BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s investigation into last August’s devastating Beirut port blast has ground to a halt. The reason is the same political and confessional rivalries that thwarted past attempts to uncover the truth in major crimes. The country’s ruling political factions, in power for decades, have enormous influence over the courts and are accused of thwarting any accountability. Political leaders have been publicly critical of the investigating judge. Dozens of victims’ family members gathered at the judge’s home this week, urging him to resume the probe, but many fear he has caved to pressure.
The Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) will submit to the Vermont Public Service Board a series of changes to the proposed transmission upgrade between Rutland and South Burlington. Known as the Northwest Vermont Reliability Project (NRP), the transmission upgrade is needed to meet the increased demand for electricity in Vermont.Over the past two years, VELCO has held more than 150 meetings in Vermont communities. “Because of what Vermonters have told us, we have made a number of changes to our original proposal. In some cases that means re-routing the line to avoid neighborhoods. In other towns we will relocate substations to reduce environmental and visual impacts. We are working closely with the towns to substantially increase screening investment in plants and trees and have committed to reducing pole heights where possible and appropriate,” said VELCO project manager Tom Dunn said.The specific changes being proposed include the following:_ Vergennes – Line relocation around the City of Vergennes Build a new sub-station in the northeast section of the City_ Ferrisburgh – Line relocation near Little Chicago Road_ Charlotte — Line relocation near the Waldorf SchoolRelocation of sub-station_ Shelburne — Line relocation near Davis Park neighborhoodModification to sub-station, reduce footprint and add screening_ South Burlington – Modification to sub-station to preserve screening of trees_ Pole heights — VELCO is proposing shorter pole heights wherepossible in coordination with impacted communities“This project is critical for us to continue to provide reliable electricity to homes and businesses in Vermont. The current system, most of which is now more than 30 years old, is no longer able to meet New England’s standards for reliability in the face of Vermont’s increasing demand for electricity, said Mr. Dunn.According to ISO New England, the manager of the regional transmission grid, the Vermont situation is now the second most precarious in New England. “Fortunately, because this is a regional issue, Vermont will pay less than five percent of the cost of modernizing the system,” Dunn said.The NRP is comprised of:_ A new 345,000 volt (“345 kV”) line between West Rutland and New Haven;_ An upgrade of an existing line to 115 kV between New Haven and South Burlington;_ Installing larger wire on an existing line between Barre and Williamstown;_ Completing upgrades at thirteen substations around Vermont;_ The estimated cost of the NRP is $128 million.The Vermont Electric Power Company (“VELCO”) maintains Vermont’s high voltage transmission network. VELCO is a transmission-only company, jointly owned by 22 of Vermont’s electric utilities. VELCO operates and maintains 534 miles of transmission lines and 25 substations that connect generating facilities with local distribution systems, which in turn deliver electricity to homes and businesses. VELCO’s mission is to provide reliable electric power to Vermont utilities and the public. For more information, visit the Northwest Vermont Reliability Project website at www.nrpvt.com(link is external).
