Port Neches-Groves graduate Matt Geisel recently earned a spot on the American Southwest Conference Distinguished Scholar Athlete Team for tennis for 2020. Geisel is a junior at Louisiana College and took part in nine matches during the spring season before it was shut down by the COVID-19 outbreak. He maintained a 3.22 grade point average in missions and ministry. To be eligible to be named Distinguished Scholar-Athlete, a player must meet the above criteria, but must maintain a 3.2 GPA or greater while appearing in at least 50% of the team’s games. Geisel was joined as an Academic All-Conference member by Britton Patton, a junior from Pineville, La. One player from each team is chosen to represent LC on the Distinguished Scholar-Athlete team. To be named Academic All-Conference, a student-athlete must have been enrolled at LC for a full academic year, be at least a sophomore in academic standing during his or her competitive semester, and have at least a 3.0 GPA at the end of the semester upon which their sport championship is held. Seven other Wildcats from Louisiana College were also named to the ASC’s Distinguished Scholar-Athlete teams, along with 48 Wildcats honored on Academic-All Conference teams.
The Vermont Public Service Department (PSD) and its Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) seek proposals from qualified financial institutions with a physical presence in Windham County that offer loans to residential customers interested in development of the Windham County Solar Finance Program (SF). The SF Program seeks to accelerate the deployment of solar energy technologies including solar PV and solar hot water in Windham County. Applicants should propose how they would use the available funds for a credit enhancement(s) to expand access to private finance for residential solar systems in Windham County. The RFP will offer up to $300,000 to stimulate new or expanded renewable energy lending to homeowners with credit ratings deemed satisfactory by the selected financial institution(s) due to the credit enhancement provided by the CEDF/State of Vermont.The 2 megawatt Winstanley solar project was completed in Brattleboro in October 2014. (L-R) Mark Bettis, VP of Sales and Marketing for REC Solar, Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott, Adam Winstanley, Principal of Winstanley Enterprises, and Andy Cay, President of Integrated Solar. STORY Courtesy photo.For the first time, a portion of CEDF funds must be deployed in a certain county. The agreement between the State and Entergy Vermont Yankee, which resulted in the CEDF receiving over $5.3 million in April of 2014, requires at least 50 percent of the funds the CEDF received from Entergy Vermont Yankee to be spent in, or for the benefit of, Windham County. This represents a significant opportunity for Windham County to address the local effects of the closure of the Vermont Yankee power plant as well as the county’s energy and economic future.The State of Vermont has a goal of meeting 90 percent of energy needs across all sectors from renewable sources by 2050. The Vermont Public Service Department (PSD) and its Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) seek to engage one or more financial institutions (FIs) located in Windham County, Vermont to develop the Windham County Solar Finance Program. As part of the fund’s strategy to help meet state goals, the SF Program seeks to accelerate the deployment of residential solar energy technologies in Windham County.This program will provide an opportunity for one or more private lenders to initiate new—or to expand their existing—lending activities to homeowners in Windham County seeking finance to install residential solar systems. This initiative will help the award recipient(s) gain or increase exposure to the growing solar market, and learn more about how to expand lending for clean energy to serve homeowners in southern Vermont. The intended results include increased rates of investment in solar systems, increased supplies of net-metered renewable power, and greater confidence among financial institutions leading to more participation in this market segment. In addition, increased investment in residential solar technologies will support the growth of jobs and economic opportunity in Windham County, a primary interest of the CEDF under this program.This RFP intends to help reduce credit risks associated with financing home energy upgrades such as solar PV or solar hot water for Vermonters with diverse socio-economic backgrounds to increase market penetration of solar technologies. To spur participation, the CEDF will support credit enhancements offered by one or more finance institutions selected through this competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) to help them lower their risks while generating performance data for their local market. As lenders gain more experience with solar products, services and vendor arrangements, we expect a transition to self-supporting, cost effective finance in lieu of CEDF incentives.This program is sponsored by the Vermont Public Service Department, as part of the state’s effort to achieve the goals set forth in the 2011 Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP), and the Clean Energy Development Fund in accordance with its Five Year Strategic Plan. This initiative is a part of the broader focus on Windham County detailed in the CEDF FY 2015 Annual Program Plan & Budget Allocations report. This program will add a new set of finance options available to consumers interested in solar energy in the southern