Joe Sinagra to run for Franklin state Senate seat

first_imgSt Albans Town Resident Joe Sinagra declared his intentions to run for the State Senate from Franklin County, a formal campaign kickoff will occur in the Spring. Sinagra said, ‘Franklin County and Vermont are at a cross roads, we are one of the oldest states in the county and we continue to export our young people, as a State Senator I will focus on improving our local and state economy without raising taxes.’  Former Lt. Governor and Fairfield resident Brian Dubie said, ‘I have known Joe for more than 10 years, he is the type of person we need in the State Senate. I am proud to fully support Joe’s campaign and I will be proud to call him my State Senator.’  Sinagra grew up in Kingston, NY, but moved to Vermont to attend college and is a 1998 graduate of Lyndon State College with a degree in Social Sciences. Mr. Sinagra married the former Vicky Sullivan a 1994 BFA-St. Albans graduate in 2001 and moved to St Albans Town. It was at that time that Sinagra began his career as a lobbyist for the housing industry in Montpelier. ‘During my time in Montpelier I worked with Republicans, Democratics and Progressives to help writes laws that focused on the housing industry. During my time as a lobbyist I worked on many important topics that affect Franklin County from outdated septic regulations to Act 250, I understand the impact a State Senator can have on the future,’ stated Joe Sinagra.’Sinagra plans to spend the next 10 months visiting with Franklin County residents and understanding their concerns for the future. ‘I want residents to contact me during the campaign and after to let me know what is important to them and how I can help to make our region stronger.’ Joe Sinagra said, ‘As a State Senator I will make the tough fiscal decisions without raising taxes. As a small business owner, I understand the struggles that small business face.’ Sinagra currently serves on the St. Albans Recreation Commission and is a volunteer coach for baseball and soccer. Sinagra along with his wife run Bounce Around VT a full service bounce house rental business which they started in 2008. From 2003 until November of 2011, Sinagra served as Executive Officer of the Homebuilders and Remodelers Association of Vermont, the largest housing trade association in Vermontlast_img read more

Colombian Drinking Games

first_imgI’ve spent the past week in Colombia, mostly road biking and backpacking in the country’s national parks testing gear (look for full reviews next week), but I’ve also had some opportunities to explore Colombia’s beer culture. The craft beer scene is in its infancy down here, and doesn’t have the depth of craft beer in the U.S. Few countries do. The only craft beer option I could find was from the Bogota Beer Company, which has a number of brewpubs all over the Colombia. If you’re ever down here, seek out their Roja, a balanced amber.But even if you never set foot in Colombia, there’s plenty we can learn from our South American friends. First of all, why the hell don’t we have these personal tap systems in bars in the U.S.?Screen Shot 2015-06-12 at 12.06.04 PMIt’s called a “giraffe,” and it holds something like three liters of beer. The waitress puts it right there on your table. It’s like your own personal tap. And it’s beautiful. You finish a pint, you just pour yourself another one. You don’t have to get up. You don’t have to raise your hand and try to catch the waitress’ attention…you are the master of your own destiny.The second thing I’d like to import from Colombia is the drinking game, Rana. It’s like cornhole, but so much better.Screen Shot 2015-06-12 at 12.07.29 PMSo, there’s a box with holes in it and three frogs. You get some metal discs, stand about 12 feet away from the box, and try to throw those discs into the holes and frogs mouth. Get a disc into the mouth of a frog, and it’s 100 points. Hit one of the holes on the side, and it’s 15 points, or 40 points, or more or less, depending on the hole. It’s a simple game, but it’s addictive as hell. I think the trick is in the wrist, kind of like with horseshoes. Also, the more you drink, the better you get. Like horseshoes.I’m an amateur at it now, but I’d like to think that with the right amount of training, I could really up my game. And that’s what traveling is all about—absorbing tiny pieces of foreign culture to become a more well-rounded individual.last_img read more

