Vermont Chamber releases Legislative Report Card

first_imgThe purpose of the Legislative Report Card is to clearly and succinctly depict the positions of Vermont’s 180 legislators on important business issues. The Vermont Chamber works closely with members of all political parties to champion legislation that will help businesses prosper and stay in Vermont.According to Duane Marsh, “We have found that many of our issues, the business communities, are the same issues facing all Vermonters – property taxes, roads and bridges, healthcare, and the cost of living within the state. With the current economic climate, it is even more important that business owners and all Vermonters understand how their legislators voted on the issues that affect their daily life.”www.vtchamber.com(link is external)Vermont Chamber of Commerce | Legislative Report Card .nolink {color: #3E3E3E; text-decoration: none; font-weight: normal} .digifront {color: #CCCCCC; text-decoration: none; font-size: 10px;} body, p, td, th, ul, li, form, i { font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10px; } b {font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;} h2 { font-weight: bold; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; color: #000000; } h3 { font-weight: bold; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10px; color: #000000; } small { font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10px; } input { font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10px; } textarea { font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10px; } .footertxt { font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #3E3E3E; text-decoration: none; font-size: 10px; } select { font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10px; } .preftxt { font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000000; text-decoration: none; font-size: 9px; } .digfront { font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #CCCCCC; text-decoration: none; font-size: 10px; } .btn { font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10px; background-color: #FFCC66; } .bb { font-weight: bold; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; } a { font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; color: #3300CC; text-decoration: underline} .text1 { font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10px; color: #000000} .text2 { font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; color: #000000 } .text2_alt { font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; color: #006699; font-weight: bold} .text3 { font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; color: #FFFFFF; font-weight: normal} .text3reg { font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; color: #FFFFFF ; font-weight: normal} .text3bold { font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; color: #FFFFFF; font-weight: bold} .text3link { font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; color: #FFFF66; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline} .link1 { font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10px; color: #FF0000} .link2 { font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; color: #FF0000 } .link3 { font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10px; color: #3300CC; text-decoration: underline} .textinfo { font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10px; color: #336699} .photo_border { font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10px; color: #FFFFFF} .title { font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-weight: bold; color: #006666} .visitingtext { font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10px; color: #999966} .menu { font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10px; color: #996600; text-decoration: underline} a:hover {color: #33cc00;}.InntopiaZ { z-index: 1; height: 122px;}.InntopiaForm { font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; z-index: 1; font-size: 9px;}.InntopiaText { font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #FFFFFF; font-size: 10px; font-weight: bold;}.InntopiaTitle { font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #CCCC66; font-size: 14px; font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;}.InntopiaButton { font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; color: #FFFFFF; background-color: #336666;}0&&parent.frames.length) { d=parent.frames[n.substring(p+1)].document; n=n.substring(0,p);} if(!(x=d[n])&&d.all) x=d.all[n]; for (i=0;!x&&i Visiting Vermont, Welcome to Vermont Order our Free Seasonal Guide! Find Lodging and More! “Visiting For Kids” Seasonal Guide Traveler’s Links Visiting Vermont – Great Vermont Traditions Green Hotels in the Green Mountain State Summer 2008 Vermont Vacation eGuide Winter 2007/08 Vermont Vacation eGuide Order Guide Online Contact Us Winter Spring & Summer Fall Search Scrapbook Traveler’s Resources for Spring, Summer, Fall Traveler’s Resources for Winter Apply to be a Top Ten Event! Suggest An Eventlast_img read more