VERIZON WIRELESS EXPANDS VERMONT VOICE AND WIRELESS BROADBAND SERVICE Addison County: Ferrisburg, Middlebury, Monkton, New Haven Junction, and Starksboro Bennington County: Arlington*, Bennington*, Dorset*, Manchester*, Pownal*, Shaftsbury*, and Sunderland Caledonia County: Barnet, Burke Mountain, Lyndon, Ryegate, St. Johnsbury, and Wheelock Chittenden County: Bolton, Charlotte and Milton Franklin County: Georgia, Highgate and St. Albans Grand Isle County: Alburg Lamoille County: Hyde Park and Stowe Orange County: Brookfield, Ely, Fairlee, Newbury, and ThetfordOrleans County: Coventry, Derby, Jay Peak, and Newport Orwell County: Orwell Rutland County: Brandon, Castleton, Danby, Mt. Tabor, Pico Peak, Rutland, and Wallingford Washington County: Barre, Berlin, East Hill, Montpelier, and Waterbury Windham County: Brattleboro* and West Dover/Mt. Snow* Windsor County: Hartford, Norwich, Royalton, Sharon, Springfield, White River, and Windsor-Ascutney * Indicates activation of both voice and high-speed data coverage End-of-Year Additions and Enhancements Give More Vermont Customers and Visitors Access to Fast Wireless Internet, E-mail, Mobile Music, and Videos WILMINGTON, Mass. – Verizon Wireless said January 24, 2008, that it has further expanded its wireless broadband service to nearly 60 additional Vermont communities across 14 counties. The year-end cell site enhancements and activations also expanded voice service into 10 more towns, within Bennington and Windham Counties. Now more Verizon Wireless customers and visitors in Vermont can access e-mail and the Internet on their laptops and PDAs, make calls, and download video and music to their wireless phones. Verizon Wireless has infused $55 million into its Vermont network over the last four years, constructing nearly three dozen new sites in 2007 alone. The company’s 3G broadband network, already serving Burlington, Vt.-area customers for the last year, was recently activated in the following communities: “No carrier has invested more into its national network than Verizon Wireless,” said Richard Enright, director of network performance for Verizon Wireless. “These latest activations enable even more Vermont residents and visitors to access the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and broadband networks.” V CAST: Video and MusicThe company’s high-speed network also enables its V CAST multimedia services, offering customers the ability to download full-song tracks, play cutting-edge 3D games and stream video clips straight to their phones. With content updated daily, customers can watch dozens of on demand videos, including breaking news, weather, sports highlights, and the hottest entertainment clips. The recent addition of several cell sites also brings new coverage to portions of: Route 7 between Dorset and Pownal Interstate 91 around the Town of Brattleboro, and from White River Junction to Windsor Burke Mountain, Jay Peak, Pico Peak, and Mount Snow ski resorts With V CAST Music, Verizon Wireless has built a massive full-song mobile music store that contains more than 2.5 million songs from well-known and independent artists that customers can download over-the-air, right onto their V CAST Music-enabled phones. BroadbandAccessThe company’s flagship data service, BroadbandAccess, provides average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps, which means customers can download a 1 Megabyte e-mail attachment – the equivalent of a small PowerPoint® presentation or a large PDF file – in about eight seconds and upload the same-sized file in less than 13 seconds. Verizon Wireless’ BroadbandAccess service allows customers to download files approximately 10 times faster than customers of other wireless service providers that use different broadly deployed network technologies. Verizon Wireless’ high-speed wireless service, which powers its BroadbandAccess Internet and V CAST multimedia applications, is based on the company’s Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A network technology. VERIZON WIRELESS FURTHER EXPANDS VOICE AND WIRELESS BROADBAND SERVICE ACROSS VERMONT For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com(link is external) . About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 63.7 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 68,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com(link is external) . To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia(link is external) .
