Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund awards $334,765 in grants for biofuels projects

first_imgThe Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund has awarded $334,765 in grant funds to develop local biofuels and foster the development of a viable biomass-to-biofuels industry in Vermont that uses local resources to replace petroleum with renewable alternatives.Ellen Kahler, VSJF Executive Director, stated that the “catastrophe of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is yet another reminder of the consequences of our dependence on non-renewable fossil fuels for energy.  As the devastating ecological, cultural, and economic consequences of the spill unfold in the Gulf of Mexico, Vermont is continuing to explore opportunities for entrepreneurs, farmers, educators and others to develop renewable, sustainable energy alternatives. ““The projects funded through our Vermont Biofuels Initiative (VBI) are aimed at transitioning Vermont away from non-renewable energy toward local, renewable energy production.  Our oilseed-to-biodiesel grants will help Vermont’s dairy and other farms control fuel and feed costs by producing biodiesel and protein meal, and create new sources of farm revenue from the sale of locally produced livestock feed, vegetable oil, and bio-based energy,” said Biofuels Director Netaka White. Additionally, VBI grants are helping to stimulate research and development of algae as a biofuel feedstock. “Algae has the potential to substantially reduce fossil fuel consumption, while creating a host of new energy and technology business opportunities,” White said.The VSJF awarded $334,765 through two competitive grant rounds designed to accelerate the development of Vermont’s green economy through local production of liquid biofuels.  The VBI is funded by a Congressionally Directed Award from the Office of U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy through the U.S. Department of Energy, various private foundation sources, and the State of Vermont General Fund.For more information on the VSJF or the Vermont Biofuels Initiative visit www.vsjf.org(link is external).The Grantees include:$30,000     Ekolott and Living Earth Farms in Newbury, VT — to gathercomparative agronomic and economic data on organic and conventional methods of oilseed crop production and processing and evaluate organic desiccants, deer repellant, planting and harvest times to reduce crop loss to birds and deer.$45,000     Nava Bio-Energy in Brookfield, VT — to improve processingtechnology, refine the process chain, and maximize production in order to lower production costs and improve profitability of biodiesel production in Central Vermont.$30,000    Otter Creek Biofuels / Woods Market Garden in Brandon, VT — togather comparative agronomic and economic data on organic and conventional methods of oilseed crop production and processing in order to expand oilseed crop production and oilseed pressing in West Central Vermont for eventual processing into biodiesel.$35,250     Rainbow Valley Biodiesel in Brandon, VT — to increase grainstorage and oilseed pressing capacity in order to expand the scale of oilseed and biodiesel production in Addison and Rutland counties.$64,515     Carbon Harvest in Burlington, VT to test the suitability of fluegas from landfills in order to determine the optimal conditions for commercial algae cultivation.$65,000     General Systems Research in Burlington, VT — to identify andcultivate native  microalgae species suited for cold weather and use a rapid screening method of lipids quantification.$65,000     Green Mountain Spark in Burlington, VT — to experiment withusing a photochemical process to separate oil from algae and turn the oil into biofuel in the same photobioreactor.The VSJF is a nonprofit organization formed by the State Legislature in 1995 to provide early stage grant funding and technical assistance to catalyze and accelerate the development of markets for sustainably produced goods and services.  The VSJF currently focuses on biofuels development, sustainable forest products industry development, and the expansion of local food systems in Vermont.Source: VSJF. 7.14.2010last_img read more

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LIME launches exclusive iPhone 4S experience

first_imgLocalNews LIME launches exclusive iPhone 4S experience by: – January 13, 2012 22 Views   one comment Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Robert Tonge of First Domestic among first customers to get the iPhone4s – LIME’s Donald Tavernier explains some of the features. Roseau, Dominica – January 13, 2011 – An intelligent assistant which sends text messages by voice command, lifelike photographs and video footage that’s editable on the phone. These are just some of the features of the iPhone 4S experience which telecoms Company, LIME launched in all its markets in the region Friday, January 13.Following its first-to-market introduction of the iPhone 4, last summer, the full-service telcomunications provider is continuing its exclusive Apple deal with introduction of the most amazing iPhone yet.Highlighting the benefits of this phone to its customers, CEO, David Shaw says the iPhone 4S will again change the way people communicate. “This is another first from LIME. Bringing world class technology is our way of building communities and families in the Caribbean. The iPhone 4S is best in class, innovative and the ultimate ‘every-thing device’ that will change the way we access and share information. It shows what advanced technology looks and feels like and that’s what our customers expect of us. We’re very proud to partner with Apple to make this happen for the Caribbean,” he said. Packed with incredible new features, including Apple’s dual-core A5 chip for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics, the iPhone 4S will available in three models – the 16GB, the 32GB and the 64GB.Other features of this masterful device include an all new camera with advanced optics and full 1080p HD resolution video recording; iPhone 4S comes with iOS 5, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features; and iCloud, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that work with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices.The LIME markets include: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & The Grenadines and the Turks and Caicos Islands. For more information on iPhone 4S, customers can visit www.lime.com/iphone.LIME DominicaPress Releaselast_img read more

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Inter Milan move step closer in race for Manchester United target

first_imgInter Milan have moved a step closer to the signing of Manchester United target Miranda with the Brazilian due to have his medical today.The Italian club are set to shell out around £10m for the Atletico Madrid defender, who previously spent four seasons in La Liga.United had enquired after the 30-year-old, while clubs in France were also believed to be keeping tabs on the situation.But they have all missed out with Miranda set to complete his medical today ahead of a switch to the San Siro.Inter tweeted a photo of the Brazilian followed by the caption: “Miranda is in Milan! Here he is preparing for his medical.” 1 Joao Miranda in action for Brazil last_img read more

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RAMELTON MAN ADMITS CHARGES OF ASSAULTING CHILD

first_imgA RAMELTON man has pleaded guilty to three separate charges of assaulting a baby.Shaun McCahill, 166 St Mary’s Terrace in the town, appeared before Letterkenny Circuit Court.The 23-year-old admitted assaulting the child causing harm on dates unknown in April 2011, again between May 1 and May 17 2011 and on a third occasion on May 18, 2011. After entering guilty pleas, Judge John O’Hagan remanded McCahill on continuing bail to await probation and psychiatric reports.RAMELTON MAN ADMITS CHARGES OF ASSAULTING CHILD was last modified: April 24th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:RAMELTON MAN ADMITS CHARGES OF ASSAULTING WOMANlast_img read more

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