IS IT TRUE APRIL 26,2017

first_imgIS IT TRUE at Monday night City Council meeting the  General Manager of the Ford Center, Scott Schoenike stated “that his purpose was not to lose or make money, but to break even, and to bring economic development to downtown Evansville”?  …Schoenike also stated, “If we can break even as a hockey team, the Ford Center is still doing well. But to break even is not what you are in business for, and that is not what most people understand. We are set up to break even in order to bring economic development.”  …the Mayor was so impressed with VenuWorks mission statement  on how to make the Ford Center profitable he just renew their contract to manage the Ford Center for an additional 5 years?IS IT TRUE that Mr. Schoenike’s less-than-convincing presentation caused Council Vice President,  Justin Elpers to interrupt him”  … Mr. Elpers stated “he just want to have a meaningful discussion about the future of hockey at the Ford Center”?  …at the end of the day Mr. Elpers didn’t get a meaningful discussion from Mr. Schoenjke?IS IT TRUE that a person watching Mr. Schoenike’s presentation  to Council commented, “How are we supposed to believe that one man who owns 10%  of a business is responsible for 100% of the financial losses”?   …the legal agreement between the City and VenuWorks for Professional Management Services states “that all operating expenses of the Franchise shall be deemed an expense of the Facility”? … What does this mean? …it mean that the “Facility” is the City of Evansville?  …according to the agreement It looks like the Evansville taxpayers are responsible for all the operating expenses and losses incurred during the 2016/2017 hockey season?IS IT TRUE the attorney for former Evansville IceMen owner Ron Geary will be submitting a written request to Council President Missy Mosby asking her to allow Mr. Geary to make a formal presentation to City Council concerning Ice Hockey at the Ford Center?  …we bet Councilmen Jonathan Weaver wont make any snidely remarks towards Mr. Geary during the presentation?  … Scott Danks is the attorney for both Mr. Geary and Mr. Weaver alike?IS IT TRUE that Covance Clinical Development Services has announced plans to close its Evansville laboratory?…the closing is slated to begin with layoffs on approximately July 24th?…There will be more than 100 local people who will be losing their jobs as a result of this shut down?…that is just the beginning because there were many more than 100 people who supplemented their income by participating in the paid studies conducted by Covance?…several people derived their entire income by volunteering for the paid human trials at Covance with some individuals claiming to earn over $40,000 per year?…it is unknown to the CCO whether or not the stipends paid for volunteering were taxable or not?…at any rate it was possible to be a human test specimen and earn more by doing so than the average Evansville employee earns from working a job?…Covance did not state a reason for the closure and made it clear that the affected employees do not have any bumping rights and there is no collective bargaining agreement in place?…the Covance website says the Evansville lab is a clinical research facility and conducts medical research studies on healthy people and those with chronic conditions, including cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity?…one would think that such a place would prosper in Evansville as there are a multitude of people in town who would qualify under these requirements?IS IT TRUE the multi-use area known as The Promenade has recently brought a couple of businesses into its park?…after many news releases about medical facilities, upscale residential properties, and even a Nordstrom’s, the couple of businesses to actually locate there is a Burger King and Zaxby’s?  … the Promenade is located on prime real estate  development property located on the progressive Eastside of Evansville?IS IT TRUE one upscale store that will not be coming to The Promenade or anywhere else in Evansville will be the latest casualty of the retail meltdown?…that is the upscale “Bebe’ which just announced that all of their stores will be closed?…the dead retail list just keeps expanding and the last place that anyone should be putting their 401k today is into a mall development?IS IT TRUE another local leader of things which seek success at the Ford Center has tendered his resignation and is heading out of town.?…Evansville Sports Corporation Executive Director Jason Sands has left his job in Evansville and headed deep in the heart of Fort Worth, Texas for a similar position?…Bob Warren and the staff at the Evansville Convention and Visitors Bureau will manage the position until a new director is hired?…according to Warren they are about to get busy to hire a replacement?…in all fairness Mr. Sands must have been pretty darn good to get the NCAA Division 2 Basketball Elite Eight to sign a four year deal with a location that can’t get 1,000 people to a conference tournament with a home town team in the tourney?FOOTNOTE: Todays “Readers Poll” question is:  Are you pleased that City Councilman Justin Elpers requested that the Manager of the Ford Center update Council on the current status of the Thunderbolt hockey team?FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Finsbury puts ’free-from’ market firmly on agenda

