Limerick responds to refugee crisis

first_imgNewsLimerick responds to refugee crisisBy John Keogh – September 10, 2015 1005 WhatsApp First Irish death from Coronavirus Facebook Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL Advertisement No vaccines in Limerick yet TAGSAylan KurdiCllr Cian PrendivillefeaturedHelp for HumansIreland Calais Refugee SolidaritylimerickLimerick City and County CouncilLimerick to CalaisNiall Collins TDWillie O’Dea TD Print Linkedincenter_img Previous articleRugby – Audio – Mike Sherry on his return to actionNext articleEditorial – Politicians put to shame John Keogh RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Limerick collection for convoy heading to refugee camp in Calais.Picture: Keith WisemanVolunteers at depot at the Cahill May Roberts building receiving donated goods.Picture: Keith WisemanTHE image of three year-old Aylan Kurdi lying lifeless on a Turkish beach has been a turning point in Europe’s refugee crisis and one that has spurred thousands of people into action. Kathy Masterson talks to Limerick locals and public representatives to get their views on the crisis, and to find out what they’re doing to help.On the convoy to Calais and beyondA GROUP of Limerick volunteers are busy this week in a depot behind the former Cahill May Roberts building sorting through donations from members of the public that will be sent to refugee camps in Calais, Hungary and Greece.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick to Calais, the local branch of the nationwide Ireland Calais Refugee Solidarity group, will send a convoy full of donated essential supplies to  refugees in Calais on September 30, with further donations being shipped to Hungary and Greece.In Calais, the goods will be distributed through a local aid agency, L’auberge des Migrants.Donations bound for Hungary and Greece will be flown from Shannon Airport and will be distributed by other aid agencies overseas.The Ireland Calais Refugee Solidarity organisation is also collecting donations online through GoFundMe.Calais coordinator Nadine Buttery says donations are flooding in.“It’s all systems go here at the moment. We’ve got about 25 people sorting through the items. We’ve got an amazing bunch of people volunteering here. We’ve had a huge amount of donations already; the response has been really good.“We’ve got our scouts checking that all the tents are in good working order, and we’ve got loads of really nice toiletries bags put together. We’re already sorting through the women’s and children’s clothes for Hungary, they will be flown out from Shannon. Nothing will go to waste.”Nadine added: “We’re also really looking for people to donate online through the GoFundMe site. That’s very important. That money is going to pay for donations to be shipped to Hungary and further afield, and it will go towards further operations and programmes to keep this whole thing going.”A second group based in Kerry, Help for Humans, which is collecting donations to take and distribute to refugees in Greece, has four collection points in Limerick city, and will be leaving in a convoy on September 30.The group is also collecting online donations through GoFundMe.Limerick coordinator Vivienne Nagle told the Limerick Post: “I saw the page on Facebook and saw that it was doing something to help the refugees and that they didn’t have anybody yet to collect donations in Limerick so I said I’d get involved.“We’re looking for warm clothes, blankets, anything to help people to survive the winter. At the moment people are sleeping on cardboard boxes and they don’t have anything.“We’re also looking for more people to get involved and for people to bring vans on the convoy, or to pick up donations from the collection points.”Costa Coffee branches on Cruises Street and in the Crescent Shopping Centre and Childers Road Retail Park, as well as Pizza Galaxy on Ellen Street, are all accepting donations for Help for Humans.Demonstration last weekend in solidarity with refugees  Most Limerick politicians fail to respondLAST week, the Limerick Post contacted all TDs in the Limerick City and County constituencies, the four Ireland South MEPs, and Limerick Senator James Heffernan, with a list of questions seeking their views on the refugee crisis.At the time of going to press, and at the deadline specified in our emails for responses, just two public representatives had replied – Limerick City Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea and his party colleague, Limerick County TD Niall Collins.A representative for Independent MEP Brian Crowley stated that he was currently undergoing medical treatment in hospital and was unable to respond. A representative for MEP Seán Kelly (FG) contacted the Limerick Post but had not supplied a response at the time of going to press.The Limerick Post received no reply from the remaining public representatives contacted.The questions and answers were as follows:What are your views on Ireland’s response to the refugee crisis in Europe so far? Do you think it’s adequate?Niall Collins – The Government has been extremely slow to respond to the crisis and even now has been very vague in its response.Willie O’Dea – The response to the refugee crisis by Ireland is not nearly adequate enough.Do you think Ireland should accept more refugees? If so, how many?NC – Yes. Fianna Fáil believes Ireland can and should do more to help refugees fleeing Syria in particular because of the nature of the conflict there. Fianna Fáil has not set a specific number because we believe the focus should be on what level of support can be provided. There will be particular medical, language and educational needs that will need to be met and we believe the government should be focusing on how best those services can be provided.WOD – Yes, I think a quota system should be established and we should take our quota.What