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Vermont Troopers’ Association reaches deal on new contract, saves state almost a $1 million

first_imgSecretary of Administration Neale F. Lunderville and Vermont Troopers Association(VTA) President Michael O Neil today announced that the Administration and VTA have reachedagreement on a new one year labor contract, subject to ratification by the VTA membership.The agreement will produce over $970,000 in total savings in FY11, $162,540 attributable to GeneralFund savings and $719,679 in Transportation Fund savings. In entering into the agreement, the State willachieve the same level of savings in FY11 as it would have achieved if the VTA took a 3% pay cut andstep freeze, as other bargaining units agreed to do recently.The cost saving achieved from the agreement is good news for the taxpayers of Vermont. I appreciatethat the troopers are doing their part to address budget concerns during these challenging times, saidGovernor Jim Douglas. As families are struggling to pay the bills, state employees have stepped upand Vermonters are grateful. The Vermont economy is not out of the woods yet, said Secretary Lunderville. This agreement willhelp lawmakers address a more than $150 million budget shortfall for fiscal 2011 a gap that might getworse before it gets better.The contract includes a step freeze for all VTA members, and calls for members to forego 40 hours ofcompensation for supplemental duty pay and monetary bonuses for meeting physical fitness standardswhile retaining the rigorous standards. The contract also calls for the elimination of holiday premiumpay provisions for Town Meeting Day, Bennington Battle Day and Washington s Birthday, and reducesholiday pay for other holidays during the one year contract term.VTA President Michael O Neil stated that it was important to his members that the State committedduring the one year agreement to work with the VTA in looking at serious concerns facing the StatePolice, including the comparability of their wages and wage structure. We are pleased that the State hascommitted to work with the VTA over the next year to conduct a comprehensive review of police wagesand wage structures, scheduling and other important issues to VTA members, O Neil said. Such areview will help ensure that Vermont remains competitive in attracting and retaining top individuals forour State Police force. Given that the VTA is a newly elected bargaining unit representative, the parties agreed that it wouldbe beneficial to use the committee process to study in greater detail important issues and comprehensivechanges for possible inclusion in successor agreements, added Lunderville. Work schedules and paystructures are key issues, as well as looking at pay-for-performance and other innovative ideas. Source: Lunderville’s office. 3.4.2010.last_img read more

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Ranko Petrović, Uniline: European Handball Championship has exceeded all tourist and business expectations

first_imgThe fact that at the very beginning of the year the European Handball Championship 2018 in Croatia achieved more than 25.000 overnight stays speaks volumes about how important big and small sports events are, especially when they are organized in the pre- or post-season. Thus, in January, Croatia realized 193 thousand tourist arrivals, which is an increase of 22% compared to the first month last year.Uniline, as the official travel agency of the EURO, spent more than 31 nights in the winter in Zagreb, Split, Poreč and Varaždin, to which, among others, Scandinavian, German and Macedonian fans contributed the most. Uniline’s operational team took care of transfers, transportation and accommodation for more than 1.200 officials of the championship, especially 500 athletes from 16 European countries, and then members of professional teams and sports officials of individual national federations, the European Handball Federation (EHF), media representatives and sponsors and fan groups.”Although we are finalizing all the data and analyzing what has been achieved, we can already say that the European Handball Championship EURO 2018 exceeded all, both Croatian tourism and our business expectations at the very beginning of the tourist year. Positive effects were achieved in all segments – from the number of nights to the number of people who actively followed the EURO 2018 campaign on Uniline’s Facebook page Uniline Croatia “, said Ranko Petrović, Executive Director of Europcar and Uniline Logistics, and at the same time the leading man of Uniline’s operational team for this year’s largest international sporting event in Croatia.Transfer of Danish sponsors and fans / Photo: UnilineApart from the positive business effect and tourist traffic, Unilina points out that they are extremely satisfied with the promotional campaign on social networks. The incentive campaign and the prize competition, by which Unila’s lucky winners took them to matches in all the cities where the championship was held, reached a number of more than 900 thousand active users of Facebook and Instagram social networks. This is more than an optimal effect since, according to the latest data, there are 1,9 million FB users in Croatia, and more than 2 billion in the world, says Petrovic and adds “”In accordance with the dynamics of the event, the logistics were ultimately performed by almost a hundred Uniline members, both tourist operatives and drivers, who had a fleet of 60 cars and vans and 25 buses at their disposal. Uniline proved to be an excellent organizer of accommodation and transfers, for which it received praise from the top of the EHF. Looking at the scenes of Swedish fans on the Split waterfront in short sleeves or Norwegian drinking coffee in the sun on the coast in Porec, it was easy to conclude that sports tourism with its three components – tourism of sporting events, tourism of sports memories and active sports tourism – once again clearly demonstrated that it can be one of the key generators of arrivals and consumption for Croatia’s year-round tourism business,”Concluded Petrović.Uniline sees the future of this business in the systematic and continuous expansion of services and the creation of new business models in the form of rational and cost-effective solutions for athletes, clubs and federations and their fans and guests through their own specific know-how – from organizing sports development camps for all ages preparation and, if necessary, other preparatory and competitive segments with accompanying services, such as “one stop sport travel company ” active on a 24/7 basis, ie available to clients every day and at any time.last_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Sep. 15

