Structures across 17 Vermont towns to benefit from Vermont Historic Preservation grants

first_imgHistoric meeting houses, churches and libraries are among a list of community buildings across 17 Vermont towns receiving preservation grants in 2014. The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation recently awarded matching grants totaling $257,404 to help restore and maintain Vermont’s historic buildings.‘Vermont’s architectural heritage is important not only to understanding our past, but to the current and future economic vitality of our state,’ said Noelle MacKay, Commissioner of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development. ‘Protecting and maintaining these historic buildings ensures that we honor our past as we look to the future.’ The efforts of this year’s grant recipients to preserve important civic community buildings demonstrates their commitment to a vibrant Vermont economy.’Of the 50 applications submitted, approved grant projects (SEE’ BELOW) range from roof replacements and steeple work, to structural and frame repairs, window restoration, and foundation and drainage improvements.‘This is a competitive grant program and as we do every year, we received many excellent applications for the preservation of architecturally and historically significant buildings that are essential to Vermont’s sense of place,’ said Laura Trieschmann, Vermont State Historic Preservation Officer. ‘Vermont is fortunate to have so many people committed to preserving our landmark buildings for future generations.’Established in 1986, the state-funded Historic Preservation Grant Program annually awards matching grants for building improvement projects that promote Vermont’s architectural and historical heritage. Since its inception, the program has granted nearly $4 million towards the preservation of more than 500 historic buildings. All properties are either listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.For more information, please visit:…(link is external).‘last_img read more

Mission moves toward sign code changes, enforcement; temporary signs draw most complaints

first_imgThe number of temporary signs for businesses in Mission Mart along Johnson Drive draws the most complaints.The City of Mission is taking the first steps to revamping its sign ordinance and in the process addressing complaints that have been persistent, especially regarding temporary signs.The city recently completed a sign inventory that catalogued a total of 817 signs. Of those, 91 were temporary signs. Along with the temporary signs, pole signs and window signs were of particular concern, city staff said. Temporary signs draw the most complaints and the area on Johnson Drive at Mission Mart has been a special target of complaints. The density of businesses in that area contributes to the number of temporary signs along the street.Interim Community Development Director Danielle Murray told the city council that temporary signs are difficult to regulate under current code because the 60-day time period for temporary signs can start again if the sign is changed. Staff would need to time how long each sign has been up. Temporary signs are limited by square footage and not the number.Councilor Arcie Rothrock suggested that the city could use a combination of number and size to reduce temporary signs with limits to special events. City Administrator Laura Smith said a restriction could include limits on the number of times per year temporary signs can be displayed.Pole signs have been prohibited in the city since 2003 and only 24 remain. However, four signs (for Village Inn, Pride Cleaners, Johnny’s BBQ and Popeye’s) fall under a special 2009 amendment. Those four are allowed more maintenance than the others. Pole signs must come down if the business changes or if they deteriorate significantly. The council may look at setting a time limit for all pole signs in the city to be removed.Window signs are now allowed only in the downtown – generally Johnson Drive area from Lamar to Nall.. That restriction, some councilors believed, was unfair. Few complaints are heard about window signs, staff said.The inventory preceded looking at weaknesses in the city ordinance that need to be corrected prior to starting more strict enforcement. A staff briefing said the city can make rules about time, placement and manner of signs, but cannot make a distinction based on the content of the sign, although the First Amendment does not protect false claims.The briefing pointed out that a U.S. Supreme Court ruling from last summer made some of the categories in the sign code unconstitutional. Most cities are affected by the ruling, but Mission would be one of the first cities in the Kansas City area to revise its sign code since that decision.last_img read more

