first_imgby Representative Heidi E Scheuermann There have been many opinions about how successful the 2013-2014 legislative session was. Just prior to adjournment, Governor Peter Shumlin told the House of Representatives  “we have made this biennium one of the most productive in recent memory.”   In other press reports, House Speaker Shap Smith called the last session, “incredibly productive.”But does this predictable self-congratulatory back-slapping tell the real story?  Unfortunately, no.  It belies the lack of real results in the areas most important to the working families, and overall economic vitality, of our state. A more accurate characterization of the two-year session is one of missed opportunities and challenges unmet.  While there were some positive developments and some important legislation passed, the issues many Vermonters wanted so desperately for us to address were not.Indeed, there were some modest accomplishments. After many years of prodding from Republican members, we took another step in addressing our state’s $3 billion unfunded pension liabilities. We made necessary reforms to the welfare system, by turning the aptly named “benefits cliff” into more of a “benefits slope” and creating better opportunities for low-income Vermonters to work and achieve independence.  And, we passed the economic development bill on which Rep. Paul Ralston (D-Middlebury) and I worked tirelessly.  While these measures are each modest steps forward, they are in no way the comprehensive, long-term commitment to economic development and fiscal responsibility that our state so desperately needs and deserves.  In some ways, they could be fairly characterized as band aids.Plants throughout Vermont are closing, many Vermonters have lost jobs and the costs of living here – many of which are driven by policies passed by the Legislature – continue to grow faster than many families’ paychecks.  So, as political leaders pat themselves on the back for the session or our low “unemployment” rate, keep in mind that since January 2011, 8,850 Vermonters have dropped out of the workforce.  Sure, some new jobs are being created – but too many Vermonters have to work more than one of them to make ends meet.Consider too that there has been a stunning lack of accountability and transparency around health care reform.  The rollout of Vermont Health Connect was disastrous, all at the expense of families and businesses.  Yet, nobody, absolutely nobody, has been held accountable for these failures.In addition to this abysmal administrative boondoggle, legislative leaders and the Governor continue to insist that we march down an undefined path to a $2.2 billion taxpayer funded health care system.  The only thing we know for sure is that their political promises of lower costs, better care ,and guaranteed insurance for all continue – with absolutely no honest plan for getting us there.When this effort launched in 2011, the law required that the Governor present a financing plan by January of last year.  As of today, there is no proposal.  The lack of any action at all to reform education funding and provide property tax relief is another disappointment.   For years, Vermonters have been pleading for reforms.  Yet, for years, those pleas have been ignored.  As the cries for reform continued last year, the Legislature instead passed a 5 and 6-cent tax increase — knowing full well that there would be similar increases this year.Even as 36 school budgets went down to defeat on Town Meeting Day, nothing was done to reform the system.  In fact, property taxes will continue to rise this year by 4 and 7 cents, followed by yet another 7-9 cent increase next year.In November you will have an opportunity to hold all elected officials accountable for these unmet challenges and missed opportunities.  It is time for you to send a message to Montpelier: Focus on the issues that matter most, be honest, and get real results.  It’s time for a change.  Heidi E. Scheuermann is a Republican Vermont State Representative from Stowe. Submitted May 22, 2014. Photo by vtdigger.org. www.heidischeuermann.com(link is external)last_img read more

