Leonine: Adjournment delayed again

first_imgThrough a special arrangement with VBM, Leonine Public Affairs (link is external)provides a summary of legislative activity in Montpelier for the week ending May 12. 2017.Leonine Public Affairs(link is external) While the Vermont General Assembly initially planned to adjourn Friday, May 6th, a disagreement between the Democratic-controlled legislature and Republican Governor, Phil Scott regarding education spending and teacher health insurance contracts prevented that from happening. As a result, the plan was to come back on Wednesday of this week for a two day session to wrap things up. However, even after going an extra day through today (Friday), the legislature and administration still had not reached an agreement. As a result, the full Senate plans to return on Wednesday or Thursday next week (5/17 or 5/18). The full House could return as early as Tuesday (5/16) and will be notified by email as to the exact return date.The point of contention has been Governor Scott’s proposal to cut property taxes by utilizing savings from a change in teachers’ health care plans. The Governor’s proposal included changing how teacher health benefits are collectively bargained – negotiating on a statewide basis instead of district by district.Governor Scott has said the state has a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to lower property taxes by $26 million without hurting school programs and ensuring teachers are held harmless. Democratic leaders in the House and Senate have criticized the proposal, saying a statewide teacher’s health benefits plan eliminates the union’s ability to collectively bargain. House and Senate Democrats offered a counter proposal they said would save $13 million in FY18 but keeps collective bargaining at the district level. The Democratic plan reduces education spending and requires school districts to realize the savings. On Thursday the Governor rejected the Democratic plan, saying it only addresses one year of savings and does not ensure education programs will remain intact. In the meantime a handful of conference committees continued work to on their respective bills, and in some cases agreements were reached. CHEMICALSS.103, a bill that would create an interagency task force to identify, inventory and recommend changes to chemical management practices in Vermont has been referred to the Senate Health and Welfare Committee after passing the House. The bill became controversial when the House Natural Resources, Fish & Wildlife Committee added provisions that would amend Act 188, the program that regulates chemicals in children’s products. The proposed amendments to Act 188 gave the Commissioner of Health unilateral power to ban children’s products in Vermont if they contain certain chemicals. They also changed the scientific standards required for regulating the use of chemicals in Vermont. Since Act 188 passed in 2014 there have been efforts to expand its scope from children’s products to all consumer products, which would have a broad impact on manufacturing in Vermont.An effort on the House floor to strip some of the Act 188 amendments out was narrowly defeated and the bill was messaged back to the Senate. Senate leadership said the House amendments required further consideration and the bill was referred to the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. It is unclear if any further action will be taken on the bill this year.  LIQUOR-LOTTERY MERGERH.238, a lengthy bill that updates Vermont’s alcohol laws, got caught up in the controversy regarding the Governor’s proposal to merge the Department of Liquor and the Lottery Commission. Earlier this year the Governor issued an Executive Order proposing to merge the department and the commission. The House voted for a Resolution that rescinded the Executive Order in April. The Senate then added the merger proposal to H.238 but the House balked. The conference committee report, approved by both the House and Senate this week, creates a “Department of Liquor and Lottery Task Force,” to draft a plan and legislation to merge liquor and lottery on or before July 1, 2018. This six-member Task Force consists of a member of the House, a member of the Senate, the Chair of the Liquor Board, the Chair of the Lottery Commission and two members that the Governor appoints. The bill is awaiting the Governor’s signature. MARIJUANAThe House gave final approval to a bill allowing small amounts of marijuana possession for personal use. S.22 would allow adults age 21 and above to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and allow home growers to have two mature and four immature plants. The law would become effective in July of 2018. It was a drastic turn around for a bill that appeared dead for the year. It marks the first time a legislature has legalized marijuana for recreational use. Other states, like Colorado and Washington, legalized marijuana by referendum. The bill now goes to Governor Phil Scott for approval. He can sign the bill or let it become law without his signature. He can also veto the measure. After S.22 passed the legislature Governor Scott declined to say what he plans to do. He said he does not believe legalization is a priority in Vermont right now.  He is also concerned there is no reliable roadside test for marijuana.  LICENSE PLATES AND INSPECTIONSThis week the House and Senate approved a conference committee report regarding S.127, the Department of Motor Vehicle Miscellaneous bill. The final version of the bill makes numerous changes to DMV laws including the following:Preserves the current requirement that vehicles have two license plates and authorizes Vermont Strong license plates to be displayed indefinitely on the front of a vehicle. Requires the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, in consultation with the Commissioner of Corrections, to estimate the cost savings that would result from eliminating the requirement that most vehicles display front license plates and examine whether the redesign of Vermont’s license plate could lead to cost savings associated with the production of the plates, among other things. A report is due back to lawmakers by January 15, 2018. Requires the Secretary of Transportation to develop an educational resource for property owners related to the prevention of injuries arising from recreational use of property.Deleted the so-called “Keefe” amendment that authorized by law, and extended until May 1, 2018, DMV’s “conditional pass” policy for vehicles inspected under Automated Vehicle Inspection Program (AVIP) that fail the on-board diagnostic (i.e., emission-related) portion of the inspection but pass the safety-related portion of the test. The result is that DMV’s current “conditional pass” policy remains in place.last_img read more

