Lieutenant Governor Scott thanks Vermonters for outpouring of support after business burns

first_imgLieutenant Governor Phil Scott is ‘honored and humbled’ by the hundreds of Vermonters who reached out to him over the weekend after his business, DuBois Construction of Middlesex, burned in a massive fire on Friday night.The building and some of the company’s equipment are considered a total loss. The exact cause of the fire is not yet known, but officials have ruled out arson.Friends, competitors and colleagues in the Legislature and state government expressed their condolences and desire to help. Some have even suggested wanting to hold fundraisers to help the business rebuild.‘I’m honored and humbled to be thought of in this way,’ said Scott, ‘but I can’t in good conscience accept any monetary donations, after having personally witnessed so many Vermonters losing everything as a result of Irene. Our company was insured. While insurance never makes you whole, we should be able to rebuild and stay in business, unlike many small business owners who will never rebound from their losses as a result of Irene.‘I understand people’s desire to help,’ Scott continued, ‘and I would encourage those who feel compelled to contribute in some way, to make a donation to one of the Irene recovery groups or to their local volunteer fire department. In our area, the Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department and several other local departments worked tirelessly to try to save our building.’VT Long Term Disaster Recovery Group: is external)VT Irene Flood Relief Fund: is external)DuBois Construction was founded by Scott’s uncle in 1946. For the last 26 years, Scott and his cousin, Don DuBois, have run the business together. Scott and DuBois are determined to rebuild. With the help of friends, they set up a temporary office trailer over the weekend, and were ready to fulfill road salt orders as usual on Monday morning.Source: Lieutenant Governor’s office.last_img read more

Panel told closing CCRCs would cause delays

first_img March 15, 2003 Regular News Panel told closing CCRCs would cause delays Doing away with three state-funded offices that handle collateral death penalty appeals would have several unintended consequences, including almost certain delays in most cases and likely higher than anticipated costs.That was the consensus of the heads of Florida’s three capital collateral regional counsel offices who testified before the legislature’s Commission on Capital Cases February 20. They, along with some members of the Commission, sounded a warning about Gov. Jeb Bush’s proposal to close CCRC offices and have all collateral appeals handled by private attorneys. Bush’s office contends the state could save $3.8 million in a tight budget year by turning over all cases to the state’s registry of private attorneys, who now handle conflict and overload cases for the CCRCs.A new member of the commission, Rep. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, said: “It’s obvious there’s going to be a meltdown. I think the meltdown is going to result in longer delays that keep people languishing in the system.”Commission member Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Tamarac, noted that the commission did not have a quorum, and therefore could not take any action. But, he agreed, “It’s clear there are problems that need to be addressed by the substantive committees of the legislature.”CCRC-North Michael Reiter, CCRC-South Neal Dupree and CCRC-Middle Bill Jennings cited what they saw as several problems with the governor’s proposal:• While using the registry attorneys has generally worked well, one reason is the private attorneys can call the CCRCs for advice and help in the highly specialized area of death appeals. Without the CCRCs to help, the registry attorneys might take longer and provide less effective assistance.• The proposal assumes that many, if not most, of the current CCRCs’ caseload will be taken by CCRC attorneys going into private practice. But the CCRCs testified that most of the attorneys who are qualified to handle cases on their own will go into other government service because they can’t afford to take a case from the registry.• There will be inevitable delays as CCRC counsel withdraw from cases and private counsel are appointed and must become acquainted with the hundreds of thousands of pages of documents and records in the typical case. Supreme Court Clerk Tom Hall said there are usually 75 cases pending at the court, and most of those not on direct appeal would have to be returned to circuit courts for assigning new counsel, who then would have to review the case before the appeals continued. Overall, capital cases take about 8 percent of the court system’s time and resources, and 50 to 60 percent of the time of Supreme Court justices.• The maximum allowed state reimbursement of $84,000 plus another $30,000 for investigations, witnesses, and other costs, might be inadequate in some cases. The CCRCs noted a few cases have more than 100 boxes of records, and one has around 180 boxes. At $100 an hour, it would take more than the $84,000 maximum just to review those cases. Attorney Mark Olive challenged the limits in a case decided last year by the Supreme Court. The court upheld the limit, but said judges in extraordinary cases could approve higher compensation. The legislature responded by passing a law ordering commission Executive Director Roger Maas to remove from the registry any attorney who sought to exceed the statutory limit. That led Olive to recently file another lawsuit challenging that law. That suit is still pending. Maas said the suit and law have serious implications for the registry. On one hand, the suit, if successful, could make the projected savings disappear. But if it is unsuccessful and attorneys petition the courts to exceed the caps, Maas said he could wind up removing attorneys from the registry list at a time as many as possible are needed to replace the CCRCs.• There aren’t enough registry attorneys qualified to handled the collateral appeals when they go to federal court. Maas said of the 133 lawyers signed up for the registry, only 15 or 20 “are willing or able to go to federal court.” That means most cases will stop after state appeals, and the state-approved $2,500 fee for filing the appeal isn’t enough to get another lawyer — who would have to review all the case material — to take over for the federal reviews, he said.• There will be delays in dozens of upcoming hearings in the courts at all levels of the state and federal judiciary as CCRC lawyers withdraw from cases and are replaced by registry attorneys, who will need months to become familiar with the cases. The delays will be particularly acute for appeals in federal courts because of the lack of registry attorneys there.Campbell asked Maas whether anyone had studied the costs of restarting the CCRCs, if it was found the registry attorneys couldn’t handle the cases. Maas replied that no such review had been conducted, but that the offices would undoubtedly lose their equipment, including expensive high-speed scanners purchased to help speed up review of cases.“It would be millions, obviously,” Maas said.center_img Panel told closing CCRCs would cause delayslast_img read more

