Public hearings to address the budget

first_imgAhead of a June 2 special legislative session, legislative leaders and the Douglas Administration will hold public forums to inform the public about the budgetary issues. Douglas vetoed the $4.5 billion budget and has offered his own alternative. Before the Legislature would take up Douglas’ changes, it will first have to vote to sustain or override the veto. As with the gay marriage veto that the Legislature overrode in early April, the budget showdown could come down to a single vote.Public Hearings to Address BudgetWednesday, May 27Noon –1 pm, WillistonThe Governor will speak with businesses regarding budget challenges currently facing the state, and economic development opportunities, such as the Sales Tax Holiday and R&D Tax Credit.  He also wants to listen to their concerns and ideas and discuss strategies for putting the state on a fiscally sustainable path.This event will be held at noon at DEW Construction at 277 Blair Park Road in Williston.  No registration is needed to attend. 1 – 4 pm, Montpelier The House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee, along with the Chairs of Appropriations and Education, will hold a public hearing from 1 – 4 p.m. in Room 11 at the State House regarding the Education Fund and tax proposals for this year’s budget.You can sign-up in advance to testify by contacting the Joint Fiscal office at 828-5767 and asking for Theresa, or by emailing sends e-mail). Thursday, May 281– 4 pm, Montpelier The House and Senate Appropriations Committees, along with the Chairs of Ways and Means, Finance, Human Services, Health Care and Government Operations, will hold a public hearing from 1 – 4 pm in Room 11 on the governor’s proposal to make deeper General Fund cuts.You can sign-up in advance to testify by contacting the Joint Fiscal office at 828-5767 and asking for Theresa, or by emailing sends e-mail).last_img read more

Ramtron ships custom F-RAM device built on IBM Burlington manufacturing line

first_imgGlobalFoundries,US semiconductor maker Ramtron International Corporation (Nasdaq: RMTR), a leading developer and supplier of low energy nonvolatile ferroelectric random access memory (F-RAM) and integrated semiconductor products, today announced that it has made initial customer deliveries of a custom designed F-RAM device built on its new IBM manufacturing line in Burlington, Vermont. In addition to 50,000 devices already shipped, the company expects to ship approximately 1.9 million devices over the next few quarters with a potential for significantly higher volumes in the future. The Ramtron-designed custom F-RAM devices are destined for use in generic printer cartridges.‘This milestone marks the first commercial shipment of 3-volt F-RAM devices built on our new F-RAM manufacturing line in Burlington,’ said Eric Balzer, Ramtron’s CEO. ‘In recent months, we have made significant progress toward improving the product yield on our new manufacturing line, which also bodes well for our recently introduced standard F-RAM products being built there.’ Also, in anticipation of its participation at the 14th Annual Needham Growth Conference and related investor meetings today and tomorrow (January 11 and 12, 2012), Ramtron today announced preliminary results for total revenues for its fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.Based on a review of Ramtron’s preliminary results, management expects to report fiscal year 2011 revenue of approximately $66.4 million. In addition, Ramtron believes that the company’s fourth-quarter results will allow it to achieve its previously published net income guidance of $0.02 to $0.05 per share for the second half of 2011. These results are preliminary and unaudited. The company plans to report its final results for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2011 on Thursday, February 16, 2012.On Thursday, January 12, 2012, Ramtron plans to present at the 14th Annual Needham Growth Conference at the New York Palace Hotel in New York. The presentation is currently scheduled for 10:00AM ET. Representing management will be Eric A. Balzer, Director and Chief Executive Officer. About Ramtron and F-RAM TechnologyRamtron International Corporation, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops and markets specialized semiconductor memory and integrated semiconductor solutions used in a wide range of product applications and markets.Ramtron pioneered the integration of ferroelectric materials into semiconductor products that enabled a class of low energy nonvolatile memory, called ferroelectric random access memory, or F-RAM. Ramtron F-RAM products combine the high-speed performance of Random Access Memory (RAM) with high-integrity nonvolatile data storage, or the ability to save information without power. Since commercializing the technology, Ramtron has sold nearly a half-billion F-RAM devices into demanding applications such as automotive safety and entertainment systems, portable medical devices, industrial process control systems, smart electricity meters, and consumer printer cartridges. As the most power-efficient of any nonvolatile memory technology on the market, F-RAM products promise to pave the way for the development of ultra-efficient battery powered products and energy harvesting applications, among others. For more information, visit is external).COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)last_img read more