first_imgThe Finsbury Food Group has strengthened its operations in the ’free-from gluten’ market with the £8.9 million acquisition of Yorkshire Farm Bakery (YFB) and A&P Foods.YFB is a major manufacturer of gluten-free breads as well as rolls and cakes and is located on a freehold site in Hull. A&P shares the same site and produces gluten-free premixes for YFB, as well as United Central Bakeries, also part of the Finsbury Group.Both businesses have been acquired by Finsbury from the Arnett family, three of whom will remain involved. Finsbury has created a new trading company, Livwell, and £4.8m will be paid on completion, with the remainder payable in stages, with a final payment of £2.5m in July 2010.Finsbury group, chief executive Dave Brooks told British Baker: “Yorkshire Farm is the biggest UK supplier of free-from with sales approaching £10m in the UK gluten-free market so this is an excellent opportunity.”In a statement issued by the company Brooks said: “The UK retail market offers huge scope for growth, as more and more consumers choose a wheat-free diet, and the UK medical prescription market brings new opportunities.”There is significant scope to develop a stronger export business, as awareness grows in Europe. These businesses fit our acquisition criteria and are further evidence of our confidence in our market positioning and trading performance.”The Arnett family was among several entrepreneurs to sell to listed companies and therefore avoid punitive capital gains tax rates. CGT taper relief was replaced at the start of the financial year by a flat rate of 18%.Combined YFB and A&P sales in the year ended March 2007 were £7.3m, with forecast sales for this year expected to be no less than £8.5m. The acquired net assets are valued at £3.66m.last_img read more

Michiana will see a share of $164K in entrepreneurial grants

first_img WhatsApp Michiana will see a share of $164K in entrepreneurial grants WhatsApp Pinterest FILE – This April 3, 2019, file photo shows a tip box is filled with U.S. currency in New York. For millennials who are passionate about contributing to the greater good, there are ways to prioritize charitable giving and make the greatest impact on issues they care about (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) Entrepreneurship grants have been approved that will benefit the Michiana area.Elevate Nexus, an Indianapolis-based group that seeks to foster more entrepreneurs around Indiana, has awarded $164,000 in grants.The South Bend-Elkhart Partnership and Purdue University Northwest are among the 19 groups that will see funding.The South Bend-Elkhart Regional Partnership will use its grant to support the work of Startup SBE, which looks to promote and foster the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the South Bend – Elkhart region.Purdue University Northwest will use its grant to support its Commercialization and Manufacturing Excellence Center. Facebook By Tommie Lee – September 10, 2020 0 359 Pinterest Google+ Twitter Facebook Google+ Twitter IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Previous articleThe Lerner Theatre reopens with The Sound of MusicNext articleCollege Hockey will have a delayed start this season Tommie Leelast_img read more

String Cheese Incident Busts Out “Grazin’ In The Grass” After 14 Years, Welcomes Jen Hartswick For Mountain Sun’s 25th Anniversary

