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Governor Douglas to accept federal unemployment insurance funds

first_imgGovernor Douglas announced today that he is asking the Legislature to amend the unemployment compensation law to provide additional weeks of benefits to individuals in approved training. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act recently passed by Congress, states must meet a number of benchmarks including the additional weeks of benefits to qualify for all of $13.9 million available to assist Vermont. The training benefit is the option most consistent with the goals of the unemployment compensation program. It allows workers income while gaining the skills necessary to return to work in a new occupation commented Governor Douglas. In addition, we need to be sure we do not add extraordinary costs to a system that is already challenged.Governor Douglas added this does not address the need for legislation to deal with the health of the unemployment insurance trust fund. The need to tackle the short and long term health of the trust fund remains a priority. We need a balanced approach that does not place too heavy a burden on Vermont s employers nor our unemployed. These additional funds will help, but do not solve the problem added the Governor.Vermont will receive $4.6 million of stimulus funding because the state already has what is called an alternative base period for qualifying for unemployment insurance. The alternative base period allows individuals applying for benefits to use the most recent wages to qualify. Most states use the first four of the last five calendar quarters of wages immediately preceding the application to determine if the worker has earned enough to qualify for unemployment compensation. The Governor supports this additional benefit because it is most closely related to the original intent of unemployment insurance which is exclusively an employer paid program. commented Patricia Moulton Powden, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor. This provision will assist laid off Vermonters needing to make a career change due to the decline or demise of their former occupation. She added.The department of labor estimates the training benefit will cost Vermont employers an additional $1million a year. The expansion will offer additional benefits to persons separated from a declining industry or who were involuntarily and indefinitely separated as a result of a permanent loss of jobs at their place of employment. The person must exhaust all other benefits and be enrolled and making satisfactory progress in a pre-approved state training program to qualify.If Vermont s law is amended to meet federal requirements the additional $9.3 million will be transferred into its account in the unemployment trust fund and will be available to pay these expanded benefits to unemployed workers. The legislature must approve these changes and decide on an effective date for this expansion to become law.last_img read more

Match the Hatch Prize Pack Giveaway

first_imgThis contest is complete!But for some great insight into fly fishing, and some local honey holes, read this recent article by David Grossman!OREnter our Hop & Vine Prize Pack Giveaway to win beer gear including pint glasses, t-shirts and more!Check out this video of fly fishing the South River in Waynesboro!last_img

Trail Mix | The Freeway Revival

first_imgAsheville is the western mountain home of this magazine and, being just a couple hours south of where I live, a city I love to visit. I don’t get there nearly as often as I would like, so the place is always just a little a bit different each time I return.So, in order to catch up on some of the city’s new hot spots, I figured I would get some inside perspective from The Freeway Revival, a roots rock quintet that calls Asheville home.The Freeway Revival released Revolution Road, their first long player, earlier this month. Capturing the band’s inclination towards smart harmonies and jammy tendencies, along with the willingness to blend cello and pedal steel, the new record is evidence that The Freeway Revival should long be traveling roads around the country, sharing their take on rootsy Americana.Kenny Crowley, bassist and singer for the band, was kind enough to recently handle some questions from me about some of the band’s favorite Asheville spots.BRO – Favorite outdoor adventure?KC – There is an epic series of water falls and swimming holes on a short hike off of Route 9 headed towards Lake Lure. We’re told it’s a local spot and we’re not supposed to tell about it, so you’ll just have to come hang with us and, if you’re lucky, we’ll take you there.BRO – Favorite local brewery?KC – Highland Brewing has our favorite beers in town. They’re all quality. It’s also a great place to catch a show.BRO – Local band I might not know of but need to see ASAP?KC – Dr. Bacon is a great local band that brings the heat, and we recently discovered Jangling Sparrows, whose musicianship and songwriting are phenomenal.BRO – Best place to see a band live?KC – In our opinion, Isis Music Hall has the best sounding room in town. It’s an excellent intimate place to see a show, the sound is great, and the food is amazing. As for outdoor venues, the stage at Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain is always a great time.BRO – Best breakfast in town?KC – If you’ve got time to wait, Sunny Point Cafe has the best shrimp and grits of all time. Rise ‘n Shine Cafe is a great spot for a quick and quality diner breakfast.BRO – Favorite record store?KC – Harvest Records is the best. Not only do they have great records, CDs, and vintage cassette tapes, but they also refurbish and sell quality turntables, receivers, and speakers. You can also purchase advance tickets to most of the local shows here.BRO – Favorite place to just disappear for a couple hours?KC – Almost any trail along the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is only about five minutes from home. Just slip right into the mountains for a quick serene hike to get the head right.If you are headed to Asheville for the first time, or even if it is a return visit, Kenny has offered up a pretty solid hit list of places to visit. Check out the places he mentioned and maybe even add a few of your own for you next Western Carolina adventure.You can catch The Freeway Revival next weekend in Richmond before dates around the Carolinas later in October. The band returns to Asheville on November 18th for their hometown record release show at Isis Music Hall.For more info on the band, more show dates, and how you can find a copy of Revolution Road, check the band’s website.last_img read more

