Vermont seen as national leader in state pre-K access

first_imgVermont continues to demonstrate national leadership for its commitment to pre-K access even as many states are faltering in their efforts to deliver high-quality preschool education to children most in need, says a landmark national report capping 10 years of research.â The State of Preschool 2011: State Preschool Yearbookâ  shows Vermont has made tremendous progress in expanding access to early education over the last decade. Ten years ago the state ranked 18th for access. By 2010-2011, the Green Mountain State served a higher combined percentage of 3- and 4-years than any other state. Enrollment of 4-year-olds improved to third after increasing enrollment by 17 percent for 4-year-olds over the previous year. Vermont also ranks third for enrollment of 3-year-olds. The state has lost ground in its resource ranking, due in part to the delay in funding based on the current funding formula. It has not made commensurate gains in quality, meeting only four of 10 research-based quality standards benchmarks.â For the second year in a row, nationally weâ re seeing declines in real spending and per-child spending that strip resources from pre-K classrooms, many of which are already funded at levels below what it takes to deliver high-quality programs,’said Steve Barnett, director of the nonpartisan National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University that has surveyed state preschool programs on a number of measures since 2001-2002. Vermont Business Roundtable President Lisa Ventriss responded, â Vermont has become a leader in expanding access to early education through sustained bipartisan legislative efforts and gubernatorial support. Now it must turn its attention to improving quality standards which have not seen progress for years. While many local programs may exceed these standards, Vermont must improve statewide quality requirements to ensure the investments in pre-k are paying off, and that all children have the best possible outcomes from high-quality early education for long-term benefits.âNationally, the report shows a different picture as states that began or improved pre-K programs are now reducing their investments. In fact, many children who need access to high-quality pre-K programs still cannot attend.Twenty-eight percent of all 4-year-olds and 4 percent of 3-year-olds were served by state pre-K programs in the 2010-2011 school year, raising total enrollment to more than 1.3 million. But some states have opted to expand enrollment rather than maintain quality, resulting in greater access but lower standards. â If ignored, states run the risk of substituting inexpensive child care for preschool education,’Barnett said.State pre-K generally has enjoyed bipartisan support during its expansion over the past decade. An overwhelming body of research shows that high-quality pre-K prepares children to succeed in school, enroll in college or career training, and helps more students ultimately get better jobs that can help the nationâ s economy. This yearâ s report highlights national trends in pre-K programs over past 10 years.The Roundtable is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of 118 CEOs of Vermont’s top private and nonprofit employers, representing geographic diversity and all major sectors of the Vermont economy, with an aggregate economic impact of $292 billion, over $1.8 billion in corporate philanthropy, and employing more than 10 percent of the stateâ s workforce. The Roundtable is committed to sustaining a sound economy and preserving Vermontâ s unique quality of life by studying and making recommendations on statewide public policy issues.Vermont Business Roundtable. 5.1.2012.last_img read more

