Source: Office of the Speaker The House has passed the Renewable Energy and Green Jobs Bill, H.446, to promote in-state renewable energy development and create well-paying green jobs for Vermonters around the state. The bill will encourage community-scale renewable energy developments and expedite the delivery of $21 million in stimulus funds for green energy projects. It is estimated that 15-20 jobs will be created per megawatt of installation every year. The bill passed third reading by a 2-to-1 margin, 88-44. This bill is a great step in the right direction to building a clean, renewable, Vermont-based energy future and to bring well-paying jobs in the emerging green economy to our communities, said House Speaker Shap Smith. On the first day of the session, I said our focus would be on creating new and lasting economic opportunities for Vermonters now and laying the groundwork for a stronger, more vibrant state in the future. This bill accomplishes both of those goals. The House worked hard to craft a thoughtful bill that will deliver on new renewable energy development and green jobs for Vermonters, said House Natural Resources and Energy Chair Tony Klein, D-East Montpelier. Our bill not only talks the talk on renewable energy and green jobs, it walks the walk.The Renewable Energy and Green Jobs Bill will:Encourage community-scale renewable energy development like solar, methane, wind and hydroelectric generation, by giving developers certainty in the return they ll receive on their projects so they will invest in small Vermont projectsCreate 15 20 jobs in engineering, manufacturing, distribution, and installation per megawatt of installation every yearExpedite the delivery of $21 million in stimulus funds for green energy projects through the Clean Energy Development FundAligns state building codes with federal standards so we can receive stimulus funding for weatherizationCreates a pilot program that will allow Vermont s biggest businesses like IBM to invest in their own energy-saving measures
All 15 CARICOM Heads of Government have been confirmed for this week’s summit to be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James, Jamaica from July 4 to 6. The summit will be headed by Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness, the newly appointed chairman of CARICOM.President of Chile Sebastián Piñera and President of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel are specially invited guests.At a media briefing Monday, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said the treatment of Caribbean migrants will be discussed amid concerns of the impending exit of Britain from the European Union and the Windrush scandal.CARICOM Heads of Government have also expressed concern about tariffs imposed by the US and the possible effects on the region. “We are concerned that there are investors in our community on which either tariffs or other types of restrictions have been placed and it’s affecting these investors here in Jamaica, Guyana and elsewhere, and we are very concerned about that so that will be discussed,” Mr. LaRocque added. He said CARICOM will be lobbying to have certain tarrifs that affect the region lifted.
6:15 p.m.: Odiase is subbed out as he picks up his second foul in the first three minutes.6:12 p.m.: Texas Tech and Norense Odiase get on the board first.6:07 p.m.: The Elite Eight is here.4️⃣0️⃣ minutes from Minneapolis.Each one will require all we’ve got.#4To1 | #MarchMadness🔴#WreckEm⚫️ pic.twitter.com/Sf1bZuUqLt— Texas Tech Basketball (@TexasTechMBB) March 30, 2019 MORE: Watch college basketball live with fuboTV (7-day trial)Chris Beard has the Red Raiders in the Final Four in just his third season in Lubbock. Jarrett Culver and Matt Mooney combined for 36 points while David Moretti hit a pair of crunchtime 3s to preserve the win. Texas Tech will await the winner of No. 1 Duke and No. 2 Michigan State for a Final Four meeting in Minneapolis on April 6.Sporting News tracked live scoring updates and highlights as the Red Raiders defeated Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight. Check out the updates below.Gonzaga vs. Texas Tech: Live score, highlights(All times Eastern)8:24 p.m.: That’ll do it! Texas Tech hangs on for a 75-69 win and are the first team to punch its ticket to the Final Four.8:19 p.m.: Perkins called for a technical guarding the in-bounds pass. Tech now leads by four, with the ball and 11 seconds left.Josh Perkins gets called for the technical foul after reaching over the sideline on the inbounds pass. pic.twitter.com/izpYlBMXFe— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 31, 20198:14 p.m.: A steal and transition 3 by Josh Perkins! Bulldogs trail by just two with 22.1 seconds left.8:13 p.m.: Gonzaga wins a jump ball, down five, with 41.1 seconds.8:11 p.m.: Incredible block by Tariq Owens and hustle to save ball and protect the Tech lead.THIS IS MARCH! 