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first_imgVermont Auditor of Accounts Tom Salmon, who was rebuffed by the Democratic leadership last spring, announced today that he was switching parties and will join the Republican Party. Salmon won the position of state auditor as a Democrat in 2006 when he beat one-term incumbent Republican Randy Brock. That race saw Brock apparently win re-election in a very tight race, before a re-count gave the race to Salmon by 102 votes. Salmon cited the lack of fiscal responsibility among legislative leaders during the debate over the state budget. Salmon had offered to mediate discussions between Republican Governor James Douglas and the Democratically controlled Legislature, but was turned down by Speaker of the House Shap Smith. He said the Republicans are better able to manage the fiscal matters of the state, as represented by Governor Douglas.Salmon further said he will likely run for re-election for Auditor, but there is “a 10 percent chance,” he will run for governor or lieutenant governor instead. Several Republicans are deferring their decisions on 2010 until Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie decides what, if any, position he will run for. Dubie has indicated he is considering a run for governor. Douglas has already stated he will not seek re-election and will not run for any office in 2010. Salmon made his announcement at the State House shortly after 11 am on Tuesday September 8, 2009.Salmon, 46, has served in Iraq for long tours of duty in the US Navy Reserve while also holding the post of auditor. Thomas M Salmon is the son of the former Vermont Governor Thomas P Salmon, who served from 1973-1977 as a Democrat. The elder Salmon served as a surrogate during his son’s re-election campaign because serving military cannot also campaign for office. Salmon met little resistance in being re-elected last year.Vermont Business Magazine conducted a Q&A with Tom Salmon December 2007 with Robert Smith. In that interview he explained why he ran for auditor:”I ran for state auditor, because as a Rockingham Selectman, I had moved from a simmer to a boil about how fiscal management was occurring in the state. I really didn’t think that anyone was taking responsibility for the fiscal management of the parts of the state. Prior to being a selectman, I go back to December 2005. I’m a Navy Reservist, a Seabee, construction battalion, dirt sailors – we’re never on a ship, so when people see us in our greens they say, ‘Look mommy, it’s an Army man!’ I was in Gulfport, Mississippi, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. That situation moved me to want to commit to public service. I decided when I came home that I was going to run for the select board in Rockingham. The finances were a mess, the morale was not good, the divisive situation over buying the dam – you were here so you know.”Salmon is a CPA who was born and raised in Bellows Falls. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Boston College and was trained in auditing at Coopers and Lybrand (now known at Price Waterhouse Coopers) in both Hartford, Conn., and Los Angeles, Calif. He attained CPA status in 1993 and worked with a small public accounting firm in Southern California and later in Southern Vermont. Tom also became a licensed teacher and taught in the inner city of Los Angeles while continuing his accounting work.In 2002, Salmon and family returned to Bellows Falls until moving to St. Johnsbury. He is a former member of the Rockingham Selectboard, and is a member of the Vermont Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Certified Fraud Examiners Association, AICPA, and a member of various boards including the Three River Valley Business and Educational Partnership.Here is a copy of the letter Salmon sent to his supporters:”September 5, 2009Dear Friend,   It is an honor to serve  as Auditor for the State of Vermont. In 2006, I was elected as a Democrat. In 2008, I was re-elected on the Democratic/Republican ticket. 2010 will be different.I am changing my political affiliation to align myself with the party closest to my core beliefs. It is my belief that the VT Republican party is closest to accepting the realities of our times; and is therefore the party best equipped to manage the very real and troubling economic and social conditions which confront us not only today, but in the coming decade.As many of you know, in the face of the enormous fiscal crisis, I have sounded the alarm for new thinking, responsible budgeting, meaningful long-term planning and painful prioritization.When I returned home from Iraq, I witnessed first-hand a budget process rife with deficiencies and dysfunction.  There was little balance in the debate.As a Certified Public Accountant, I recently completed my required Ethics course for re-licensing.  The Professional Code of Conduct demands that I act with integrity, objectivity and independence. As Auditor, I have preached that Vermont is on an unsustainable track we cannot tax ourselves out of. I believe the majority of Vermonters do not want to see tax increases as a consequence of poor planning.  However, without major restructuring of human services, corrections management and public education (which together account for some 75% of our expenditures) we are going to find that situation unavoidable. Removing even greater sums of capital out of our job-creating private sector and the budgets of Vermont families will only hasten the ill effects of the current crisis. We all watch a healthcare reform movement focused on increased access rather than A) addressing the root causes of the problem B) fixing Medicaid and Medicare or C) promoting incentives and personal responsibility.  The big losers are our young people, the vulnerable elderly population and the viability of Vermont’s 1778 motto of “Freedom and Unity.”I am a believer in the America of hard work and “get oneself upstream” with a combination of personal commitment and external support.  I’m not a believer that all of our future tax dollars should go to interest on debt or “education, medication and incarceration.”  In the current form of these primarily government-controlled expenditures, this is a path leading to a dangerous imbalance of our “Freedom and Unity.”  Economic freedom is an essential component in achieving and maintaining political freedom.  Over the more than 200 years of our nation’s founding, too many of our fine soldiers have died for the protection of these freedoms. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you with full commitment and transparency. I promise to do my best to perform the job Vermonters have elected me to do.Thomas M. Salmon CPAVermont State Auditor”last_img read more

