Intervale Center Settles Compost Dispute

first_imgIntervale Center Settles Compost Dispute;”More than just Compost” is new Intervale ThemeBurlington, Vermont – The Intervale Center and the Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) approved a settlement in principle with the Vermont Attorney General to allow for continued compost operations in the Intervale and the settling of environmental violations related to composting in the Intervale.In a separate agreement, the Intervale Center will lease the Compost operations on its current site in the Intervale to CSWD for a period of up to three years, after which the CSWD will relocate the compost facility to a new site in Chittenden County. This outcome preserves five local jobs in the compost operation and provides a more stable situation for the Intervale Center to continue its core focus on the development of local food systems. The partnership between the Interval Center and CSWD offers a firm foundation for a continued local system to divert organic wastes from landfills. “Having gone through this arduous and expensive regulatory process, I am pleased that we have come to an agreement that will ultimately mean improved and expanded organic waste diversion in our region, while enabling two organizations to do what they do best,” said Intervale Center Executive Director Glenn McRae. “The Intervale Center will now be able to focus its full attention on building a robust and sustainable local food system.”McRae also offered that, “A lot of credit goes to the Chittenden Solid Waste District for their efforts past and present in making this work. The Intervale Center established and ran Vermont’s largest compost operation for 21 years. Now the Chittenden Solid Waste District will take the recycling of food and organic waste to where it needs to be for the future.”The Intervale Center’s mission is to develop farm- and land-based enterprises that generate economic and social opportunity while protecting natural resources. Through the Center’s 20 years of operation, almost 350 acres of formerly abandoned, historically significant agricultural land in Burlington’s Intervale have been reclaimed and put to productive agricultural, recreational, and conservation use. The various enterprises in the Intervale support approximately 100 full-time, part-time and seasonal jobs in agriculture and farms in the Intervale. The agreement with the CSWD will enable the Intervale Center to focus anew on programs that help support viable farms, increase access to fresh local produce, protect water quality through stream bank restoration, and educate young people about agriculture and healthy food.While media attention has been focused on the compost operation’s regulatory strife, much more has continued to grow and happen in the Intervale.–The Intervale Center stewards 350 acres of land with 12 successful, independent farms, which supplied more than 1 million pounds of fresh organic foods to Burlington and the region last year.–The Healthy City Program, employing 25 at-risk youth for the summer, ran a farm operation and won national recognition-the World Hunger Year Harry Chapin Self-Reliance Award-for its creative approach to hunger prevention. The youth project ran a successful community-supported agriculture (CSA) effort despite summer flooding challenges and became the largest local supplier of fresh fruits and vegetables to the Burlington School District.–This year the Intervale Center launched the Food Basket, a multi-farm drop-box program that brings together high-quality vegetables, fruits, meats, and cheese from some of the best farmers in Vermont, and delivers this produce weekly to 120 members at their places of employment.–The Intervale Conservation Nursery survived a devastating fire in its storage area in the spring, and proved quite nimble in salvaging inventory for sale and stabilizing its position so that it could continue its growth toward self-sufficiency. The Nursery worked throughout the state with multiple partners to protect miles of stream and river frontage in cooperation with agricultural uses.–Success on Farms, a support and consulting operation for Vermont farms in partnership with the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, continued its efforts to aid Vermont farmers in growing independent and successful enterprises throughout the state.–The Intervale Center and the Association of Africans Living in Vermont launched New Farms for New Americans, a market garden project that helps the immigrant and refugee population develop farming enterprises and feed their families.–Efforts to enhance community access and recreational enjoyment of the riches of the Intervale continue as a result of the work of the Intervale Center.”In the last year, with so much focus on compost, it was easy to forget that the Intervale Center, now celebrating 20 years of operations, is so much more and will continue its work in a number of new and exciting ventures connected to our local community,” said Executive Director Glenn McRae.###last_img read more

