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Vermonters First reappears with ads attacking ‘Democratic’ taxes

first_imgby Nat Rudarakanchana February 27, 2013 vtdigger.org Conservative super PAC Vermonters First has resurfaced for the first time since November, with two new ads on WCAX that blame Vermont Democrats for new gas, property and heating fuel taxes.The Vermont Press Bureau’ s Pete Hirschfeld broke the news Wednesday morning.The ads claim that Vermont Democrats are proposing at least $70 million in new tax revenues, levied against working Vermonters. The ads urge constituents to contact legislators and protest the taxes.Tayt Brooks, the group’ s founder, declined to comment.Ryan Emerson, a spokesman for the state’ s Vermont Democratic Party, said the ads are an unsurprising but ‘ disconcerting’ attempt by Vermonters First to lump Democratic politicians together as supporters of new taxes, at a time when Democrats haven’ t reached consensus on these controversial measures.‘ This is another attempt by Vermonters First to muddy the waters,’ Emerson said. ‘ It’ s too early in the session to see where the budget ends up. ‘¦ There hasn’ t been any broad-based agreement on the budget thus far.’‘ The $70 million [figure] may come from the projected budget shortfall,’ Emerson continued. ‘ If that’ s the case, there’ s a number of ways to address that, not just raising taxes.’ To imply otherwise, Emerson said, ‘ is just being dishonest to Vermonters.’At this point, two of the three tax proposals that Vermonters First highlights are still subject to fierce debate, though a 5-cent property tax increase cleared the House last week, backed by a unified Democratic vote over Republican objections.A 4 percent sales tax on gas is a Shumlin administration proposal now under discussion in the House Transportation Committee. A nonpartisan 65-member task force recommended a new excise tax on heating fuels in January.The state currently projects a budget shortfall of $50 million to $70 million in the upcoming fiscal year. A 1 cent property tax raise usually generates about $10 million in revenue, so the new proposal passed by the House would raise about $50 million, and keep track with a 5.5 percent increase in K-12 public education spending. The administration’ s gas tax would raise $28.24 million, or $36.5 million when combined with additional bonding. An excise tax on heating fuels could raise up to $30 million annually, but it’ s unclear whether that proposal will be acted on this session.Gov. Peter Shumlin didn’ t include a heating fuel assessment in his budget address, but later this week the House Natural Resources Committee members will vote on H.216, a bill that may fund energy efficiency by adding 0.5 percent to an established gross receipts tax on some fuels.Democrats don’ t plan to launch a counterattack or buy any advertising of their own, Emerson said.Meanwhile, at a press conference on Wednesday, Shumlin defended his gas tax proposal as a way to avoid sending $60 million in federal funds back to Washington, D.C., and said he’ d craft a bipartisan solution to the state’ s waning gas tax revenues.Asked if he cared about how politically unpopular gas and property tax hikes might be, Shumlin responded: ‘ I didn’ t run for governor to find the path of least resistance. I ran for governor for one reason: I want to create jobs, and prosperity, better income for those better jobs. And I will do anything sensible as governor to make that happen.’‘ I don’ t get up every morning and think: Well, is this going to be popular? Is this not going to be popular? I think: How can I be effective?’Emerson pointed out that because Vermonters First is tackling issues under legislative debate, it needs to formally register as a lobbyist with the Secretary of State, which the group did on late Wednesday afternoon.State statute requires any group lobbying on legislative issues to register within 48 hours of any lobbying.According to WCAX, the ads cost $7,800, and will appear 31 times, from today until March 1.last_img read more

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Dominica observes adult education month

first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Dominica observes adult education month by: – September 4, 2012center_img 27 Views   one comment Share Martha Andre As the Adult Education Division celebrates “adult education month” this September, an adult education officer has sought to dispel the perception that the organization caters to persons who are considered “illiterate”.In an interview with Dominica Vibes News, Martha Andre described the Adult Education programs as “creating awareness” for the need to continue learning.“We are trying to bring about awareness among persons that adult education is continuing education. I think it goes way back when people thought adult education, earlier called the night school, were for people who couldn’t read or write at all, but it is not so, we have gone beyond that”.She explained that the division offers these programs as a means of contributing to national development. “We have adult literacy programs where we take persons from one level to another and as they grow in their levels they become more competent to participate in wider areas of discussions. What we are trying to do is to prepare people to be part of the national development and people should not look at adult education as something that is pen and paper,” she said.This year’s adult education month is being celebrated under the theme, “Create Your Family Dynasty Through Adult Education”.“We feel that issues which affect the family will hinder proper learning and if we have to create a national learning environment we must look at the family unit as being one of the very important units and develop that family,” Andre emphasized.The Adult Education Division offers a number of educational classes like Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence (CCSLC), Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination and skills programs. “We look at the social, spiritual and physical aspect of the human being and through this we are able to develop programs which will assist persons to be sustainable in whatever way. We also offer skills training programs in summer ranging from flower arrangement, tiling, sewing and cake decorating”.The division also provides programs targeted at assisting schools and parents. “We are also into parenting programs where we work with the schools and the parent bodies in the communities to organize programs for parents who feel they need upgrading in their social and parenting skills and understanding the school curriculum and how they can work with their children,” Andre noted.Some of the activities which will form part of the month’s observations include a national exhibition at Government Headquarters on 5th September, beach clean-up along the Dame Mary Eugenia Charles Boulevard and the national graduation on 19th September.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Five stars will fill the empty box office of Levski