first_imgDid you know bears can live to be 75?At least this one can. Smokey Bear, that national fire prevention icon, was honored on Friday, August 9, in Manorville, when the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation renamed the Otis Pike Preserve-West — approximately 20 acres of grassland — Smokey Bear Field.Of course the ursine idol was there in the flesh, sort of, to greet the DEC’s regional director Carrie Meek Gallagher and forest ranger Captain Timothy Byrnes, along with a crowd of onlookers, and cut his 75th anniversary cake.Smokey cuts his cake. Independent/Courtesy NYS DECThe field lies east of Line Road and just south of Grumman Road in Manorville, and has long been used by DEC forest rangers and volunteers to teach about wildfire control efforts, like prescribed fires.“This field in the heart of the Pine Barrens, which is both a fire-prone and a fire-dependent ecosystem, reinforces Smokey’s iconic ‘Only You Can Prevent Wildfires’ message,” Gallagher said. “DEC forest rangers and other volunteers frequently conduct prescribed fires on this field in order to restore grassland habitats, become proficient in wildland firefighting techniques, and build a buffer where local volunteer firefighters can potentially deploy resources. This truly is a field where DEC makes concentrated efforts to ‘Prevent Wildfires’ and their destruction, just as Smokey taught us.”Smokey continues to be the most recognized symbol of fire prevention in the world. On August 9, 1944, the creation of Smokey Bear was authorized by the U.S. Forest Service, and the first poster was delivered on October 10 by artist Albert Staehle. The poster depicted a bear pouring a bucket of water on a campfire. Sharelast_img read more

first_img SL.N News Sports Logo News Forums Home Sports Logos Capital One Adopts Capitals Logo For Stanley Cup Final Sports Logo News All Activity Share this post Capital One Adopts Capitals Logo For Stanley Cup Final Capital One Adopts Capitals Logo For Stanley Cup Final This topic is now closed to further replies. SportsLogos.Net 521 521 Followers 1 Sign in to follow this   All Activity SportsLogos.Net 1,233 postscenter_img NewsBot Posted May 28, 2018 Capital One Adopts Capitals Logo For Stanley Cup Final May 28, 2018 – 14:09 PMI love it when companies play with their branding during a playoff run. Capital One, the current naming rights holder of the home arena to the Washington Capitals have gotten into the fun of the Caps run to the Cup […] Read More… Recommended Posts Followers 1 Sign in to follow this   By SportsLogos.Net News, May 28, 2018 in Sports Logo News Forums Home Link to post Members Share on other sites Go To Topic Listing SportsLogos.Net News SportsLogos.Net News Sports Logos 521 0last_img read more

first_img Coega Dairy is also unique in the country for its ultra-high temperature (UHT) processing plant. “We are the first dairy company to invest in a plant design that is significantly more efficient than conventional UHT milk processing solutions available in other South Africa plants,” the company said. 3 October 2012 The Eastern Cape province’s eco-friendly Coega Dairy has become the first South African dairy to be awarded an ISO 22000 Food Safety System Certification, a sought-after international standard for food safety management, the company announced on Monday. Located in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) just outside Port Elizabeth, the dairy produces Coastal View UHT milk and butter and has the smallest carbon footprint of any dairy throughout the southern hemisphere. The Coega Dairy factory has also been certified as Kosher and Halaal. ISO 22000 FSSC was the first single standard to attain worldwide recognition. It was introduced in 2004 to guarantee safety systems in companies that process animal products, perishable vegetable products, products with a long shelf-life, food ingredients with additives, vitamins, bio-cultures and food packaging material manufacturing. “This modern technology resulted in the exclusion of various steps in the production process, with subsequent cost savings and environmentally-friendly results.” The technology, known as OneStep, particularly allows for savings in water and energy consumption and improves production efficiencies.center_img “To be the first South African dairy to receive the sought-after international ISO 22000 FSSC certification is an exceptional honour for us,” chief executive officer of Coega Dairy, Hennie Kleynhans, said in a statement. “Before certification we completed an audit for the ISO 22000 Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) accreditation, which required a paper trail and quality checks from the farmer to the household.” “Since investing in the Coega IDZ, the dairy has produced exceptional results – from over delivering on environmental standards compliance, creating jobs and expanding operations – this accolade is another feather in the cap of one of our most successful investors,” said head of marketing and communications for the Coega Development Corporation, Ayanda Vilakazi. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgBlockchain is the technology that Bitcoin is built on, but the technology of cryptocoins is beginning to be applied to almost every industry.  There are three benefits that blockchain brings to advantage over traditional accounting and tracking methods:Transparency – everyone has access to the same data and can check the validity of a transactionDecentralization – data is not controlled by one single entitySecurity – Blockchain data is secure because of the high-level of encryption used for storing the dataDavid Schatsky, managing director at Deloitte LLP, said that “today, you can’t live your life without a mobile phone. In a few years you will have to participate in one or more blockchain solutions because they’re just more efficient and lower cost.”How can Blockchain help logistics?:Monitoring Supply Chain – Track the quantity and movement of assets like pallets, trailers and containers.Monitoring Documentation – Track purchase orders, changes orders, receipts, shipping and trade-related documentsMonitoring Processes – Track process to verify processing steps, like for certification of organic or kosher handlingShared Information – Manufacturers, vendors and suppliers have access to process, assembly, delivery and maintenance informationBill Fearnley, Jr., research director for IDC’s Worldwide Blockchain Strategies, said that “if you build a blockchain ledger within [a single company] that has a certain value. The real value for blockchain is when you use distributed electronic ledgers and data to connect with suppliers, customers and intermediaries.”last_img read more