PrimaLoft, Inc. — the world leader in high-performance insulations and fabrics — said its proprietary PrimaLoft Performance Down Blends, is now available at retail in outdoor, fashion and hunting specialty shops.Blue Ridge Outdoors has been testing this next generation of apparel insulation for a full year, and this global technology is leading the trend to combine the warmth and loft of down with the wet-weather performance of PrimaLoft synthetic insulation. It is also helping to bring the cost of garments down while being sensitive to some of the supply chain issues surrounding down.PrimaLoft insulation was originally developed for the U.S. army as a water-resistant, synthetic alternative to down. The PrimaLoft brand is recognized as a benchmark in the outdoor industry for providing superior comfort in any condition, ultimately empowering users to “stay in the moment.”Brands debuting PrimaLoft Performance Down Blends products at retail in North America include: adidas Outdoor, Black Diamond, Helly Hansen, Lands’ End, Sherpa, Sitka, Under Armour and Westcomb. Consumers can also visit the company’s new consumer-facing website PrimaLoft.com to learn more about the technology, what to look for on hang tags in stores and which brands utilize this new insulation.The PrimaLoft Performance Down Blend product is created by a proprietary process that fuses water-repellent, fluorocarbon-free treated down with PrimaLoft insulation. This hybrid insulation is engineered by intimately blending premium down with moisture blocking, permanent water repellent PrimaLoft ultra-fine fibers, combining the best attributes of both materials.“PrimaLoft has been the go-to insulation for apparel brands around the world demanding best-in-class performance for over 25 years,” said Mike Joyce, president and CEO of PrimaLoft. “Now, we’re proud to offer consumers a new insulation product that features an entirely new level of warmth and excels in virtually any condition Mother Nature offers. Whether consumers want a great looking coat for walking down Fifth Avenue, skiing in the backwoods, or going on that traditional hunting weekend, the choices are significantly better.”PrimaLoft Performance Down Blends are available in Gold and Silver categories for Fall 2014. PrimaLoft Gold Insulation Down Blend has comparable warmth in construction to 750 fill goose down. PrimaLoft Silver Insulation Down Blend provides comparable warmth in construction to 650 fill down. The Gold level product retains more than 95 percent of warmth when wet and dry four times faster than untreated down.“For us, PrimaLoft Performance Down Blend is the perfect choice for our all-new SUBZERO parka line,” said Alan Yiu, chief designer and president at Westcomb. “Consumers are well educated about what they want in their apparel and, as a result, are demanding more from manufacturers. They want stylish outerwear that not only will last a long time but is also warm, versatile and comfortable. PrimaLoft® Performance Down Blends enable wearers to focus on the experience, not the weather. We are honored to be one of PrimaLoft’s launch partners.”PrimaLoft is a materials science company based in Latham, New York, with offices in Germany and Italy, a world leader in research and development of comfort solutions and performance insulations and fabrics. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the PrimaLoft brand (a registered trademark of PrimaLoft, Inc.) delivers products that are used in the top global outdoor and fashion brands, home furnishings, work wear, hunting and military applications.
WalletHub releases its annual list of the greenest states An offensively named Georgia creek has been renamed Freedom Creek A small creek on Skidaway Island near Savannah, GA has a new name. The formerly named Runaway Negro Creek is now called Freedom Creek after the US Board on Geographic Names officially voted to change the name at a meeting last week. Last year, Senator Lester Jackson sponsored a resolution to change the name of the creek and Georgia lawmakers approved, but the change wasn’t official until the US Board on Geographic Names signed off. The original name of the creek dates back to at least the Civil War. It’s believed that the creek got its name because slaves at a nearby plantation would swim across the creek to free islands controlled by Union troops. Future additions of all federal maps will now list the creek by its new name. The personal-finance website WalletHub has released it’s 2019 report on the Greenest States. The website compared all 50 states in 27 key metrics such as air, water, and soil quality, green building, consumption of renewable energy, recycling and others. The analysis found that the greenest state in the country is Vermont, followed by New York, Oregon, Connecticut, Minnesota, Massachusetts, California, Rhode Island, South Dakota and New Hampshire. The least green states include Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, North Dakota, Wyoming, Kentucky, West Virginia and Louisiana, which ranked as the least green state in America. The analysis also found that Blue States are greener, with an average rank of 12.85/50 compared with Red States, which average 33.93/50. Click here to view the full report.
