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Vermont Troopers ratify first ever collective bargaining agreement

first_imgThe Vermont Troopers Association (VTA) announced today that its members have ratified its first collective bargaining agreement with the State of Vermont.  The VTA separated from the Vermont State Employees Association in the fall and formed its own organization made up exclusively of state police officers.“From the outset we knew we were negotiating our first contract in the face of some enormous challenges,” said Michael O’Neil, VTA President.   Such challenges included a difficult economic outlook and pressure to follow the course set by VSEA in its own negotiations.  With these financial and political realities in mind, the VTA entered into negotiations with a clear goal. “We wanted the State to address issues that are unique to police officers,” said O’Neil.  For example, the starting wage for a state police officer in Vermont is more than 35% below the average starting wage of the larger police agencies in Vermont, and almost 50% below the starting wage of a New Hampshire state police officer. “This profound discrepancy in comparable wages, along with other important issues, must be addressed if Vermont is going to continue to attract and retain qualified state police officers,” said O’Neil.In the end, the Troopers agreed to a one year contract, during which they agreed to make a fair contribution to the State’s fiscal situation by waiving their step movements and temporarily suspending some holiday premiums and other benefits.  In return, the State agreed to jointly participate with the VTA in a study of wages and wage plans of police agencies around Vermont and New England.  Other issues including the development of new work schedules will be discussed at these meetings in preparation for next year’s negotiations.“As painful as these economic times are, we are pleased that the State has agreed to a one year contract, and agreed to work with us to conduct a comprehensive review of comparable police wages and wage structures in Vermont and New England,” said O’Neil.Source: Vermont Troopers Association. 3.16.2010###last_img read more

Revised Notice to Creditor form available from FLSSI

first_imgNotice to Creditor forms were added to the Florida Lawyers Support Services, Inc., probate forms to implement §733.2121 of the Florida Probate Code, which became effective January 1, according to William R. Platt, chair of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section’s Forms Committee.The panel has revised the Notice to Creditors forms for both a formal probate administration and summary administration, Platt said. Both Notice to Creditors forms now include notice that all claims filed two years or more after the decedent’s date of death are barred. Section 733.2121 of the Florida Probate Code requires that the notice state that creditors must file claims against the estate “within the time periods set forth in sections 733.702 and 733.710, or be forever barred.”Platt said prior to January 1, in addition to publication, ascertainable creditors were notified by service of the Notice of Administration, which was also served on beneficiaries and other interested persons. The revised probate code now separates the Notice to Creditors from the Notice of Administration.“Each of those forms serve a different purpose,” Platt said. “In a formal administration, the Notice to Creditors must be published and a copy served on all ascertainable creditors. The Notice of Administration is no longer required to be published and must be served on beneficiaries, but not on creditors.”The two Notice to Creditors forms, P-3.0740 (formal administration) and P-2.0355 (summary administration), are now available from FLSSI by calling (850)656-7590, or may be downloaded from www.flssi.org. Revised Notice to Creditor form available from FLSSI May 15, 2002 Regular Newscenter_img Revised Notice to Creditor form available from FLSSIlast_img read more

Briefs

first_imgBriefs April 15, 2006 Regular News WITH LIVE STATUES OF LADY JUSTICEadorning the stage, Judge Roger Colton installed President Walter “Casey” Jones IV and other members of the 2006 Palm Beach County Trial Lawyers Association’s Board of Directors at the recent “Celebration of the Civil Justice System” party. Guest of honor Sen. Bill Nelson, D-FL, and State Attorney Barry Krischer paid special tribute to outgoing president, David C. Prather, for his leadership of the organization. The officers also include President-elect Richard M. Benrubi, Treasurer Harry Shevin, Secretary Fred Cunningham, and David C. Prather will serve as immediate past president. New board members Spencer Kuvin and Jack Hill were sworn in with fellow board members Eric Romano, Mickey Smith, Jonathan Levy, John Carroll, Maureen Martinez-Schwab, Art Cavataro , and Emilio Diamantis.GEORGE H. FREEMAN, assistant general counsel for The New York Times, was keynote speaker for “Media Law — Privacy, Publicity and Privilege” presented by the Media & Communications Law Committee of The Florida Bar. Pictured from the left are Freeman; conference Chair Rachel Fugate; conference Vice Chair Susan Tillotson Bunch; and Media & Communications Law Committee Chair D. Patricia Wallace.center_img Briefs A STUDENT TEAM FROM STETSON UNIVERSITY College of Law won the Second Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Pre-competition in March in Orlando. Stetson’s team competed against three other teams from Florida, winning each round of the pre-competition. Stetson student Kathryn Christian also won the award for best oralist. Students Garett Raines and Marina Braginskaya won the first round against Nova Southeastern University. Kathryn Christian and Jared Dolan then argued and won the round against the University of Miami. Hugh Higgins and Adam Williams beat the University of Florida team in the final round. The team will now compete in the international competition in Vienna, where this year more than 150 law school teams will compete from more than 45 countries. Arbitrators from many Florida firms judged and helped underwrite expenses. The competition was organized and hosted by the Vis Competition Subcommittee of the International Litigation and Arbitration Committee of the International Law Section of The Florida Bar. Last year, Stetson became the first American law school since 1996 to win the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition. Pictured from the left is the Stetson team of Higgins, Raines, Williams, Thomas Yaegers (who did not compete this year, but was a member of last year’s world championship team), Braginskaya, Dolan, Christian, and C. Ryan Jones, a student coach and member of last year’s team.last_img read more