part of the state.RFP PROCESSTo develop the Windham County Solar Finance Program, the CEDF will initiate a staged process. First, the CEDF intends to negotiate the lending terms and credit enhancement features of the Solar Finance Program with one or more Financial Institutions (FIs) that respond to this RFP to create a streamlined customer experience for residential solar lending. Second, the CEDF will engage with the chosen financial institution(s) to address key program design considerations such as marketing and evaluation of program effectiveness.This solicitation is funded with monies from the State of Vermont Public Service Department’s Clean Energy Development Fund. The funding available through this competitive RFP is provided from a payment to PSD from the state’s agreement with Entergy Vermont Yankee. Respondents will be subject to standard state grant making and reporting requirements including, but not limited to, financial reporting, periodic project monitoring, documentation of incurred costs, and access to records. Reporting requirements will include select milestones and metrics documenting loan performance, size and power production of financed installations, and program effectiveness to be established at the time of the award.Awards for the Windham County Solar Finance Program will be made through this competitive RFP process. Upon completion of the selection process, the CEDF may, at its discretion, enter into a grant agreement with one or more eligible entities to develop the Windham County Solar Finance Program. Terms for distribution of the funds shall be established with the award recipient(s). If included in the successful proposal, administrative and program development costs for approved expenses will be reimbursed subject to standard state procedures.The CEDF reserves the right to make necessary changes or adjustments to the program design, deadlines, RFP, or to any statements made in this RFP at any time. Further, the CEDF reserves the right to amend, alter, or terminate this Request for Proposal process at any time. Changes to the RFP will be posted on the CEDF website at: http://publicservice.vermont.gov/topics/renewable_energy/cedf(link is external) . Respondents are encouraged to thoroughly review this RFP.DEADLINEProposals must arrive at the Public Service Department by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, December 23, 2014. This RFP is for credit enhancements not to exceed $300,000 to create the Windham County Solar Finance Program. Applicants mailing a proposal should allow adequate time to ensure receipt of their proposal by the deadline. One original signed hard copy, four additional hard copies, and an electronic copy of the proposal (which may be emailed or submitted on CD or USB flash drive) must be delivered to the Vermont Public Service Department. Proposals and questions should be addressed to:Edward DelhagenVermont Public Service Department112 State StreetMontpelier, VT 05620-2601Phone: (802) 828-4099Email: firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail)All questions must be submitted in writing via email with the subject line, “Windham County Solar Finance RFP Question” or delivered by U.S. Mail to the address above. Questions regarding the RFP will be accepted until Monday, November 24, 2014. Responses to questions will be posted on the CEDF website at: http://publicservice.vermont.gov/topics/renewable_energy/cedf(link is external).Hard copies and electronic copies of proposals must arrive at the Public Service Department by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, December 23, 2014.Questions regarding the Request for Proposals (RFP) will be accepted until Monday, November 24, 2014. Questions must be submitted in writing via email with the subject line, “Windham County Solar Finance RFP Question” or delivered by U.S. Mail to the address below. Responses will be posted on the CEDF website at: www.publicservice.vermont.gov/topics/renewable_energy/cedf(link is external)
Merriam police are looking for five suspects in connection with an early morning robbery that occurred at a Merriam motel.Police say they received the call at 4:30 a.m. to a motel in the 6400 block of East Frontage Road. Extended Stay America is at 6451 Frontage Road. Other reports also placed the incident at the Extended Stay and said it is popular with contractors for Google Fiber installation.The victim, a 45-year-old male, told police that he had answered the door to his motel room earlier in the morning for a female who he knew as “Crystal.” When he opened the door, he was attacked by several males who knocked him to the ground and tied him up with a sheet. They took cash and his electronic cable locating equipment, according to a press release from Merriam police.The suspects left the motel in a white Ford F-150 extended cab truck. The suspects are described as “Crystal” a white female approximately 31 years old, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, 115 pounds with brown hair, wearing blue jeans and a white shirt.The four male suspects are described as a white male, six feet two inches tall, 240 pounds, bald, wearing blue jeans and a flannel shirt; a hispanic male, five feet 8 inches tall, 180 pounds, wearing blue jeans and a flannel shirt; a white male, five feet 10 inches tall, 160 pounds, long sandy blonde hair wearing blue jeans; a white male, six feet, 180 pounds wearing blue jeans, a black shirt and a black baseball hat.Anyone with information about the crime or the suspects is asked to call the Merriam police at 913-322-5560.