actions, if any, do you think Europe as a whole needs to take to address the refugee crisis and its causes?NC – Fianna Fáil has been calling for a national forum on migration to be held here and we have also sought a specific EU Leader’s Summit on the refugee crisis. There is no strategic approach as the EU is forcing countries to act unilaterally and this is not in the best interests of the union as a whole.WOD – European countries need to create a quota system for accepting refugees.What are your views on Angela Merkel’s recent criticism of Ireland for its failure to participate in the quota scheme for housing refugees?NC – We believe Ireland can and should be doing more. It’s clear now that the Government will increase the number of people Ireland can take.The German Chancellor is entitled to her view. Clearly Germany is much better placed to provide more support than Ireland and this is to be commended. We believe there needs to be great urgency and greater co-operation at EU level in response to the humanitarian emergency.WOD – I think she is right as I believe we should be participating in any quota scheme established for housing refugees.Will you personally be taking any action to help address the crisis? If so, what?WOD – I have no direct power as I am not a member of the Government, however, I will be pressing the Government on the issue when the Dail resumes.Volunteers in Limerick sort donated clothes, shoes, bags, tents for refugees. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22 Council to discuss how to assist refugeesLIMERICK’S Metropolitan councillors will discuss how they can help those caught up in the refugee crisis across Europe at their next meeting on September 21.Cllr Cian Prendiville says his party, the Anti Austerity Alliance, will be submitting a motion asking what the local authority can do to assist refugees.The City North councillor made the pledge following a demonstration attended by more than 100 people in Limerick city centre last Saturday to express solidarity with refugees fleeing war zones in the Middle East and North Africa.It also emerged that almost 200 people in Limerick have pledged to house refugees through an online campaign on at Saturday’s demonstration, Cllr Prendiville said: “So far this year over 2,500 people have died trying to get refuge in Europe in the Mediterranean alone. These tragic deaths are reminiscent of the thousands who died fleeing Ireland on the Famine Ships, and are a clarion call to all of us to step up the fight against Fortress Europe and its racist immigration policies.“The outpouring of solidarity, and sympathy from ordinary people in Ireland and across Europe stands in stark contrast to the crocodile tears of the political establishment. Over 11,500 beds have been pledged to house refugees by ordinary people in Ireland, while the government twiddles its thumbs.”According to Cllr Prendiville, the response to the weekend’s demonstration, and the number of beds pledged, shows that “ordinary people here stand in solidarity with those suffering in this humanitarian crisis. Hopefully Limerick councillors will reflect that solidarity.”He also slammed the government’s response to the refugee crisis so far, saying: “They don’t care about the homeless, the unemployed, the working poor, the EU and USA’s imperialist policies that are destroying the Middle East or those who have had to flee their home country as a result.”Volunteers Pauline O’Connor, Meelick, Co. Clare and Ber Woods, St Joseph Street , Limerick to Calais. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22 How You Can Help* The Limerick to Calais group, based at the old Cahill May Roberts building, is seeking donations of clothes, tents, toiletries and other essential items, as well as volunteers to help process the donations. Items can be deposited at the building from 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Donations can also be delivered to the Willow Cafe in Pallaskenry or the Seven Sisters Pub in Kildimo. See*Donate to the Ireland Calais Refugee Solidarity fund on* Help for Humans is a Kerry-based group collecting donations to distribute to refugees in Greece. All three Costa Coffee branches in Limerick are accepting donations, as is Pizza Galaxy on Ellen Street. See, also collecting online donations on*Pledge a bed to a refugee on*On September 30, a table quiz in aid of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) will take place at Dolan’s Pub at 8pm* There are a number of other charities working with refugees across Europe, such as UNICEF, Concern, Save the Children, and MOAS that are urgently in need of donations.* Slings for Solidarity Ireland is collecting donations of baby slings and carriers to send to Greece. See www. Online donations for a similar organisation, Carriers for Kos, can be made on required* Trainers, hiking boots, wellies*Tents (4 person+), sleeping bags, blankets*Jackets, travelling bags, belts, hats and scarves, winter clothing*Socks, underwear, vests, thermals, mens’ tracksuits, trousers and jeans size 28-32*Soap, toothbrushes, shampoo, razors, shaving cream, tissue, wet wipes, toothpaste*Plastic bags, pots, candles, tarpaulins, camping items such as wind up lights or radios,            collapsible water storage containers*Tools for fixing bikes, pumps, puncture repair kits.*Women’s and children’s clothing and shoes*Feminine hygiene products, nappies* Medical and first aid supplies (no prescription medications accepted), such as non-latex gloves, aspirin, sterile gauze pads, bandages, antiseptic wipe packets, compress dressings, oral thermometers. See Cork Calais Refugee Solidarity Facebook page for more.* Tinned food (Help for Humans donations only, not required by Limerick to Calais) Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Mac Lochlainn says anti-Mc Guinness rhetoric is “hypocritical and partitionist

