Berkeley, Calif., Dec. 6: Stopping raid and saving P.O.WW photo: Judy GreenspanBerkeley, Calif. — At noon on Dec. 6, more than 150 people gathered on the steps of the main Berkeley Post Office to demand that this historic building not be sold. Supporters sang “We Shall Not Be Moved” for an infomercial that organizers hope “will go viral.”The protest marked the longest occupation of the Berkeley Post Office, which has lasted over 40 days. A local group of homeless activists called “First They Came for the Homeless” has led the effort to occupy the area outside the building.This group had previously set up a protest encampment outside the local Staples store. Staples has forced its low-paid, non-union workers to perform U.S. Postal Service jobs, thereby aiding the closure of U.S. post offices. Every Staples store has a USPS sign in its window and contains a mailing station similar to those at the post office. Encampment organizers say Staples aids the union-busting efforts to privatize the USPS. Through its information booth, the encampment is fighting to “Save the Public Commons,” which includes the public services of the USPS.Local organizer and Berkeley attorney Moni Law announced at the rally that Hudson McDonald, one of the largest developers in Berkeley, had recently backed out of an earlier commitment to purchase and develop the main Berkeley Post Office. Law challenged the crowd to continue its efforts to stop all attempts to close the historic building.Dave Welsh, a retired postal worker, singer and activist, talked about the importance of the continued occupation of the post office. “On Thursday, December 4, we received word that the encampment was being raided by the postal police inspectors. We brought a large group down to support the encampment. The tents were confiscated but the information booth remains.”Welsh described some victories in the national campaign to Save the People’s Post Office. He credited the success in stopping the closure of the Berkeley Post Office to the strong support of the local community.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Vermont Agriculture Secretary Roger Allbee yesterday met with the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack at a town hall meeting in Concord, New Hampshire, where he joined other Northeast agriculture commissioners, emphasizing the serious need for assistance for dairy farmers in Vermont and across the nation. At his first face-to-face meeting with the Obama administration official, Allbee thanked Secretary Vilsack for the leadership he has already provided the dairy industry including moving surplus products into food export and nutrition programs. He also asked for more direct assistance, explaining the dire need for help on behalf of the State s 1,046 dairy farmers. Secretary Vilsack indicated yesterday that he understands the seriousness of the situation our dairy farmers are facing and that he is continuing to work on additional options for the industry. He also stated the need for USDA to renew its focus on regional food production, said Allbee.Secretary Allbee specifically requested Vilsack support an immediate and retroactive increase to the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) safety net program, as well as a minimum six-month interest-free extension or debt forgiveness on USDA loans. Both of these actions would bring immediate relief to dairy farmers, as they experience the perfect storm of high input costs and protracted low milk prices. A surprise announcement by Secretary Vilsack in New Hampshire yesterday was his pledge to form an advisory group to recommend changes to the federal milk pricing system for fairness for farmers and to help promote profitability and stability in the dairy industry acknowledging that the current system is antiquated. This is a concept that Secretary Allbee and his counterparts in New York and Pennsylvania, as part of the Northeast Dairy Leadership Team, suggested to the Secretary in a letter sent earlier this year.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters: The wind and solar industries hope demand for carbon-free power from U.S. cities, states and corporations can offset headwinds from President Donald Trump’s tax policy and tariffs, developers said this week.The Trump tax overhaul trimmed production and investment tax credits, and the administration also slapped a 30 percent tariff on imported solar panels. The moves, aimed at boosting manufacturing and economic growth, also dimmed prospects for renewables. But Trump’s withdrawal of federal support for Obama-era climate goals indirectly helped the industry by inspiring a backlash among U.S. cities, states and corporations, which have grown more ambitious about installing cleaner forms of energy.Also, investors with years of deals under their belts are less wary about financing solar and wind than they were years ago, and socially responsible funds are actively seeking projects to invest in, according to executives and investors at the Renewable Energy Finance Forum-Wall Street in New York. “There is a sea change in grass-roots demand for renewable energy,” Susan Nickey, managing director at Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital Inc., which invests about $1 billion a year in the sector, said in an interview on the sidelines of the conference on Tuesday. “More and more corporations and consumers are saying ‘We want 100 percent renewable energy,’” she said, adding city and state governments are adopting renewable-friendly policies to reflect that growing demand.She cited a survey of financial institutions that showed two-thirds of respondents planned to boost renewable investments this year. Some 89 percent said they would sharply increase planned investments from now to 2030 unless government policies slow demand for renewable energy.More: Renewable energy seeks demand, investment to survive Trump squeeze ‘Sea-change’ driving demand for renewable energy in U.S.