first_imgLevski has five convertible players, the sale of which can fill the coffers of “Gerena”.The most revolving is the young star of the “blues” Stanislav Ivanov, who is of interest to the Scottish grandees. The striker can bring 1.3 – 1.5 million euros to the club, Meridian Match writes. Roberta seems to be the second appetizing bite as youth and his offensive post are big pluses. Here, however, the “blues” will be on thorns, because the Dutchman can break up through the fault of the club and thus “Gerena” will not get anything. Otherwise, there is a serious interest in Roberta from Legia, Ferencvaros and Turkish teams. Its price is about 1.2 million euros. For Paulinho, on the other hand, information of interest from Dynamo Kyiv periodically appears. Ukrainians are unlikely to pay more than 1.3m euros for the technician.The fact that Holmar Ejolfsson is an Icelandic national could bring 600,000 euros to the “blues” in a transfer. Another central defender – Kargas, is unlikely to be bought for more than 300 thousand.last_img read more

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Alex Saucedo reflects on coming back from adversity in bloody war vs. Lenny Zappavigna

first_img“Abel Sanchez would tell me to not be lazy with your jab because this guy is very good with his right hand and that’s what he’s going to try and do,” Saucedo told Sporting News. “And that’s exactly what happened in the fourth round. I came out in the first three rounds and I was putting my hands on him. And that fourth round, I got lazy. I threw a lazy jab and got caught with an overhand right hand and it stunned me.” MORE: Join DAZN and watch the Jarrell Miller vs. Bogdan Dinu fightAnd it nearly cost him the fight.”I was hurt,” Saucedo said in reflection. “I was getting hit, but I was surviving.”Saucedo weathered the storm to regain control.”I came back in the fifth round very strong,” he said, “and then was able to stop him in the seventh.” With blood gushing down their faces, chests and trunks, Saucedo and Zappavigna duked it out during the fifth and sixth rounds before Zappavigna’s corner threw in the towel at the 2:31 mark of the seventh due to the pugilist’s left eye nearly being shut and the gruesome cut over his right eye. Surviving the hardest battle of his career led Saucedo to garner his first major world title shot; he will challenge WBO junior welterweight champion Maurice Hooker (24-0-3, 16 KOs) on Friday night in Saucedo’s hometown, Oklahoma City. With blood pouring down his face and absorbing punishment that would have sent 99 percent of fighters down to the canvas in that fourth round, Saucedo somehow fought back. After winning, he watched the fight, and the fourth round in particular, many times. Every time he has watched it, he comes away with the same conclusion — that there’s was no way the referee would stop it.”I was in no fear and I knew I could survive that,” Saucedo said. “I remember looking [at] the referee and telling him with my eyes that I’m OK and it was just a punch. I believe the referee seen that I was OK. In my mind, I knew Lenny was leaving it out there. I remember his face after the fight. He had seven different cuts from both of his eyes. That was his survival round. He tried to survive that round. He threw everything he had. I just survived it, too, and I came back stronger in the next round and I was able to stop him.” That fight showed the world Saucedo (28-0, 18 KOs) has the heart of a champion, is willing to put it all on the line and go through the depths of despair to reach the ultimate goal of becoming a world champion. “Coming back from adversity is something that you’re born with because I’ve always had that,” Saucedo said. “Being a boxer, I know that you risk your life going in the ring. You risk a lot of things going in there. Anything can happen. You can lose an eye, a broken jaw. There’s so many things that can happen in the ring. As a fighter, you have to know what you’re going into. I think that’s one of the things about me that I know — I give my all every time I walk into the ring.” Everything was going Alex Saucedo’s way heading into the fourth round of his June tilt against Lenny Zappavigna. He had opened up a deep cut over Zappavigna’s right eye in the second round and sent his opponent down to the canvas with a thudding counterpunch in the third round. Somehow, not only did Zappavigna manage to survive the round, he slugged it out with Saucedo for the remainder of the frame.That paved the way for a firefight to break out during the fourth round. Saucedo’s head trainer, Abel Sanchez, warned his pupil to stay crisp with the jab because if he didn’t, then Zappavigna would make him pay for it.  MORE: Join DAZN and watch the Jarrell Miller vs. Bogdan Dinu fightHooker said in a press release to formally announce the fight that he’s going to punch Saucedo right “in the mouth, Mexican style.” If Saucedo has to go through hell one more time, he’s more than ready to knuckle up and bring home the WBO belt. “I’m going to be ready for Nov. 16 for anything he brings to the ring,” Saucedo said. “If he wants to box, I will box. If he wants to fight, then I will be 100 percent ready to do the same. I’m going to give the fans a great show because I’m undefeated in 28 fights, and if you look at all of those 28 fights, I’ve never been in a boring fight. I’m going to give everyone their money’s worth.”last_img read more

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