Patina Miller Gets Glam at The Hunger Games Premiere

first_img View Comments After seeing Patina Miller’s rough and tough transformation for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, we were afraid she might show up to the movie’s premiere on November 17 covered in dirt. But the Tony winner looked glam and gorgeous as usual on the red carpet, decked out in a shimmering paisley gown. In the third installment of The Hunger Games, the Pippin and Sister Act alum plays Commander Paylor, who works closely with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and her crew as they plan to take on the Capitol. Check out this super sizzling photo of Miller on the red carpet, then see her in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, in theaters November 21!last_img read more


State Archives and Public Records to consolidate services in Middlesex

first_imgSecretary of State Deb Markowitz announced today that the Redstone offices of the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration (VSARA) will be moving to the record center on Route 2 in Middlesex.  The move, which will occur during the week of March 9th, is part of an ongoing effort to consolidate and improve the services of VSARA. Last year the legislature passed a law that transferred the functions of the Public Records Division to the Archives Division of the Secretary of State s Office, said Markowitz.  This creates a single, professional voice for advising agencies on the management of their records from point of creation to final disposition, thus increasing efficiency and improving service.During this transition, some disruption in services is anticipated.  On March 9th and 10th, limited notary and administrative procedure act services will be available at Redstone, but the reference room will be closed.  The Middlesex vital records services will be open on a limited basis on the 9th and 10th.  Both operations will be closed from Wednesday, March 11th until Monday, March 16th. Certain records, including legislative committee, gubernatorial, surveyor general, and Manuscript Vermont State Papers records will remain at Redstone until new vault facilities are completed at Middlesex.  These records are available for review by appointment only by calling (802) 828-2308.For more information about the services provided by the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration, visit our website at http://vermont-archives.org/(link is external)Source: Vermont Secretary of Statelast_img read more


Shumlin calls on Entergy Vermont Yankee to protect Vermont’s aquifers

first_imgDear Mr. Colomb,As Governor-elect, the integrity of Vermont’s aquifer is of the highest concern to me. I respectfully request that Entergy return its extraction wells to service and repeat my earlier request to increase the number of wells to prevent tritiated water from entering Vermont’s precious and irreplaceable aquifers.  It appears that ENVY made the decision to arbitrarily terminate the process of extracting tritiated ground water from the Vermont Yankee site as soon as 300,000-gallons of water had been removed.  The tritium concentration level of the remaining on site tritiated water after the 300,000-gallon cutoff was never provided to justify that decision.  On February 25, 2010, ENVY also made the decision to close its Construction Office Building (COB) well, which had been leaking tritiated water  into the underlying aquifer. ENVY’s February press release stated that if the well continued to operate, there was a ‘small possibility’ that its operation would draw tritium into the aquifer and cause ‘cross contamination’.  Therefore, shutting down the COB well was an appropriate precaution to avoid contaminating the aquifer.However, the October 8, 2010 hydrological COB well test results showed that the tritiated water had indeed contaminated the COB well even though it had been shut down seven months earlier.  This October 2010 discovery suggests that the likelihood of cross contamination of the COB well water was more significant than ENVY engineers had estimated in February.  The evidence shows that cross contamination of bedrock has apparently been occurring even after the COB well was shut down.  At that time, I recommended that the extraction wells remain in operation and their number be increased to avoid contamination of our aquifer. On October 13, 2010, Dr. William Irvin with the State Department of Health said,   â ¦the 300,000- gallon mark shouldn’t be an end point for the extraction process. He said cold weather is an impediment, but Entergy should continue to pump and store tritiated water through the winter. Irwin described the ‘extraction’ wells as ‘critical.’â ¦ ‘(Entergy) should make an effort to continue the extraction as long as tritium is in the water,’ Irwin said.  (Vermont Digger)Yet despite my suggestion and Dr. Irwin’s recommendation that the extraction wells remain operational, ENVY went ahead and on November 18, 2010 shut down these vital water safety devices.  The following day Entergy detected 500,000 pCi/l of tritium near the COB well and at bedrock.  This high radioactive concentration near the COB well and at bedrock is a further indication that the aquifer may be in serious jeopardy of contamination from tritium and other radioactive isotopes.Furthermore, I have been informed that since detecting tritium at a depth of 220 feet in the COB well in October, Entergy has not taken any radiation samples from the bedrock or aquifer via the COB well.  The COB well is the only source of data about what is happening in the aquifer under the site, so I also respectfully request that additional samples be taken regularly to allow the State of Vermont and Entergy to ascertain if one of Vermont’s essential aquifers has been or is being contaminated by tritiated water from this newest expansion of the tritium plume.  I also request that a formal schedule of testing of water, Connecticut River fish, and on-site vegetation be conducted for tritium, strontium and cesium.None of these requests should take any extensive effort and I would anticipate that recommended actions could be completed by the end of the week.  I would hope you would support these actions which I believe are in the public interest.  I look forward to hearing from you and to a productive working relationship.Sincerely,Peter ShumlinGovernor-Elect Northstar Vermont Yankee,Governor-elect Peter Shumlin sent a letter to Entergy’s Vermont Yankee Site Vice President, Michael Colomb today. Shumlin requests in the letter that Entergy return its extraction wells to service and repeated his request to increase the number of wells to prevent contaminated water from harming Vermont’s aquifers.The complete letter follows: December 7, 2010Michael Colomb, Site Vice President320 Governor Hunt RdVernon, Vt05304CC: Gregory Jaczko,  NRC Chairmanlast_img read more


