Montpelier. Secretary of StateDeb Markowitz announced March 13 that the number of new businesses registered withher office’s Corporations Division during the year 2007 have declined ascompared to prior years. As of January 1, 2008, there wereregistered in Vermont 16,561 Vermont corporations, 8,848 foreign corporations(out-of-state companies doing business in Vermont), 43,143 trade names (soleproprietorships), and 15,641 limited liabilities companies. Of these, 9,452were newly formed in 2007. This is somewhat less than the 9,971 newbusinesses that registered in 2006. “In past years we have foundthat our business-starts statistic is a good barometer of confidence within thebusiness community, said Secretary Markowitz. The fact that wecontinue to have over 9,000 new businesses registering in the state is goodnews, but we should be watching carefully to see whether the slight decline isan aberration or the start of a new downward trend, Markowitz said. According to Markowitz, corporate dissolutions are also upslightly. The 867 dissolutions in 2007 represent a small decrease from the883 dissolutions in 2006. In addition to seeing a decrease ingrowth for certain for-profit enterprises, the Secretary of State’s office alsoexperienced a decrease in filings of new non-profit corporations. The 413new nonprofit corporations represented 50 fewer filings than in 2006. NewBusiness Starts Slow Down in 2007 Filings with Vermont’s Secretary of State’s Office shownew business starts lagging in 2007 Secretary of State Deb Markowitzsaid, The slow down of newly formed business entities is a change fromthe steady increases we have seen over the past decade. It may simply be ananomaly or it may reflect Vermonters concerns about a potentialrecession or it could be a result of the contraction of the lendingmarket. Markowitz said, Although500 fewer new businesses registered in 2007 than the previous year, it isimportant to remember that this is considerably more than what we saw a decadeago. In 1997 there were 7,235 new business registrations, which isover 2,000 less than in 2007. The 9,452 new Vermont business starts in 2007 includebusinesses that have been formed as corporations, as limited liabilitycorporations and those using a tradename. Markowitz said We didnot see a decrease in every form of business entity this year. This yearwe saw continued growth in new businesses forming as LLCs. Markowitz said, With the exception of last year, over the past six yearsthe number of new LLCs has increased by about 300 a year, said SecretaryMarkowitz. In 2007 about 260 more new LLCs formed as compared to2006. Markowitz said The 929 newforeign corporations filed in 2006 represent a decrease of about 40 from thenew filings registered in 2006. #30Secretary ofStates Office New Business RegistrationsYEAR (1996 – 2007)199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007New Corporations283327032494263525562387257727532634247923911851New Trade Names402539983948402439893866432845914296421243174074New LLC18453468291712231504186322622801312432633527TOTAL704272357124757677687757876896069731981599719452 The Office of the Vermont Secretaryof State licenses and registers foreign and domestic corporations, non-profits,LLCs, and tradenames and is the repository for Uniform Commercial Code filings.Information about the services offered by the Corporations Division, includingregistration forms and searchable databases, is available at www.sec.state.vt.us(link is external).
By Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo August 02, 2016 Colombian Army officers trained 18 members of three partner nation armies in irregular combat, survival, intelligence, and human rights during the First International Advanced Combat Course (ACC) in Colombia. The training will help students increase their operational capabilities during security missions. A total of 114 cadets from Colombia and 18 from other Latin American countries –including 16 from the Dominican Republic, one from Peru, and one from Panama – participated in the first ACC. The training took place from March 21st through June 14th at the José María Córdova Military Cadet School (ESMIC, for its Spanish acronym) at the Tolemaida Military Base. The ACC consisted of “training and education, encouraging responsible leadership among [the students] in decision-making when undertaking small-unit combat operations, as well as teamwork in the realm of national security and defense,” Colonel Faustino Almonte, director of Plans, Operations and Training for the Dominican Army, told Diálogo. “The goal of the instruction is to increase capabilities in both regular and irregular tactical combat operations.” After eight weeks of intensive training, a closing ceremony featured the attendance of Dominican and Colombian Army authorities. The Colombian Army has entrusted the ESMIC with the responsibility of training and developing its members to take on distinct war-time or peace-time scenarios, with the goal of sharing the institution’s strengths with the world. The ACC is a mandatory prerequisite to advance to the rank of Second Lieutenant. At the end of the training, students who came in first in the overall rankings in each area received commendations such as the Fighting Spirit Award. Colombian Second Lieutenant Yina Paola Montenegro Villanueva was distinguished as the only woman to participate in the course. Maj. Gen. Matos said that “this is the first time Dominican Army members and cadets are being trained by another Latin American country, and it is also the first time since 1844 that they are being trained at a sister military academy. Today, in an unprecedented event, the first class of cadets – a class that had the privilege of receiving instruction in the ACC – is graduating from the Batalla de las Carreras Military Academy,” according to a May 21st ESMIC press release. Experienced Colombian officers taught participants the best irregular combat techniques including: signaling military ground targets, air assault, command station, lessons learned, urban combat, irregular combat maneuvers, communications, water combat survival, military geography, intelligence, health, and mines and explosive devices. At the same time, students participated in workshops on human rights and on the use of satellite navigation Global Positions Systems (GPS). The teamwork of Colombia’s different military units became evident during the ACC’s physical training exercises. The Air Force, Special Forces, School of Human Rights, Marine Corps, Ranger School, and School of Noncommissioned Officers lent their support to the joint exercises and shared knowledge with the students according to each partof the program. “This exchange was requested by the Commander General of the Domincan Army, Major General José Eugenio Matos de la Cruz,” Col. Almonte said. The exchange was a result of agreements reached at the Conference of American Armies, which took place in Bogotá in November 2015. “We are very thankful and we know it will be of great benefit for our Officers and Cadets,” Col. Almonte added. The cadets and the second lieutenant, all between the ages of 20 and 24, were selected after undergoing rigorous trust and ability tests. “This importance of this interesting Advanced Combat Course is the enrichment of tactical knowledge in a doctrine that is different than ours, specifically, the professionalism that the Colombian National Army has acquired from its experience and rigorous training,” said Col. Almonte. “The cadets will share their experience with their compatriots.” The cooperative relationship between the armies of the two countries is one of permanent solidarity. “We bind our armies eternally; we aspire to create a connection that lasts forever and is a model of brotherhood and permanent solidarity,” said Maj. Gen. Matos during the graduation ceremony. “Two military institutions created paths of friendship and mutual cooperation, paths of solid and unbreakable bonds.” Daniel Pou, an associate researcher at the Latin American Social Sciences Institute in the Dominican Republic, said, “It is a good thing that Dominican cadets are beginning to learn experiences that are different than the traditional ones they have always had. We hope that this training is more consistent with the holistic view of the focus of what we call defense.”
