Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) issued the following statement Thursday on the appropriations bill released last night to fund the federal government through September 30: “As the ranking member of the Budget Committee and a member of Democratic leadership, I am proud of the many initiatives that I fought for in this budget that will help Vermont’s working families, the elderly, the children, the sick and our veterans. These initiatives include the largest increase in child care funding in nearly 30 years, student debt relief, a major increase for the Social Security Administration, $2 billion for infrastructure improvement at Veterans Administration hospitals, assistance to make it easier for low-income kids to attend college, $3.3 billion to address the opioid and heroin epidemic, investment in sustainable energy, and help for thousands of service members, veterans and their families coping with the challenges associated with military service.“In the wealthiest country in the history of the world, millions of families in Vermont and around the country should not be falling behind economically and struggling to pay their bills. This legislation provides some long-overdue assistance.” Victories for Vermont’s Working Families, Veterans and Students$2.37 billion, or an 80 percent year-over-year increase, for Child Care Development Block Grants to improve the health, safety, and quality of child care. Over the next two years, Vermont is expected to receive over $3 million in additional funding to provide child care for nearly 600 children.$3.3 billion for opioids and mental health treatment, prevention, and research, including:$1 billion for a new State Opioid Response Grant program, with a small state minimum under which Vermont will receive at least $4 million.$130 million for a new Rural Opioids Response program$415 million to improve addiction treatment in rural areas through community health centers and the National Health Service Corps.$480 million increase for the Social Security Administration. Many Vermonters have complained about the severe length of time it takes for underfunded and understaffed Social Security Administration field offices in Burlington, Montpelier and Rutland to help process and approve benefits. The funding increase fought for by Sanders will begin to reverse major staffing cuts to the SSA that have taken place since 2010, which will help improve customer service for Vermonters.$60 million increase for TRIO and $10 million increase for GEAR UP programs to help low to moderate income students go to college. Collectively, these programs help some 7,500 Vermonters, many of whom will be first generation college students.$600 million to expand access to high-speed broadband in rural areas like Vermont, a $534 million increase over fiscal year 2017.$2 billion to address VA hospital maintenance and construction backlogs that will free up needed funding to fill many of the 30,000 vacancies at the VA to make sure veterans in Vermont and throughout the country get the care they have earned and deserve.$350 million Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program to provide debt relief to teachers, police officers, nurses and others who have chosen a career in public service, who due to a flaw in the program, were made ineligible for loan forgiveness.$20 million for the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program which help members of the Armed Forces and their families in preparation for deployment, during deployment and in reintegration post-deployment. This has helped thousands of Vermont National Guard members, veterans and their family members cope with the challenges associated with deployments and military service.$3.64 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, a $250 million increase over fiscal year 2017. This will provide an estimated $1.39 million increase for Vermont for a total of $20.4 million in fiscal year 2018. This program provides heating assistance to over 20,000 low income Vermonters, 79% are seniors on fixed incomes, persons with disabilities and families with young children in Vermont.$246 million for the Meals on Wheels program and over $490 million for congregate meals, an increase of $19 million from last year and a $40 million increase for congregate meals for seniors. Last year in Vermont, Meals on Wheels programs provided more than 1 million meals to seniors.Source: WASHINGTON, March 22 – Sanders