Judges cautioned about attending holiday gatherings

first_img Judges cautioned about attending holiday gatherings It’s being done for the noble reasons of “promoting public trust and confidence in the judiciary,” but may inspire a few grumbles of “Bah humbug!”Eleventh Circuit Chief Judge Joseph Farina issued the following October 25 memo to bar association presidents about holiday gifts and parties and asked that it be included in bar publications and newsletters:“Promoting public trust and confidence in the judiciary and legal process is important during the holiday season and throughout the year. Toward that end, it is the policy of the 11th Judicial Circuit, in accord with the Code of Judicial Conduct, that:“A. Neither judges, magistrate judges, nor their staff are permitted or encouraged to accept gifts or favors from lawyers or their firms if they have come or are likely to come before the judge or general master.“B. Neither judges nor magistrate judges should attend holiday parties hosted by a law firm if a member of that law firm is counsel of record in a case assigned to that judge or general master.” November 15, 2006 Regular Newscenter_img Judges cautioned about attending holiday gatheringslast_img read more

Rule change serves Gophers’ Gentil well

first_img“I like to (get aces). Who doesn’t?” Gentil said. “Other than acing, I can’t get anybody. I can’t go up for a kill like I used to.”Gentil has relied on a wide array of serving styles en route to her ace tally. Hebert said she uses floating and fast serves of both the stationary and jumping variety.Despite this being her first year as a server for Minnesota, Hebert said, he knew Gentil was dangerous behind the line even before she came to Minnesota.“She had the best arsenal on the club circuit,” Hebert said. “When she was first recruited, I told her, ‘I think there’s a rule coming on the horizon that liberos are going to be able to serve.’ She definitely got excited about that.”Gentil said she was excited, because in her home country, Brazil, she practiced serving for more than an hour each practice.But for two years, Gentil was forced to stay out of the serving rotation because of NCAA rules.Gentil said she asked Hebert for the chance to serve before each of her first two seasons.Then finally, when coaches discussed rule changes during the offseason, Hebert stepped up to help answer her request.“I was one of the people that spoke in favor of it,” Hebert said. “But there were plenty that were like-minded.”The libero serving rule is still fairly experimental internationally. For now, it is only being used on the collegiate level.Though that is discouraging for a talented libero and server, Gentil said she’ll always have her talent for serving, no matter when the opportunity arises.“It’s like riding a bike. You cannot ride for so long, but you still know how to ride,” Gentil said. “You’ve just got to polish it a little.” Rule change serves Gophers’ Gentil wellAn NCAA ruling that liberos can now serve has made Paula Gentil even more dangerous. Kent ErdahlOctober 19, 2004Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintWhen Minnesota volleyball player Erin Martin tried to figure out Illinois’ hitting and serving struggles after the Gophers’ four-game win during the weekend, the senior outside hitter was at a loss for words.“I don’t know what their problem was,” Martin said.What Martin didn’t realize was Illinois’ biggest problem was sitting to her left.Minnesota’s libero, junior Paula Gentil, gave the Illini offense fits throughout the night, converting nearly every attack shot at her into a seamless transition into the second-ranked Gophers offense.Because of that digging ability, the Illini often tried to hit around Gentil, resulting in 32 hitting errors and 19 service errors.The explanation isn’t a new one. Gentil has collected All American honors in her first two seasons with the Gophers because of her defensive dominance – something no other libero in the nation can say.This season, Gentil has continued her outstanding defensive play. She leads the team with 483 digs and shattered her own record for digs in a game with 39. But she was also given a chance to go on the offensive when an NCAA rule change before the start of this season allowed liberos to serve.So is it possible she just became more valuable to the team?“I think so,” coach Mike Hebert said. “Already, she’s, in my opinion, our most valuable player. Her presence on the court determines how we play. To add the fact that she can serve is quite an extra layer of benefit.”Hebert said Gentil’s serving has benefited the team in ways a stat sheet can’t reflect – such as forcing a defense into bad passes and broken plays.But if the stat sheets were the only way to judge her success, Gentil would still shine brighter than any other server on the team.She has 28 service aces – a full 13 more than Lisa Reinhart, who ranks second on the team.last_img read more