By Julieta Pelcastre / Diálogo March 20, 2020 The Guatemalan Armed Forces have seized more than 40 tons of cocaine in different operations in the last three years. The Army, Navy, Air Force, and National Civil Police constantly coordinate to face regional narcotrafficking.The Guatemalan Army conducts routine patrols in different parts of the country to stop illicit activities and guarantee public safety. (Photo: Guatemalan Army)“Thanks to the acquisition of new equipment, such as Air Force radars, Navy vessels, and weapons for the ground forces [Army and Police], we carried out different military operations with great success,” Army Major General Juan Carlos Alemán Soto, Guatemalan minister of Defense, told Diálogo. “This is how our military forces contribute to the regional effort in the fight against this scourge, so that we can prevent drugs from getting to their final destination [the United States].”On January 27, 2020, authorities intercepted an aircraft with 3,748 pounds of cocaine in San Andrés, Petén department. In this operation, ground units engaged the criminals, who were outnumbered by the military, said the Ministry of Interior.In 2019, security forces found 54 illicit aircraft, and during reconnaissance operations identified and destroyed 26 clandestine airstrips. Between 2018 and 2017, the military destroyed 19 illegal airstrips and intercepted 20 aircraft loaded with drugs, the Ministry says.Guatemala’s geographic location is very attractive for coca leaf growers and is suitable as a northbound corridor, said InSight Crime, an organization that studies organized crime in Latin America. Narcotraffickers seek to turn Central America into a cocaine-producing region to smuggle the drug to the United States and Europe and to reduce the complex and costly logistics of doing it in South America, said the international news agency Reuters.“The combination of narcotrafficking, organized crime, and violence is more evident in urban areas, where we contribute to the effort that other institutions make,” said Maj. Gen. Alemán. “But criminals try to infringe on the most remote areas of our territory. Therefore, our main support to counter this scourge can be seen in isolated areas that don’t appear to be directly connected to urban crime.”The Armed Forces increase their training in specialized and readiness operations to provide a timely response in case of any threat, says the Army’s website. As a deterrence measure, the Armed Forces have increased air, sea, and ground patrols throughout the country. In addition, service members take part in exercises with other armed forces of the region to build coordination and share strategies and tactics, the Ministry says.“We will continue to work jointly with the leadership of U.S. Southern Command [SOUTHCOM] to improve efficacy and efficiency in our main role: to defend our country and neighbors, and to strengthen the security that the people in the region demand of us,” Maj. Gen. Alemán concluded.
Press Release Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Attorney General Josh Shapiro today to announce that he signed an executive order that protects Pennsylvanians from foreclosures or evictions through July 10. The action builds on a Pennsylvania Supreme Court order which closed court eviction proceedings until May 11 and ensures no renter or homeowner will be removed from their home for 60 more days.“At a time when people need to stay home to protect their heath, they should not have to worry about losing their homes,” said Governor Wolf. “Ensuring that people can remain in their homes will help them to better protect their loved ones. It gives families the comfort of knowing they will have a place to live while all of us work together to fight COVID-19 and prepare to move Pennsylvania forward.”“I commend the Governor for his decision to delay eviction and foreclosure proceedings. We know it’s critical for public health, and for our economic recovery, that people stay in their homes during this emergency,” said Attorney General Shapiro. “This order gives people struggling with lost income something they can count on — a roof over their heads.”In almost all circumstances, renters and homeowners are required to continue making monthly payments. If you are a Pennsylvanian struggling to make your monthly payments, you should contact your landlord or mortgage servicer immediately.The Wolf Administration provided recommendations last week to stem foreclosures, evictions and help people experiencing homelessness. The Department of Human Services activated the commonwealth’s Sheltering Taskforce and is working with local and state partners to coordinate resources for people without housing. The Department of Community and Economic Development is also accepting applications for Emergency Solutions Grants to assist with the rapid rehousing of people experiencing homelessness, street outreach, homelessness prevention, and emergency shelter activities.PHFA is also taking action to help homeowners and renters. The agency has stopped foreclosures and evictions and is offering forbearances with late fee waivers to homeowners with a PHFA mortgage who are experiencing a financial hardship because of COVID-19. PHFA also developed a list of renters’ rights and responsibilities to clarify the situation for apartment residents and is working with landlords and property managers to distribute it to renters. PHFA is also encouraging Low-Income Housing Tax Credit building managers to be flexible on rent payments and to waive late fees for tenants whose employment has been affected by the crisis.“During the past few weeks, we’ve had great cooperation from Pennsylvanians who understand that staying home is not just about protecting themselves, it’s about protecting everyone in the community,” said Gov. Wolf. This executive order takes one more burden off people who are struggling and gives them more time to get back on their feet.”More helpful information is available from the following:Pennsylvania Housing Finance AgencyUnited Way of PAConsumer Finance Protection BureauU.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)HUD Approved Housing Counseling AgenciesFannie MaeFreddie MacFHFA Foreclosure and Eviction AssistanceView this information in Spanish. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gov. Wolf, Attorney General Shapiro Announce Protections from Foreclosures and Evictions Through July 10 May 07, 2020
The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG), which entered the offshore wind market with the recently acquired 14.7% indirect equity interest in Sheringham Shoal, sees further investment opportunities in the sector, according to its annual results for 2017.TRIG said that previously commissioned UK renewable energy capacity still owned by developers is expected to continue to provide deal flow for the company for several years ahead. Future acquisition opportunities that TRIG sees lie in areas which may include further offshore wind and storage, as well as projects that may become commercially viable without subsidy, such as onshore wind projects and solar PV as deployment costs continue to fall.Discussing the renewables growth opportunities, the company said that the rapidly growing offshore wind sector in the UK is likely to match the capacity of onshore wind and solar once current construction is built out. Looking at the capacity of operational projects, TRIG pointed out that UK operating offshore wind farms now have a combined 5.1GW of generating capacity with further build-out being projected, and Germany has a further 5.3GW of operating projects.The company’s investment policy allows investment in sectors other than onshore wind and solar PV of up to 20% of portfolio value. Last year’s investments in the Broxburn battery storage project and Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm amounted in aggregate to approximately 9% of TRIG’s portfolio value at 31 December 2017.
