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NYS Plastic Bag Ban Now In Effect

first_imgImage by Jonelle Kimbrough / US Army.JAMESTOWN – New York State is now enforcing its a ban on plastic bags.The ban was originally due to start at the beginning of March, but a legal challenge from the state’s plastic bag industry caused a delay.The lawsuit was eventually rejected by New York State’s Supreme Court.The law prohibits stores and food outlets from giving plastic bags to customers. Stores can provide paper bags, or, customers can bring their own reusable bags.State environmental leaders say the ban improves health by cutting down on plastic pollution. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Outdoor watering

first_imgThey’re reducing, not eliminating, water use.“The long and short of it is, the governor wanted reassurance that citizens would use water in the most efficient way possible and recognize that landscapes are essential,” said Todd Hurt, a UGA Extension water specialist. “We need to water a little bit so all our soil doesn’t wind up in lakes and rivers.”Soil erosion is the No. 1 pollutant in rivers, he said. Plants hold the soil in place and help it absorb water after a rain.In Oct. 2007, a complete outdoor watering ban was issued in many parts of Georgia. The state soon learned that when outdoor spigots turn off plants die, soil washes away and Georgia’s $8 billion plant industry shrivels.The plant, or green, industry lost an estimated $230 million a month and 35,000 jobs during that drought. Cities and counties that sell water through local utilities lost revenue. The UGA Center for Urban Agriculture created the program to help soothe some of the problems watering bans create. The program went live in Feb. 2008 when Gov. Sonny Perdue signed an order allowing limited outdoor watering.The program, Hurt said, allows landscapes that have been in the ground less than 30 days to be watered longer than 25 minutes at a time. Only property owners in areas under level 4, level 4A or level 4B droughts need to complete the program and become certified. Level 4C allows for watering three days a week, therefore the certificate would not be a benefit.People certified through the program can use their irrigation systems if they pledge to use less water than they did before the drought.“You would take your certificate and post it in your landscape,” Hurt said, “and that would allow you to water on the odd-even system from midnight to 10 a.m. for 10 weeks.”Some local water providers ask for the certificate before issuing a local watering permit, he said.The program is composed of a 40-slide presentation and certification quiz. It covers topics such as Georgia’s water basins, where water originates, water use, landscape value, how to water efficiently, where to put plants, mulch and how to find alternative water sources. It’s hard to teach water conservation in a state that receives as much as 50 inches of rain a year, Hurt said. Some states get less than 5 inches. “We have to find ways to capture (water) and reuse it in a wise fashion,” he said. “We can’t give up our landscapes. We can’t plant cactus. It’s going to rot when the rain comes back.”Hurt is revamping the program to focus more on sustainable landscapes and less on drought. Georgia’s plant industry hasn’t recovered, yet, he said. The number of new landscapes being installed is still greatly reduced. The program has helped, though.For more information or to complete the certification, call 1-800-ASK-UGA1 to schedule an appointment at your local UGA Extension office. Or, complete it online for $4.95 at By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgians are taking water conservation seriously, saving up to 180 million gallons per day in counties under the level 4 drought category. And many of these people still give their plants the water they need to grow.Between June 2007 and June 2008, water use was down 20 percent in 55 north Georgia counties. Helping in that reduction were Georgians who pledged to reduce their outdoor water use by 10 percent through the Outdoor Water Use Registration Program ( The program was developed by the University of Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture, along with the Environmental Protection Division and the Urban Ag Council.As of February 2009, 22,200 people had completed the program either through local UGA Cooperative Extension offices or online. last_img read more

New Partner Joins Gallagher, Flynn

first_imgMichael Flynn, managing partner of the Burlington, VT CPA and consulting firm, Gallagher, Flynn & Company, LLP, is pleased to announce that Brian J. Monbouquette joined the firm as a partner. Brian will direct the firm’s tax practice, in addition to consulting with clients about taxes, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, and raising capital.Brian began his career with the international professional services firm of Price Waterhouse, including ten years as a tax partner in that firm’s Boston and Providence, RI offices. While in Providence, he headed that office’s tax practice. From 1996 through 1999, Brian was COO and CFO of the Warren Company, a consulting firm also located in Providence. The Warren Company provides assistance in strategic alliance development and operations to companies throughout North America. Since early 2000, Brian has been CFO of Unibex, Inc., a Washington, DC-based, venture-backed Internet services firm offering online transaction processing software to middle market companies.Brian is a graduate of Yale University and the Northeastern University Graduate School of Professional Accounting. His wife Deborah and their two children will be relocating to Burlington in the near future.Flynn said: “We are delighted to add Brian’s unique combination of public accounting and operating management experience to the GFC team. Brian will help our clients grow more rapidly and profitably, and will be a major contribution to expanding the scope and depth of our tax services.”In addition to tax, accounting and audit services that Gallagher, Flynn & Company has provided to middle market companies for over forty years, the firm offers a wide range of management consulting services including information technology; mergers, acquisitions and alliances; business valuations; estate planning; employee benefits management; executive recruiting, human resources and labor relations; and services for Canadian-owned businesses.last_img read more

