Seven Vermont citizens and organizations honored with 2010 Democracy Awards

first_imgVermont Secretary of State Deb Markowitz presented the 2010 Democracy Awards to seven Vermont citizens and organizations at a ceremony at the Vermont Statehouse on December 21.‘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 Frank Bryan, University of Vermont professor and author; the Burlington Free Press; and John Cushing, Milton Town Clerk/Treasurer.Receiving the Vermont Secretary of State’s Enduring Democracy Award are student interns Ellie Beckett, Katie Levasseur, and Courtney Mattison who helped usher through Proposition 5; and Susan Clark, Middlesex town moderator and author.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.Frank Bryan, University of Vermont ‘ Frank Bryan is considered an expert on Vermont politics, in particular Vermont’s town meeting tradition. He has authored several books and publications, including the 2005 ‘All Those in Favor: Rediscovering the Secrets of Town Meeting and Community.’ Over the years he has been a vocal champion of Vermont local government and the town meeting tradition. In 2007 his testimony was instrumental in passing Act 124, making town meeting a holiday in Vermont.Burlington Free Press – The newspaper is being honored for its extraordinary, bipartisan, in-depth coverage of Vermont’s election. In addition to its regular election coverage, the Burlington Free Press posed questions to the candidates and published candidate responses on its front page and on its opinion page almost daily for months leading up to the election. In addition, the newspaper hosted multiple live web debates and sponsored a political blog that kept Vermonters informed and engaged in the election process.John Cushing ‘ John Cushing has served as the Milton town clerk/treasurer for over 40 years! He is recognized as a leader among his peers and served as the president of the Vermont Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Association and on the secretary of state’s town clerk advisory committee. Over the years he has been instrumental in getting key legislation passed relating to the administration of elections in Vermont.Ellie Beckett, Katie Levasseur, and Courtney Mattison – While interning in the Vermont State House, these three students proposed a constitutional amendment that would permit 17-year-olds who will be 18 by the time of the general election to vote in the primary election. They put this forward to Senator Jeanette White and testified on the merits of the amendment (which became known as Proposition 5) before several legislative committees. The amendment passed out of two legislatures and Proposition 5 was approved by the citizens of Vermont in the 2010 general election.Susan Clark ‘ Susan Clark is being recognized for her commitment to enhancing Vermont’s local democracy. Not only did she coauthor of “All Those In Favor: Rediscovering the Secrets of Town Meeting and Community,” but she has been an ardent advocate of town meeting. Through her efforts we now permit towns to adopt a representative town meeting and individuals have the right to take town meeting day off from work. Not only has she contributed to enhancing democracy for the state of Vermont as a whole but she has contributed greatly to her own town, spearheading efforts to energize citizen participation and serving as the town moderator.Visit www.sec.state.vt.us(link is external) for more information about programs offered by the Secretary of State’s Office.last_img read more

Ugandan cricketers collapse again, hand World Cup U-19 place to Kenya

first_imgBotswana505000-3.603 Share on: WhatsApp TeamPlayedWonLostTiedNo ResultPointsNRR In May, the senior Uganda cricket team also froze on the big stage, and were relegated at the end of the 2017 ICC World Cricket League Division Three hosted in Kampala.RESULTKenya Under-19s won by 7 wicketsUganda Under-19s – 60 17.1/50 ov RR: 3.49Kenya Under-19s – 61/3 8.3/50 ov RR: 7.17Standings going into the deciding game Kenya5410081.656 Ghana514002-1.333 ****Additional reporting ICC-cricket.Com Kenyan Under 19 cricketers celebrate. PHOTO ‏@CricketKenyaNairobi, Kenya |THE INDEPENDENT|  All Uganda needed to do to seal a place in the U-19 Cricket World Cup 2018 on Saturday was to put up a decent score against a Kenya team they had beaten comprehensively earlier in the week.What happened next left even neutral observers stunned, and put into question Ugandan cricket’s big match temperament. The Uganda juniors, who had put on 231 in a 69 run victory over Kenya on Tuesday, collapsed like a pack of cards.The Kenyan bowling attack tore through Uganda in the final game of the African qualifiers in Nairobi, dismissing them for a paltry 60 in 16.1 overs to set up the game for their batters.Here is how it happened: Fall of wickets – 3 runs-1st wicket (R Opio out in 1.1 overs), 5runs-2nd wicket (Z Arinaitwe, in 2.2 ov), 5-3 (E Agaba, in 2.5 ov), 12-4 (K Waiswa, 7.5 ov), 32-5 (S Wabwose, 12.1 ov), 32-6 (F Achelam, 12.4 ov), 32-7 (F Akankwasa, 12.5 ov), 32-8 (S Nsubuga, 13.1 ov), 60-9 (R Agamiire, 16.5 ov), 60-10 (R Olipa, in 17.1 ov)With qualification coming down to net run rate, the Kenyans needed to chase the total down in an unbelievable 9 overs. They did it.Needing 6.78 runs per over to win, the chase got off to a slow start as the hosts showed some sign of nerves.But, six fours and 3 sixes later, it was all over.Thomas Ochieng’s unbeaten 26 took his team home in 8.3 overs to book their place in next year’s showpiece in New Zealand. Uganda55000102.820last_img read more