Team education efforts lead to smarter, happier members.Much of what drives Gail Lewis today started when she landed a job reconciling bank business accounts at age 16 through a work-study program.“I had a great supervisor who set many of the standards I hold today—mostly that a leader’s role is to grow and develop people,” says Lewis, director of consumer lending/credit manager at $440 million asset 121 Financial Credit Union in Jacksonville, Fla. “He pushed you forward even when you didn’t believe in yourself or think you could do something.”This philosophy has served her well over the years and of late: The readers of Credit Union Magazine have named her the 2015 Credit Union Hero of the Year.Lewis’ primary professional roles are managing consumer and indirect lending (she has a great team of underwriters, she points out), and developing staff. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The meeting of the Council of Ministers of Agriculture and Fisheries of the European Union, held in Brussels yesterday, 17 July and today, 18 July 2017, discussed a large number of points, including the future of the Common Agricultural Policy, the identification of fishing opportunities in EU waters and confirmation of the Delegated Act which enables Croatian producers to label wine produced from the Teran variety with that name within the protected designation of origin Croatia Istra.”I am satisfied with the results of this session of the EU Council of Ministers, primarily because of the final confirmation by the EU to our winemakers that they can produce and market Teran wine, as it has been for centuries. We fully agree with the Commission’s decision and this is now the finished story.” said Minister Tomislav Tolusic after a two-day session of the Council of Ministers of Agriculture and Fisheries.Following the decision in the European Parliament and the discussion in the Council, the delegated act will enter into force on Wednesday, 19.7.2017. which finally gave Croatian wine producers from Istria the opportunity to use the traditional name “teran”.Jakovčić: The battle for Teran was won, thank you allRepresentative Ivan Jakovčić (IDS-ALDE) for the Croatian media commented on today’s decision of the EU Agriculture Council to accept the delegated act of the European Commission on Teran.”It was to be expected that, apart from a short discussion, there would be no vote at the meeting of the EU Council of Agriculture Ministers on the act of the European Commission which allows Istrian producers of Teran to further use the name of this wine variety. The main battle was fought and won in the European Parliament. There is now no obstacle to the entry into force of the Commission’s delegated act. Congratulations to all who participated and gave their contribution in this, for Istrian winemakers excellent work and great mutual success. I expect the Teran Act to take effect this week”, Said Jakovcic.
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Facing a must-win, the Nelson Leafs turned to its captain to provide leadership.Sawyer Hunt scored his second overtime goal of the playoffs to spark the Nelson Leafs to a 1-0 victory over the Castlegar Rebels in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Murdoch Division Semi Final action Tuesday night at the NDCC Arena.The best-of-seven series is now tied 2-2 with Game five Thursday in the Sunflower City.Hunt scored the overtime winner in Game one, netting the difference-maker in the fourth extra time period. The win, in double overtime, means Nelson will host Game six of the series Friday at the NDCC Arena.Puck drop is 7 p.m.Less than 24 hours after dropping Game three of the series also in double overtime, the Leafs came out forcing the issue against the Rebels.Nelson out shot the Rebels 11-5 in the first period then fired 13 more shots at Castlegar goalie Chandler Billinghurst in the second frame to a 24-10 advantage after 40 minutes.The Leafs continued the assault in the third period and overtime, finishing with a 39-15 advantage before Hunt scored his second-game winner of the series.Devin Allen registered a bounce-back game to earn the shutout for the Leafs.OVERTIME: Defencemen Michael LeNoury and Brent Headon both were back in the Leafs lineup after serving suspensions . . . .If necessary, Game seven will be played Saturday in Castlegar . . . . Beaver Valley Nitehawks booked its ticket to the Murdoch Final by outlasting Grand Forks Border Bruins 7-4 and sweeping the Divisional Semi Final 4-0. The Hawks out shot the Bruins 25-9 in the opening frame, opening a 5-1 lead. . . In Invermere, the Creston Valley Thunder Cats eliminated Columbia Valley Rockies 4-0 with a 5-3 victory. Meanwhile, Kimberley Dynamiters evened its series against Fernie with a 3-2 road win over the Ghostriders.