🚫#MarchMadness | #Elite8 pic.twitter.com/BQ42Xi9r96— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 31, 20198:09 p.m.: Another Moretti 3! Tech leads by six with 1:46 to play. This is the largest deficit Gonzaga has faced all tournament.CLUTCH! 🔥@TexasTechMBB goes up 6 with less than 2 mins to play! #MarchMadness | #Elite8 pic.twitter.com/EGgv1p8jQL— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 31, 20198:04 p.m.: A steal and Moretti 3 pushes the Texas Tech lead to five.7:58 p.m.: A Perkins 3 for Gonzaga ties things up at 58 with 5:00 to go!7:56 p.m.: Culver gets his own rebound and then ends a four minute dry spell for Texas Tech with a short layup. Red Raiders hold a four-point lead with 6:30 remaining.7:50 p.m.: A huge momentum swing here. Red Raiders missed an opportunity for a breakaway dunk, that instead Gonzaga turned into a big slam.THROW IT DOWN, Brandon Clarke! 😤 #Elite8#MarchMadness | @ZagMBB pic.twitter.com/BJ2EVVE0tG— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 30, 20197:43 p.m.: A 6-0 Red Raiders scoring run forces a Gonzaga timeout. Texas Tech holds a three-point lead.This assist is a thing of beauty. pic.twitter.com/JLM9UH6TSd— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 30, 20197:39 p.m.: Tech’s Davide Moretti — who scored 15 in the last game versus Michigan — scores just his second bucket of the day to cut the Gonzaga lead to one at the under-12 timeout.7:34 p.m.: Hachimura is up to 19 points, and the Gonzaga lead is four.7:28 p.m.: Zach Norvell answers a Texas Tech 3 with a 3 of his own to keep the Bulldogs ahead with 15:18 to play.Make that 6️⃣ 3’s for the Red Raiders & 5️⃣ for the Bulldogs! 😳💦#MarchMadness | #Elite8 pic.twitter.com/5edxg6ymnj— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 30, 20197:23 p.m.: Second half action underway, and Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver knocks down a pair of free throws to tie things up.6:59 p.m.: Gonzaga takes a two-point lead into the break. It’s been back and forth with nine lead changes. Hachimura and Brandon Clarke have combined for 23 of Gonzaga’s 37 points.DROPPED HIM pic.twitter.com/0lKQPL1gFX— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 30, 20196:53 p.m.: Matt Mooney breaks a four minute span without a field goal for Texas Tech to tie things up.6:45 p.m.: A Hachimura layup gives the Bulldogs their first lead in over four minutes. Gonzaga leads 33-31 with 3:50 left in the first half.6:39 p.m.: Both teams are feeling it! Each teams trade 3s on four straight possessions. Texas Tech leads by two with 6:40 to go in the first.IT’S RAINING 👌s!!!#MarchMadness | #Elite8 pic.twitter.com/HLRUqjQX3q— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 30, 20196:35 p.m.: Two 3s in a row give the Red Raiders back the lead.Back. And. Forth.The @TexasTechMBB triple puts them up 2! 👌#MarchMadness | #Elite8 pic.twitter.com/i1Nyw5ptid— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 30, 20196:30 p.m.: Gonzaga and its top offense is struggling to heat up. Missed its last five shots, but Texas Tech only holds a two-point lead.6:25 p.m.: Jarrett Culver hits the first 3 of the day to tie things at 11 with 12:35 in the first half.6:19 p.m.: Both teams tied at eight. A nice start for Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura who has six points. Defense really does win championships. Or quarterfinal games, at least. No. 3 Texas Tech limited Gonzaga and its top-ranked offense to its second-lowest scoring effort of the season as the Red Raiders held on to win 75-69 and advance to the school’s first-ever Final Four.Texas Tech held the Bulldogs to just three field goals in the final 14 minutes to pull away in a back-and-forth game that featured nine lead changes in the first half. Gonzaga never found it rhythm offensively, shooting just 43 percent from the floor, down from its season average of 53. The Red Raider defense forced 15 Gonzaga turnovers, the second most this year for the Bulldogs. Rui Hachimura led Bulldog scorers with 22 points.