Sweetwater Pulled Porter: This is Not a Bacon Milkshake

first_imgSocrates, the classical Greek philosopher, is credited with a lot of really insightful quotes, like “an unexamined life is not worth living,” and “the only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing.” And let’s not forget his classic, “be suspicious of combining two good things.” Okay, that wasn’t Socrates, that was actually my childhood friend Damian, but it’s as wise as anything the founder of western philosophy said. Growing up, we would go see the Allman Brothers every Fourth of July and Damian couldn’t understand why the Brothers insisted on playing on the holiday every year. The Fourth is already guaranteed to be a killer party, why throw another killer party on top of it? Why not play a show on the fifth and then we’d all have two awesome days in a row instead of jamming everything into a single day. It’s solid logic that I think even Socrates would appreciate. Christmas is great, and while it might be tempting to combine Christmas and Easter into the same day, with maybe a live broadcast of the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus going at it Greco-Roman style, I think we can all agree that it’s best to spread those two holidays out. There’s only so much fun you can have on a single day before it just becomes white noise. I tend to apply that same philosophy when it comes to beer, too. Beer is great and so are things like chocolate and bananas and Christmas trees, so it might be tempting to combine two or more great things into a single package. That’s how you get Jelly Bean IPAs and Old Bay Lagers. These beers sound like a great idea, but they rarely work out and I usually find myself wishing I could separate all of the ingredients so that I could enjoy a bowl of Jelly Beans next to my IPA. So I was suspicious when Sweetwater released Pulled Porter, a bacon smoked flavored beer that, at first glance, feels a little bit like watching Santa and the Easter Bunny wrestle. Too much of a good thing, maybe even a little sacrilegious. But this beer works. The Atlanta-based brewery partnered with Fox Brothers, arguably the best barbecue joint in the city to create the smoky, pork profile. Over three days, Fox Brothers smoked one ton of malt along with racks of bacon on their wood-burning smoker. Sweetwater used that malt to give this porter a smoky, bacony element that’s strong without being overwhelming. You get a hint of bacon, but it’s not like you’re drinking a bacon milkshake. Look for the beer in four packs this winter. And in case you’re wondering, I already applied for a trademark on the term “bacon milkshake.”Related:last_img read more

Suspect arrested over ricin envelope sent to White House

first_img US media reported Saturday that authorities had intercepted an envelope laced with ricin addressed to Trump.The letter was discovered earlier last week and did not reach the White House, according to The New York Times and CNN.The Times said it was believed that the letter was mailed from Canada.Mail addressed to the White House is first inspected and sorted in depots just outside Washington. CNN said the contents of the envelope were tested repeatedly at one depot and confirmed to contain ricin.Ricin, which is produced by processing castor beans, is lethal even in minute doses if swallowed, inhaled or injected, causing organ failure.A government official who was not authorized to speak on the matter told AFP that a court appearance was scheduled for Monday.Topics : US authorities confirmed an arrest Sunday over an envelope addressed to President Donald Trump that contained a substance identified as the poison ricin.The suspect was a woman who was carrying a gun when she was arrested by authorities, according to US media reports.”I can confirm that an arrest was made at the Peace Bridge in Buffalo, New York,” Customs and Border Protection supervisory officer Aaron Bowker told AFP, referring to the bridge that connects Canada and the US state of New York.last_img read more

Colors Boutique supports Ninvalle for Pre-Cadet and Caribbean Table Tennis Championships