first_imgHorses reveal when whips are hurtingA few days ago I turned on the TV. There was a track worker on there with a big spiel about how the racehorses get such great care.They get a bath and the best hay and blah, blah, blah.He never mentioned when they are running as fast as they can, they can feel the sting of the whip.I came across a photo of horses being whipped running with their ears back. If you know anything about horses and other animals, when they have their ears back, things aren’t right with the animal.The only part I liked about that story was “track attendance drops.”Eunice KilmerJohnstownHistory a major asset for SchenectadyWhat wonderful news that Schenectady is seeing its tourism activity increase. Those of us who live here know how much our city and county have to offer. I would like to emphasize that an important component in the mix of attractions is the historic character of the area.Tourists come to visit the Stockade Historic District from all over the world. Our county historical society does an excellent job promoting our unique and interesting past. Schenectady is rich in historic character, not just in the Stockade, but in numerous neighborhoods as well as downtown. Not only does Proctors attract visitors with exciting shows, it offers a spectacular setting as well.If you doubt the importance of history to tourist activity, you need look no further than the recent tour of “Hamilton.” Let’s not forget it is our history that sets us apart and also attracts visitors from near and far.Suzanne S. UngerSchenectadyThe writer is president of the Stockade Association.Senior programs offer great camaraderieI write in praise and gratitude for the two senior lunches I enjoy. They include Jewish Community Center in conjunction with Catholic Charities with bus transportation door to door. This occurs Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the JCC. The other is operated by the town of Niskayuna, Tuesday and Thursday at the town center on Aqueduct Road.As a senior, I feel truly blessed to have these opportunities to meet and greet seniors with the virtues of aging, comparing notes and sharing the good with the bad.In fact, the pride and spirit of my companion seniors remind me of my college days when we swore allegiance to the fraternity. Everyone helped each other in many ways.On the bus rides to the lunches, conversation can be heard like, “How are you feeling today?” or “Can you recommend a good cardiologist?” and “What about a good hairdresser?” Doreen and Sue offer many kindnesses to their elders at JCC, while Robin, Edie and Linda do the same at Nisky. Camaraderie is in abundance. Opportunities also abound for bridge, Mah Jong, lectures, physical fitness, trips and much more. Also, we should commend the diligence of bus drivers, Butch and Max, who are excellent in what they do.Ted VinickNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNo law says license plates must cost $25When does a distortion become a lie? When you know you’ve been caught and continue to lie in the hopes if you said it often enough, those who hear it will believe it.This is what Gov Andrew Cuomo continues in his quest for a proposal that he himself is responsible for to charge a mandatory fee of $25 for millions of drivers to replace perfectly good and readable plates when we have some of the highest registration fees in the nation.There is no mandated $25 plate replacement fee in k state law. The law states from Part H of the 2009 Budget that the administration can charge a fee “not to exceed $25.”Clearly, as Gov. David Paterson did in 2009 when he instituted the last plate replacement program and charged $0 per plate, Gov. Cuomo has chosen the maximum $25 fee.Lastly, it is important to note that neither I, nor any Republican, voted yes on the 2009 law to allow any governor to charge a fee “not to exceed $25.” The governor has the sole authority to not charge the $25 fee and as little as zero without legislative intervention. He should do the right thing now and stop this $70 million cash grab before it becomes a negotiating chip in next year’s state budget talks.Jim TediscoGlenvilleThe writer represents the 49th  District in the state Senate.State law is putting animals above babiesRegarding the Sept. 11 story in The Daily Gazette about Man gets 18 months in cat killing. I am outraged. A man gets 18 months in prison for killing a cat. Yet babies, who are a person developing in a mother’s womb until ready to survive on their own, can be killed at any time, up to and including birth with no penalties. Have we lost all value for life as we put animals before people? God help us!Geraldine HavasyClifton ParkUAlbany working to close diversity gapI read with great interest Zachary Matson’s Aug. 31 article, “Who’s teaching our kids? The article examined the teacher-student race gap in the Capital Region,” a gap that is greater in our community than across the state or the nation.At the University at Albany (SUNY), we have recognized for years that there’s a critical need to diversify the teacher education pipeline, as well as ensure we provide safe and inclusive learning environments for all students.That’s why, as the home to New York’s leading public graduate school of education, UAlbany has made addressing this gap a strategic priority, and why we are actively working with local community leaders to build a pipeline to expand the diversity of future teachers.This year, we are launching the Touhey Family Fellows program, an initiative designed to provide academic, social and financial supports to students from diverse backgrounds to pursue teaching careers in Albany.To create large-scale change, we know that we also have to start inspiring future teachers while they are still in high school. Next spring, UAlbany will host high school juniors/seniors from high-needs schools throughout the region for a Career Exploration Institute focused on teacher education. This past summer, we hosted a community-wide summit focused on building safer and more inclusive schools and communities.These are just three of many examples of how we are strengthening the relationships between the University and the local K-12 community to collectively work toward closing equity gaps and improving the educational pipeline for all students.Jason E. Lane, PhDAlbanyThe writer is interim dean, School of Education, University at Albany, SUNY.last_img read more