Entergy details spending of decommissioning trust fund

first_imgNorthstar Vermont Yankee,by Mike Faher/The Commons, Brattleboro(link is external) Entergy spent $58 million from the Vermont Yankee decommissioning trust fund in the first year after the Vernon nuclear plant’s shutdown, the company disclosed. Overall, with investment income and trust administrative expenses figured in, the fund decreased by about $69 million in 2015 — from $664.56 million to $595.4 million at year’s end. Administrators said the new figures show that Entergy is in compliance with the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and is on track financially in the early stages of Vermont Yankee’s decommissioning.“The good news is, we’re still well above the NRC required minimum balance for the trust,” said Joe Lynch, Entergy Vermont Yankee’s government affairs manager. “And we are under budget, overall.”Entergy ceased producing power at Vermont Yankee in December 2014 and is preparing the site for a period of extended dormancy called SAFSTOR. Decommissioning can take up to 60 years under that program, though the actual schedule depends in part on the growth of the plant’s trust fund.Entergy has estimated that decommissioning Vermont Yankee will cost $1.24 billion. The trust fund contained a little over half that sum when the plant shut down, and Entergy in early 2015 began spending fund money on a variety of operational expenses, including salaries and utilities.The trust fund has been the subject of much debate. Vermont officials have challenged several of Entergy’s proposed fund uses, and they are particularly upset that the NRC decided to allow the company to withdraw fund money for long-term management of Yankee’s spent nuclear fuel.RELATED: VY, state spar over testing of groundwaterThe state has filed a lawsuit and a hotly contested petition seeking to block that use.But the NRC says its reviews show that there will be enough money both for decommissioning and for spent fuel management at Vermont Yankee. Those reviews are ongoing.In January, the commission’s staff issued a memo saying Entergy Vermont Yankee and a long list of other plant owners had provided “decommissioning funding assurance” in their most-recent reports.It can be difficult to draw conclusions from short-term changes in Vermont Yankee’s decommissioning trust, given market fluctuations and monthly withdrawals that factor into the bottom line.However, Entergy’s new numbers provide a clearer picture of trust-fund spending at post-shutdown Vermont Yankee.Spokesman Marty Cohn said the company withdrew $58 million in 2015, while trust expenses (mostly taxes) further decreased the fund by $16 million and investment income increased it by $5 million.Lynch said that investment return is in line with expectations.“The trust is very conservatively invested, so we wouldn’t expect to see huge swings” in the fund’s value, he said.Overall, Entergy administrators continue to say their post-shutdown Vermont Yankee spending has been lower than anticipated.While Lynch didn’t have an updated budget number, Vermont Yankee Site Vice President Chris Wamser said in November that decommissioning work was about $5 million under budget.As Lynch reviewed 2015 plant statistics in preparation for the latest episode of “SAFSTOR Matters,” Vermont Yankee’s local television show, he said there are several factors driving the below-budget trend.First, he said an on-site committee is “rigorously” reviewing every decommissioning cost proposed at the plant and is seeking competitive bidding for that work.At the same time, Lynch said Entergy is committed to hiring local contractors and vendors.“We are very focused on using local labor and local companies where possible, and frankly, by doing that, we save a lot of money,” Lynch said.He also said Vermont Yankee’s payroll has been below budget because the plant’s workforce has been lower than expected. Staffing was cut from 550 just before shutdown to 316 in January 2015, and that number has dropped to 282.“People have left on their own that we didn’t anticipate, so therefore those costs (have been reduced),” Lynch said.Vermont Yankee is planning to further reduce its workforce to about 150 in May, due to NRC-approved emergency changes at the plant.Finally, Lynch said Entergy has continued “draining and laying up” systems that are no longer needed at the plant. There are about 50 such systems; by the end of 2015, Lynch said, 35 of those had been shut down.Such changes are important financially because, unlike when the plant was operating, Vermont Yankee now gets electric bills from Green Mountain Power. Lynch said those bills during 2015 had been exceeding $100,000 per month, and Entergy has enlisted Efficiency Vermont to try to find additional ways to cut utility costs.“I know we’ve been making a very focused effort to get these (unused) buildings ‘cold and dark,’ and that’s reduced our electric bill,” Lynch said. “Anytime we can use (Efficiency Vermont’s) expertise … it always helps.”last_img read more