5 themes – Conversations with CU leaders

first_imgBased on calls we have received over the last month, there is no doubt credit union leaders believe our business will be forever changed after COVID-19.The thoughts these leaders shared with us can generally be categorized into 5 different themes:Out of Crises come Opportunity.  In the true spirit of people helping people, examples abound of credit unions reaching out to help their members in need, such as:Mortgage deferral assistanceWork reduction loansDeferred student loans continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

‘Transitional PSBB’: A deciding chapter for Jakarta’s new normal

first_imgLess than a month since the central government’s first call to “co-exist” with the coronavirus, Jakarta is among the first provinces in Indonesia to ease restrictions and begin the transition to the new normal.Governor Anies Baswdan said the move to ease large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) was necessary as the capital was suffering from an economic downturn. It experienced an unprecedented 45 percent fall in tax revenue, leading to drastic cuts in spending.Anies extended the PSBB, also known as a partial lockdown, for the third time, on June 4, announcing that the month would be Jakarta’s “transition” period, after research data showed that the epidemiological trend of news cases and deaths had declined. To detail the protocols for Jakarta reopening, Anies has issued Gubernatorial Regulation No. 51/2020 on the implementation of the transitional PSBB. The Banten administration has also issued a similar regulation.During the easing period, Jakarta is gradually opening places of worship, workplaces, public places, public transportation and educational institutions, but still requires health protocols in those sectors.Some of the health measures are adapted from PSBB regulations and the common health standards such as maintaining 1 meter distance between each other, avoiding gatherings and wearing a face mask in public places.Other measures, specifically those for businesses, are adapted from the health ministerial decree on the new normal, including the order to apply proper sanitation and the formation of a COVID-19 handling team in workplaces.Read also: Health minister issues ‘new normal’ guidelines for workplacesThe most significant feature in the transitional PSBB is the limitation of visitors or workers to 50 percent applied to all reopened sectors. Exceptions are only made for private vehicles — with passengers listed on the same family card — and motorcycle taxis, which are allowed to operate at full capacity.Businesses that record new confirmed or suspected cases in their workplaces are required to stop operations for at least 24 hours and conduct a disinfection process. Managements are not allowed to lay off workers who are under self-isolation or quarantine.During the transition period, the regulation says all roads should be prioritized for pedestrians and cyclists for their daily mobility. The city will also carry out parking control on off-street spaces through parking space limits.In places of worship, the transition period requires disinfection of floors, walls and building equipment before and after each worship activity. Every worshipper is required to bring his or her own worship equipment.Sanctions against PSBB violations in the earlier regulation remain in place, including community service in the form of public sanitation duty or a fine of Rp 250,000 (US$17.84) for those caught not wearing a mask in public.Stages of reopeningThe Jakarta administration has prepared two stages for the transitional PSBB, which is stipulated in Gubernatorial Decree No. 563/2020. The first stage targets businesses, houses of worship, social and cultural activities and mobility of vehicles.An “emergency brake policy” will also be in place to stop the reopening of those sectors if the number of cases surges. By the end of June, the city will consider whether it is feasible to proceed to the second stage, which includes the reopening of schools. The transitional PSBB period will serve as an early chapter of Jakarta’s new normal that Anies said would only apply to strategic sectors with manageable risks, in line with Jokowi’s directive to reopen the economy carefully and gradually.The Jakarta administration also vowed to push stronger enforcement and public compliance.How relaxed are the transitional PSBB?The central government has issued a health ministerial decree regarding the new normal guidelines which mandate new health protocols both during and after the PSBB period.center_img Interactive content by FlourishThe transitional PSBB applies to most, but not all areas. Out of about 2,700 community units in Jakarta, there are 66 reportedly still in the “red zone” for virus transmission, and therefore excluded from the easing period.“For the red zones, I hope the mayors and regents can lead in controlling transmission. […] If the previous control was more at the provincial level, now we are starting to work at the city and regency level,” Anies said during a recent internal meeting.The transitional PSBB regulation also stipulates that areas that fail the transitional phase will be asked to return to implementing the original PSBB, with strict restrictions and control carried out locally.Concerns over congestion due to higher people mobilityWith the half capacity policy also applied to public transportation, the increased likelihood of traffic congestion and passenger buildup during and after the easing period has sparked concern among transportation experts.COVID-19 national task force chief Doni Monardo claimed during his monitoring on Monday morning that commuter compliance with health protocols had improved, but packed bus and railway stations could be found throughout Greater Jakarta.“The underlying matter is not the public adherence to health protocols, but more the capacity of mass public transportation modes to guarantee physical distancing, especially during rush hour,” Djoko Setijowarno from the Indonesian Transportation Society (MTI) told The Jakarta Post on Friday.PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI) has begun operating 935 trips per day, an increase of 161 from the number of trips during the previous PSBB period. However, as a state-owned train operator, it has followed the Transportation Ministry’s 35 to 40 percent capacity instead of Jakarta’s half capacity policy.Djoko said if businesses run at the same pace as before the pandemic, the capacity of mass public transportation in Greater Jakarta would not be enough to accommodate proper physical distancing.In the transitional PSBB regulation, Anies requires businesses to build systems that regulate the distribution of working days, working hours and work shifts.Jakarta is also considering reinstating the odd-even license plate policy, which has been stopped since March 15.Djoko said traffic congestion might be even worse than before the pandemic because more people would avoid using public transportation for fear of infection and therefore, reinstating the traffic policy might lead to chaos if the government is unable to provide adequate public transportation with physical distancing.“What is rational now is to control public activities in the new normal period with manageable intensity,” he said, adding that businesses should still apply a work-from-home policy.Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) Southeast Asia director Faela Sufa recommended that businesses arrange their own safety policies for the new normal, such as telecommuting, as well as working schedule division and shuttle buses for employees.“During the time of crisis, emergency vehicles or medical and logistics vehicles and key workers must receive priority. Therefore, allowing the transition of mobility to private vehicles that will definitely cause more traffic is not an option,” she said.Topics :last_img read more

