer based in Greater Jakarta, published a screenshot of his Rp 1.93 million June bill, more than double the previous month.“Here’s my bill, which is the highest ever throughout the work-from-home period, even though I’ve been working at home less,” he wrote on his Twitter account @papersboy. The spike in electricity bills has been attributed to PLN’s new billing method, where it calculates monthly residential power bills based on consumption during the previous three months. The higher-than-usual consumption in April and May was billed in June.The company has encouraged customers to self-report their electricity usage as an alternative to the new bill calculation method, but many have not done so, as noted by PLN and YLKI.In June, a total of 4.3 million post-paid residential customers saw bills 20 percent higher than in the previous month.The company’s assessment of 2,200 complaints about high electricity bills in April concluded that 94 percent of the increases were proportional to increases in electricity consumption.The proportionality contradicts customers’ speculation that PLN has raised rates – expressed in rupiah per kilowatt hour (Rp/KwH) – at the request of the government.“Consumers felt they were being cheated with a higher rate. There is no higher rate,” said Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) chairman Tulus Abadi in a video statement on June 7.However, Tulus urged PLN to improve its customer service because many consumer complaints were not processed properly. He also told affected consumers to contact PLN.“Consumers should not be shy about asking PLN for clarity. That is our right,” he said.Because of the mounting complaints, PLN has pledged that it will relax payments for customers whose June bills rose by more than 20 percent.PLN will now collect 40 percent of the eligible customers’ bills this month. The remaining 60 percent will be charged equally over the following three months.The company plans to offer the scheme to an estimated 1.93 million customers who saw spikes in their monthly electricity bills.However, PLN senior executive vice president for customer service Yuddy Setyo Wicaksono, speaking on Monday, maintained that the higher power consumption was because of increased at-home work during the pandemic, as well as the Ramadan fasting period in May.“People watched Korean dramas and played video games at home. These forms of entertainment are related to electricity usage when people avoid leaving home,” he said, adding that consumers also used more electricity during the fasting month because people woke up before sunrise for predawn meals.Topics : Consumers have criticized state-owned electricity firm PLN for a significant spike in electricity bills in June resulting from a new billing method and increased at-home work.PLN data shows that about 258,000 households, all of which are on post-paid residential plans, saw a significant increase in their power bills. The company claimed this was because of higher electricity consumption at home as people avoided going out.Hendrik Tampubolon, 33, an East Jakarta resident, showed a screenshot of his house’s electricity bill in June. It had jumped fivefold to Rp 551,416 (US$39.1). His electricity bills over the three months before averaged about Rp 100,000.last_img read more

Heart patients told ‘stay on aspirin’

September 26, 2020

first_imgHealthLifestyle Heart patients told ‘stay on aspirin’ by: – July 20, 2011 Tweet 14 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Daily aspirin can help prevent blood clotsHeart disease patients are being urged to keep taking aspirin after a study has found stopping the drug raises heart attack risk by nearly two-thirds.Against medical advice, up to half of long-term users are believed to stop taking aspirin, researchers say in the British Medical Journal.And this puts them at a 60% greater risk of a non-fatal heart attack.The findings come from a UK database of nearly 40,000 patients who had been prescribed the drug by their doctor.For every 1,000 patients over a one-year period, there were about four extra cases of non-fatal heart attack among patients who recently stopped taking low-dose aspirin compared with those who stayed on it.Low-dose aspirin is recommended for all heart disease patients to help prevent blood clots which can lead to future heart attacks.Ellen Mason, of the British Heart Foundation, said: “This research is yet another reminder of how effective a little daily pill of aspirin can be at preventing someone from having another heart attack. So it’s very concerning how many people with heart disease are not taking their aspirin.“This very cheap, but valuable, golden oldie is one of the best researched drugs we have in our arsenal to stop further heart attacks. The benefits certainly outweigh any risks for most people.“If you’ve had a heart attack then stopping taking your aspirin increases your risk of having another heart attack and this can result in permanent damage to your heart. Don’t simply stop taking your meds, always talk to your doctor first.”BBC Newslast_img read more

How Better Sleep Helps Your Waistline

September 26, 2020

first_img Share Diet and exercise have their place, but one secret weapon in your weight-loss arsenal takes a lot less effort: getting enough sleep. Here’s how catching those Z’s helps shrink your waistline.It helps you eat less: Sleep affects levels of the hunger-regulating hormone leptin, which helps your body realize it’s full, and ghrelin, which stimulates appetite. Not getting adequate sleep lowers levels of leptin while raising levels of ghrelin, which can cause overeating when you’re sleep-deprived. A recent study found that women who didn’t sleep enough ate an average of 300 more calories than those who got adequate sleep.It reduces belly fat: Anxiety and stress are two major contributors to belly fat; getting enough sleep is one way to beat both.It may suppress fat genes: A recent study found that women who slept seven to nine hours a night weighed less than those who were sleep-deprived;researchers believe that those who slept fewer than seven hours a night (or, interestingly, more than nine) were more affected by any genetic predispositions to be overweight or obese.It gives you energy: If you’ve gotten a good night’s rest, then you’re more likely to have the energy to tackle your workout for the day. And, since exercise helps you sleep, revamping your sleeping habits can be the start of a beneficial Tweet 232 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img LifestyleRelationships How Better Sleep Helps Your Waistline by: – November 7, 2014 Share Sharelast_img read more

China virus deaths surge past 800, overtaking SARS toll

September 25, 2020

first_imgBEIJING – The death toll from the novelcoronavirus outbreak soared to 803 in China on Sunday, according to officialfigures, overtaking the global toll for SARS. Nearly 37,000 people have now beeninfected by the new coronavirus in China, believed to have emerged last year ina market that sold wild animals in Hubei’s capital Wuhan before spreadingacross China. (AFP) Almost 37,200 people in China have now been infected by the new coronavirus, believed to have emerged late last year in a market that sold wild animals in Hubei’s capital Wuhan, China. MENAFN The latest data came after the WorldHealth Organization said numbers were “stabilizing” — but warned itwas too early to make any predictions about whether the virus might havepeaked. With 81 more people dying in Hubei —the province at the center of the outbreak — the toll is now higher than the774 killed worldwide by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in 2002-2003,according to figures released Sunday.last_img read more