Civil Legal Assistance Act funding is still a possibility Civil Legal Assistance Act funding is still a possibility Despite a tight state budget, funding for Florida’s Civil Legal Assistance Act is still possible for next year.Rep. Dudley Goodlette, R-Naples, said he was successful in passing an amendment on the floor of the House placing $500,000 for the second year of the program in the 2003-04 proposed House budget. He said the Senate apparently did not include any money for the program in its budget.The act was one of the Bar’s top priorities last year, and the $2 million appropriated then marked the first time state monies had been used to support legal aid programs. Until then, Florida had been one of only 11 states that didn’t provide some sort of state funding for legal aid.The money was split between seven test circuits and used to help low-income families with a variety of civil legal problems they can typically face.“I’m hopeful when we get to conference [where the House and Senate will work out their budget differences] I’ll be able to find a little more money and get the funding up into the $2 million or more range,” Goodlette said.He conceded with the state facing its toughest fiscal pinch in recent years, that won’t be easy, but added, “It’s still the right thing to do. From my perspective that’s the kind of program that helps people gain access to the courts.” April 30, 2003 Regular News
66SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeremy Foster Jeremy’s visionary retail leadership helped a $500 million bank reach its highest levels of profitability in 100 years. He also managed bank-training curriculum for Accenture nationwide, reducing training costs … Web: www.bancvue.com Details Some might scoff at comparing Godzilla — a terrifying, destructive monster that lays waste to all in its path — to a relatively tiny amendment within a larger law. But I stand by it. Just look out your window. The Durbin Amendment is wreaking some seriously major havoc on megabank interchange revenue right now.What’s Durbin?The Durbin Amendment was a last-minute addition to the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act and came with big implications. It capped debit interchange fees at 21 cents plus 0.05% of the transaction, and required that debit cards be processed on at least two independent networks.The idea was to limit fees merchants pay on card transactions in case competition didn’t lower prices on its own, and to add a little more competition to the debit processing mix. Proponents also hoped it would lower prices for consumers by cutting retailers’ expenses.How’s Durbin Wreaking Mutant-Dinosaur-Style Havoc? Whether or not it’s saving anyone money is up for debate, but it’s definitely costing megabanks big time. According to a report released by the Federal Reserve System, megabanks are losing a whopping $14 billion a year in interchange revenue.And they’ve turned to their account holders to recoup that lost chunk of change. How? By doing unpopular things like getting rid of free accounts, imposing higher minimums for avoiding surcharges, and, obviously, nixing any debit card reward programs. Bank of America even charged a short-lived $5 fee to customers every month for the privilege of using a debit card.Are Credit Unions In Durbin’s Path of Destruction?In theory, the Durbin Amendment shouldn’t cost your institution a red cent. That’s because the amendment excludes financial institutions with less than $10 billion in assets, and only a handful of the more than 6,000 credit unions fall under that umbrella.Although small banks and credit unions are technically exempt from the interchange revenue cap, Durbin doesn’t require debit card processing networks to differentiate between large and small financial institutions. Merchants could potentially bypass the higher interchange fee by opting to use a network that doesn’t differentiate.In the short-term, however, this risk is low. Ultimately, Durbin represents an opportunity for credit unions to further differentiate themselves from the megabanks.The Good News About GodzillaDespite the potential long-term risks of Durbin, one clear win to come from the amendment is that the megabanks’ reaction — passing the cost to the consumer — made them look bad. People hate paying more for less, and they especially hate fees.Case in point: The aforementioned $5 monthly debit card fee became the catalyst for Bank Transfer Day — an annual, nationwide movement that calls for customers to switch from big commercial banks to not-for-profit credit unions.Credit unions have a serious opportunity here to leverage megabank customer dissatisfaction. They’re in a position to offer free checking accounts — and even reward accounts — that account holders won’t be able to find at the big banks.Keep a Lookout Just in Case Here are a couple things to keep an eye out for in a post-Durbin world:If the Durbin Amendment is repealed, be prepared to fight to keep those members that switched from big banks to your credit union to avoid high fees. Ensure that your member service is top-notch, and that the accounts you offer reward members in exciting ways.Megabanks aren’t your only competition; nonbanks are a threat too. Focus marketing campaigns so they can effectively reach all fronts.Threats, especially asymmetric ones like Durbin, can create opportunity for those who know how to look for them instead of reacting from a place of fear.
