What Haiti needs … now

first_imgShelter from the season’s pounding rains, a jump-start for earthquake-stalled classrooms, and employment for those robbed of work by Haiti’s Jan. 12 quake top the list of needs in the disaster-stricken nation, a former prime minister said during an interview while visiting the Harvard Kennedy School.Michèle Pierre-Louis, who was the island nation’s prime minister for a year until last September, said Haitians should salute the international outpouring of aid for her country. But she added that, despite the aid, many people remain homeless, and their frustration is rising. During a trip to one of the smaller displaced-persons camps in Port-au-Prince in early March, Pierre-Louis said several people told her that she was the first nonmedical person to visit.Pierre-Louis, who runs the nonprofit Knowledge and Freedom Foundation, was at the Kennedy School on a weeklong visiting fellowship. She said Haiti’s most immediate problem is what to do with the million or so people made homeless by the quake, many of them huddled in makeshift settlements that have sprung up around the city. Making their plight worse, she said, is that the rainy season has begun, making the camps a muddy mess and the leaky shelters uncomfortable.“It’s a big problem. To me, that’s urgent,” Pierre-Louis said. “People are extremely frustrated. Nobody speaks to them except for the doctors.”Beyond the housing problem, Pierre-Louis said another important concern is education. Five thousand schools collapsed, she said, and the quake affected more than a million students. All of the nation’s universities were damaged.“How are we going to restore education? Is it time to rethink the educational system in Haiti?” Pierre-Louis asked.Jobs are another critical issue, she said. Haitians are willing to work — and to spend what they earn to stimulate the economy — if only they can get jobs. She said international organizations in Haiti should conduct their operations with a mind to employing Haitians whenever possible.“Frustration will grow if people are sitting in the mud doing nothing,” Pierre-Louis said.Overall, she said, the quake’s toll of many thousands dead and wounded shows how inadequate everyday conditions are in Haiti. The many deaths, the large number of buildings that collapsed, and the inability of social structures to function properly all need to be addressed in a nation prone to natural disasters.Several such issues are likely to be addressed at a donor conference scheduled for March 31 in New York, she said. The “International Donors’ Conference Towards a New Future for Haiti” will be held at the United Nations and will feature representatives of Haiti’s government and of several major donor nations. They will discuss Haiti’s development needs and priorities for future aid.In addition to the many dead and the large number of damaged buildings, Port-au-Prince lost 600,000 residents who left the city to live with family members in the countryside. Pierre-Louis said the capital city has lost nearly a third of its pre-quake population.Despite the tragedy, Pierre-Louis said that Haiti in the end will have an opportunity to renew itself. As donor nations plan future aid, she said, they should consider infrastructure upgrades. The limitations of Port-au-Prince’s small airport and lone port were clearly illustrated early in the catastrophe. The poor condition of the nation’s roads also is well-known. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January, Pierre-Louis said she was surprised at the strong interest from entrepreneurs willing to do business in Haiti.“I said, ‘My God, we should not miss that opportunity.’”last_img read more

Center for Green Buildings and Cities marks one-year anniversary

first_imgThe Center for Green Buildings and Cities at the Harvard Graduate School of Design is marking its one-year anniversary with two extraordinary public events: The CGBC inaugural lecture by award-winning British architect Norman Foster, Lord Foster of Thames Bank, on Nov. 5, and a conference titled “Sustainability in Scandinavia” on Nov. 6.Foster’s practice, Foster + Partners, has pioneered an integrated design approach driven by sustainability, winning hundreds of awards and international competitions. The fall conference “Sustainability in Scandinavia” will include leading scholars and practitioners from Norway, Denmark, and Sweden to present concepts and case studies  to enrich the ongoing research at the center and to engage the Harvard and local building community in a conversation about best global practices.“It’s our great honor to host Lord Foster at the GSD,” said Professor Ali Malkawi, director of the CGBC and professor of architectural technology. “Our goal for the center is to bridge the many interests that inform sustainable design strategies—from infrastructure to building systems, engineering to design—so it is fitting that Foster is the first speaker in our participation in the GSD’s excellent lecture series.”In establishing the CGBC last year, Harvard University created a unique independent research center devoted to exploring innovative design strategies that address our most pressing environmental challenges. Read Full Storylast_img read more

