Duke Energy, Dominion Energy abandon Atlantic Coast Pipeline project

first_imgThe project is a 970km underground pipeline project to transport natural gas from West Virginia to customers in Virginia and North Carolina, US The interstate pipeline includes 42in-diameter and 36in-diameter segments. (Credit: Pixabay/PublicDomainPictures) US-based electric power holding company Duke Energy and Dominion Energy has abandon their plans to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.The construction of the pipeline has been cancelled citing the on-going delays and increasing cost uncertainty which threaten the economic viability of the project.The $8bn Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) is a 970km underground pipeline project to transport natural gas from West Virginia to customers in Virginia and North Carolina, US.The Atlantic Coast Pipeline was announced in 2014Dominion Energy chairman, president, and CEO Thomas Farrell, II and Duke Energy chair, president, and CEO Lynn Good said: “We regret that we will be unable to complete the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. For almost six years we have worked diligently and invested billions of dollars to complete the project and deliver the much-needed infrastructure to our customers and communities.“Throughout we have engaged extensively with and incorporated feedback from local communities, labor and industrial leaders, government and permitting agencies, environmental interests and social justice organizations.“This announcement reflects the increasing legal uncertainty that overhangs large-scale energy and industrial infrastructure development in the United States. Until these issues are resolved, the ability to satisfy the country’s energy needs will be significantly challenged.”Initially announced in 2014, the project was planned to be constructed in response to a lack of energy supply and delivery diversification for many of the families, businesses, schools, and national defence installations across North Carolina and Virginia.The interstate pipeline includes 42in-diameter and 36in-diameter segments that were planned to have the capacity to deliver 1.5 billion cubic feet (bcf) of gas a day.According to Duke Energy, the project was estimated to create thousands of construction jobs and millions of dollars in tax revenue for local communities across West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina.last_img read more

Understanding is all

first_imgKnowledge is power was the message from Tesco’s in-store bakery category manager at the autumn British Society of Baking (BSB) conference. Neil Franklin, who probably has more of both these commodities at his fingertips than many others in the baking industry, said suppliers are not employing supermarket sales data enough.Franklin, formerly of British Bakeries, gave a frank assessment of the supply chain’s shortcomings. His message was: when it comes to understanding consumers and making future plans, many in-store bakery suppliers are off the pace.But while suppliers are already gritting their teeth over massive ingredient price hikes, sweating over how to pass those costs on to the multiples, delegates were told there is plenty of opportunity to grow their business in partnership with Tesco, as long as they question their approach to future strategy. Too often, buyers’ questions about long-term plans are being met with a mute response, he said.”It always comes back to ’what’s the plan?’ I don’t think all our suppliers could articulate that right now. There’s nothing greater for us than someone saying, ’Actually, you should be going after this area because we’ve researched it and you’d be the first to market on it’. We’ll build those plans up together in the partnership,” said Franklin.Suppliers were not taking advantage of Tesco Link – a free web-based tool that contains store-specific electronic point-of-sale information as well as stock level data. This offers data on what products are being sold, volume, values and how they compare to the key KPIs within the in-store bakery.”The worrying thing is that not all of our suppliers are using it,” he said. “As a business, we will look at our numbers daily – probably even more frequently; I’m not sure how any business can get by without actually understanding the sales through the till.”Furthermore, Tesco’s Clubcard data system, by Dunnhumby, also available to suppliers, is not being checked by them regularly enough, he said. “It gives us the insight into how our promotions are working, what level of loyalty it has, what potential there is for a product’s growth and where it’s ranked in its category. From that you can draw out the broader trends, and it’s available to all our suppliers.”Franklin urged suppliers to ditch the mindset that a product’s life story ends when it reaches the Tesco depot. “The more you understand your customer, the greater the opportunity to grow your business. If it’s getting through the depots, but not through the till, then what fundamentally is going wrong? Is there something within our systems that we need to be challenged on?” he asked. “Sharing your objectives in terms of what volumes you’re trying to gain and the value you’re hoping to deliver is perfectly achievable.”Meanwhile, Franklin gave a broad hint that scratch-baking will play a bigger role in the future of Tesco’s in-store bakeries and would not be squeezed out by bake-off. A new training regime is being implemented in Tesco’s 500 scratch-bake and 200 part-bake bakeries to address admitted failures in its bakery training programmes. Training of coaches is under way and the programme will be rolling out across the entire estate over the next year.”We didn’t feel we had the right level of capability in our training programmes,” he said. “One of the core things you’d expect of an in-store bakery training programme is how to make a loaf of bread. Rather embarrassingly, ours didn’t. So we’ve revisited the whole programme, putting in four levels from bronze to masterclass and it’s a bit of a Jedi programme. If we don’t address the fundamental issues – the capability and understanding of how to make the product – then we’re throwing away good money after bad.”Despite the rise of bake-off, Franklin would like to promote more scratch-baking of core breads. “It’s vitally important that we seek to move to more scratch solutions, but, where we can, also have the right level of bake-off operation. Customers’ quality perceptions for bakery are second only to fresh produce, so it’s an important department. Some stores may wish to do bake-off because it’s simpler, but we feel the customer prefers scratch over bake-off any day.”While premium lines have dri-ven NPD in the category, it has yet to be seen whether rising mortgage rates and food inflation will destabilise premium-bound consumer purchasing habits. Premium sectors are driving growth, but innovation should not revolve around this, he insisted.”In bakery, we have a lot of indulgent products. If the belt is tightening, what are you going to sacrifice – the £800 plasma screen TV or the £1 packet of doughnuts? We’re looking ahead and as soon as the answer pops out, we’ll adjust our trends accordingly. For me, innovation has to orientate around all our pillar brands. That’s an approach I would seek from all our suppliers. We’re a broad church and customer trends are changing.” n—-=== Conference notes ===Suppliers could do more to improve availability – only 15% of shoppers say they get everything they want from a visit to any supermarketNPD should be focused across the whole spectrum of bakery – not just premiumTesco has begun a new in-store bakery training programme to strengthen its scratch bakery offeringSuppliers need to monitor product sales data daily and have a more comprehensive depot-to-till approach, alongside long-term sales strategieslast_img read more