first_img… Guyana team departs todayKAYSAN Ninvalle, Guyana’s lone gold medallist at last year’s Pre-Cadet and Caribbean Table Tennis Championships, yesterday received sponsorship from Colors Boutique, as he gets set to feature in the 2017 edition of the championship which will be held in Jamaica, August 21-28.One year ago, Ninvalle defeated Jalen Kerr of Trinidad and Tobago 11-8, 9-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9 in the Boys U-11 final and now, moving up to the U-13 category, the racquet-wielder believes he can replicate his performance to win gold once again.At a simple presentation ceremony held at the Colors Boutique Robb Street location, Sales Representative Creanna Damon said they were happy with his progress in the sport, noting that her entity is simply fulfilling an obligation made earlier this year.Colors Boutique had signed a two-year deal with Ninvalle to support the sensational player, and as such, Damon believes that with his (Ninvalle) steady growth in the sport, the company is willing to continue its sponsorship.Meanwhile, Ninvalle, who was named Junior Sportsman-of-the-Year for his exploits in 2016, thanked Colors Boutique for the continued support, and said that he’s confident of doing well in Jamaica.According to Ninvalle, he’s prepared for the challenge ahead, pointing out that he’s grown significantly in the sport.Ninvalle is on a full scholarship at Chase’s Academic Foundation and Principal Henry Chase, the school’s proprietor, commended Colors Boutique for its sponsorship. Chase wished Ninvalle the best of luck in Jamaica.The Caribbean Pre- and Mini-Cadet championships engage players between the ages of 11 and 13 years under and is a signature tournament on the regional calendar of events, since it forms the basis for regional table tennis supremacy and the commencement of the journey of many of our young talent into the international arena.Additionally it serves to provide the platform for the technical and tactical development of players in addition to the opportunity for players to win medals, match and assess their skills against Caribbean counterparts and allow the association to lobby for international support among other benefits.In the 2016 edition of the championships, Guyana secured 8 medals with Kaysan Ninvalle winning the Boys 11 years and under singles title. The team also secured medals in the Girls 13 years and under singles – Neveah Clarkston, silver medal Girls doubles – Neveah Clarkston and Abigaile Martin, Isaiah Layne secured silver medal in the Boys’ 13 years and under and silver in the Boys’ and Girls’ 13 years and under.Competition will be among Puerto Rico, Barbados, Aruba, Jamaica, St Lucia Trinidad and Tobago, Dominican Republic and French Guiana and other participating countries.The competition takes on an added dimension with the hosting of a training camp being conducted under the auspices of the Latin American Table Tennis Union for the 11 years and under participants from August 14-19.As our next prospects transition as possible representatives of Guyana at regional and international tournaments, Junior Olympics and Junior Olympic Cycle games in the future, it is therefore critical they are provided with the requisite exposure in view, realising their true potential.Further tournaments such as these charter a pathway players have to take in order to ascend the ranking in the next 4- 6 years.Squad: (11 Years Boys) Dhanesh Persaud, Krystian Sahadeo, Colin Wong, Alexander De Abreu(11 Years Girls) Tatyana Mohamed, Rozeanna Saunders. (13 Years Boys) Kaysan Ninvalle, Isaiah Layne Jonathan Van Lange. (13 Years Girls) Thuraia Thomas, Shorana Roberts. (Coach and Management Personnel) Linden Johnson, Dwain Dick, Maurice Cummings, Kennard Sahadeo, Munniram Persaud, Candacy McKenzie. (Manager Delegate) Michael Layne, Kamala Vanlange. (Manager Chaperone) Dawn Chung Layne and Daniel Thomas.last_img read more

141 Athletes, Officials in Niger Grumble over Unpaid Allowances Â

first_imgNATIONAL YOUTH GAMES FALLOUT By Laleye Dipo in Minna Over 140 athletes and officials that participated in the National Youth Games held in Ilorin Kwara State recently are now grumbling over their unpaid allowances. The athletes and officials who have been visiting the state’s Sports Council in Minna since their return from the Games over two weeks ago have appealed to Governor Abubakar Sani Bello to come to their rescue. THISDAY checks at the weekend revealed that officials of the Sports Council have also been avoiding the athletes since their arrival as they no longer know what excuse to give them for the non payment of the allowances.It was gathered that the athletes and their officials were being owed over N49million.Further checks by THISDAY revealed that before the athletes departed Minna for the Games, they were told that they would be paid only three days allowance pending when the state’s Ministry of Finance will release the approved budget.The athletes and officials were told that the Sports Council had to borrow N10m from one staff to enable the team leave for Ilorin.One of the officials who spoke with THISDAY on condition of anonymity said each athlete was given N9,000 for three days while the officials got N15,000 for the same period.The money according to the findings was far below the newly approved basic traveling allowance  BTA of N12,000 for senior civil servants and N5000 for junior workers per day.according to the official, for the 10 days period the games lasted, nobody surfaced from Minna to pay the balance of the remaining seven days to both the officials and athletes.“We learnt that the commissioner came to Ilorin but he did not visit us in the camp, he left for Minna without seeing any of us,” the official alleged.All efforts to speak to the Commissioner for Sports Alhaji Mammam Musa was abortive as he was always said to be in a meeting.Niger State placed 10th on the overall medals table winning six gold, two silver and one bronze in the Games won by Delta State with Akwa Ibom second and Ondo State third. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more