Court bans Twin City Roofing for ‘willful contempt’ in fraud case

first_imgYesterday, the Vermont Superior Court, Washington Unit found Donald Bevins, a Williston-based home improvement contractor, in ‘willful contempt’ of Court orders containing ‘specific provisions intended to protect the public from home improvement fraud and provide for restitution to victims.’ Under the terms of the Order, Bevins is prohibited from entering into any new contracts for home repair, from setting foot on any work site where roofing work is underway, and is completely barred from working as a roofing contractor. The ban applies to Bevins individually as well as Twin City Roofing, Inc. and any other corporations Bevins represents. The Court Order notes, ‘at the hearing today, the court advised Mr. Bevins that failure to comply with this order is likely to result in sanctions from the court, including incarceration (jail).’‘The Court’s ruling is a strong message to home improvement businesses that Vermont consumers will be protected,’ said Attorney General Sorrell. ‘Operations like the one Donald Bevins was running won’t be allowed to stay in business if they ignore the rights of consumers.’The Office of Attorney General maintains the State’s Home Improvement Fraud Registry, a state-wide listing of individuals who have been criminally convicted or resolved civil claims by the State for ‘home improvement fraud.’Source: Attorney General. 12.15.2010For a link to the Home Improvement Fraud Registry and more information on home improvement fraud in Vermont, including information on how to find out if there have been consumer complaints against a business, please visit the Home Improvement Fraud page of the Attorney General’s website.Anyone with a complaint against Donald Bevins or Twin City Roofing, is encouraged to contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program at (802) 656-3183 or toll free in Vermont: (800) 649-2424.last_img read more

JD Power: Verizon Wireless ranks highest in wireless network quality performance

first_imgVerizon Wireless105 Northeast Region Average143 Northeast Region AT&T162 Overall network performance levels for wireless handsets differ depending on whether devices are used for voice calling, text messaging or data service, according to the J.D. Power and Associates U.S. 2011 Wireless Network Quality Performance Study(SM)’Volume 2 released today.The study finds that overall network performance varies widely by the type of activity being performed on the handset. For example, there are more reported problems among wireless customers while placing calls, compared with messaging and data-related activities. Overall, problems associated with calling, such as dropped calls, initial disconnects and audio issues, average 18 PP100. This compares with a reported 16 PP100 average for data-related issues, such as Web and email connection errors and excessively slow downloads. An even lower PP100 average is reported for messaging problems (5 PP100), such as transmission failures and late text messages.In addition, the specific types of problems experienced can vary greatly within each usage type. Among customers who report data-related issues, there are more reported problems for excessively slow downloads (19 PP100), compared with Web connection failures (11 PP100) or email failures (6 PP100). The same holds true for specific problems associated with making calls. There are more reported problems related to general audio issues, such as interference or voice distortion, compared with failed/late voice messages (8 PP100 vs. 5 PP100, respectively).”Based on the varying degree of consistency with overall network performance, it’s critical that wireless carriers continue to invest in improving both the voice quality and data connection-related issues that customers continue to experience,” said Kirk Parsons, senior director of wireless services at J.D. Power and Associates.According to Parsons, there is a financial impact in providing a high-performing network, as spending increases by an average of $10 per customer among those who have switched from a previous carrier to obtain a better network/coverage, compared with those who leave for other reasons.Now in its ninth year, the semiannual study has been expanded in 2011 to collect evaluations from wireless customers’ most recent usage activities in three areas that impact the network performance: calling, messaging and data. Overall network performance is based on 10 problem areas that impact the customer experience: dropped calls; calls not connected; audio issues; failed/late voicemails; lost calls; text transmission failures; late text message notifications; Web connection errors; email connection errors; and slow downloads. Network performance issues are measured as problems per 100 (PP100) network connections, where a lower score reflects fewer problems and better network performance. Carrier performance is examined in six regions: Northeast; Mid-Atlantic; Southeast; North Central; Southwest; and West.For a 14th consecutive reporting period, Verizon Wireless ranks highest in the Northeast region. Verizon Wireless achieves fewer customer-reported problems with dropped calls, initial connections, transmission failures and late text messages, compared with the regional averages. Verizon Wireless also ranks highest in the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Southwest and West regions.In the North Central region, U.S. Cellular ranks highest for a 12th consecutive reporting period. Compared with the regional average, U.S. Cellular has fewer customer-reported problems with dropped calls, failed initial connections, audio problems, failed voice mails and lost calls.Additional study findings include:Wireless usage patterns continue to evolve, as fewer calls are being made or received. On average, wireless customers use 450 minutes per month, a decline of 77 minutes from 527 in 2009. Customers are using their devices more often for text messaging. The study finds that wireless customers sent/received an average of 39 text messages during an average two-day period. During the course of a month, this equals more than 500 incoming/outgoing text messages.On average, smartphone customers continue to experience more problems than do traditional handset customers’14PP100 vs. 12PP100, respectively. However, the largest gaps in reported problem rates occur with both calling and data activity. In these areas, problem rates among smartphone customers average 4 PP100 higher than among traditional device customers.Among the top 30 U.S. markets, average problem rates are lowest among wireless customers in the Salt Lake City market (9 PP100), and highest among wireless customers in the Sacramentomarket (16 PP100).The 2011 Wireless Network Quality Performance Study’Volume 2 is based on responses from 22,110 wireless customers. The study was fielded between January and June 2011.For more information on customer satisfaction with wireless service, wireless retail sales, cell phone handsets, customer care, prepaid wireless service and business wireless service, please visitJDPower.com.Network Performance PP100 Rankings T-Mobile153center_img Sprint Nextel153 CarrierIndex scoreJDPower.com Power Circle Ratings  For Consumers Included in the Northeast Region are: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., Aug. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

