CVPS rates to remain flat thanks to regulatory settlement

first_imgCentral Vermont Public Service and the Vermont Department of Public Service have agreed to a rate settlement that will leave customer rates flat. In November, CVPS was authorized to increase its rates by one-third of a percent, while the DPS had suggested a decrease of 0.43 percent effective Jan. 1.Rates will remain unchanged pending Public Service Board approval of the settlement with the DPS. Accordingly, the bill for a residential customer who uses 500 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month will remain $73.11.By comparison, the same customer would pay up to $83.16 elsewhere in Vermont, and as much as $117.45 elsewhere in New England, according to the Edison Electric Institute.CVPS’s rates will serve as the base rates for a new alternative regulation framework approved by the PSB in September. Under the plan, CVPS’s rates will be adjusted every quarter to account for specified changes in power costs, and annually for specified changes in other costs and earnings.The new regulatory framework includes incentives to encourage CVPS to become more efficient and share related savings with customers. As part of the settlement, the PSB will investigate CVPS’s employee levels to ensure the company continues to operate efficiently.last_img read more

Dykstra: CHOICE Act provides credit unions and members with relief

first_imgThe Financial CHOICE Act gives Congress an opportunity to provide credit unions with relief from the regulatory scrutiny of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Diana Dykstra, president/CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues wrote in an opinion-editorial published in the East Bay Times. The additional regulatory burden created by the CFPB is an unintended consequence of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, Dykstra wrote. “Congress was not wrong to establish the CFPB,” Dykstra wrote. “However, it is time to talk about why credit unions–which provide affordable savings and credit to 110 million account holders across the U.S., including 10.9 million of them in California–need relief from this agency.” Dykstra explained that while the bureau was created to protect the consumers from unscrupulous lenders, it has instead adopted a one-size-fits-all approach that negatively impacts community lenders. She provided several examples of how the CFPB has created processes created circumstances that run counter to its mission. For example, a CFPB rule requires a complicated hour-long procedure to wire money, a process that previously took 15 minutes. The bureau exempted financial institutions that handle less than 100 transfers per year. continue reading » 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Jokowi orders nationwide enforcement of COVID-19 protocols, sanctions

first_imgIn addition to penalizing individual violations, the Inpres also requires sanctions against businesses, organizations and collectives that are found to have violated prevailing health protocols.The sanctions may range from a written warning and community service to fines and temporary suspension of businesses and organizations, according to the Inpres.“All expenses required for the implementation of the presidential instruction shall be sourced from the state budget, the regional budget and other legal and independent sources in accordance with the law,” the Inpres stated, according to the Cabinet Secretariat website, setkab.go.id.Read also: Jakarta collects more than Rp 2 billion in PSBB fines A number of regions in the country have already been enforcing prevailing health protocols and large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) through a variety of policies.West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil, for instance, signed a gubernatorial decree that required all residents to wear face masks, with violations of the policy penalized by a fine.According to the gubernatorial decree, those found not wearing a face mask in public may be subject to a Rp 100,000 (US$6.95) to Rp 150,000 fine or community service.Meanwhile, Jakarta has collected a total of Rp 2.47 billion (US$188,120) in fines from violations of PSBB, which have been extended until Aug. 13.Most of the fines were collected from people found not wearing face masks in public places, kompas.com reported.Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has ordered the nationwide enforcement of COVID-19 protocols, making violations subject to legal sanctions throughout the country.The rules, established by Presidential Instruction (Inpres) No. 6/2020 issued on Tuesday, seek to improve public compliance with health procedures to stem the spread of the coronavirus.According to the Inpres, all regional heads – governors, mayors and regents – are required to immediately formulate and issue policies for the prevention of COVID-19 contagion and to establish sanctions for violations of policies.last_img read more

Man Accused of Stealing Firearms; Reselling To Gun Store

first_img(Decatur County Jail)GREENSBURG, Ind. – Charges have been filed against a Columbus man who allegedly stole three guns from a Greensburg home and then sold them to a gun store last summer.Decatur County deputies arrested 20-year-old Gavin Everroad Tuesday morning on suspicion of felony burglary and felony theft of a firearm.The homeowner notified investigators that two shotguns and one rifle disappeared from a home in the 6600 block of West SR 46 on July 21.Local police were contacted by the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department the following day after two guns matching the description were sold to a Columbus gun shop.According to the Greensburg Daily News, the homeowner had previously met Everroad and suspected him of the crime.Investigators say home surveillance video depicted a man matching the suspect’s description exiting the home with three firearms.last_img read more