Malware found at Burlington Electric Department not connected to grid

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Based on an alert from the US Department of Homeland Security, Burlington Electric Department confirmed that it had discovered late Thursday presumed Russian malware in one of its laptops, which was not connected to its network. Homeland Security issued the alert to all US utilities.A statement from BED Saturday said: “Cybersecurity is an issue that the Burlington Electric Department and all US utilities take very seriously and on which we focus every day to protect the integrity of the electric grid and the personal information of our valued customers. “Federal officials have indicated that the specific type of Internet traffic, related to recent malicious cyber activity that was reported by us yesterday, also has been observed elsewhere in the country and is not unique to Burlington Electric. It’s unfortunate that an official or officials improperly shared inaccurate information with one media outlet, leading to multiple inaccurate reports around the country.”At Burlington Electric, where we take great pride in conveying timely and accurate information, we want our community to know that there is no indication that either our electric grid or customer information has been compromised. Media reports stating that Burlington Electric was hacked or that the electric grid was breached are false.”We want to thank our customers for their continued confidence and trust in Burlington Electric.”A statement from BED Friday said: “Last night, US utilities were alerted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of a malware code used in Grizzly Steppe, the name DHS has applied to a Russian campaign linked to recent hacks. We acted quickly to scan all computers in our system for the malware signature. We detected the malware in a single Burlington Electric Department laptop not connected to our organization’s grid systems. We took immediate action to isolate the laptop and alerted federal officials of this finding. Our team is working with federal officials to trace this malware and prevent any other attempts to infiltrate utility systems. We have briefed state officials and will support the investigation fully.”Governor Peter Shumlin issued a scathing statement against Russia and Russian President Putin. Russia has also been implicated by the Obama Administration in cyber-operations to influence the US presidential election: “We’ve been in touch with the federal government, state officials, and Vermont’s utilities on this matter. Vermonters and all Americans should be both alarmed and outraged that one of the world’s leading thugs, Vladimir Putin, has been attempting to hack our electric grid, which we rely upon to support our quality-of-life, economy, health, and safety. This episode should highlight the urgent need for our federal government to vigorously pursue and put an end to this sort of Russian meddling. I call upon the federal government to conduct a full and complete investigation of this incident and undertake remedies to ensure that this never happens again.”Other Vermont politicians also weighed in.US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont): “State-sponsored Russian hacking is a serious threat, and the attempts to penetrate the electric grid through a Vermont utility are the latest example.  My staff and I were briefed by Vermont State Police Colonel Matthew Brimingham this evening.  This is beyond hackers having electronic joy rides – this is now about trying to access utilities to potentially manipulate the grid and shut it down in the middle of winter. That is a direct threat to Vermont and we do not take it lightly.”Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) said: “This attack shows how rampant Russian hacking is. It’s systemic, relentless, predatory. They will hack everywhere, even Vermont, in pursuit of opportunities to disrupt our country. We must remain vigilant, which is why I support President Obama’s sanctions against Russia and its attacks on our country and what it stands for.”Green Mountain Power said in a statement that it did not find any malware: “Green Mountain Power did not self-report a security incident. Our teams have done a complete systems check and found no security concerns. GMP was also recently thoroughly reviewed for safety by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The company will continue to rigorously monitor our system and remain vigilant.”Vermont Electric Cooperative issued a statement also saying that no malware was discovered: “In regard to the recent Department of Homeland Security malware code alert, VEC has no evidence of a threat to our system.  VEC recently participated in a rigorous Risk Vulnerability Assessment with the Department of Homeland Security and has complied with the White House security protocol, C2M2, since 2012. Cyber security is part of our overall safety program which involves review by the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the Vermont National Guard.  VEC will continue to work diligently to ensure we reduce the odds of a cyber-attack.”The Obama Administration’s Response to RussiaOn Thursday, President Obama authorized actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of US officials and cyber operations aimed at the US election and other cyber-attacks attributed to Russia.President Obama authorized a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election in 2016. Russia’s cyber activities were intended to influence the election, erode faith in U.S. democratic institutions, sow doubt about the integrity of our electoral process, and undermine confidence in the institutions of the U.S. government. These actions are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.The President released the following statement(link is external) regarding Thursday’s actions:”Today, I have ordered a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election. These actions follow repeated private and public warnings that we have issued to the Russian government, and are a necessary and appropriate response to efforts to harm U.S. interests in violation of established international norms of behavior.All Americans should be alarmed by Russia’s actions. In October, my Administration publicized our assessment that Russia took actions intended to interfere with the U.S. election process. These data theft and disclosure activities could only have been directed by the highest levels of the Russian government. Moreover, our diplomats have experienced an unacceptable level of harassment in Moscow by Russian security services and police over the last year. Such activities have consequences. Today, I have ordered a number of actions in response.I have issued an executive order