Burlington Electric, not Telecom, sparks mayoral race

first_imgBurlington Electric Department,Republican mayoral candidate Kurt Wright dropped the first bomb shell of the Burlington mayoral race yesterday with his suggestion that the city should sell the Burlington Electric Department. Wright explained that the sale would help pay for mounting debt in the city’s largest city, in particular a looming $50 million shortfall in the pension fun, a $17 million budget deficit and the on-going mess with Burlington Telecom, which along with being a financial failure to date is dragging the city’s, BED’s and Burlington International Airport’s credit rating down with it.Wright, a state representative and former chairman of the City Council, emphasized that this would not be a ‘fire sale.’ He said BED is a valuable city asset. If the city could not get a reasonable price, then it should not be sold. He said the utility could fetch more than $100 million net of debt and go a long way toward restory the city’s financial situation. BED employs about 130 and last year had revenues of $54.3 million. The McNeil generating facility is in the city’s Intervale section and its headquarters or on Pine Street. BED owns half of the 50 megawatt McNeil plant (for perspective, the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant is 605 MW).BED’s overall rates are 13.41 cents per kilowatt hour (state of Vermont, 2009), compared to the statewide average of 12.69 cents. Green Mountain Power was 11.89 cents and CVPS was12.67. The New England average was 15.86 cents; the US average was 9.98 cents.Along with paying off debt, shedding the city of BED would get rid of some risk for the city. BED has thrived in recent years as the price of natural gas has come down. The power it produces also looks relatively cheap compared to the rest of New England, which has high electric costs compared to most of the rest of the nation.Vermont in general has relatively lower rates than most other New England, and indeed Northeast, utilities, with only Maine having lower overall rates in the region for 2010 (For 2010, New England rates generally went down slightly and Vermont’s went up, putting Vermont second to Maine for 2010 where it was first in 2009). BED is lower than nearly all of them, giving ratepayers in Burlington a bit of a break.The McNeil generating plant burns wood or gas (and can burn fuel oil). When needed, BED contracts to buy power from sources that are in sync with the overall ethos of the city’s progressive politics. It does not have any contracts with nuclear plants.But this current rosy picture was not always the case and if the cost of wood or natural gas were to skyrocket, or other sources, such as nuclear is now seen doing, become much cheaper, then BED power could be relatively expensive.Needless to say, the reaction from the mayor’s office was swift.Progressive Mayor Bob Kiss said in a statement soon after Wright’s announcement that: ‘Kurt Wright’s proposal to sell the Burlington Electric Department is short-sighted and irresponsible. BED is a tremendous asset of the City. As a municipally-owned utility, it reflects important values of local rate-payer control and public accountability. BED is widely-acknowledged as one of the nation’s leading utilities with respect to the use of renewable energy sources. Selling an asset like BED for a one-time benefit undercuts Burlington’s future. It’s a short-term gimmick that lacks prudence and vision.‘The urgency suggested by this proposal is misplaced,” the mayor said. “The City is working towards constructive solutions for issues such as Burlington Telecom and the pension fund. Despite the national economy Burlington has been successful in attracting new businesses and jobs, strengthening the City’s infrastructure, and building sustainable municipal budgets that have continued to deliver quality services without the need for a general city tax increase over the last 6 years. Proposing to sell BED under these circumstances is an erratic solution to circumstances that require steadiness and careful consideration.’Vermont State Representative and Democratic mayoral candidate Jason Lorber also decried Wright’s suggestion to sell Burlington Electric.‘Kurt Wright is trying to sell out our city and Burlington values,’ said Lorber.‘Selling out Burlington Electric to private hands would be committing financial malpractice,’ he said. ‘Burlington Electric saves residents money, while reducing energy consumption. I believe that energy-independence and efficiency are paramount to sustainability. That’s what Burlington Electric does, while saving money. Burlington Values our people, our environment, and workers far above a fast buck.’last_img read more


