Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding and Vermont State Employees’ Association President Shelley Martin announced today that the Administration and the VSEA have reached tentative agreements on labor contracts covering three bargaining units of the VSEA ‘ the Corrections, Supervisory and Non-Management Units ‘ subject to ratification by the VSEA membership.’ The successor contracts will cover a two-year period, from July 2014 to June 2016.’ Under the terms of the contracts, most classified state employees in the Corrections, Supervisory and Non-Management Units will receive a 2.5 percent across-the-board increase in July 2014 and an additional 2.5 percent across-the-board increase in July 2015. The contracts will also contain an annualized salary minimum that ensures those employees on the lowest end of the pay plan receive an equitable wage.’ The agreements also include enhanced dental benefits for classified employees.In addition, the parties also agreed to several important changes to longstanding contract language that has not been changed in over 20 years, including changes to reduction in force (RIF) reemployment rights, reclassifications of job classes, and changes to improve the State’s ability to staff the Vermont Veterans’ Home and any successor facilities to the Vermont State Hospital.’ These contract changes will create sustainable savings and ease administrative constraints.’ ‘VSEA is very pleased that, once again, we were able to negotiate new agreements with the State,’ said Martin. ‘It’s a testament to the strength of our Union and the commitment of our members to work in collaboration with the Shumlin Administration to ensure that Vermonters are benefiting from our members’ collective expertise. We believe these are fair agreements, and we’ll be recommending our members vote to ratify.’ Martin added, ‘VSEA members are committed to ensuring Vermont government is good government and believe these tentative agreements reflect that.’’ Secretary Spaulding also expressed satisfaction with the parties’ ability to come to a negotiated agreement and avoid a protracted dispute. ‘ ‘Our state workforce delivers important services for all of us day in and day out,” said Sec. Spaulding. ‘ “These contracts provide reasonable compensation for that hard work’ in line with other public sector contract agreements, while providing all our union workers and managers some’ increased predictability, flexibility and clarity through the contract changes agreed to by VSEA. ‘ They also reflect the fiscal constraints facing Vermont taxpayers and our commitment to maintain fiscal discipline.’’ State of Vermont 12.5.2013
Crews put out a car fire in an Overland Park garage before it spread to the structure.Overland Park and Consolidated Fire District No. 2 crews were able to quell a car fire in a north Overland Park garage late Thursday afternoon before it could do any significant damage to the house.Firefighters received the call to the 5900 block of W. 74th Street shortly after 4 p.m., when the homeowner noticed smoke coming from the garage. Fire crews found a fire in the engine compartment of the car parked there, a white Pontiac Grand Prix, and used an electric saw to open the car’s hood and vent the flame. “It was a very quick knockdown with no extension [into other parts of the house] whatsoever,” said Jason Rhodes of the Overland Park Fire Department. “Fortunately, it was pretty minor.”
After the Gophers scored a touchdown on their ensuing possession, Winfield intercepted Langan for the second time, returning the ball to the end zone. Winfield’s touchdown pushed the lead to 35-0 and was the second of three Minnesota touchdowns in the span of two minutes and 22 seconds. “It’s always great when you can make plays for the team,” Winfield told the media. “It’s a great feeling.”Rutgers’ offense reached the end zone with 5:53 remaining in the game, but not until after Minnesota had pulled its starters from the game. That score was only the second touchdown the Gophers’ defense had allowed in the team’s past three games.The only concern for the defense following the game was the health of senior linebacker Kamal Martin, who leads the team with 46 tackles despite missing two games. Martin left the game in the third quarter with what Fleck called a lower leg injury.“Usually when something really bad happens, [team doctors] tell me right away,” Fleck told the media. “They can’t do that right now. They have to get some more looks at it. We have to get him back to Minneapolis to get some more imaging on it.”Thanks in large part to a defense that has allowed 17 points over its last 12 quarters, Minnesota is now 7-0 for the first time since 1960, the last year the program won a national championship. The Gophers are now the last undefeated team in the Big Ten West after Wisconsin lost to Illinois on Saturday. “It’s exciting and we’re excited,” senior running back Rodney Smith told the media of the team’s undefeated start. “But we have to refocus ourselves tomorrow when we watch the film.” Gophers’ defense stifles Rutgers in lopsided victoryMinnesota’s defense has allowed 17 points over its past three games.The Gophers tackle Rutgers’ ball carrier at SHI Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 20. They defeated the Scarlet Knights 42-7 bringing their record to 7-0. (Courtesy of Dustin Niles / The Daily Targum) Nick JungheimOctober 20, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintIn the team’s first ever visit to Piscataway, New Jersey, Minnesota’s defense led the way to victory, building upon its dominant performances from the prior two weeks. The Gophers defense had no difficulties against a Rutgers offense that had only scored seven points in four conference games.During the 42-7 victory, Minnesota forced three turnovers while allowing a mere 189 yards of offense. Although the Gophers didn’t jump out to a large lead immediately, the defensive effort ultimately allowed No. 20 Minnesota to pull away and improve to 7-0 (4-0 Big Ten). Despite entering as heavy favorites, head coach P.J. Fleck said his team wasn’t taking a victory for granted.