first_imgThe String Cheese Incident has a long-standing history with Boulder, Colorado, with many band members calling the majestic mountain town “home”. Last night SCI helped Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery celebrate its 25th anniversary with the Colorado Kind Festival, at the breathtaking Planet Bluegrass in Lyons, CO. Mountain Sun is a classic burger and beer spot on the east end of the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, clad with Phish, Grateful Dead, and String Cheese Incident posters as far as the eye can see. Cheese’s lasting friendship with Mountain Sun presented a perfect opportunity for the band to play their first show in Boulder County since 2017’s intimate Fox Theatre shows.Yonder Mountain String Band got the party started off with a sizzlin’ two-set show in the hot Colorado sun. Planet Bluegrass’s stage sits at the base of gargantuan cliffs, beside a river, setting up a must-see musical mecca for any live music fan. Yonder worked through old-school favorites and covers, sounding loose and comfortable, with Allie Kral and Jacob Jolliff trading off some ferocious solos. The near-capacity crowd soaked up Yonder’s sweet bluegrass, anxiously awaiting what the evening had in store.The String Cheese Incident opened up the first set with Kyle Hollingsworth’s “Can’t Wait Another Day”, with the hometown crowd singing along. Cheese’s high energy was apparent out of the gates, as Hollingsworth took matters into his own hands, laying down some delicate work on the keys. “Missing Me” was up next, as the six-piece focused in and took their time settling into the main theme of the tune. Michael Kang was on one last night, and laid down a massive solo, asserting his presence after being the lone SCI member to miss Mountain Sun’s All-Star jam Friday night. Hollingsworth poked fun at Kang, saying, “We found him. Kang’s here”.With the sun setting behind the picturesque mountain range, Keith Moseley steered the band into darker territory, leading into “Rivertrance”. With Michael Travis and Jason Hann setting up a solid backbeat, Kang let it rip on the fiddle, intently leading his bandmates through the trancey instrumental with no signs of slowing down. Kang and Hollingsworth got down to business, trading off fiery hot solos, with Hollingsworth playfully messing with intergalactic spacey-noises. “Rivertrance” last night was big and bold, as the Boulder, CO locals continued pushing the bar, with a hometime crowd showering the band with love and smiles.Bill Nershi took the reigns for a perfectly placed cover of Onus B. Johnson‘s “Purple Strains”, with Kang masterfully working in a delicate mandolin solo. The band moved into a newer tune, “Get Tight”, led by Moseley on vocals. The upbeat, pop-driven tune got some attention from Hollingsworth, as he dazzled the crowd tickling the ivories, with Nershi laying down some solid work on electric guitar.With Kang hyped and grinning from ear to ear, he shouted out, “How we doing out there”, before Moseley slowly dug into the bass groove for “Black and White”. Kang and Hollingsworth seemed to be feeding off of each other the entire night, playfully moving forward, before Kang belted out the opening verse. Although the baking sun was no longer a factor, Cheese kept things red hot, allowing Nershi to lead the band into a “Lovelight” jam, as the hometown crowd gave the band full approval, cheering for more. “Round The Wheel” brought set one to a close, reminding Colorado that ski season is right around the corner.With a brief moment to catch their breaths and have one of Mountain Sun’s mouthwatering craft beers, String Cheese Incident opened second set with “Believe”, the title track off their 2017 studio effort. Hollingsworth took a funky solo, before jumping into the recently debuted, politically-charged Michael Travis tune, “Illegal”. With Moseley locked in with Travis and Hann, Kang was flexing his improvisational muscles, taking things into deep jam-territory, with Hollingsworth following his lead.A cover of the Grateful Dead‘s “I Know You Rider” was next, led by Nershi, getting a helping hand on vocals from the energized hometown crowd. Mixing things up, Cheese hopped into Bob Marley’s “Stir It Up”, before kicking things up another notch and transitioning right back into “Rider”. Continuing with the covers, Moseley took the lead on New Riders of The Purple Sage’s “Panama Red”, with the biggest surprise of the night coming next.Inviting trumpet master Jennifer Hartswick on stage, the band dove head first into “Grazin’ In The Grass”, played for the first time since October 15th, 2004. With a baffled hometown crowd and a sense of amazement lingering in the air, SCI took Hartswick captive as Hollingsworth joked, and set sail with the Talking Heads’ “Naive Melody”. Adding another musical layer with a horn, the six-piece kept the energy high through the remainder of the show, ending the second set with a smoothly-segued “Jellyfish” into “Rollover”. With Hollingworth fiddling around with his talk box, Planet Bluegrass turned into an all-out dance party, as the band ended the night firing off on all cylinders.Hartswick has become a favorite guest of the String Cheese Incident over the years, and the band invited her back up for an encore of The Jackson’s “Shake Your Body To The Ground”. Hartswick led the way on vocals and then quickly took charge on trumpet, belting out a roaring solo, with the crowd dancing and singing along to the funk. After bringing the chorus back around once more, the band took a bow and thanked their hometown fans for such a phenomenal evening of music.Up next for the String Cheese Incident is a brief fall run, with stops at Hulaween, Philadelphia, and Worcester, MA. For more information and ticketing information, head to the band’s website.Setlist: String Cheese Incident | Planet Bluegrass | Lyons, CO | 9/15/2018Set 1. Can’t Wait Another Day, Missing Me > Rivertrance, Purple Strains, Get Tight, Black and White > Lovelight Jam> ‘Round The WheelSet 2. Believe, Illegal > I Know You Rider > Stir it Up > I Know You Rider, Panama Red, Grazin’ In The Grass*, Naive Melody* > Jellyfish *> RolloverE: Shake Your Body** = w/ Jen Hartswicklast_img read more

