Vermont Business Magazine Commissioner Christopher Recchia announced that the Department of Public Service (DPS) has awarded $913,054 from the Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) to increase the demand and supply for local wood heat. The CEDF awarded 11 grants to schools and affordable housing projects across the State to install advanced wood heating systems and five grants to increase the supply infrastructure of wood pellets. The heating systems are projected to eliminate the use of roughly 124 thousand gallons of fossil fuel annually, bringing the state closer to its goal of meeting 30% of Vermont’s space heating needs with renewable energy by 2025.“I am pleased to announce over $438,000 in grants to local schools and housing groups in support of the development of clean, renewable biomass heat for these important institutions, along with an additional five grants totaling $474,000 for improving bulk wood pellet infrastructure and delivery” said Commissioner Recchia.“Even with today’s low oil prices we are seeing an increased interest in switching to local bulk pellets” said Andrew Perchlik, CEDF Director.The DPS/CEDF is working with Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation (FP&R) and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) to build a vibrant advanced wood heat sector in Vermont. Staff from FP&R assisted the CEDF in the program design and grant selection process. In reviewing the projects the CEDF received technical assistance from the Vermont State Wood Energy Team and the U.S. Forest Service’s Wood Education and Resource Center.FP&R Commissioner Michael Snyder said “These grants are providing necessary support for the type of advanced wood heat projects that help to sustain our forests and the Vermont forest product sector”.ACCD Deputy Secretary Leriche said “Our agency sees great economic and community development potential in switching from imported fossil fuels to local wood for our heating needs, and we will continue to collaborate with the DPS on projects like the ones announced today.”Additional information on all the grant awards is available on the DPS website at: http://publicservice.vermont.gov/renewable_energy/cedf(link is external)
San Miguel Beer-Alab Pilipinas’ Justin Brownlee scores on a one-hander dunk against CLS Indonesia. SPIN.PH MANILA – San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas survived the exit of Renaldo Balkman to score an 84-67 victory over CLS Indonesia in the ASEAN Basketball League at the Caloocan Sports Complex.Bobby Ray Parks Jr. led the way with 21 points and five rebounds while Justin Brownlee added 15 markers for Alab, which moved to a joint third place in the standings with a 13-6 win-loss card.The Wednesday night victory was costly for Alab. Balkman hurt his ankle in the second period, joining veterans Joshua Urbiztondo and Robby Celiz in the team’s injured list.“As far as we know it’s just an ankle sprain,” Alab head coach Jimmy Alapag said Wednesday. “But he’s a tough guy. I’m sure he’ll be all right.” Alab had a strong start in the opening quarter for an early 24-12 advantage. Indonesians tried to rally back in the second period but Brownlee answered with timely shots for a 44-33 halftime lead.In the third period Alab started to pull away behind locals Parks and Lawrence Domingo to increase the lead 71-49 and push it to as high as 24 points in the final frame on a Brownlee basket.Former PBA imports Brian Williams finished with 19 points and 18 rebounds and Shane Edwards added 17 for the Indonesian side, which got eliminated from the playoffs with the loss./PN
Filipe Luis gets the nod for Chelsea at left-back against Hull, with Cesar Azpilicueta among the Blues substitutes along with youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Ramires also starts. Hull are without the injured Nikica Jelavic and the suspended Tom Huddlestone.Hull: McGregor, Dawson, Bruce, McShane, Elmohamady, Robertson, Meyler, Livermore, Ramírez, Hernández, N’Doye.Subs: Harper, Rosenior, Davies, Quinn, Brady, Sagbo, Aluko.AdChoices广告 Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Filipe Luis; Fabregas, Matic; Ramires, Willian, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Cech, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Cuadrado, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
LOS ANGELES | Kathy Griffin is ready to make waves in her first performances on Carnival Cruise Line ships.“Honey, just because I’m on the high seas doesn’t mean I’m going to hold back on the Kardashians or the (presidential) election,” Griffin said of her gigs set for February on Carnival ships docked off of Cozumel, Mexico.FILE – In this Oct. 18, 2015, file photo, comedian Kathy Griffin arrives at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the 18th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor presented to Eddie Murphy, in Washington. Griffin will perform on two Carnival Cruise Line ships docked off of Cozumel, Mexico, in February 2016. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)Did the brassy, Emmy Award-winning comedian and Carnival discuss how edgy she’ll play it?“I did say to the Carnival people, ‘I’m 55 years old and doing 80 cities on my current tour, ‘Like a Boss,’ within a year. If you think I’m going to change it for the high seas, you are sorely mistaken,’” Griffin said.But her intent is to perform for an adult audience that knows what it’s getting on the Carnival Fantasy ship on Feb. 24 and the Carnival Breeze on Feb. 25.“I will do a disclaimer on this cruise like you have never heard. I’m going to say I will swear,” she said, adding, “if I have to check IDs at the door, I will do it.”The only time she’s ever been willing to tone down her comedy is for CNN’s New Year’s Eve broadcast, and that’s because she harbors “a crush on Anderson Cooper,” her co-host, Griffin said.Tickets for Griffin’s Carnival shows are $50 for general admission, for passengers only. Her offshore appearances are part of a 2016 Carnival lineup that includes musical acts Journey, Trace Adkins, Gladys Knight and KC & The Sunshine Band.The cruise line is “delighted to kick off our first-ever Carnival Live comedy performances with two shows by this accomplished comedian, actress and author,” said company executive Sarah Beth Reno. Among Griffin’s credits are “Fashion Police” and “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.”This story has been corrected to show that general admission is $50, not $40.
With more than 100 competitors on board, the Hazlet Swim & Tennis Club swimming team is looking forward to a successful summer. Although Hazlet lost its first two meets, to Candlewood and Holmdel, respectively, coach Jean Marie Gillen said her swimmers improved their times and were competitive in both meets. “The team is coming along really well, and they all work hard and they’re having fun,” said Gillen. “I think our times will continue to improve as the season progresses.” Among Hazlet’s top swimmers on the girls side are: (8 and under) Tara Andersen, Megan Lunney and Makayla Miller; 9-10: Samantha Miara and Alexis Sullivan; 11-12: Allyssa Miara, Cherie Schulek, Sam Miller and Briann Lentine; 13-14: twins Heather and Holly Miara, Helen McDonald and Kim Renna; and 15-19: Maryellen Conway, Lorraine Costello, Katie Miller and Monique Zuffanti. Costello also serves as an assistant coach. Joe Davis is the other assistant coach. The boys squad includes: (8 and under) Daniel Knox, Joseph McCarthy and Colin McHarg; 9-10: Michael Ali, Brendan Costello, Freddie McDonald and Mario Ferrigano; 11-12: Richie DeMarco, Conor Monaghan, Joe Pannullo and Matt Rooney; 13-14: Chris Coccaro, Dan Dunphy and Sean Walsh; and 15-18: Adam Bachmann and John Renna. Gillen, a graduate of St. Peter’s College who just completed her first year as a teacher at PS 28 (Christa McAuliffe Elementary School in Jersey City), is now in her sixth summer at the Hazlet helm. “I really enjoy working with the kids and helping them improve,” Gillen said. “They’re so enthusiastic and they want to learn. The rest is easy.”