first_imgTags:#Apple#How To#mobile#news#web Related Posts How JailbreakMe WorksJailbreakMe version 3.0 was accidentally revealed earlier this month, when a working beta of the hack went live for a few minutes on JailbreakMe.com. For those who caught it in time, the hack reportedly worked.Now that the hack has been officially released to the wild, the expectation is that this updated hack will also prove successful, and, most importantly, as easy as ever.How to Use JailbreakMe.comThe way JailbreakMe.com works involves using a PDF-based exploit that works on iOS.The following firmware versions are supported:iPhone 4: 4.3 – 4.3.3iPhone 4 (CDMA): 4.2.6 – 4.2.8iPad 1: 4.3 – 4.3.3iPad 2: 4.3.3iPhone 3GS: 4.3 – 4.3.3iPod Touch 3G: 4.3, 4.3.2, 4.3.3iPod Touch 4G: 4.3 – 4.3.3The process of jailbreaking your device is incredibly simple when using JailbreakMe. The steps are as follows:Go to JailbreakMe.com on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad’s mobile Safari Web browser.Tap the “Free” button next to the Cydia icon, just like you were installing an app.Tap the “Install” button. That’s it – the rest is done automatically! If you prefer a video tutorial, check out RedmondPie.com.Thanks to @comex for providing this easy-to-use jailbreak, along with @chpwn and @saurik. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement JailbreakMe.com, the easy-to-use browser-based jailbreaking tool for Apple mobile devices has just gone live with version 3.0. What this means is anyone can now jailbreak their iOS device running the 4.3 software (or below, in some cases), including the iPad 2. There is no software to download on your computer; nor does your phone, iPod Touch or iPad have to be physically connected to the computer for this to work. Instead, all the jailbreaking is done via the JailbreakMe.com website, thanks to a PDF-based exploit.Jailbreaking?For those unaware, the term “jailbreaking” within the Apple community refers to hacking a device to allow for the installation of third-party applications outside the official iTunes App Store. While often, and sadly, associated with piracy, not all jailbreakers are interested in stealing apps – some just like the tweaks, hacks, widgets, themes and unapproved apps offered by jailbreak app stores like Cydia, Icy and ThemeIt.Apple used to discourage jailbreaking among its customers, but with the recent hire of jailbreak app developer Peter Hajas, whose “Mobile Notifier” app looks remarkably similar to iOS 5’s new notifications center, it seems Apple may be warming up to the jailbreak community. In addition, the first-ever convention just for jailbreakers, MyGreatFest, is taking place this September in London, further indicating how this popular hacking activity has now gone more mainstream. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