Industry Verticals READY for Artificial Intelligence in 2018

first_imgImagine what the world would be like if we could harness the multitude of data generated each day to catalyze positive change. What if we had the ability to predict and stop crimes before they happened, or could apply these same methodologies to save lives with better healthcare? Sound like the plots of many familiar movies? With recent advances in artificial intelligence, these outcomes are not only possible, but an exciting reality!As we move swiftly into this new year, media, analysts and just about everyone is thinking about what will be ‘the next big thing’ in technology. Looking back at 2017, this was a hallmark year for AI enthusiasm and awareness. More industries and organizations embraced digital transformation and have come to value their data as a critical corporate asset. Now, building off of that momentum, 2018 will be the year that AI adoption reaches critical mass among organizations and professionals!In speaking with customers over the past year, I’ve learned that many have already begun to experiment with machine and deep learning and artificial intelligence; some proactive customers have put AI-enabled capabilities into production, and nearly all are expected to make investments in the coming months. By the end of the year, we expect most enterprise customers will have one or more AI-enhanced services or products in production, and that the majority of smaller and mid-size companies will be executing AI technology evaluations and pilot programs (with some already in production as well).When deployed strategically, AI technologies equip organizations to derive actionable data insights across virtually all industries, including energy, transportation, education, research, entertainment, hospitality, and so many more. In 2018, we predict the financial services, retail, healthcare and life sciences, and manufacturing industries will realize quick results with human-machine partnerships. Why is this the case? Optimizing Financial DataFinancial services companies already possess vast data sets and conduct advanced analytics on business and customer trends. This expertise fosters an ideal culture for evaluating and adopting more powerful methods, as data becomes fuel for deep learning approaches. Artificial intelligence can be used to optimize all facets of financial data reporting, from risk assessments and growth projections to client satisfaction and fraud prevention. The ROI of attracting new customers is easily measured, and in 2018, these organizations can further improve performance by better understanding customer needs and reducing fraud and security breaches. As AI enables automated financial decisions at scale, it will converge with another disruptive technology, blockchain, to secure and validate automated transactions.Maximizing Profit for RetailersRetail has many potential uses for AI, such as understanding the target markets of products, improving advertising with personal information, and detecting fraudulent online purchases and theft in brick-and-mortar stores. Next year, these capabilities will increasingly become mainstream for small and mid-sized retailers. Dell EMC retail customers will continue to maximize profits by promoting offerings to the most likely buyers and predictively purchasing commodities by time and location. These AI-enabled successes set the foundation for future advances in retail operations, like implementing fully-automated customer support and autonomous product delivery operations.Standardizing Efficiency in HealthcareOne of the reasons I love working in technology and for Dell EMC is the ability to help our customers leverage technology to advance human progress. In no field is that truer than in healthcare and life sciences, industries that are often the showcase examples for the power of artificial intelligence.From the discussions we’re having with our healthcare customers, it is likely that in 2018, initial research projects will evolve into standard operating procedures. There is an abundance of image data for many medical ailments, like tumors, which is being used to train AI models to detect these conditions earlier and more accurately. Early results are so promising, that many healthcare providers will regularly use deep learning solutions to support the diagnosis of cancer and other severe conditions this year. I believe the impact of AI in healthcare will be both wide and deep; as healthcare records become progressively digitized and input into deep learning methods, they will help researchers understand health risks, improve detection and monitoring of conditions, and even predict health issues before they arise. That’s incredible progress! Moving forward, I believe that the era of personalized medicine will be furthered by pairing AI technologies with increasingly comprehensive and blockchain-secured data from IOT and other sources that complement lab results and caregiver observations.Reducing Cost for ManufacturersCost reduction is of utmost importance to the manufacturing industry, whether the costs of components, failures, or maintenance. The ability to predict global supply chain costs and customer demand, and intercede before they occur, runs parallel to the advances in the financial services industry I wrote about above. Embedded within manufacturing facilities and complex equipment are sensors that measure item productivity and environmental conditions that impact reliability and maintenance, like power, temperature, and stressors. Our customers tell me that they are already benefitting from this data and leveraging it to develop AI-powered models to predict failures before they happen and improve customer satisfaction. For example, customers can be notified when firmware updates should be applied or support should be contacted, among many other use cases.  Deep learning technologies are so powerful that we use it to bolster the reliability and support of our own offerings.To me it is clear – artificial intelligence and machine and deep learning will continue to grow as all types of organizations understand the incredible power offered by these technologies. That said, although revolutionary, the transformative results promised through artificial intelligence will not come without effort. To unlock the full capabilities of AI, organizations will have to do the heavy lifting of going “all in” on digital transformation, accelerating their computing methods, and embracing data sovereignty. It will be critical for data to be extensive collected, curated, and made available to all applicable uses cases.It’s About Knowing Where to StartAlthough artificial intelligence has been around for decades, it’s still difficult to understand and use effectively and requires the right expertise and technologies. Fortunately, Dell EMC is the premier vendor for data storage in the world, and we have decades of experience in managing data, enabling data analytics, and working with customers to design and deploy AI solutions for deeper insights. And, it’s about to get even better!In 2018, building on extensive work with customers and partners, Dell EMC will make simple AI solutions available to customers in all verticals. As we recently announced, our Ready Bundles for Machine Learning and for Deep Learning bring AI capabilities to the masses, including global companies, research labs, governments, and educational institutions. Our carefully designed, optimized, reliable, and scalable solutions integrate advanced processors, storage and networking technologies, and powerful AI-optimized software. These solutions simplify selection, deployment, adoption, and usage for our customers, thus minimizing the cost, effort, and frustration associated with DIY and public cloud solutions.AI is complex, but we’re focused on simplifying and accelerating the journey for customers and helping more organizations achieve its promise and potential in 2018. The revolution has begun, and we expect all businesses will use and benefit from AI-powered solutions as we close the decade. Dell EMC Ready Bundles for Machine Learning and Deep Learning will deliver these critical capabilities, empowering customers to innovate, compete, and change the world!Want to learn more about our thoughts on these topics? Read more about Dell Technologies’ 2018 predictions for artificial intelligence.last_img read more