Indigenous Guatemalan Women Condemn Racism, Violence, and Neoliberalism

first_imgBy Dialogo May 08, 2009 Today indigenous women in Guatemala condemned racism, discrimination, violence, and neo-liberal policies that threaten that sector, and demanded that Álvaro Colom’s government respect their human rights. Following a conference held at the headquarters of the National Coordination of Guatemalan Widows (CONAVIGUA) in the capital, the natives reclaimed their rights and strongly condemned neoliberalism, which, in their view, has appropriated and looted cultural heritage. “The culture of racism and discrimination imposed by the neoliberal system creates violence and death, and violates our ancestral worldview and identity,” they said in a statement. They claimed that the Maya people continue to suffer persecution and punishment by the state, which has bowed to the neoliberal policies and “militarized” communities in order to allow private capital to develop and set up projects for international corporations. The natives reiterated their opposition to the trade as it has affected their development and to the welfare programs promoted by the Social Democratic government of President Álvaro Colom. The last census of 2002 reveals that Guatemala has a population of about 11.23 million, out of which more than 2.24 million are Mayan women. In their statement, they demand of the authorities the freedom for self-determination of communities and the abolition of conventions, laws, and treaties that promote the interests of international corporations such as mining, hydroelectric plants, and cement producers. It also demanded respect for human rights integral to women, the application of justice against all forms of violence, and an end to acts of femicide. A leader of Conavigua, Magdalena Sarat, explained at a press conference that the National Congress of Mayan Women was conducted just before the First Summit of Indigenous Women of the Americas, which is to be held on May 28 and 27 in Puno, Peru. Sarat said that a delegation from several organizations of Mayan women will travel to this meeting to report the problems that affect them, then will participate in the Fourth Continental Summit of Indigenous Peoples and Nationalities, which will also be held in Puno on May 29 and 31.last_img read more

Long Island Blizzard Snowfall Totals

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Maybe it wasn’t the “epic” blizzard forecasters had predicted, but Long Island still saw two feet of snow in some areas. Here are unofficial snowfall estimates from the National Weather Service:Nassau CountyMASSAPEQUA 17.8OLD BETHPAGE 17.6OCEANSIDE 17.0PLAINVIEW 17.0NEW HYDE PARK 17.0SEAFORD 16.6JERICHO 16.5BETHPAGE 16.0CARLE PLACE 16.0MERRICK 15.0ALBERTSON 15.0MALVERNE 14.1EAST NORWICH 13.0BELLEROSE 13.0BAYVILLE 12.7LEVITTOWN 12.5BALDWIN 12.0OYSTER BAY 12.0ROSLYN 11.0GLEN COVE 9.5WOODMERE 9.0BELLMORE 8.5EAST ROCKAWAY 7.5Suffolk CountySOUTHAMPTON 28.8ORIENT 28.5MATTITUCK 26.9MEDFORD 25.6ISLIP AIRPORT 24.8NORTH PATCHOGUE 24.1HAMPTON BAYS 24.0OAKDALE 23.5MILLER PLACE 22.0FLANDERS 22.0BAITING HOLLOW 22.0EASTPORT 22.0NORTH BABYLON 21.5FARMINGVILLE 21.5HOLBROOK 21.5SHOREHAM 21.0SAYVILLE 20.8NOYACK 20.3COMMACK 20.0DEER PARK 20.0SMITHTOWN 20.0LINDENHURST 19.5SHOREHAM 18.0UPTON 17.1JAMESPORT 16.5BAY SHORE 16.5TERRYVILLE 16.5ST. JAMES 16.0YAPHANK 15.7ISLIP 14.0LAKE RONKONKOMA 14.0MANORVILLE 13.0CENTERPORT 13.0HUNTINGTON 11.0last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Monday, Jan. 21

