A celebration of entrepreneurship in Vermont featuring the announcement of the winners of the annual high school poster contest and a Governor’s Proclamation will be held Thursday, February 9th at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier from 10:30 am to 1 pm. The event is part of the national Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education’s (http://www.nationaleweek.org(link is external) ) week-long activities. Beginning at 10:00 a.m., in the Governor’s Ballroom of the Capital Plaza there will be a 30-minute workshop on starting your own business, followed by entrepreneur presentations, and an opportunity to network with entrepreneurial students, entrepreneurs and technical assistance providers. Following this will be the Governor’s Proclamation of Vermont Entrepreneurship Week and announcement of the winners of the statewide high school poster contest and lunch. Students submitted digital or hand-drawn posters to highlight how and why developing entrepreneurship skills will help them now and into the future. Students enrolled in Career and Technical education programs including DECA, Future Business Leaders of America, Future Farmers of America, and Skills USA will inform legislators and the public about their programs in the statehouse cafeteria from 8 ‘ 9am. The Vermont celebration is sponsored by Johnson State College, the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies, Vermont Small Business Development Center, Champlain College BYOBiz, Vermont REAL Enterprises, the Vermont Auditor of Accounts, Lamoille Economic Development Corporation, Merritt & Merritt & Moulton, the Vermont Commission on Women and the Vermont Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development. For more information, or to register for the event, visit www.vermontentrepreneur.org(link is external).
Cities, towns, healthcare facilities, federal, state, and local responders, non-profit emergency partners, and many others will exercise emergency plans and procedures in a statewide catastrophic exercise. The activities from June 2-7 will simulate multiple disasters and events affecting all corners of Vermont. Nearly 1,600 participants will be faced with scenarios that will require them to perform life-saving duties, or tasks that assist in the aftermath of a catastrophic incident. Healthcare facilities will be presented with a surge of patients; a number of towns will set up emergency shelters to accommodate those who have been displaced from their homes due to the simulated disaster; utilities will be faced with special challenges; and more.The Vermont State Emergency Operations Center will be open for several days culminating with a 36-hours operation beginning on Friday June 6th to test the capability of state responders. The EOC will be staffed by Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security staff, other state agencies, and volunteers for the duration. Support agencies like the American Red Cross will also be actively engaged and staffed appropriately.State agency Continuity of Operations (COOP) plans will be practiced as certain agencies will be displaced from regular work locations for a short time throughout the week.The exercise is the result of two years of planning by a group led by the VT Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
Vermont Business Magazine The Personal Income Tax, the most important of Vermont’s revenue sources, was again steeply lower than projections and is running behind for the fiscal year. The Corporate Tax, which has helped make up some of the difference, also fell back but continues to stay well ahead of targets. The consumption taxes showed mixed results, with the gasoline tax well behind again and in need of adjustment, the sales tax slightly ahead and rooms & meals off. The Lottery had a big month. Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding released the preliminary November fiscal year (FY) 2015 revenue results today.Spaulding emphasized that, due to the long Thanksgiving week-end, some receipts that would otherwise have been credited to November will instead be credited to December. For the General Fund, that amount is likely in the range of $3.0 million. This difference affects the accuracy of comparisons to monthly targets and year over year performance.General Fund (GF) revenues totaled $78.23 million for November 2014, -$6.72 million or –7.91% below the monthly tar-get. Year-to-date, GF receipts are $512.55 million, -$18.63 million or –3.51% below the cumulative target. They are $7.17 million or 1.42% above the