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first_imgCentral Vermont Public Service reported this monrinng that an army of CVPS line crews, assisted by 17 other Vermont crews and 23 crews from Connecticut, New Hampshire and New York, are in full force in Windsor and Bennington counties today. About 1,545 customer outages of the more than 12,000 affected after Monday’s snow and ice storm are left to restore.Most customers should have their power back on by late tonight, but complete restoration could carry into Wednesday, especially in the hard-hit areas around Springfield.‘We’re flooding Bennington and Windsor counties with crews today,’ said CVPS spokeswoman Christine Rivers. ‘There are still hundreds of tree limbs, lines and damaged equipment to repair in those areas, so the going will be slow today, but we expect to make great progress.’CVPS crews and contractors battled the elements yesterday, cutting their way through ice-laden tree and tree limbs in southern Vermont, and whiteout road conditions, and in some cases impassable roads, in central and northern Vermont. Field crews reported a quarter to a half an inch of ice in southern Vermont, and close to an inch on Mt. Ascutney.‘Ice damage is among the most troublesome a utility can experience, and since temperatures haven’t risen to allow the ice to melt yet, crews and contractors will continue to battle the remaining ice today,’ Rivers said. ‘Crews and support staff will continue to work as quickly as is safely possible until all of our customers have their power restored.’CVPS has moved its own crews to the areas hardest hit, and are being assisted by crews from Ludlow Electric, Vermont Electric Co-op, Green Mountain Power, Bemis Line Construction and Northline Utilities. Crews from Connecticut and New Hampshire joined us last night.Up-to-date outage numbers (by town) can be found at: http://www.cvps.com/CustomerService/outages/default.aspx(link is external) and http://vtoutages.com/(link is external) CVPS offered several safety tips for coping with the outages:* STAY AWAY FROM DOWNED POWER LINES. Don’t touch or even go near downed wires! These wires can be energized and can cause serious injuries or death. If the line is blocking the road or in contact with a vehicle with people inside, call you local police or fire emergency number first. Then call CVPS. Instruct others to keep at least 50 feet away, and keep pets and livestock away as well.* Assume all objects touching the power line are also energized. Never attempt to remove trees or limbs from any utility lines! Notify CVPS of the situation.* If using a generator, read and follow the owner’s manual before starting the generator. Never operate a generator inside any structure or near a structure. Use a transfer switch to ensure electricity is not accidentally fed onto a line where line crews must work.* Keep freezers and refrigerators closed as much as possible to prevent food spoilage.* If power goes out, turn off all electrical appliances except one light so you’ll know when service returns. Then, turn equipment back on slowly.Additional safety tips can be found at: http://www.cvps.com/Safety/StormSafety.aspx(link is external)last_img read more

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first_img Three alleged members of the Mexican Los Zetas cartel were arrested with banners claiming responsibility for the massacre of twenty-seven peasants in Guatemala a week ago, and with a warning to the press to stop publishing news unfavorable to that organization. According to the authorities, Los Zetas entered the rural property Los Cocos last Saturday, in La Libertad, in the department of Petén, around 600 km north of the Guatemalan capital, in search of alleged drug trafficker Otto Salguero, in order to execute him. When they did not find him, they murdered twenty-seven laborers. Since then, the authorities have linked Los Zetas with around five hundred violent incidents, according to a report by the daily Prensa Libre [Free Press], which had access to intelligence reports from the country’s anti-narcotics units. Up to the present, the authorities have seized dozens of vehicles and weapons and have arrested three other suspects, including former member of the military and alleged drug trafficker Álvaro Gómez (Comandante Bruja [Commander Witch]), to whom they attribute the kidnapping and murder of three of Salguero’s family members a day before the massacre. President Álvaro Colom decreed a state of emergency in Petén on Monday and sent hundreds of military and police personnel to try to retake control of the area. By Dialogo May 24, 2011 The texts were signed “Z 200,” the same signature that was left at the scene of the crime using the blood of the victims of the massacre. The detentions – which are in addition to those of three other suspects – reinforce the official hypothesis about the responsibility of Los Zetas, to whom the authorities also attribute massacres of hundreds of people in Mexico. A spokesperson for the National Civil Police explained that the three individuals were detained in the city of Quetzaltenango. The detainees, of Guatemalan origin, were identified as José Arturo Godoy Artola, thirty-two years old, Cristofer José Cardona Chen, twenty years old, and a juvenile. The banners contained a warning to the press, indicating that they should stop publishing news unfavorable to that organization, “before the war is against you; the one who warns is not a traitor.” Los Zetas, made up of former Mexican military personnel, began to extend their tentacles in Guatemala in 2007, and their violent presence became evident on 25 March 2008, when they executed drug trafficker Juan José León, alias Juancho, together with ten other individuals, at a waterfront resort location in Zacapa (in eastern Guatemala). last_img read more