“Always attack, never fold,” Fleck said was his message to his players before the game. “It’s about us, we’re going to play up and the moment you worry about your opponent, no matter who that is, you get beat.”Minnesota’s offense got off to a slow start, going three-and-out on back-to-back drives to begin the afternoon. However, the defense forced Rutgers to punt on its first three possessions, allowing ample time for the Gophers to build a lead. The offense began to improve after halftime. Quarterback Tanner Morgan ended the game 15-28 passing, despite completing just 10 of 22 attempts in the first half. “I thought in the second half we did a better job,” Morgan told the media. “There’s a lot for us to learn from, especially myself.”After struggling against Indiana the previous week, Scarlet Knights quarterback Johnny Langan managed just two completions on six attempts for one yard through two quarters. Redshirt sophomore Antoine Winfield Jr. and redshirt junior Philip Howard both had first-half interceptions. Before halftime, the Gophers limited Rutgers to 29 yards of total offense. Trailing 21-0, the Scarlet Knights managed to move the ball 46 yards on their first possession of the second half, a 17-play drive that consumed more than seven minutes. However, defensive ends Carter Coughlin and Tai’yon Devers converged to sack Langan on a third down forcing a field goal attempt from kicker Justin Davidovicz, who pushed the kick wide left.
ORION announced that Rosecrest Apartments has sold for $929,000, or $61,933/unit. The property is well-located in the heart of Midtown on 3rd Avenue and Camelback Road. Situated on an approximate half-acre of land, Rosecrest Apartments is comprised of three block-constructed buildings totaling 15 units. The property is individually metered for electricity and was 100% occupied at close of escrow.Associates Zack Mishkin and Jamie Canute of ORION Investment Real Estate negotiated the sale. “Imagine owning a mid-century, garden-style apartment complex right in the heart of Midtown, walking distance to not one, but two Light Rail stations and numerous notable eateries. Well, that’s The Rosecrest Apartments,” says Mishkin. “Notable businesses in the area include: Uptown Plaza (undergoing a mid-century styled renovation), Dutch Bros. Coffee, The Newton, Postino, Windsor, Federal Pizza, Joyride Taco House, and St. Francis,” he further explains. The Seller was Phoenix Venture Capital LLC. Individual, Bryan Nash, purchased the property.Please contact Mishkin or Canute for more details regarding this transaction, additional investment opportunities, or to discuss the sale of your property.
msnbc:It’s a trap that most of us have fallen into: making a rash or regrettable decision after a few cold Coors Lights. Blame it on the booze, right? A new study out of the University of Missouri College of Arts and Sciences sheds light on how the brain processes mistakes in the presence of alcohol.In a finding that runs contrary to previous thinking, it turns out we still know we are making mistakes when intoxicated. We just don’t care as much.“I suppose the main implication is that people shouldn’t assume ‘I was drunk’ is a good excuse for doing things one knows he or she shouldn’t be doing,” wrote the study’s author, Dr. Bruce Bartholow of the University of Missouri, in an e-mail. The study will be published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology.Read the whole story: msnbc More of our Members in the Media >
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 83 with sunny skies and areas of smoke and tonight’s low around 58. Courtesy/NWS
Canadians heating their homes with natural gas can expect to spend slightly more than they did last year, whereas consumers of electricity and heating oil are not likely to notice a sizeable increase, the National Energy Board (NEB) said in its Winter Energy Outlook.The demand for natural gas or heating oil during Canadian winter months is primarily driven by the weather. Heating demand requirements should be average to below-average, based on normal temperature expectations in most parts of the country, with below-normal temperatures forecast for the West Coast and above-normal temperatures forecast for the East Coast.Prices are forecast to average between $2.90 – $3.40 per Gigajoule at Intra-Alberta and US$3.25 – $3.75 per million British Thermal Units at Henry Hub, a slight increase from last winter’s prices. At the Dawn hub in Ontario, prices are expected to be comparable to last winter, averaging between US$3.40 – $3.90 per MMBtu.While the storage inventories of natural gas are expected to be below last year’s record levels, they are still well within the five-year average. Production of natural gas in Canada and the U.S. averaged 70 billion cubic feet per day so far and should remain steady for the next six months. LNG imports are forecast to be modest, averaging 0.5 Bcf per day over the winter.Canadians relying on heating oil to heat their homes this winter can expect to pay between $1.10 and $1.30 per litre, or about the same as last winter. As the largest heating oil markets are on the east coast, the primary factor affecting heating oil prices is the price of seaborne crude oil (which is expected to be similar to last winter).Ongoing geopolitical tensions, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, may