Taiwan to build 3.7GW of new solar generation by 2021

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Taiwanese prime minister Su Tseng-chang announced at yesterday’s cabinet meeting the government expects around 3.7 GW of new solar generation capacity before 2021.The ramped up deployment is being planned under a two-year Solar PV Promotion Plan for this year and next which is an extension of the 2017-2018 strategy launched in 2016.“The plan calls for increasing solar energy’s contribution to the nation’s generating capacity to 6.5 GW by 2020,” Tseng-chang said in an official statement. Taiwan had installed PV capacity of 2.8 GW at the end of last year, the government said. The authorities are planning for 1.5 GW of new solar to be deployed this year and 2.2 GW in 2020.The government expects benefits of NT$222 billion (US$7.5 billion) in investment and business opportunities from the new two-year extension of the program, said the prime minister.The premier also cited the recent long-term power purchase agreement signed by Google with several Taiwanese energy companies for power generated by a 10 MW solar array. “As can be seen from these developments, Taiwan’s solar power program contributes tangibly to domestic electricity supply and has earned recognition from the international community for its long-term green energy industry efforts,” Tseng-chang added.Government plans project PV installations will reach 20 GW in 2025, with 3 GW from rooftop PV and 17 GW in ground-mounted systems.More: Taiwan wants 3.7 GW of new solar by 2021 Taiwan to build 3.7GW of new solar generation by 2021last_img read more

Poland’s coal-heavy PGE utility recommits to large-scale solar, wind construction program