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first_imgBut credit unions also have some advantages over banks.Credit unions have their work cut out for them to catch up with offering the same basic business banking products as banks, Larry Middleman told an audience of 50 credit unions during a webinar on industry trends. On the other hand, credit unions also have some clear advantages over banks, the president/CEO of CU Business Group pointed out.In particular, Middleman, who founded the business services CUSO in 2002, believes credit unions are behind in offering cash management solutions for small businesses. The top products used by small businesses today, he shared, are electronic or automated, including such products as merchant card services, payroll, remote deposit capture, ACH and positive pay. Credit unions are behind in applying automation and technology to their services, an area where banks excel, he said.The cost of offering these electronic services is going down, while system and vendor options rise, according to Middleman, who says there are many avenues for credit unions to advance in this area by outsourcing and forming strategic partnerships with vendors.During the webcast Middleman also discussed financial services needs from the small business perspective. Small businesses cite the lack of credit availability and uneven cash flow as two of their top challenges. Many banks now offer consultative advice in structuring a financial management system to businesses as an added value. Bankers are not only telling business customers about their products, but also helping them design systems to make life easier and benefit their businesses. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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first_imgThe department says the walking trail at Keith Clark Park will remain open as long as people observe social distancing guidelines. SIDNEY, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Village of Sidney Police Department has closed public playgrounds and basketball parks courts due to concerns over the coronavirus. It says the parks will be closed until further notice.last_img

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first_imgThe investors said the deal followed on from their Regent Street partnership, under which the Crown Estate owns 75% of the £3.25bn Regent Street portfolio – consisting of assets adjoining the Pollen Estate holdings – and the GPFG owns 25%.David Shaw, head of the Regent Street Portfolio, said: “With the benefit of our partnership holdings in Regent Street, we recognised the long-term investment opportunity of the Pollen Estate holdings, particularly in their core streets of Savile Row and Cork Street.”Shaw said the two streets had international reputations for tailoring and art galleries, respectively.“The success of these two streets is crucial to the ongoing success of London’s West End as an international destination,” he said.The deal is the largest single property sale undertaken by the Church Commissioners, the Crown Estate said.NBIM said the price it paid was net of the GPFG’s £36.1m share of total existing debt.Property in the Pollen Estate, established in 1812, is situated mainly between Regent Street and Bond Street, and consists of 43 assets.Half of the space is office, and half is retail.The board of the Pollen Estate trustee company will continue to oversee asset management of the portfolio. Norway’s Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) and the UK’s Crown Estate have joined forces to buy a majority stake in the Pollen Estate, 730,000 sq ft of property in London’s West End.NBIM, which manages Norway’s former oil fund, the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), has paid £343m (€431m) for a 57.8% stake in the estate, and the Crown Estate has acquired a 6.4% holding.The total deal value was £381m, implying the Crown Estate paid £38m for its portion.The two institutional investors bought the total 64.2% stake in the Pollen Estate – spread over four acres – from the Church Commissioners for England, a Church of England endowment charity.last_img read more

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first_imgMary Wood (right) has lived in 30 Somerville Close at Whitfield with her husband Neville for 32 years, making the house a home. Now the property is for sale, by Remax agent and close friend Cathy Ratcliffe. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKEWHITFIELD residents Mary and Neville Webb might just be Cairns’ longest, and best, tenants.The couple have cared for their 30 Sommerville Cr home as if were their own, painting the house, modifying the laundry and installing security screens over the past 31 years.But now, the home is being sold and the Webbs hope an investor will take on the property, allowing them to stay on. “We moved in firstly because we had sold our house and were renting and these people we knew were moving south for a job and preferred someone they knew to become tenants,” Mrs Webb said. “We just paid our rent through the bank. “It suited us here because we have some really good people around us. “The neighbours at the corner, two down, they’re too busy to read their paper before work, so they tell us to take it and throw it back on the porch.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“I use the kitchen a lot because I do like baking. One of the spare rooms is set up and I do sewing. I still sew for myself. “We are hoping whoever buys the house keeps us on as tenants. It would be really good.”RE/MAX agent Cathy Ratcliffe said the property would be ideal for a first-time property investor, with stable tenants and the added benefit of establishing themselves in a blue-chip Cairns suburb.“This is the first time the property has been offered and the home is really built to last,” she said.“It has all the charms of yesteryear.“If position, potential and location are what you have been looking for, then this Upper Whitfield home should not be missed.” The home is on a 607sq m block, has three bedrooms, a bathroom with a separate toilet, a spacious timber kitchen with black wattle benches and cosy dining and lounge spaces.It is also close to schools and shops and is open for inspection on Saturday from 11am-noon.last_img read more