impact the supply of crude oil, which could result in price fluctuations. Inventory levels of crude oil and petroleum products in the U.S., Japan and Europe are near 20-year lows. Such low inventories could mean increased price volatility in the event of supply disruptions or refinery outages.West Texas Intermediate and Brent prices are expected to average between US$90 to US$100 per barrel, and US$100 and US$110 per barrel, respectively. Western Canadian Select is expected to trade at a discount in the range of US$30 to US$40 per barrel relative to WTI over the winter.Stable crude oil price forecasts and adequate inventories of gasoline both suggest that Canadians will not pay much more than they did last year when filling up at the pump. The retail price for a litre of gasoline in Canada is forecast to average between $1.15 and $1.35.Alberta and Ontario wholesale electricity prices are forecast to remain close to last year’s winter levels. In Ontario, prices are expected to average between $25 and $35 per megawatt hour. These prices do not include the province’s Global Adjustment which averaged $58 per MW.h in the first nine months of 2013. Prices in Alberta are expected to average between $80 and $90 per MW.h over the winter months. Residential electricity rates increased somewhat in almost all provinces in 2013 and further price increases are scheduled for 2014. The need to replace aging infrastructure and the cost of new generation put upward pressure on electricity prices in Canada.Propane prices this winter will be at a level similar to last year, ranging from 25 – 35 cents per litre at both Edmonton and Mont Belvieu, Texas, the benchmark propane hubs in Canada and the U.S. The increase in propane prices in comparison to last winter is primarily driven by higher WTI prices this year.Propane stocks in Canada and the U.S. were close to their historical five-year average at the end of October, as propane production south of the border continues to grow, supported by rising production of liquids-rich shale gas. Although U.S. propane exports are increasing due to the growing U.S. supply and higher overseas propane prices versus the U.S., it seems that propane stocks in North America are adequate to cover the expected incremental winter demand.[mappress]LNG World News Staff, December 09, 2013
Universal LNG Holdings said it has acquired HEYCO LNG’s 64-acre facility in Yoakum, Texas to build the first LNG facility dedicated to the energy sector in the Southern Gulf Coast.The plant, which is expected to be operational within 11 months, will produce 300,000 gallons of LNG a day, with the potential to expand to more than 800,000/day, the company revealed in a statement.Details of the acquisition remained undisclosed.Domestic LNG production has the potential to reduce the cost of oil and gas production in the U.S. by an estimated 20 percent per barrel, a savings that could relieve a strained domestic energy industry, Universal LNG said.In the coming months, the company intends to name an oil and gas operator client to receive LNG produced at the plant.The Yoakum plant is also expected to supply liquefied natural gas to Universal’s LNG tractor-trailer trucks fleet.The company also plans to use its active export license to supply LNG to Mexico, and is eying possible facilities on the East Coast, the Dakotas and Africa. Image: Universal LNG
Egyptian Marine Agency Services (EMAS) and NSCL Shipping Agencies & Investment Company have been appointed as new Project Support Members in Egypt and Sudan, respectively, both for their Ship Agency expertise.Interfreight Group companies have also been appointed as new project forwarder members for Southern Sudan (Interfreight Limited); Eastern Congo (Societe TMK); Burundi (Sodetra Burundi SPRL); and Tanzania (Freight and Logistics Limited). Interfreight are already PPG members for Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.Additional new project forwarder appointments include Maple Shipping & Logistics LLC in Oman, Solot Logistics Ecuador S.A. in Ecuador and All in Shipping in Egypt.PPG general manager Kevin Stephens said all new appointees delivered a range of project forwarding services and had proven experience.The PPG gathers in Rio de Janeiro from June 15-17 for its annual conference.
Work began in June and to date, 14 out of 24 brew kettles have been disassembled and put into storage at a shipyard at the port of Hamburg. The company said that the 24 m-long kettles were removed from the site using a 700-tonne capacity crane. A second 100-tonne capacity crane was used to lift and position each tank on a special lowbed trailer for onward transportation. “Even for us as an experienced heavy-duty logistics company, this mammoth project is a big challenge,” said Johann Evers, ceo of Gustav Seeland. “It has required an extraordinary degree of harmony between people and technology. What’s more, the roads in downtown Hamburg were not built for the transportation of such large consignments,” he pointed out.A police escort accompanied the vessels through the narrow streets of the city to Cruise Terminal Altona. Several traffic lights had to be dismantled to allow the oversize vessels, which measure up to 6.4 m in diameter, to pass.Having been unloaded onto a large pontoon at the docks, the brewing kettles were then taken across the River Elbe and placed into temporary storage at the port of Hamburg.Next, they will be transported by pontoon to a logistics centre, from where they will be delivered by road to the new brewery site, as and when required. Gustav Seeland will also be responsible for reinstalling the kettles.The brewery is scheduled to be up and running, with all 24 kettles installed, by February 2019.www.seeland-hamburg.de