first_img Twitter Twitter By News Highland – September 25, 2011 A Donegal TD says people who welcomed Martin McGuinness’ appointment as Deputy First Minister for Northern Ireland should embrace his bid for the Presidency.Martin McGuinness came third in the latest Sunday Business Post opinion poll  – with 16 percent support.David Norris is favourite to win on 21 per cent, while Labour’s Michael D Higgins is in second place on 18 per cent.Sinn Fein TD for Donegal North East – Padraig McLaughlin – says the anti -McGuinness rhetoric is hypocritical and partitionist…………[podcast][/podcast] Google+ Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Mac Lochlainn says anti-Mc Guinness rhetoric is “hypocritical and partitionist Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+center_img Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp Previous articleThousands expected in Bundoran for Eurosurf eventNext articleKelly Jones set to return to the US on Tuesday News Highland Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook Newsx Adverts Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal last_img read more

Phishin’ With Adam Chase: Cruising The Land Of The Brave And Free

first_imgPhish’s Baker’s Dozen run is quickly approaching. As is tradition for summer tour, there will be an enormous amount of talent surrounding the entertainment with pre- and post-shows galore. Phish’s thirteen nights at Madison Square Garden will be no different, as Live For Live Music plans to take over New York City with over a dozen shows of our own.L4LM’s Official Guide To Phish Baker’s Dozen Late NightsAs the shenanigans approach, we’ll be discussing Phish with a number of artists who will be in town performing some of these late-night shows. So far, we interviewed Matisyahu, Craig Brodhead from Turkuaz, Ryan Jalbert from The Motet, Brock Butler and Matt McDonald of Perpetual Groove, Ryan Dempsey from Twiddle, and Jake Goldberg and Chris Houser from The Werks. In the sixth installment of our “Phishin’ With” series, drummer Adam Chase (musical director of James Brown Dance Party, Jazz Is Phish, and The Chase Brothers) describes his relation with the band Phish ahead of the James Brown Dance Party shows at Highline Ballroom in NYC on Friday, 7/28. Tickets available here (for early show) and here (for late show).The July 28th presentations of the James Brown Dance Party will feature Fred Wesley (James Brown, The JB’s), Fred Thomas (James Brown), Antwaun Stanley (Vulfpeck), Binky Griptite (The Dap Kings), Justin Stanton (Snarky Puppy), James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band), Chris Rob (Talib Kweli) and Adam Dotson (Rubblebucket), alongside The Chase Brothers. Special guests from the Knicks City Dancers will also be in attendance. When a group of all-stars like this gets together, there’s no saying what’s going to happen but this show is sure to be the funkiest all-star tribute in show business!Live For Live Music: Tell us about your first Phish concert experience.Adam Chase: The first time I saw Phish was Virginia Beach 97′. I just started high school and my parents decided to take me to see my favorite band. Little did they know, they would be introducing me to a crazy counterculture that surrounded the music. The show was very special as they debuted “Ghost,” “Piper,” “Dirt,” “Dogs Stole Things,” and Leroi Moore from Dave Matthews Band sat in on saxophone. The highlights for me were the funkiest “Bathtub Gin” I had ever heard and a mind blowing “David Bowie” with teases of Weather Report‘s “Birdland” in the intro. What really made the night unforgettable was our car breaking down on the way to the show. We ended up hitchhiking and making our way to the show in the back of a pick up truck. Great way to get introduced to Phish.L4LM: How would you describe the music of Phish?AC: Phish is a rock and roll band that borrows elements from classical music in their compositions with elements of jazz theory in their improvisation. I feel the music of Frank Zappa is highly noticeable in both their compositional work and their use of humor in their music.L4LM: How many Phish shows have you seen?AC: Either too many or not enough depending on who you ask. lol.L4LM: Do you have a favorite show, or most memorable experience?AC: My favorite Phish experience was seeing Phish in Vegas in 2000. I was a freshman in college and hitch hiked from Colorado to the shows. As was a music student and when it came to Phish, I was really into the more complex compositions. That weekend the band played “Fluffhead,” “Col. Forbin’s Ascent,” “Famous Mockingbird,” “Dinner And A Movie,” “Esther,” “Curtain With…” Besides being some of their most impressive compositions, they were also the first times I saw those songs, which is always nice for a Phish fan.L4LM: What are two of your favorite Phish songs?AC: Guelah Papyrus (Asse Festival) and All Things Reconsidered are my favorite tunes as they are the fugues and I love fugues.L4LM: What’s the wildest thing you’ve ever seen at a Phish show?AC: I guess seeing a naked guy chase Trey on stage in Charlottesville could qualify, though I wish I could unsee it.If you’re heading to New York for Phish’s 13-night Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden, don’t miss all the incredible late night shows going on in the City during the run! Check out Our Official Guide To Baker’s Dozen Late-Nights  for all the info.Live For Live Music Phish Baker’s Dozen Run Late-Night ShowsJuly 21 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 21 – The Motet @ BB King Blues Club (tix)July 20, 21, & 22 – Twiddle @ Irving Plaza (tix) *July 22 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 22 – Circles Around The Sun @ Gramercy Theatre (SOLD OUT)July 23 – Circles Around The Sun (early brunch show) @ Brooklyn Bowl (tix)July 25 – Turkuaz at Irving Plaza (tix) *July 28 – Dopapod @ Gramercy Theater (tix) *July 28 – James Brown Dance Party  – 2 Shows @ Highline Ballroom (early tix/late tix) *July 29 – Dopapod @ Highline Ballroom (tix) *July 29 – Perpetual Groove @ BB King Blues Club (tix)Aug 2 – Matisyahu @ The Cutting Room (tix) *Aug 3 – Greensky Bluegrass w/ Marco Benevento @ Ford Amphitheatre At Coney Island Boardwalk (tix) **Aug 4 –  “Kraz & Taz” – Eric Krasno Band w/ Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band @ The Cutting Room (tix)Aug 5 –  Spafford @ BB King Blues Club (tix)* (L4LM & CEG Presents)**(L4LM & Live Nation Presents)last_img read more

