Seven Vermont citizens and organizations to be honored with Democracy Awards

first_imgVermont Secretary of State Deb Markowitz will be presenting the 2009 Democracy Awards to seven Vermont citizens and organizations at the Vermont Statehouse on Thursday, February 12, at 3:30 pm.“These awards honor people who have promoted the tenets of democracy in Vermont.  Each of this year’s recipients is a shining example of leadership in the democratic process,” says Markowitz.The National Association of Secretaries of State Medallion Award will be presented to Kristie Bush, teacher at Montpelier’s Union Elementary School; Don Collins, former Franklin County state senator and educator; and WPTZ Television Newschannel 5.Receiving the Vermont Secretary of State’s Enduring Democracy Award are Dennis Bonanza, a teacher at the Community High School of Vermont; Bill Hoar, Barnet Town Clerk and Treasurer; Toni Little, Resident Advisor at Johnson State College; and Ashley Wheeler, Miss Vermont 2008. The Medallion Award was established by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) in 2001 to honor individuals, groups, or organizations with a record of promoting the goals of NASS in one or more of the following areas:  improving elections, with special emphasis on voter education and increasing voter participation; civic education, including the teaching, promotion, and study of this subject; and service to state government–specifically, as it relates to improving democracy in the state. The Vermont Secretary of State Enduring Democracy Award honors individuals and organizations that have shown an outstanding commitment to promoting democracy in the Vermont. Please visit our website at is external) for more information.last_img read more

Governor Douglas appoints Chad Schmidt Bennington County Sheriff

first_imgSource: Governor’s Office. 9.14.2009 Governor Douglas today announced the appointment of Chad Schmidt as Bennington County Sheriff.  Schmidt replaces Gary Forrest who retired after 24 years as Sheriff. “I want to extend my congratulations to Chad,” said Governor Jim Douglas.  “I believe he has the experience and skill to keep our communities safe.”Schmidt has 14 years experience in the Bennington Country Sheriff’s Department serving most recently as Deputy Sheriff.  Schmidt is a graduate of Southern Vermont College where he received a degree in criminal justice as well as the Vermont Police Academy in Pittsford, VT.  He also received a certificate of completion in courses focused on leadership and administrative development at the FBI National Academy in Virginia.Schmidt is an active member of the greater Bennington community serving as a member of the Moose Lodge, Elk Lodge, a former member of the Bennington Rural Fire Department and a volunteer at the AARP Drivers Safety Program.  Schmidt is married with two children.  They reside in Pownal.last_img read more

‘Donors’ promise cancer patient millions in aid, pose for photos, but the money never comes

first_img“I’ve lost count as to how many times we were photographed holding up the false signs.”He said that, despite being lied to, there were no hard feelings. He only wished that Kinem could recover from her illness.Kinem’s jaw cancer started in 2009 when she discovered a big lump under her chin. The condition made it hard for the 45-year old to speak and eat, as her tongue was pushed forward. The cancer also knocked out her teeth.Nursam took his wife to doctors several times, but the latest visit was two years ago, when she was admitted to Moewardi Hospital in Surakarta for two weeks. However, he said, the doctors could not operate her as she did not meet some of the health conditions for surgery.  Nursam said they could not afford further medical treatment for his wife, since he, as the sole breadwinner of the family, was struggling to support their five children doing odd jobs. (aly)Topics : Kinem from Boyolali regency in Central Java has had a cancerous tumor on her jaw for 11 years. Her story has drawn make-believe donors who visited her home and asked her to pose for photos while holding up signs pledging tens of millions of rupiah.The family in Gilirejo hamlet of Gunungsari village was looking forward to the financial support for her treatment, but they never got their hands on the promised money.“My wife and I were only asked to hold up the signs, then they took our pictures. The nominal varied from Rp 10 million [US$680] to Rp 30 million. We once received Rp 7 million of Rp 30 million promised, but other than that, we received nothing,” Kinem’s husband Nursam said on Friday, as quoted by read more