Board approves diversity polling recommendation

first_img June 15, 2004 Senior Editor Regular News Board approves diversity polling recommendation Board approves diversity polling recommendation Gary Blankenship Senior Editor At a meeting where they got their first look at recommendations from the Bar’s recent diversity symposium, Board of Governors members have taken the first steps to carry out its suggestions.Governors, at their May 28 meeting in Hollywood, approved two amendments to the Bar’s 2003-04 budget to carry out surveys that were proposed by seminar participants.They also heard about a new committee to help diversity and received a preliminary written report and heard verbal narrations on the event from St. Thomas Law School Dean Bob Butterworth, who hosted the symposium at St. Thomas, and Miami attorney MaryAnne Lukacs, who chaired the gathering.Budget Committee Chair Jesse Diner explained the two amendments. The first, for $10,221, will be used to survey Bar members to get an exact picture of the Bar’s ethnic makeup. He noted that more than 31,000 Bar members have not voluntarily listed ethnic information with the Bar.In the report, seminar participants said one problem in trying to evaluate the Bar’s diversity is the lack of specific information about the makeup of its membership.The funds for the second budget amendment will be used to survey minority bar associations to try to determine why more minorities are not participating in Florida Bar activities. Seminar participants noted that while minorities and woman see the Bar as unwelcoming, the Bar frequently has trouble finding minority and woman applicants for various appointments and positions.Diner said the cost of that survey is $8,040.Bar President Miles McGrane said the two actions show the Bar is committed to doing more than just talking about diversity and is working to carry out the recommendations of the seminar.“We are taking this to heart,” he said, adding that incoming President Kelly Overstreet Johnson and incoming President-elect Alan Bookman have pledged to continue the diversity campaign.“I want the word to go out that The Florida Bar is serious about this issue and your future leadership has not only committed to do by word, but has already committed by deeds in motion.”McGrane also praised the diversity symposium, noting, “I truly believe this was the epicenter for change of The Florida Bar.”He noted the symposium’s recommendations will go to the Strategic Planning Committee, which under revised procedures is the Executive Committee with some additional members.The symposium’s final report will be presented to the board at its August meeting.Johnson said she is setting up the Membership Outreach Committee. “This is going to be a follow-up to our diversity symposium,” she said. “It will be an outreach to our membership as a whole, not just minority lawyers.”Johnson said she is interested in getting more government lawyers, and lawyers from more geographic and practice areas involved in Bar activities, as well as more women and minority lawyers.President-elect designate Alan Bookman will chair the panel, she said, and Ray Aberdeen of the Cuban American Bar Association will be vice chair.Butterworth said the symposium set a goal of having law schools, the Bar, and the judiciary reflect the diverse population of Florida by 2014.“The present state of diversity of our profession is one that we cannot ignore,” Butterworth said. “The report that came out of the seminar will provide all of us. . . with a road map to accomplish very concrete goals in the coming year.”“We do not want or expect lofty goals from this symposium,” Lukacs told the board. “We want recommendations and goals that can be used by the law schools, the Bar. . . and those responsible for selecting the judiciary.”She said the seminar focused on five goals: defining diversity and bringing diversity to each of four areas — law schools, legal employment, the Bar, and the judiciary, and defining diversity.For each area, the symposium identified problems and recommendations, she added.Recommendations included having mentors for law students and new lawyers, helping minorities prepare for the bar exam, breaking down barriers — real or imagined — that have prevented minorities from participating in the Bar, and improving the diversity of judicial nominating commissions. Participants also called for an annual diversity symposium.A report on the symposium and its recommendations was in the April 30 Bar News.last_img read more