VEDA may have additional tax-exempt bond capacity, large projects sought

first_imgThe Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) has announced that additional tax-exempt bond issuance capacity may be available under the Recovery Zone Facility Bond (RZFB) Program, created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (aka the Stimulus Act), enacted by Congress in 2009.“Thus far, VEDA has preliminarily committed all of Vermont’s $135 million in special tax-exempt bonding capacity under the Stimulus Act,” said VEDA Chief Executive Officer Jo Bradley.  “However, there is no guarantee that every project approved earlier this year will succeed in finalizing all project details before the December 31, 2010 bond commitment deadline.  Therefore, since it is vitally important that Vermont make the best and highest use of every dollar in tax-exempt bond issuance capacity allotted by the federal government, VEDA is inviting additional proposals, in case excess bonding capacity suddenly becomes available.” Financing a project with tax-exempt bonds enables borrowers to make needed investments at the lowest possible cost, borrowing at a lower-than-normal interest rate.  This financing vehicle is appropriate for larger projects, involving capital assets.  Project funds may be used for the acquisition of machinery and equipment, the construction of new facilities, and in some cases, the purchase and renovation of existing real estate. Projects should total at least $2 million to make this type of financing cost effective for borrowers. Refinancing and working capital are not eligible uses.All of Vermont was designated a Recovery Zone by Governor James Douglas, so eligible and qualified projects may be located anywhere in the state.  A qualified business is any trade or business (including some non-profits), except those engaged in the rental of residential property and certain other prohibited facilities such as golf courses, country clubs, gambling facilities and liquor stores.All applications for RZFB financing must be reviewed and approved by the VEDA Board.  This review is a two step process.  First, preliminary approval (Inducement) must be granted before any significant project expenditures are incurred.  The most qualified applicants will have their proposals presented to the VEDA Board for Inducement approval.  VEDA acts as a conduit issuer for RZFBs, and neither VEDA nor the State of Vermont guarantees payment of the RZFBs.  The ability to sell these bonds is based solely on the creditworthiness of the borrower.  Borrowing terms such as interest rate, amortization, collateral and required equity contribution are negotiated on a case-by-case basis between the borrower and the bond purchaser. Recovery Zone Facility Bond inducement applications may be downloaded from the VEDA website (www.veda.org/RZFB(link is external) ), or obtained from VEDA’s office by calling (802) 828-5627.  For more information about the program, businesses may contact any of VEDA’s Commercial Loan Officers at (802) 828-5627.VEDA’s mission is to promote economic prosperity in Vermont by providing financial assistance to eligible businesses, including manufacturing, agricultural, and travel and tourism enterprises.  Since its inception in 1974, VEDA has made financing commitments totaling over $1.5 billion. Source: VEDA. 8.30.2010-30-last_img read more

