Vermont Secretary of State launches ‘Transparency Tour’ starts October 11

first_imgVermont Secretary of State Jim Condos announces he will conduct a 12 stop tour to discuss Vermont’s public records and open meeting laws with municipal and state employees and citizens who serve on local government boards. The public is invited and encouraged to attend these events. After a presentation there will be time for Q&A and a general discussion with the audience. This is a great opportunity to address specific issues that you may have questions about, and to discuss the nuances of these laws. Secretary Condos stated, ‘Open and transparent government is good government! Vermont’s citizens deserve accountability in their government.’ ‘This tour allows me to assist Vermont’s public officials who must abide by these laws every day. We recognize that these laws are not always clear and we need to hear from them regarding the challenges they face and the questions they have. I look forward to engaging in an open discussion about the importance of access to public records and public meetings.’ All events will be held from 6-8 pm. Dates and locations are as follows:Montpelier                         Pavilion Building                             Tuesday               October 11th          Colchester                          St. Mike’s College                           Thursday             October 13thNewport                              Goodrich Library                              Thursday             October 20thSt. Albans Town                Town Hall                                           Tuesday               October 25thSpringfield                         Springfield High School                Wednesday        October 26thBrattleboro                        Town Hall                                            Thursday             October 27thSt. Johnsbury                     St. J Middle School                          Tuesday               November 1stMorrisville                          Municipal Offices                            Thursday             November 3rdMiddlebury                        Ilsley Public Library                        Monday               November 7thBennington                        Fire Facility                                        Wednesday        November 9thRutland                                City Hall                                               Thursday             November 17thWhite River Junction     Bugbee Senior Center                   Tuesday               November 22nd We are pleased to welcome the participation of the following organizations: VT League of Cities and Towns, VT Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Association, VT School Boards Association, VT Press Association, VT American Civil Liberties Union and VT Common Cause. To find out more information and to RSVP, please contact Nancy Lynch @ 802-828-2148 or via email at nancy.lynch@sec.state.vt.us(link sends e-mail).last_img read more

ExxonMobil spuds Canadian well

first_imgWest Aquarius rig; Source: EquinorOil major ExxonMobil has started drilling operations on a well located offshore Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. According to information from the Canadian offshore regulator, C-NLOPB, the Seadrill-owned West Aquarius drilling rig started drilling operations at Harp L-42 well on October 11, 2019.The well is located in license EL 1135, which is operated by ExxonMobil with a 40% interest. Partners are Suncor and Equinor with a 30% interest each.It is worth reminding that ExxonMobil awarded a one-firm well contract to the West Aquarius rig back in 2018 and it was scheduled to start between May and July this year. The contract also included options for further extension.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Bleach with some final words of advice

first_imgHall of Fame columnist, Badger alum and occasional University of Wisconsin professor Len Shapiro utilizes a rolodex of maxims when teaching his sports journalism course, and in my final column for the Badger Herald, one in particular comes to mind.“You will be rewarded for showing up.”Now, Shapiro was making the point that a good journalist will always make the extra phone call, drive 50 minutes to see the high school game and in general just not take the easy way out. Good solid advice for any career, really.But it might apply to Wisconsin students even more prominently.As any good SOAR leader will tell you, this university and city has just about anything that an incoming freshman would like to try. We have three revenue sports at the top of their game, a plethora of clubs for all interests and, yes, two daily student newspapers.**Mandatory pitch on behalf of the BH: This place really is awesome. I am trying to avoid the heartfelt farewell column that you, the reader, don’t really care about. But seriously, if you have any interest in writing, expressing your opinion or just generally pissing people off, come to the Herald. You will not regret it. I love you guys.All you have to do is show up. Several examples from this year alone prove it.For the Ohio State football game, tickets were being sold online for $300-$400. It was enough to pay for a student’s entire season ticket package.Theoretically, I can understand the temptation to cash in one game to pay for the rest.Practically, those who sold their OSU tickets are abject morons.From the very first kickoff – bless you David Gilreath, you finally brought one back – to the rushing of the field, it was the most exciting UW sporting event since … well … ever. No one in attendance will ever be a part of 80,000 people simultaneously enjoying that same level of euphoria ever again.Unless you are one of the vultures buying tickets solely to sell them – dare I make a “Worst People On Campus Joke Here”? – what was the point of buying season tickets if not hoping for just a chance to be a part of a moment like that.And all you had to do was show up.For basketball, the story repeated itself. The No. 1 undefeated Buckeyes came to town, and scalping prices skyrocketed. For those who missed the game, all Jordan Taylor did was submit THE greatest performance of a Badger basketball player ever. And I mean ever-ever.If there is anything to learn from Ohio State besides the jersey-to-tattoo monetary scale, it is just come to the damn game. In 10 years I will still remember taking down No. 1 Ohio State twice. I wonder if the scalpers will remember the cheap beer they bought with their haul?The tour guide speeches of limitless opportunity don’t lie when it comes to Wisconsin. Be it snow days, protests, the Terrace or a good old-fashioned ass-whupping of Ohio State, Madison provides memories that created the phrase the “good ‘ol days.”Just make sure you are there to see it.Michael is graduating with a degree in journalism and history. For those who still are curious about the View From The Bleachers, check out his new home at Paulbunyansaxe.com. For your favorite memories of Madison, email Michael at bleach.michael@gmail.com or follow him on twitter @michaelbleach.Thanks for reading over three years.last_img read more