that provides additional authority for responding to certain cyber activity that seeks to interfere with or undermine our election processes and institutions, or those of our allies or partners. Using this new authority, I have sanctioned nine entities and individuals: the GRU and the FSB, two Russian intelligence services; four individual officers of the GRU; and three companies that provided material support to the GRU’s cyber operations. In addition, the Secretary of the Treasury is designating two Russian individuals for using cyber-enabled means to cause misappropriation of funds and personal identifying information. The State Department is also shutting down two Russian compounds, in Maryland and New York, used by Russian personnel for intelligence-related purposes, and is declaring “persona non grata” 35 Russian intelligence operatives. Finally, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are releasing declassified technical information on Russian civilian and military intelligence service cyber activity, to help network defenders in the United States and abroad identify, detect, and disrupt Russia’s global campaign of malicious cyber activities.These actions are not the sum total of our response to Russia’s aggressive activities. We will continue to take a variety of actions at a time and place of our choosing, some of which will not be publicized. In addition to holding Russia accountable for what it has done, the United States and friends and allies around the world must work together to oppose Russia’s efforts to undermine established international norms of behavior, and interfere with democratic governance. To that end, my Administration will be providing a report to Congress in the coming days about Russia’s efforts to interfere in our election, as well as malicious cyber activity related to our election cycle in previous elections.”Here are some of the ways in which President Obama is taking action:Sanctioning Malicious Russian Cyber ActivityIn response to the threat to U.S. national security posed by Russian interference in our elections, the President has approved an amendment to Executive Order 13964(link is external). As originally issued in April 2015, this Executive Order created a new, targeted authority for the U.S. government to respond more effectively to the most significant of cyber threats, particularly in situations where malicious cyber actors operate beyond the reach of existing authorities. The original Executive Order focused on cyber-enabled malicious activities that:Harm or significantly compromise the provision of services by entities in a critical infrastructure sector;Significantly disrupt the availability of a computer or network of computers (for example, through a distributed denial-of-service attack); orCause a significant misappropriation of funds or economic resources, trade secrets, personal identifiers, or financial information for commercial or competitive advantage or private financial gain (for example, by stealing large quantities of credit card information, trade secrets, or sensitive information).Read more about today’s sanctions on Russia here.(link is external)Responding to Russian Harassment of U.S. PersonnelOver the past two years, harassment of our diplomatic personnel in Russia by security personnel and police has increased significantly and gone far beyond international diplomatic norms of behavior. Other Western Embassies have reported similar concerns. In response to this harassment, the President has authorized the following actions:Today the State Department declared 35 Russian government officials from the Russian Embassy in Washington and the Russian Consulate in San Francisco “persona non grata.” They were acting in a manner inconsistent with their diplomatic status. Those individuals and their families were given 72 hours to leave the United States.In addition to this action, the Department of State has provided notice that as of noon on Friday, December 30, Russian access will be denied to two Russian government-owned compounds, one in Maryland and one in New York.Raising Awareness About Russian Malicious Cyber ActivityThe Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation are releasing a Joint Analysis Report (JAR) that contains declassified technical information on Russian civilian and military intelligence services’ malicious cyber activity, to better help network defenders in the United States and abroad identify, detect, and disrupt Russia’s global campaign of malicious cyber activities.The JAR includes information on computers around the world that Russian intelligence services have co-opted without the knowledge of their owners in order to conduct their malicious activity in a way that makes it difficult to trace back to Russia. In some cases, the cybersecurity community was aware of this infrastructure, in other cases, this information is newly declassified by the U.S. government.The report also includes data that enables cyber security firms and other network defenders to identify certain malware that the Russian intelligence services use. Network defenders can use this information to identify and block Russian malware, forcing the Russian intelligence services to re-engineer their malware. This information is newly de-classified.Finally, the JAR includes information on how Russian intelligence services typically conduct their activities. This information can help network defenders better identify new tactics or techniques that a malicious actor might deploy or detect and disrupt an ongoing intrusion.Read more about this action here.(link is external)As the Administration stated today, cyber threats pose one of the most serious economic and national security challenges the United States faces today. For the last eight years, this Administration has pursued a comprehensive strategy to confront these threats. And as we have demonstrated by these actions today, we intend to continue to employ the full range of authorities and tools, including diplomatic engagement, trade policy tools, and law enforcement mechanisms, to counter the threat posed by malicious cyber actors, regardless of their country of origin, to protect the national security of the United States.Here’s a look at the specifics on how the Administration is responding to Russia: Department of State actions in response to Russian harassment(link is external)Treasury sanctions on two individuals for malicious cyber enabled activity(link is external)Joint DHS, ODNI, FBI statement on Russian malicious cyber activity (link is external)DHS and FBI Joint Analysis Report(link is external)Sources: BED 12.30.2016, 12.31.2016. Governor Shumlin 12.31.2016. VEC 12.30.2016. Senator Leahy 12.30.2016. Congressman Welch 12.30.2016. The White House 12.29.2016.last_img read more

