August 1, 2021

Legislature passes $4.5 billion budget, Douglas veto likely

first_imgThe Legislature finally adjourned late Saturday night after passing a $4.5 billion budget. Governor Douglas had urged lawmakers to reduce appropriations to ease the tax burden during this recession. Legislative leaders countered that the recession itself was leading to greater demand on state services because of unemployment and that state spending, much like the federal stimulus plan intends, could help support the economic activity.The House passed the Fiscal Year 2010 budget on a 91-52 roll call vote. The Senate had passed it last Thursday on an 18-10 vote. If Douglas vetoes the bill, the Legislature would have to come back into session, probably in June ahead of the start of the next fiscal year on July 1.Another major issue left up in the air is whether the governor will layoff several hundred state workers. The administration has maintained that the state needs to cut payroll in the neighborhood of $17 million, again starting this next fiscal year. The governor cannot simply rewrite union contracts, however, he can only layoff workers, which could be as many as 650 state employees. The administration has been negotiating with the union to find a package of salary reductions/furloughs/health care premium cuts, etc, that would mitigate the need for layoffs. So far, the two sides have failed to reach agreement and time is running out.As for the budget, Speaker of the House Shap Smith said, This budget makes difficult cuts, closes tax loopholes to cut taxes for middle and lower income Vermonters and sets us on a track for greater sustainability in the future, said House Speaker Shap Smith. Some Vermonters will see fewer services, some higher income Vermonters will pay higher taxes, but we are all in this together. Vermonters are struggling through this economic crisis and now more than ever they need creative solutions to our most pressing challenges, said Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin.  I am pleased that during these tough economic times our budget will give Vermonters making under $200,000 a tax cut.  None of the choices we made were easy but the package we put together will help all Vermonters get through this crisis and emerge stronger in the future.To solve the $281.5 million budget challenge, the legislature cut $59.3 million from state programs and services, collects $4.8 million in unpaid taxes, generates $21.3 in new revenue, reduces the General Fund transfer to the Education Fund by $18.4 million, uses $3.2 million in rainy day funds and applies $174.5 million in federal stimulus funds.All together, the budget reflects a nearly $80 million reduction in General Fund obligations.  The new revenues in the package amount to around 7.5 percent of the construct to solve the budget challenge.The Senate took its final vote on the budget on Thursday, May 7.A detailed breakdown of the major components of the budget is attached. AttachmentSize BudgetCuts.pdf12.49 KB BudgetSummary.pdf50.35 KBlast_img read more

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The Latest: Italian soccer sets up inspectors for teams

first_imgThe top men’s pole vaulters competed in the Ultimate Garden Clash at their homes in early May. Mondo Duplantis and Renaud Lavillenie shared the victory with more than 250,000 people watching a live stream.The winner on Saturday will be the vaulter who clears the bar at 4 meters the most times in 30 minutes.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Serie A teams were permitted to resume individual training on May 4 while full team training can restart Monday.Lazio has reportedly already been training in groups of three players. The federation says inspectors will verify that practices are held according to the rules.The league said on Wednesday that it hopes to resume playing games on June 13 but the government has not approved a restart yet.___Turkish soccer club Besiktas says eight people have tested positive for the coronavirus and training has been suspended. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Italian soccer federation has set up a pool of inspectors to check that teams comply with new health protocols and government decrees issued during the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press The Latest: Italian soccer sets up inspectors for teams The club says president Ahmet Nar Cebi and a player were among those who tested positive.Turkish teams have resumed limited training sessions following the federation’s decision to restart matches in empty stadiums on June 12.___The three leading women’s pole vaulters get their turn to compete on Saturday in the second edition of the Ultimate Garden Clash.Katerina Stefanidi of Greece, Katie Nageotte of the United States and Alysha Newman of Canada will participate in the event but won’t be competing in their backyards because they don’t have the equipment at home. They will instead be at nearby training facilities. May 14, 2020last_img read more

