Vermont Business Magazine The members of the Vermont State Police and Department of Public Safety Commissioner Michael Schirling said in a statement Friday afternoon that they unequivocally condemn the actions of police officers in Minneapolis that led to the death of George Floyd.“What I have seen on video from the mishandled attempt to arrest George Floyd is beyond disturbing,” said Col. Matthew T. Birmingham, director of the Vermont State Police. “This kind of conduct has no place in policing. It goes against everything we are taught from our earliest days in training academies. It goes against our mission to protect and serve the public. It goes against our oath and our badge. It goes against human decency.”In Vermont, the state police is committed to fair and impartial policing and has developed and implemented a comprehensive program to ensure equitable, just policing practices at all levels of the agency. These efforts include building relationships of trust with communities of color and other minority communities, diversifying our workforce and improving our cultural awareness as the state of Vermont continues to grow more diverse.The Vermont State Police also trains to de-escalate all potential confrontations, use the least amount of force required when absolutely necessary, and render aid quickly to anyone in medical distress.Additionally, state police leadership is explicitly clear that no law enforcement officer should ever stand idly by in the face of violence, misconduct or other inappropriate actions from their peers.“Mr. Floyd’s death is a heartbreaking tragedy. My heart goes out to his family and the Minneapolis community, which is suffering greatly right now,” Governor Phil Scott said. “I join the Vermont State Police in their condemnation of the officers’ actions, and I appreciate that they’ve called attention to it, as well as their commitment to serving and protecting all Vermonters. I hope to see justice served and that we can move toward healing as a nation.”The Vermont State Police is in the process of reviewing all policies and training procedures regarding use of force to ensure they are in line with best practices and account for the safety and well-being of the public and of the police.“The public has every right to expect that the police will treat them with fairness, with respect, with compassion,” said Capt. Garry Scott, the Vermont State Police’s director of fair and impartial policing and community affairs. “We have worked for years to forge relationships of trust with all communities we serve. We do this through openness and robust examinations of our data and our practices; by developing and implementing strong training programs to address bias in policing; and by ensuring continual, ongoing, honest communications. The public needs to know we stand with them.”The members of the Vermont State Police send their deepest condolences the family, loved ones and friends of George Floyd and to people everywhere who are aggrieved by his death.Source: WATERBURY, Vt. (Friday, May 29, 2020) — Vermont State Police
As previously announced, Subsea World News will today be live streaming a talk-show from the Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference in Amsterdam.The talk-show, taking place at Community Square of the exhibition floor in the Amsterdam RAI Convention Center, is themed “We’ll always have Paris.”To remind, almost a year ago, France’s capital Paris hosted a historic event, when world leaders gathered at COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, and committed to tackling the climate change.An agreement, some parts of it legally binding, was signed by 195 nations, who have pledged to try and keep the global warming going over 2 degrees celsius above pre-industrial levels.Guests at today’s 30-minute talk show, scheduled to start at 15:00 CET, will be talking about the current status of the COP21 deal, its effects, what governments are doing, and the role the industry is playing.The talk-show will host three guests from with speakers from Eneco, International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP), and Follow This.One of the guests today is Ron Wit, Director Public Affairs at Eneco, a Dutch utility company. Wit, who is also a board member of the Dutch Business Council for Renewable Energy (NVDE), said ahead of the talk-show: “Meeting the Paris climate agreement is only feasible with an energy revolution. That is why we now need a strategy of entrepreneurship instead of a bookkeeping mentality to speed up the growth of green prosperity.”Joining Wit on the show are Mark van Baal, founder of Follow This, a movement of green shareholders in Shell and Olaf Martins, Global Engagement Manager of IOGP, the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers.The stream link will go live right here above this article. Be sure to tune it a few minutes before the scheduled start at 15:00 CET.Also, join the social media discussion using #OEECLive hashtag.The Community Square programTuesday 25 October, 15.00 – 16.00 hrs CETTalk-show “We’ll always have Paris” On energy policy and strategy after the Paris climate deal.Wednesday 26 October, 12.30 – 13.30 hrs CETTalk-show “From bust to boom” On careers in oil, gas and renewables.Wednesday 26 October, 16.00 – 17.00 hrs CETTalk-show “Future-proof your business” On how energy companies are preparing for a low carbon world.For more information on the talk-shows and to see who’s on what show, click here.
UK: Network Rail announced the award of a £220m contract for detailed design and construction of the Borders Railway to BAM Nuttall on December 13. Construction is scheduled to get underway in early 2013, for commissioning ‘by the summer of 2015’. The capital cost is put at £294m.Work to reinstate the long-closed 56 km route linking Edinburgh with Tweedbank includes seven new stations at Shawfair, Eskbank, Newtongrange, Gorebridge, Stow, Galashiels and Tweedbank. The Scottish Government had planned to develop the scheme through a 30-year design, build, finance and maintain concession, but this was dropped in 2011 after the second of three prequalified bidders dropped out. NR is now delivering the project on behalf of the Scottish Government. ‘BAM Nuttall has already been working closely with Network Rail in drawing up initial designs for the new line and can now carry that momentum into the delivery of the main construction phase as we work to complete the new line for the start of services in 2015’, said David Simpson, NR’s Route Managing Director for Scotland. ‘This scheme brings together the engineering strengths of the BAM Group and will create significant local employment opportunities’, said Stephen Fox, Chief Executive of BAM Nuttall. The contractor is to host a ‘meet the buyers’ event to engage with local suppliers before works commence.
[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Arellano ousts Mapua to enter NCAA finals ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]By ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]MANILA – The Arellano University Chiefs advanced to the finals of the NCAA Season 92 men’s seniors basketball tournament with a 92-80 win over the Mapua Cardinals in the semifinals on Friday night at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. JiovanniJalalon and rookie Lervin Flores led the way with 22 points apiece for the Chiefs, which will face the winner between the San Beda Red Lions and the University of Perpetual Help Altas in the best-of-three finals.Kent Salado chipped in 13 markers, while John Gumaru contributed 10 points for the Chiefs, which advanced to the NCAA finals for the first time since entering the league.From a tight exchange early in the opening frame, the Chiefs suddenly pulled away as it turned a slim 13-11 lead to a 24-13 spread behind baskets by Jalalon, Gumaru and Salado.The Cardinals responded with its own run in the second frame behind AllwellOraeme and Carlos Isit to come to within 27-25, but conversions by Chiefs’ Flores, Allen Enriquez and Zachary Nicholls allowed them to widen the lead to 49-42 at halftime.The Chiefs pulled away further in the second half with Jalalon and Flores converting for a huge 65-50 edge. But the Cardinals refused to give up as it uncorked its own rally early in the fourth quarter to come to within 74-67.But counter attacks by the Chiefs courtesy of a triple by Nicholls, four straight inside baskets by Jalalon and a triple by center Dioncee Holts to give the Chiefs its largest lead at 92-78.Reigning NCAA MVP Oraeme finished with double-double 20 points and 24 rebounds, while Andrew Estrella contributed 15 markers for the Cardinals, which finished inside the Final Four for the second straight season./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]