CVPS to merge with GMP

first_img May 30, 2011 … Fortis Inc (TSX – FTS), based in Canada, and Central Vermont Public Service ( NYSE – CV) of Rutland announced May 30 that they have entered … CVPS board authorizes discussions with Gaz Metro | Vermont…Jun 28, 2011 … On June 23, 2011, Gaz Metro made an unsolicited proposal to acquire all CVPS outstanding common shares for $35.25 per share in cash. … Bidding War: GMP owner GazMetro makes offer to buy CVPS, make one …Jun 23, 2011 … “Gaz Métro continues to demonstrate its commitment to Vermont with …. Gaz Métro is committed to the satisfaction of its customers, … PSB approves sale of GMP to Gaz Metro | Vermont Business Magazine “GMP has clearly listened to and addressed concerns Rutland leaders and residents have voiced since their offer was made public,” Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras said. “Ultimately I would have preferred that CVPS remain an independent company headquartered here, but through the agreement, significant, meaningful commitments to Rutland are made, especially related to local jobs, and therefore, I endorse the merger. Making Rutland the Headquarters for Operations and Energy Innovation is important to the region, and the commitments to downtown, REDC, solar development and ongoing community support have convinced me that the new merged company will be a leading corporate citizen just as CVPS has been. GMP’s commitment to a plan that any positions unfilled through natural turnover and retirement will be proportional, that CVPS will not face disproportional losses, and that relocations will not be used to reduce local jobs, was also critical to me and the City of Rutland.””We are committed to Rutland and the unique and meaningful community programs CVPS has developed here, including Shareheat, the Gift-of-Life Marathon, osprey conservation and the company’s corporate giving program,” Ms. Powell said.”We are also mindful that this new statewide utility will be serving more than 250,000 customers located across Vermont: from St. Albans to Bennington, Brattleboro to St. Johnsbury, and west across Route 2 through the capital district back to Chittenden County — and most of the towns in between,” Ms. Powell noted. “These communities are important economic drivers for Vermont, so our services and focus must be statewide.”Maximize employee knowledge and experience”Both CVPS and GMP are blessed with great employees, and it will be a privilege to meet and work alongside the CVPS staff,” said Ms. Powell. “As we write the next chapter in the story of these great companies, we must harness the experience and know-how of all employees to be the best-of-the-best for our customers.”To achieve the maximum benefits of a combination of GMP and CVPS, a transition committee, to be co-chaired by Ms. Powell and Mr. Reilly, will be created. The committee will look at the operations and business processes of each company in detail, identify best practices and craft a plan to provide customers of the combined company with the best service possible. Through this process, a combined organizational structure will be developed, which will be staffed by the strongest team of executives and professional staff available — regardless of which legacy company they came from. This substantial effort will begin soon, but will take months to complete.”This combination is a unique opportunity that will allow employees at both companies to provide quality service to our customers well into the future, while maintaining the important local bonds that set Vermont utilities apart,” added Mr. Reilly and Ms. Powell. “That’s why the CVPS and GMP teams are committed to working closely together during this transition to ensure that our customers benefit directly from this combination. We want to be sure that when the merger is complete we deliver tremendous value for our customers, exciting opportunities for our employees, and the same deep commitment to our communities and Vermont.”Shareholder benefitsIn addition to customer and community benefits, CVPS shareholders will also benefit as a result of the agreement between CVPS and Gaz Métro. Not only is the purchase price of $35.25 per common share, a 45 percent premium over the pre-Memorial Day closing price of $24.32, CVPS shareholders will retain the right to receive CVPS’s regular quarterly dividend of $0.23 per share until closing.”Gaz Métro is excited to expand its operations in Vermont through the combination of CVPS and GMP,” said Gaz Métro President and CEO Sophie Brochu. “We believe that the combination of CVPS and GMP will prove deeply beneficial to our customers. Both companies share a vigorous commitment to community and customer service that is consistent with our corporate approach.””Our philosophy is to rely on experienced local management and provide them the capital they need to grow and thrive,” added Ms. Brochu. “Mary Powell will be the president and CEO of the combined company, and she will assemble a strong local leadership team to guide the company forward.”The sale is subject to approval of CVPS common shareholders, and U.S. federal and state regulators, and is expected to be completed in approximately six to 12 months. Following the completion of the transaction, CVPS and GMP’s combined operations will join Vermont Gas Systems and Portland Natural Gas Transmission Systems under Gaz Métro’s wholly owned Vermont-based subsidiary, Northern New England Energy Corporation.BMO Capital Markets acted as Gaz Métro’s financial advisor. Legal counsel to Gaz Métro was provided by Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. Lazard Ltd. advised CVPS. Legal counsel to CVPS was provided by Sidley Austin LLP, Loeb & Loeb LLP, and Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC.About Central Vermont Public ServiceCVPS, the largest electric utility in Vermont, serves nearly 160,000 customers in 163 cities and towns across Vermont. CVPS has 530 employees. The company is a three-time winner of the Edison Electric Institute’s national Emergency Recovery Award, and CVPS Cow Powerâ ¢ won the 2009 U.S. Department of Energy Utility Green Program of the Year Award. CVPS has been listed by Forbes Magazine as one of the most trusted companies in America for 60 straight months.About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in Vermont and is a leader in wind and solar generation. It serves more than 96,000 customers. is external).About Gaz MétroWith over $3.6 billion in assets, Gaz Métro is Quebec’s leading natural gas distributor. Its 10,000 kilometer network serves 300 municipalities. Gaz Métro has operated in this regulated