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Indonesia’s COVID-19 figures ‘moderate’ compared to ASEAN countries: Minister

first_img“We’re grateful that the exponential growth is not as rapid as predicted. The peak is at 500 cases a day,” he said, adding that the number of fatalities was plateauing as well and that all these data were used by the government as a guide to create policies regarding COVID-19 handling in the near future.A disease surveillance and biostatistics researcher at the Eijkman-Oxford Clinical Research Unit, Iqbal Ridzi Fahdri Elyazar, however, was skeptical about the government’s claims.“The government is not looking at the right curve, the epi curve. They use analytical tools that are invalid, inaccurate, not trustworthy and don’t met the epidemiological standards in assessing the COVID-19 situation,” Iqbal told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, an epidemic curve, or epi curve, is a visual display of the onset of illness to assess the distribution of cases over time. An epi curve shows the daily infection rate.Indonesia had yet to have an epi curve and therefore, any claims of a decline in cases were not based on the right tool. What the government had been displaying was a curve showing the daily cases reported by the authorities, not the onset of infections, Iqbal said. The Health Ministry, he said, should have made epi curves to get a clearer picture of what was happening.“To determine the onset of infections, a thorough epidemiology study should be done. But because it takes time and is costly, usually experts use other measures, such as the date when symptoms start showing, or the date when samples are taken, because some COVID-19 patients show no symptoms,” Iqbal told the Post.The infection rate could not be determined by daily reported cases unless the test result came back positive for COVID-19 on the very day the people contracted the virus.Meanwhile, the government has yet to reveal the average time gap between the sample collection and the test result. Some patients reported they had to wait for their test results for nine to 14 days, Kompas daily reported.Wide testing is just as important in supporting the epi curve. Indonesia’s testing coverage is still very low with only 0.39 tests per 1000 people, far less than in neighboring Vietnam, which has conducted 2.68 tests per 1000 people, Singapore with 30.02 tests per 1000 people. Authorities in Iceland, meanwhile, have conducted 154.4 tests per 1000 people.“Therefore, the claim that the peak number of cases is at 500 is groundless. The number of cases reported each day very much depends on the number of tests conducted. More test means more confirmed cases,” said Iqbal.He criticized the government’s claim about the plateauing trend of the death toll, saying the government was once again departing from the World Health Organization’s protocol, which requires to include the death of patients suspected of being infected with COVID-19 in the number of fatalities.As of Saturday, the government has reported 959 deaths, but some regions that reported deaths among suspected patients indicated that the toll could be much higher.“The WHO predicts that Indonesia’s death toll is four of five times higher than reported,” he said.The government also failed to mention that the death rate is still high at 7 percent nationwide and 8.8 percent in the capital Jakarta.