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Football: Zimbabwe confirm COSAFA dominance over Zambia

first_imgZambia suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Zimbabwe in the finals of the 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup played at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg. PHOTO BY FAZ VAI FACEBOOKPhokeng, South Africa | AFP | Zimbabwe confirmed their superiority over Zambia in COSAFA Cup southern Africa championship finals by winning 3-1 in Phokeng Sunday to lift the trophy a record fifth time.This was the fourth time the neighbouring nations have met in the final of the annual regional competition and Zimbabwe have won three.Knox Mutizwa put Zimbabwe ahead in the first half at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace stadium in the northwest South African platinum mining belt with his fifth goal of the championship.Lubinda Mundia nodded Zambia level before half-time via his first touch after coming on as a substitute.Despite playing their sixth match in 14 days, Zimbabwe proved stronger in the second half and goals from Talant Chawapiwa and Ocean Mushure gave the “Warriors” a deserved triumph.It was the fourth goal of the tournament for defender Mushure, who finished third in the scorers’ chart behind team-mates Ovidy Karuru (six) and Mutizwa (five).“I am very happy for the boys and myself,” said Zimbabwe coach Sunday Chidzambwa, who captained his country in their first international, a 6-0 win over Mozambique 37 years ago.“Playing six matches in 14 days and scoring 19 goals were tremendous achievements and I am sure our people are proud of us.“At half-time I told the boys to keep going forward because Zimbabwe are blessed with gifted attackers who can score goals regularly.” Zambia coach and former national team striker Wedson Nyirenda was magnanimous in defeat, describing Zimbabwe as “the most mature team in the competition and worthy champions”.“Schoolboy errors, particularly at the back, cost us this match. We lost concentration during the second half and were severely punished,” he said.“After equalising, my boys thought they already had their hands on the trophy and fell asleep. We came here with a young team and I hope valuable lessons have been learnt.”The first Zimbabwe goal came gift-wrapped from Zambia goalkeeper Allan Chibwe, who was outjumped by Mutizwa and the ball landed in the net on 22 minutes.Mundia equalised with a well-placed header off a cross that gave Zimbabwe goalkeeper George Chigova no chance.Zimbabwe regained the lead on 56 minutes when Chawapiwa fired a rebound into the net after a Mutizwa header came back off the post.Chawapiwa turned provided for the third goal after 67 minutes, cutting the ball back for Mushure to score with a shot into the corner of the net.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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2014 Grey Cup will not see BC Lions playing after Leos spanked by Als

first_imgGrey Cup tickets in Vancouver will be hitting Craigslist in record numbers after the host team for the 2014 Canadian Football League Championsnhips,  the BC Lions, had their hat handed to them 50-17 by the Montreal Alouettes Sunday in the CFL’s Eastern Semi Final.The game was over minutes into the second half when the Als scored on three consecutive possessions — one to conclude the first half and two in the third quarter. Montreal quarterback Jonathan Crompton threw two touchdown passes, backup Tanner Marsh ran for another two and defensive back Jerald Brown returned a fumble 103 yardsBC vaunted defence was no match for the Alouettes with an offence that produced no points until the game was basically over.Shawn Gore and Ernest Jackson scored eight-yard touchdowns for BC. Paul McCallum kicked a first half field goal whileQuarterback Kevin Glenn could not get anything going for BC, going 4-for-15 with 41 passing yards and one interception.Montreal now meets Hamilton in the Eastern Final. BC was playing in the East Semi Final on the cross over after finishing the regular season with a better record than the third-place team — Toronto Argonauts — in the East standings.The winner meets the West Champ in the 2014 Grey Cup, November 30 in Vancouver at BC Place.last_img read more

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$2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile – Quotes and Recap – Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016