12 ways brands get off track

first_imgCompanies, like people, can go off track. A simple error compounds. The wrong attitude takes root. A poorly designed strategy is implemented. Perhaps the focus is just a bit off, sending everything off course. It happens.What do you do if you are off track? How do you recognize the signs?There are two branding experts that I turn to when it comes to branding and revitalizing brands: Larry Light and Joan Kiddon. They not only have the experience, but their advice is my favorite kind: practical and actionable. I’m not one for studying theories that I can’t immediately use.I recently spoke with the authors about the troubling behaviors and attitudes that cause companies to mess up their brand. They have identified 12 ways that brands go awry. Their updated book on branding, Six Rules of Brand Revitalization, is a must-read on the subject. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

HSBC edges closer to record West End as demand hits 12-year high

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Indonesia records FDI decrease in second consecutive quarter

first_imgOf the total investment in the second quarter, 15.8 percent went into the electricity, gas and water sectors; 14.1 percent in transportation, warehouse and communications; 10.8 percent in metal and non-machine business; and 9.4 percent in the food and beverages sector.Singapore continued to be the largest source of FDI, investing $4.7 billion in the first half of the year.Despite the southward trend, Bahlil said he would not revise down this year’s investment realization target of Rp 817.2 trillion, which is lower than the prepandemic target of Rp 886.1 trillion.“There have been no more revisions up to this point — unless the coronavirus cases continue to rise,” said Bahlil.He conceded, however, that the current health crisis would make it difficult for the country to achieve its goal.Indonesia has seen a steady increase in COVID-19 infections since March, recording more than 1,000 new cases per day since June. As of Wednesday afternoon, as the government works to gradually open the economy, the country has reported 91,700 cases with at least 50,200 deaths, according to official data.The government has been stepping up efforts to attract new investment both from local and foreign companies by developing a 4,000-hectare industrial park in Batang Regency, Central Java.In late June, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said seven foreign companies had expressed their interest in relocated their facilities from China to Indonesia. This was considered a sign of progress as Indonesia failed to attract firms moving from China last year.One of the seven has already started construction work in Subang regency, West Java, while 119 companies with a total investment of $41.4 billion are expected to follow, according to the BKPM.“The government may be aiming too high as the pandemic has not shown signs of slowing down and international organizations are expecting a deeper slump in Indonesia’s economy,” Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) economist Bhima Yudhistira told The Jakarta Post.“This is not just about investment figures but also about the multiplier effect on job creation.”According to the BKPM, realized investment created 263,109 jobs in the April-June period, up by 3 percent from the same period last year.Center of Reform on Economics (CORE) Indonesia executive direct Mohammad Faisal said on Wednesday there was a growing appetite for investment in manufacturing, particularly metal-making, and food and beverage companies.Although investment in the manufacturing sector does not immediately translate to building plants, factories might be prone to disruption if a COVID-19 cluster broke out on-site.Publicly listed cigarette maker PT HM Sampoerna and consumer goods company PT Unilever Indonesia were forced to close their factories in Surabaya, East Java, and Cikarang, West Java, respectively, after several workers tested positive for COVID-19“We still have much to do to attract more investment to the manufacturing sector and we must address [any issues] as soon as possible if we want to compete against other countries,” Faisal said.Topics : Even before the pandemic, the government had been struggling to attract foreign investment and help investors realize their projects by cutting red tape and providing various incentives in a bid to support economic growth.FDI contributes to more than 30 percent of Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP), making it the second-largest contributor after household spending. However, the pandemic has hit investment in the country as growth plunged to 1.7 percent yoy in the first quarter from 5.03 percent in the first three months of 2019, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data shows.Indonesia’s economy grew by 2.97 percent in the first quarter, the slowest in 19 years. The government expects the economy to shrink by up to 5.08 percent in the second quarter as the outbreak paralyzes business activity.The BKPM reported that domestic direct investment (DDI) was also down, declining by 1.4 percent to Rp 94.3 trillion in the April-June period from the same three months last year. Overall, total investment in the second quarter dropped 4.3 percent yoy to Rp 191.9 trillion, putting the half-year figure at Rp 402.6 trillion. Indonesia recorded a further decline in foreign direct investment (FDI) realization in the second quarter this year, as the COVID-19 pandemic batters both the national and global economy.The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) announced on Wednesday that FDI fell 6.9 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 97.6 trillion (US$6.67 billion) in the April-June period, continuing the downward trend recorded in the first three months of the year. In the first quarter, FDI dropped 9.2 percent yoy.“The second quarter was a very difficult period,” BKPM head Bahlil Lahadalia said in a virtual presser on Wednesday. “We had not anticipated this; our aim was to attract Rp 200 trillion in the second quarter.”last_img read more