Vermont State Auditor Tom Salmon decides to run for re-election

first_imgSincerely,TomThomas M. Salmon CPAVermont State Auditor Salmon said in considering his optionis that he reflected on the daunting task facing Vermonters in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene and the enormous task of reconstruction and rebuilding. In addition to other demands for overall stability, he said he firmly believes that he must serve Vermont in a capacity aligned with the overall mission of strengthening Vermont in every way and as quickly as possible. I was inspired to enter public life after seeing first-hand the effects of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as a Navy (Seabee) reservist. That experience pointed out to me the importance of an effective government. During the past six months, I have talked with hundreds of Vermonters and consulted with my family about how I can best serve the state of Vermont in the coming years. I have examined a number of options, but the impact of Irene on Vermont helped me to understand that the best way for me to serve Vermont is to continue as state auditor.   He said a formal announcement will come at a later date.  Letter from State Auditor Tom Salmon to Vermonters While this may take a long time, Salmon said he is willing to commit his services to the people of Vermont and believes that he and his staff can make a difference. Dear Vermonters, I am very optimistic about Vermont’s future. During this recent crisis, Vermonters have demonstrated that they are resourceful, hardworking, and the best neighbors you can have. I look forward to continuing to serve Vermont in the future as state auditor. Today, as I look at Vermont in the wake of Hurricane Irene, I see Vermonters, already struggling with the burdens of a slow moving economy, knocked off their feet by the devastation of Irene. I see town governments and the state government working hard to make both emergency and long-term repairs to Vermont’s infrastructure. I see Vermonters working together to rebuild and to improve their lives and the lives of their neighbors. September 23, 2011 I am passionate about improving government performance and improving the relationship among federal, state, and local governments. These relationships will all be critical to improving the quality of life for all Vermonters in the coming months and years. My office and I are working closely with state and local officials, as well as the Office of the Inspector General on recovery oversight and FEMA requirements. We will continue our ongoing work with towns and state government to improve government performance, transparency and accountability to the people of Vermont. Vermont State Auditor Tom Salmon today announced that he will run for re-election. Salmon had been considering, or been considered for, several other statewide offices. The Republican from St Johnsbury had been linked to possible runs for governor, Congress and US Senate. It was generally thought that the GOP office-seekers would wait for former Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie to decide his future political plans before making their moves. Dubie lost the governship narrowly to Peter Shumlin last year. Dubie has yet to annouce his intentions.Salmon, son of former Democratic Governor Tom Salmon, said he initially decided to run for auditor in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He said he believed that government could do a lot better at coordinating, collaborating and solving public problems with improved intergovernmental strategy and communication. After being elected twice as a Democrat, he switched to the Republican Party and was again re-elected as auditor last year. As state auditor, I know I can play an important role in rebuilding Vermont after the tragedy of Irene and the effects of the long recession. I am proud to have served two terms as state auditor and I’m grateful for the talented and dedicated staff I have working with me. The auditor recently testified Washington, DC, to the president’s Office of Management and Budget and has been working closely with the Office of the Inspector General regarding recovery oversight and FEMA requirements. He said he is passionate about improving government performance and the relationship between federal, state, and local entities. last_img read more

PREMIUMIndonesia noncommittal on US Osprey sale

first_imgLOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Log in with your social account Google Forgot Password ? geopolitics Indonesia Competition united-states China Prabowo-Subianto defense Jokowi defense-budget Topics : Linkedin Amid orders from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to the Defense Ministry to procure weapons from local arms manufacturers, the United States government has announced the possible sale of Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft worth US$2 billion to the Indonesian Military (TNI).The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), an agency under the US Department of Defense, announced the possible sale of eight Osprey aircraft to Indonesia in a July 6 statement, saying that Indonesia could receive eight MV-22 Block C Osprey aircraft and related equipment, including navigation systems and technical support services, among other products.If approved, it will be the second time Indonesia has purchased US aircraft under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) framework, following a 2013 deal in which Indonesia paid $500 million for eight new Apache AH-64E attack helicopters and Longbow radars.Un…last_img read more

Unilever Indonesia announces leadership change

first_imgConsumer goods giant PT Unilever Indonesia announced on Friday its plan to appoint a new president director, president commissioner and director in a leadership change.Outgoing president director Hemant Bakshi is resigning from the post he has held since 2014 and will assume a leadership role at Unilever’s global division, which supervises the company’s Indonesian branch. He will also replace Maurits Lalisang as Unilever Indonesia’s president commissioner.Ira Noviarti, who currently serves as a director for the company’s beauty and personal care business, will be the new president director. She currently supervises the company’s soap brand Lifebuoy and toothpaste Pepsodent, among other products. The company will seek shareholders’ approval for the leadership change in a general meeting held in the near future, it said in a statement on Friday.“A series of achievements have been made during Bakshi’s leadership, including digital transformation in all lines of operations, a series of breakthroughs and innovations within the company’s brands and recognition both nationally and internationally through various awards received by the company,” the statement read.“Ira Noviarti, who is proposed to be the next president director, is a figure with strong capabilities.”Ira served as Unilever Food Solutions Southeast Asia managing director from 2015 to 2017. She worked as Unilever Indonesia’s director for ice cream, media and consumer market insight during the period of 2010 to 2015. She was also in charge of the company’s COVID-19-related programs, such as Unilever Untuk Indonesia (Unilever for Indonesia).“In addition, she also led the committee of diversity and inclusivity that focuses on improving female representation to create gender equality, open opportunities and access for the disabled and eliminate negative stereotypes in the workplace and society,” according to the statement.The company will also appoint Reski Damayati, who now serves as general legal counsel and secretary, as director to replace Sancoyo Antarikso.Sancoyo is resigning from his post after 30 years with the company.Unilever Indonesia, which operates nine factories in West Java and East Java, booked a net profit of Rp 3.6 trillion (US$242.04 million) in the first half of the year, marking an annual decline of 2.2 percent as the COVID-19 pandemic battered Indonesian consumers.The company’s stocks, traded under the code UNVR at the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX), slipped 0.31 percent to Rp 8,000 apiece on Friday as the benchmark Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) dropped 0.87 percent.Topics :last_img read more