“The government needs to immediately release the epi curves of each province, city and regency as the interaction between humans, viruses and the environment are unique in each region. The Health Ministry has all the data needed [to make the epi curve],” Iqbal said.Topics : On Saturday, Indonesia’s COVID-19 team reported the highest number of new cases in a single day, which was 533, bringing the total to 13,645 cases.The data, critics and scientists have said, were not accurate because of Indonesia’s low testing capacity, which stood at fewer than 1,600 a day since March 3. As of Saturday noon, Indonesia has tested 108,669 people, which means it has conducted 0.39 tests per 1,000 people, one of the lowest test rates in the world.Muhadjir considered the total number of confirmed cases “unexceptional” as Indonesia had a population of 273 million compared to the 6 million in Singapore, which recorded 22,460 cases as of Saturday.He added that the country’s current growth rate of cases was not as extreme as in Europe or North America. According to the graph made by ourworldindata.org, starting in the fourth week after its first reported cases, the cases number in Indonesia doubles every five to seven days. Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy has claimed that Indonesia recorded only a moderate number of COVID-19 cases compared to other ASEAN countries and said the number continued to go down, dismissing Indonesia’s patchy testing capability and the highest death rate in the region.“We’re on the right track. There is a decreasing trend of cases, though not dramatically. I thank all the people who have complied with the government’s COVID-19 precautionary measures,” Muhadjir said during a press briefing on Friday.The statement came amid the government’s policy to ease travel restrictions and plans to gradually lift social restrictions in June.last_img read more

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Prime position attracts downsizers and travelling execs

first_imgBoardwalk Residences.Ray White New Farm sales agent Hamish Bowman said downsizers were the main buying demographic.“The most constant buyer we see is those selling in the $1.7 million-$2 million and higher bracket in the middle ring who want to downsize in a physical sense and also monetary. They will buy into the Boardwalk Residences and also put half a million dollars in their pockets as part of a transition to retirement,” Mr Bowman said. “Similarly, other trending demographics are travelling executives and couples who want to lock up and forget while travelling for work.”Built by JNA Property Group, a boutique property development company, the focus is on design-oriented residential projects within the Brisbane city fringe. Owner John Mullan has more than 30 years of building experience and is known for his excellence in providing quality products at exceptional value.Located within the riverside precinct of Griffith Street, New Farm, Mr Mullan’s latest development Boardwalk Residences seamlessly connects to everything.“Boardwalk Residences is in the heart of everything that makes New Farm wonderfully New Farm, the river, the boardwalk to the city and the recently commenced Howard Smith Wharves, fine dining, bars and coffee shops,” Mr Mullan said.“It’s a great position and rarely do sites come up in this precinct within New Farm with so much to offer.” Boardwalk Residences. Boardwalk Residences.DOWNSIZERS and travelling executives keen to call New Farm home need look no further than the recently launched Boardwalk Residences.The development comprises two contemporary character houses plus 11 low- maintenance, three-bedroom apartments built over three levels. The average apartment size is 176sq m and prices start from $1.25 million.center_img Boardwalk Residences.The biggest drawcard is its blue-chip, dress circle position within sought-after New Farm.Each apartment comes with two car parks, and all but one apartment has a butlers pantry in the kitchen. Each property has a full king size master bedroom. The development was expected to attract downsizing empty nesters wishing to sell their larger homes and acquire an apartment capable of entertaining the extended family.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day agolast_img read more

