A visitation will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 5 PM until 8 PM at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home, with a rosary to be prayed at 7 PM at the funeral home.A 10 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, October 4, 2019 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Port Arthur.Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Elena was a devoted Catholic, also was a giving, caring and loving person who will be dearly missed by all.She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Juan Hernandez.Elena is survived by her sons, Jorge E. Hernandez and his wife, Juana of Mexico, Rafael Hernandez and his wife, Monica of Port Arthur, Juan Cardenas and his wife, Veronica of LaBelle, her daughters, Norma Becerra and her husband, Jose Luis of Groves, Maria Elena Barclay and her husband, Danny of Fannett, Leticia Wong and her husband, Reberto of Port Arthur.She is also survived by her brother, Gustavo Vega of Mexico, 21 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Elena Vega Reyes, 85, of Port Arthur passed away on Monday, September 30, 2019 at her home.Elena was born on June 1, 1934 in Mexico to parents Jesus Vega and Catalina Reyes.Elena was a member and very active at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, where she was a member of the Damas Guadalupanas.She enjoyed working in her yard and flower garden and cooking for family and friends.
Northstar Vermont Yankee,Vermont Business Magazine Entergy Corp. (NYSE:ETR) today announced that its wholesale generation division, Entergy Wholesale Commodities, has entered into an agreement to sell its 583-megawatt Rhode Island State Energy Center (RISEC), located in Johnston, RI, to Carlyle Power Partners. The facility is a natural gas-fired, combined-cycle generating plant that entered commercial service in 2002.The base sales price is approximately $490 million, subject to closing adjustments. Entergy Wholesale Commodities purchased the plant for $346 million in December 2011. Entergy expects to record a net gain of approximately $0.50 per share assuming closing of the sale occurs in the fourth quarter 2015, subject to working capital and other adjustments. The gain on sale will be classified as a special item, and as such, excluded from operational earnings.“Our strategy for EWC is focused on being disciplined about reducing risk and freeing up financial resources for other opportunities,” said Entergy Chairman and CEO Leo Denault. “RISEC has been a very good investment for us, and its sale is consistent with that strategy.”Entergy shut down the 605 MW Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in Vernon in December 2014.Source: Entergy 10.8.2015
Vermont Business Magazine In response to the President’s announcement that he intends to rollback protections for transgender students, Attorney General Donovan re-affirmed the commitment of his office and the State of Vermont, to protecting the civil rights of all Vermonters. Governor Jim Douglas signed Act 41, in May 2007, which prohibits gender identity discrimination in workplaces, housing, and places of public accommodation, including schools. Vermont students have been entitled to those protections even before the Obama Administration took a position on transgender rights. Those rights survive any decision by the current Administration.Attorney General Donovan stated: “It has been nearly ten years since Vermont outlawed gender identity discrimination. Since then, we’ve seen broad acceptance of Vermonters of all kinds and an overall embrace of our kids, who deserve our support. We will continue to support all of our kids and all Vermonters regardless of their gender identity. We will enforce our state laws against any one that attempts to deny Vermonters their right to fair treatment.”Vermont AG: Feb 23, 2017
Vermont Business Magazine Mayor Miro Weinberger today announced the appointment of Beth Anderson as the interim Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Anderson has served as Burlington’s Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) since May 2015. Weinberger has asked the City Council to approve the appointment at its September 18, 2017 meeting, with Anderson serving as acting CAO until that time. If confirmed, Anderson is expected to serve as interim CAO through the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget process, which will conclude by June 30, 2018. The City expects to resume its search for a permanent CAO later in the current fiscal year.Chief Administrative Officer Bob Rusten announced in March he would be leaving the CAO position on September 1.“Beth has distinguished herself as an innovative leader and effective manager,” said Mayor Weinberger. “Her service as CIO has dramatically improved the City’s IT capacities, saved taxpayer dollars, and delivered better, data-driven public outcomes. I expect her to play a pivotal transitional role in the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office that will allow the next permanent CAO to build on the Department’s record of success. I am grateful to Beth for her willingness to assume these additional responsibilities while maintaining many of her CIO responsibilities.”Anderson was appointed the City’s first-ever CIO, leading the newly-created Innovation & Technology Department in May 2015. As CIO, Anderson is responsible for managing the City’s information technology (IT) operations, as well as coordinating data-driven innovation and using performance metrics to facilitate the City’s continuous improvement efforts. She has earned a reputation as an innovative thinker, excellent collaborator, and skillful manager with a strong financial background.