first_img360-257-3893On Ault FieldThe 24-hour Langley Boulevard Gate is open seven days a week. No commercial or oversized vehicles are authorized through this gate.The Charles Porter Avenue Gate is open from 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for inbound and outbound traffic, and from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. for outbound traffic only. The gate is closed on weekends and holidays. All commercial vehicles for Ault Field go through this gate Monday through Friday. Operators of 15-pack vans, recreational vehicles and other full-size government vehicles should use commercial entrances and exits to minimize potential damage from serpentine barriers. After-hours access is provided for oversized vehicles.Hammer Gate is open from 6 to 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, but is closed on weekends and holidays.Saratoga Gate (by the Naval Hospital) is open from 6 to 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday for outbound traffic only. The gate is closed on weekends and holidays.On Seaplane BaseMaui Avenue Gate is open from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.Torpedo Road Gate is open 24 hours a day. All commercial traffic, such as delivery vehicles, must use Torpedo Gate.last_img read more

AARP Vermont files new complaint against Vermont Gas citing lack of transparency

first_imgVermont Gas Systems Inc,Vermont Business Magazine A motion was filed today by AARP Vermont with the Vermont Public Service Board showing that Vermont Gas Systems (VGS) has failed to disclose highly material information with the Board in relation to their Addison Natural Gas Project. The evidence concerns lawsuits between their primary pipeline contractor, Over and Under Piping Contractors, Inc. As it turns out, VGS has never had a signed contract with the firm, terminated them last November and the contractor is suing for over $11 million and has placed contractor liens on VGS real property and pipeline equipment. Much of this information was not disclosed to regulators when the company was testifying to the projected costs of the project.“Unfortunately, this information we have discovered is yet another example of a continuing lack of trust and transparency on the part of Vermont Gas — even when they have admitted and been fined for the same incomplete and misleading behavior in the recent past,” said Greg Marchildon, AARP Vermont state director. “Our members and all ratepayers should be even more concerned now that they are bearing the risk and paying the price through rates for a project that is on very shaky ground – both legally and financially.  We have lost all confidence in the Vermont Gas and their dealings with both regulators and customers on this project.”RELATED STORIES:Vermont Gas selects Michels Corporation for mainline pipeline construction Vermont Gas slapped with $100000 fine for late reporting of cost hikeThe AARP motion highlights the following conflicting and misstated claims regarding what they knew and were liable for in relation to dealing with Over and Under Piping Contractors:  VGS has again withheld relevant, highly material information from the Board and the parties at the September 26, 2014, June 22, 2015 and June 23, 2015 hearings in this matter, including the contractor’s request for $11.2 million in damages, and liens on VGS property that is necessary for completion of the project.VGS knew that the contractor responsible for over a third of the costs of the then-estimated $121 million project had never signed the fixed-price contract (for $45 million) submitted to it by VGS and could end up foreclosing on the portion of the pipeline already constructed if the contractor’s judgment isn’t paid. In other words, there was never a signed contract on the project yet the ground was broken and pipeline constructed.VGS has consistently represented to regulators that they can rely on their new project cost estimates, because the project is more “mature” and “now that we have a construction season behind us.”In fining VGS the $100,000, the Board said “trust and transparency” are “essential” to the regulatory process. And while VGS had already agreed to pay the penalty imposed by the PSB for lack of transparency and had  promised to mend its ways months ago to provide greater transparency going forward,  the company has continued to withhold highly relevant and material information from the public and from regulators.“The public and ratepayers deserve better,” said Marchildon. “Our recent statewide survey revealed that Vermonters have serious concerns about the project and the need for better transparency.” He cited the following finding from the July, 2015 survey report:94% believe VGS should have disclosed cost increases as soon as they were discovered.94% believe customer should have been informed of pipeline issues.84% feel the company should pay for the cost overruns – not gas customers88% think there should be better financial transparency of construction costsThe motion filed today is a request to add this evidence to the official record as the Public Service Board considers reopening the matter for further review. AARP Vermont is an official party to this case along with the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association, Conservation Law Foundation and certain landowners impacted by the pipeline.AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization with 130,000 members in Vermont and 40 million members nationally. Through a wide array of special benefits, services, and information resources, we help our members make important choices, reach their goals and dreams, and make the most of life after 50.Source: AARP. 8.3.2015last_img read more

