The state has awarded more than $417,000 in Municipal Planning Grants to forty-five communities across the state to help them plan for growth and development.Officials at the Vermont Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development announced the Municipal Planning Grants of up to $15,000, which can be used for a variety of planning projects.‘These grants support the planning activities that are at the heart of Vermont’s Smart Growth strategy,’ said Tayt Brooks, Commissioner of the Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development. ‘While the budget crisis has curtailed the amount available, these investments will help promote economic activity, community development, and housing in our downtowns and village centers, while protecting Vermont’s working landscape.’The Municipal and Regional Planning Fund was first established in 1988 as a way to support municipal planning and development. The program offers grants of up to $15,000 through a competitive process. Municipalities were funded to support updating town plans, zoning bylaws, and capital improvement plans, as well as special planning projects relating to downtown and village revitalization, growth center planning and economic development planning efforts.‘The program priorities were established through a municipal survey, which indicated a strong interest in supporting downtown, village center, and growth centers,’ said Brooks. ‘The awards also reflect an increased focus on municipal infrastructure, which the survey indicated was a strong concern in our communities.’Communities have 18 months to complete their planning projects.2011 Municipal Planning Grant Awards
By Geraldine Cook March 11, 2020 “Corruption threatens the safety and the way of life of citizens all over the world,” said Brazilian Appellate Court Judge Reis Friede, director of the Federal Justice Cultural Center in Brazil. “Corruption costs lives, especially when someone dies because of lack of medication or care because a corrupt politician embezzled public hospital money.”Judge Friede, who has written more than 40 books about law and international security, spoke before military and civilian personnel at the presentation “The Fight Against Corruption in Brazil and its Consequences for the American Continent,” held at U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), in Doral, Florida, on February 26, 2020.During his presentation, judge Friede explained how institutional corruption in Brazil evolved, who benefited from it, and its impact on democracy, human rights, security, and socio-economic development. Brazil ranks 106 among 180 worldwide countries on Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index 2019.Successful actionsThe fight against corruption hasn’t been easy, said judge Friede, referring to the largest corruption investigation scandal in his country, known as Operação Lava Jato (Car Wash Operation), which uncovered corruption at the highest levels of government, among politicians and the country’s largest corporations.The investigation began as a money laundering case in March 2014 but was extended to cover allegations of corruption at the oil company Petrobras, where executives allegedly accepted bribes in return for awarding contracts to construction firms at inflated prices. Investigators indicted and jailed well-known politicians, including former presidents Fernando Collor de Mello, Michel Temer, and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.According to the Brazilian Federal Public Ministry, in 2019, the operation recovered $3.4 billion and sentenced 361 people for crimes related to corruption, abuse of the international financial system, drug trafficking, and money laundering. The Public Ministry affirmed that Lava Jato’s corruption crossed Brazilian borders to involve 11 countries in Latin America and two in Africa.“The Lava Jato Operation and others showed that the judicial system is strong, powerful, and it’s capable of even removing a sitting president from power,” said judge Friede. “It showed the strength of democracy and the capability and maturity that people can have through strong institutions, rallying against corruption, creating an environment of political stability without direct military interference.”In addition to exposing corruption within the highest levels of the Brazilian government and the influence of corporate elites in corruption, judge Friede noted that Operação Lava Jato and overlapping investigations left the corporations involved with massive layoffs, billions of dollars paid in penalties and major financial losses.Judge Friede pointed out that corruption can migrate to other countries, especially neighboring nations, and called upon the region to unite in the fight against this scourge.
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“We would not reach where we are nowwere it not for these external audits that we willingly submit to. This isinstrumental in ensuring that our vision to be a globally leading institutionproviding high quality training and education be met,” according to Sebastian. JBLFMU denied reports it could berecommended for closure due to alleged non-compliance with Maritime IndustryAuthority (MARINA) regulations and European Maritime Safety Agency Audit(EMSA). “In fact, this would be the third timethe agency has audited the university and as of the past two audits, we havehad no problems meeting the standard,” said Sebastian.Audits are opportunities for improvement, he added. Other maritime schools set for EMSAaudit are the Asian Institute for Maritime Studies in Pasay City, PhilippineMerchant Marine School in Las Piñas City, Our Lady of Fatima University inQuezon City, University of Cebu-Maritime Education and Training Center,Philippine Maritime Institute in Bohol, BIT International College in Bohol,PNTC Colleges in Manila, and Philippine Merchant Marine Academy in Zambales. “The story was taken out of contextand was published with lacking information,” stressed Sebastian. “More so, for a maritime educationalinstitution,” said Sebastian. This year, the EMSA audit will be fromFeb. 24 to March 13. ILOILO City – The closure of John B.Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU), a top maritime school in thecountry based here, could displace thousands of students. But “there is notruth to it,” according to its chief executive officer Dr. Ronald RaymondLacson Sebastian. A national newspaper reported MARINAas having said during a recent hearing of the House of Representatives’Committee on Transportation that 61 of the 91 maritime schools in the countryhave been recommended for closure for failing to meet the InternationalConvention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping forSeafarers. JBLFMU has always been open to EMSAaudits, according to Sebastian. For his part, Sebastian said, “We areconfidently committed to producing globally competent professionals in theservice of maritime. This we do to continue the legacy of my grandfather,Captain John B. Lacson, a legacy to make the maritime profession honorable andnoble.”