A controversial bill in the Kansas Legislature that would move municipal and school board elections to the fall is expected to come to the Senate floor on Thursday, according to Sen. Kay Wolf.The bill originally was written to make the city elections partisan and moved them to the fall of even-numbered years. However, as it goes to the Senate floor, it does not contain the mandatory partisan election provision and it allows the elections to be held in odd-numbered years, keeping them off the state and federal election cycle.It was Wolf’s vote in committee last week that let the bill advance. “I did initially vote no and the bill failed,” Wolf wrote. “However, it most certainly would have been brought back up again and likely changed to partisan races (and even years). Considering this, I thought it best to bring it to the flooor as is (odd years and non-partisan) for a vote rather than take a chance on it being amended and then sent to the floor.” Wolf last week said she will vote against it on the floor.She still expects amendments to make the elections partisan and move them to even years. However, Wolf believes the amendments have a better chance of being defeated on the floor than in committee.The current bill still allows cities the option to make their own elections partisan, a provision in current law. Several northeast Johnson County elected officials have spoken out recently about a potential forced change to partisan elections and the move to fall. Most recently, the Merriam City Council passed a resolution opposing SB 171 and any provision for partisan elections.Last week Westwood mayor John Yé said the mayors had discussed the bill may times. “I have not heard one northeast Johnson County mayor in favor of this.” Prairie Village Mayor Laura Wassmer and Roeland Park Mayor Joel Marquardt also spoke against the bill at the last city council meeting.A long list of cities, school boards, community colleges and professional organizations have registered their opposition to the bill. The bill also requires schools to provide a polling place for elections when requested to do so. The original bill had required election day to be an in-service day for teachers.More details on the bill can be found in the following links:Bill as originally introducedAmended version of the billSupplemental note on the bill
Foreign qualified lawyers seeking to practise in England and Wales may have to pass an English language test under proposals to be considered by the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority board this week. The SRA’s education and training committee has put forward the recommendation as an amendment to its original consultation paper published in September 2008. If the amendment is accepted, all international applicants will be required to pass an English language test before being eligible to undertake the new Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme assessments. The committee said the test would be a cost-effective filter for those whose English is not up to the required standard, and enable the examiners to concentrate on technical aspects of the assessment. The committee has also proposed that professional values, attitudes and ethics should be tested through practical assessment rather than through interviews.
LocalNews Agribusiness success manual penned by young agriculture enthusiast by: Dominica Vibes News – May 11, 2017 Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweet 159 Views 3 comments Share A young agriculture enthusiast has written, what she has described as an agribusiness success manual, to be released sometime in June 2017. The manual dubbed ‘The AgriFesto’ is written by Callister Sango of Penville, a graduate of the Dominica State College (DSC).In an interview with Dominica Vibes on Thursday 11 May 2017 Sango explained that the is “pretty much an agribusiness success manual dedicated to teaching agribusinesses how to reach more customers, get more sales and make more money”.Sango, who holds an Associate’s Degree in General Agriculture, is the proud owner of AgriVertise, a business venture that has led her to interact with many farmers, agro-processors and others involved in agriculture across the island. “As we all know agriculture is pretty much on the down low in Dominica and one of the main reasons being that a lot of our people do it as a hobby and not as a business. So ‘The AgriFesto’ is dedicated to teaching agricultural entrepreneurs how to do agribusiness as a business and not a hobby,” Sango explained.The knowledge readers will gain from the book stems from Sango’s personal experiences as well as those of local farmers. “A lot of it is from my own experience…I learnt a lot of things as it relates to branding, the importance of branding your products, delivering your products, pricing, effective communication and so on. Apart from that, I also interacted with a lot of farmers who told me the importance of getting to have more customers, if customers could preorder their products and stuff like that.”“So I actually wrote the book with the intention of teaching them how they can facilitate preordering of their products and to get more customers.”As it relates to her business, the Penville native said her focus is to turn AgriVertise into an online advertising platform for businesses and individuals actively involved in the agricultural sector. “The main objective is to get both customers and suppliers to advertise what it is they want to buy or sell, and this would facilitate agricultural marketing. So you can just place your orders based on what you see suppliers are selling or what you see customers are requesting,” she informed.‘The AgriFesto’ is available for preorder on Sango’s website www.agrivertise.com or via telephone at 767-295-7403. “I am encouraging persons in Dominica to go online and preorder because pretty soon the book will be available.”The book, to be released in hard copy, will be available for purchase at EC$40 or online at US$19.99.