Australia tour beckons for internationals

first_img England internationals Jake Burnage, David Hague, Matthew Jordan and Gian-Marco Petrozzi are about to start a four-week playing tour of Australia.They will take in four championships during their trip, starting with next week’s Australian Master of the Amateurs at Royal Melbourne, from January 9-12.They follow up with: the Australian Amateur at Lake Karrinyup and Wanneroo golf clubs, from 16-21 January; the Avondale Amateur at Avondale Golf Club, from 23-26 January; and the New South Wales Amateur at Royal Canberra and Gungahlin Lake golf clubs from 29 January to 2 February.The players are all members of the England Golf men’s squad:Jake Burnage, 22, (Saunton, Devon) powered up the ranks in 2017 with wins in the South of England amateur and the Hampshire Hog, joint second place in the Brabazon Trophy and third in the Lytham Trophy.David Hague, 21, (Malton & Norton, Yorkshire) made his mark with his win in the 2017 Lagonda Trophy, second place in the West of England championship and third in the Berkshire Trophy.Matthew Jordan, 21, (Royal Liverpool, Cheshire) capped an outstanding 2017 with selection for GB&I’s Walker Cup team. He won the England Golf men’s order of merit after a season which included victory in the St Andrews Links Trophy.Gian-Marco Petrozzi, 20, (Trentham, Staffordshire) impressed with a nine-shot win in the Welsh open and also had top tens in the Portuguese amateur and St Andrews Links Trophy.Caption: (from left) Matthew Jordan, Gian-Marco Petrozzi, Jake Burnage and David Hague. 5 Jan 2018 Australia tour beckons for internationals Tags: Australia, David Hague, Gian-Marco Petrozzi, Jake Burnage, Matthew Jordanlast_img read more

BUMBLEance to benefit from €3,600 NW Truck Fest proceeds

first_imgNorth West Truck Fest 2019 has raised a fantastic €3,600 for BUMBLEance, it was revealed this week.The annual event took place in Milford Mart Grounds at the end of August, with a large crowd turning out to support the competitions.BUMBLEance ambassador Jack Beattie from Raphoe was delighted to accept a cheque on behalf of the charity from the North West Truck Fest committee. Well done to all involved.Members of the North West Truck Fest presenting a cheque for €3600 raised at this years Truck Fest for the Bumbleance Service from left are Rober Browne, Catriona Browne, Jack Beattie, Noel McGeever, Bumbleance, Anna Marie Brogan and Kenneth Beattie. Photo Clive WassonBUMBLEance to benefit from €3,600 NW Truck Fest proceeds was last modified: December 3rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Purpose-Driven Science Ignores Darwin

first_imgWhile some Darwinists feel that the Intelligent Design (ID) movement is a major threat to science, many scientists unconnected to ID are acting as if it provides for them a more fruitful approach to research.  Several recent examples illustrated what might be called a silent “de facto” intelligent design movement.Purposeful proteins:  PhysOrg reported work at the RIKEN Advanced Science Institute in Japan with the eye-catching title, “Searching for purpose in proteins.”  It’s not that the team is invoking a deity or searching for ultimate meaning in their work; they just want to understand what some enigmatic proteins do.  Going on a kind of “fishing expedition” with fishing tackle known as bioprobes, they have demonstrated the ability to watch how proteins bind, and deduce their role in biological processes.  The case reported in the article concerns tumor progression in cancer, but the methodology assumes that enigmatic proteins have a purpose and are not just cellular junk.Imitating insects:  Meanwhile, inventors at Penn State, Harvard and the Naval Research Laboratory have their eyes on water striders and butterflies.  They have developed “an engineered thin film that mimics the natural abilities of water striding insects to walk on the surface of water, and for butterflies to shed water from their wings.”  The natural material has what is known as “superhydrophic properties” and is an “active area of research” because producing artificial materials with those properties would have many applications – “The nanofilm produced by this technique, called oblique angle deposition, provides a microscale smooth surface for the transport of small water droplets without pumps or optical waves and with minimal deformation for self-powered microfluidic devices for medicine and for microassembly.”  Inherent in biomimicry is the belief that the thing being imitated is well designed.Biophysics on birds:  Researchers in Australia were curious why ostriches are such good runners compared to humans, so they compared their leg physics with a computer analysis.  PhysOrg summarized the resulting paper by saying it’s spring in their step.  Ostriches store so much elastic energy in their tendons, they can run as if on pogo sticks.  The BBC News includes a video showing the difference in gait efficiency.Only the third team even mentioned evolution.  A leader of the team from the University of Western Australia hoped that “the findings could provide insight for biologists looking at the evolution of bipedalism, both in humans and in dinosaurs,” but clearly the focus of the story was on the biophysics, not the phylogeny. Notice how many previous entries with the “Intelligent Design” chain link were not about scientists actively promoting ID, but were about subjects that assumed design and had no use for Darwinism (e.g., 10/27/2010, 10/25/2010).  Most of the Biomimetics articles fall in this category (09/24/2010, 09/12/2010, 09/11/2010).  Join the silent ID revolution.  You don’t have to use the maligned phrase, or declare your allegiance to the Discovery Institute.  Just stay focused on the design in your subject, and gradually say less and less about Charlie D.  After enough good design science, fewer people (except for the diehard blowhards) will even miss him.(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ear drop adding to harvest concerns