Seven Colombian Soldiers Killed in Combat with FARC

first_img Seven soldiers were killed and other five were injured in combat in the Colombian municipality of Milán on February 12. The militaries were in confrontation with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas, hours before the possible release of two kidnapped police officers that were abducted by this insurgency in January. “An operation started within the FARC’s Southern Block, aimed at protecting our civilian population of San Antonio Getucha, presenting confrontations against most of the terrorist faction. As a result of these confrontations, five soldiers were injured, while seven were killed,” an Army statement said. According to the 12th Brigade, Army troops deployed this operation after “becoming aware of the concentration of several Southern Block columns, which intended to attack San Antonio de Getucha inspection point.” “Due to intelligence reports, we are aware that the Southern Block is evacuating an unclear number of killed and injured terrorists,” the statement concluded. The Soldiers were killed before military operations by the Armed Forces ceased in border areas between the Cauca and Valle del Cauca districts, for the possible release of police officers Cristian Yate and Víctor González. Yate and González were kidnapped on January 25 in the municipality of Valle del Cauca by FARC members. By Dialogo February 15, 2013last_img read more

Panama Closes Narcotrafficking Routes

first_imgBy Roberto López Dubois/Diálogo January 03, 2019 Panama concluded 2018 dealing a hard blow to narcotrafficking with Operation Shield (Operación Escudo), a joint initiative of Panamanian security branches that kicked off October 1st. In just three months, the Panamanian Public Force seized nearly 25 tons of drugs and arrested more than 120 people in several operations throughout the country. According to the Public Force, most of the drug seized belonged to Clan del Golfo, a Colombian organized armed group. “There are large amount of drugs in transit, due to the increase of narcotrafficking and drug production near the Colombian border,” Commissioner Eric Estrada, director of the Panamanian National Border Service (SENAFRONT, in Spanish), told Diálogo. “Clan del Golfo is responsible for 85 percent of the drugs shipped to the international market, and that’s why it’s the main structure to dismantle at this time.” Shield, which will extend to the end of September 2019, seeks to create a permanent and sustained siege against narcotrafficking, using all air and naval means with intelligence support from Colombian, Costa Rican, and U.S. security forces. Although Shield is a nationwide initiative, the operations focus mainly on border areas with Colombia and Costa Rica, as well as coastal areas along the Pacific and the Caribbean. “We stationed our people just meters or kilometers away from the border [with Colombia], in the vastest, most secluded areas,” Comm. Estrada said. “In the western area, close to the Costa Rican border, we must divert the drugs heading to the U.S. market, [as well as] the money coming from the drug trade.” The operations Only three days into Shield, SENAFRONT units carried out a combined operation with the Colombian Armed Forces, which resulted in the seizure of a Robinson helicopter with Panamanian registration and 224 kilograms of cocaine. The operation was conducted in the Darien jungle on October 4th, near Alto Limón Binational Base on the Panamanian-Colombian border. “Units of both countries that work in the area reported hearing constant flyovers,” said Colombian National Police Major General Jorge Luis Vargas Valencia, head of the Criminal Investigation Directorate and Interpol. “This has been one of the most important outcomes in terms of Panamanian-Colombian cooperation in the fight against narcotrafficking.” Authorities were able to locate the aircraft loaded with hundreds of drug packages, thanks to information from units of the binational base, intelligence work, and combined follow-up. Authorities believe the drugs and the helicopter belonged to Clan del Golfo and that the group moved about 250 kilograms of cocaine per week. “Little by little, we cornered them,” said Ricardo Carriazo, head of the Special Office against Drug Trafficking, under the Colombian Office of the Attorney General. “They lose the drug shipment and a helicopter worth about $350,000.” Another seizure occurred on December 4th on the Santa Maria River, in Panama’s Herrera province. During riverine operations, units of the Panamanian National Air and Naval Service (SENAN, in Spanish) detected a speedboat and its crew acting suspiciously. The capture of the speedboat and the two Colombian nationals on board led SENAN to a hideout containing 39 bags with 1.2 tons of cocaine. Successful results Several operations with positive results were carried out in the first three months of Shield. According to Comm. Estrada, the nearly one-year plan consisting of seven phases focuses on intelligence, operational, and comprehensive operations to project the government through social action and crime prevention. “The mission [also] includes interventions in these [vulnerable] communities,” Comm. Estrada said. “We use all the strength and capabilities of the Panamanian state to increase our presence, improve public infrastructure, and develop successful entrepreneurship programs in ecotourism, fishing, agriculture, and cattle raising, so that inhabitants can play a productive role in the country’s economy and cut any links to criminal organizations.” Through Shield, SENAN arrested 94 people and seized a total of 18.8 tons of illicit substances and 35 means of transport, including vehicles and vessels, between October 1st and December 6, 2018. SENAFRONT arrested 27 people and seized 9 tons of cocaine, 72 firearms, one helicopter, four vehicles, five vessels, and more than $1 million. “Operation Shield is a dynamic, flexible, and intricate strategy that intends to increase access to operational information in the search for new operational scopes,” Comm. Estrada said. “It transcends what we used to do.”last_img read more