‘Ebb and Flow’ System

first_imgWorkers can’t overwater with the system. And every plant gets the same amount ofwater and fertilizer. That’s hard to do by hand. Georgia greenhouses produced plants worth $95 million in 1996. That’s nearly doublethe 1991 value of $49 million. The value of greenhouse plants has steadily risen eachyear, and experts expect that trend to continue. With van Iersel’s automated ebb-and-flow watering system, though, growers don’t letthe extra water run off. They collect it in holding tanks and use it again. In most commercial greenhouses, van Iersel said, growers apply water by hand with ahose or with overhead sprinklers. Excess water runs out of the greenhouse, along withany fertilizers mixed in. Marc van Iersel, a University of Georgia horticulture researcher, calls it “ebb andflow.” Ebb and flow helps grow healthier, more evenly sized plants that are all the samequality. “Home gardeners will get a better plant,” van Iersel said. “That risks contamination of groundwater and creeks that can cause algae bloom andother problems,” he said.center_img What would you call a system that could grow better greenhouse plants, preventgroundwater contamination and cut labor costs at half the cost of water and fertilizer? “Instead of having all the water and fertilizer that the plants don’t use immediately goout on the ground, we can recycle it and use it another time,” van Iersel said. “This cansave up to 50 percent of the water and fertilizer.” Van Iersel’s research labs are at the Georgia Experiment Station on the Griffin campusof the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The system pumps water and fertilizer onto watertight tables holding germination traysor young plants. Growers leave the water on the table for a time, then collect theexcess water in tanks. Later, they pump it back out for the next watering. There is a downside for greenhouse growers. Installing the system can cost about$120,000 in 10 acres of greenhouses. Van Iersel said the cost can be recouped in threeto five years with savings in labor, water and fertilizer.last_img read more

Old crop, new use

first_imgBy Gwen RolandUniversity of GeorgiaFor much of two centuries, farmers grew velvet beans to controlweeds and build up organic matter in the soil in their fields.Now, University of Georgia scientists are taking a second look atthis old favorite.”When my grandfather was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Itold him I was researching the plant from which a drug to treatit is made,” said Nicole Martini, a UGA horticulture graduatestudent.”A few months later,” she said, “he showed me his medicine bottleand said, ‘Look, here’s your plant.”Velvet beans’ pharmaceutical use is fairly new in the UnitedStates. But people elsewhere have used it to treat ailments fromdepression to snakebite.L-dopaThe medicinal properties come from a high concentration ofL-dopa, a precursor of dopamine. This may be why most insectsavoid it. Doctors use L-dopa to treat Parkinson’s disease.Velvet beans were a favorite cover crop in the South for morethan 150 years. “Weeds don’t like velvet beans,” Martini said.”And they contribute tons of biomass per acre.”It provided forage for livestock. It controlled weeds. It addednitrogen and biomass to the soil. But it disappeared from therural landscape in the mid-1950s, though, when better roads andlow-cost farm chemicals enabled farmers to plant the same cropsyear after year.With growing concern over chemical inputs, researchers arelooking anew at velvet beans. Martini’s experiments in Georgiafocus on biomass and weed control. She uses the Georgia Bushvariety bred by UGA researcher Sharad Phatak.Many benefitsAt the UGA campus in Tifton, Ga., she and other scientists studyvelvet beans’ benefits. “Just 120 days after planting, velvetbeans produced 65.6 tons of fresh biomass per hectare, about 50percent more biomass than Sunn Hemp,” she said.This supported the theory that velvet beans can improve theorganic matter content and fertility of soils in Georgia, shesaid.”We also found that a solution prepared using velvet bean residuein water reduced growth of crab grass, sicklepod and pigweed,”she said. “It didn’t eliminate them, but it did reduce them.”From the data, she concludes that through a combination of theadded biomass, the quick growth that shades out weeds and theallelopathic effect, a farmer would see fewer weeds if he usedvelvet beans as a summer cover crop before planting fallvegetables.Adding those traits to the potential now to sell beans to drugcompanies could mean a major comeback for velvet beans.”Farmers are more inclined to use cover crops if some part ofthat crop also has economic value,” Martini said.The velvet bean study was funded by a grant from the SouthernRegion Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program.(Gwen Roland is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Opinion: Keeping the public’s trust alive in Vermont