Bar amends attorney ad rules package

first_img B ar amends attorney ad rules packageThe Supreme Court has approved The Florida Bar’s request to amend advertising rules pending before the court.That will allow the court to consider changes to the pending rules that the Board of Governors approved in January. When it approved the request, the court also delayed oral arguments on the ad rule amendments that had been scheduled for March 7. It did not immediately reschedule those arguments.The board is asking to change proposed rules 4-7.3 and 4-7.5 to ban lawyers and law firms from using an authority figure, such as a judge or police officer, from endorsing that lawyer or law firm’s services.“The Bar believes the state has a substantial interest in prohibiting such advertisements for at least three reasons: (1) the advertisements are misleading because they suggest that judges and law enforcement officers endorse particular lawyers while engaged in their official functions, which they do not; (2) studies indicate that people are more likely to follow instructions from persons clothed with the indicia of authority without questioning the motives of such persons than to other persons and such advertising is thus unduly manipulative; and (3) the advertisements create a risk of causing the public to lose confidence in our system of justice by suggesting that lawyers and law enforcement officers are influenced by the identity of the lawyer representing a client,” the Bar said in its submission to the court. March 15, 2012 Regular News Bar amends attorney ad rules packagelast_img read more

Buckeyes steal 3 from Minnesota

first_imgBuckeyes steal 3 from Minnesota Trevor BornApril 7, 2008Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers left an average of eight runners on base per game as they lost three-of-four games to Ohio State in their first Big Ten road series of the year this weekend.up next Northern Iowawhat: Baseballwhen: 3:05 p.m., Wednesdaywhere: Siebert FieldLeadoff hitter Matt Nohelty went 7-for-14 in the series and No. 2 hitter Eric Decker went 5-for-9, reaching base a combined 18 times, but the middle of the order failed to drive them in for most of the series. The third, fourth and fifth Minnesota hitters combined for just four RBIs in the first three games.“With the speed at the top of our order, it’s not too hard to move them over,” catcher Jeff DeSmidt, who bats fourth, said. “It’s comforting having that speed in front of you. We just didn’t get some of the hits we needed.”For instance, in the second game of the double header Saturday, Nohelty led off the game with a single and stole second. Decker then walked, leaving the Gophers with their two fastest players on first and second with no outs. But Nate Hanson popped out, DeSmidt grounded out and Mike Kvasnicka struck out to end the rally.In the third inning of the same game, which Minnesota (14-16, 4-7 Big Ten) lost 4-1, Nohelty and Decker each had one-out singles, but Hanson popped out and DeSmidt grounded out to second base to end the inning.“Eric and I were setting the table pretty well this weekend, but the other guys just couldn’t get some of the hits they needed,” Nohelty said. “Some well-hit balls just didn’t drop or were hit right at people. It felt like we were one hit away, a lot.”Nohelty was one of Minnesota’s brightest spots of the weekend. One of the fastest players in college baseball, he has become Minnesota’s top hitter and one of the conference’s top leadoff hitters. He came into the series with the fourth highest batting average in the Big Ten.He leads the Gophers in batting average, hits, RBIs, runs scored, four-hit games and three-hit games. Nohelty won a starting job midway through his freshman year – a year where he was named to the freshman All-American team – and has been Minnesota’s everyday centerfielder since.“He’s played a lot of college baseball, and you can see that in how he plays,” Anderson said. “There’s no replacement for experience.”Another bright spot for the Gophers was Kyle Carr, who pitched a complete game shutout in Minnesota’s only win. Carr allowed seven hits, two walks and struck out four batters as Minnesota won 6-0 in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader.The junior spent the first two years of his career in the bullpen, but has adjusted well to starting pitching. In seven starts he’s 2-3 with a 3.79 ERA.“He’s done a fantastic job adjusting,” DeSmidt, who caught Carr, said. “He’s gotten better mixing up pitches and moving them on both sides of the plate, instead of just blowing fastballs by guys.”The Gophers opened the series with a sloppy 11-6 loss in which they committed six errors and allowed six unearned runs.In the final game of the series, Minnesota led 4-2 before the Buckeyes (16-9, 5-3 Big Ten) batted around in the bottom of the sixth, scoring five runs. DeSmidt retied the game with a three-run homerun in the seventh, but Ohio State answered with another run in the bottom of the inning to win 8-7.The Gophers play Northern Iowa at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday. The game was originally scheduled for Siebert Field, but has been moved to the Metrodome. The Gophers play at Siebert field for the first time April 18 against Illinois.last_img read more