Family accommodation has 10.000 beds with a regional quality label

first_imgThe process of branding accommodation and segmenting the offer by region – county began in Istria, which emphasizes the brand “Domus bonus“, Continued on KvarnerIn Zadar County  and is currently underway in Šibenik-Knin County. Family accommodation in the Republic of Croatia is developing on the model of the highest quality tourist destinations in Italy,  Bavaria (,,,,) Austria (,,,, Switzerland (,,).Although this process in Croatia still lags significantly behind the examples in the most successful tourist countries in the world, so far through regional branding projects involved about 1.000 households with a total of about 10.000 beds, so the first effects of domicile recognition are still felt.The basic meaning of regional branding of family accommodation is to preserve the traditional values ​​of the climate as a basis for an authentic destination experience. In addition to preserving the autochthonous architecture, local products, customs, pleasant home ambience, the personal contact of the host with the guest is also nurtured. It is part of the economic model of preserving the rural area from the emigration of the population and a kind of incentive for demographic renewal. Tourism is not an end in itself, and the destination is not a “building plot” for quick earnings of non-domicile “brokers”. Tourism that preserves and valorizes the indigenous lifestyle is becoming more and more sought after and appreciated. We can confirm this ourselves when we embark on a journey with the aim of getting to know other peoples, cultures, customs, eno-gastronomic delicacies, natural and cultural attractions.Finally, tourist intermediaries who have the ambition and knowledge to “package” the offer, have a good “start” with 10.000 beds in combination with other indigenous and specialized experiences in different Croatian regions. It is to be expected that on this basis the authentic Croatian offer will be profiled towards various target groups (families, active holidays, seniors, young people…). It is obvious that we are in the creation of a quality offer of experiences, which includes accommodation, from the very humble beginning. It mainly offers accommodation and a list of possible contents without meaningfully connecting all the elements into an irresistible and price-attractive offer. The good news is that we still have a lot of room for improvement.Nedo Pinezić, President of the Family Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commercelast_img read more

Municipality of Preko returned the Fortress of St. Mihovila, restoration follows

first_img“In addition to the architectural survey and archeological excavations we plan to make this year, the key step is to relocate the antenna tower, for which a location and building permit have already been secured. It is almost unbelievable that this pillar has been standing here illegally for 25 years. The company Transmitters and Communications has secured land on a neighboring hill and a valid building permit that is valid for only a few more months and we hope that the process of relocating the transmitter will be initiated as soon as possible. Unfortunately, all this was supposed to be completed in late 2011 after the Transmitters and Communications bought land on the neighboring hill of Mala glava. However, the change of government at the state level also changed the management of that company, so the priorities were obviously changed. We know that in Milanović’s Government, every project in Zadar County was “under a magnifying glass”, including this one. I hope that the new management of Transmitters and Communications will have an understanding that this problem will be solved soon, and we will insist on moving out as soon as possible., explains the head of the Department for EU funds and development in the Municipality of Preko Ante Župan.This year, the municipality of Preko received 100 thousand kunas in the tender of the Ministry of Culture for making an architectural 3D image, and for the new tender of the ministry, which was concluded a few days ago, they reported archeological excavations inside the fortress. Only after that will the approximate amount needed for the entire restoration of St. Mihovil, which in the future should become an interpretation center in which the heritage of all the islands of Zadar would be presented, which in the past were called the Angel Islands after the fortress above Preko.Fortress of St. Mihovila was also recognized a few years ago by Michelin’s green guide, where it was rated with two stars and the recommendation “must visit”, and what praise will there be when the fortress is renovated and put into cultural and tourist function. After many years of struggle, the Municipality of Preko managed to regain jurisdiction over the Fortress of St. Mihovila.This week, the decision of the State Office for State Property Management (DUUDI) arrived, which makes this cultural monument and one of the biggest tourist attractions in Zadar County available to the Municipality of Preko.”This is extremely important for us to continue the reconstruction project that we are preparing in cooperation with the Zadar County Development Agency. We sent a request to DUUDI two years ago, and only with the arrival of new people at the head of that state agency would our request be resolved positively. I am glad that the new administration led by director Tomislav Boban has shown understanding and great will to adopt our request. ” points out the mayor of Preko Karlo Novoselic for the portal and adds that the next step is to relocate the transmitter that has been located in the middle of the fortress since the war.Fortress of St. Mihovila on the island of Ugljan offers, according to many, the most beautiful view of the Adriatic. The 265-meter-high fortress built by the Venetians in the 13th century to control the Zadar canal offers a beautiful view of almost the entire Zadar archipelago, and legend has it that Italy can be seen in stormy weather. The fortress is a protected cultural monument that the Municipality of Preko intends to restore and arrange with money from EU funds, but currently the main problem is the relocation of the 80-meter antenna for transmitters, which has been located in the middle of the fortress since the Homeland War.last_img read more