House passes second economic package of $121 million, $16 million for homelessness

first_imgFinancial assistance to Vermont households living in motels to help them enter safe housing arrangements $70 million recovery grants, in addition to the $70 million in S.350(link is external) $3 million to highway contractors $5 million in grants to women-owned and minority-owned small businesses $5 million in grants to establish a program to help our restaurants and farms create jobs and fight food insecurity $3 million for business technical support $5 million for working lands and our agriculture and wood forest industries Assisting with housing navigation and case management services Vermont Business Magazine Today the Vermont House advanced the Broadband, Connectivity, Housing, and Economic Development bill (H.966(link is external)). The passage of this bill brings the total Coronavirus Relief Funds appropriated by the House in the last week to nearly a billion dollars. $121 million in economic development funds and $16 million in services for homelessness were added to H.966 in amendments today, supported by the Commerce & Economic Development Committee and Human Services Committee, respectively. With last week’s bill, S.350(link is external), that’s a total of $191 million in economic development and $91 million to address housing and homelessness.Highlights of the amendments include:Economic Development:$90 million in business recovery grants including:   Supplementing the General Assistance motel voucher program $3 million in marketing support for businesses such as restaurants, downtowns, and tourism properties $1.5 million to outdoor recreation businesses $20 million to provide hazard pay to frontline workersHomelessness:Expanding the Vermont Rental Subsidy program  $5 million to assist our creative economy Capitalizing a housing risk pool for landlords to encourage rentals to individuals experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity Chair of the House Commerce & Economic Development Committee, Representative Michael Marcotte (R-Coventry), spoke in support of the bill, saying, “we heard from Vermonters and Vermont business owners that there is a lot of fear and despair across the state. We are hopeful that the economic supports in this bill will bring much-needed assistance. We know we cannot do everything in this time of great need, but we are confident that the $121 million investment in this bill will provide relief and a path to recovery for many Vermonters and their businesses.”“The number of households living in state-supported motels or hotels grew from approximately 300 to over 1400 over the course of two months, directly related to the COVID-19 public health emergency,” noted House Human Services Committee Chair, Representative Ann Pugh (D-South Burlington). “Securing safe, stable housing opportunities for all Vermonters is essential. The COVID-19 pandemic has made housing in shelters incompatible with maintaining public health; increased the number of households experiencing homelessness and in need of housing supports to obtain or maintain safe, stable housing; and has created a demand for diverse social services to safely house these vulnerable Vermonters. This critical investment of $16 million will provide essential assistance to Vermonters in this time of great need.” “These amendments are essential supports for Vermonters and Vermont businesses in their time of extraordinary need,” added House Speaker Mitzi Johnson (D-South Hero). “This economic development package, coupled with the immediate economic relief in S.350(link is external), make our specific business economic development total over $191 million. When you consider the significant economic development support in other Coronavirus Relief Fund bills, specifically the $13 million in child care assistance in H.965(link is external) and the expansive broadband and housing supports in H.966(link is external) and S.350(link is external), our economic development investment is over $325 million. Additionally, the $16 million in support for Vermonters experiencing homelessness will go far toward our goal of securing safe, stable housing opportunities for all Vermonters.”Source: MONTPELIER, VT – Speaker of the House 6.19.2020last_img read more

Calling all triathlon coaches for research study

first_img Related Loughborough University is looking to recruit triathlon coaches to participate in a new and exciting research study. Loughborough University is currently one of the leading universities in sport psychology research, and it is from here that it is conducting a study into coaching psychology.The research focuses upon coaching experiences, coach well-being and coaching behaviours, which have important implications not only for all coaches, but also the athletes with whom they work. It may also provide coaches with some unique insights into coaching practice.To take part simply click on the link below, which will direct coaches to a short 10 minute survey and all the necessary background information. Participation is voluntary and completely confidential.www.survey.lboro.ac.uk/coachingA full copy of the research results and the implications for coaching practice can be made available following the study for those who are interested.www.lboro.ac.uklast_img read more