Carrie Ann Inaba’s Dating History: Artem Chigvintsev, Fabien Viteri

first_imgAfter Inaba’s relationship with Chigvintsev ended, she met Jesse Sloan through eHarmony. She accepted a proposal from the accountant while filling in for Kelly Ripa on Live! With Regis and Kelly in 2011.“I struggle to find the words to express what you mean to me,” Sloan said as he got down on one knee. “You’re an inspiration. You’re everything to me. Will you marry me?”- Advertisement – Carrie Ann Inaba has been on TV for over a decade — and even got engaged (for the first time) in front of the cameras.The Dancing With the Stars judge’s love life first made headlines when she started seeing Artem Chigvintsev. The choreographers met on the set of So You Think You Can Dance in 2006. After nearly three years together, however, Inaba and Chigvintsev called it quits.- Advertisement – “[He’s] a fine gentleman,” she said at the time, noting that their split was amicable. “I have never gone out with somebody that grounded, always ready to talk it out. I’m very happy for him and the success he’s having.”After Chigvintsev joined DWTS as a professional dancer in 2014, their past romance was back in the news. Chigvintsev’s season 25 partner, Nikki Bella, who later became his fiancée, joked about their relationship in September 2019 after the ABC show changed the rules so the judges’ panel had more of a role in the eliminations.“I think we would have lasted longer if we had that option. I think Carrie Ann totally would have saved us. And not because you guys dated … but she really liked my technique!” Bella, who gave birth to Chigvintsev’s son in July 2020, quipped on Entertainment Tonight.- Advertisement – While an emotional Inaba accepted, Us Weekly confirmed in September 2012 that the wedding was off. ”They decided early in the summer to break off their engagement and have remained friends,” her rep told Us at the time.Inaba got engaged for a second time before meeting her current beau, Fabien Viteri.Scroll through for more on Inaba’s dating history: – Advertisement –last_img read more

Walter Taylor designed riverfront home to go under the hammer

first_imgThe home has prime river frontage“They would have their feasts there, and a lot of local people just called it the Hare Krishna house,” she said. The home, which was constructed by Walter Taylor as a residence for his family in 1928, has six bedrooms, three bathrooms and 64.3 metres of river frontage. “It should be quite an extraordinary auction,” she said.“I would think someone would be able to restore the home to its former glory.”Riverfront homes in Graceville attract a price premium, with a nearby property at 68 Molonga Terrace going for $5.65 million late last year. The home was used as a Hare Krishna temple.The home will go to auction on Saturday, June 2 at 1pm. PRIME PROPERTY: This Walter Taylor designed home is going under the hammer.IT WAS the pride and joy of one of the most prominent visionaries of modern Brisbane, and now it is for sale.The expansive riverfront home dubbed Glenrae will go to auction next month for the first time in decades.center_img The home has a unique architectural style.The home was constructed by builder and engineer Walter Taylor, who designed many of Brisbane’s landmarks including the Walter Taylor Bridge.Meaghan Bakker from Ray White New Farm said it was a “very interesting property”.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago“The architecture is very unique, it is not a Queenslander,” Ms Bakker said. The home has been vacant for about a year, but it was previously used as a Hare Krishna temple. last_img read more