first_imgPoland’s coal-heavy PGE utility recommits to large-scale solar, wind construction program FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:The owner of a double-digit-gigawatt portfolio of coal-fired power will press ahead with a shift to renewables even as it shuts down its non-essential business over the COVID-19 crisis.Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PGE), the largest utility in its home country of Poland, said in recent days it will shutter projects “outside of its core business” in a bid to shore up its finances, at a time when pandemic-driven shutdowns are hitting power use worldwide.PGE’s statement did not spell out the areas it would cull as part of its “rationalisation” drive. The state-run firm made clear, however, that it will continue to implement its decade-long wind and solar growth programmes, set in motion prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.The firm wants to take its offshore wind fleet to an installed capacity of 2.5GW by 2030 – it is aiming to become a national leader on this front – and intends to amass an identically-sized 2.5GW solar PV portfolio by the same year. It will also refocus on district heating and waste-to-energy projects.PGE’s decision to persist with its renewable plans despite the COVID-19 emergency does not mean its portfolio focus as Poland’s top utility – coal-fired power – is likely to change any time soon. The firm’s records for 2019 show that its generation volumes of 58.32TWh continued to be dominated by lignite (32.2TWh) and hard coal (18.94TWh). Even as they saw 2018-to-2019 declines, both coal variants towered last year over natural gas (4.49TWh) and wind (1.27TWh).[José Rojo Martín]More: Polish coal giant doubles down on 2.5GW solar push despite business retrenchmentlast_img read more

Solar-plus-storage beats fossil energy in bidding for new Israeli electric generation

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Haaretz:Gilad Yavetz, CEO of Enlight Energy, called it “an energy revolution” for Israel. On Tuesday, his company and two others were awarded the country’s first-ever contract to build photovoltaic power stations backed up by battery storage that will generate electricity at a lower cost than fossil fuels.Enlight, Doral Group and Ellomay Capital, all traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, won a tender from the Electricity Authority to supply 168 megawatts of power annually over 23 years at a price of just 19.9 agorot (less than 6 cents) a kilowatt-hour.That cost is about 25% less than the power-generation component used to set electricity rates for power generated by natural gas and coal, Israel’s two biggest sources of energy. That figure doesn’t reflect the cost of so-called externalities such as air pollution and increased incidence of respiratory disease that come with fossil fuels.“The ability to produce and store solar electricity and supply it at all hours at a price of 20 agorot per kilowatt-hour has made renewable energy competitive with conventional energy from gas at all hours of the day and enables us to produce electricity from renewables in huge amounts,” Yavetz said.In Israel, the Electricity Authority said the tender marked an important milestone on the way to meeting the goal, set by Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz last month, of generating 30% of Israel’s electricity by renewables. The goal is to wean Israel off coal use altogether, although given Israel’s big reserves, gas will remain the key power source.Doral was the main winner in the bidding, winning rights to build a 100-megawatt solar farm with storage capacity of 400 megawatts. Its shares closed up 8.6% on the TASE on Tuesday. Enlight, whose shares rose 1.6%, said it won rights to build a 48-megawatt facility. The company said it would be building a facility with 130 megawatts of capacity to ensure a steady supply to the national grid of 48 megawatts throughout the day thanks to its storage capacity.[Yoram Gabison]More: An energy revolution for Israel: Solar power to be cheaper than fossil fuel Solar-plus-storage beats fossil energy in bidding for new Israeli electric generationlast_img read more

Clips of the Week: Run, run away

first_imgThis week’s Clips of the Week celebrate the 25-year anniversary of the Internet, which was intended by its founders to always remain free and open for the betterment of society. Just think, 25 years ago you couldn’t have watched videos like this on a hand-held machine, and you probably thought you never would.From photographer Matt Trappe comes this teaser for the new documentary Running the Edge: The Colorado Trail.From WildPlans, a look at how ultra-running strips us down to our bare emotions.Brad Parsons Productions provides this simple but well-done documentary on the lifestyles and goals of runners – Behind the MadnessAn artful look back at the legendary Pikes Peak Marathon, which climbs to a height of 14,115 feet outside Colorado Springs, Colo.And lastly, a video from Montrail Footwear on trail running sensation Max King, training on Mont Blanc in Italy.last_img read more