COSCO Shipping Holdings’ Shareholders Okay OOIL Takeover

first_imgThe shareholders of COSCO Shipping Holdings Co. passed special resolutions at the extraordinary general meeting held on October 16, approving the takeover bid of Orient Overseas (International) Limited.The takeover offer was made in July this year when COSCO Shipping Holdings and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) placed a pre-conditional voluntary general offer to acquire all issued OOIL’s shares at an offer price of HKD 78.67 (USD 10.07) in cash, totaling in USD 6.3 billion.On completion of the transaction, COSCO would hold 90.1%, while SIPG would hold 9.9% of OOIL.Now that the COSCO Shipping Holdings’ shareholders gave the green light to the approval, the bid is dependent on the necessary regulatory approvals.The latest approval comes on the back of the clearance received from State‑owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) in September.The combined entity, if the merger is completed, would become the world’s third largest container carrier, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.Specifically, the duo would have a combined fleet of 400 vessels operated over a much-expanded network, with the capacity exceeding 2.9 million TEUs including orderbook, pushing CMA CGM from its spot.As informed earlier, COSCO Shipping and OOIL, parent of OOCL, would continue to operate under their respective brands, and would continue to work together as members of the Ocean Alliance.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Port of Mossel Bay Dredging Wraps Up

first_imgTransnet National Ports Authority’s Dredging Services has concluded its Port of Mossel Bay 2019/20 dredging campaign, ensuring that sand trap and high spots within the port were successfully removed.The 2019/20 campaign made use of two dredgers – trail dredger, Isandlwana, which focused its effort on the entrance channel and the sand trap while the Italeni grab dredger, focused on clearing the port’s confined spaces along quays 4 and 5 and the Vintcent Jetty for the first time in 20 years.Despite minor weather delays and a technical breakdown experienced by the Isandlwana, Port Manager, Shadrack Tshikalange said that the campaign went smoothly and ensured that the area was dredged to the promulgated depth for safe navigation of all vessels, especially platform supply vessels involved in TOTAL’s Brulpadda gas exploration project.The next dredging campaign will take place in the second half of 2020.Image source: TNPAlast_img read more