industry since 1957 and is the trusted energy provider to its customers in Quebec and Vermont, who choose natural gas for its competitive price, efficiency, comfort and environmental benefits. Gaz Métro is also present in the electricity distribution market and is involved in natural gas transportation and storage, the development of projects such as wind power, natural gas as fuel for the transportation industry, and biomethanation. Gaz Métro is committed to the satisfaction of its customers, partners, employees and the communities it serves. is external).Important Additional InformationThis communication does not constitute a solicitation of any vote or approval. This communication is being made in respect of the proposed merger transaction involving CVPS. The proposed merger will be submitted to the stockholders of CVPS for their consideration. In connection therewith, CVPS will file a preliminary proxy statement and a definitive proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). CVPS also plans to file other documents with the SEC regarding the proposed transaction. CVPS URGES INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF CVPS TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. The definitive proxy statement will be mailed or delivered to CVPS’s stockholders. In addition, stockholders will be able to obtain the proxy statement and other relevant documents filed by CVPS with the SEC free of charge at the SEC’s website at is external), or at CVPS’s website at is external) by clicking on the link “SEC Filings.”Participants in the SolicitationCVPS and its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of CVPS in connection with the proposed transaction. Information about CVPS and its directors and executive officers, and their ownership of CVPS’s securities, is set forth in the proxy statement for the annual meeting of stockholders of CVPS held on May 3, 2011, which was filed with the SEC on March 24, 2011 and which can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the proxy statement relating to the proposed merger and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC when they become available.Forward-Looking StatementsStatements contained in this press release that are not historical fact are forward-looking statements intended to qualify for the safe-harbors from the liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements made that are not historical facts are forward-looking and, accordingly, involve estimates, assumptions, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Some of the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in such forward-looking statements include: the occurrence of any event, effect or change that could give rise to a termination of the definitive agreement entered into with Gaz Métro; the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against CV and others following announcement of the agreement; the inability to complete the transaction due to the failure to obtain shareholder approva l or the failure to satisfy other conditions to the completion of the transaction, including the receipt of certain regulatory approvals; risks that the proposed transaction disrupts current plans and operations and creates potential difficulties in employee retention; and the amount of the costs, fees, expenses and charges related to the transaction.These and other risk factors are detailed in CV’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. CV cannot predict the outcome of any of these matters; accordingly, there can be no assurance that such indicated results will be realized. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date of this press release. CV does not undertake any obligation to publicly release any revision to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release.  RUTLAND, VT and MONTREAL–(Marketwire – July 12, 2011) -RELATED: Fortis to acquire CVPS, Vermont’s largest utility, CVPS to … Former Governor Jim Douglas also supported the merger in a commentary run last week on ‘We can be proud that all of our utilities, including our two largest, CVPS and Green Mountain Power, have such a great record of service to our people. This is due to the dedication of the countless hard-working Vermonters who make these companies run. But as I have often said, in order for us to realize savings in our small state, whether in education spending, healthcare costs or electric rates, we must seek efficiencies through economies of scale wherever possible. For this reason, as Governor, I supported consolidation of our utilities. There are few, if any, more meaningful ways to reduce costs among regulated monopolies like utilities.’ (CLICK HERE TO READ ALL) Mar 27, 2007 … PSB approves acquisition of GMP by Gaz Metro subsidiary. The Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) Monday issued its approval of Green Mountain … The leaders of Central Vermont Public Service Corporation (NYSE: CV) (CVPS) and Gaz Métro Limited Partnership (Gaz Métro) today announced that a definitive agreement for the sale of CVPS has been signed. This clears the path for the combination of CVPS and Green Mountain Power Corporation (GMP), a subsidiary of Gaz Métro, into one utility. The deal is valued at $702 million, including the assumption of about $230 million of debt.A joint statement released this morning said that the new agreement provides significant benefits for customers, community, employees and shareholders, including $144 million in customer savings over 10 years, a Vermont ownership interest in VELCO, and the establishment of the Headquarters for Operations and Energy Innovation in Rutland.The all-cash transaction will provide CVPS shareholders $35.25 per common share, a 45 percent premium over the closing price of $24.32 immediately prior to the announcement of the previous agreement CVPS had reached with Fortis Inc. The CVPS Board has terminated the agreement with Fortis after deeming “superior” the offer from Gaz Métro. It sent a $19.5 million payment to Fortis today as part of the termination of the contract ($17.5 million “break up” fee and $2 million for expenses).”CVPS and GMP will together become a stronger, more efficient enterprise, built on our deeply held mutual commitment to Vermont,” GMP President and CEO Mary Powell and CVPS President and CEO Larry Reilly said. “We believe that this is not only a tremendous opportunity for CVPS and GMP, but for Vermont’s economy at this critical time. Our combined resources will allow us to continue to provide competitively priced power, which is necessary for vibrant communities and a growing economy, and