/PN “The MARINA recommendation for closureof the 61 schools is a different matter to the EMSA audit where JBLFMU ismentioned. We have always been compliant to MARINA standards and in fact weremain a benchmark for maritime education for the agency,” stressed Sebastian. According to Captain Luis Evidente,executive assistant to the CEO of JBLFMU, the last time their school wasaudited by EMSA, results showed it did not have deficiencies, but other schoolsdid. CHED will issue a compliance report tothe school concerned and such school has to act on it, said Evidente. “Angpinakadulo nyan, if ‘di pa rinacceptable, the school may be closed down,” said Evidente. Evidente agreed. “This is why ang status sang John B. Lacson as a university, we are at Level 4. We haveautonomous campuses that produce thousands of very successful graduates. We areconsidered one of the top maritime schools in the country,” he said. The MARINA evaluation, on the otherhand, is another matter, said Evidente, but the closure of schools withdeficiencies is “not outright”, he stressed. EMSA is a European Union (EU) agencycharged with reducing the risk of maritime accidents, marine pollution fromships and the loss of human lives at sea by helping enforce standardspeculiar to the EU. He also said the Commission on HigherEducation (CHED) plays a part in the evaluation process. JBLFMU has been given Level 4accreditation by the Philippine Association of Colleges andUniversities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCUOA), the highestaccreditation in the country for an educational institution. In the case of JBLFMU, said Evidente,the most recent MARINA evaluation showed the university having no majorproblems or deficiencies. CHED and MARINA will then check ifthere has been satisfactory compliance. Since JBLFMU is one of the leadingmaritime schools in the Philippines, a country which is a major provider ofmanpower to EU vessels, EMSA regularly audits the university, Evidenteexplained. MARINA did not identify these schoolsthereby fuelling speculations and anxiety. JBLFMU has campuses in the cities ofIloilo and Bacolod.
Larry G. Denham, 71, of Brookville, was born on May 7, 1948 in Batesville, and died on Monday, March 30, 2020. He was the son of the late Grover and Edith (Jones) Denham. Larry is survived by his wife of 52 years, Bonnie Faye Denham (Brandenburg); six siblings: Jeanette, Ronald, Sandy, Beverley, Wayne, and Patty; three children: Lisa (Clyde) Gordon of Owentown, KY, Buddy Denham of Brookville, IN, and Angela (Kenneth) Cox of Laurel, IN; twelve grandchildren: Kristi, Andrew, Kati, Ashley, Woody, Natasha, Hannah, Derick, Damon, Kenneth II, David, and Shayna; and twelve great-grandchildren: Trey, Zayden, Bryson, Paisley, Ziah, Bailey, Keegan, Nelly, Otto, Cooper, Hudson, and Edith.Larry and Bonnie enjoyed many vacations all over but their favorites were the mountains of Tennessee and Myrtle Beach with their children and especially their oldest grandchildren. Larry enjoyed his Monday night rides with the Brokeass Bikers and taking pictures of everything and anything, mainly of his family and friends. Through his many motorcycle adventures he traveled to 49 of the 50 states and across Canada. The only reason why he didn’t ride the 50th state is he couldn’t physically drive there. In the summer when he wasn’t on his Harley, he was poolside with the ones that he loved the most, his wife, his children and grandchildren.Arrangements to celebrate Larry’s life will be held at a later date. For more information or to send condolences or memories, go to www.cookrosenberger.com. Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home Staff assisted the family with the arrangements and are honored to serve Larry’s family.
RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Italy’s football federation has begun to draw up medical guidelines for a possible restart of Serie A, which has been suspended since March 9 because of the coronavirus outbreak. The FIGC said its medical committee held a video conference on Wednesday to “analyse and define a guarantee protocol for football in the event that sports activities are allowed to resume.” Serie A was roughly two-thirds of the way through the season when it was interrupted and the FIGC wants to complete the campaign to reduce financial damage. It has said it is prepared to continue until September or October if necessary. Italy has been one of the world’s worst hit countries by the coronavirus outbreak and its death toll rose to 15,362 on Wednesday with a total of 124,632 cases. A number of Serie A footballers are among those who have been infected. “If and when we should get the green light for a gradual re-start, the world of football must be ready,” said FIGC president Gabriele Gravina. “Given the role that football plays in Italian society, I am convinced that we can make an important contribution to the whole country.” It said the protocol would include which tests should be conducted on players who have had the virus with “particular attention to the respiratory and cardiovascular system.” Reuters/NAN.Tags: COVID-19FIGCGabriele GravinaSerie A
Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is set to join Toronto FC on Monday, according to reports in Canada. The Toronto Sun has reported that “Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe will be unveiled as TFC’s newest Designated Player Monday morning”. No direct mention of Defoe appeared on the club’s own official website, but an image on the home page carries the words “It’s a bloody big deal”, accompanied by Monday’s date. Press Association That link leads to a video, posted by Toronto FC on YouTube and described by the Toronto Sun as “a cheeky (club) marketing campaign”, of a man in a white polo shirt sitting in what resembles an English cafe. The man drinks from a cup of tea before spitting the drink out in shock at what he has seen on a television screen, before Toronto’s logo appears beside him. Should Defoe head to Major League Soccer, he will do so following 15-and-a-half years in English football and nine with Tottenham, split across two spells which have yielded 142 goals. That tally leaves him fifth among the club’s all-time leading goalscorers. He has scored nine this season, two in September 24’s Premier League win over Aston Villa with the rest coming in the Europa League. He has struggled to break into the starting line-up under coaches Andre Villas-Boas and his replacement Tim Sherwood, though, with Roberto Soldado and most recently Emmanuel Adebayor preferred.