FSR has announced the passing of its co-founder and chairman, Bill Fitzsimmons. Bill passed away peacefully on Oct. 25 at his home in Boca Raton, Florida, after a year-long battle with cancer with his business partner, dearest friend and companion Jan Sandri at his side. Bill was 91 years young.“Bill was a gentleman to the core,” said Sandri. “He lived life to the fullest, enjoying the challenges of running a successful business and contributing to an exciting and invigorating industry. But he especially loved being surrounded by family, either those he was related to, or his FSR family. Our hearts break with our loss as we mourn the passing of a great leader, friend, colleague, inspiration and quite simply a kind human being.”Bill received a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College, an MBA from Babson College, and a Master of Science in physics from Tufts University. His early career included positions in the Budd Company and the ITT Defense Group, Avionics division, working on both TACAN and LORAN navigation systems. He subsequently moved on to sales engineering where he successfully worked on many large government contracts.In his spare time and as a hobby, he designed and built the first control system for the New Jersey Lottery for a friend who owned Charles Maltby Exhibits, and then designed and built the first dissolve systems for Charles Rodriguez at AV Services.Bill joined Charles Rodriguez as a partner in AV Services in the early 1970s to pioneer AV Integration solutions, working closely with the Wilke Organization and developing pivotal products for use in large AV projects throughout New York and New Jersey.“Bill reasoned that if AV Services needed these products, other companies did also,” Sandri explained. “So on February 1, 1981 FSR (Fitzsimmons, Sandri, Rodriguez) was launched with Bill as the product designer/builder, Charlie as the financial person, and me as the sales component. Our very first customer, other than AV Services, was Ancha Electronics.”Bill’s ingenuity continued as he worked on products with Jeff Loether, founder and president of Electro-Media Design Ltd., then with Marriott, creating the first Ballroom Combining Systems in the industry. He also created large video switching equipment for IBM Classrooms at its training facilities. When it came to electronics, he loved a challenge and his products have lasted for decades.Sandri added, “Active until the end, Bill loved attending the InfoComm Shows, which he did every year, talking to friends, old and new. InfoComm attendees will surely remember him as an iconic figure zipping through the show halls on his FSR Scooter.”Bill turned over the reins of FSR to Jan Sandri 10 years ago, moving into the position of chairman.For the past four years, Bill enjoyed a wonderful life in Boca Raton, Florida, where he worked on his many hobbies, and served as the vice president of Kindness Shared Happiness Squared, a charity that helps children and animals in need.Bill was predeceased by his wife, Paula, and his daughter, Carol. Survivors include his son William and his wife Peggy; his son Paul and his wife Mary; two sisters, Carol Fitzsimmons and Paula Fitzsimmons; and his best friend, Jan Sandri.
PEC takes up questions of ethics in plea bargins August 1, 2011 Regular News PEC takes up questions of ethics in plea bargins Can a criminal defense attorney ethically advise a client to accept a plea bargain that includes the client waiving the right to later raise a claim of ineffective assistance of counsel? Can a prosecutor ethically offer a plea bargain that bars a later claim of prosecutorial misconduct?The Bar’s Professional Ethics Committee is considering preparing a formal ethics opinion on the issue, but at its last meeting deferred voting to begin that process to resolve a technical issue involving a conflict rule. The committee also decided to solicit input from the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, U.S. attorneys, and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.The issue arose following an attorney’s inquiry to the Bar’s ethics staff. The attorney noted that the standard practice by U.S. attorneys in Florida’s federal Southern and Middle districts is to include in plea agreements that the defendant waives any future collateral appeals. That would include, the attorney noted, prohibiting any claim of ineffective assistance of counsel or prosecutorial misconduct.The attorney specifically asked when it becomes a conflict for a defense attorney to advise a client on accepting such a waiver in a plea agreement or for a prosecutor to offer such a waiver as part of a plea agreement. The attorney said that a few other states have considered the issue, with some states finding conflict and some not.Bar staff declined to offer a staff opinion, saying, “There is no previous precedent or underlying Bar policy on which to base an opinion. . . . ”The attorney then appealed to the Professional Ethics Committee, adding in his letter, “This issue is so significant to the federal criminal defense bar that 19 other criminal defense lawyers participating in the Southern District of Florida’s court-appointed Criminal Justice Act panel have authorized me to represent that they support this request for an ethics opinion.”A motion was made to prepare an advisory opinion on the subject, but the committee approved a motion to defer an opinion in order to allow the Bar Board of Governors to waive Bylaw 2-9.4, which addresses conflicts for PEC members, since two U.S. assistant attorneys sit on the PEC.As part of the deferral, the committee also agreed to seek outside input from prosecutors and defense lawyers. The issue is expected to be on the committee’s September 23 agenda.On other matters, the committee:• Agreed with Bar staff that a lawyer may not own a company in which foreign nationals may invest with that attorney representing the foreign nationals in their immigration matters and being paid at least in part by the company. Bar staff said the arrangement raised questions on solicitation, business transactions with clients, conflicts of interest, financial assistance to a client, and payment by third parties.• Recommended that the Bar Board of Governors instruct its delegates to the ABA House of Delegates to oppose suggested changes to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct on technology and confidentiality. The PEC said key terms are not defined; the rule requires monitoring over people or entities the lawyer has no control; the rule values lower costs over ethics; and the rules do not conform to a Florida Bar ethics opinion on metadata. The Board of Governors was scheduled to consider that issue at its July 29 meeting, after this News went to press.• Recommended that the Bar Board of Governors instruct its delegates to oppose suggested changes to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct on outsourcing. The PEC said the amendments don’t meet the principles in Florida Ethics Opinion 07-02 on outsourcing because the changes lower supervisory responsibilities for the lawyer. The Board of Governors was scheduled to consider that issue at its July 29 meeting.