Ocean Energy Europe, in coordination with EMEC and the French Région Occitanie, will host a session during European Maritime Day 2019 in Lisbon. Participants will learn about the latest offshore renewable energy developments along Europe’s Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts, with a particular focus on the regional economic and environmental impacts.The session will encourage an exchange of views on the relationship between maritime communities and wave, tidal and floating wind projects.The session will be moderated by Rémi Gruet, Ocean Energy Europe, CEO.Speakers include:– Andrew Scott, Orbital Marine Power, CEO– Patrik Moller, Corpower, CEO– Caitlin Long, European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), Environment and Consents Specialist– Julien Ciglar, Région Occitanie (Ad’Occ) – Marine Renewable Energy Project Manager / Benoît Garrigues, Région Sud-Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur – Head of European and Mediterranean Cooperation.The focus of the European Maritime Day 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal, will be on blue entrepreneurship, research, innovation and investment to transform traditional maritime sectors and boost emerging technologies and value chains.The EMD is the annual EU meeting point on maritime affairs and blue growth. It targets maritime professionals, entrepreneurs and ocean leaders from businesses, governments, public institutions, NGOs and academia.
Saving Downs 25 July 2013New Zealand Labour Party MP Maryan Street has a private members bill for euthanasia sitting in the ballot box in Parliament. If this bill is drawn and subsequently made law, it paves the way for the un-consented killing of people with Down syndrome in New Zealand. Such a situation is entirely unacceptable and will be opposed in the strongest terms.If this concept sounds farfetched, just look at the draft bill.…There are many good doctors who support our community and are committed to protecting life. But, they won’t be the certifying medical practitioners. Let’s be clear here. A certifying medical practitioner is by definition a supporter of euthanasia. Add in a negative bias many Doctors have towards those with Down syndrome and we have a toxic mix, the possibility of a legal pathway to the killing of people with Down syndrome, effectively with impunity.Maybe we would give all doctors the benefit of the doubt that they will comply with the law. But, we can recognise the negative bias many of them have towards our community. The type of bias where at Waikato and Auckland Hospitals they encourage late term abortions for planned and wanted pregnancies when there is a diagnosis of Down syndrome or Spina Bifida. Maybe some of these pro-euthansia “certifying medical practitioners” think people with Down syndrome are a burden, some type of disadvantage (as described by bio-ethicists at Otago University), a life unworthy of life. We have heard it all before. Maybe an adult with Down syndrome is poorly in hospital and they are taking up resources that a “normal” person would better benefit from.http://www.savingdowns.com/streets-euthanasia-bill-a-grave-threat-to-our-community/
BACOLOD City – Police arrested two persons in a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay Banago. Thirteen sachets of suspected shabu valued at around P170,000 were seized from Reynaldo Ponteras Jr. and Eugene Sotto – all residents of the village, a police report showed. Antidrug officers inspect items seized from Eugene Sotto and Reynaldo Ponteras Jr. who were nabbed in an entrapment operation in Barangay Banago, Bacolod City on May 30. The suspects’ alleged cohort Vivian Diaz meanwhile managed to evade arrest and is still at large as of this writing. POLICE STATION 3/BCPO Their alleged cohort Vivian Diaz meanwhile managed to evade arrest.Officers of the City Drug Enforcement Unit staged the sting operation around 4:45 p.m. on May 30. The suspects were detained in the lockup cell of Police Station 3, while a manhunt operation was conducted against Diaz who remains at large as of this writing./PN