Travel Diary: Fall Into The Adirondacks

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content. Brought To You By NY Auto GiantEvery October, Mother Nature uses upper New York as its canvas upon which to paint spectacular, enchanting colors, each more dazzling than the next.If you are within driving distance of this grand autumnal display, you would be doing yourself a serious disservice to ignore it. Lucky for you, the Adirondacks keeps the month of October chockfull of festive activities to keep you entertained as you drive the twisting and turning roads of its colorful kaleidoscopic splendor.From the “Sprits of History Ghost Tours” at Fort William Henry Museum & Restoration on Lake George every Friday and Saturday in October to the Oktoberfest Fall Festival in Shepard Park, Lake George—which features an Oompah band, German delicacies, “Bier Garden,” fine arts and craft show and children’s activities, this region of the Adirondacks is the perfect destination for a weekend drive. For more fall events in the Adirondacks, check this site out: visitadirondacks.comBill Burke—Long Islander, retiree and car aficionado—recommends a Jeep Grand Cherokee be your magical chariot through this fantastical sea change of green to bright red, rustic orange and yellow hues through the mountains.“What more could you ask for?” he inquires.What more? Perhaps a stop at the Adirondack General Store, a throwback to simpler times selling everything from newspapers to fishing gear, jewelry, clothing, toys, novelty items, books, maps, old fashioned candy, ice cream, and fabulous homemade jams, pies, breads and cakes.Click here to learn more about NY Auto GiantIf you’re looking to drive your Jeep Grand Cherokee off the beaten path for some gourmet, high-end, give-you-enough-energy-to-rake-a-gajillion-leaves coffee, make sure you don’t miss Crossroads Outdoors in Chestertown. Treat yourself to the daily special sandwich and you won’t ever be let down. Top it off with a visit to the ice cream shop and indulge your sweet tooth. While you’re there, venture down to the basement and load up on fishing gear and fresh bait. Or mosey upstairs and browse the gift shop. There’s something for everyone.For an upscale dining experience that will rival those in Manhattan, check out The Bullhouse in Chestertown. This steakhouse boasts a wide selection of craft beers and an impressive wine list. For an appetizer, order the panko-encrusted calamari strips, drizzled with a peppery churrasco sauce. For your main course, we recommend the succulent pork shanks and outrageously massive rib eye—both cooked to perfection.For details on how you could get into your very own Jeep Grand Cherokee today, give Brendan Miller at Atlantic Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram a ring. You can be on the road to your next adventure by the weekend!last_img read more

Things the rich do that the poor don’t

first_img 148SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tyler Atwell Web: Details A certified financial planner and CPA Tom Corley wrote a book entitled “Rich Habits,” where he breaks down a five-year study on 233 wealthy people (defined as having an annual income of $160,000 or more and a liquid net worth of $3.2 million or more) and 128 poor people (defined as having an annual income of $35,000 or less and a liquid net worth of $5,000 or less). In his book he was able to separate out rich habits and poor habits. He explains that everyone has some rich habits and some poor habits, but we should strive for more rich than poor. Here are a few of his findings.They always keep their goals in sight“I focus on my goals every day.”Rich who agree: 62% Poor who agree: 6%Similarly, 81% of wealthy people create daily to-do lists, compared to 19% of the poor. Corley says that successful people are goal- oriented and are constantly creating goals even throughout the day.They keep their cool“I’ve been known to lose my temper”Rich who agree: 19% Poor who agree: 43%Corley concluded that those who are poor tend to not be able to control their emotions. Having the ability to keep a cool head in any situation can pay off in the end.They don’t watch a lot of TV“I watch TV one hour or less per day.”Rich who agree: 67% Poor who agree: 23%Similarly, only 6% of the wealthy watch reality shows, compared to 78% of the poor. An interesting figure, though if Netflix counts as TV, then I personally may be poor forever.They read, but not necessarily for fun“I love reading.”Rich who agree: 86% Poor who agree: 26%Rich people do love reading, but they favor nonfiction. More specifically they are reading self-improvement books, 88% of them for 30 minutes each day, compared to 2% of poor people.They go above and beyond in the office“I do more than my job requires.”Rich who agree: 81% Poor who agree: 17%This is the easiest to identify correlation to wealth of all Corley’s questions. Those who go above the call at work are often recognized and rewarded to continue earning more.They monitor their health“I count calories every day.”Rich who agree: 57% Poor who agree: 5%Corley says that wealthy people value their health, and even shared a client’s explanation of why. His wealthy client admitted he exercises and eats healthy because he knows that the end of his career will be his biggest earning years.They watch what they say“I always say what is on my mind.”Rich who agree: 6% Poor who agree: 69%A few conclusions could be drawn from this statistic, but I am reminded of a quote often attributed to Roger H. Lincoln. “There are two rules to success: 1) Never reveal everything you know.”last_img read more