first_imgThe victory was the second World Championships triumph for Oxley, whose Beautiful Pleasure won the 1999 Distaff at Gulfstream Park. It was the third Breeders’ Cup win for Casse and seventh for Leparoux and first in the Juvenile for both. Winning Jockey Julien Leparoux (Classic Empire) – “He broke sharp and I put him in the race right away. He took second very nice. I tried to open up coming to the quarter pole, which he did and held off Not This Time (second). He is a nice colt. We really love him and we knew he was going to run good, so I’m glad we got the win.” Third-place jockey Joel Rosario (Practical Joke) – “I had a good trip. On the first turn I had to take hold just a little bit, not much.  Turning for home we went for it but the two in front were probably best today. In the last sixteenth they kind of got away from me.” Second-place jockey Robby Albarado (Not This Time, favorite) – “He was not all out today, but he galloped out well. He is an improving horse as this was just his fourth start. I look forward to the future. He’ll be a nice horse next year.” Second-place trainer Dale Romans (Not This Time, favorite) – “There’s no excuses. Perfect trip, the horse ran well, we just got beat by a real good horse in a fast time.” ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2016) – John Oxley’s Classic Empire ($11) disposed of Syndergaard at the head of the stretch and then held off a bid from favored Not This Time by a neck to win the 33rd running of the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) for 2-year-olds on Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park. Third-place trainer Chad Brown (Practical Joke) – “No excuses.  He had good position throughout.  Joel gave him a good trip.  He seemed to handle the track fine.  We were simply third best today.”center_img Fourth-place trainer Steve Asmussen (Lookin at Lee) – “He tried. I thought he ran well. Two horses we’ve chased the last two times finished 1-2, so he’s been keeping good company. Obviously, he looks like a horse where more distance will help him. We’ll evaluate how he’s doing and try to figure out how to get a good 3-year-old.” Trained by Mark Casse and ridden by Julien Leparoux, Classic Empire covered the mile and a sixteenth on a fast track in 1:42.60. A Kentucky-bred son of Pioneerof the Nile, Classic Empire has won four of five starts with the lone blemish coming in the Hopeful when he wheeled at the start of the race and lost his rider. CLASSIC EMPIRE HOLDS OFF NOT THIS TIME TO WIN SENTIENT JET BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE Winning Trainer Mark Casse (Classic Empire) – “I thought at the top of the lane he was going to win easily. Then it got pretty close, but Dale (Romans) said all along it was going to be us two and it was quite a deal. We got a little unlucky with Valadorna, but maybe we got lucky this time. We have a lot of wonderful people that we work for and we have a great team. I have been doing this 37 years and I thought his race in the Bashford Manor was as good as any 2yo I’ve ever trained. Then his deal he did in the Hopeful up at Saratoga, so this is maybe even a little more rewarding because it hasn’t been easy. He’ll try you.” SENTIENT JET BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE QUOTESlast_img read more

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Gearing Up for a Passive House Residence at Unity College

first_imgWe’ve seen plenty of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members get deep into design, construction, and logistics as they prepare 800-sq.-ft. homes for competition in the Solar Decathlon. But there are other academic forums for training your brain on energy efficiency and getting your hands dirty on a construction site, not the least being the “cottage style” student residence being designed for Unity College, in Unity, Maine.Last month, the college announced that the project got a significant push thanks to a $389,000 grant from the Kendeda Fund, a Delaware-based charitable program dedicated to exploring how to use natural resources sustainably. Early this week the school, whose curriculum covers a wide range of environmental disciplines, added that a designer and builder had been selected for the project: G•O Logic Homes, based in nearby Belfast, Maine.For students at Unity, this project could be one of the most instructive lab exercises imaginable, since many of them will participate in the design and construction of the building on the campus. Another key aspect of the project is that it is being designed to perform to the Passivhaus standard. Should the completed building earn certification from Passive House Institute U.S., school administrators say, it would be the first residence hall of its kind on a college or university campus in the U.S.There also will be a permanent public educational component for the hall, Robert Constantine, vice president for college advancement at the school, told the Republican Journal.High-performance credibilityRight now the project is in its preliminary stages of design, so the square footage, level and type of shell insulation, renewable-energy features, projected costs, renderings, and other details are not yet available. Buildings of this type are not brand new to Unity College, however: Unity House, a 1,937-square-foot LEED Platinum modular home on the campus, was built by Bensonwood Homes of Walpole, N.H. in the summer of 2008 and serves as the residence for the school’s president.In addition, G•O Logic’s portfolio features a number of energy-efficient residential structures, including BrightBuilt Barn, a studio-size prototype built largely off-site that was developed in collaboration with Kaplan Thompson Architects, Bensonwood Woodworking Company, and a number of engineers. Another G•O Logic project is Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage, in Belfast, Maine, a 36-home development (including a 1,500-sq.-ft. prototype whose design and construction incorporate Passivhaus principles), that is being built on three acres of the community’s 30-acre site. So the planned residence at Unity will fit in nicely with the energy efficiency inclinations of both the builder and the school.“Not only is the Passivhaus standard at the very leading edge of the ‘what’s next’ for college and university campus construction,” G•O Logic architect Matthew O’Malia told the Republican Journal, “but this project is taking the concept one step further by involving students in all aspects of the project.”last_img read more