Oct 27, 2008 – WASHINGTON, DC (CIDRAP News) – Health officials worldwide are becoming increasingly concerned about influenza viruses’ resistance to antiviral drugs, which can shut down a flu infection or mitigate symptoms. Flu antivirals are vital for reducing severe illness and death in average flu seasons and could be essential bulwarks against an influenza pandemic if one began.There are currently only four antiviral drugs for flu, grouped into two classes, the adamantanes (amantadine and rimantadine) and the neuraminidase inhibitors (oseltamivir, or Tamiflu, and zanamivir, or Relenza). Flu scientists have known since 2005 that seasonal flu viruses have become widely resistant to the adamantanes, with at least 90% of H3N2 strains and at least 15% of H1N1 strains impervious to the drugs. That leaves only oseltamivir and the less widely used zanamivir as treatment options and has made oseltamivir the most commonly used influenza antiviral in the world.But speaking at a major infectious-disease meeting here Sunday, Dr. Nila Dharan of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) disclosed that 12.6% (142 of 1,124) of H1N1 isolates sent to the CDC from around the United States during the 2007-08 season were resistant to oseltamivir, versus less than 1% before 2007.And in a troubling addition, the CDC found that none of the patients who gave the isolates had taken oseltamivir, casting doubt on the widely held belief that oseltamivir resistance, when it occurs, is not transmissible. 1. (Dharan NJ, Gubareva L, Klimov A, et al. Oseltamivir-resistant influenza A [H1N1] in the United States, 2007-2008 [Abstract V-918])The finding was announced on the second day of the 48th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a 15,000-person gathering known as ICAAC, which this year is being held in conjunction with the 46th annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. It comes on the heels of an Oct 14 World Health Organization (WHO) announcement that during the southern hemisphere flu season this past summer, oseltamivir-resistant viruses were found in South Africa, Australia, Argentina, Chile, Kenya, New Caledonia, New Zealand, and Uruguay.Last January, toward the end of the 2007-08 northern hemisphere flu season, the WHO reported that surveillance networks had found oseltamivir-resistant viruses in 9 out of 18 European countries surveyed, though the sample sizes were small.Worrisomely, the mutation that confers resistance also appears in areas where seasonal flu co-exists with avian influenza H5N1. “In the last year or so we have seen a massive increase in seasonal flu resistance to oseltamivir,” Dr. Jeremy Farrar of the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit at Vietnam’s Hospital for Tropical Diseases said today at the conference. “In Ho Chi Minh City at the moment, 60% of seasonal flu isolates are drug-resistant.”Farrar was part of the treatment team for two Vietnamese H5N1 patients who were found to have the mutated virus in 2005 during treatment with oseltamivir and who died of the infection.”There is a lot of concern about emerging resistance to oseltamivir,” Dr. Trish Perl, director of hospital epidemiology and infection control at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, said at the meeting yesterday during a separate presentation on hospitals’ pandemic preparations.If a flu pandemic begins, she said, “We may not have the luxury of immunoprophylaxis. We may have to rely on basic infection control.”Protecting newborns from fluIn other news from the meeting, a study presented yesterday by Dr. Emmanuel Walter Jr. of Duke Children’s Hospital suggested that newborn infants, who are too young to be safely vaccinated against flu, could be protected from the disease by vaccinating their mothers, fathers and siblings before mother and baby leave the hospital. Vaccinating the family members creates a cocoon of immunity around newborns, who are at much higher risk than older children for potentially life-threatening flu complications.The study was carried out at Durham (North Carolina) Regional Hospital. Researchers distributed educational information, set up a vaccination clinic, and compared the number of flu shots given to new mothers and family members over 5 months with the number given at Duke, where no program was in place. The number of flu shots given rose 16% at Durham, and 40 percent of mothers agreed to be vaccinated. (Walter EB Jr, Swamy G, Allred N, et al. Influenza immunization of household contacts of newborns in the hospital setting [Abstract G1-1209])High-dose flu shots for elderlyAt the other end of the age spectrum, researchers funded by vaccine-maker Sanofi Pasteur reported that poor response to flu shots by the elderly could be improved by giving those over age 65 a much larger dose of the vaccine.Dr. Ann Falsey of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and colleagues from St. Louis University and the St. Louis VA Medical Center gave a vaccine with four times the normal amount of hemagglutinin, a flu-virus protein, to 2,575 volunteers over age 65, and gave the normal vaccine to an additional 1,262 volunteers. Four weeks after the shot, the high-dose volunteers showed twice the level of flu antibodies seen in the standard-dose volunteers. (Falsey AR, Capellan J, Yau E, et al. Improved immunogenicity after high dose compared to standard influenza vaccine in seronegative adults aged [at least] 65 Years [Abstract G-1191])Testing nondrug flu