BED to Seek Rate Increase

first_imgBED to Seek Rate IncreaseBurlington Electric Department announced October 23, 2008, that it will seek a rate increase of up to 5.9 percent from the Public Service Board, pending the approval of the City Council. The increase would become effective Jan. 1, 2009. The exact amount of the increase will be determined as BED endeavors to arrange the optimal debt strategy for 2009 and beyond. The need for the increase is driven by increased power, transmission and operating costs, along with declining sales of electricity that are a result of BED’s successful energy efficiency programs.BED has advanced its ongoing major capital projects, the McNeil air quality improvements and the East Avenue reliability upgrade, through favorable short-term borrowing arranged through the City. This allows BED to reap the benefits of these projects in lowered operating costs as it moves into 2009 without fully absorbing the cost of the debt these projects will require.”That’s the bright side,” said general manager Barbara Grimes. “More problematic is that these projects will still need long-term financing in a bond market that is very uncertain, given the current financial turmoil. Though thankfully we have voter support to obtain bond funding, and we prefer long-term to short-term debt, the bond market is currently expensive. It is difficult to say today when the time will be right. But by implementing these cost-effective projects now, we can count on reaping their benefits to lower the amount needed when we do go for long-term financing.”BED is sensitive to the difficult economic times Burlington’s residents and businesses are experiencing. “While we’re reluctant to put off what we know will be needed and defer debt until tomorrow, we think it is best in the current economic situation to ask for as small a revenue increase as possible,” said Grimes.BED will continue to offer aggressive energy efficiency programs to all its customers. “We’ve known through our planning that these programs will reduce revenue and impact rates in the short term, but participating in these offerings is the best way for our customers to lower their own bills and offset the increased cost. The payoff will come in the long term, when BED can avoid buying new supply sources.”All BED customers are encouraged to explore what’s available for reducing their energy bills by visiting BED’s web site, is external), or by calling 658-0300.#30last_img read more

Do we really want Portugal’s drug laws?

first_imgThe Spectator 18 June 2017Family First Comment: A very interesting analysis that you won’t hear from the Drug Foundation…“The pro-drug lobby likes to quote Portugal at us not because it wants Britain to copy what Portugal has done but because it counts on us not knowing what actually happens to drug-users in Portugal and hopes that we will confuse the words ‘decriminalised’ with ‘made legal’. The latter is what metropolitan liberals really want, not because they are especially concerned with the health of drug addicts on distant council estates but because they rather like using drugs themselves.”And note from the graph that arrests for drug offences have INCREASED! (despite the Drug Foundation saying that “it’s a health issue, not a criminal issue”)‘The war on drugs has failed,’ asserted Shirley Cramer, chief executive of the Royal Society for Public health in the latest propaganda coup for the pro-drug lobby. Her society, along with the Faculty of Public Health, have parroted the familiar call among metropolitan liberals for drugs to be decriminalised. Their argument is that we should drop our punitive approach to drugs and be more like Portugal, which decriminalised drugs in 2001 and now, it claims, has fewer deaths from drug use that.There are a couple of problems with this. Firstly, drug decriminalisation in Portugal is only a success if you cherry-pick your statistics carefully. If you want to make the opposite argument you can pick a few which work in the other direction – such as pointing out that there has been 40 per cent increase in homicides related to drugs, and that HIV infection related to intravenous drug use were by 2005 the third highest in Europe.But there is another rather fundamental problem with the Royal Society for Public Health’s argument. Britain only has a punitive drugs policy in theory. In practice, we have a softer attitude even than decriminalised Portugal. Theoretically, you can get a 7-year sentence for possession of class A drugs like heroin and crack cocaine, and five years for possession of a class B drug like cannabis. Yet in practice, British drug users can, by and large, snort and smoke with impunity. A freedom of information request in 2011 revealed that only 554 people were in jail for drug possession, and a further 3501 for possession with intent to supply. Even Harry Hendron, the barrister recently convicted of supplying drugs which killed his 18-year-old Columbian boyfriend has not been sent to jail, but was given a community sentence instead. Get hooked on opiates, and the British state will even fix you up with methadone for free. There are now 140,000 state-sponsored methadone users, each of them costing taxpayers £3,000 a year. Is that really a ‘punitive’ policy?British drug-users wouldn’t like the Portuguese regime – where, contrary to what some try to imply, drugs remain illegal. Those caught with drugs are hauled before a ‘commission for the dissuasion of drug addiction’. They may not get a criminal record but they can be fined, placed on a compulsory treatment programme, or even have their passport confiscated. I only wish we used such firm measures.The pro-drug lobby likes to quote Portugal at us not because it wants Britain to copy what Portugal has done but because it counts on us not knowing what actually happens to drug-users in Portugal and hopes that, like the Times headline did on Thursday, we will confuse the words ‘decriminalised’ with ‘made legal’. The latter is what metropolitan liberals really want, not because they are especially concerned with the health of drug addicts on distant council estates but because they rather like using drugs themselves. Of Drugs In Portugal Was Not A Success, Says Dr Manuel Pinto CoelhoHuffington Post 10 Dec 2012…despite his country’s policies being lauded, Dr Manuel Pinto Coelho, President of the Association for a Drug Free Portugal, says decriminalisation has not worked. “Decriminalisation in Portugal was not a blessing. Decriminalisation didn’t help us. It was decriminalisation that results like this? I don’t know. It makes no sense that people say since decriminalisation drugs use fell in Portugal,” he told The Huffington Post UK, citing statistics from the White House which show an increase in drug related deaths between 2004-2006 in the country. Dr Pinto Coelho argues that viewing drug attacks as sick means the line between dealers and consumers is blurred. “There is now in Portugal a trivialisation. It is more trivial then it was before. I’m not happy with this,” he said.“I don’t believe a society where people have addiction is part of life. There are people who are happy in the system, I believe in the treatment in the drug dependents and that it is possible to put a final part in their addiction. I believe that every system, every policy system, should have a final goal; life without drugs. I believe they can reach a life without drugs, I believe we have always to have to fight against cancer and poverty and unhappiness and hunger and drugs.” According to statistics compiled by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) between 2001-07, after decriminalisation, more people took cannabis, cocaine, amphetamines, ecstasy, and LSD – but decreased in neighbouring Spain between 2003-2008. “Kofi Annan said a very interesting thing – the eradication of drugs in our planet is a difficult task but we can go forward, we can go through it. Since decriminalisation in Portugal there was an increase in every single drug. In cannabis and cocaine and ecstasy and in HIV aids,” he said.READ MORE: read more

