Vermont Department of Public Service names Asa Hopkins director of Energy Policy

first_imgThe Vermont Department of Public Service (DPS) has named Asa S. Hopkins, Ph.D., as the new Director of Energy Policy and Planning. Dr. Hopkins will lead the Department’s policy and planning division, which serves as Vermont’s State Energy Office. In conjunction with the Commissioner of Public Service, the Governor’s office, the Legislature, and other energy stakeholders, Dr. Hopkins will develop and implement statewide energy policy, including energy efficiency and demand resource management programs, renewable energy policy, and electric utility planning.‘Asa will bring scientific rigor and a fresh perspective to energy planning here in Vermont,’ said Commissioner Elizabeth Miller. ‘His experience in energy efficiency and in federal energy policy at the Department of Energy will be of tremendous benefit to the people of Vermont. The Department of Public Service is delighted to welcome him as Director.’Before joining DPS, Dr. Hopkins worked at the United States Department of Energy for Under Secretary for Science Steven Koonin, serving as Dr. Koonin’s assistant project director for the DOE’s Quadrennial Technology Review. Before that he served as an analyst at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, providing economic and technical analysis of federal energy efficiency standards for appliances. Dr. Hopkins has a B.S., summa cum laude, in Physics from Haverford College and an M.S. and Ph.D, both in Physics, from the California Institute of Technology. He will join the DPS at the beginning of October.The Department of Public Service is an agency within the executive branch of Vermont state government. Its charge is to represent the public interest in matters regarding energy, telecommunications, water and wastewater.last_img read more

Unemployment insurance fraud on the rise

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, MICH — Unemployment Insurance task force is collaborating with state and federal agencies to investigate and prosecute nationwide unemployment fraud.Since March 15, the Unemployment Insurance Agency has received more than 50,000 reports of unemployment fraud and identity theft.Criminals are using previously stolen or false personal information from data breaches involving Equifax and others.According to Attorney General, Dana Nessel, this unprecedented public health crisis has created an opportunity ripe for abuse by people exploiting the system.The UIA has since developed further fraud protections including additional identification verification.UIA Director, Steve Gray, said their focus remains on doing everything they can to quickly validate authentic claims.If you feel you are a victim of identity theft, visit Michigan.gov/UIA and go to the identity theft link.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Insights Preview: Alpena County Airport Manager discusses plans for CARES Act fundingNext Blue Cross Blue Shield extends benefits for memberslast_img read more

When will the BiH National Football Team get a new Head Coach?

first_imgSince the contract of Mehmed Bazdarevic expired with the end of the qualifiers for the World Cup in Russia, the National Football Team of BiH is looking for a new selector.The Association formed a commission that contacted potential candidates, the public started speculating on their names, and there is even an information that the new selector of our “Dragons” might be the selector of Serbia, Slavoljub Muslin.“This commission had one meeting so far, at which they determined the criteria that this person has to meet. They had a conversation with several potential candidates for the new selector,” said Elmir Pilav from the Football Association of BiH.In the next few days, the commission will come up with the final list of candidates for the position of our next selector. The Executive Board will give its opinion on the specific names at a session that is scheduled for November 16. According to the people from the Association, there is a possibility that a new selector might be selected then, but the decision could also be prolonged. They added that the aim of the Association is for the “A” selection of BiH to get the new selector before the New Year.(Source: Vladimir Colakovic/N1)last_img read more

US Raps France For Prisoner Swap With Iran

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Sunday harshly criticized France for releasing an Iranian man wanted for prosecution by the United States in an apparent prisoner swap with Iran.The State Department said it “deeply regrets” the “unilateral” French decision to release Jalal Rohollahnejad, who was the subject of a U.S. extradition request on charges of violating American sanctions on Iran.Spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement that France had failed to uphold its obligations under a joint extradition treaty and harmed the cause of justice. Rohollahnejad was released from French custody on Friday in an apparent swap for French researcher Roland Marchal who had been detained in Iran for more than eight months on charges of violating state security laws.“The United States deeply regrets France’s unilateral decision to release Iranian national Jalal Rohollahnejad from its custody,” she said. “There are multiple outstanding U.S. charges against him related to the illegal export of equipment with military applications in violation of U.S. sanctions.”“The United States and France have a shared interest in bringing those accused of serious crimes to justice, particularly in cases with national security implications,” Ortagus said. “It is regrettable in this instance that France failed to uphold its treaty obligations and prevented justice from being pursued.”Iranian state TV reported late Friday that Marchal had been freed, just hours after French authorities released Ruhollahnejad. It said France had planned to deliver Ruhollahnejad to the U.S. for his alleged role in violating U.S. sanctions on Iran. It said he had been in jail in France for more than a year.last_img read more