Teen Charged With Murder of Freeport Man

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Jazz MurphyA New York City teenager has been arrested for killing a 34-year-old Freeport man in Hempstead on Sunday evening, Nassau County police said.Jazz Murphy, 17, of the Bronx, will be arraigned Monday on a charge of second-degree murder at First District Court in Hempstead.Homicide Squad detectives said the teen fatally shot the victim, whose identity was not immediately released, at the corner of Linden Avenue and Linden Place following an altercation shortly after 8 p.m.The victim was taken to Mercy Hospital where he was pronounced dead.last_img read more


The mobile front door to your credit union

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Implementing on-the-go banking can serve your members–and your CU.by: Brooke StrohmanHave you ever left home without your phone? The fact that it is normally in use makes that hard to do, but when it happens, do you feel an overwhelming rush to turn around and go get it?Mobile devices, including smartphones, have become a staple in everyday activities. According to Flurry Analytics, in 2014, overall app usage grew by 76 percent and time spent on mobile devices grew by 9.3 percent. In fact, last year the average person spent almost three hours a day on their mobile device.Where years past have seen massive growth in games and entertainment, according to Flurry, 2014 was the year apps got down to serious business. The biggest increase in usage was for utilities and productivity apps. These apps help keep lives organized; they help with on-the-go shopping, working, and communication. This confirms that phones and tablets have become indispensable devices that help us work and keep our lives organized.So, out of those three hours a day, how much time did you connect with your members and prospective borrowers via mobile devices? continue reading »last_img read more


Parks contribute to local quality of life

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion A timely article in the November 2017 magazine of the American Planning Association concludes: “Parks and recreation planning is more than fun and games. Parks contribute significantly to the quality of life for all, deliver a wide range of benefits beyond their borders, and hold immense potential for advancing sustainability in communities.”Parks, urban forests and green community elements help us manage stormwater, clean the air, provide places for relaxation and study and enhance health and wellness. Planners now know that the financial value-added can be measured. Once lost, mature forests can’t be replaced, especially in areas like rapidly developing southern Saratoga County.Communities as diverse as Madison, Wisc.; Vancouver, Canada; Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Los Angeles County are all devoting significant resources to the preservation and enhancement of trees and forests within their communities. Clifton Park should follow the forward-looking examples above by preserving the complex of mature forest, wetlands and foot trails nestled between Clifton Park Center and Moe Road.Vote yes on Dec. 5 and urge the school board to sell 34 acres in central Clifton Park for public recreational use. A yes vote is a yes for a healthier, more sustainable and better southern Saratoga County. Keith MartinClifton Park More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGame 7: Shenendehowa grad and Braves rookie Ian Anderson gets start with World Series spot on the li…EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesHigh-risk COVID exposure reported in Clifton ParkControversial solar project goes before Clifton Park Planning Boardlast_img read more