Man who crashed hire car into telegraph pole banned from driving and fined

first_imgA company director, who crashed a hire car, was fined for no insurance and banned from driving, after the car hire company voided his insurance policy. Mark Gill, 37, of Annagh, Clonmany, was charged with no insurance and failing to produce his insurance following a single vehicle collision at Carrickafoden, Carn, on December 14, 2015. Mr. Gill was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident and failing to report the accident before Carn Court last Tuesday week.However, Judge Paul Kelly dismissed these charges after the court heard that Gill contacted the car hire company and moved the car just 50 yards from the scene of the original collision.The Clonmany man was not present, however the case proceeded in his absence, with his solicitor contesting the charges.Garda Paul Lyons told the court gardaí received a report that a vehicle collided with a ditch and a telegraph pole at Carrickafoden, Carn on December 14, 2015, at 2am. He said they were told that wires from the telegraph pole were hanging low on the road.Gda. Lyons said they went to the scene and found the telegraph pole broken in half. He said the wires had been tied back into the ditch at that stage. He also found the suspected vehicle involved 50 yards away at the side of the road.‘I saw a black Mercedes Benz about 50 yards down the road, parked on a private lane,” said Gda. Lyons.“It was missing a wheel – this indicated it was quite a violent collision. There was extensive damage to the front passenger side of the vehicle, but we were unable to locate anyone from the vehicle. We removed it from the scene at 4.20am.”Gda. Lyons said he carried out enquiries and learned that the vehicle was a hire vehicle from a Budget Car Hire in Belfast. He said he contacted Mark Hill on December 23 and asked him to make a statement about the road traffic collision.“He told me his mother was in hospital but he would attend the garda station after he visited her, but he failed to appear at the station.“On January 11, 2016, I spoke with Mr. Gill again and asked him to come to the station but he said he was in England working and wouldn’t return until January 22. I asked him to produce his insurance on this date. When I contacted him again on January 22, I couldn’t get an answer. I contacted him several times over that weekend but he didn’t answer.”Hannah Carlin, Manager of Budget Avis Car Hire in Belfast told the court that Mr. Gill contacted her company to tell her about the accident.She said Mr. Gill hired the car, a black Mercedes Benz A Class, from Belfast Airport on December 10.“He said he was driving the car and was in an accident. He said he didn’t know what happened but that he hit a telegraph pole. He said there was a passenger who was badly hurt but at the end of the conversation he stated that there may not have been a passenger on with him after all,” explained Ms. Carlin.“He didn’t make a huge amount of sense. He said he was back at work in England. I told him the vehicle was not to be taken out of Northern Ireland. He told me he was living in Strabane and would come back to me with an address. I tried to contact him by phone again but to no avail.”Defence solicitor Ciaran MacLochlainn asked Ms. Carlin if his client, Mr. Gill, was insured when he left Belfast. She told the court he had purchases collision damage and theft protection waiver from them but that this only covered him within Northern Ireland.“He invalidated the terms of the rental agreement by taking the car out of Northern Ireland. Cross Border travel is subject to an extra fee and you must get permission,” Ms. Carlin told the court.“If he had the accident in Northern Ireland he would have been covered but he invalidated that.”Mr. MacLochlainn argued that there was no evidence that his client was driving the car. He also said that 50 yards down the road did not count for leaving the scene, adding that he contacted the hire company the following day.Garda Inspector David Murphy said he believed if the car had not lost a wheel in the collision Mr. Gill ‘wouldn’t have been seen for dust’.He said the Clonmany man was continually evasive and ‘never made himself available’ for Gardaí.“Everyone knows when you are involved in a road traffic collision there is an onus on you to report it to gardaí,” said Insp. Murphy.“Every opportunity was given to him to speak with gardaí but Garda Lyons was met with a lack of co-operation every time.”Judge Paul Kelly said he believed there was ‘overwhelming circumstantial evidence’that unmistakingly gives rise to the conclusion that Mr. Gill was driving the vehicle.“He had a conversation with Ms. Carlin about the collision, he had an opportunity to give evidence and refute what she says but he’s not here,” said Judge Kelly.Judge Kelly said he would dismiss the failing to remain at the scene as the car was only 50 yards away and the failing to report the accident charge.“He did contact the hire company the following day, although not in an entirely satisfactory way, but I will dismiss that charge – that just leaves the no insurance charge.”Mr. MacLochlainn argued that this insurance policy was not voided when his client crossed the border, however Judge Kelly disagreed.“I disagree entirely. I’m satisfied that the charge has been proven based on Ms. Carlin’s evidence,” he added.Insp. Murphy then told the court that Mr. Gill had previous convictions for having no licence, no insurance and no tax in 2008 and more for having no insurance displayed and no tax in 2011.Mr. MacLochlainn said he was told that his client, who is a company director of a plant hire business in Scotland with two children, had no previous convictions.Judge Kelly fined Gill €500 and banned him from driving for two years given that his last conviction for no insurance was nine years ago.Normally a second no insurance conviction is an automatic four year driving ban, however if the previous conviction is more than three years ago a Judge has discretion to reduce the length of the ban.Man who crashed hire car into telegraph pole banned from driving and fined was last modified: July 6th, 2017 by StephenShare 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:clonmanycourtcrashdonegalhire carInishowenlast_img read more