first_imgBy Vincent IlluzziEnvironmentalists have squared off against Vermonters who want to use all terrain vehicles (ATV’s) on connector trails over public lands. But a battle that pits one group of outdoor enthusiasts against another is sure to create more heat than light.A moderate, middle way approach — based on good science, stewardship and a case by case review of allowing limited connector trails to connect privately owned lands — will better serve Vermont.Vermont already welcomes diverse uses to its public lands, balancing environmental protection and sound resource management with the public’s desire to use those resources in many ways.Ski areas, television and radio stations, utility companies, schools, businesses, hunters, trappers, snowmobilers and others have all been granted use of public lands after thoughtful environmental review and the application of reasonable fees and conditions.Given this historic and reasoned approach, there is no hard science or logic to drawing a bright red line outlawing all ATVs from using connector trails, no matter what!Consider the background for the debate. In 2004, Gov. Douglas convened a task force of all stakeholders to consider ATV issues. The group acknowledged that ATV use has grown in the past decade for both work related and recreational uses, yet there are few places where they can be legally used.The task force posed a menu of 24 recommendations to promote safe riding, education, enforcement, and stewardship, which mirrors the successful approach used by the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers.Fast forward to one year ago. Then-Natural Resources Secretary Jonathan Wood adopted a rule that allowed application for up to three ATV connector trails as pilot projects if they met strict criteria like whether ATV use is consistent with existing management plans; to what extent the natural environment may be impacted; whether there would be conflicts with other land users; and, whether a connector trail is the shortest and most practical way to connect existing trails on private lands.The rule required a finding of public good and demonstrated compliance with extensive criteria.Sadly, one of Secretary Deborah Markowitz’s first public acts was to throw out all of this work, and in the process, write off a growing number of Vermonters and tourists who support this growing sector of our recreation economy.Why would Markowitz lay waste to that thoughtful process and slam the door in the face of those Vermonters?Why would Markowitz do so without so much as a single meeting?Maine, New Hampshire and Quebec have embraced this form of outdoor recreation, and their extensive trail network beckons those tossed out of Vermont, including aging baby boomers, who must rely on ATVs.Hailing from the Northeast Kingdom, where motorized recreation is both popular and a source of significant business income, this move has many in this region scratching their heads.Most Vermonters agree that ATV use does not make sense on all or even most public lands. But few believe it should be completely outlawed.Working with the Vermont Natural Resources Council on other land use issues, I would like to revisit a pilot project and consider additional criteria to ensure the dual goals of environmental protection and the ability to use connector trails.The Vermont Legislature created the Vermont ATV Association as a user and watchdog group to oversee the use of ATVs in Vermont, and the development of a statewide network of trails.Extreme views like those displayed by Markowitz are never a good thing, especially when it comes to the use of public lands that all Vermonters hold so dear and support with their tax dollars. We have a history of being able to negotiate these difficult issues.For example, Bicknell’s thrush shares its habitat with telecommunication towers. Native trout populate brooks crossed by ski trails. And the Kingdom’s rare Spruce Grouse has heard more than one snow traveler pass in the night.As a conservationist, I worked with former Gov. Howard Dean to purchase the Champion Lands in Essex County in the 1990s. We guaranteed traditional uses on those lands. I am confident we can find a way to accommodate connector trails on some state lands.Vincent Illuzzi of Newport is a Republican state senator representing Essex and Orleans counties.last_img read more