TBI opens nominations for best triathlon article and photo of the…

first_imgTriathlon Business International (TBI), the industry organization dedicated to promoting the sport and the business of triathlon, is now taking submissions for the best published triathlon article and photo of the year.Publication may be in a printed periodical, book, newsletter or an online outlet. Due by 24 December 2015, winners will be recognized at the Triathlon Business International Awards Celebration taking place at the 6th annual Triathlon Business International Conference in Marina del Rey, California, from 24-26 January 2016.Best Triathlon Article and Photo Selection Criteria:Triathlon article or photo must be published and have appeared in a print or online media outlet in the 2015 calendar year.Individual writers and photographers may self-submit as long as the article/photo was published. Publications may submit an article or photo on behalf of the author(s) or photographer(s). Proof of publication must be provided with the article. A PDF of the article must also be submitted. If the article has been published online, a link to the article must be included.Publications may enter multiple submissions, but only three submissions are allowed per author or photographer. If a writer is also a photographer (or vice versa), he/she may submit no more than three articles and three photos.Submissions must include the name, email address and phone number of the author or photographer.Nominations close on Wednesday 24 December 2015. The best article and best photo will be shortlisted and finalized from the nominations by the voting panel. This consists of Triathlon Business International board members and media professionals outside the triathlon industry.All submissions should be sent to feedback[at] TBI Conference will be full of information, opportunities and networking for everyone in the business and sport of triathlon. The strapline for the industry gathering is: ‘This is where the business of triathlon will get done.’There will be panels for multisport retailers and manufacturers, and the highly popular Race Director’s track will continue from last year, focusing on the issues and needs of this segmented group of industry professionals. More speakers and content will be announced in the coming weeks.The Ron Smith Awards Celebration reception and dinner on Monday night includes the announcement of the Ron Smith Award winner, the Steve Hed Award winner; and other awards in the event, retailer, manufacturer and media categories.Registration1 December – 14 January: US$575 members / US$675 non-members15 January and after: US$675 members / US$775 non-membersRegistration fees include all sessions, breakfast, lunches and a ticket to the Ron Smith Awards Celebration. Non-member registration includes a one-year TBI membership. Special conference room rates are available at the conference host hotel – the Marina del Rey Marriott.Sponsors of the 2016 TBI Conference include The ACTIVE Network, Headsweats, Endurance Sportswire and Bicycle Retailer and Industry News (BRAIN). TBI Corporate Partners are Ashworth Awards and FinisherPix.Companies interested in conference sponsorship or expo space should contact Shannon Standefer via Shannon[at] Business International (TBI) is an industry organization dedicated to promoting the sport and the business of triathlon. Founded by a coalition of industry leaders, TBI advocates for the interests of triathlon businesses, provides educational and informative programs, and encourages increased participation in the Relatedlast_img read more

CFPB discrimination claims, SBA budget slated

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU today will be monitoring both a House Financial Services subcommittee hearing containing testimony from subpoenaed CFPB officials on the bureau’s workplace discrimination claims and a Senate appropriations hearing on the budgets for the Small Business Administration and Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.The House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hear from two CFPB managers during its hearing titled “Allegations of Discrimination and Retaliation within the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Part Two,” today. As a result of an internal report by CFPB released on Monday, which showed “statistically significant disparities” in employee evaluations, according to an American Banker article, the bureau is doing away with its current pay system. The article stated that CFPB would pay most employees “the highest rating available at the time of their evaluation.”Also today, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government will review the president’s fiscal year 2015 funding request for the SBA and CDFI fund. SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet and Treasury Acting Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions Amias Gerety will testify.NAFCU is monitoring developments on SBA and CDFI Fund appropriations. For credit unions, every loan dollar backed by SBA is excluded from the MBL cap, which is set by statute at 12.25 percent of total assets. Meanwhile, any credit union with NCUA’s low-income designation is eligible for Treasury’s CDFI designation. continue reading »last_img read more