AREC 2019: How being a loser helped Barbara Corcoran conquer the real estate industry

first_imgEntrepreneur Barbara Corcoran spoke on day two of AREC 2019.BEING a self-confessed ‘loser’ at school helped prepare entrepreneur and industry leader Barbara Corcoran for life in the real estate industry.She was nothing special as a young woman — got straight D’s in high school and college and had gone through about 20 jobs by the time she was 23.But having become accustomed to rejection is one of the reasons she is now one of America’s most successful entrepreneurs.Corcoran told more than 3000 delegates at the Australasian Real Estate Conference on the Gold Coast on Monday to stop wasting time worrying about rejection.“I think I’m the most resilient person I’ve ever met, but I wasn’t always,” she said.“I had a huge advantage coming into the real estate deal because when I was in school, I was a horrific student.“As a horrific student, I was a loser and so I was accustomed to not being liked or made fun of.”She was used to the rejection that comes with the job but acceptance and praise always came as a surprise, which was ultimately what drove her. jessica.brown@news.com.au More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoCorcoran quit her job to start a small New York City real estate agency in her early 20s — that has since become a $5 billion business.She is also the author of bestseller Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business! and host of top podcast Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran.Sometimes rejection still gets to her but she doesn’t waste too much time feeling sorry for herself.“When you get hit in the gut or somebody sends you a bouquet of flowers, which is a nice way of saying you lost the deal … what I always felt was, ‘well, you know what, let me take about five minutes to feel sorry for myself’,” she said.“(I’d think) ‘I hate that customer, I hope they hate the apartment they bought’, but then I would just say, ‘all right, you had your two minutes of pity, get up and get going’.”She said some of her best accomplishments have come on the heels of failure.“I think there’s power in ignoring what you’re afraid of and just do your own thing better,” she said.Most importantly, she encouraged everyone to ditch the toxic people.“I really encourage (my agents) to drop losers because losers will strain your body and your soul and make you feel like you want to quit the business,” she said.“You really have to enjoy what you’re doing.” MORE NEWS: AREC 2019: real estate the talk of the towncenter_img MORE NEWS: AREC 2019: how to hack the rock star attitude Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51last_img read more

Bilbao Port Cargo Volumes Highest Since 2006

first_imgSpanish Port of Bilbao recorded a 7% cargo volume growth by handling 34.2 million tons in 2017, a 2.2 million-ton increase over 2016.As informed, this is the greatest yearly tonnage increase in the port since 2006.The main tonnage increases were in the liquid bulks segment and in goods such as natural gas (811,000 tons), gasoil (470,000) and crude oil (277,000). In the dry cargo segment, increases were seen in scrap iron, iron and steel products and other minerals, the port authority said.Container traffic stood at 604,870 TEUs, a rise of 1.37%.In addition, 5,514 pieces classified as heavy loads were shipped. This figure represents a 23% increase over the previous year.Ferry and cruise passenger traffic moved 186,546 people, a drop of 2%. There were 123 ferry calls and 61 cruises.Turnover rose to EUR 68.8 million (USD 84.9 million), 5.47% more than EUR 65.2 million seen in the previous year, according to the port authority.last_img read more