Hocker Grove student Wyatt Boyd headed to D.C. to represent Kansas in National Geographic Bee

first_imgHocker Grove student Wyatt Boyd, left, will represent Kansas in this month’s National Geographic Bee in Washington D.C. Photo credit Amy Boyd.Wyatt Boyd admits his answer was half a guess.As he stood at the front of the room in the final round of the Kansas state qualifier for the 2018 National Geographic Bee, held at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, he couldn’t help feeling that there was a hint in the way the question was worded.What was the name of the island approximately 450 miles away from Antarctica where Olympic Swimmer Lewis Pugh had completed a record-breaking swim in November 2017?“My first thought was the Falklands,” he said. “But then I thought they said ‘island’ and not ‘islands.’ So I started thinking maybe it was South Georgia Island.”Boyd was right. And with his correct answer, he earned the right to represent Kansas in the national bee in Washington, D.C. May 20 through 23.Boyd, a seventh grader at Hocker Grove Middle School, has been obsessed with geography for as long as he can remember. His mother Amy recalls that he would pour over maps and atlases starting in preschool. By kindergarten, he could name all the countries in Africa. Today, his bedroom is plastered with maps.“There’s no more room on the walls,” Amy said.His teachers at Hocker Grove thought his expansive knowledge of geography and culture made him a real contender in the state bee. Wyatt, who attended elementary school at Bluejacket-Flint and resides in Shawnee, told his mother the night before the event in Abilene that his teachers thought he might have a shot to win.“I told him, ‘Oh, sweetie. That’s nice. But I don’t know about that,’” Amy recalled. “He showed me.”last_img read more

Saudi coronavirus cluster grows as France reports possible new cases

first_imgEditor’s Note: This story was updated in the afternoon of May 9 to report the suspected cases in France.May 9, 2013 (CIDRAP News) – Saudi Arabian officials reported today that their investigation of a healthcare-associated cluster of novel coronavirus (nCoV) cases has uncovered two more illnesses, increasing the cluster to 15, as France reported two suspected cases related to its first nCoV case, reported yesterday.The Saudi cases involve a 48-year-old man who is hospitalized in stable condition and a 58-year-old man who recovered and was discharged from the hospital on May 3, according to Ziad A. Memish, MD, Saudi Arabia’s deputy minister for public health. He reported the cases via ProMED, the reporting service of the International Society for Infectious Diseases.The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed the cases in a statement today and said both patients “are from the same cluster reported since the beginning of May 2013, which is linked to an outbreak in a healthcare facility.” Press reports have linked the cases to a hospital in Hofuf, in the country’s Eastern province. Seven of the patients have died.The two cases raise the global total of confirmed nCoV cases to 33 with 18 deaths since the virus emerged in April 2012. Saudi Arabia has been the site of 25 of the 33 cases.Memish’s report said, “Actions implemented and fully applied by 1 May 2013 have been effective to date in preventing NEW cases related to this cluster from emerging. But in-depth look back and search among contacts of earlier reported cases and repeat testing of suspected cases revealed 2 new cases yesterday [May 8].”Memish said the 58-year-old man fell ill on Apr 6, which is 8 days earlier than the earliest previously reported onset date in the cluster, Apr 14. He also noted that the man had “multiple comorbidities” and that his case/ was confirmed through repeat testing.The 48-year-old got sick on Apr 29 and also had a comorbidity, according to Memish’s report. He did not offer any specifics on how the two cases were related to the others in the cluster.The WHO noted that the case cluster consists of 12 men and 3 women, with ages ranging from 24 to 94.The cluster has raised concern about a possible increase in person-to-person transmission of the virus. Several case clusters have been noted previously, but human transmission has been clearly demonstrated only once, in a three-person family cluster in the United Kingdom. No ongoing human transmission has been observed.Possible nCoV spread in FranceIn France, meanwhile, a patient who shared a ward with a 65-year-old man who had traveled to the United Arab Emirates and became the country’s first nCoV case-patient has also become ill, as has a physician who treated the 65-year-old, Reuters reported today.The patient shared a ward with the nCoV patient in a hospital in the northern town of Valenciennes at the end of April, and the physician treated the index patient there. The 65-year-old has since been transferred to Lille, where he is in critical condition, the Reuters story said.”They show symptoms which require a special infectious diseases consultation,” the local health authority said in a statement. “The results of the tests carried out on these two people will be known soon and will be made public.”The patient is in his 50s, and the doctor is 35, according to a machine-translated version of an Agence France-Presse (AFP) story.No change in recommendationsThe WHO continued to advise health authorities to be alert for severe respiratory infections, especially in travelers returning from affected countries. The agency does not recommend screening travelers at points of entry or imposing any travel or trade restrictions.An international team of experts is now in Saudi Arabia at the government’s invitation to help investigate the nCoV cases, according to a Canadian Press report today.Editorial director Jim Wappes contributed to the updated version of this story.See also: May 9 Memish report via ProMEDMay 9 WHO statementMay 9 Reuters storyMay 9 AFP article (in French)May 9 Canadian Press storylast_img read more