“It is an honor to be asked by Mayor Weinberger to lead the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office,” said Anderson. “It’s exciting to be part of building on the Department’s successes in stabilizing and strengthening the City’s finances.”Weinberger said: “This is a vital position for Burlington, and I am grateful Beth’s willingness to step into the role in an interim capacity gives the City increased flexibility to choose the right candidate for the position.”Source: 8.31.2017VBM vermontbiz.com
Westwood police will be hosting a picnic for the community Saturday on 47th Street.After the shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge earlier this year, law enforcement in northeast Johnson County saw an outpouring of support like never before.Saturday, the Westwood Police Department is turning the tables to say “thank you” to the community for that support. Westwood police will host a neighborhood picnic from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Retail Grocers Association, 2809 W. 47th Street.The Kansas City, Kan., police department, which starts its jurisdiction right across 47th Street, will help host the picnic. Special guests will be members of the Johnson County and KCK chapters of the NAACP who will have a table at the event.“It has been my life experience, that as you break bread with folks, you get a chance to understand them better,” said Westwood Police Chief Greg O’Halloran.“It’s our small gesture to thank all of you for your support, especially over these last few months. We received so many nice cards, letters, food and gestures of kindness and support over the last couple of months; it’s been very touching. It is also a chance for all of us; WPD, KCKPD and the NAACP to get to know all those that we serve a little better,” O’Halloran wrote toe the community.Walmart is providing the food and police officers will be flipping the burgers. “It’s a simple menu, but it’s free,” O’Halloran said, in inviting the public.Both police departments will have vehicles on display and a bounce house for the children.If you appreciate our coverage of community schools, government, business and organizations, we hope you’ll consider helping keep the site running by making a donation today.Even a small contribution goes a long way toward helping us bring you the news you can’t find anywhere else.DONATE NOW!
Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently updated its chronic wasting disease (CWD) regulations, adding steps designed to keep wild deer herds healthy that will be noticed this year by more hunters.The state has had a CWD management plan in place since 2011, and experts in the DNR’s wildlife health program updated it in 2018 to reflect the most recent scientific literature, CWD plans from other states and Canadian provinces, and input from a range of CWD experts.Barbara Keller, PhD, the DNR’s big game leader, said the new management plan sets the stage for how the state responds to new CWD developments and streamlines the regulation update process. Putting together a management plan was a lengthy process that incorporated a lot of public input, as well as the best available science, she said.Lou Cornicelli, PhD, the DNR’s wildlife research manager, said in a statement that many Minnesotans, not just hunters, share the desire for a healthy deer population. “The management actions we’ve built into this fall’s deer hunting regulations are critical for protecting deer now and preserving this resource for future generations,” he added.Management zone expansion leads to regulation changesAccording to the DNR, surveillance in 2018 found more detections and spread to new areas outside of one of the southeastern Minnesota management zones, including CWD-positive deer in the state’s Houston and Winona counties. Based on the developments, the state has expanded the management zone and renamed the permit area in that part of the state as the “600 series” to better highlight CWD management in the area.Animal health officials have established a new control zone in southeast Minnesota that borders its CWD management zone, which includes three permit areas.The state also has a CWD management zone in north central Minnesota near where CWD was detected at a Crow Wing County deer farm. In May, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health (MBAH) said testing in the wake of depopulation at the property found 7 CWD positives among 102 deer.A three-pronged updateAs one of the updates, the DNR expanded hunting opportunities and bag limits in area where CWD has been detected in wild deer. Expanded bag limits are designed to harvest more deer, reducing densities and the possibility of disease spread.Keller said the new rules also expand where the regulations apply. For example, last year the rules