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AIGCO – an interview with general manager Mr. Naji Skaf.

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North Korean Firm Renaming Ships to Dodge UN Sanctions

first_imgA North Korean shipping company, blacklisted by the United Nations, has been renaming and reflagging its vessels to avoid an arms embargo, the UN said in a report.Namely, the U.N. Security Council committee imposed sanctions on Ocean Maritime Management (OMM) for smuggling Soviet-era arms from Cuba on board its ships. Under the sanctions, the company is subject to an international asset freeze and travel ban.An OMM ship, Chong Chon Gang, was seized near the Panama Canal in 2013 for carrying arms and missiles, hidden under thousands of tonnes of sugar. The ship was stopped under suspicion that it was smuggling drugs, however; the following search found the illicit cargo.According to the UN report, set for discussion on Thursday, OMM has renamed 13 of its 14 ships and transferred their ownership and management to other single ship owner companies, the AFP writes citing the report.By reflagging and renaming its vessels OMM planned to keep off the radar so as to evade asset freeze by member states, the report said.The ban on imports and exports of all but small arms forms part of strict sanctions imposed against North Korea because of its nuclear weapons program.OMM is reported to have operations in at least 10 countries.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Triton to Become Majority Shareholder of DeepOcean

first_imgTriton, a private equity investment company, will become the largest shareholder of DeepOcean, after the funds advised by Triton signed an agreement to acquire a majority interest in the subsea services provider.The transaction is expected to close around 1 January 2017, subject to regulatory approval in the relevant jurisdictions. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.DeepOcean informed that it had also strengthened its balance sheet and liquidity with an equity raise. Through the equity raise and the future support of Triton, the company aims to weather the downturn in the oil & gas market, and also to take advantage of growth opportunities in both the oil & gas and renewable energy markets.Bart Heijermans, Chief Executive Officer of DeepOcean, said: “This transaction has achieved two key objectives for DeepOcean. Firstly, in Triton we have found a strong and experienced lead shareholder with key competencies in strategy, business development and operational excellence to support the company going forward. Secondly, with the capital raise we have strengthened our balance sheet and improved our liquidity position and outlook. In today’s markets, having a strong owner and a solid balance sheet is an important competitive advantage as our clients increasingly focus on counterparty solidity and long-term viability when allocating contracts.”“We want to support the management and employees of DeepOcean as a stable and knowledgeable owner investing in and supporting the future growth and development of the company. We will contribute with our strategic insights and operational know-how in this industry. We look forward to working together with the management team and the Board of Directors in building an even stronger company”, said Peder Prahl, Director of the General Partner for the Triton funds.Triton said it had followed DeepOcean closely for a long time prior to making the investment and has come to know the sector and the company well.“DeepOcean is well positioned as one of the leading operating platforms for subsea services and can be a main driver of consolidation in its niche”, added Fredrik Brynildsen, Investment Advisory Professional of the Triton Oslo office.DeepOcean recently completed cable route clearance works prior to 2017 export cable landfall pull-in operations for DONG Energy’s 660MW Walney Extension offshore wind farm. The company’s scope of works includes route engineering as well as the installation and trenching of a total of 136km offshore export cables and a 23km interlink cable. DeepOcean will use the recently delivered Maersk Connector to install subsea cables at the site.last_img read more