strengthen our commitment to low-carbon electricity in sync with the environmental ethic of our state.””The CVPS Board, first and foremost, had a legal responsibility to ensure the best possible deal for shareholders, but the board also wanted to ensure the best possible outcome for our customers, employees and the communities we serve, Rutland in particular,” said Bill Sayre, chairman of the CVPS Board of Directors. “GMP shared that vision, and our agreement serves all of these constituencies, and ensures CVPS’s historic commitment to Rutland will continue.”The agreement provides a number of unique benefits for customers. First, the combination of the two companies will deliver $144 million in savings for customers over the next decade — with even greater savings continuing into the future. These savings will be achieved through more efficient distribution of resources, equipment and facilities throughout a more contiguous service territory, regulatory savings and improved purchasing leverage with vendors and service providers. Savings will not be achieved through layoffs — other than some executive officers — but instead through natural retirements and turnover, which will allow for the smooth integration of both companies’ workforces.”When we deliver $144 million in savings for families, businesses and communities that frees up $144 million that can be reinvested to strengthen Vermont,” said Mr. Reilly and Ms. Powell. “We have an obligation to the public that we operate in a transparent manner and keep costs as low as possible.””Also, through the contribution of VELCO stock to a public trust, this deal presents a dual benefit by helping our neighbors in need, as well as giving Vermonters an important ownership stake in the operation of the state’s most important transmission asset,” noted Mr. Reilly and Ms. Powell. The establishment of a public trust with $1 million in annual income to support a low-income rate program is made possible by an annual dividend generated through a contribution of VELCO stock, as well as an annual charitable contribution from the combined entity. The contribution of VELCO stock to the public trust means that the new combined entity will hold less than 50 percent of VELCO voting stock, and control of VELCO will remain with Vermont entities.Finally, there are a number of important ways that the combination of CVPS and GMP will improve reliability and service for Vermonters. A contiguous service territory and one Operation Headquarters will streamline storm response to restore power faster and reduce the overall frequency and duration of outages. Also, with the benefit of the combined utility’s information technology resources, it will be able to move basic services online more swiftly, and allow customer service representatives to provide more personalized service, which will be especially important for the implementation of the statewide Smart Grid initiative.New benefits for RutlandThe companies agreed that CVPS’s historic commitment to its hometown of Rutland will remain part of the new utility’s corporate culture. To ensure that commitment, the merged company will locate its Headquarters for Operations and Energy Innovation in Rutland, and pledge to build on CVPS’s extensive community support efforts.”When the communities we serve succeed, we succeed,” said Ms. Powell. “In talking with local leaders in recent weeks, I can’t help but be excited about all that is happening in Rutland. Making sure that the Rutland region maintains a strong utility presence is important — but it is as important for us to be a catalyst for job growth. With the right mix of public and private sector support, I know that Rutland will be a strong economic engine in our state.”Governor PEter Shumlin, who previously had lent his support to a CVPS-GMP merger, said in a statement today:  ‘I’m gratified to hear that the CVPS board of directors has approved the Gaz Metro/GMP purchase offer. “Consolidation of our largest utilities promises significant savings for Vermonters and makes good sense for our energy and jobs future. Today’s decision by Central Vermont Public Service to accept Gaz Metro’s bid came after careful consideration by the board of directors. I believe they made the right decision. I expect state regulators, when considering whether to approve this deal, will ensure that the promised benefits of this purchase are realized. “I am particularly pleased to learn that Gaz Metro/GMP have put this deal together in a way that benefits the Rutland community and economy.’The Headquarters for Operations and Energy Innovation will be the combined company’s command post for utility operations. On the energy innovation side, the headquarters will include staff focused on creative generation solutions, such as distributed generation and renewable energy projects. The nature of the work will mean enhancing appropriate staff at the Rutland headquarters.In addition to locating the Operations Headquarters in Rutland, the combined company will:* Commit to no layoffs other than some executive officer positions due to the consolidation, nor the mandatory relocation of Rutland employees. Under the combined company’s plan for customer savings, natural retirements and turnovers will be proportional between CVPS and GMP;* Work with local leaders to find space in the downtown for a new facility — with a strong preference towards rehabilitating vacant downtown space — and work on a plan to repurpose existing CVPS facilities;* Create a $100,000 “Open for Business” fund, to be administered by Rutland’s Downtown Partnership, to help continue the revitalization of downtown Rutland by subsidizing rent for several new businesses for up to two years. CVPS will provide half the funds immediately, with GMP providing the second half at closing;* Create a $100,000 “Green Growth” fund, to be administered by the Rutland Economic Development Corporation (REDC), to support specific initiatives to advance green sector jobs and technologies. CVPS will provide half the funds immediately, with GMP providing the second half at closing;* Kick-start a significant new “Solar City” program in Rutland. Building on CVPS’s renewable energy success with CVPS Cow Power and other programs, GMP will bring its expertise in solar power to develop ideas such as a commercial-size solar orchard, small-scale backyard and rooftop solar, and deployment of other renewable energy technology. In the coming weeks, a committee of Rutland region leaders and interested residents will be announced to help develop these ideas and recommend a direction for the effort.last_img read more