CUs will feel the decline of the middle class

first_imgEarlier this year, I read some commentary about President Trump’s promise to bring back manufacturing jobs to the U.S. The analyst’s comments were something like, “Well, that’s all fine and dandy for the next few years, but in the long term, the bots are coming.” More recently, an analyst contemplating the impact of a self-driving semi-trucks speculated that 800,000 jobs in trucking could eventually disappear as well. It’s inevitable that advances in technology will displace a tremendous number of workers and replace their jobs with a smaller number of potentially higher-paying, high-tech jobs. While there have been thousands of articles written on the subject, this is one of my favorites, even though it’s now four years old.The problem for credit unions is that our “sweet spot” in terms of membership is decidedly middle-class consumers. Does a shrinking middle class mean our future business will shrink too? Future strategies have to include a dual approach to this changing economic landscape, or we’ll be left in the dust. First, credit unions need to address the following issues, so they can best serve the displaced middle class:How can we improve the reach of our financial education initiatives? The middle class is going to need to save more money than ever: a) to be able to eventually retire and pay for future health care needs, and b) to be able to survive a prolonged period of unemployment. My dad was a welder, and when he was working, he made a great income. The problem is that he typically spent every dime of it, so his periods of unemployment, especially during a recession, were painful for the family. 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Congress, not regulators, must solve marijuana banking problem: Mnuchin

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Congress, not federal regulators, must fix the marijuana banking conundrum, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told a House subcommittee last week.“I don’t believe that this is a failure of the regulators,” Mnuchin told the House Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee, adding that he would encourage Congress to help solve the problem.Mnuchin’s comments came, as a bipartisan group of senators introduced their version of cannabis banking legislation.Credit union officials have complained that they take a significant risk if they provide financial services to marijuana-related businesses, even in states where cannabis is legal. They say that because marijuana is illegal on the federal level, financial regulators could impose sanctions on them if they serve cannabis-related businesses.last_img read more

Lines of credit and terminated memberships; New workshop at compliance seminar

first_img This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading » No credit union likes to see its members leave the credit union or to have to expel someone from membership. However, when a membership is terminated, certain processes and procedures kick in. For example, determining how to close accounts, refund any balance in those accounts and shutting off any debit cards. But what happens to outstanding loan balances?Under the Federal Credit Union Act, federal credit unions are prohibited from lending to nonmembers. For closed-end credit, this is rather straightforward – the borrower must be a member at the time of consummation. As long as this requirement is met, terminating a membership during the lending relationship does not have a huge impact on the loan. The loan agreement remains in place and the borrower is still obligated to pay back any outstanding balance regardless of their membership status.However, when it comes to open-end credit, such as a line of credit, HELOC or credit card, the analysis gets a bit more challenging. This is because credit is extended each time a new transaction is made. The effect of this is that the borrower must be a member at the time each new transaction is made. When a membership is terminated, any subsequent transaction on an open-end credit account would be considered lending to a non-member. So, what happens when a borrower ceases to be a member, yet still has available credit on his account?center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Phenomenal Timelapse video as an example of how promotional films of tourist destinations should be shot