LocalNews 2 arrested after Silver Lake man killed by: Dominica Vibes News – October 23, 2017 Share Tweet Share Share 1604 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Two men are currently in police custody after being arrested on the suspicion of a suspected homicide in Silver Lake last week. In a report to the media police public relations officer Inspector Pelham Jno Baptiste said Eddie James, 52, of Silver Lake sustained gunshot wounds to his back and chest on Friday 20 October 2017 during the incident at about 5:40 p.m.“James was transported to the Accident and Emergency Department of the Princess Margaret Hospital where he was examined and subsequently pronounced dead by a medical doctor,” he added. A coroner’s inquest will be convened while investigations continue. Anyone with information which can assist the police with the investigation have been asked to contact the Criminal Investigations Department at telephone numbers 266-5164, 266-5165 and 266-5119 or Crime Stoppers Dominica at telephone number 1-800-8477.
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The Warriors are once again set to go into battle on the big stage as the West Gippsland Cricket Association embarks on its second tilt at the top tier of VCCL Melbourne Country Week later this month.Some of the biggest names in the WGCA have put their hands up to be involved in a clear sign of the esteem they hold the competition in, as well as the leaders running the Warriors’ campaign.Last year’s group created history by being the first to represent the WGCA at Provincial level, and this year’s squad is hoping to take yet another significant step forward.What’s been built in recent seasons under the likes of senior Country Week coordinator, Pakenham Cricket Club president Phil Anning, Rob Elston, Mark Cooper, Ben Maroney and Dom Paynter has only grown. Whatever it is – it’s special, and it’s driving the group to heights many outside the association, and a large number within, didn’t think it was even capable of reaching.Look at the progression – from winning Division 3, to progressing out of Division 2, to retaining its spot in the top, Provincial tier. It’s undeniable.By the only relevant measure in Victorian state cricket, the WGCA is one of the top eight country leagues.And it rings true that one of the biggest virtues of a proven, quality side is its ability to bounce back from defeat – and quickly.It’s what made last year’s group so impressive, like when it was smashed by the might of Geelong, only to bounce straight back and topple the powerful Warrnambool and District.The WGCA’s 2020 Melbourne Country Week campaign starts at 10am on Monday, 17 February against Sale-Maffra at Jubilee Park in Frankston.The Warriors then face Geelong at the Preston City Oval on the Tuesday, followed by Ballarat at Ivanhoe on the Wednesday, before the finals take place on 20 and 21 February.The initial squad was formed through a range of factors including previous Country Week representation; form; availability; and the inclusion of a number of highly-skilled players either joining, or returning to, the WGCA.From there, a selection group including Dale Tormey, Chris Bright, and Rob Elston was formed to finalise the group, and this was overseen by Phil Anning.“The aim of the selectors was to involve players who we believed could fit well in the dynamic that has been created, which is very much based around a team-first mentality, playing your role, and getting along really well on and off the field,” Elston explained.“It certainly helps that a number of players have had previous turf experience through Country Week or other representative teams, and have great skillsets that are suited to the intense week long competition.”Elston paid tribute to the work of Bright and Anning in getting Tormey and Mathers – two of the best players in the region – involved in this year’s campaign.“It’s great for the group to have such guns of the competition involved and I’m sure all members of the team will enjoy learning off them to help the team and improve their games,” Elston said of Tormey and Mathers.“The biggest lesson of Country week is that it is a tough week from start to finish.