Cocaine found in semi hauling thousands of pounds of garlic

first_img Pinterest IndianaLocalNews By Jon Zimney – December 10, 2020 0 438 Facebook Pinterest Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Cocaine found in semi hauling thousands of pounds of garlic Facebook Google+ Google+ (Photo supplied/Indiana State Police) A semi truck hauling garlic had a lot more than that in tow.The discovery was made at a weigh station on I-94 as inspectors were checking the cargo of a trailer that was supposed to be loaded with about 18,000 lbs of minced garlic, and when they noticed a suspicious black case in the back they called state police.It didn’t take long for officers to identify its contents at cocaine, and there was a lot of it. Police say that when the search was done they had found more than 100lbs of cocaine, worth between $1.5 and $2 million.Two men, Baljinder Singh of Indio, California, and Gurwinder Singh of Riverside, California, were arrested and taken to the Porter County Jail. WhatsApp Previous articleSentencing delayed for Sam Anello in Puerto RicoNext articleINDOT and Holcomb announce $101 million in matching funds for Indiana roads Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

News story: Sellafield invests £2.6m to create Cumbria business hub

first_img West Cumbria has always been a crucible of innovation, energy, and ideas. We pioneered the civil nuclear industry and we’re leading the world in decommissioning and waste management. Now we’re positioning ourselves for the next wave of growth in the tech and digital industries. That means unleashing the energy and ambition of local people to innovate, invent, and inspire. The Buzz Station will provide the ideal environment for collaboration and creativity, allowing the next generation of tech entrepreneurs to lead our economic renewal. This is Sellafield transformation in action – creating partnerships, unlocking investment, and helping to build a diverse and sustainable private sector. conference and meeting space for 75 people an artisan food and drink outlet, open to the public health and wellbeing facilities This is a bold social investment by Sellafield Ltd and underpins commitment to economic diversity in our region. We are delighted to welcome them on board as a strategic partner in the scheme. The overall North Shore plans will be the catalyst for major change in Whitehaven and the Buzz Station will be a valuable asset for the town. The project is part of Sellafield Ltd’s social impact strategy which seeks to leverage public and private sector investment to help grow and diversify the West Cumbrian economy.Jamie Reed, Head of Development and Community Relations for Sellafield Ltd, said: Andrew van der Lem, of the NDA, said: This is fantastic news for Cumbria. Our investment will not only transform a derelict building but will provide a focal point for local economic growth in key areas like technology, digital, and creative.center_img The building will work with organisations like the Beacon Museum to provide education opportunities for schoolchildren, college students, and adult learners.It will be linked to existing regional and national economic growth programmes via the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).Rob Miller, Head of Property and Development at BEC, said: Sellafield Ltd is investing £2.6m to convert a derelict transport exchange in Whitehaven into a £4.1m hothouse for tech, digital, media, and creative start-ups.The scheme, called the Buzz Station, is being funded by Sellafield Ltd’s owner the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).Selalfield Ltd Buzz Station schemeIt is part of a wider £300m regeneration of the town led by BEC and partners including Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners and Copeland Borough Council.The building will be developed with strategic input from Sellafield Ltd and could be open next year.Alongside units for fledgling firms, the plan includes: Michael Pemberton, BEC Chief Executive, said: This innovative and exciting development will complement the North Shore regeneration scheme. It is the start of a major delivery phase for BEC. We are looking forward to opening the doors to ambitious businesses and the public.last_img read more