‘Fridays on The Fly’ with BRO Athlete Brian Vincent

first_imgA year ago, I decided to try fly-fishing. I’d been kayak fishing a bunch and found a renewed zeal for the bent rod religion while chasing bass in Central Virginia. After watching some baller video of big reds crushing flies in saltwater flats, I bought my first fly rod, a Redington Pursuit 6wt.I eagerly launched into slinging the fly in my local freshwater spots. I snatched a bunch of bluegill on poppers and had a blast. But more and more, while bass fishing, the frustrations of learning to cast, and properly present, would eventually lead me to drop the fly rod and grab my spin or bait caster. You see, I make the mistake of taking all my rods when I go out. So after spooking enough fish with my bumbling fly-casting, I inevitably retreat back to the familiarity of my other rods.A week or so back, I fished the Yak Attack Tournament benefiting Heroes On The Water, in Farmville, and a bunch of the coastal Virginia guys came into town and fished with their fly rods. The post-tournament conversation, over brews, seemed to gravitate back to this subject. It got me psyched. I resolved to get back into the game.Screen shot 2015-05-29 at 10.52.08 AMOver Memorial Day weekend, I spent a few days at the family lake, and took the long rod. I hit the water at dawn and again at dusk. I focused hard on not getting discouraged and at finding some kind of rhythm. I’ve been teaching myself and so rhythm is all I know, no technique. I’m a complete noob. Learning to fly fish is work. So why do I keep trying? Somewhere in the pursuit to get better, I often stumble into a moving meditation. There are moments of pure bliss, which I know are but small tokens of the sacred joy I’ll find when I can dial up my skills at will.I had a few of those moments last weekend. A few times when the rhythm felt right, and I let fly with a popper. That popper would hit the spot and I’d start a pulse-pulse-pause strip or some variation and BAM!The water around my popper would jump with life, my rod hand would instinctually rise up and it was on. I snatched up a little freshwater slam with a bluegill, crappie, and a bass on the fly, and it lit my face with a bright smile. Memorial Day is traditionally a tough day for me, as my father died serving our great country when I was 14, but in those moments, throwing the popper, when it all came together, I felt nothing but exhilaration.If you’ve ever thought about trying fly-fishing, grab a long rod combo, some poppers, and head out at dusk. There is something transcendent about summertime popper slinging during the magic hour.Screen shot 2015-05-29 at 10.42.57 AMlast_img read more

Chaco Footwear retrofits factory to make protective masks

first_imgThe company is gearing up to potentially produce gowns and aprons as well. “This is both critical aid for our communities and an opportunity to empower our teams to lead, and we know other brands with similar resources in the outdoor industry, footwear, and fashion space will also rise to the occasion,” said Josh Weichhand, Marketing Director at Chaco. Everyone’s favorite sandal maker (or is it just mine?), Chaco Footwear, has announced that they have refocused their Michigan ReChaco factory and mobile factory bus—where sandals are repaired and products are customized– to manufacture face masks and other personal protective equipment needed by healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic is cancelling gatherings large and small, and the Washington, DC, Environmental Film Festival (DCEFF) is no exception. For the last quarter century, DCEFF has been showing environmental films to approximately 25,000 people a year. The festival was scheduled to take place March 12- March 22 but due to the pandemic the whole event will now take place online.  Meet Oliver, Colorado’s hiking ferret The largest environmental film festival will be viewable online Lauren says that in addition to hiking, Oliver enjoys camping and kayaking (don’t worry, he wears a safety vest in the water.) He also likes traveling and has visited eight national parks and traveled to six U.S. states. No matter where Oliver goes next, we hope he keeps exploring for a very long time—and that he and Lauren continue to take us along for the ride. During the virtual event, nearly half of the films showing at the festival will be available to view for free until the end of March. To learn more and view the available films, visit https://dceff.org/2020online/.  It’s been a long week, and we could all use a reason to smile, no? That reason is Oliver, a hiking ferret that has climbed his way to the top of all 11 of Colorado’s highest peaks. His adventures have been documented by his partner in crime, Lauren, on Oliver’s Instagram page (warning, some of the photos feature Oliver in a bowtie and the cuteness overload is real.) Chaco Footwear retrofits factor to make protective maskslast_img read more