first_imgMaryland enacted legislation creating income, sales, and property tax incentives for qualified taxpayers that bring large-scale projects to the state. The legislation creates the Promoting ext-Raordinary Innovation in Maryland’s Economy (PRIME) Program. Taxpayers enrolled into the program are eligible for program benefits for up to 10 consecutive years.The legislation is designed to lure Amazon’s second headquarters project to Maryland. However, any other taxpayer with a qualifying project can apply for enrollment in the program.Tax Incentives Under PRIME ProgramTo qualify for enrollment in the PRIME Program, a taxpayer must:be a Fortune 100 company; andestablish an eligible project.Before establishing a project, notice of the taxpayer’s intent and an application for enrollment must be submitted.Eligible Project Under PRIMETo establish an eligible project, a taxpayer must show that it is committed to spending at least $500 million on the project. It must also submit a project plan that, over a 17-year period, commits to:filling at least 40,000 qualified jobs at the project facility with an average compensation of at least $100,000; andspending a total of $4.5 billion.Certificates of EligibilityQualified taxpayers will receive a certificate that certifies the eligibility of the project enrolled in the program. The certificate will be updated as needed to reflect increases in the number of qualified jobs. In addition, the certificate providesthe duration of the certification; andadditional information needed for the taxpayer to receive a program benefit.Income Tax Credit for PRIME TaxpayersTaxpayers enrolled in the PRIME Program can claim a refundable income tax credit equal to 5.75% of the wages paid for qualified jobs. The credit can be claimed for 10 tax years for each job.To be eligible for the credit, the taxpayer must:pay employees in qualified jobs an average salary of at least $100,000; andfill the required number of qualified jobs within 17 years of enrolling in the program.Sales and Use Tax Exemption for PRIME PurchasesPersonal property and services purchased by the taxpayer under the program are exempt from Maryland sales and use tax.The Comptroller must issue exemption certificates to qualified taxpayers. The exemption certificates must:be renewed annually; andmay not be renewed for more than 10 consecutive years.Property Tax Credit for PRIME PropertyAnother benefit of the program is a state and local property tax credit of 50% of the increase in assessment on qualified property. Taxpayers may begin taking the credit in tax years after June 30, 2018.Qualified property is real property where an eligible project is located.Taxpayers can claim the credit for up to 10 consecutive years, as long as the property is still qualified.Revocation and Recapture of Tax BenefitsProgram benefits will end if the number of qualified jobs goes below the number claimed in the first year. In addition, the taxpayer’s certification may be revoked, in whole or in part, if:the taxpayer made false representations; orthe expenditures and hiring of employees by the taxpayer are significantly below the estimates in the project plan.If the taxpayer’s certification is revoked, program benefits received by the taxpayer may be recaptured.Duration of ProgramGenerally, the PRIME Program applies to tax years beginning after 2017. However, the program will end if no taxpayers are certified by the end of 2021.Ch. 350 (S.B. 877), Laws 2018, effective June 1, 2018, applicable as notedLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

first_imgSkipper Rani Rampal scored a brace as the Indian women’s hockey team beat Belarus 3-1 in the third match to clinch the five-Test series here on Sunday.Star forward Rampal scored two successive field goals in the 35th and 39th minute after Belarus were put in the lead by their skipper Ryta Batura, who scored in the 24th minute through a penalty corner.Deepika scored India’s third goal in the 42nd minute to take a commanding 3-1 lead while the defenders did well to keep the visitors from scoring in the final quarter to ensure a win.India won the first and the second games 5-1 and 2-1 respectively. The fourth match will take place on Monday.The series is part of India’s preparations ahead of the Hockey World League (HWL) Round 2 tournament in Canada in April.last_img read more

first_img Related Items:Hon Clarence Selver, Hon Sharlene Robinson, meeting, O’neil Delancy, Pdm TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 May 2015 – The party in blue says it will bring the issues tonight at a public meeting held at the PDM Headquarters in down town Provo. A series of public meetings were launched ahead of the 40th Anniversary National Convention which is set June 4-7. The PDM promises that they will be dealing with the issues and among the speakers will be Provo Branch chairman, O’neil Delancy, Hon Clarence Selver and the Party’s Leader, Hon Sharlene Robinson. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Recommended for youlast_img read more