Cancellation Due to Weather

first_imgCancellation due to lightning is a no brainer.  I am not sure if the half hour rule is always a necessity; however, being on the safe side is certainly understandable.  However, what about sports like cross country, baseball, or softball which have to play or run on some non grassy surfaces?  Last weekend, for instance, a lot of high school cross country invitationals took place despite the horrible conditions on most courses.Football and soccer could be added to this list if they do not have good grassy surface.  When you try to run or make starts and stops in wet, muddy conditions the threat of injury becomes very high.  For instance, at a cross country meet at Brown County High School last Saturday, the athletes not only had to run in mud but they also ran through areas where standing water was more than 6 inches deep.  Kids were falling, sliding down hills, loosing their shoes, and collecting enough mud on themselves and uniforms to start a garden.  How about the coach or bus driver who was responsible for cleaning the bus after they brought these kids back?  There are no locker rooms available for showers at Cross Country meets.  I know re-scheduling is usually impossible, but cancellation is a smarter choice!last_img read more

Arsenal to keep Saka away from ‘hugely impressed’ Liverpool

first_img Loading… Arsenal are ready to offer Saka an improved five-year contract to reward him for the impression he has made in their first team so far – but they may be in a race against time to convince him. Liverpool are said to be on alert, with the report adding that the Premier League leaders are “hugely impressed” by his potential and the fact that he already has experience at a high level. read also:Arsenal make contact with Real Madrid over Saka replacement Borussia Dortmund are also among the interested parties – although they are not mentioned in Football Insider‘s report – and are hoping to lure Saka away with the temptation of more regular gametime in Germany. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Saka has been one of the most promising aspects of Arsenal’s mixed season, with the teenager impressing as either a left winger or a left-back. The 18-year-old is out of contract at the end of next season, meaning Arsenal may have to sell him to avoid losing him on a free to a Premier League rival – with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United circling. However, it appears that the Gunners will not be selling him before his contract expires, as Football Insider claims that they are not giving up hope of convincing him to sign an extension and are prepared to take the risk of negotiating into next season.Advertisement Liverpool have a concrete interest in Bukayo Saka, claims a report, but Arsenal are unlikely to sanction a transfer even though he is nearly out of contract. Promoted ContentThe Best Cars Of All TimeAwesome But Ridiculously Expensive Things Bought By Keanu ReevesThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Can Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Best Movie Cars You Could Own But Probably Can’t AffordTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More27 Breathtakingly Beautiful Albino Animalslast_img read more

Cech fear for Chelsea

first_imgRafael Benitez’s attempts to improve Chelsea’s form have suffered a setback after goalkeeper Petr Cech was forced to withdraw from international duty with the Czech Republic with a finger injury. Interim boss Benitez’s bid to improve his record of 10 wins in 21 matches in charge continues with the Barclays Premier League clash at home to Wigan on Saturday could take place without his first-choice goalkeeper. A statement on the club’s official website read: “Petr Cech is returning to Chelsea due an injured finger and will not take part in Czech Republic’s international fixture on Wednesday. The injury will be assessed at Cobham by the club’s medical department.” Press Associationcenter_img While Ross Turnbull could be required to return in goal, having deputised last month when Cech had a groin problem, the managerial status quo remains – though former boss Jose Mourinho has been linked with a summer return to the club. Benitez returned to his family home on the Wirral for brief respite following Chelsea’s 3-2 Premier League loss at Newcastle on Saturday, a result that left the Blues with three wins in 10 matches. That, coupled with the unravelling of Mourinho’s reign at Real Madrid and his enduring popularity in west London, led to suggestions Roman Abramovich would turn to the self-titled Special One. After the dream scenario of Pep Guardiola being drafted in ended when the former Barcelona head coach was appointed by Bayern Munich, speculation of a return for Mourinho heightened. It would be a popular appointment, but for now Benitez remains in place until his current contract ends this summer. Chelsea remain third in the table and on course to fulfil Benitez’s brief of Champions League football in 2013-14. last_img read more