Bar groups come to the defense of attorney-client privilege

first_imgBar groups come to the defense of attorney-client privilege Bar groups come to the defense of attorney-client privilegeMegan E. Davis Associate EditorBefore a 16-year-old boy told his lawyers where he’d gone, he was careful to ask whether the answer would be kept confidential under their attorney-client privilege.It wasn’t the first time he’d run away from a foster care placement and he intended to take whatever precautions he could to evade a pick-up order by the Department of Children and Families.The boy’s attorneys assured him they wouldn’t reveal his whereabouts, and when questioned in an 11th Circuit Court, they made good on that promise.When the judge struck down a motion by DCF to compel the lawyers to reveal the boy’s whereabouts, DCF appealed to a higher court.the time the case appeared on the Third District Court of Appeal’s docket, DCF had already located the boy.The Third DCA dismissed the case as moot, but not before a cross section of Florida lawyers and representatives of child advocacy groups spoke up to defend the boy’s attorney-client privilege.Among numerous amicus briefs filed in the case was one cosigned by 15 past Bar presidents, the Bar’s Public Interest Law Section, Trial Lawyers Section, and Legal Needs of Children Committee. The Bar’s Family Law Section also filed its own brief.Both briefs denounce DCF’s reasoning that the information the boy shared with his attorneys doesn’t fall within the guidelines of attorney-client privilege outlined in Florida law and express concerns about how granting DCF’s motion could impact other court cases throughout the state.The briefs argue that the few exceptions the Legislature made to the attorney-client privilege don’t apply in this case and that it’s not within the judiciary’s purview to create new exceptions.“It is the province of the Florida Legislature and not the courts to make the policy decision to create an additional exception to the oldest, strongest privilege at common law,” the Family Law Section’s brief said.In an order denying DCF’s motion, the trial court judge said granting it would “chill open dialogue between [the child] and his counsel.”The briefs agree and say granting the motion would set a precedent for a wide variety of future cases, involving children and adults alike, and for other types of privileged information.“It requires only a short logical step from that position to compelling attorneys who represent dependent adults to break confidences based on the same or similar justifications,” the past presidents’ brief said. “… The logic of invading on a case-by-case, judge-by-judge, basis the attorney-client privilege, in ways the Legislature did not authorize, for the best interest of a child or the state’s asserted paternalistic concerns about protecting the safety of the client, would not be limited to the attorney-client privilege. Such logic would extend to other privileges … such as the psychotherapist-patient privilege.”The precedent set would discourage clients from speaking freely and openly with their attorneys, which is what the attorney-client privilege seeks to promote, both the trial court’s order and the briefs say.“Without assurances, a client would surely hold back indelicate or embarrassing facts, would not express fears or concerns, and would shrink from and distrust the legal system, which is designed to protect rights and instill trust,” the past presidents’ brief noted.The order and briefs also argue against DCF’s notion that granting the motion would have been “in the best interest of the child” and necessary for his safety and well-being.“An order compelling disclosure may result in this child’s immediate detention, a short-term comfort as the court has no doubt that [the child] … will almost certainly elope again and never disclose his next location to his lawyers,” the trial court’s order said. “Given this practical reality, one can compellingly argue that the law should respect the child’s confidentiality and thus encourage him as well as other dependent children to make full disclosure to their counsel … we are far better off in a situation where someone they trust is aware of their location than we are in a situation where no one is.”Terry Fogel, one of the authors of the Family Law Section’s brief, said numerous previous cases in Florida have raised questions similar to those in this case and that she’s disappointed the Third DCA dismissed the case rather than giving definitive answers to those questions.“The issue is going to come up again sooner or later,” she said. November 15, 2012 Associate Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

You Are Less Beautiful Than You Think

first_imgScientific American:Most people believe that they are above average, a statistical impossibility. The above average effects, as they are called, are common. For example, 93 percent of drivers rate themselves as better than the median driver. Of college professors, 94 percent say that they do above-average work. People are unrealistically optimistic about their own health risks compared with those of other people.For example, people think that they are less susceptible to the flu than others. Stock pickers think the stocks they buy are more likely to end up winners than those of the average investor. If you think that self-enhancement biases exist in other people and they do not apply to you, you are not alone. Most people state that they are more likely than others to provide accurate self-assessments.Read the whole story: Scientific American More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Raw Meat