Pep Guardiola reveals message he sent to Mikel Arteta ahead of Man City vs Arsenal

first_imgPep Guardiola reveals message he sent to Mikel Arteta ahead of Man City vs Arsenal Pep Guardiola previews Man City v ArsenalTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 27:21FullscreenPep Guardiola previews Man City v Arsenalhttps://metro.co.uk/video/pep-guardiola-previews-man-city-v-arsenal-2192962/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Marcus Rashford writes passionate letter to MPs pleading for free school meals U-turnMORE: Louis Saha highlights change in Man Utd star Marcus Rashford’s attitude that has made him a ‘proper leader’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Comment Arteta has taken charge at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘It was a joy for me and for all of us to work with him. The feeling I have is he’s happy there and doing an incredible job. ‘I’m looking forward to seeing him. This game belongs to the players, they make the difference. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘He knows absolutely everything of us, he was an incredibly important part of our success, he helped us to be who were were and who we are. We are delighted he will come back, especially if he is happy there. ‘We sent a message an hour and a half ago. It was about the wine we are going to drink after the game if social distance allows!’center_img Guardiola is a big admirer of Arteta (Picture: Getty Images)Pep Guardiola revealed he has sent Mikel Arteta a message ahead of their reunion in Manchester City’s Premier League clash with Arsenal on Wednesday night – asking him about the wine they’ll share after the game! The Arsenal boss worked under Guardiola at Man City before replacing Unai Emery at the Emirates earlier this season and this will be his first return to The Etihad to face his former mentor. Arteta was part of Guardiola’s coaching staff for their back-to-back Premier League title wins over the last two seasons, but they are set to lose their crown to Jurgen Klopp’s dominant Liverpool side this year.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal can speed up that process if they defeat City on Wednesday night – victory for the Gunners would give Liverpool the chance to seal the title in the Merseyside derby against Everton on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENTBut Guardiola and Arteta will put their on-the-pitch rivalry aside after the match and share a bottle of wine – if they’re allowed to!‘I’m so excited to see him, one of the nicest people I ever met,’ Guardiola said ahead of the Premier League’s return on Wednesday night. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 16 Jun 2020 2:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.9kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Redlynch a top spot for Cairns families and the well-to-do