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first_imgLupita Nyong’o arriving at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los AngelesOscar-winning Hollywood actress Lupita Nyong’o will make her New York stage debut later this year, starring in a play set amid the horrors of the Liberian civil war.The Public Theater in Manhattan said the production of “Eclipsed” would run from September 29 to November 8.Nyong’o, 32, will play “The Girl” in what the theatre called “a powerful story of survival and resilience” about women finding and testing their own strength in a hostile world.The award-winning play sees captive wives of a rebel officer band together to form a fragile community, until their lives are upset by the arrival of a new girl.It is written by Zimbabwean-American actress Danai Gurira, best known for her role on hit television series “The Walking Dead”.The Public Theatre’s artistic director, Oskar Eustis, said it was a “brilliant play, ripped from the headlines, that looks at the terrible conflicts in post-colonial Africa”.Nyong’o was born in Mexico, brought up in Kenya and educated at the Yale School of Drama. She shot to international fame by winning an Oscar in 2014 for her role in “Twelve Years a Slave”.Liberia, Africa’s oldest republic and formed by freed American slaves, was devastated by two civil wars that killed around 25,000 people between 1989 and 2003.last_img read more

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first_img Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day Loading… Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli questioned the mentality of his side after crumbling to a 3-0 Champions League last 16, second leg defeat to Leipzig on Tuesday to bow out of the competition 4-0 on aggregate.Advertisementcenter_img Marcel Sabitzer profited from two errors by Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in the first 21 minutes to give Leipzig a commanding lead before substitute Emil Forsberg added the third late on.Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho was repeatedly used the absence of key injured players such as Harry Kane and Son Heung-min for a run of six games without a win in all competitions.But Alli insisted that is not a good enough excuse for the manner in which last season’s Champions League finalists exited the competition with a whimper.“We were missing some good players, but that’s football, that happens. This is Tottenham, the players that come in have to step up and we haven’t done that today,” Alli told BT Sport.“I think we have to apologise to the fans. They travelled all this way and to go out and lose like that, they deserve better.”Alli refused to point the finger at Lloris, but claimed Spurs were not mentally strong enough to produce the same sort of fightback as they did from 3-0 down on aggregate against Ajax in last season’s semi-finals.“We were second to a lot of balls, to concede them goals shows our mentality wasn’t strong enough,” added Alli.“We have to stay together and not talk about anyone in particular.“It’s not down to one player to score goals, to stop goals, the whole team performance and the mentality wasn’t strong enough.”Tottenham now have just nine games left this season in the Premier League to try and avoid missing out on the Champions League for the first time in five seasons.Mourinho’s men lie eighth in the table, seven points off the top four, and badly need to end their barren run at home to Manchester United on Sunday.“I think probably it is (a) good (thing),” said Mourinho of his side’s exit from Europe. “Sometimes difficult moments are moments that can prepare the future in a better way.”Dele Alli blamed Tottenham’s mental fragilities for a 3-0 defeat by LeipzigRead Also: Coronavirus: Arsenal stars quarantined after ‘contact’ with Olympiakos chiefOn top of losing Kane and Son, Mourinho pointed to the absence of Steven Bergwijn, Moussa Sissoko and Davinson Sanchez for his side’s capitulation in Germany.“People can say excuses but I’m pretty sure it is bad for anyone.“I don’t think anyone would resist to such a situation. In this moment we have matches to play in the Premier League with these players, there are not others, and we go until our limits. Let’s see how we end the season.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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first_imgAfter this long, cold winter, I am really looking forward to the spring sport season.  Let’s hope that the weatherman has a better forecast for April and May than he has had for the past 4 months.  We will need rain for the lawn, the crops, and the trees, but let’s hope it comes early in the morning or late at night so the spring sports can go on as scheduled.I am looking forward to working with Coach Gausman’s track team.  The girls are coming off a very successful last season, and they are hoping to win another conference and sectional championship.  The boys team has also been winning regularly over the past few years.The girls team returns 3 athletes who performed at the state last year.  They are Riley Goldsmith in the 400m dash, Virginia Westerfeld in the 100m dash, and Kim Tidman in the high jump.  The boys were not able to get any of their regional performers into the state.  Both squads have had state champs in the past 5 years, and Chris Giesting (a student and athlete at Notre Dame) is performing at an extremely high level.  Ellie Tidman of Vanderbilt recently had her best collegiate high jump ever.Good luck to both high school squads and to all the former Batesville athletes performing at the collegiate level now.last_img read more

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