first_imgIt seems to me, kids today are a lot more spoiled than we were. I say this knowing it may be a generational trait, that our parents said the same things about us.I am only a couple generations removed from the “I had to walk five miles to school every morning.” Grandpa Murphy, as legend had it, worked at a farm at the crack of dawn for an hour and then walked to school afterwards.Some of the old-timers embellished their stories even further. They wrapped newspapers around their feet because they couldn’t afford shoes and walked in two feet of snow, and so on.I never believed any of that stuff, but what is true is that my generation seemed tougher than this one. My mom went to Pierson in Sag Harbor and she said the school never closed and she never missed a day. Kids got sick, just like today, but they got up and went to school. “That’s because it was a privilege to go to school,” she related. As an immigrant’s daughter, there was tremendous pressure on her to succeed. That meant she had to deal with Papa, who was a Sicilian, or go to school. School was easier.I wasn’t a tough kid, but I had smarts. I wasn’t very pugnacious, but I became a very fast runner and befriended the biggest kids. Once in a while, though, someone would accuse me of being a bigmouth (how dare they?) or even worse, being obnoxious (me?). That meant I’d have to duke it out.I was enamored with Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) and I took my fighting style from his playbook — weave and jive and all that. But once I got through floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee, the other kid would beat the crap out of me and that would be that.I’ll never forget the time I went home with a really ugly shiner. I marched in and asked when my mom was going to put a raw steak on it. Everyone laughed: It seems that getting steak for a black eye never happened in real life.“Do you really think if we had steak we’d waste it on you, Klumpus? I’d be chewing your eyeball!” My big brother howled. The point is, no one was overly concerned and I could be blind now.My big sister and brother called me, the baby of the family, Klumpus. That’s because I must have been a little awkward. They would set me up to fail. Once, during a crowded Thanksgiving dinner, my sister asked me to get her soda with ice. I went to the kitchen and then my brother wanted one too, and then someone asked for milk. This went on until both my hands were full. I started the walk back into the dining room and my hands starting shaking. “Watch out!” my sister shouted. “You’re gonna spill the milk!” my brother yelled. “Watch out for grandma!” They both shrieked. I fumbled and stumbled and dropped everything all over the table.“Oh Klumpus!” Grandma was clutching her eye. It was bleeding. “Better put some steak on that,” I said, but no one laughed.My maternal grandfather, Enrico Forucci, didn’t walk 10 miles to school because he probably didn’t go to school for long. By the time he was 14, he had been “enlisted” in the Italian Army. That meant he got dragged onto the front line by an uncle who got paid a couple bucks for the fresh meat. After a stint in the Balkan War, he came to the United States in search of work. A cousin in Sag Harbor found him space in a room over Main Street where other young Italian men slept when they weren’t working. Many of those men, with names like Lattanzio, Ficorelli, Schiavoni, DiSanti, Santacroce, and so on, eventually prospered.Papa worked to become a citizen only to find out he was being drafted in the Army — this time the U.S. Army. He was sent back to Europe to fight and must have seen his share judging from the weapons he brought home and kept in the attic. His name is on the big rock by Otter Pond across from Mashashimuet Park with the other VFW members.He left a wife and daughter in Italy and came back to Sag Harbor after the war, eventually buying the little white house at the foot of Howard Street that was split in two and shared with another Italian family. Then he sent for my grandmother, Fillippa, and my oldest aunt, Adelia. He had two more daughters, Lucille and my mother, Elenora.He started clearing the land and eventually had a farm, chickens, a cow, goats, fruit, yes, a fig tree, and grapes — lots of grapes. He purchased oak barrels and dug out the earth beneath the house by hand with the help of some of the other Italian men, until a small a basement big enough for the three wine barrels and shelves for preserves still sit today.He was Big Rico, so of course they called me Little Rick. He took a shine to me. I outgrew Klumpus after I punched my brother in the eye for calling me the name. “Better put a steak on that,” I sneered. I never dropped a glass of Sharelast_img read more

Global LNG carrier market will hit $6.47bn in 2013 says latest research

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The Hybrid Na-CO2 System

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Peru ships LNG cargo to France

first_imgPeru’s only liquefaction facility at Pampa Melchorita dispatched a cargo of liquefied natural gas to France. Data from the state-owned Perupetro shows that the 136,600 cbm LNG carrier Galea left the facility on Monday, August 22.The exact destination of the vessel has not been revealed.This is the second cargo Peru dispatched to France, following the departure of Teekay’s 145,500 cbm LNG carrier Hispania Spirit in March. The vessel delivered the cargo to Fos Cavaou terminal operated by Elengy.With the latest cargo, the 4.45 mtpa LNG export facility shipped 347 vessels in total, since it started operations in June 2010.[mappress mapid=”17898″]LNG World News Stafflast_img