USNS Comfort Completes Humanitarian Mission in Dominican Republic

first_imgBy Dialogo May 06, 2009 The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) raised anchor and departed Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, May 2. Santo Domingo was Comfort´s second stop in support of Continuing Promise 2009 (CP09) – a four-month humanitarian and civic assistance mission to Latin America and the Caribbean region. “We are very pleased with the results of our team work in providing medical services to many Dominicans,” said Navy Capt. Bob Lineberry, CP09 mission commander. “We have continued to build on our already strong relationship and enhanced our ability to continue to work together to build a better future for all.” During their time in Dominican Republic, the medical staff on board Comfort saw 11,050 patients, performed 206 surgical operations, filled 18,608 prescriptions, distributed 2,972 pairs of glasses, conducted 5,508 dental services and performed more than 8,000 veterinary services. “Our CP09 mission has been successful this year due to the outstanding support and leadership from the Dominican Armed Forces, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Agriculture,” said Lineberry. Navy Seabees aboard Comfort spent more than 100 hours building a 900-square-foot refrigerated storage room for the National Reference Laboratory that will be used for blood storage and a 15-by-15-foot classroom at the Otto Martinez schoolhouse. During a closing ceremony held at the Dominican Republic Military Headquarters May 1, Maj. Gen. Carlos Altuna Tezanos, head of the Dominican Army, thanked Lineberry, Navy Capt. James Ware, commanding officer of the hospital aboard Comfort, and the crew of the ship for their hard work and dedication. In turn, Lineberry thanked Tezanos for his cooperation and assistance in bringing Comfort to the people of Dominican Republic. “It has been an honor to work side-by-side with our Dominican friends, Ministry of Health, and local medical professionals to provide medical, dental, veterinary, engineering and educational services to many people in the Santo Domingo area,” said Lineberry. “As humanitarians we are committed to serve others and to provide accessible medical treatment for those in need. This is an essential in building a safer and more prosperous Americas for all.”last_img read more

Unloading of North Korean Ship Carrying Cuban Weapons Concludes in Panama

first_imgBy Dialogo August 13, 2013 Cuba admitted to owning the weapons, considering it “defensive and obsolete,” while North Korean authorities stated that it is “a legitimate contract” to refurbish Cuban weapons. Panamanian prosecution reported that 203,191 sacks of sugar were found in the ship. Furthermore, “several SA2 and SA3 missiles were found in pieces” in the last inspection performed on August 11, “which will be analyzed in detail by experts and specialists,” prosecutor added. On July 10, Panamanian authorities detained the North Korean vessel Chong Chon Gang under suspicion of drug trafficking, when it attempted to cross the Panama Canal from the Atlantic. After discovering the weapons aboard the ship, and in view of the United Nations sanctions against the Pyongyang government, Panama requested the UN to conduct an inspection. This delegation of experts will issue a report to help the Security Council decide if UN resolutions 1718 of 2006, 1874 of 2009, and 2094 of 2013, related to avoiding the “acquisition, transport, and transfer of war materials” to Pyongyang, were violated. After the first inspections were conducted, Police found containers carrying undeclared Cuban military equipment that was hidden under sugar cargo. However, “inspections are not finished yet, since there are some areas left to examine,” Caraballo stated. The unloading of the North Korean vessel captured in Panama and carrying undeclared Cuban weapons hidden in sugar cargo came to a n end on August 11, a day before the arrival of UN inspectors, Prosecutor Javier Caraballo, in charge of the case, reported. “In total, we have found 25 containers (with military equipment) and six military vehicles” in five compartments of the ship, the prosecutor added. The prosecutor said that war aircraft, anti-aircraft missile systems and guide equipment, rockets, explosives, and command and control trucks were found among the war materials aboard the vessel on August 7. The sugar bags were unusually stowed individually, hinting that it was probably aimed at burdening unloading activities, according to experts. last_img read more