TODAY:Want to ace that interview and increase your chances of actually landing the job? A new study says the best thing to do is interview on a different day than your strongest competition. Or, if you think you’re a strong candidate, at least try to schedule your own meeting for the morning.According to new research published in the journal Psychological Science, interviewers have trouble seeing the forest from the trees. They often make their decisions based on the ratings they’ve given the interviewees directly before the interview, as opposed to someone’s true merits.Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and Harvard Business School found that people interviewing MBA degree candidates tended to rate applicants based on the earlier scores they’d given out that day — not in relation to the entire pool of students applying for the class.Read the whole story: TODAY More of our Members in the Media >
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Window PryerOn March 15 at 9:57 AM, the Riverhead Police Department received a call from a resident on South Jamesport Avenue in Jamesport stating an unknown male subject was attempting to pry open a window at his residence.Celio Monroy-Huit. Independent/Courtesy Riverhead Police DepartmentWhen the subject realized he was breaking in to an occupied residence, he took off. Patrol units and Suffolk County Sherriff’s Department K-9 Unit took up the chase within minutes, but the perp made a clean getaway.The subject was described as a male in his late teens to early-20s with a thin build. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to contact the Riverhead Police at 631-727-4500.Wandering ToddlerThe Riverhead Police Department responded to Maple Avenue on March 15, upon receiving a call that a toddler was walking along the train tracks.Upon further investigation, it was discovered the child wandered out of the house while under the supervision of his father, Celio Monroy-Huit, 48. The father was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child, placed into custody, and transported to police headquarters for arrest processing. The child was given to family members to babysit.Daniel Russ. Independent/Courtesy Riverhead PoliceJoy RideA homeless man was arrested after he stole a dirt bike from someone’s driveway, police said. According to the Riverhead Police Department, a call came on Saturday, March 16, around dawn, from an Ostrander Avenue resident who said someone had just removed a Polaris Quad from the driveway. Patrol units hit the road and found a man in the roadway with the quad in his possession, police said. Daniel Russ, who said he had no address, lives in Riverhead. He was arrested and charged with one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, police email@example.com Share
Transporting the cargo – a turbine weighing 312 tonnes, generator weighing 342 tonnes and a transformer weighing 200 tons – necessitated the temporary closure of the A13 near Tessenderlo, Belgium.A few days earlier, the heavy cargo was discharged in Antwerp, where floating cranes were used to shift the pieces onto river barges.Using SPMTs and conventional trailers, the cargo was slowly moved to highway A13. The following day, the heavy pieces reached their final destination.
Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children will be allowed to remain in the country without fear of deportation and able to work, under an executive action the Obama administration announced on Friday, reported The New York Times.Administration officials said the president used existing legal authority to make the broad policy change, which could temporarily benefit more than 800,000 young people.The policy, while not granting any permanent legal status, clears the way for young illegal immigrants to come out of the shadows, work legally and obtain driver’s licenses and many other documents they have lacked.advertisementadvertisement Under the change, the Department of Homeland Security will no longer initiate the deportation of illegal immigrants who came to the United States before age 16, have lived here for at least five years, and are in school, are high school graduates or are military veterans in good standing. The immigrants must also be under 30 and have clean criminal records.For immigrants who come forward and qualify, Homeland Security authorities will use prosecutorial discretion to grant deferred action, a reprieve that will be valid for two years and will have to be renewed. Under current law, that status allows immigrants to apply for work permits.Homeland Security officials said they would begin accepting requests from immigrant students in 60 days, leaving time to prepare procedures to handle the huge response they expect.—From The New York Times (Click here to read the full article.)advertisement