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As corn harvest continues, albeit slowly, DuPont Pioneer Field Agronomist Kyle Poling is getting some calls about ear drop situations after heavy corn borer pressures and moisture stress during the growing season. He talks with The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about that issue and other problems that are coming with a delayed harvest in this week DuPont Pioneer Field Report.last_img

a month agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer assures matchwinner Rashford: Zico, Maradona also missed

first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer assures matchwinner Rashford: Zico, Maradona also missedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was happy for matchwinner Marcus Rashford after victory over Leicester City.The England international was under pressure taking the early spotkick.But having missed his previous penalty against Crystal Palace, Rashford converted for the only goal of the game. It was a relief for Rashford and his teammates, with United having missed two of their previous four penalties won this season.However, despite the outside pressure, Solskjaer insists there was never any extra demands coming from him for United’s No10.After the victory, Solskjaer told VG: “Every striker has been penalised. I’ve seen Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi miss. Michel Platini and Zico, my favourite player of all time, missed in the same match.”You just have to have enough confidence to take it again next time. What is the worst that can happen?”Victory over Leicester has United now sitting in fourth place on eight points after five games. It marked United’s first win since the opening day thumping of Chelsea.Solskjaer was also asked by reporters from the Norwegian outlet about Rashford’s performance. The United manager admitted he was delighted with the player’s commitment against a very competitive Leicester City.On Rashford’s form, Solskjaer continued: “He offers something to the team. He knows we didn’t give him enough opportunities to run through their back line. He’s getting more mature. He knows it’s not just about goals.”Today it was all about teaming up, we had to defend, and it was good to see that we were able to defend ourselves from deep without conceding any chances.”- updated September 16 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Fidelity Southern and State Street rise Molina tumbles

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Monday:Molina Healthcare Inc., down $11.72 to $120Insurers, hospitals and other health care companies fell after a Texas judge ruled that the 2010 Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.PG&E Corp., down $1.57 to $24.44California regulators said they opened an investigation into whether the utility falsified gas pipeline safety records.ABB Ltd., down 30 cents to $19.10The industrial automation company agreed to sell its power grid business to Hitachi of Japan.Goldman Sachs Group Inc., down $4.76 to $168.01Malaysia filed criminal charges against Goldman and two former executives for their role in the alleged multibillion-dollar ransacking of a state investment fund.Fidelity Southern Corp., up $3.40 to $24.82The bank agreed to combine with Ameris Bancorp, another financial company headquartered in Georgia.Jack in the Box Inc., up $1.70 to $82.03The fast food chain said it is exploring strategic as well as financial options to improve value for shareholders.Deutsche Bank AG, down 20 cents to $8.60European stocks sank Monday and Germany’s main stock index entered a “bear market.”State Street Corp., up 36 cents to $63.89Bank stocks performed better than the rest of the U.S. market Monday.The Associated Presslast_img read more

OSC approves 30M settlement with Katanga over failed DRC risk disclosure

first_imgTORONTO — A panel at the Ontario Securities Commission has approved a $30-million settlement with Katanga Mining over the company’s misleading statements and its failure to properly disclose the risks of operating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.Katanga, majority owned by Swiss mining giant Glencore Plc, says as part of the settlement it will make a $28.5-million payment, reimburse the commission $1.5 million for costs and submit to an independent consultant review of its reporting procedures.The company agreed in the settlement that it misstated its financial position and the results of its operations, failed to maintain adequate disclosure controls and failed to disclose material weaknesses in internal controls.The settlement also states that some current and former Katanga directors and officers allowed the conduct and acted in a manner contrary to the public interest.Company chief executive Johnny Blizzard, who has served in the role since 2015, has agreed to resign as part of the settlement.Katanga also agreed that it failed to describe the heightened public sector corruption risk in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the risks associated with its reliance on associates of Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler, who had close connections with the country’s regime.The Canadian Presslast_img read more