Magic Four-Peat: Gartner Names Dell EMC a Leader in Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage for Fourth Year in a Row

first_imgReady to do more with your own unstructured data? Learn more about Dell EMC Isilon and ECS platforms and contact us for more details.A complimentary copy of the 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage is available here.With this newest report, Dell EMC is now positioned as a Leader in nine Gartner Magic Quadrants. We feel the continued recognition demonstrates the market demand from global enterprises for scalable, reliable and easy to use products that help them to focus on managing their businesses, not their storage.*Gartner, Inc. “Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage” by Julia Palmer, Raj Bala, Chandra Mukhyala, September 30, 2019Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Company recognized for completeness of vision and ability to execute The Dell EMC team is honored to once again be recognized as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage. Isilon and ECS, Dell EMC’s industry-leading solutions for distributed file systems and object storage, were evaluated for the Gartner report.We believe our laser-focus on innovation and our unwavering commitment to customers are key driving factors to being recognized by Gartner as a Leader  in Distributed File Systems and Object Storage for the fourth consecutive year for this Magic Quadrant, and for many years prior in other Gartner Magic Quadrants. That’s right, for the fourth year in a row the company has been recognized for its completeness of vision and ability to execute on current and anticipated customer requirements.Addressing the unstructured data challengeAccording to Gartner, “By 2024, enterprises will triple their unstructured data stored as file or object storage from what they have in 2019”.* Businesses need to have storage systems in place that allow them to focus on the data, the applications and the workloads, not on additional configurations, lack of performance or limited scaling capabilities. You should not have to change how IT works, just because the data keeps growing.In the report, Gartner states, “Market leaders will typically be able to execute strongly across multiple geographies with products that cover both distributed file systems and object storage offerings. They also have consistent financial performance, broad platform support and flexible deployment models.”* The unstructured data teams here at Dell EMC are continuously working to improve our offerings and provide customers with agile, scalable and cost-effective storage platforms that address the ever-increasing amounts of unstructured data our customers continue to be faced with.Below are some of the recent enhancements we’ve made to our unstructured data solutions over the last few months to help organizations modernize and simplify their storage infrastructure:New Dell EMC Isilon innovations. Isilon OneFS 8.2 and the Isilon H5600 enable organizations to support demanding workloads with massive capacity and performance and provide a highly efficient, dense storage solution that helps organizations shrink their data center footprint and lower costs.Additional updates to Isilon OneFS further accelerate in-line compression and deduplication to provide up to a 140% greater usable capacity of Isilon solutions powered by OneFS.For object storage, new ECS 3.4 software strengthens the platform’s enterprise readiness, improves customer ROI, enhances data visibility into system health, and the new EX500 appliance provides a versatile option for midsized enterprises supporting both modern applications or deep archive use cases.Announced the certification of Dell EMC Isilon version OneFS 8.2 with Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) 3.1 and Cloudera’s Enterprise Data Hub(CDH) via the Cloudera QATS (Quality Assured Testing Suite) program. Certification of Dell EMC ECS as the S3 object store using QATS for both HDP and Cloudera Distribution of Hadoop (CDH) is also underway.Our impressive Dell EMC Isilon and ECS install base grows every day and our teams are diligently working to deliver new innovations that will help our customers tackle and get more value out of the explosion of data that they have to store and manage. Jam Filled – Long version – FINAL 12-18-17Jam Filled gives animators the compute power they needwhile cost-efficiently adjusting capacity to match spikes and lulls inthe project pipeline.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseMuteCurrent Time 0:03/Duration 3:19Loaded: 8.08%0:03Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:16 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Grizzly bear attacks biker in Montana