first_imgHudson Rothwell, 7, and Maddison Bruggemann, 10, get splashed by their older brother Jordan Bruggemann, 12, while cooling off at The Rocks in Redlynch. PICTURE: STEWART McLEANONE of Cairns’ most affluent and family-friendly locations lies in a spectacular valley of rainforest-covered mountains equidistant between the city’s beaches and central business district.Earlier this year, Redlynch recorded a higher rate of households with children than anywhere else in the region.A CoreLogic study found 60.4 per cent of Redlynch households were classed as “family households with children” — a statistic reflected in the suburb’s steady real estate market growth over the past decade. The most recent CoreLogic market analysis shows Redlynch had a median house price of $480,000 as of October 2017 — a five-year growth of 17.6 per cent.The CoreLogic study found that about 71 per cent of households across the nation could be classified as “family households”, of which 60 per cent had “children residing within the dwelling”.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoClose to St Andrew’s Catholic College, Redlynch State College, Peace Lutheran College, Freshwater State School, Freshwater Christian College and Caravonica State School, education is the number one drawcard bringing families in.The leafy outdoor environment, close to waterhole Crystal Cascades and mountainous hikes and Redlynch pretty much offers an outdoor playground for everyone in the family. Redlynch has also come in second behind Kanimbla in a March Australian Bureau of Statistics study ranking socio-economic index.The Coffee Can Cafe owner Sharon Murphy has lived in Redlynch for four years and chose to set up her new bricks and mortar coffee shop in the suburb’s Michaelangelo Dr.“We were quite lucky in getting into Redlynch. We chose the suburb after we moved to Cairns and it has turned out to be a great place,” she said.“It is really friendly. We have a foodie event and one lady comes down from the Tablelands and even she remarks that everyone here is so friendly. They take the time to say hello. It’s safe, there is not a lot of crime, people know what is going on.”Recently, Cairns Regional Council gave the green light to a community garden at Gamburra Drive Park after a year of work from the Redlynch Valley Community Group. The 1500sq m garden will be divided into sections with a tool shed and mulch storage area, pergola shade, common garden plots, fruit trees and a children’s garden.last_img read more

Lady Eagles Capture Ripley County Girls Hoops Crown

first_imgThe Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagles are The 2016 Ripley County Girls Basketball Tourney Champs by defeating The Batesville Lady Bulldogs 65-42.  JCD wins their eighth RC Title and third under Coach Scott Smith.South Ripley won the consolation game over Milan 64-31.Congratulations to The Lady Eagles and Coach Scott Smith!The Boys Finals are set for this Saturday Night at Batesville with Milan and Jac-Cen-Del in The Consolation Game starting at 6 followed by South Ripley and the host Bulldogs for The Championship.  The 2016 Ripley County Basketball Hall of Famers will be introduced in between the games.Listen to The Sports Voice in Southeastern Indiana-Country 103.9 WRBI for complete coverage of The Ripley County Basketball Tourney.  WRBI’s Countdown To Tipoff will be at 5:30.last_img read more

Small structure work on State Road 156 set for early 2019

first_imgSwitzerland County, In. — Indiana Department of Transportation officials say work on a $1,710,218 small structure project impacting four sites along State Road 156 in Switzerland County will begin in early 2019.Sunesis Construction Company of West Chester, Ohio, has been contracted to replace a concrete box culvert north of Patriot, install a pipe structure south of Patriot and fit two drainage pipes with liners—one at Markland, the other south of Rising Sun. The culvert and pipe replacements will require closures of S.R. 156 for a total of 45 days.  The highway at both locations will not be closed at the same time.S.R. 156 culvert removal and replacement—6 miles east of S.R. 250 at Forty Wink Creek and a tributary to the Ohio River. The new installation will be a 12- X 8-foot reinforced concrete box structure measuring 94 feet in length.       Traffic count at the site is 1,130 vehicles per day.S.R. 156 pipe replacement—8.7 miles east of S.R. 101 at a tributary to the Ohio River. The new installation is a 60-inch drainage pipe measuring 73 feet in length.       Traffic count at the site is 880 vehicles per day.S.R. 156 pipe lining—4.8 miles east of S.R. 56 at a tributary to Log Lick Creek. An existing 72-inch pipe measuring 105 feet in length will be lined to maintain structure integrity and extend service life. Traffic count at the Markland site is 4,835 vehicles per day. Traffic impact will be minimal.S.R. 156 pipe lining—5.2 miles east of S.R. 250 at a tributary to the Ohio River. An existing 72-inch pipe measuring 97 feet in length will be lined to maintain structure integrity and extend service life. Traffic count at the site south of Rising Sun is 1,130 vehicles per day. Traffic impact will be minimal.All four project locations are in Posey Township.The contractor plans to be onsite for pipe lining operations during February and March. Culvert and pipe replacements are scheduled to be done in April and May.  Construction signs will be put in place on January 7.last_img read more