first_imgTakers will get more while others pay Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCuomo wrong on immigration policyThe Daily Gazette ran the following headline following the governor’s inauguration: “Cuomo rallies state against Trump.” Apparently, the writer, Shane Goldmacher, forgot our governor only won 15 of 62 counties in the state. The large Democratic strongholds of Westchester county and south to New York City along with the large urban cities in the western part of the state won him the election. His rant at Ellis Island does not reflect the rest of the 47 counties of upstate voters.His stand on illegal immigrants coming to the United States is totally wrong.When he talked about his family and others coming to Ellis Island to start the American dream, he should have known that after years of no control of immigrants entering the United States, Congress passed the immigration act of 1924 (the Johnson-Reed Act).This set up consular control system which required that a visa be obtained from the American consulate in their home country. They were also required to present medical certification of their health in order to get their visa. So Gov. Cuomo, apparently your grandparents met the criteria to enter and were allowed to enter.This is a far cry from the hordes of undocumented immigrants coming to our unsecured southern border with no way to vet them and check for disease.Jay JanczakBallston Spa The Daily Gazette’s Dec. 27 editorial on New York state’s population drain inadvertently exposes the difference in the thought process between the left and the right.The writer states “if the state keeps spending the way it has, the tax burden will have to be spread among a smaller number of taxpayers, meaning each of us will pay more.”“Each of us” will not pay more. The taxpayers will certainly have to be drained of more of their money. But the tax users, those who receive more in public assistance than they pay in taxes, will continue to live off the generosity of those who contribute.The writer thinks the state legislators should address the urgent problem now. So a bunch of Democrats will suddenly see the destructive nature of their socialist policies?On another subject, Marilyn Scott’s Jan. 1 letter asks how many more migrant children will die in custody before Republicans wake up?I ask: When will Democrats understand that migrants will stop risking their children’s lives after the learn that a wall they can’t get through greets them at the border — walls like the one that protects Israel from Palestinian bombers or the walls that surround Nancy Pelosi’s mansion.Speaking of Nancy, perhaps she could lead a new private initiative and adopt 50 or so of these families and let them live on the grounds of her estate. And of course, the rest of the elites will step up to the plate and join the cause.Paul KuziaScotia Let’s all try to help keep America greatAfter two years under President Trump, the American people now have reduced regulations, lower taxes, a growing economy, the lowest unemployment in 50 years, cancellation of the Iranian deal and a new NAFTA agreement, just to name a few accomplishments. Imagine what more could be done for the American people if it were not for the obsessive obstruction by the Democrats, who have nothing positive to offer.Their only goal, aided and abetted by the fake news press, is to destroy President Trump by any means possible. Granted, President Trump isn’t the same polished, smooth-talking politician we are accustomed to who promises us the world and delivers nothing, like the previous administration. President Trump just gets it done, his way. Much more work still needs to be done.Just think of the possibilities if the Democrats were working for the good of the American people.William ThielGuilderlandMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

BLOG: The Time for Statewide Non-discrimination Legislation Is Now (VIDEO)

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: BLOG: The Time for Statewide Non-discrimination Legislation Is Now (VIDEO) June 24, 2016 Equality,  National Issues,  Non-discrimination,  The Blog,  Videos Governor Wolf this week made remarks at Equality Pennsylvania’s Day of Action, where he called for statewide non-discrimination legislation that protects all Pennsylvanians and ensures Pennsylvania is a welcoming place regardless of the color of your skin, your gender, the religion you profess, or the person you love.center_img By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Odfjell Stable Despite Challenging Chemical Tanker Market