first_imgBILLINGS, Montana (AP) — Authorities say a mountain biker was attacked by a grizzly bear Monday near the southern Montana community of Big Sky.,Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks spokesperson Morgan Jacobsen told the Billings Gazette that the man was able to walk away and find help.,The man, in his 60s, was airlifted to a hospital with injuries to his face and back and is stable in critical condition.,Jacobsen said the attack did not appear to be predatory. The trail is closed during the investigation. Authorities are not searching for the bear.,Jacobsen reminded people in bear country to carry bear spray, stay in groups, watch for signs of the animals and keep away from areas with animal carcasses.last_img read more

ND works to reduce food waste

first_imgNotre Dame students cleaned their plates yesterday on the first Waste-Free Wednesday to reduce the 1.25 tons of food wasted each day in campus dining halls, student Food Services representative Elizabeth Davis said. “At Notre Dame, we are currently wasting 6.27 ounces per meal,” Davis said. Students who present a clean plate with no wasted leftovers during dinner on Wednesdays in November will be entered into a raffle to win 100 Flex Points. Food Services, the Office of Sustainability and student government teamed up to bring Waste-Free Wednesdays and the Holy Cross Harvest food drive together under the eND Hunger campaign. They hope to make students more aware of how their food choices affect others, Davis said. During Energy Awareness Week earlier in the year, Davis and other student volunteers physically scraped the plates and emptied cups after meals at North and South Dining Halls. The volunteers weighed the wasted food and liquid to find exact numbers for waste at Notre Dame. Davis said the volunteers will return to the dining halls on ­­Nov. 17 to weigh leftovers again and see if the earlier statistics improved after Waste-Free Wednesdays. The figures collected from the dining halls include liquid waste. “A lot of people do not realize that liquid is a waste,” Davis said. “It was interesting to see how fast everything accumulates.” Plate waste and unusable leftovers from the dining hall are sent through a garbage disposal and then a waste treatment facility, William Yarbrough, associate director of Food Services operations, said. “The best thing that could happen would be for diners to take only what they could eat or drink and eliminate most of the food waste,” Yarbrough said. “Many beverages are costly too, such as milk and juices.” Leftover cooked food that is not used in the dining halls and does not need to be thrown away is donated to the Hope Rescue Mission and the Center for the Homeless in South Bend, Yarbrough said. “If we used less food because diners were not throwing away 6.27 ounces each meal we would purchase and prepare less food, which would save a significant amount in dollars spent for food each year,” Yarbrough said. Taking less food to begin a meal at the dining hall and going back for more later is a simple way to be conscious of the waste that will remain at the end of the meal, Davis said. The Holy Cross Harvest food drive also kicked off yesterday for students at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s as another part of eND Hunger, Beth Simpson, chair of student government’s eND Hunger campaign, said. “I think combined with eND hunger as well as the Holy Cross Harvest food drive we can make a unified approach to this issue,” Davis said. “Working together creates a greater awareness that can be really positive.” Simpson said waste increases inequality between Notre Dame tables and the tables of those in the local community who suffer from food scarcity. “It is important not to devalue the reality that one plate does make a difference,” Simpson said. “Our personal consumption choices can make an impact on the grand scale.” The vision for the Holy Cross Harvest was a more unified effort for the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. “The food bank receives wonderful donations from these initiatives,” Simpson said. “But they also result in inefficiency because the food bank itself was having to dedicate a lot of time and resources to receiving the donations from these varied efforts.” Students can place non-perishable items and toiletries in collection boxes in their dorms until Nov. 17. The Food Bank of Northern Indiana requested toiletries as a donation because food stamps cannot help families purchase those items, Simpson said. Student government will also set up tables for Domer Dollar donations during the last week of the drive in the LaFortune Student Center. “One dollar makes seven meals for the food bank,” Simpson said. “Even a small monetary donation makes a huge impact.” The food, toiletries and money will be presented to the food bank during a concluding rally on campus Nov. 17. “The Office of Sustainability also said they would match with $300 if we raise $300 in donations,” Davis said. “We could potentially donate $600 dollars to the food bank if enough people participate, which translates into 4,200 meals.” These meals could serve people living on the West Side of South Bend, the targeted area for the eND Hunger campaign. “The food drive is an immediate manner for students to contribute to the community and help alleviate food scarcity,” Simpson said. “This problem is especially acute during the holiday season when income can be tighter than ever.” Social concerns chair Patrick McCormick said Notre Dame students can use the campaign to guarantee the right to food in local neighborhoods especially during the holidays. “We wanted to really bring the eND hunger campaign to people,” McCormick said. “We can see it in the dorms and in the dining halls where we eat and in our community. We wanted to cover all the bases.” Students from the eND Hunger campaign will attend their second meeting with members of the local community on Nov. 19 to discuss how to best target food scarcity in the West Side of South Bend. “Many individuals receive the food that is extra from what we do not consume,” Simpson said. “As a result, they are not getting what is best nutritionally and they are not able to make healthy food choices because of the injustice in the food system.” The campaign’s goals were not to attack a huge issue like world hunger, but to begin fighting against that issue in the University’s neighborhood. “Our hope is that this hunger campaign demonstrates the potential of community engagement on the local level,” McCormick said. “We can confront food scarcity there to fight for justice.”last_img read more