Gold Coast real estate: The year ahead

first_imgCoreLogic Head of Research Tim Lawless..CoreLogic Head of Research Tim Lawless said the Gold Coast property market recorded a stronger performance compared to Brisbane, although growth rates slowed over the past year. “Similar to Brisbane, we expect these markets to remain in mild positive growth territory over the next year thanks to rising interstate migration rates and ongoing demand for lifestyle properties located close to major airports, amenity and employment opportunities,” he said.The Coast has a median house price of $655,000, while the unit median price is sitting at $400,000, according to CoreLogic. Aerial view of Surfers Paradise looking inland on the Gold Coast.WHILE experts aren’t tipping a bumper year for the Gold Coast property market, there is still room for property prices to grow.A combination of interstate migration, infrastructure and the Coast’s sought-after lifestyle are predicted to help real estate prices on the Glitter Strip although growth could start to stabilise by the end of the year. Ray White Broadbeach Waters — Mermaid Waters principal Mitch Palmer.Ray White Broadbeach Waters — Mermaid Waters principal Mitch Palmer expected the property market to stabilise by the end of 2019.“I think we will see the Gold Coast growth moderate this year,” he said.The first few months will still be an adjustment stage and the second we will see more stabilisation in the market.”Coomera made up Mr Palmer’s top three suburb picks because of the amount of new infrastucure in the suburb while Mermaid Waters was included due to being under priced when compared to neighbouring suburbs.“There are suburbs and pockets based on new infrastructure and other key components that are going to support a better property climate in those areas,” he said. MORE NEWS: Resort-style living hits the mark REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoREIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson predicted owner-occupiers to make up a big percentage of home buyers on the Coast in 2019.“I think we will see growth here due to continued migration,” Mr Henderson said.“That is where out advantage lies — people still need somewhere to live and while they keep moving here that should aid that growth in the property market.”Mermaid Waters was a frontrunner for 2019 among real estate agents because of its central location and cheaper property values.“You’ve got the waterfront, nice wide canals and generally larges blocks of land,” Mr Henderson said.“You’ve got good access north, east, south and west, Pacific Fair and the beach is nearby.“Prices are also considerably cheaper than neighbouring suburbs Broadbeach Waters and Mermaid Beach.”He said Tugun was a standout because of its proximity to the airport and beachfront while Mudgeeraba would be one to watch in the future for its subdivision potential. MORE NEWS: Top 5 Queenslanders on the marketlast_img read more

Hot competition at auction for dated Gold Coast house

first_img32 Pilot Court, Mermaid Waters, fetched $1.11 million under the hammer.An old-fashioned Mermaid Waters house is set to face the wrecking ball to make way for a luxury mansion after selling at auction.The four-bedroom house on a 869sq m block was in original condition with a pool (that wouldn’t meet regulation today), dated interiors and a crumbling fence.But that didn’t stop it attracting a lot of attention from house hunters looking for a renovation project or new home site.This block will go from having a dated house on it to being the site of a luxury mansion.A crowd of more than 60 watched on as five bidders competed for the keys of the Pilot Court property at auction on the weekend.Four other registered bidders didn’t place a bid.Bidding opened at $850,000 and bids placed by four bidders in $25,000 and $5000 increments pushed the price to the million-dollar mark.A fifth bidder, the eventual buyer, jumped in after the bidding reached seven figures.The property was called on the market at $1.1 million.Two more bids were placed and the hammer fell at $1.11 million.MORE NEWS: The Coast’s funniest street namesMORE NEWS: Modern mansion fits right in on millionaires’ rowThe pool would not meet regulation today.The kitchen was in original condition.Auctioneer and Harcourts Broadbeach director Dane Atherton said the buyers, a local couple, would demolish the property to make way for a mansion.“The buyers already own property in the area and plan to build a substantial residence,” he said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“It was a great result but at the same time it was a great property that attracted the great interest we expected.”Mr Atherton said house hunters were looking at Mermaid Waters as it offered value and opportunity.“They recognise value in waterfront property in Mermaid Waters and you get an awesome lifestyle,” he said.“Plus, there’s still opportunity for people to buy an original home and build or renovate.“A north-facing renovator is what a lot of buyers are after.”Five bidders vied for the keys.Mermaid Waters has a median house price of $870,000 which has increased by 39 per cent in the past five years, according to CoreLogic data.The suburb’s median unit price has jumped 32.9 per cent in the same time period to $388,000.Harcourts Broadbeach agent Christine Tucker, who marketed the Pilot Court house, said properties like it were bucking the trend of the country’s cooling conditions.“During the past three weeks I have had 68 groups of people come through the property — we had a lot of interest,” she said.“The north-facing aspect is a huge attraction for waterfront properties.“It’s also in a good postcode, so central to everything.”Ms Tucker said the seller had moved into an aged care facility after losing her husband a few years ago.Property records show the house last changed hands for $280,000 in 1988.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45last_img read more

Balltec Delivers Floatmast Mooring Connectors and Tensioners

first_imgBalltec has recently secured and supplied a contract from Streamlined Naval Architects, based in Greece, for the design, manufacture, testing and supply of 4 subsea adjustable mooring connectors and hydraulic tensioners. The connectors and tensioners will moor Floatmast’s Floating Met Mast Tension Leg Platform demonstration project off the Greek island of Makronisos for a period of 12 months.This demonstration project, which is subject to a grant from the European Commission, will provide Floatmast with field data to verify the mast’s capabilities.Each adjustable mooring connector, rated to a minimum break load of 450 metric Tonnes, is designed with a self-activating mechanism to allow rapid deployment and connection of the mooring lines to the Floatmast with no diver intervention.Hydraulic tensioners will be also be installed onto each connector to adjust the mooring lines to the required tension. The operation of the tensioners will be controlled from the surface thus reducing installation time and costs, the company explains. Also included in Balltec’s scope of supply are 4 H Links to connect each mooring line to the subsea base.last_img read more