Bosch Announces Organizational Changes

first_imgBROADVIEW, IL — Bosch has announced changes within its Automotive Aftermarket Division North America, which were made to support the recent growth within the Bosch organization and position the company to better serve its customers now and in the years ahead. The following organizational changes became effective April 1:AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement David Coolidge is expanding his role as a member of the global Automotive Aftermarket Management Board. In addition to his North America assignment, Coolidge now assumes responsibility for Latin America as executive vice president, Americas. He also takes on co-responsibility for the global Braking Components business unit with another member of the Management Board, Hans-Peter Meyen. With these additional Management Board responsibilities, Coolidge has relinquished his role as aftermarket regional president, North America. He will remain headquartered at the Bosch Aftermarket facility in Broadview, Ill. Odd Joergenrud assumes the role of aftermarket regional president, North America. Joergenrud is a 16-year Bosch veteran and has served in several sales and marketing management positions in the Automotive Aftermarket Division. Odd began his Bosch career in 1993 as the Scandinavian product manager for the Automotive Aftermarket Division. For the past six years, he served as the aftermarket regional president, Asia/Pacific. Prior to joining Bosch, Joergenrud worked in various sales, marketing and business management roles following his university graduation and his graduate studies. Joergenrud earned his bachelor in business administration and his MBA from the Norwegian School of Management (BI) in Oslo, Norway. Joergenrud, his wife and two children will be relocating from Singapore to the Chicago area over the next few months.Advertisement In his new role, Joergenrud will be responsible for North America Aftermarket Sales (IAM and OES), Marketing, Communications, Supply Chain Management and the Diagnostics and Filtration regional business units. These areas will report directly to him. Structures of the individual functional areas will remain the same. Bosch customers and suppliers will continue to work with the associates and teams with which they currently interface on a day-to-day basis.last_img read more

Continued Pulp & Paper demand on the Estonian Horizon

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HOYER wins Digital Leader Award 2017

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Sentencing

first_imgImprisonment – Length of sentence R v Johnson: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division: 8 September 2011 In August 2005, the complainant went with a friend to a football match. They subsequently left the ground and went drinking. They left one public house in order to go to another and met a group, which included the defendant, whom they asked for directions. The group led the complainant and his friend into some back lanes. The complainant and his friend became uneasy and attempted to turn back. The complainant’s friend was asked for money and, whilst he argued with some of the group, others of the group approached the complainant. He was punched and kicked whilst on the ground and various items were stolen from him. The next thing the complainant recalled was being back at his hotel with, inter alia, a grazed knee and ripped jeans. The blood on his jeans was found to match that of the defendant. When interviewed, the defendant denied it. Forensic evidence established that the defendant had to have been the person standing over the complainant, as his blood was on the complainant’s jeans. The defendant had an extensive history of criminal convictions, most of which were for dishonesty of increasing gravity. The defendant later pleaded guilty to robbery. The pre-sentence report stated that the root cause of his criminality was his abuse of alcohol and drugs. In March 2006, the defendant was sentenced to imprisonment for public protection for a minimum term of 18 months. A drug treatment and testing order which had been imposed in July 2005 in respect of a burglary offence was revoked. The defendant appealed against the sentence. The issue was whether the judge had been right in principle to impose a sentence of imprisonment for public protection. The appeal would be allowed. The sentence imposed of imprisonment for public protection had not been just in the circumstances. The relevant law had required the recorder to start from the point of determining that the defendant posed a significant risk of causing serious harm to the public. He could decline to impose a sentence of imprisonment for public protection only if he was satisfied that that conclusion would be unreasonable. The recorder had clearly had the relevant statutory provisions in mind and had sought correctly to apply them. In any view it was a borderline case. The defendant was not the prime mover and the offence did not appear to have been premeditated for more than the shortest of periods. The harm caused, although unpleasant, was not the most serious harm. The recorder had been correct to have in mind the defendant’s background of alcohol and drug abuse and he had undoubtedly posed a risk to the public of at least some harm. In conclusion, the defendant had posed a risk to the public, but the recorder had not been correct to conclude that such risk was of serious harm, as was required by the relevant statute. The sentence of imprisonment for public protection for a minimum term of 18 months would be quashed and a determinate sentence of three years’ imprisonment would be imposed. A consecutive sentence of two years’ imprisonment for the burglary would be imposed and accordingly the total sentence would be five years’ imprisonment.center_img A Cohen (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.last_img read more

Q+A from the Building forum

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