Cone Zone: Week Of July 20, 2020

first_imgCOUNTY News:Public Works Projects:Diamond Drive near the Golf CourseA boring contractor will be operating off the side of Diamond drive at the Golf Course next week. No traffic impediments are expected, but drivers will see signage and cones along the shoulders alerting them to construction in the area.Closure on 35th StreetContractor will be working on a utility connection on 35th Street next week, the schedule is dependent on the contractor. Residents will have access through Diamond Drive or Villa.Advance Notice: Pedestrian and ADA Accessibility Along Trinity Drive from Oppenheimer to 39th StreetBeginning Wednesday, July 29, GM Emulsions will start construction along Trinity Drive from Oppenheimer to 39th Street.The long-awaited improvements and renovation will provide better accessibility by replacing curb and gutter and installing ADA compliant sidewalks. To perform this work safely, traffic along Trinity will be shifted around the work zone. Traffic control will include temporary shoulder closures and bicycle and pedestrian detours.Questions on the above projects? Send an email to lacpw@lacnm.us or call 505.662.8150.Other projects:N.M. 502 Roundabout Construction & Road work (State DOT, Star Paving)No changes this week to existing detours. Drivers can expect minor delays through the existing work zone 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. A lane shift for traffic is expected within the next 2 weeks; crews will be paving the north side of N.M. 502 in order to accomplish the changeover. Motorists are asked to slow down and be observant as the new change takes effect. Traffic advisories and updates will be posted on the www.NMroads.com website.Please use caution in the construction zone. Speeding over the 25mph limit continues to be a safety concern for crews working within these constrained, congested work zones. Be patient and obey all traffic signs. The NMDOT appreciates your cooperation.DP Road (Bethel Development)Road work is expected to begin soon for infrastructure installation to support the new Canyon Walk Apartments being constructed on the north side of DP Road. Details will be published in the Cone Zone and advertised in local media as soon as the traffic plan from the developer (Bethel) is approved. Additional work related to the lift station along DP Road also is set to get underway. Watch future editions of the Cone Zone each week for details.Sign up for Cone Zone to be delivered to your email on Fridays – link to the Subscribe to Newsletter option at the bottom of the County’s website at www.losalamosnm.uslast_img read more

Brixton-ProLogis alliance takes off

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Poached Halibut with Butterballs, Florence Fennel, and Anchovy Butter

first_imgChef Clare de BoerGUEST-WORTHY chef:Chef Clare de Boer of King NYC is a finalist for the 2018 James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year Award, presented by S. Pellegrino.INSTAGRAM:@ClareDeBoerCHEF DE BOER’S GUEST-WORTHY RECIPE:Poached Halibut with Butterballs, Florence Fennel, and Anchovy ButterWHY?:“It’s an excellent recipe to cook when you have friends over for dinner — it involves minimal prep and only 10 minutes of focus! The result is incredibly flavorful and elevated. It’s all about the fundamental skills and great ingredients.”INGREDIENTS:For the Halibut:4 portions of HalibutA handful of butterballs for each personOlive oilMaldon saltLemon wedgeFor the fumet:1 c dry white wine1 head fennel1 heart celery1 leek1 head garlic1 onionFew parsley stalksFew thyme branchesFew bay leaves2 Tbsp saltFish bones – including heads, gills and eyeballs removed, rinsedFor the anchovy butter:1/2 pack of butter10 salted anchovies, filleted and rinsed1/2 lemonBlack pepperDIRECTIONS:To make the fumet, chop and sweat the vegetables with the salt until they begin to release some flavor. Then, add the fish bones. Sweat all this together for 5 to 10 minutes, add the herbs, then deglaze with the wine and top with ice.The ice will slow down the flavor extraction process, drawing more out of the fish before making the fumet bitter/cloudy. When the fumet has come to a simmer, keep it cooking for about 20 minutes before straining. Pass through a chinois to clarify.To make the anchovy butter, temper the butter but do not melt. Put it in a food processor and beat until it is soft and whipped. Roughly chop half of the anchovies and add to the butter. Mix this together until the butter has a silver hue and you cannot distinguish the fish. Add a squeeze of lemon and a generous amount of black pepper. Add the rest of the anchovy, pulsing the processor only a few times so that flecks of anchovy speckle the butter. Leave at room temperature.Boil the butterballs in heavily salted water. When they are cooked, peel the skins off, taking care not to damage the potato.Cut the fennel into delicate wedges and poach in salted water.Temper and salt the halibut before you are ready to poach.When you are ready to assemble the dish, bring the fumet to just below a simmer and add the halibut, skin-side down. The skin will protect the halibut from any bubbles/aggressive heat that might come from the bottom of the pan. Cook the halibut until it is à point, with some translucence remaining in the middle. Remove it from the fumet and gently peel off the skin.Place the fish on a plate with the potatoes and fennel. Ladle a few tablespoons of the fumet over everything and top with a healthy spoonful of anchovy butter. I like to finish everything with a kiss of olive oil. Sharelast_img read more

Linde offers sustainable insights at North American conference

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SI delivers NASA H2 recovery system

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