Murcia logs highest rape cases in NegOcc

first_imgNOCPPO spokesperson Major EdisonGarcia noted that this year’s figures actually showed a decrease compared tolast year. On the same period last year, NOCPPOreported 155 rape cases in the province; 17 of which were recorded in Murciawith only one unsolved case. Of the 77 cases of rape that theNegros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOCCPO) recorded from January toNovember this year, 11 were logged from the Murcia municipal police stationwith two unsolved cases.  The Sagay Citypolice station came in second with seven cases. The Sipalay City and Talisay City police stations followed with sixeach. Garcia urged parents to be vigilant and proactive in preventing incidents of abuse and exploitation of children. “It is not only law enforcers thatmake the action to prevent rape incidents; it’s a collaborative effort fromvarious government agencies and the community,” he stressed. center_img According to the World Organization (WHO), sexual violence is a serious public health and human rights problem with both short- and long-term consequences on women’s physical, mental, and sexual and reproductive health. WHO added that whether sexual violence occurs in the context of an intimate partnership, within the larger family or community structure, or during times of conflict, is deeply violating and painful experience for the survivor. (With WHO/PN) Garcia said every police station inNegros Occidental is reaching out in the community to coordinate with thepeople in order to inform them not to be afraid in telling them in relation tothis incident. BACOLOD City – The town of Murcia hasthe highest number of rape cases for two consecutive years in NegrosOccidental.last_img read more

It’s final: SC junks same-sex marriage petition

first_img“No further pleadings or motions will be entertained,” the resolution wrote. “Let entry of judgement be made immediately.” Laywer Jesus Falcis in 2015 filed a petition before the court to declare the Articles 1 and 2 of the Family Code, which limits the marriage only between a man and a woman, as unconstitutional. The high court earlier ruled that, “whileit recognized the history of discrimination and marginalization against membersof the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex community, thepetition was junked for “lack of standing” and for “failing toraise an actual, justiciable controversy.” “But arranging state recognition for same-sex relations is an issue better left to Congress,” Leonen said. “A sweeping decision in favor of same-sex marriages based on the petition may do more harm than good to a historically marginalized community.” Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, the ponente of the decision, said the Constitution, from its plain text, does not define or restrict marriage on the basis of sex, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity of expression. The justices in September last year unanimously found Falcis’ petition deficient, ruling that he lacked legal standing, violated the principle of the hierarchy of courts, and failed to raise an actual, justiciable controversy./PNcenter_img MANILA – The Supreme Court (SC) has junkedwith finality the petition to legalize same-sex marriage in the Philippines.  A rainbow flag is raised during a Pride March in Manila. The Supreme Court on Monday denied with finality the petition to legalize same-sex marriage in the Philippines. ABS-CBN NEWS Falcis also wanted to nullify Articles 46 (4) and 55 (6) of the Family Code, which include homosexuality or lesbianism as legal grounds for annulment and legal separation. In a resolution dated Dec. 10 but onlyreleased publicly on Monday night, the SC said the motion for reconsiderationhas no “substantial arguments” that would warrant the reversal of the originaldecision.last_img read more

Courtois, Iglesias, owners of Dux Gaming, buy Inter de Madrid

first_img DuxGame are one of the best eSports teams and are exclusively dedicated to eSports. With this move, they have become the first eSports team to buy a football team. This information was first reported by COPE and Radio MARCA.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Real Betis striker Borja Iglesias , who together own Dux Gaming with DjMaRiiO, have decided to buy Segunda Division B side Inter de Madrid. Read Also: La Liga: Barcelona suffer title blow in Atletico Madrid draw From next season, Inter de Madrid will be called Dux Internacional de Madrid and will continue in the third tier of Spanish football. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Giggs: Ighalo gives Man U something extra

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Manchester United legend, Ryan Giggs, reckoned it is a huge positive that Odion Ighalo has extended his loan at the club.Ighalo arrived at Old Trafford on a four-month loan deal from Shanghai Shenhua in January and has been a success with four goals in eight appearances. Ighalo’s initial deal at United was due to expire on May 31, but the Reds managed to reach an agreement with Shanghai to keep him for another seven months until January 2020.The deal was well received by Manchester United fans, who have been impressed with Ighalo’s impact since his arrival.Giggs agrees with the fan base too, and believes that Ighalo’s skillset offers something different for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.“He’s different, he’s just a centre-forward,” Giggs told Sky Sports.“The other players can play out wide, he gives you something extra. He makes an impact, whether it’s off the bench or starting. Centre-forwards always want to score goals and he has scored goals everywhere he has gone. “It’s positive he’s able to stay because he’s done well. He’s scored goals and made an impact whenever he’s been on the pitch.”Tags: Manchester UnitedOdion IghaloOld TraffordRyan GiggsShanghai Shenhualast_img read more