Petrobras kicks off production from Atapu field off Brazil

first_imgAnnouncing the start of production on Thursday, Petrobras said that Atapu would contribute to the growth of production in the pre-salt, which is becoming increasingly relevant for the company. Arnaud Breuillac, President Exploration & Production at Total, said: “The ramp-up of Iara’s production reflects Total’s growth strategy in the Brazilian deep offshore, where the group focuses on giant projects that produce barrels of oil at a competitive cost, resilient in the face of oil price volatility. The unit will operate about 200 km off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state, in 2,300 m of water depth, with a forecast of the interconnection of up to eight producing and eight injection wells. Petrobras has started the production of oil and natural gas from the shared deposit of Atapu, through P-70 FPSO, located in the eastern portion of the Santos Basin pre-salt, near the Búzios field offshore Brazil. The P-70 own platform, the fifth FPSO of the series of replicants, has the capacity to process up to 150,000 barrels of oil daily and treat up to 6 million m³ of natural gas. P-70 FPSO; Source: Petrobras “The group production in the country should reach 150,000 barrels of oil per day by 2025 thanks to ongoing developments on the Iara, Mero and Lapa projects”. Petrobras holds an 89.257 per cent of the rights to the deposit in partnership with Shell (4.258 per cent), Total (3.832 per cent), Petrogal Brasil (1.703 per cent) and PPSA, representing the Union (0.950 per cent). The unitization process of the Atapu shared deposit, which comprises the fields Oeste de Atapu, Atapu and a portion of the Union’s non-contracted area, was completed in September 2019. last_img read more

Stephney bats to safeguard the legacy of Essequibo’s cricket

first_imgBy Elroy StephneyI WAS invited along with other former cricketers and distinguished guests to attend an awards ceremony and dinner at the Regional State House recently in celebration of Essequibo’s senior cricketers’ historical achievement of winning the 3 day GCB Franchise League tournament.It was the first time in the history of Essequibo’s cricket that the county won a senior national competition. I indeed felt a sense of pride knowing of the legacy that the players would have cemented; a monumental feat that had eluded past players, including myself. Having witnessed the joy on the faces of our champions that evening, I instantly knew that something special was made of them. The modern game has evolved tremendously and with the advent of technology, competition among teams has been even fiercer in many instances.Players’ technique and training dynamics have also taken a transformational latitude. It is in this context therefore that I am impressed with the dynamism, commitment and passion by which the current crop of Essequibo senior players have emerged.I recalled that during our activism, especially on the inter-county circuit, that despite the love and passion for the game, we were not progressing either individually or as a team. In fact there was a fundamental vacuum which had negated the prospect of advancing, much less winning against either Demerara or Berbice.Players were naturally gifted, similar to our present set-up, but the institution to test our resolve and patience was ignominiously dysfunctional; and the key of which were not having strong and functioning clubs as well as mentors. I was always intrigued whenever we bordered to Georgetown or Berbice to play, because the environment was systematically conducive for anyone to perform.Clubs including GCC, DCC, Albion and Port Mourant remain sound institutions that have set high standards. Players emerging therein took practice seriously; hence the energy which they channeled into those sessions was as if they were into an actual match.Unfortunately, such a scenario was the opposite by which Essequibo players found their niche. Overtime conditions generally got worse as clubs became disintegrated, players lost their venom and the Administrators became complacent.Ransford BeatonNotwithstanding, there were outstanding cricketers that had defied the odds to make a name for themselves, including Alfred Maycock, John Floy, Trenton Peters, Dinesh Joseph, Rayon Thomas, Mark Stephney, Rovendra Mandolall, Ramcharran Singh, Ramesh Narine, Jaimini Singh and Norman Fredericks among others.It is to their credit that cricket remains alive in Essequibo. Encouragingly, the current generation has now provided a glimmer of hope to revive the fortunes of the county.With the meteoric rise of Ransford Beaton, Keemo Paul, Kevon Boodie, Anthony Adams, Kemol Savory, Ricardo Adams, who have been featuring prominently, the stage is right for the Essequibo Cricket Board and stakeholders to heavily invest in their future.The Government is investing in the development of grounds across the Region and it is up to the clubs to take ownership and fully utilise and maintain them.Sports organisers are being recruited to guide the process and legitimise sporting bodies that can benefit from the allocation of resources, including equipment. I am convinced therefore that this era is the best opportunity for Essequibo’s cricket to rise above the ashes of the past and become quite a formidable force in all formats of the game.The historical achievement of the senior team must form as a catalyst for institutional, technical, practical and decisive changes that will transform the manner in which cricket is administered in Essequibo.While I have been critical in the past, I am optimistic that the future remains blooming and I am prepared to bat again for the county; this time to ensure that Essequibo consistently win titles and having more players featuring in national and international colours.It is still a long journey, but from what I have seen recently, it is obvious that our players are beginning to exhibit signs of resilience, character, self-belief and chemistry; ingredients that for too long were missing from the armory of the Cinderella County.last_img read more