Women’s lacrosse grinds out road wins over Colorado, Denver

first_imgThe seventh-ranked Women of Troy dodged two tough teams on the road against Colorado and Denver, prolonging their undefeated record. They are now one of two teams in the nation without a loss. The Trojans (13-0, 7-0 MPSF) initially faced off against Colorado Friday and were triumphant in a long battle that ultimately came down to a game-winning goal by junior attacker Cynthia Del Core in the final 16 seconds, resulting in a 9-8 Trojan victory. “We all just looked at each other and we have a lot of trust in each other and we know that even in a close game, if we stick together we can pull out a W,” senior defender Courtney Tarleton said. “I think the biggest thing is not over-thinking any play and just working together the whole time.”Unlike previous contests in which the Trojans led their opponents by a high margin, this game remained neck and neck for the majority of competition with the score tied 5-5 at the half. Five minutes into the second half, the Buffaloes sent a shot into the back of the net to give them a one-goal advantage. With 14:48 remaining, the Trojans countered and regained an 8-7 lead with a pair of goals from senior midfielders Kelsey Dreyer and Amanda Johansen. However, Colorado’s Johnna Fusco rebounded with her third goal of the game to tie the score at eight all. At this point it came down to confidence. “The biggest thing was having confidence throughout and not getting away from the things that we’ve been doing all season and making sure that no matter what the score, to just stay confident and stick to our game plan and continue to do the things that we’ve been doing all season,” head coach Lindsay Munday said.  Following a thirteen minute defensive battle, Del Core executed for the Trojans sending a shot into the back of the net to grant the Trojans their 12th win of the season. Despite the USC victory, the Buffaloes in fact recorded more draw controls and ground balls.“Colorado is a really great team and they were really patient and had a good gameplan coming in,” Munday said. “They beat us on the 50-50 category in draw controls and ground balls so they had more opportunities because they had the ball more. That was something we really wanted to focus on going into Denver, making sure we win those 50-50 categories so we have more opportunities than the other team.With 12 wins under their belts the Women of Troy faced another strong opponent in Denver, winning 9-6 to maintain their undefeated streak. Junior attacker Michaela Michael grounded the team on offense scoring 3 goals to go along with two assists, five draw controls and three ground balls. Michael has scored 3 goals for the seventh time in her career and had her 23rd career game with 3 or more goals. In addition to a forceful offense, the Trojan defense maintained a strong front, highlighted by a solid performance by sophomore goalie Gussie Johns who had five saves and a ground ball. “The biggest thing was being in some uncomfortable positions that we weren’t in so far this season,” Munday said. “Both teams challenged us in really different ways and there were times where our confidence could have been tested.  That’s really a testament to the girls that they stay true to the things that we’ve been doing and that they stay confident no matter what.” The Trojans next hit the road Friday April 15th to face No. 13 Northwestern and No. 5 Notre Dame on Monday April 18th.last_img read more

Inside Conditions…Unsportsmanlike conduct

first_imgHey ya’ll, if you hadn’t noticed, in a minute “Black Mystery Month,” so sorry Charlie Chan, “Black History Month,” is about to fade into the sunset of the American consciousness. Another indicator that the month is about to come to a close is the media “joyriding” with recently released cinematic jewels that are about to join the future of BHM programming. The films “Red Tails” and “The Help” are about magical and romantic times. The stories profile the era when people of color had to rumble just to get a drink of water on a hot day and were faced with death because all they wanted to do was hang out and go to school with the ruling class; ya know, mundane and trivial stuff.As a few of the African-American actresses gathered to pick up awards for their performances, Viola Davis wore a stunning gown that prominently featured God’s endowments north of her waistline and I am not referring to the expensive weave that she was sporting. If her male employer in “The Help” had been aware what jewels were hidden under her work uniform, another title most likely to have been bestowed upon her would have been “the mistress.” Oh but I am sure that she was—well at least according to the acceptance speech that Hattie McDaniel gave when she accepted her Oscar for best supporting actress in the film “Gone With The Wind”— “a credit to her race.”Sports and entertainment are not separate entities. There are specific components of sports that make it life threatening on a game by game basis. There are also certain elements that compose our daily entertainment choices that pose a high risk for the performers as well. In any full contact sport, danger lies behind every route across the middle, every venture into the “painted” area and each journey across center ice. Also, when we travel to cinema houses to see action films, are we cognizant of what “stuntmen” endure to film the “action” scenes that cause us to sit on the edge of our seats. While viewing the NAACP Image awards, I sat on the edge of my seat when the Black Stuntmen Association recalled stories about how they had to fight and persevere just to place their lives in danger to pursue employment as stunt performers.The road to equality has been and continues to be paved in blood. When I hear all of these glorified stories about the social and economic struggles of any race of people I have and will always remain intrigued. We run our mouths about who received an invitation to the funeral of the late great megastar Whitney Houston and what they were wearing, but remain mystified concerning the graduation rates of our high school and college students.When it comes to our students and student/athletes, no child left behind just means that. They quit school, are in prison; and in some cases, as a result of escalating violence and immorality in our communities, have met their maker far too soon.There are definite and insidious cases of peonage that exist in our society. Let’s take “another” look at the system of secondary school and college athletics in America. (I say another because in my opinion a lot of people are still not getting it). What was the average unemployment rate of Black Americans being held, not living in but confined in the American south in 1862 just prior to being “liberated” and I use that term very, very, liberally. Well the jobless rate for people of color was very close to zero percent. When you have free labor you can hire as many employees as you please without any budgetary and fiscal restraints. It also appears that the only time the majority of Black student athletes become “unemployed” is when they step from under the “protective “umbrella of the NCAA.” Just as the southern majority did in slavery, the NCAA provides three hots and a cot for the athletes that fill their stadiums and arenas while pretending they demand academic excellence based on diluted G.P.A. standards. However the NCAA provides little and oftentimes no resources or safety nets for the athletes that may stumble slightly or fall prior to the completion of their education. For all intents and purposes, the one sided covenants and pseudo-obligations that the NCAA professes to have for all of the performers that rake in millions of dollars for them are voided as soon as the athlete steps across the borders of that particular campus. Don’t forget our high school educational system. If you look close enough you will plainly see that our secondary schools are nothing but a huge consortium of “grapefruit leagues” of which the primary purpose is to provide bodies for the incorrigible ruling powers of the NCAA. Talk about class warfare.Some folks are right; there is a continuation of the “war of the classes” that has been fought for the last 149 years with no peace treaty in sight. So when you hear some misguided fan complaining about the inflated salaries of Lebron James, Cam Newton or Prince Fielder, just softly reply in the words of the late Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson; “payback is real mother for ya.”(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at abruce@new­pitts­burghcourier.com or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more