ND names honorees

first_imgNotre Dame will honor seven leaders in business, the Church, community outreach, education, engineering and the arts as recipients of honorary degrees from the University at its 169th commencement ceremony May 18, according to a University press release.Retired oil executive W. Douglas Ford and Harvard University professor Evelyn Hu will receive honorary doctor of engineering degrees, and biologist and higher education leader Sally Mason and Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley, archbishop of Boston will receive doctor of laws degrees, the release stated.Notre Dame will also honor choreographer Judith Jamison with an honorary doctorate of fine arts and surgeon and activist Ray Hammond with a degree in humane letters, according to the press release. They will join principal speaker Christopher Patten, chancellor of the University of Oxford and chair of the BBC trust, to receive their recognition, the release stated.Ford, a retired executive in the oil industry and member of the Notre Dame class of 1966, worked as chief executive of refining and marketing for British Petroleum (BP) and provided the funds to establish the Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity at Notre Dame, according to the press release. He currently serves on Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees.A professor of applied physics and electrical engineering at Harvard University, Hu researches nanoscale electronic and photonic devices, according to the press release. She has developed products from her research by co-directing the California Nanosystems Institute and co-founding Cambrios and Siluria, two startup companies that develop novel materials for electronic devices.Mason, the 20th president of the University of Iowa, researches developmental biology, genetics and biochemistry of pigment cells. She has supported sustainability initiatives and fought to increase enrollment and retention at Iowa, the release stated.Dedicating his pastoral outreach to Latino and Haitian immigrants, O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston founded the Centro Catolico Hispano in Washington D.C.He currently serves on a council of eight cardinals appointed by Pope Francis to assist with Church governance and this year joins the inaugural Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, according to the press release.Artistic director emerita of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Jamison led the company for 21 years, starred in a Broadway musical and founded her own dance company. She succeeded Ailey as the director of his company and established the group’s permanent home and international tour circuit, the press release stated.Hammond, “a Harvard-trained surgeon and urban community leader,” founded Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston, where he serves as pastor, the press release stated. Hammond has held leadership positions with outreach groups in Boston and written papers and articles focusing on social concerns, including academic achievement and violence prevention.Patten will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary degree, according to a Jan. 15 University press release.Tags: Commencement, commencement honorary degrees, honorees, Staff Reportlast_img read more