year-to-date results of the prior fiscal year (FY 2014).Secretary Spaulding commented, “The revenue picture this fiscal year continues to be difficult to interpret. The fact that Personal Income Tax receipts, the largest source of General Fund revenue, have underperformed every month since April, and are now almost $18 million below projection for the fiscal year, is of significant concern and a big reason why the Shumlin Administration is seeking to reduce State spending without delay. That said, there are indications that receipts from the Personal Income Tax component, as a whole, may recover somewhat before the fiscal year is over. Improving job and economic growth rates, as well as better than forecasted performance in consumption taxes, offsetting poor performance elsewhere, support this thinking. We strongly believe, however, it would be risky not to adjust spending downward at this time, given receipts to date and uncertainty about the road ahead.”The Transportation Fund came in slightly less than projected for the month of November, finishing at $17.40 million, -$1.76 million, or –9.20% below its monthly target. On a cumulative basis, TF revenues were $106.54 million, -$0.77 mil-lion or –0.72% below the cumulative target. Compared to the prior fiscal year (FY 2014), TF revenues were $1.81 million or 1.73% ahead.The Education Fund came in higher than budgeted for the month of November, finishing at $14.28 million, $0.64 million, or 4.71%, ahead of its monthly target. Year-to-date EF revenues were $1.11 million or 1.50% ahead of the cumulative target. In addition, EF revenues were $2.70 million or 3.72% higher than the prior fiscal year (FY 2014).All three funds are running ahead of last year’s totals to date, with even the PI tax ahead of FY14’s total. The two line items notably running far behind expectations and year-to-year are the Gasoline and Insurance related taxes.
Vermont Business Magazine This afternoon in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce markup of the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 (HR 2430), Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) introduced an amendment to authorize the importation of safe, low-cost medicine from Canada. In his opening remarks on the amendment, Welch decried the high cost of prescription drugs in the United States and implored the Committee to allow Americans to get their prescription drugs from Canada where prices are significantly lower.A full transcript of Welch’s remarks can be found here.(link is external)“We have an example of EpiPen where if people buy it in Canada it’s 250 bucks; in the US it’s 600. And the pain to families—I got a letter from a Vermonter who said, ‘Mr. Welch, I have a choice between paying for something I cannot afford, or risking a loss that I could never endure.’ We pay the highest prices in the world. Now, why don’t we have consideration for that mom struggling to protect her son when there is an ability to do that?” A vote on Welch’s amendment is expected this afternoon. It is identical to House legislation (H.R. 1245) Welch cosponsored with Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD). Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has introduced the same bill in the U.S. Senate (S. 469).
Gwenie, 9, relaxes on her pillow Sunday afternoon at her home on Walnut Street. Gwenie is a member of the Sara and Anthony Clark family and she loves lifting spirits all over Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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Dave Holley, CEO of the Peters & May Group says that his company has undertaken extensive research into the Australian yacht logistics market and has concluded that Aurora’s marine logistics product and market share are well suited to future growth and stability within the Australian marine market.In an offical company statement, Peters & May says that its current Australian agent, Peters & May Australia, will no longer represent the Peters & May brand or activities in any form and has no association with the brand. “Aurora, in recent years has positioned itself as the leading international yacht logistics company in Australia. This partnership will ensure Australian importers and exporters have access to the most service orientated, extensive and cost effective yacht logistics solutions in the world. It is a pleasure to work with the Peters & May network and we look forward to being able to jointly represent one another’s services within Australia”, says Jason Roberts, director and owner of Aurora Global Logistics.