Entebbe FC parts ways with 5 players

first_imgEntebbe have won only two games in the Big League this season (Agency Photo)ENTEBBE – Entebbe based side, Entebbe FC have decided to terminate the contracts of 5 of their players.The players included Joel Ddungu, Noel Bayiga, Hassan Muhammad, Julius Kazibwe and Ronalds Cheukembe.All five are understood to have absconded from duty for a period of up to one and half month.“We had no option as they have all refused to return to the club, said a club official who preferred to remain anonymous, when asked about the situation.“They were all given sometime off towards the end of last year but as the rest returned, the five deliberately refused.“The club has tried all they can to contact them but there is no positive response.Entebbe, formally Masavu FC has struggled since being relegated from the top tier last season.Currently featuring in the Big League, they are struggling at the wrong end of the Elgon Group table having won only two games all season.In total, they have accumulated 13 points from 12 games and need to do something about their season as soon as possible if they are to survive relegation to the third tier.In an attempt to redeem themselves, Entebbe appointed James Odoch as their head coach last month following the departure of Allan Kabonge.They also signed several players including Henry Wamala, John Kisakye, Bruhan Matovu and Jimmy Lule, to help blooster their squad.In their last game, they defeated Nebbi Central 3-0 at the Fisheries Institute in Bugonga.Comments Tags: allan kabongeEntebbe FCFUFA Big League 2018/19James Odochtoplast_img read more

Jeff Bezos Remains the Wealthiest Man and Mackenzie Bezos Becomes the Third

first_img Image credit: Jörg Carstensen | Getty Images April 4, 2019 Add to Queue The pair took to Twitter to make the announcement. 2 min read Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Entrepreneur Staff –shares Nina Zipkincenter_img Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Per two coordinated tweets, world’s richest man Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos announced today that they have officially finalized their— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) April 4,— MacKenzie Bezos (@mackenziebezos) April 4, 2019The missives — each sent out at 1:10 on April 4, and the first tweet from MacKenzie’s account — both emphasize their gratitude.Related: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Accuses ‘National Enquirer’ Publisher of ‘Extortion’ Over Naked Photos in Extraordinary Blog PostMacKenzie noted, “happy to be giving him all of my interests in the Washington Post and Blue Origin, and 75 percent of our Amazon stock plus voting control of my shares to support his continued contributions with the teams of these incredible companies. Excited about my own plans.”Jeff Bezos, for his part, did not share a similar breakdown of the allocation of assets, but in closing he wrote, “In all our work together, MacKenzie’s abilities have been on full display. She has been an extraordinary partner, ally and mother. She is resourceful and brilliant and loving and as our futures unroll, I know I’ll always be learning from her.”MacKenzie is a writer and the author of two novels, one of which was the winner of the American Book Award. With the finalization of the divorce, she is also now the third wealthiest woman in the world with a net worth of $35 billion. Enroll Now for $5 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Jeff Bezos Remains the Wealthiest Man and Mackenzie Bezos Becomes the Third Wealthiest Woman in the World After Finalizing Divorce Jeff Bezos Next Article last_img read more