first_imgDespite a challenging chemical tankers market, Norwegian shipping and tank terminal company Odfjell delivered a stable underlying operational performance with EBITDA of USD 46 million compared to 48 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2016.Odfjell’s revenue slowed slight improvement in the first quarter of the year, reaching USD 243 million, up from USD 238 million seen in the previous quarter.The company said that it was challenged by limited shore tank capacity in several markets which again affected its port efficiency, adding that, at the same time, the top line grew with 4.4% in the quarter.Odfjell Terminals delivered an EBITDA of USD 9.4 million in first quarter, against a USD 10.7 million reported in the previous quarter. The occupancy rate of commercially available capacity was 93%, compared to 94% last quarter.“We expect 2017 to remain challenging, but our underlying operational performance is stable. Over the past two quarters we have taken crucial steps in renewing our core fleet at a very low point in the price cycle,” Kristian Mørch, CEO of Odfjell SE, said.The company added that it expects the second quarter 2017 time-charter results to be marginally lower than in the first quarter of the year. In a long-term perspective, Odfjell believes the markets to be “fairly balanced and to gradually improve.”last_img read more

France-Turkey spat over Libya arms bares NATO’s limits

first_imgThe dispute has also revealed NATO’s limits when its allies are or are perceived to be on different sides of a conflict – in this case in Libya – especially when a major nuclear ally like France has lamented the “brain death” at the world’s biggest security organization due to a lack of American leadership. BRUSSELS – The festering dispute between France and Turkey over a naval standoff in the Mediterranean Sea has shone a glaring searchlight on NATO’s struggle to keep order among its ranks and exposed weaknesses in a military alliance that can only take action by consensus. In this Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020 file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, front right, speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron, front center, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a group photo at a conference on Libya at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany. AP PHOTO/MICHAEL SOHNcenter_img According to French accounts of the June 10 incident in the Mediterranean, the French frigate Courbet was illuminated by the targeting radar of a Turkish warship that was escorting a Tanzanian-flagged cargo ship when the French vessel approached. (AP)last_img read more

Anelka future unsure after ban

first_img From then Anelka will have another seven days to decide whether to lodge an appeal. Should he do so, the punishment will remain in abeyance until the final outcome. With West Brom only having 11 games left this season, and having said Anelka will remain suspended until the conclusion of proceedings, it remains to be seen whether a player who has previously hinted at retirement plays again. Anelka faced two charges – that the gesture he performed during a goal celebration on December 28 was abusive, indecent, insulting or improper, and that it included a reference to ethnic origin, race, religion or belief. Both charges were proved but the commission did accept that Anelka was not aware of the anti-Semitic connotations of the ‘quenelle’. The Frenchman had argued it was anti-establishment, and he did it in support of his friend Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, the comedian who first brought the ‘quenelle’ to prominence. The five-match ban is the minimum that can be imposed for such an offence. Anelka was also fined £80,000 and ordered to attend an education course. A statement from the club read: “West Bromwich Albion treats very seriously any such allegation which includes any reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion and/or belief. Nicolas Anelka may have played his final game after being banned for five matches for performing the controversial ‘quenelle’ gesture. “Upon both charges being proven, the club has suspended Nicolas Anelka pending the conclusion of the FA’s disciplinary process and the club’s own internal investigation. “The club acknowledges that the FA panel ‘did not find that Nicolas Anelka is an anti-Semite or that he intended to express or promote anti-Semitism by his use of the quenelle’. “However, the club cannot ignore the offence that his actions have caused, particularly to the Jewish community, nor the potential damage to the club’s reputation.” West Brom have suffered negative press over the affair with property company Zoopla announcing last month they would not be renewing their sponsorship deal. The company’s co-owner, Alex Chesterman, is Jewish. The verdict was welcomed by anti-racism groups but for some observers it did not go far enough. Stephen Pollard, editor of The Jewish Chronicle, told Sky Sports News: “The whole thing is ludicrous, they’ve given him the minimum ban possible, which is five matches, and I think it brings the FA into considerable disrepute in the fight against racism. “It’s not even close to being punishment enough, it’s the minimum punishment possible under the FA’s rule, and the ruling is wrong.” A statement from Anelka’s legal advisers, Brown Rudnick LLP, read: “Nicolas Anelka is pleased that the FA regulatory commission has found him not to be an anti-Semite and that he did not intend to express or promote anti-Semitism by his use of the quenelle gesture. “He is now waiting to receive the commission’s full reasons for their decision before considering whether or not to appeal. “Nicolas Anelka has been advised not to make any further comment while the proceedings are ongoing.” The veteran French striker has also been suspended by his club West Brom after the Football Association found him guilty of an “aggravated breach” of anti-discrimination rules. The five-match ban will now be put on hold for seven days to allow Anelka and West Brom to receive written reasons for the verdict of an independent regulatory commission. Press Associationlast_img read more