On New Threats

first_imgBy Dialogo February 11, 2011 For me the greatest and most difficult threat to fight against is the social threat, this complete laziness that the parents of any country have regarding the education of future mankind. 1. – This article didactically details the collection of defined and grouped threats, all of which affect Peru. 2. –They all in one way or other come from or originate from abroad, additionally the article should put forth effective suggestions to initially reduce, secondly, neutralize and finally, eliminate the threats. 3.- A Doctorate in Political Science and International Relations helps in the protection of Human Rights and International Law effectively and with immediate action. 4.- The Engineers faced with a Problem always have at least 5 viable solutions. Narco-trafficking, is more than an example of uncertainty, it is a good representation of post modern society, in which some 16 million people demand 400 tons of an illegal product, it is freely offered, from the producing regions (in this case the Amazon Andes) where traces of the State are very weak, there coexist armed groups and socio-economic conditions that allow for the expansion of illegal farming. Afghanistan and Mexico are examples of the contradiction in the drug policies from Washington. IF we continue “securitizing” this topic, the problems will increase and we will move away from the solution. The drug problem is administered and managed modestly and with realism. The general shows in his extensive detailed explanatory of the new threats, he has been dealing with this for more than approximately thirty years, the difference in the success of these will be when the citizens understand that they exist and they aren’t just action movies- The article is good, we must keep in mind the new threats,, to develop new strategies to lessen these,,,new threats. What is the profile that the FFAA officials should have?,,,,,,,I think that the capacities a modern professional should have ought to consider this topic,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, If we look at the topic of national security from an academic or only from a military viewpoint, you will find the definitions and solutions in that context. As an INTERGRAL part of life; every living being is born and develops his own security measures (self-preservation instincts) within its own species. We, reasonable beings, with the capacity for infinite intelligence; what makes us stand out? I think it is the lack of BALANCE and CONTROL of our emotions, sensitivity, character, temperament, desires and ambitions. Therefore, we determine our security to the power that emanates from a weapon, putting it in the hands of a human being to fight another one. In PERU, as in all of the Countries, that throughout its history have shed the blood of its citizens, whether it be for survival or to achieve its independence and development, it has had to use and abuse weapons each more sophisticated in order to justify the concept of SECURITY. Is a weapon for security or defense a necessity; I think it is; only if having it doesn’t involve abuse of power. The governments should allocate the necessary budgets for FOOD, HEALTH AND EDUCATION; as the shortage or limitations of people to coexist and develop; ends up by causing the person to be in constant danger for reasons of security for him and their countries. Excellent article, the origins of these threats are clearly stated as well as the policies of Peru regarding them. Fine analysis, an autopsy of the ingredients of the country’s problems of our friend Andres Acosta/Latino States/in an Industrial Economy/ certainly the Achilles heel is the anarchy which chronically evolves to a shine within the political class which is more corrupt by the day, debased and conglomerate in almost all of the political party’s social clubs…and lead an FFAA to cancel the bill many times by means of repression. INTERESTING COMMENT, IT SHOULD BE MOTIVATION FOR REFLECTION FOR THOSE THAT DESIGN SECURITY AND DEFENSE POLICIES. HAS ANY POLITICIAN THAT IS NOMINATED TO RUN IN THE NEXT ELECTIONS MADE ANY REFERENCE TO THIS TOPIC? THREATS ALWAYS ALARM ANY CITIZEN. WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE POLITICAL SECTOR OF PERU? I THINK CONTRABAND BECAUSE OF ITS BIG EFFECT ON THE ECONOMY AND ITS LINK TO BORDER CITIES SHOULD BE INCLUDED; ANOTHER IS THE SEPARATISIM VERY MUCH IN VOGUE IN RELATION TO NATIONALITIES, LIKE THE AYMARA AND THE JUNGLE CULTURES ETC. Excellent article, Andres. I would add the lack of preparation of people in the sense that there isn’t a solid base of what each is, personally not having grounded moral values and professionally not doing your job right, that creates insecurity, therefore it causes people to give in to illegal things or actions thereby increasing the corruption. A very interesting article and one which applies to actual life, the threats our country is exposed to are clearly explained. It is an excellent article that describes an actual reality that many politicians do not know about or don’t want to know. National Security is not a game and should be a priority in any Governance Plan. It is an excellent article that describes an actual reality that many politicians do not know about or don’t want to know. National Security is not a game and should be a priority in any Governance Plan. Behind the use of the word “security” hides all sort of justifications for committing abuses because there is no one to control the organizations in charge of the “security”, be it local or national. The first barrier they impose is the “need” for secrecy, which includes access denial of information to the highest levels of country’s authorities, who supposedly must make decisions based on the information provided by the “security system”, also called by its members “security community”. The lack of respect for life is at the top of the system, where human beings are only statistical elements that can “obstruct” their activities, and cannot have a single interference even in the name of “human rights”. Who controls the controller? I honestly do not understand anything regarding this topic…they only sent me to make this query…wish to better understand it…thank you Mr. Andres, you write really nice. Since this is a copy of other investigation peices about the national reality as regards security topics. We all know that the leading violators of human rights in Peru were the armed forces