Akpeyi’s Kaizer Chiefs suffer setback in S/Africa’s PSL

first_img Lesotho international Sera Motebang netted just before and after half-time to turn the tide at the University of Pretoria after Eric Mathoho had put Chiefs ahead against his former club. Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too SoonThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made Daniel Akpeyi’s Kaizer Chiefs were stunned 3-1 by mid-table Bloemfontein Celtic in their South African Premier Soccer League fixture on Wednesday to record their second victory in the past 25 matches against the Soweto giants.Advertisement Loading… Celtic added a third goal midway through the second half from Sepana Letsoalo to sink Chiefs and offer renewed hope to second-place Mamelodi Sundowns, who have been struggling. Chiefs have 52 points from 25 matches, and Sundowns 46 from 24 ahead of a clash with sixth-place Maritzburg United Friday.Celtic, who began the day just six points above the relegation zone, rose one place to 10th in the richest African league with a 15 million rand ($870,000/735,000 euro) first prize.“No one gave us a chance and that proved a great help,” said recently appointed Celtic coach and former Malawi star John Maduka.“There was no pressure on my boys and they were determined to prove the pundits wrong and shock Chiefs. I made three changes from the team that drew with SuperSport United three days ago and having fresh legs contributed to our great performance.“Before the match I told the boys that if they defended well we could win and that is how it turned out. We defended brilliantly and took our chances.”Celtic were forced to change coaches during the five-month shutdown of football in South Africa since mid March because of the coronavirus pandemic when Lehlohonolo Seema quit.Read Also: JUST-IN: Bayern thrash Lyon 3-0, to face PSG in UCL finalFormer Lesotho star Seema moved to Chippa United and his assistant, Maduka, took charge of a club that has never come close to winning the Premiership.Celtic will not finish first this season either, but they have reached the Nedbank (FA) Cup final against Sundowns, scheduled for September 8.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Gauteng relaunches Bontle ke Botho

first_imgYoungsters clean up the streets of Diepsloot in the north of Johannesburg during a recent clean up campaign. Littering affects all so try to recycle as much as you can. (Image: Shamin Chibba)The Gauteng provincial government is doing more than paying lip service to cleanliness and greening the environment; it is relaunching its Bontle ke Botho (BkB) campaign.BkB will be relaunched on Sunday, 31 January at Alexandra Stadium, in the township of Alexandra in north-eastern Joburg, a stone’s throw from the well-heeled economic hub of Sandton. Alexandra, which was once also known as Dark City, knows very well the effects of illegal dumping.Bontle ke Botho is Gauteng’s clean and green campaign; its aim is to address littering, waste management and greening issues. It is a social mobilisation programme and provincial strategy to heighten environmental awareness and encourage sustainable environmental action among residents to ensure that the environment is clean and protected for present and future generations.The relaunched campaign will be held under the theme: “My neighbourhood, my community, my environment”.According to the provincial government, unsustainable waste management is a big challenge in Gauteng. This is evidenced by littering and illegal dump sites in residential areas. Greening is also a challenge as some residential areas are green while others are not.“Working together, a clean Gauteng is possible,” said Lebogang Maile, the MEC for agriculture and rural development. “Combined efforts at different sources can make a huge difference in keeping our environment clean.“We want to mobilise everybody to not only form part of a BkB campaign, but to also understand the need to love our environment enough to want to keep it clean. In addition, separation at source then becomes another critical part of this campaign as it also addresses the need to recycle.”OBJECTIVESThe objectives of BkB include:Heightening environmental awareness at all levels of society and deepening the understanding of environmental issues and the importance of a clean and healthy environment;Empowering communities to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values needed to enhance their capacity to effectively address environmental challenges;Embarking on clean and green activities across the province to improve and protect the environment;Mobilising all sectors of society to participate in the protection of the environment;Ensuring compliance and enforcement to create a clean and green province;Creating green jobs and encouraging entrepreneurial activities through waste management and greening activities with a view to reducing unemployment; and,Fostering mutually beneficial partnerships across all sectors of society for the promotion and implementation of the campaign.Are you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

Video: Oklahoma State’s LeBryan Nash Slammed Home One Of The Best Dunks Of The Year vs. Texas

first_imgLeBryan Nash throws down nasty dunk vs. Texas.Add LeBryan Nash to the list of players who have slammed home a basket that should be considered for the mythical dunk of the year award. During Oklahoma State’s game against Texas in Austin, the Cowboys’ forward basically dunked over Longhorn guard DeMarcus Holland. Check it out: This angle makes it even more impressive:Oklahoma State and Texas are currently in the second half of their contest. The game is being televised on the Longhorn Network.last_img