Photo by Melanie Burke Share TAMPA, Fla. — The undefeated and top ranked University of West Florida women’s soccer team was unable to clinch the university’s first ever national championship in a team sport as they fell 1-0 to Seattle Pacific University in the NCAA Division II National Championship. The Argos battled a tough Falcons’ team but were unable to hold them off in the second sudden death overtime period.The Argos speedy offense had a bit of trouble against a tough, physical Falcon defense. Despite out shooting the Falcons in the first half they were held scoreless in the first half for just the third time all season.“Seattle Pacific really came into the match with a great game plan and executed it extremely well,” said Head Coach Joe Bartlinski. “They have been to the Final Four three years in a row so they know what it takes to compete at this level.”In the second half, the Falcons outshot the Argos by a count of 8-2, really taking control of the game. The closest chance any team had to score came in the 59th minute. Argos’ keeper Courtney Jones rushed out to make a save but the ball deflected back out to the middle of the box for a wide open net. Sheka Codner rushed in as the ball was being struck to knock it away to keep it a scoreless game.After a scoreless regulation, the Argos had to battle through two sudden death overtime periods in which the first team to score wins. With less than four minutes remaining in the second overtime Jocelyn Charette sent a cross into traffic right in front of the net. Janae Godoy jumped up and managed to put a foot on it, just squeaking it by Jones on the near post for the game winner.The Argos were outshot 19-11 despite have a 13-9 advantage on corner kicks. Argos’ keeper, Jones, kept the Argos in the match all evening as she collected six saves.“It’s been a great season,” said Shaneka Gordon. “We’ll be back. Now we have the experience and know what it takes.”West Florida places three players on the 2008 Division II Women’s Soccer Championship Tournament Team. Defender Kaley Morris and Shameka Gordon along with Forward Shaneka Gordon were the three Argonauts selected for their performance in the Final Four. Shameka Gordon was named as the tournament’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player.The Argos finish the season with a record of 24-1-1 and have re-wrote many of the programs records in their historic 2008 season. It should be another fun and exciting campaign set for 2009.For more information on Argonaut athletics or to follow along with live stats, fans can keep up with the action at www.GoArgos.com. Print Friendly Version Argos Fall 1-0 to Seattle Pacific in National Championship
IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 WBC minimumweight champion Eagle Kyowa will defend his crown when he takes on Japan’s Ken Nakajima on Jan. 9, boxing sources said Monday.Thai boxer Kyowa reclaimed the title he lost to Katsunari Takayama last December by defeating the same boxer by unanimous decision in the summer, but Nakajima was confident he would prevail in his first crack at a world title at Yokohama Pacifico. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES “This is a chance for me, and I will take the world at the first attempt,” said Nakajima. Kyowa’s win over Takayama in August improved his record to 14-1 with five knockouts.Nakajima has won 14 of his bouts, eight of them KOs, against a pair of losses.
Enyimba midfielder Dayo Ojo and Abia Comets’ Benjamin Iluyomade have both regained their freedom three days after they were kidnapped busybuddiesng.com can confirm.Eight-time Nigeria Professional Football League champions Enyimba confirmed Ojo’s release from his captors late on Wednesday via Twitter. Enyimba said the players were released following the concerted efforts of the Nigeria Police Force, Enyimba Football Club, the National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers and their respective families.Ojo and Iluyomade were kidnapped while driving on the Benin-Owo expressway last Sunday. The pair were travelling to Akure on a break, as the NPFL is currently suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.Ojo’s Enyimba teammate Emmanuel James was also in the car but escaped.The news of the kidnapping filtered in just hours after the death in a car crash of two footballers from Rangers International – Emmanuel Ogbu and Ifeanyi George.Ojo represented Nigeria at senior level at the 2018 African Nations Championship, and at youth level with the U-17 in 2010.He joined Enyimba in 2019 following a long stint with Sunshine Stars with whom he reached the CAF Champions League semi-finals in 2012.Kidnapping is an ongoing security concern for Nigeria and football personalities perceived as well off are often the targets of kidnappers.Katsina United head coach Abdullahi Biffo was kidnapped and released in January 2019.Bordeaux winger Samuel Kalu’s mother was also captured and held for six days in March 2019.Former Super Eagles head coach Samson Siasia also saw his mother kidnapped for a third time and held in captivity for ten weeks before she was released.RelatedEnyimba’s Dayo Ojo Kidnapped Hours After Rangers Striker’s DeathMarch 22, 2020In “Featured”NPFL: Deutsch Quits Abia Warriors Over ‘Unpaid Bonuses’ Hours After Enyimba MaulingFebruary 17, 2020In “Featured”No Small Team In The NPFL Anymore – Dayo Ojo Claims (AUDIO)December 22, 2019In “NPFl”