applied to a small part of southeastern Minnesota, but with an additional CWD-positive case found northeast of there, the rules now apply to a wider deer permit area.She said the new bag limits allow one deer per license, and hunters can take a deer for each of the seasons that they have a license for to include archery, firearms, and muzzloader seasons. The bag limits apply to both anterless deer and antlered bucks.The second step extends a deer feeding and attractant ban to 18 counties in southeastern and north central Minnesota and keeps the feeding ban in place on six of the state’s central counties. The DNR said the goal of the feeding bans are to reduce deer-to-deer contact and reduce the risk of food contamination by deer that are infected with CWD.As a third element, the DNR has limited the movement of deer carcasses near locations where hunters have harvested CWD-positive deer. It notes that the movement of CWD-infected animals—both alive and dead—is one way the disease expands to new areas. The rules apply to CWD management areas.The carcass movement restrictions mean whole carcasses can’t leave CWD zones until negative tests are confirmed. However, hunters can move quarters and other portions of the deer out of the area after removing high-risk tissue, including the head and spinal column. Keller said the DNR will place dumpsters throughout the areas to collect the high-risk parts, and some areas will have quartering stations where hunters can access equipment for removing and disposing of high-risk materials.Regulations will apply to more huntersThe main change for the upcoming deer hunting season is that many more hunters will be affected by sampling requirements and carcass movement restrictions, Keller said.She urges hunters to make plans regarding testing and moving carcasses before they go out hunting. See also:Aug 27 Minnesota DNR press releaseMay 8 MBAH press release
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Damen Shipyards Galati has handed over the second Platform Supply Vessel in a series order heralding a new era in offshore construction for Damen Shipyards Group.World Peridot, built to Damen’s innovative PSV 3300 design, has been delivered to World Wide Supply as part of the Norwegian owner’s latest commitment to cutting edge, modern tonnage. Delivery comes just seven weeks after the handover of the first of class PSV 3300, World Diamond, and is part of a rolling six-ship handover schedule from Damen for WWS.Steinar Kulen, representing owner WWS, confirmed that the worldwide-capable PSV had been delivered on schedule and would join sistership World Diamond on the North Sea spot charter market.“The collaboration with Damen in developing and building this series of PSV has been very good, resulting in a high quality and competitive vessel,” said Kulen. The remaining ships in the series have already secured long term charters offshore Brazil.The PSV 3300 features a radical design rethink, with a wave piercing bow, slender hull lines and diesel electric propulsion with azimuth stern drives combining to optimise seakeeping and fuel efficiency. The 80.1m length, 1500-tonne deck capacity vessel features DP2 capability, and has been designed to Damen’s ‘E3’ principles – Environmentally friendly, Efficient in operation and Economically viable.It is one of five PSV types available from Damen ranging from 1,500 dwt to 6,500 dwt. The group’s expanding offshore portfolio includes completely new designs for Fast Crew Suppliers, Anchor Handling Tug Suppliers, a Heavy Lift Vessel, a ‘Ro-Ro Deep Dredge’ vessel, and the powerful new Damen Offshore Carrier 7500.“Our strategy is to deliver an entire range of high-tech vessels for offshore customers that are built on principles defined by reduced Total Cost of Ownership,” said Jan van Os, Damen Director Offshore.[mappress]Press Release, August 29, 2013
The vessel will be designed as part of a revival of Ukrainian river transportation and will feature a carrying capacity of 1,000 tonnes. It will be able to transport mineral and construction freight, agricultural products, and heavy cargo.Speaking with Interfax-Ukraine, the shipyard, which specialises in building next generation composite floating dry docks, said: “Shipbuilding concrete based on sulphate resistant ordinary Portland cement will be used for the hull of the boat.”When ferro-concrete facilities are built and used, no expensive protective paint-and-lacquer coating is used, and the Pallada-made towboats will be environment friendly.” www.pallada-doc.com
D. Turner & Son was tasked with the replacement of two transformers located in the building’s basement. Access to the equipment involved negotiating a 3 m drop.The Lancashire-based company used a platform supported on spreader beams and Enerpac climbing jacks and cribbing to raise and lower the transformers.Measuring 4 m x 2.2 m x 1.8 m, the units were then moved along an access corridor on an Enerpac LH400 skidding system.Part of the Enerpac HSK-Series skidding systems range, the modular design of the LH400 system allows for quick setup, said Enerpac. Loads are moved by hydraulic push-pull units, travelling over special PTFE-coated pads placed on the skid tracks to reduce friction.www.enerpac.comwww.dturnerandson.co.uk