3 New Year’s resolutions to make in December

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Rick Hiles Rick Hiles is the Credit Union Industry Team Lead at Hyland. His past 6.5 years with the company includes various roles and responsibilities within Marketing and Sales supporting Financial … Web: Details In the midst of the holiday season, people have to-do lists longer than the strings of twinkle lights they’ve clipped to their gutters. So it’s easy to lose sight of 2019 – to wait until you’re back in the office in January to start gearing your credit union up to succeed in the last year of this decade. But with new technology, marketing tactics and service offerings constantly popping up, you’ll already be behind. Does this mean you need to resolve to jump on every fintech bandwagon, or sleigh, that drives by? Nope. As with personal resolutions, business resolutions take a little reflection on the past, in addition to looking into the future. The three resolutions below are based on insights from this May 2018 blog. Resolution #1: Maintain your valuesInsight: “Credit unions are not-for-profit, because their purpose is to serve their members and their communities. They have been doing so in the U.S. for more than 100 years. Promoting financial literacy, hosting charitable golf outings, honoring local teachers, awarding scholarships, supporting sustainability and more, credit unions are advocates and avid supporters of their membership and communities.”No matter how fast the financial services industry moves, credit unions must stay focused on the values that separate them from other financial institutions. And luckily, credit unions share major values like community, sustainability and social responsibility with millennials, one of the largest and most influential populations (estimated at 86 million) in the world today. offers this description: “entrepreneurial and independently minded, millennials care about the world around them and are characteristically more tech-savvy, more well-informed, more product-driven, less brand-focused, and more civic-minded than their predecessors.” Who wouldn’t want to be in a mash-up with millennials? However, credit unions do need to remember that this savvy group is also all about doing things digitally. Maintaining values while prioritizing digital transformation is key.Resolution #2: Keep setting recordsInsight: “Credit unions are also setting records in their own right. Total assets at credit unions reached a record high of $1.4 trillion at the end of 2017. Starting 2018 with a slam dunk, credit unions added 463,000 memberships in January, which is considerably higher than the 209,000 gain recorded in January 2017.”Ready for an update? CUNA Mutual Group reports that “credit unions added more than 4.208 million memberships in the first nine months of 2018, the fastest pace in credit union history and significantly above the 3.625 million added in the similar time period of 2017.” Whoa. Will credit unions keep setting membership records year after year? With the huge millennial market noted above, the opportunity for continued success is real. What will it take? Work to ensure that members have great digital experiences that work across devices and speed up your banking processes with robotic process automation (RPA), intelligent capture, advanced electronic workflows and core banking system integrations. Resolution #3: Keep an eye on the competitionInsight: “Credit unions are also very aware of their opposition and competitive threats. Many have their eyes on big box banks and fintechs. All are focused on security and how to keep member information safe. It’s an important topic. In fact, the average cost of a data breach in the U.S. was $7.35 million, according to a recent study from Ponemon Institute.”There are a lot of people out there who love the core values of credit unions. Membership is increasing at record rates. Unfortunately, your credit union isn’t the only one who knows this. Other credit unions, big banks, fintechs and yes, hackers are all aware of the opportunities that connecting great principles with online tools and digital interactions present. The former are digging into research and looking for opportunities to do it better than anyone else. The latter are salivating over the data of millions of credit union members who like to perform banking transactions online. What can you do? Start looking for high impact customer journeys that can be greatly improved through digital transformation. And don’t try to tackle too many journeys at once. It takes time and resources to perform this kind of discovery. But the benefits can be huge. Redesigning a credit lending journey helped one bank cut the time to fund loans in half and reduced costs by 30 percent. Another bank saved $200 million over four years by transforming the same journey. As for keeping your customer journeys secure, it’s truly all about choosing the right technology. A content services platform, like OnBase, gives credit unions the ability to capture information securely, keep unstructured data out of risky systems, collaborate securely, and minimize information touch-points. Take a breathYou may be thinking, there are only three weeks left in 2018, how am I supposed to tackle resolutions now? Resolutions are simply a set of intentions for the New Year. Creating them for your business now can help you get focused and back on track quickly when the holiday craziness simmers down. So take a few minutes. Take a deep breath. And use these resolutions as a jumping off point to tackle 2019 with gusto. last_img read more