Player exits likely – Rodgers

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers expects some of his fringe players to leave before the end of the transfer window, having told everyone in his squad where they stand this season. “You see everything settle within the squad once the window is shut because people can then focus on their professional life and life with their families as well.” However, while he is happy to let some players go Rodgers insists the likes of Moreno and Lazar Markovic, brought in last summer for £12million and £20million respectively, still have a part to play this campaign. “Both players are very talented players,” he said. “Maybe for the first time in their footballing careers – especially as they are so young – they are finding themselves not being a regular. “They know very well, with the conversations we have had, it is a long, tough season and they will be needed and when the opportunity comes you take that and keep yourself in the team. “There is no player here that hasn’t been told that.” The future of midfielder Lucas Leiva is also in doubt as he was left out of the squad at the Britannia Stadium with reports claiming he had fallen out with the manager. Of that quartet, the Brazil international will be the easiest to offload – Enrique, Balotelli and, to a lesser extent, Borini are reluctant to give up their significant wages – with a number of Italian clubs interested, and, while Rodgers was not definitive on names, he accepts some will want out if they view their chances as limited for this campaign. “It is natural at this stage of the season there will be moves for sure for some players,” he said. “What is clear is that every player is understanding of exactly where he stands in the squad. “The spirit is strong but of course it is a difficult situation with the transfer market still being open until the end of the month. “There is always going to be that speculation but I am sure there will be movement of some of the players that obviously want to play.” Rodgers, who has done his business early with seven signings brought in before the Barclays Premier League kicked off, is not a fan of the transfer window extending into the season because of the unsettling nature it can have on players. “There is obviously a sport issue but there is also a moral issue once the season starts – players are unsure where they stand and it is a very difficult time for them,” the Northern Irishman added. Despite a good opening win at Stoke, much of this week has seen some of those who were not involved in the game air their frustrations in the media, with l eft-backs Alberto Moreno and Jose Enrique both giving interviews to the Spanish press. Enrique, who claimed he , Fabio Borini and Mario Balotelli had been “alienated” by Rodgers having been made to train separately from the main squad, seems one of the likely exits. Press Associationlast_img read more

Iona looks to extend streak vs Siena

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditIona (9-12, 7-7) vs. Siena (13-10, 9-5)Times Union Center, Albany, New York; Wednesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Iona looks for its fifth straight conference win against Siena. Iona’s last MAAC loss came against the Manhattan Jaspers 72-49 on Feb. 2. Siena is coming off a 65-52 win over Manhattan in its most recent game. February 18, 2020 Associated Press SAVVY SENIORS: Siena’s Jalen Pickett, Manny Camper and Elijah Burns have combined to account for 58 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 56 percent of all Saints points over the last five games.FUELING THE OFFENSE: Pickett has directly created 56 percent of all Siena field goals over the last three games. The sophomore guard has 21 field goals and 23 assists in those games.SLIPPING AT 72: Iona is 0-10 when it allows at least 72 points and 9-2 when it holds opponents to less than 72.UNDEFEATED WHEN: The Saints are 6-0 when holding opponents to 40 percent or worse from the field, and 7-10 when opponents shoot better than that. The Gaels are 8-0 when they hold opponents to 66 points or fewer and 1-12 when opponents exceed 66 points.DID YOU KNOW: Siena is ranked first among MAAC teams with an average of 73 points per game.center_img Iona looks to extend streak vs Siena ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more