College of St Joseph receives energy grant for $122,000

first_imgSource: Communications Coordinator at the College of St Joseph 6.29.2010 College of St Joseph in Rutland, VT, has received a grant of $122,749 from the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund for upgrades to the college’s residence halls, specifically to install Sto Exterior insulation in the college’s two dorm buildings. The funds from this grant come from monies received by Vermont from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and are distributed by CEDF.The college will combine the CEDF grant with funding formerly received from the Department of Energy through the work of Congressman Peter Welch to rehabilitate the exteriors of both Roncalli and Medaille residence halls. Both halls will have four inches of foam insulation and a stucco surface applied to their exteriors that will address several major issues, including energy efficiency and the need for ongoing exterior maintenance. By the end of the summer, the construction in both halls should be complete.In addition to this major overhaul of the exteriors of both buildings, all of the carpeting in both halls will be removed and replaced with laminate flooring. The college’s maintenance crew will also be doing some rehab work in the bathrooms in each suite.When residents return in the fall, they will find two very different housing facilities. The halls will have a new look outside and in, more stable interior temperature, limited to no interior moisture problems, and brighter and cleaner interiors.last_img read more

Scotland bans household visits in Glasgow because of COVID-19

first_imgFirst Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a ban on indoor household gatherings in Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, and two nearby areas on Tuesday following a rise in coronavirus cases.Sturgeon said that from midnight (2300 GMT) the 800,000 residents living in Glasgow, West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire should no longer host people from outside their households indoors.She said the transmission of the virus was mainly happening inside people’s homes and the measures may be in place for two weeks. Schools, pubs and restaurants will continue to remain open. “I know how unwelcome this news this evening will be for people who live in these areas,” Sturgeon told a news conference. “I know that because I am one of you, I live in Glasgow. So, these rules apply to me as they do to everyone else in these areas.” Topics :last_img read more

House website hacked, building put up ‘for sale’ in jobs law protest

first_imgHe said the House’s information and technology division was in the process of fixing the website and had taken down the hacked text.At the time of writing, the House’s website appears to have returned to normal.A TikTok video showing the hacked text made rounds on social media, with many netizens expressing their amusement at the guerilla satire.House secretary-general Indra Iskandar acknowledged that there had been attempts to hack the website since Monday, when the bill was passed into law. Widespread protests against the passage of the controversial Job Creation Law have extended to cyberspace, as netizens flood social media to criticize lawmakers, but certain tech-savvy protesters have taken a more direct approach.The House of Representatives’ website was recently hacked and the home page header was changed to read “House of Traitors”.Communications and Information Minister Johnny G Plate confirmed the hacking on Thursday and noted that the security breach was being investigated. However, he denied that the altered text on the website’s home page was the result of hacking, claiming that it was merely a visual edit.Read also: Govt defends jobs law despite opposition“The text was [the result of] an edit,” Indra said, adding that the House had coordinated with state-owned telecommunications firm PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) and the National Police to monitor any further security breach.Other protesters have also found unusual ways to voice their opposition to the new law, such as putting up mock product pages on e-commerce platforms to “sell” the House complex.One such page on Tokopedia offers the House complex – and its occupants – for Rp 1,000 (US$0.068).Tokopedia spokesperson Ekhel Chandra Wijaya said the company would watch out for disruptive activities on the platform to ensure compliance with the law.“We are following up on reports in accordance with procedure,” Ekhel said in a statement on Wednesday as quoted by e-commerce company, Shopee, also saw the creation of product pages for the House complex on its platform.“We have ensured that all product and store pages that violate our application’s terms and conditions are taken down to ensure customer convenience,” said Shopee spokesperson Radityo Triatmojo.Several such product pages on Shopee offered the House complex for between Rp 10,000 and Rp 99,000.The National Police previously issued a telegram calling for “cyber patrols” to curb mass protests against the passage of the law, stoking fears of authoritarianism among protesters. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

Football Fans Celebration on the Streets of B&H Cities

first_imgThousands of B&H football team fans went out last night and this morning on the streets of Sarajevo, where they celebrated the victory over Lithuania and the historical qualification of B&H to the World Cup in Brazil. The ceremony was organized at the square in front of the BBI Center where a large number of Sarajevo citizens gathered and watched the game on the big screen followed. After the victory of B&H, thousands of people were on the streets of Sarajevo, from BBI center to Baščaršija.The fans celebrated the victory of the national team in other B&H cities as well. In Zenica at the stadium Bilino Polje a direct broadcast of the match was organized, and a huge celebration followed on the streets of the city.For the first time in Brčko, at the Youth Square the match of B&H football team was publicly broadcast. In Tuzla, the match was screened at the large new parking lot near the Panonian lakes, while the public watch of the match in Mostar was organized at the students hotel.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

First lady delivers lunch to firefighters and families in DC

first_imgMelania Trump treated lunch amid the coronavirus pandemic.The first lady made a surprise visit with District of Columbia firefighters and emergency medical services personnel last week to deliver White House-prepared boxed lunches, tote bags, reusable face masks and hand sanitizer, her office said. She also met with police officers.Mrs. Trump had been making regular visits to schools, hospitals and other venues to promote her youth welfare initiative, “ Be Best. ” But after the pandemic forced classrooms to close and hospitals to bar visitors, it appears she turned to the White House kitchens for inspiration. The courtesy call came as President Donald Trump has made it clear that he stands with police and other law enforcement amid the nationwide calls for racial justice and changes to policing sparked by the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.last_img read more

Olympia’s CIELO wins Library of Congress State Literacy Award

first_imgFacebook45Tweet0Pin0Submitted by the Secretary of StateCIELO, a nonprofit organization in Olympia that provides literacy support and resources to immigrant and refugee communities in the South Sound, recently received a Library of Congress State Literacy Award for their contributions to the promotion of literacy and reading in the state. The organization was nominated by the Washington Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book and a partnership between The Seattle Public Library (SPL) and the Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.“I enthusiastically applaud all of the staff and the more than 150 volunteers at CIELO for receiving this well-deserved award,” said Cindy Aden, Washington State Librarian. “CIELO is a bright light in the community, and is the only source for comprehensive all-ages literacy in the entire South Sound region. Even more remarkable is there holistic approach to service, creating strong community bonds and addressing other critical needs for individuals and families.”CIELO offers free English-language learner, adult basic education, General Education Development prep, sewing, and certified computer courses. During adult classes, preschool activities for ages 3 through 5 and Homework Club for ages 6 through 17 are provided. Beyond literacy and education courses, CIELO also offers free mental health and crime victim advocate services.“We at CIELO are elated and humbled to be one of the ten national recipients of the Library of Congress Literacy Award! The innovative use of dedicated volunteers multiplied the impact and made the education programs possible,” said Dianna Torres Angulo, outreach coordinator for CIELO. “This really is a testament to what can be accomplished when a community comes together.”The Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program honors nonprofit organizations that have made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in the United States or abroad. Only 10 organizations will be awarded nationwide in 2020. Since 2013, the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program has awarded $1.9 million in prizes to 120 institutions in 35 countries.Washington’s Office of Secretary of State oversees a number of areas within state government, including managing state elections, registering corporations and charities, and governing the use of the state flag and state seal. The office also manages the State Archives and the State Library, documents extraordinary stories in Washington’s history through Legacy Washington, oversees the Combined Fund Drive for charitable giving by state employees, and administers the state’s Address Confidentiality Program to help protect survivors of crime.last_img read more