Health minister urges local drug industry to use COVID-19 ‘opportunity’

first_imgTo support local pharmaceutical companies, the minister said the Health Ministry’s traditional medicine research center would collaborate with other parties to develop medications made using local ingredients.”We still have enough supply,” Terawan said.The World Health Organization recorded that COVID-19 had killed 2,247 people around the globe as of Friday, most of whom were patients in mainland China. There have been eight deaths outside mainland China, including two cases in Iran and one each in Japan and South Korea.The United Nations’ health body has also recorded 76,769 confirmed COVID-19 cases globally. (dpk)Topics : “Modern medications from Indonesia have a lot of benefits. They have little to no side effects. I think this is a great market potential,” the minister said.Read also: Don’t panic, stay healthy and pray, says minister in response to coronavirus fearsPrior to the outbreak, Indonesia depended on other countries such as China to supply raw materials for medicine production. Almost 90 percent of raw materials used by Indonesian pharmaceutical manufacturers were imported – 60 percent of which came from China.Terawan said Indonesia still had enough raw materials to meet the nation’s medicine needs. The government would also encourage local pharmaceutical companies to find their own supplies of raw materials and reduce their dependency on other countries. Amid the global COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 2,000 people around the world, Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto says that the disease has opened up new opportunities for local pharmaceutical industries.“The outbreak should be an opportunity for us. This is our chance to strengthen ourselves,” Terawan said on Friday as quoted by Antara news agency.The minister made the statement as he said he saw China was temporarily unable to produce medicine because of the outbreak. Responding to the situation, Terawan urged citizens to consume modern drugs made out of natural ingredients from Indonesia.last_img read more

Three Indonesians tried to smuggle magpies out of Malaysia, one shot dead

first_img “The KJRI in Johor Bahru has coordinated with the APMM and requested consular access for follow-up assistance in handling the dead body of the Indonesian citizen,” Anang told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.Anang said A’s family had contacted the KJRI and asked when the body could be sent home. “It is the decision of the family whether the body is to be sent home or buried here,” he said.Anang added that U and M were still being detained by the APMM for further investigation.According to the APMM, Anang said, the incident took place in the waters of Tanjung Kelisa in Johor at 4:30 a.m. local time, when APMM officers were conducting inspections of boats.However, he said, the alleged smugglers tried to escape. They resisted and tried to seize weapons from APMM officers, before security members opened fire and shot one of the alleged smugglers.Authorities secured some evidence including 90 plastic boxes containing magpies, the smugglers’ black fiber jet boat and four Yamaha 200HP engines.The case would be investigated under Malaysia’s 2010 Wildlife Conservation Act and Immigration Act 1959/63, Anang said. (syk)Topics : Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (APMM) officers thwarted three Indonesians trying to smuggle out dozens of boxes of magpies by sea from Tanjung Sedili, Johor Bahru, Malaysia, on Monday.The Indonesians were identified only as A, 40, U, 44 and M, 45. A was shot dead by APMM officers during a resistance.Anang Fauzi Firdaus, consul for information, social and cultural affairs at the Indonesian Consulate General (KJRI) in Johor Bahru, said the KJRI had received information about the incident.last_img read more

KCA Deutag lands five-year contract on three UK North Sea platforms

first_imgNinian South; Source: Flickr; Author: Graeme Darbyshire – under the CC BY 2.0 licenseDrilling and engineering contractor KCA Deutag has been awarded a five-year contract extension by CNR International (CNRI) for three platforms in the UK North Sea.This multi-million pound contract is for the provision of drilling operations and maintenance services on CNRI’s Ninian South, Ninian Central, and Tiffany platforms, KCA Deutag said on Monday.According to the drilling contractor, the two companies have a long history of working together.Commenting on today’s announcement, Rune Lorentzen, President of Offshore said, “We are delighted to have won this new contract with CNRI.“For several years now KCA Deutag, CNRI and other contractors have adopted a one-team approach, drawing on all our expertise, to drive a culture of innovation and efficiency throughout the operation and maximize oil production. This has been hugely successful and we look forward to working together to continue this success in the future.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more