“There are many peaks and troughs, and to be successful it takes a whole team approach and, when things aren’t going your way, working through the hard bits to come out the other side and get the rewards.“Aside from the fact we have a lot of players who are returning for another campaign, which means they have been here before and know what it takes, the biggest strength of this group is that there are so many match-winners who have shown countless times that they can get the job done when needed.“But at the same time these players can sacrifice for the team, and play a role with bat or ball to ensure that the result will go our way. It’s an exciting time with a great group assembled and I can’t wait to see what they can achieve because, with some luck, we could certainly mirror our result from last season if not exceed it.”The final Warriors squad includes a host of experienced, and proven, Country Week performers – including a number who represented the association in its run last year – as well as some of the best all-around talent the WGCA has to offer.Reigning Terry Stephenson medalist Tormey – who’s again enjoying a phenomenal individual season so far with 783 runs to his name at 87.00, and 18 wickets at 26.6 – will lead this side.THE 2020 VCCL MELBOURNE COUNTRY WEEK WARRIORS– Dale Tormey [captain] – PakenhamSeason stats so far: 783 runs at 87.00; HS: 173; 18 wkts at 26.60; BB: 5/117.– Chris Bright [wk, vice captain] – Kooweerup538 runs at 53.80; HS: 142; 20 catches.– James Giertz – Carlisle Park248 runs at 49.60; HS: 68; 19 wkts at 16.70; BB: 6/17.– Daniel Lever – Clyde18 wkts at 23.50; BB: 4/29.– Kiefer Peries [wk] – Clyde250 runs at 25.00; HS: 71; 15 catches.– Jess Mathers – Kooweerup222 runs at 31.70; HS: 85; 18 wkts at 15.20; BB: 4/17.– Jarrod Armitage – Merinda Park203 runs at 25.40; HS: 53; 15 wkts at 27.20; BB: 6/9.– Thuduwage Kumara [wk] – Merinda Park269 runs at 38.40; HS: 119; 10 catches; 4 stumpings.– Ben Maroney – Pakenham264 runs at 26.40; HS: 46.– Jason Williams – Pakenham117 runs at 39.00; HS: 31; 18 wkts at 23.72; BB: 4/56– Cal O’Hare – Tooradin347 runs at 31.50; HS: 89.– Josh Lownds – Tooradin263 runs at 37.60; HS: 99.– Troy Lehman – Tooradin15 wkts at 22.73; BB: 4/36.**Stats exclude Kookaburra Cup Twenty20 performances By sports editor Russell Bennett
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Corey O’Malley from Ballybrit in Galway city, who fights out of the Galway Black Dragon Kickboxing Club, will travel to Kent at the weekend with his coach Pete Foley to fight for the WKO Full Contact Kickboxing rules -58kg World Title.His opponent is current British Champion and 2016 Unified World Games Champion Kyle Payne from Kent.Corey, who took a Silver medal in the 2017 Unified World games and was offered this opportunity in early March so he’s had a full 10 week training camp and is in excellent shape for the fight.Big thanks to all his training and sparring partners at Black Dragon and in particular to his stablemate Thomas Scarry for all the help with his stamina training at weekends.Corey is a transition year student at the Merlin College in Doughiska.With a bit of luck after this weekend – he’ll be a World Champion.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
In Group 3 Maigh Cuilinn beat Mountbellew/Moylough at Pearse Stadium 0-11 to 0-10. Earlier in the Senior Championship: At Tuam Stadium it ended Milltown 1-9 Barna 0-10. Salthill Knocknacarra2-12 St Michael’s 1-6 at Pearse Stadium. In the Intermediate championship:Caltra overcame Williamstown at Tuam Stadium Caltra 1-9 Williamstown 0-10.Earlier Kilconly beat Corofin at Tuam Stadium. Final Score Kilconly 2-11 Corofin 2-5.At Maigh Cuilinn it ended Mícheal Breathnachs 3-6 Oughterard 1-14.Elsewhere it was victory for Kilkerrin/Clonberne 0-15 to Clifden’s 0-8.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email In Group 2 of the Claregalway Hotel County Senior Football Championship, it ended Tuam Stars 2-12 Naomh Anna Leitir Mór 1-11. This evenings’ games due to take place in Kenny Park, Athenry have been called off. Killannin v Caherlistrane and Claregalway v St James’s have been postponed due to the adverse weather conditions.