Leahy speaks on Vermont’s long history of innovation and invention

first_imgThe US Senate is debating legislation authored by Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy to update the nation’s patent system. It has been nearly 60 years since the last comprehensive reforms were made the patent system. The America Invents Act was introduced by Leahy on January 25, and is the culmination of nearly six years of debate.Vermont receives more patents per capita than any other state in the nation. The first US patent issued was awarded to Vermonter Samuel Hopkins of Pittsford.Yesterday on the Senate floor, Leahy delivered the following remarks, highlighting Vermonters’ role in innovation and invention since the early days of the country.Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy,On Vermont And The America Invents Act Of 2011March 3, 2011″Since this debate began, we have heard a lot about how the America Invents Act will help unleash the American inventive spirit. Vermonters have a long history of innovation and invention, and it is that creative spirit that has given rise to some interesting and revolutionary inventions. Few people may know that Vermont is issued the most patents per capita of any state in the country. Fewer still may know that the first-ever patent issued in the United States, which was signed by George Washington, was granted to a Vermonter in 1790. It was Samuel Hopkins of Pittsford who began the great tradition of Vermont innovation.”Throughout America’s history, Vermont has contributed to our economic prosperity with inventive ideas. Thaddeus Fairbanks of St. Johnsbury patented the platform scale in 1830, which revolutionized the way in which large objects were weighed. Charles Orvis of Manchester, the founder of the well known sporting goods retailer Orvis, patented the open fly fishing reel in 1874. Many other inventions originated from Vermont in the early years of America, including an electric motor, an internal combustion engine, and the paddle wheel steam ship.”Today, that innovative, Vermont spirit continues, and Vermonters are contributing to the American economy through innovation and invention every year. Exploring new ways to modify existing products to limit their environmental impact is a quintessentially Vermont idea. Researchers at the University of Vermont have developed and are now seeking a patent for a wood finish that releases fewer toxins into the air than standard finishes by utilizing whey protein instead of petroleum. In his State of the Union Address, President Obama noted that advances in green technology will be a key driver of our economy in the 21st Century. Vermont inventors have been and will continue to be out in front in this area.”Computer technology will also be a driver of our 21st Century economy, and Vermonters are active in producing the next generation of this technology as well. Viewers across the country were fascinated by the recent appearance of IBM’s Watson supercomputer on Jeopardy! Components used to power Watson were invented by IBM researchers in Vermont, and I am sure that those Vermonters watched proudly as Watson defeated Jeopardy! legends Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in the recent man vs. machine matchup.”Modernizing the patent system will help to ensure that Vermont inventors will still be able to compete, not just on a national stage, but in the international marketplace. Much has changed since Samuel Hopkins received the first U.S. patent in 1790, but the need for a flexible and efficient patent system has remained constant. Inventors from Burlington to the Bay Area require the appropriate incentives to invest in the research required to create the next platform scale, the next Watson computer, or the next life-saving medical device.”Over the last six years, as I have worked on meaningful, comprehensive patent reform legislation, I kept in the mind the tradition of great Vermont innovators like Thaddeus Fairbanks and Charles Orvis. The next generation of Vermonters is as eager as the last to show America and the world what they can produce. Vermont may be one of the smallest States in our nation, but it is bursting with creativity. The America Invents Act will ensure that the next Samuel Hopkins can flourish well into the 21st Century.”last_img read more

Government disburses $4.5m in village funds as cash aid for poor families

first_imgTopics : Upon being questioned how the government would oversee the disbursement of cash transfers, Abdul said that the government “trusted village officials and volunteers to oversee the disbursement process”.Concerns have grown over the disbursement of the government’s social aid program to weather the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.“If the COVID-19 aid funds are misused by state officials, such as regents, mayors, governors or ministers and their respective deputies, it will be difficult because the KPK [Corruption Eradication Commission] is very procedural; it needs to report to the President in handling those cases,” former KPK deputy chief Mochammad Jasin said on Wednesday, warning that corruption could occur with so much aid being distributed during the current health crisis.The government has set aside Rp 436.1 trillion for stimulus programs, equivalent to 2.5 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), including Rp 110 trillion for social safety nets. According to Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Ministerial Regulation No 6/2020, the government has allocated Rp 22.4 trillion from a total of Rp 71.19 trillion in village funds to disburse cash transfers for 12.3 million families affected by the crisis.The government will provide Rp 600,000 a month for three months to families that meet certain criteria, including whose members have lost their jobs and do not receive assistance from the Family Hope Program (PKH) and the staple-food card program.Villages with village fund allocations of up to Rp 800 million must set aside 25 percent of the money for COVID-19 cash assistance, while villages with funds of Rp 800 million to Rp 1.2 billion must set aside 30 percent from their budget. Villages with funds of more than Rp 1.2 billion must set aside 35 percent from their budget to provide the cash transfers, Abdul said.“This does not mean that the villages cannot disburse more funds; they can increase the transfer if needed,” said Abdul. “We are hoping that the disbursement will be smooth as we need to prioritize humanitarian efforts.”center_img The government has disbursed around Rp 70 billion (US$4.5 million) in cash assistance for some 116,000 families using village funds to help them cope with the severe economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Minister Abdul Halim Iskandar said 8,157 villages in 76 districts nationwide had disbursed Rp 600,000 to each registered family through both cashless and cash transfers.“As we are currently in a national emergency, I am asking regional leaders to facilitate poor families to receive the cash assistance by prioritizing humanitarian efforts,” Abdul told reporters during a press briefing on Monday.last_img read more