Some of the Arsenal squad, including Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, had their first pre-season fitness training session at London Colney on Tuesday afternoon, under the watchful eye of assistant manager Steve Bould, with Arsene Wenger still out at the World Cup on media duty for French TV. Carl Jenkinson was another put through his paces, and the right-back is expected to face competition for a starting place from Debuchy next season with the France international set to finalise the formalities of his £10million switch from Newcastle in the coming days, with suggestions a medical has already been completed. There was positive news from the Gunners camp on Tuesday as Abou Diaby, a long-term injury absentee last season, was able to take part in the fitness sessions and could yet prove an asset for Wenger next season. Arsenal’s players will return to pre-season training on a staggered basis following the World Cup – with German trio Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski all out in Brazil for the duration. Despite Wenger not being on site, Arsenal have remained busy in their summer recruitment drive. Defensive cover is needed following the departure of Bacary Sagna to Manchester City on a free transfer after lifting the FA Cup at Wembley, while goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has joined Swansea. The signing of Sanchez, though, would present another major move by the Gunners, who smashed their transfer record at the end of last year’s summer window to bring in Ozil from Real Madrid. A defensive midfielder is also said to be on Wenger’s wanted list, with Lars Bender at Bayer Leverkusen a long-term target. Arsenal also released several players at the end of their contracts, including Nicklas Bendtner. The Denmark forward has several options, reported to be both from within the Premier League as well as European sides. Arsenal step up their pre-season schedule in New York at the end of the month ahead of hosting the Emirates Cup and the FA Community Shield against Manchester City at Wembley on August 10. Arsenal remain confident of pushing through a £30million deal for Chile winger Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona and expect to complete the signing of France defender Mathieu Debuchy later this week. Press Association Sanchez is understood to have instructed his representatives to close negotiations with the Gunners after deciding against offers from both Liverpool and Juventus. Reports in Spain suggest Barcelona have accepted Sanchez’s desire to leave and head to London rather than Anfield, where he could have been used as a makeweight in a potential deal for Luis Suarez.
Conducted by Usurv for Press Association Sport, 73 per cent of 1000 participants said they support the use of footage to ensure the right decisions are made. Referees have been widely criticised after a series of errors this season with former chief Keith Hackett labelling standards after Christmas as ‘disastrous’. The performance of referees has come to the fore once again following Chelsea’s match with Burnley at the weekend, with Martin Atkinson electing not to send off Ashley Barnes for for a studs-up challenge on Nemanja Matic and subsequently dismissing the Serb, who bundled Barnes to the ground in the aftermath. Blues boss Jose Mourinho called it an “end of career tackle” and Atkinson will now not take charge of a game at the weekend. It is the latest in a long line of decisions which may have been changed had the official been able to see replays after the incident. Those 60 and over were more likely to support the use of video replay, with 79 per cent saying yes, while the 50-59-year-olds were more dubious with only 68 per cent keen for video replays. Those in Yorkshire and Humber are keen for change with 78 per cent wanting replays to be introduced, while Londoners were more sceptical, with 65 per cent wanting replays. :: We asked 1000 people – Is it time for video replays to be used in Premier League football? Responses: Yes – 73 per cent (727 responses) No – 27 per cent (273 responses) The time is right for the Premier League to start using video replays to help referees, according to over 70 per cent of people in a survey. Press Association