first_imgVideo is a “must have” tool today when we talk about tourism promotion.But in order to get virality and to stand out from the mass of promotional tourist videos, it is necessary to invest in quality and professional production, which of course costs, but also gives results. With the mass use of drones, new technologies such as 4k video resolution, video in tourism is definitely the main bait for telling a story and creating a motive for coming.And how to stand out from the crowd and tell a story through a video that invites you to visit a tourist destination, demonstrated a young Ukrainian photographer Kirill Neiezhmakov with a new phenomenal timelaps video that takes us through an amazing walk through Rome.In less than three minutes through the “Eternal City” of the most famous sights, its historical past and picturesque areas where you will want to head on arrival when it’s time to relax. Rome is synonymous with history, writes Neezijakov and adds “Where else can you walk in the same footsteps as the emperors, St. Peter, the popes, Michelangelo, Dante, and Raphael, to name a few? The real charm of Rome is that you can easily walk to most of the places from the video”, Said Neiezhmakov.Want to visit Rome after this video and experience live the largest open-air museum in Europe?However, we also have our strong strengths when we talk about time laps video and professional photography, and that is certainly the phenomenal duo Marko Romulić and Dražen Stojčić who are the authors of some of the most famous Croatian timelapse films. After many phenomenal videos, they have been trying for years to catch the spring fog that emerges from the Mirna Valley in Motovun, and it only appears when special weather conditions set in. After many unsuccessful trips and catching the morning fog around the Motovun hill, and perseverance is always rewarded, finally came the day when the magic fog was caught through the lens of Marija and Dražen.Misty Motovun – timelapse movie from Romulic & Stojcic on Vimeo.Always use professional services and watch the quality, not how to go as little as possible and record video with a mobile phone, because in the end the only thing that matters is the final product and the message. Of course, after shooting the video, it is necessary to invest in promoting it so that as many people as possible can see it, because we can have the best product in the world, but if no one knows about it, everything falls into the water.Of course, there are always those who offer services much cheaper…Various professionals and creatives show their skills, and it is up to tourist destinations to see and use the opportunity to promote their tourist destination as well as possible. It is also their main job and they are paid for it. Directors of tourist boards from all over Croatia, you are on the move. Opportunities are there, it’s up to you to take advantage of them, that’s your obligation, isn’t it?Btw, next week, from 13 to 15 September, the International Tourist Film Festival will be held in Zagreb, Zagreb Tourfilm Festival, where 175 tourist films from 76 countries will compete. It will be interesting to see how other countries are branded and what messages they send.Related news:THE IMPORTANCE OF QUALITY PROMOTIONAL VIDEO IN TOURISMOVER 170 TOURIST FILMS IN COMPETITION AT ZAGREB TOURFILM FESTIVALWATCH THE PHENOMENAL TEASER OF SARAJEVO VIDEO GUIDElast_img read more

Labour looks to shareholder power

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Senior Arsenal players frustrated by Unai Emery’s post-training meetings

first_img 1 min. story Advertisement Unai Emery is under mounting pressure following Arsenal’s poor start to the season (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has irked several of Arsenal’s most senior players by holding overly detailed and lengthy post-training meetings.Arsene Wenger’s successor is battling to save his job following a mediocre start to the season which could see Arsenal fall nine points adrift of the top four should they lose at Leicester on Saturday.Arsenal’s executive committee are said to be reluctant to make a change of management at this stage of the season, but Emery appears to be fighting an increasingly difficult task of uniting a fractured dressing room.Last week, reports claimed several of the club’s younger players regularly and openly mock the Spaniard over his lack of English and his poor communication skills also risk alienating the club’s more established stars.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Granit Xhaka trained with the Arsenal squad ahead of Wednesday’s match against Vitoria (Picture: Getty)Arsenal return to action on Wednesday against Vitoria in the Europa League ahead of Saturday’s trip to the King Power Stadium where they will face an in-form Leicester side who seven of their last eight matches in all competitions.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalEmery must decide whether or not to restore Granit Xhaka to his midfield after the club captain stormed off the pitch, hurling abuse at his own fans following last month’s draw against Crystal Palace.Xhaka was left out the side which drew against Wolves on Saturday but trained with the first team squad today ahead of the trip to Portugal.Should Arsenal sack Unai Emery if they lose against Leicester?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Paul Merson tells Arsenal to replace Unai Emery with Brendan Rodgers and give Leicester City boss ‘five-year contract’MORE: Jurgen Klopp praises Edu for unearthing ‘unbelievable’ Arsenal starlet Gabriel Martinelli PLAY Senior Arsenal players frustrated by Unai Emery’s post-training meetings Full Screen Advertisement Comment According to the Evening Standard, training sessions are often elongated as a result of Emery holding regular meetings which are drawn out as a result of his struggles to master the English language. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 5 Nov 2019 1:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link268Shares About Connatix V67539 Video Settingslast_img read more

Arsenal shocked by Willian’s wage demands after opening talks over free transfer

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Advertisement Willian wants a three-year deal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are unlikely to sanction a deal for Chelsea star Willian unless the Brazilian lowers his wage demands.The winger is set to end his seven-year stay at Stamford Bridge this summer after talks over a new deal ended following months of unsuccessful negotiations.Willian wants a two or three-year deal in west London but the Blues are only willing to hand him a rolling 12-month extension.The Brazilian is happy in London and with his family settled in the capital, his representatives suggested the idea of a move to Arsenal.ADVERTISEMENTHis agent, Kia Joorabchian, has good relations with the Gunners after negotiating Edu’s return to the Emirates and helping David Luiz make the same move that Willian could make last summer. Arsenal shocked by Willian’s wage demands after opening talks over free transfer Willian is currently on £120,000-a-week at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)However, despite the fact that Willian could sign on a free transfer, Arsenal are said to be shocked at his wage demands.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Brazilian wants a three-year deal, which would take him to the age of 34 by the end of the contract.And Willian wants to maintain his current salary of £120,000-a-week for the duration of his stay at the Emirates, which would amount to £18.7m over his three years in north London.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMikel Arteta was already resigned to a difficult summer before the coronavirus crisis hit but the club are looking at a particularly bleak window as the pandemic hits football clubs across the world.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to be sold with the club seeking around £30m for the Gabon ace.That could help finance a move for Willian but he’ll likely need to lower his wage demands before negotiations can continue.MORE: Arsenal set price for Chelsea or Barcelona to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Metro Sport ReporterMonday 27 Apr 2020 11:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.5kShareslast_img read more