Shelburne Shipyard recognized as the ‘First Vermont Clean Marina’

first_imgShelburne Shipyard has been recognized by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation as the First Vermont Clean Marina. This recognition is for the Marina’s ongoing efforts in protecting and enhancing the quality of Vermont’s environment…”We made a commitment to be Vermont’s First Clean Marina and our staff made it happen” said Mary Griswold Shelburne Shipyard’s President.The New Clean Marina initiative recognizes marinas as Environmental Partners after eight environmental standards have been met. Credit is given for a broad array of best management practices including energy conservation, environmentally preferable purchasing and water conservation.Participating marinas are asked to certify it has met each of the eight standards and will continue to meet those standards for three years. Where new initiatives are to be implemented in the future, the business can still be recognized as a Partner provided the business makes a commitment to do so within a reasonable timeframe. Partners also agree to complete an annual Partner PerformanceThe Program has a second level of recognition so that once Environmental Partner status is attained; marinas can opt for the “Clean Marina” designation. In order to be designated a Clean Marina; a comprehensive assessment for compliance with all applicable environmental regulations must be performed by a staff person with the DEC’s Environmental Assistance Office. Before the Clean Marina designation can occur, the facility must be determined to be in compliance. Where applicable, a participating marina must also establish a proper storage area for hazardous waste generated by customers. EAO staff can help with this as well as development of a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP), which is required for all marinas. In addition to the above benefits, a representative of a Clean Marina would be recognized at the annual Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence held at the State House.Source: Vermont Boat & Marine Association. 4.16.2010last_img read more

More than 120 terminally ill Victorians end their lives under landmark laws

first_img“Our voluntary assisted dying laws are giving Victorians who are suffering an incurable illness at the end of their lives a compassionate choice,” Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said.“This review shows that the system is working as it should – with 68 rigorous safeguards in place, making our model the most conservative system in the world.”READ MORE: https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/euthanasia-laws-used-by-124-terminally-ill-victorians-to-end-their-lives-20200901-p55rav.html One application was deemed non-compliant after the board identified an administrative error within the paperwork completed by a medical practitioner.Although the person was deemed eligible to access the scheme, their death has been referred to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency for review.About a quarter of all applicants progressed between their first and last request in 11 days.The laws allow access to a lethal substance for terminally ill adults who have only about six months to live – or no longer than 12 months for those with a neurodegenerative diagnosis – and who meet other strict eligibility criteria such as being able to give informed consent.Under the laws, two doctors who have undertaken mandatory training – including one who is a specialist in the person’s disease – must conduct favourable assessments of a person’s eligibility. A person must make three separate requests to end their lives. The Age 1 September 2020Family First Comment: “State government-sanctioned lethal medication was used to end the lives of 124 terminally ill Victorians in the 12 months since the state’s landmark euthanasia laws came into effect in June last year, far surpassing initial estimates of just 12 people in the first year… [Daniel Andrews predicted a dozen in the first year.] Loss of autonomy was the most profound reason applicants gave for requesting assisted dying, the report found. Other reasons cited included loss of joy, losing control of body functions and loss of dignity.”But not pain (which, we are told, is the reason we need euthanasia).Protect.org.nzState government-sanctioned lethal medication was used to end the lives of 124 terminally ill Victorians in the 12 months since the state’s landmark euthanasia laws came into effect in June last year, far surpassing initial estimates of just 12 people in the first year.Loss of autonomy was the most profound reason applicants gave for requesting assisted dying, the report found. Other reasons cited included loss of joy, losing control of body functions and loss of dignity.Of those who died, 78 per cent had terminal cancer, 15 per cent had a neurodegenerative disease such as motor neurone disease, and 7 per cent had other untreatable diseases including pulmonary fibrosis, cardiomyopathy or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.About 44 per cent of applicants were women, while 55 per cent were men and 1 per cent selected “self-described” as their gender identity.About 60 per cent of applicants lived in metropolitan areas, while 38 per cent were from regional or rural Victoria.last_img read more

GAA STAR CASSIDY AMONG FIVE MEN GIVEN COMMUNITY SERVICE FOR NIGHTCLUB FIGHT

first_imgFormer Donegal GAA star Kevin Cassidy and his brother Stephen have been given community service sentences after admitting their parts in a fight outside a nightclub.The pair appeared in court along with three brothers following the fight outside Voodoo Nightclub in Gaoth Dobhair in August 2008.The court heard the Cassidy and Maguire brothers had taken part in a fight during which part of a man’s ear was bitten off. Garda Sgt Jim Collins said the fight arose after claims that Kevin Cassidy had been assaulted inside the nightclub.When he arrived he found the two times GAA All-Star outside the club with blood coming form his nose.The 30 year old claimed he had been assaulted by two men inside the club.Garda Collins told both Kevin Cassidy and his brother Stephen, 37 to go home.However a few minutes later he witnessed the two Cassidy brothers charge at Shaun, Niall and Michael Maguire.Witnesses revealed how Stephen Cassidy lunged at the head of Shaun Maguire and appear to bite his ear which started to bleed heavily.The court was told that there is still a piece missing from Shaun Maguire’s ear and he has yet to decide if he wants to have surgery on it.The court was told there was a certain background to the feud between the rival groups but that they had not come to the attention of the Gardai since the incident in 2008.Judge John O’Hagan interrupted proceedings and said he had decided what he had planned to do in the matter.He said the matter was four years old now and he hoped both parties had matured somewhat and would stay out of eachother’s way.He said he planned to give all men community service orders instead of sending them to jail.He sentenced Stephen Cassidy of Upper Brinaleck, Gweedore to 240 hours community service in lieu of one year in prison for assault.His brother Kevin of Coteen, Derrybeg was sentenced to 180 hours in lieu of six months in prison for causing an affray.Shaun Maguire, 28, of Ardsbeg, Gortahork was sentenced to 50 hours community service in lieu of one month in prison for a charge under the Public Order Act.His brother Michael Maguire, 21, was sentenced to 180 hours community service in lieu of six months in jail for causing an affray.Another brother Niall Maguire was sentenced to 180 hours community service in lieu of six months in prison.Judge John O’Hagan said he noted that all were footballers and said he hope “Donegal football doesn’t lose out the next time.”GAA STAR CASSIDY AMONG FIVE MEN GIVEN COMMUNITY SERVICE FOR NIGHTCLUB FIGHT was last modified: July 12th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more