Vermonts minimum wage rate will rise to $7 per hour as stated below.Note: Effective since July 1, 1989, “if the minimum wage rate established by the U.S. Government is greater than the rate established for Vermont for any year, the Vermont minimum wage rate shall be the rate established by the U.S. Government”.)MINIMUM WAGE, effective thru 12/31/2004: $6.75 per hour workedMINIMUM WAGE, effective 01/01/2005: $7.00 per hour worked.Employers engaged in the hotel, motel, tourist place and restaurant industry shall receive a tip credit for tips actually earned and retained by *service or tipped employees. For service and tipped employees the basic wage rate** will be:Minimum Base Rate …… Maximum Tip Credit AllowedCurrent Rate, eff. 1/1/2004: $3.58/hr. …… $3.17/hr.Rate, eff. 1/1/2005: $3.65/hr. …… $3.35/hr.*Service or Tipped Employees — is defined as “All those, in either hotels, motels, tourist places, and restaurants who customarily and regularly receives more than $30.00 per month in tips for direct and personal customer service.”** The basic wage rate is the minimum required employer contribution towards the minimum wage. If an employee does not receive sufficient tips in the workweek to at least achieve the minimum wage for all hours worked that week, the employer must make up the difference.
By Dialogo June 06, 2011 I AGREE with General Garcete that the biggest problems are poverty and corruption. I am happy to see that there is a new mind set among the army, away from the old idea that all bad things came from communism. New realities, new problems, and fortunately, newer and more modern visions from South American armies. This update of concepts and philosophy is more than welcome. In April, Lt. Gen. Adalberto Ramon Garcete, Chief of the Paraguayan Joint General Staff, met with Gen. Douglas Fraser, Commander of the U.S. Southern Command, to talk about regional security affairs. During his visit, Diálogo took the opportunity to speak with General Garcete about various topics, including Paraguay’s role in peace-keeping operations and the modernization of its Armed Forces. Diálogo: What are the chief security threats that Paraguay is facing today, and what measures are the Armed Forces taking to combat them? General Garcete: The threat perspective is viewed from different angles by each country; it may be that terrorism is the top threat for the United States or England or France, and that same threat is second or third or last in Paraguay. Now, with regard to traditional threats, the Southern Cone is undoubtedly one of the most peaceful regions in the twenty-first century, since in practice, we no longer perceive any threat of a military confrontation between countries. This is backed by measures of mutual trust. With regard to new threats, non-traditional ones, Paraguay sees corruption, poverty, illicit arms trafficking, and drug trafficking as priorities. As a consequence of such threats, Paraguay may face terrorism, which is not latent today, but which could break out. All these non-traditional threats are transnational, that is, they affect all countries to the same extent, but as I repeat, the priorities in confronting traditional and non-traditional threats depend on each country. Along those lines, for Paraguay and from my point of view, poverty and corruption are among the chief threats. The measures that we are taking in the Armed Forces to combat them are to increase our capabilities and to create a “Directorate of Other Military Operations,” which will enable us to monitor or anticipate events that may affect our security. Diálogo: What measures is the Paraguayan government taking to increase the capabilities of its Armed Forces? General Garcete: This year, after a long time, our Armed Forces have received a considerable budget increase, with the help of political actors and all our compatriots who are committed to the country’s wellbeing, aware that development cannot be achieved without security, and that, as a consequence, it will not be possible to achieve the state’s supreme purpose: the common good. With the current budget, we are building up our human resources, a vital element of the force, ensuring that their condition improves in all aspects. In the context of the budget, we are also in the process of acquiring new armaments, equipment, and modern military vehicles for use in any operational environment, for the purpose of achieving the true transformation of our Armed Forces. Likewise, and with regard to infrastructure, we are operationalizing work in our organization to improve our installations for all our units, starting with those that have the greatest needs. Another measure to increase our capability is related to the deployment of a multi-role engineering company in Haiti, in addition to having personnel carrying out peace-keeping operations in Cyprus, Ivory Coast, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, and Western Sahara for several years now, a way in which we are collaborating on international security. Diálogo: What have been the peace-keeping successes of the Armed Forces that they can share with other nations? General Garcete: A major success of our Armed Forces is having operational experience among our personnel in interacting with professionals from other armed forces with modern technology, in a multi-personnel, multi-cultural environment. All this facilitates the fact that Paraguay today has personnel who are highly trained to successfully confront any situation together with other countries, for the purpose of providing security at both the national and global levels.
Ireland’s parliament has voted in favour of a bill forcing its sovereign wealth fund to divest from fossil fuel companies.On 26 January, the Daíl Éireann voted 90 to 53 to reject an amendment to the Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill 2016 that would have negated its primary objective, to reduce the €8bn Irish Strategic Investment Fund’s (ISIF) exposure to carbon-heavy companies.The bill instructs the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA), which is responsible for the ISIF, to sell its holdings in fossil fuel companies “direct or indirect” within five years.Thomas Pringle, an independent politician who tabled the Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill, introduced the debate earlier this month with a strongly worded condemnation of the new US government’s stance on climate change. Speaking a day before US president Donald Trump’s inauguration, Pringle said: “We should not associate ourselves with Trump-era politics. His administration and its public display of affection for big oil is representative of the industry’s fading legacy and its last attempt to hold onto power.”He accused the oil industry of “buying political influence and deliberately concealing and manipulating the science of climate change” for more than a century.Divesting the ISIF from fossil fuels will help Ireland meet its emission reduction promises under last year’s Paris agreement on climate change, Pringle said.“Today offers an opportunity for us not only to catch up with the pace of climate change, but also lead on mitigating its effects,” he added.Earlier in discussions about the bill, Pringle claimed the ISIF lost €22m in 2015 due to the volatility of commodity prices, and “€100m in total over the past three years”.The amendment to Pringle’s bill was tabled by Simon Coveney, minister of state for the Department of Housing, Planning, Community, and Local Government.It argued that ISIF’s fossil fuel exposure was “limited”, and that it had already allocated €800m to energy – “the vast majority of which will be invested in renewables”.The ISIF’s current portfolio includes investments in a “waste to energy” project, an onshore windfarm, and forestry.Coveney further argued that, “because of its progressive record in these matters, ISIF’s investment options do not need to be underpinned in statute”.However, following last week’s vote the bill will now be assessed by the Irish parliament’s committee on finance, public expenditure, and reform.A spokesman for the ISIF said its holdings in fossil fuel companies included legacy assets purchased by its predecessor fund, the National Pensions Reserve Fund.“Such legacy investments are being sold off on a phased basis in line with ISIF’s new mandate to invest on a commercial basis to support economic activity and employment in Ireland,” the spokesman said.“The fund is committed to investing in the energy sector in a manner that is consistent with the state’s commitment to make the transition to a low carbon, climate resilient and sustainable economy,” he added.