Several prominent area business organizations have joined forces to create a new alliance, the Business Alliance for a Clean Lake (BACL), first announced in January 2010. The BACL will bring their member organizations to the Statehouse on Friday, February 19th, to meet with legislators and introduce them to the issues the BACL supports. They will be in the Statehouse cafeteria from 7:45 to 9:30. A brochure describing their program will be available.Founding members of the BACL are: Franklin County Industrial Development Corporation Franklin County Regional Chamber of Commerce Friends of Northern Lake Champlain Lake Champlain Islands Chamber of Commerce Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of CommerceParticipating organizations:- Addison County Chamber of Commerce- Burlington International Airport- Burlington Business Association- Church Street Marketplace Commission- Farmers’ Watershed Alliance- Franklin County Board of Realtors- Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation- St. Albans Area Watershed Association- Vermont Convention BureauMission Statement of Business Alliance for a Clean Lake: Lake Champlain is an incomparable natural, social and economic resource. The Mission of BACL is to support efforts to clean the lake, to prevent further man-made impacts that would reduce its safe and enjoyable use, and to protect the Lake for the future of our economy and for future generations.
Flag of Montserrat. Photo credit: flags.netBRADES, Montserrat (GIU) – Montserrat’s new Constitutional Order will come into effect on September 27, 2011.According to Governor Adrian Davis, plans are ongoing to commemorate the event. The governor will give remarks and swear in the relevant officials as will be necessary under the new order. These include the premier and deputy premier, Reuben Meade and Charles Kirnon respectively. On the 28th, the first official sitting of the Legislative Assembly will be held at the Montserrat Cultural Centre, to be followed by other cultural activities surrounding this momentous occasion. The general public will be invited to attend and be a part of the proceedings. Davis said Montserrat’s new Constitution Order reflects the desire of the United Kingdom to have a more progressive relationship with the Overseas Territories and speaks to good governance, more transparency and a means by which citizens can seek redress when necessary.The upcoming events will be the culmination of a 10-year journey to review the 1989 Constitutional Order, consult and draft a new order that takes into account the views of Montserratians locally and abroad.Notable changes in the new order includes the establishment of the Complaints Commission, a restructured Public Service Commission, the Integrity Commission, which was established as a result of the 2009 integrity legislation, and a National Security Council. The present Executive Council will be renamed the Legislative Assembly and the chief minister, who will thereafter be called the premier. Davis said on Wednesday that the commissions will not be operational on the day the new order takes effect as there are several hurdles still to overcome. However, the aim is to have all of the new commissions operational within six months. Meade said the possibility exists that some commissions will be staffed and led by Montserratians living abroad, adding that the new commissions will cost an additional half a million dollars to operate annually.by Nerissa GoldenCaribbean News Now Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share 12 Views no discussions NewsRegional Montserrat’s new Constitutional Order comes into effect September 27 by: – September 16, 2011