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Greens’ abortion law will ‘pressure’ women – Family First

first_img3News 7 June 2014Family First says the Green Party’s push to decriminalise abortion will put more pressure on women to have one without the necessary safeguards.But Labour says women should be able to access abortions and the law needs updating.The Greens said yesterday they wanted to decriminalise abortion and start treating it as a health issue rather than a crime so as to reduce stigma.Abortion is legal in New Zealand only if two consultants agree the pregnancy would seriously harm the woman’s mental or physical health, or if the foetus would have a serious disability.Labour’s women’s affairs spokesperson Carol Beaumont told NZ Newswire there’s a need to modernise legislation so it reflects what’s happening in practice.“Nobody would question that the legislation as it stands is outdated.http://www.3news.co.nz/Greens-abortion-law-will-pressure-women—Family-First/tabid/1607/articleID/347489/Default.aspxlast_img read more

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Reds deal Simon to Detroit; Latos to Miami

first_imgSimon was appeared in the All-Star Game in 2014.UPDATE (12:04 p.m.)Sources say the Reds have made a trade that sends pitcher Mat Latos to the Miami Marlins.Cincinnati receives pitcher Anthony DeSclafani and catcher Chad Wallach.The team front office has not confirmed the trade.First Report (11:30 a.m.)CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Reds have traded starting pitcher Alfredo Simon to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for two players.Simon filled a void in the starting rotation starting 32 games in 2014 posting a 15-10 record and 3.44 ERA.The Reds receives minor league pitcher Johnathon Crawford and shortstop Eugenio Suarez.Cincinnati has been rumored Thursday to be involved in more than one potential trade, including a speculated deal to send pitcher Mat Latos to the Miami Marlins.Stay tuned to WRBI as we will release details when we receive them.last_img read more

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Ighalo showers praises on Greenwood

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Odion Ighalo has predicted Mason Greenwood will continue his rapid development at Manchester United and become a top player for the club in the next two to three years.Ighalo joined his boyhood club in the January transfer window to add depth to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s front line and has netted four goals in three starts for the Reds. Solskjaer has praised the impact of the Nigeria international on the club’s younger players such as Greenwood who is enjoying a breakthrough season in the first team.Greenwood has netted five Premier League goals this season but has made just four starts, though he has started five Europa League fixtures this term.Ighalo believes he has a bright future at Old Trafford.“He’s very young and exciting. Very good player, left and right, he can shoot and score goals,” he said during an Instagram live appearance.“He’s a player for the future for Man United. He’s doing well now but in two or three years he is going to be doing very, very well.” The forward was also asked about Paul Pogba as the Frenchman was nearing a return to full fitness prior to the postponement of the Premier League season.Ighalo wants to see the midfielder make an impact when he’s back in the side.He added: “He’s a nice guy. A good player. He laughs with everybody. He’s a very good guy.“Hopefully he will be back soon from his injury to hit the ground running.”Tags: Manchester UnitedMason GreenwoodOdion Ighalolast_img read more

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Keane has spooky grandma encounter

first_img The former Ireland skipper, who coincidentally is due to watch the Potters play Hull in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday, told the Irish Independent: “Well, I spoke with the grandmother this morning, she was on the flight coming over – and she asked me would he get back involved. “I couldn’t lie to her. I said he’d have a chance if he’s playing well. I think Martin had a conversation with him, and all that needs to fall into place. “We all know how talented Stephen is and Martin will look at that. We wouldn’t be shutting the door on any player. “What is important for any player – and Stephen is the same – is it does help to be playing week-in week-out. “He’s obviously had a difficult spell. He’s only just got a run of games at Stoke now, so I certainly wouldn’t be ruling anyone out.” Ireland, who has not represented his country since 2008, declined overtures to return to the fold during Giovanni Trapattoni’s reign, but has hinted he may be ready to revise his position in the wake of O’Neill’s appointment. Ireland withdrew from a squad in 2007, initially claiming one of his grandmothers had died, then the other, before eventually admitting neither had and citing a personal problem as the reason. However Keane, assistant to manager Martin O’Neill, had a conversation with one of the Stoke midfielder’s grandmothers on a flight earlier this week and was quizzed about the prospect of a return. Roy Keane has revealed Stephen Ireland could yet have an Ireland future – after being asked about his chances by the player’s ‘dead’ grandmother. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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