PM Says 5,000 Solar Lamps Will Be Distributed to Energy-Poor Households

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says an initial 5,000 solar lamps will be made available under a programme being developed to assist energy-poor households. Story Highlights “A system of identifying and distributing these solar lighting solutions to needy households is being developed,” Mr. Holness said, during his contribution to the Budget Debate in the House on Tuesday, March 20. Mr. Holness noted that a significant number of rural and urban homes in Jamaica are without electricity connections or are disconnected, pending payment, and rely on open flames as their source of light. This, he said, has resulted in tragic incidents of children perishing in fires ignited by candles and lamps. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says an initial 5,000 solar lamps will be made available under a programme being developed to assist energy-poor households.This is in light of house fires that since the start of the year have claimed the lives of eight adults and five children, caused mainly by lit candles or lamps.“A system of identifying and distributing these solar lighting solutions to needy households is being developed,” Mr. Holness said, during his contribution to the Budget Debate in the House on Tuesday, March 20.He pointed out that using solar solutions to replace open flame light sources is an established policy response to address energy poverty, noting that there are many such programmes successfully implemented all over the world.Mr. Holness noted that a significant number of rural and urban homes in Jamaica are without electricity connections or are disconnected, pending payment, and rely on open flames as their source of light. This, he said, has resulted in tragic incidents of children perishing in fires ignited by candles and lamps.“With simple and inexpensive actions, the Government can make a difference in the lives of energy-poor households, and particularly and significantly reduce or virtually eliminate the risk of these tragic fires,” he said.The Prime Minister further noted that the solar lighting programme “is a real opportunity for social enterprise to support the ecosystem around the production, installation, user education, servicing and recycling of these solar lamps”.To this end, Mr. Holness said he has directed the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) programme to develop a National Service Corps to support all elements of this solar lighting programme and to work with existing social entrepreneurs in this area.These, he said, would include members of the Jamaican diaspora, such as Nathaniel Peat of Genex (Solar), which is a renewable energy company providing this very service in countries in Africa.“We are not just giving solar lamps. We want to make it so convenient and practical to use these solar lamps that households no longer use open-flame lighting sources such as candles and lamps.After the full implementation of this programme, no child should perish in a house fire caused by a candle or a lamp used for light,” the Prime Minister stressed.In the meantime, Mr. Holness urged parents/caregivers to ensure the safety of children, lamenting that too often, the investigations into these fires reveal that the parent or legal guardian left the child in the care of another person who themselves are either children or not capable of taking care of children.“While this programme will remove one of the risk factors in such fires, ultimately, however, parents and guardians are responsible for the safety, care and protection of their children,” he said.“We must educate, support and empower our parents, so that those who want to do better will, while ensuring that the organs of State are in a position to protect children from those parents who refuse,” he added.last_img read more

Toronto stock market starts November by posting third day of positive growth

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index started November by notching a third straight day of positive growth led by higher metals and materials.Despite the bounce back from a very weak October, it may be premature to celebrate just yet, says Kash Pashootan, CEO and chief investment officer at First Avenue Investment Counsel Inc.“We’re not getting overly enthused or turning positive just yet because we feel that it’s still too early to say we have turned the corner,” Pashootan said in an interview.Being late in the bull run, he said it’s difficult to see how equities will generate even high single-digit increases amid volatility.Some of the tech and industrials names that led the correction have regained some footing over the past three days amid strong third-quarter corporate results that helped to inject positive sentiment.But Pashootan said some big companies that have yet to report could be a determining factor if the bounce back will stick — chief among them is Apple Inc.“We’re going to need the world’s largest company to have solid numbers reported, or otherwise you could see a quick reversal of this three-day optimism that’s come back,” he said.The company reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of US$14.13 billion after markets closed. The net income of $2.91 per share surpassed Wall Street expectations of $2.79 per share. But its holiday outlook suggested weaker demand for expensive new iPhones.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 122.87 points to 15,150.15. Metals, materials and gold rose by at least 3.7 per cent, while utilities, financials, utilities and consumer staples led on the downside.It’s been a good week for the Toronto Exchange.“You’re seeing this tug of war continue between the market trying to decide if overall it’s feeling optimistic because of Q3 earnings or it’s still trying to finish the cleansing process of the correction that started a couple of weeks back,” Pashootan said.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 264.98 points to 25,380.74. The S&P 500 index was up 28.63 points to 2,740.37, while the Nasdaq composite was up 128.16 points at 7,434.02.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 76.41 cents US compared with an average of 76.09 cents US on Wednesday.The December crude contract was down $1.62 to US$63.69 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was down 2.4 cents at US$3.24 per mmBTU.Crude is down about five per cent for the week but more decreases are likely, noted Pashootan.“Investors should be watching in the coming months because the real reasons why the commodity price rose in the first place not being supply and demand, but more so supply disruptions.”The December gold contract was up US$23.60 at US$1,238.60 an ounce and the December copper contract was up 6.25 cents at US$2.72 a pound.last_img read more