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Neymar slams Barca bosses after PSG home debut

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “I want to speak the truth, I’m very sad with them,” said the Brazilian star who cost the Paris club a world record 222 million euros ($261 million) to prise from Barcelona.“I spent four years there and I was very happy. At the start, I was happy. I spent four beautiful years there and I parted happy. But with them (the club’s directors), no.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“For me, they are not the people who should be there, for the direction of Barca,” said Neymar.“Barca deserve much better and the whole world knows it.” Despite securing the massive fee for Neymar, Barcelona are struggling to replace him before the transfer window closes.The club have had bids in excess of 100 million euros for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele turned down.And the club have been criticised for splashing out 40 million euros ($47 million) for Brazil midfielder Paulinho, who has spent two years at Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande.But Neymar said he could not comment on what the club were doing before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.“I cannot speak now I am in another team. I don’t know what’s going on there, but I see my old teammates sad, and it’s that which makes me sad because I have a lot of friends there,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar applauses after winning the French L1 football match Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) vs Toulouse FC (TFC) at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on August 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / bertrand GUAYParis Saint-Germain’s world record signing Neymar launched a scathing attack on his former club’s directors, saying “Barca deserve much better”.The people in charge at the Catalan giants “are not the people who should be there, for the direction of Barca,” Neymar told reporters after scoring twice on his home debut as PSG thumped Toulouse 6-2 in Ligue 1 on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Uichico rues Gilas’ bad shooting in tough outing vs Thailand Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I hope that things will improve for Barca and that they will become a team that can rival others.”However, former Tottenham flop Paulinho’s arrival has not been warmly received by Barca fanatical supporters at the Camp Nou.Over 80 percent of fans urged the club not to pay more than 20 million euros for Paulinho in a survey conducted by Barcelona sports daily Mundo Deportivo. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View commentslast_img read more

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Coach Topex: Pirates lack Lions’ championship class

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA The Pirates are the latest challengers to the throne of the Lions, whose iron-fisted grip of the league has thrown traditional powerhouses San Sebastian and Letran under the shade for most of the past decade.READ: Fernandez knows ‘underdog’ San Beda will come out big vs LyceumFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s obvious that they’re determined to win,” said Robinson, who was part of the television panel that called the Lions’ 76-71 win over the Stags in a knockout duel last Tuesday.“At the end of the day, they’re the stronger team and they have more experience than us. Their experience showed against San Sebastian and we know what we have to face. They have a good group of guys that are motivated to show that they are the defending champions.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFor all the milestones that his team has achieved this season—an elimination round sweep and a first finals appearance, Lyceum coach Topex Robinson still doesn’t think the Pirates are the heavy favorites in the NCAA Season 93 championship series against defending champion San Beda starting Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.For one, Robinson said his team didn’t have the championship culture that the Red Lions had established over the past 11 seasons in the NCAA, where San Beda had lost just twice in the finals.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The regular season results, however, point to the Pirates as the team to beat in the finals.They clobbered teams by double-digit margins in 13 of their 18 wins. And although they did come away with a couple of narrow wins against the Lions, the Pirates were in control for most of those two games.READ: Robinson admits San Beda ‘stronger, more experienced team’“Right now, Lyceum is the best team (in the league) because they beat us twice,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez, on his second stint as Lions coach after steering the team to back-to-back crowns in 2013 and 2014. “We’re the underdogs in the series. But again, we’ll find a way to win.”The Lions are no strangers to these type of situations even in the midst of one of college basketball’s most dominant runs with Fernandez recalling the time San Beda overcame a San Sebastian team led by now PBA star Calvin Abueva.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Lifesavers up even minus star import Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “That time, San Sebastian was the favorite, but San Beda came and won so we might see history repeat itself,” Fernandez said. “For us, we’ll just take it one game at a time.”Interesting matchups abound in the finals with Lyceum star CJ Perez and San Beda’s Robert Bolick all eager to prove their worth in the NCAA’s biggest stage.“The excitement is there, but it’s a matter of channeling it to positivity,” said Robinson. “We know it’s our first time to be in this level and it’s really unchartered territory. We know that we got nothing to lose and we’re happy where we are.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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