Bank Indonesia intervenes to steady rupiah as virus fear unnerves markets

first_imgTopics : Hendarsah attributed the rupiah’s fall in early trade to a drop in China’s equities market, which plunged after reopening from a 10-day Lunar New Year holiday amid a rapidly spreading virus epidemic.Read also: Rupiah hits two-year high, but concern grows over impact on exportsThe Chinese yuan and commodities markets in Shanghai slumped on Monday, on fears the coronavirus epidemic will hit demand in the world’s second-largest economy. The death toll in China rose to 361 as of Sunday with the number of confirmed cases rising to more than 17,200.The rupiah fell as much as 0.5 percent to 13,725 per dollar by 0442 GMT. So far this year, it has gained 1.1 percent helped by big inflows. Bank Indonesia intervened in spot foreign currency trading as well as domestic non-deliverable forward and bond markets on Monday to stabilize the rupiah, an official said, as the currency fell 0.5 percent to the weakest since mid-January.“BI is making sure of rupiah’s stability,” Nanang Hendarsah, the central bank’s head of monetary management, told Reuters by text message.“BI is boldly buying bonds in the secondary market and is offering DNDF (domestic non-deliverable forwards) through eight brokers,” he said, adding that intervention was also done in a measured way in the spot foreign exchange (FX) market.center_img Indonesia is one of Asia’s higher-yielding markets and has attracted heavy overseas inflows into its bond markets as investors sought better returns in a world of plunging interest rates.​Indonesia’s benchmark 10-year bond yield jumped to 6.701 percent, from the previous session’s close of 6.645 percent.The stock market fell 0.5 percent on Monday and is down 6.6 percent since mid-January, making it the second-worst performing in Southeast Asia after Manila so far this year.BI intervened in bonds, DNDF and spot markets almost daily last week, according to a trader in Jakarta, but the central bank was seen focusing most of its intervention in the bond and DNDF markets.Indonesia’s one-month DNDF contracts on Monday traded at 13,751 to the dollar, stronger than comparable offshore non-deliverable forwards at 13,840.The interventions have helped keep the rupiah mostly stable in recent weeks, the trader said, but dollar liquidity in the spot market is tight.“BI prefers to do their intervention through DNDF now, but most of the offshore traders are seeking dollar in the spot market, which currently is a bit illiquid,” the trader said.Read also: Wuhan coronavirus to affect local stock market until outbreak containedBI sold DNDF contracts worth more than US$380 million early on Monday, the trader said, adding to around $450 million sold on Friday.Meanwhile, the central bank believes the pressure on the rupiah is temporary.“We believe the rupiah’s weakness is temporary because fundamentally, the rupiah will be supported by a narrowing current account deficit, low and stable inflation and resilient growth,” Hendarsah said.last_img read more