in the 80’s and 90’s. Explain what have you done to improve the training quality of the officials under your charge when you were in activity? Don’t you believe that it is quite late to contribute now that you are out of the military activity? Or you only write in order to look for work in some military institute? Let’s be honest, what Peru needs is real experts in social inclusion with proven experience; they should have the capacity to develop productive work in the mountain and the jungle. It is in the jungle where the majority of young people are who cannot have access to a decent job or much less to have a technical education. In the jungle, a young person makes only 6 soles a day working in a small banana farmhouse; in Pucallpa a young person makes 300 new soles per month working in a clothing store. THE AUTHORITY CAN GIVE NATIONAL SECURITY, POLITICS AND ECONOMY TO THE YOUNG PEOPLE. They are also Peruvians. While our armed forces continue to participate on arms trade and drug trafficking so as to have a nice retirement, we won’t be able to say that there is a good National Defense policy, let’s reflect, Peru do not only live from the topic of National Security. It seems like a good article to me, which has allowed me to particularly understand the term now in style of new threats. On looking over an old book from what was then the Advanced Military Studies Center (CAEM), I found an interesting definition of security: “… it is a basic need of human individuals and groups and an inalienable right of man and of nations. It may be individual, community, specific, national, or collective; this scarcely reflects the great complexity and larger scope of the state’s responsibilities with regard to security … Thus, national security will perforce have to be supported by a national power harmoniously strengthened by political …, psychosocial …, economic …, and military manifestations … being therefore COMPREHENSIVE …” In this definition, I would like to highlight the multi-dimensional character that Peruvian doctrine has assigned to the concept of security for decades. Hence, when the terms “new threats,” “non-traditional threats,” or “emerging threats” appeared, this was really nothing new for Peru. This was already considered to be the case, perhaps under other names, although unfortunately from a fundamentally military perspective. The involvement of the other sectors or “manifestations” was not achieved. This distinction between old, established, or traditional threats and new, emerging, or non-traditional threats is only a way of categorizing them in order to indicate that security and threats to security are not only a military and police problem. For the majority of Latin American countries, the traditional threats to national security were those relative to territorial disputes between two countries and to external military aggression. In some cases, Communist armed subversion (Castro-inspired, Maoist, Leninist, etc.) within a country’s territory was also included as a threat to security. In Peru, we have considered subversion, terrorism, drug trafficking, and other social phenomena as internal threats for more than three decades, as a way of differentiating them from external threats. They were not considered new threats. With regard to the so-called new threats, in a lecture on the subject held in Peru in 2003, it was indicated that “… the threats, concerns, and other challenges to security in the hemisphere are of different character and multi-dimensional scope, and traditional concepts and approaches should be expanded to encompass new and non-traditional threats. These new threats are expected to come from non-state actors that could be classified as: 1) hard threats: terrorism, transnational organized crime, drug trafficking, corruption, money laundering, and illicit arms trafficking; 2) threats with a social origin: extreme poverty and social exclusion; 3) threats arising from nature and health: natural and man-made disasters, environmental degradation, HIV/AIDS and other diseases; 4) threats against the integrity of the individual: human trafficking; 5) online threats: attacks on cybersecurity; and 6) other threats: handling and transport of hazardous or radioactive material, improper access to weapons of mass destruction by terrorists.” This concept of new threats has received criticism from various sectors, which point out that threats are being confused with development problems, defense with security, citizen security with public safety, securitization with militarization, among other objections. What is certain is that we see once again that social changes lead to new perceptions about security and about defense against threats to that security, but still retaining a common denominator: the search for peace, cooperation among peoples, development of the human person, the fight against poverty, and strengthening the values of representative democracy. The White Book of Peruvian National Defense (2005) has identified threats in the following way: a) external threats: those that could arise if the attempt were to be made in the South American sub-region to apply security doctrines incompatible with the observance of international law; those that could arise from crises related to the scarcity of natural resources of strategic value, such as vital resources; terrorism, drug trafficking, and international crime; b) internal threats: terrorist and subversive groups opposed to the constitutional order that choose violence; radical groups that promote social violence and popular excesses; organized common crime; illicit drug trafficking; corruption; and plundering of the environment. Threats to national security, which demand the use of armed force, constitute a situation of political perception needed for establishing the dimensions of the armed forces, something which is linked in turn to the situation of the assignment of budget resources and political will in prioritizing missions. In any event, a simple sequence for determining threats and how to confront them would include: 1) Identifying what national interests are vital and important, 2) prioritizing which of them will be protected or defended, 3) identifying who or what might be affected or harmed, 4) selecting the means of protection and the strategy, 5) assigning resources, and 6) constantly reevaluating and applying feedback (threat monitoring).last_img read more

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