Panic as Obama’s Marine One lands at a Kenyan University

first_img Kenyans have taken to twitter under the hashtag #obamainkenya after  three Bell Boeing V-22 Ospreys and the Marine one chopper from the US presidency landed at Kenyatta University.Panic hit the university as US President Barack Obama’s Marine One helicopter landed at the Amphitheatre for a drill on Tuesday. The helicopter, and four US marine choppers which escorted it, arrived in preparation for Obama’s landing to give a public lecture on Sunday.  Witnesses said the planes had a security drill for 10 minutes before leaving.Here are some of the tweets sharedlast_img read more

Perfect reflects on the opening of the 2018 General Assembly

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Indiana General Assembly reconvened for the 2018 legislative session Wednesday, Jan. 3.My colleagues and I met at 1:30 p.m. in the Senate Chamber, where we began discussing issues affecting our communities and state.This year, we will address workforce development, the opioid epidemic and Indiana’s alcohol laws, among many other topics.I am ready to get to work on these and other issues in the coming weeks.To stay up to date on what is happening in the Statehouse, you can stream session meetings and committee hearings online by clicking here.If you have any questions about the legislative session or issues facing Indiana, contact me by email at or by phone at 317-232-9400.There is a contact list for all elected officials at our webpage.last_img read more

Marian Muckerheide

first_imgMarian Muckerheide, age 83 of Burnsville, Minnesota and formerly of Batesville, passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2018 in Burnsville.  Born in Batesville December 21, 1934, she is the daughter of Elenora (Nee: Jansing) and Leo Muckerheide and graduated from Oldenburg Academy.  She moved to Cincinnati where she worked for TWA Airlines and Upjohn Pharmaceuticals before retiring.  After retirement, she moved to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.  She loved decorating, shopping, music concerts and family.She is survived by nephews Lynn (Emily Beth), Dan (Paula) and Mike (Pam) Muckerheide; great nephews Mark (Erin) and Max; great niece Jennifer and great great nieces Adelyn, Elise and Lydia.  In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her siblings Alvin, Helen Rose and Leo.Visitation is Thursday, May 24th, from 5-7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Mass of Christian Burial is 10 a.m. Friday, May 25th at St. Louis Church with Rev. Carl Langenderfer officiating followed by burial in the church cemetery.  The family would like give special thanks to Interim Hospice, The Rivers senior living community and Twin Cities Physicians.last_img read more

Robert J. “Bobby” Herbert, 82

first_imgRobert J. “Bobby” Herbert, 82 of Greensburg, passed away Monday, September 23, 2019 at Arbor Grove Village in Greensburg.He was born on October 11, 1936 in Greensburg, the son of Henry G. and Elizabeth M. (Young) Herbert.Bobby grew up and lived on a farm.  He worked for several businesses in Greensburg, including Union Bank and Trust and Shell Gas Station.  Bobby also mowed grass for many people in town.He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.Bobby is survived by two brothers; Dennis (Irene) Herbert, Westport, Lotus (Donna) Herbert, Greensburg, several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers; Harry, Clarence, and Paul Herbert, and two sisters; Dorothy Herbert and Edna Minary-Grissom.A Rosary will begin at 9 am on Thursday, September 26 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church followed by visitation until 11 am.A Funeral Mass will start at 11 am on Thursday at the church with Rev. John Meyer officiating.Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.Memorials can be made to Our Hospice.Online condolences can be made to the family at read more