Scarred and scared: Post-COVID consumers not their old selves

first_imgMichael Clark of Amy’s Housewares has one big fear as its London stores prepare to reopen on June 15 along with other retailers around Britain: “Customers not spending, having no trust in the economy.”His concern, captured in a survey by the British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) before a nationwide easing of social distancing measures, may be well founded.Across the world, consumers are emerging from lockdowns warier and more thrift-conscious than before. That will drag on any recovery and could encourage governments and central bankers to follow up on coronavirus handouts with more costly stimulus. Topics : The new thrift is showing up in various ways: some households are hoarding the cash they saved during lockdowns; some are flocking to cheaper brands or sticking with essentials.Other risks to consumer demand include the outright collapse of purchasing power among those whose livelihoods were ruined by the pandemic and even imponderables such as what happens to spending patterns if more people continue to work from home.In China, shopping malls began to fill up again from April after lockdown eased. Online sales have surged in some categories, often helped by discounts and state coupons.But a lingering wariness about items deemed non-essential means consumers may still not emerge as the pillar of growth which Beijing hopes they will be.center_img “Consumers are placing a greater focus on essential spending categories,” Fitch Solutions said in a June 4 report, predicting a fall in Chinese household spending this year and slashing its 2020 growth forecast to just 1.1% from 5.6% before the pandemic.Dollar store clientele growsIn the United States, commonplace brands such as chocolate giant Hershey or toothpaste-maker Colgate say consumers have traded down. Dollar stores, meanwhile, expect to open their doors to a new set of customers as they did after the 2008-09 Great Recession.”In 2008, folks lost jobs … and they found us. And I think that’s some of what we’re planning for as we take a look into our crystal ball at back half of the year and 2021,” Dollar Tree Chief Executive Gary Philbin said on May 28.Much hangs now on what happens to the mountain of savings built up by those US households which weathered the worst of the lockdown fall-out and have pushed the overall US savings rate to a record 33% of income.While that rate will fall, those who expect cash to flood back into the economy may be disappointed. A 2012 paper by IMF researchers found that lingering uncertainty after the onset of the 2008-09 recession boosted saving rates durably, leading to lower consumption and growth in the wider economy.Moreover many US households are about to suffer “income cliffs” with one-off tax rebates expiring in May and pandemic unemployment compensation ending in July, Oxford Economics said, forecasting lower household income through the rest of the year.”This will likely act as a constraint on the consumer spending recovery well into 2021,” it said in a June 3 note.Such a scenario could force policy makers across the world to encourage savers to spend by speeding up moves to ease lockdowns, offering more economic support or pushing interest rates further towards, and even into, negative territory.The same dilemma exists in Europe. The European Central Bank expects household savings to rise six points to 19% of income this year and remain high next year due to what economists call “scarring”, when an event leaves a durable impact on behavior.Citing the risk of cash-hoarding, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has called for direct incentives to boost demand. The budget he will present next week will forecast a drop in consumer spending of 10% this year as households amass savings.Germany has announced a cut in valued-added tax for the second half of the year to drive consumption, coupling that with cash handouts to parents.Presenting hefty downgrades of the bank’s eurozone growth protections on Thursday, ECB President Christine Lagarde said the depth of scarring of domestic demand was one big factor that will determine the size of the contraction and recovery to come.She warned: “Overall, the [ECB] Governing Council sees the balance of risks … to the downside.”last_img read more


Water views make luxury Gold Coast home special

first_img10 Moray Crt, Benowa Waters. 10 Moray Crt, Benowa Waters.Mr Thorn decided to move from Perth after visiting the Gold Coast and enjoying the laid-back coastal lifestyle.“When I retired, I decided this is the place to be,” he said.He said it was the perfect family home.The couple have breathed new life into the five-bedroom, four bathroom property over the years, expanding it and giving it a more elegant style.“I’ve spent about $650,000 to make it really nice,” Mr Thorn said.Flawless marble, granite and porcelain finishes are featured throughout while wide windows frame the water views. It also has a home theatre, sunroom and two wet bars. 10 Moray Crt, Benowa Waters.A wraparound alfresco entertainment area with timber deck overlooks the canal and pool, which leads down to a terrace and then a lawn area with water access from a pontoon.Mr Thorn said while they loved the home, it was time to downsize because they were “empty nesting”. 10 Moray Crt, Benowa Waters.LIVING on the waterfront is a dream for many people, but imagine it almost surrounding your home.This Benowa Waters property is perfectly positioned to make the most of 180 degree canal views.It was one of the reasons David and Suporn Thorn bought the Mediterranean inspired home at 10 Moray Court almost 20 years ago. 10 Moray Crt, Benowa Waters.center_img 10 Moray Crt, Benowa Waters. 10 Moray Crt, Benowa Waters.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago 10 Moray Crt, Benowa Waters.last_img read more