defensesIn another study focused on prevention, University of Michigan researchers led by assistant professor of epidemiology Allison Aiello found that wearing standard surgical masks and regularly using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer can cut flu transmission in the community by up to 50%. Participants were randomly assigned to a control group or to using a mask or mask plus hand sanitizer for 6 weeks in the 2006-07 flu season. Only those who used both the mask and the gel reported a drop in their rate of flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, and body aches.The researchers cautioned, though, that the results may not be robust because the 2006-07 season was relatively mild. They are currently computing results from the same intervention conducted in the 2007-08 season, which was more severe.The study is the first prospective investigation to report that nonpharmaceutical interventions—a broad category that includes home quarantine and isolation, social distancing, and school closings—can play a role in reducing flu transmission. That could be an important finding in an influenza pandemic, when pharmaceutical measures such as vaccine and antivirals are expected to be in short supply. (Aiello AE, Murray G, Coulborn R, et al. Mask use reduces seasonal influenza-like illness in the community setting [Abstract V-924])C difficile peak follows flu peakAnd in an example of unintended consequences, Dr. Philip Polgreen of the University of Iowa reported a newly recognized statistical association between influenza outbreaks and the incidence of Clostridium difficile–associated disease, a severe diarrheal illness that can be drug-resistant and that occurs after antibiotics wipe out the normal bacterial inhabitants of the gut.Using 8 years’ worth of hospital discharge data, Polgreen plotted the monthly incidence of C difficile outbreaks in the United States and found that the disease routinely peaks within 2 months after the height of flu season. He theorizes that the outbreaks are the after-effect of antibiotics prescribed during flu season. The antibiotics may have been appropriately prescribed for secondary bacterial illnesses as well as inappropriately for viral symptoms that the drugs would not affect, he said. (Polgreen PM, Bohnett LC, Cavanaugh JE. A time series analysis of C. difficile and its seasonal association with influenza [Abstract K-502])See also: Nicoll A, Ciancio B, Kramarz P. Observed oseltamivir resistance in seasonal influenza viruses in Europe: interpretation and potential implications. Eurourveillance 2008 Jan 31;13(5) [Full text]Deyde VM, Xu X, Bright RA, et al. Surveillance of resistance to adamantanes among influenza A(H3N2) and A(H1N1) viruses isolated worldwide. J Infect Dis 2007 Jul 15;196(2):249 [Abstract]de Jong MD, Tran TT, Truong HK, et al. Oseltamivir resistance during treatment of influenza A (H5N1) infection. N Engl J Med 2005 Dec 22;353(25):2667-72 [Full text]Aug 25 CIDRAP News story “H1N1 viruses growing more resistant to Tamiflu”http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/panflu/news/aug2508tamiflu.html
Share LifestyleLocalMoneyNews The Cooperative Division celebrates Junior Cooperative Week by: – January 30, 2019 198 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweet The Cooperative Division will observe Junior Cooperative Week for 2019 this week from January 26th to February 1st .One of the main activities for the week is consultation on the Junior Cooperatives ( the School’s Savings Program) which will be held on Wednesday 30th January from 9 am to 12:30 pm at the Public Service Union (PSU) building on valley road in Roseau.Over forty primary and six secondary schools are currently a part of the School’s Savings Program and the total deposits, shares and retained earnings to date exceeds $400,000.00. The program encourages a habit of thrift within the students and provides an opportunity to promote: the cooperative principles; values and; practices among students also it serves as an avenue to ensure sustainability in the cooperative sector in Dominica.In addition, there are two Junior Cooperatives CUPS Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society Ltd and the Grandbay Secondary School Junior Cooperative.The Junior Cooperatives week of activities are being observed under the theme “Building Resilience Through Junior Cooperative”.Three main objectives of the consultation are to: strengthen the school’s savings program; to encourage the formation of other forms of school cooperatives as a means of creating more opportunities for the involvement of students in the cooperative movement and; recognizing the contribution of teacher guides.According to a press release, one of the many aspects of the consultation is the recognition of long serving Teacher Guides from the East, South and West Cooperative Districts.The Keynote speaker at the consultation will be Executive Director in the Ministry of Commerce Enterprise and Small Business Development Mr Alexander Stephenson. More over, there will be addresses by the Minister of Ecclesiastical Affairs and Gender Affairs Lady Catherine Daniel and an address from an official representative from the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development.Other activities planned to promote the Savings Program include radio programs and school based activities which will encompass talks by Cooperative Officers at special assemblies and Cooperative Display Corners.