In light of security breach, Hoboken Mayor Bhalla says he’s received…

first_img EatsHerYoung In light of security breach, Hoboken Mayor Bhalla says he’s received death threats February 24, 2018 7:33 pm at 7:33 pm Maybe an obsessed fan turned against their obsession?Didn’t that person already say they wanted to shoot a doorknob off? February 18, 2018 9:24 pm at 9:24 pm TAGSdeath threatshoboken city hallhoboken policeravi bhalla SHARE Facebook Twitter HobokenNews False accusations against the Horse leads crazy people into court AGAINSybil needs meds Crime February 16, 2018 2:41 pm at 2:41 pm Bayonne Previous articleIn West New York, Rodriguez family pushes back against DPW corruption allegationsNext articleHoboken council to vote on replacements for two rent control board members John Heinis lol, worse! Will his new job have a security detail, bullet proof desks, tow cars and provide him with TWO Chiefs of staffs and a race baiting public relations strategist? If anyone spills unrelenting hatred toward the mayor 24/7 on this website its My Angry Pony. What is it capable of? Nobody knows. SybilsBag RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla revealed that he and his family have received death threats since he was elected in light of a security breach at City Hall last night. By John Heinis/Hudson County ViewAccording to city spokesman Juan Melli, a man entered City Hall shortly before 8 p.m. last night and told security he needed to use the restroom after going through the metal detectors.While Bhalla was not in his office at the time, his deputy chief of staff, Jason Freeman, observed the man throw a bag with an object in it towards the administrative assistant’s desk before running out of the office, Melli said in a media release.“This incident, along with death threats to me and my family, is an unfortunate reminder that we need to take security seriously,” Bhalla said in a statement.“The Joint Terrorism Task Force has evaluated City Hall, and we have been working to implement their recommendations for physical and procedural changes to improve security for all employees in the building.”Hoboken Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante added that the department takes these matters very seriously.“We take incidents like these incredibly seriously and will continue working to ensure the security of the mayor and everyone who visits City Hall,” he said.Melli, Bhalla and Ferrante could not be immediately reached for further comment. Mickey Deezcenter_img February 16, 2018 2:33 pm at 2:33 pm Is it true that the bag contained Big Macs? Did this person think they were insulting anyone? Everyone knows Ravi likes Burger King. Bag full of donuts February 17, 2018 10:26 am at 10:26 am 7 COMMENTS Police: 45-year-old man arrested for attempting to have sex with 15-year-old girl in Secaucus HPD: check for horseshoe prints So did the man in City Hall toss a bag filled with donuts in it?This is just kinda dumb all around. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Bayonne Comments are closed. February 16, 2018 3:02 pm at 3:02 pm mtb TwoJobMayor Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network By John Heinis – February 16, 2018 2:29 pm 7 February 17, 2018 7:00 am at 7:00 amlast_img read more

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Lee Tubman Makes it Two-for-Two at CDI-W Blainville Summer Classic

first_img SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* Blainville, Quebec – For the second day in a row, Lee Tubman claimed victory riding De La Rosa at the CDI-W Blainville Summer Classic held June 18-21 at the Blainville Equestrian Park north of Montreal, QC.Having won the Prix St. Georges on Friday, Tubman of Dunnville, ON, and De La Rosa followed up with another top finish, first place in the Intermediaire I. Tubman and the eight-year-old Hannoverian mare, owned by Ducat Developments, outclassed a starting field of 18 entries to earn the winning score of 69.123%. Tubman and De La Rosa have won 11 of the 12 classes they have contested so far this season, placing second on only one occasion.“It was a long and harsh winter for everyone but, for me, it meant a good winter of training,” said Tubman of his success. “The reward is seeing the results in the show ring this year. Not a day goes by that I don’t enjoy riding her.”Two former Young Riders’ competitors followed Tubman into second and third places. Leah Wilson of Orangeville, ON, rode Amusant to a score of 66.754%, while Julie Watchorn of Schomberg, ON, was close behind with 66.579% aboard Quintesse.In the Grand Prix Special, Belinda Trussell rode the nine-year-old Anton to first place, earning a score of 63.833%. In the FEI Young Rider division, Annie-Pier Venne of Charlemagne, QC, riding Step Up narrowly edged out Ottawa’s Brittany Fraser to win the FEI Young Rider Individual test with a score of 65.263%. Fraser earned 64.825% on Ricardos.Alexandra Dvorak of Hillsburgh, ON, rode Fling to first place in the FEI Junior Individual test while Tanya Strasser-Shostak of St-Adele, QC, the daughter of Canadian Olympian Evi Strasser, won the FEI Pony Individual test with Nemo Tyme.William, a Canadian-bred horse, won the FEI Five-Year-Old Final on a score of 7.64. A Hannoverian gelding by Warkanson, William is owned by Vickie Argals of Wetaskiwin, AB, and ridden by Lindsay Stroh, also of the Edmonton area. For the second consecutive day, Harma Germs and Whiscalina, won the FEI Six-Year-Old class.This first of two back-to-back World Cup qualifying competitions concludes Sunday with the freestyle to music competition, which spectators can enjoy along with a Gala Brunch beginning at 9:30 a.m.For more information on the CDI-W Blainville Summer Classic and Equine Canada national show, as well as the Blainville International which begins on June 24, please visit www.equivents.com.CDI-W Grand Prix SpecialRider, Hometown, Horse, Score1. Belinda Trussell Stouffville, ON Anton 63.833%2. Cheryl Meisner Blandford, NS Paganini 59.000%CDI-W Intermediaire I Rider, Hometown, Horse, Score1. William Lee Tubman Dunnville, ON De La Rosa 69.123%2. Leah Wilson Orangeville, ON Amusant 66.754%3. Julie Watchorn Schomberg, ON Quintesse 66.579%4. Tom Dvorak Hillsburgh, ON Viva’s Salieri 64.825%5. Belinda Trussell Stouffville, ON Laconit 64.474%6. Julie Watchorn Schomberg, ON Dobble Tyme 64.211% We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

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How the Missouri duck boat capsize unfolded amid weather warnings

first_imgPhoto by Michael Thomas/Getty Images(BRANSON, Mo.) — Investigators are working to find out what caused a duck boat in Missouri to capsize on a lake Thursday night, killing 17 passengers and injuring seven others.How the weather impacted the conditions on the water and what the tour boat operators knew before heading out are priorities for investigators.Here’s what we know about the timeline of the accident.6:30 p.m. local timeThe National Weather Service outpost in Springfield, Missouri, issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for the area including Branson and Table Rock Lake, where the accident happened. The warning predicted winds of up to 60 miles per hour and penny-sized hail.Severe weather warnings are typically sent to phones for tornadoes, flash floods or hurricanes, but those alerts are not issued for thunderstorm warnings. Boat operators would have known about the warning if there was a radio on board, or if they got a Twitter alert on their phone, though any tour boat company likely would have some kind of communication in place.7 p.m.The area was hit with a severe thunderstorm with winds of 63 miles per hour.7:09 p.m.The first call to 911 about the boat going under water was received shortly after 7 p.m., according to Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader.Between 7:16 p.m. and 7:44 p.m.Local emergency dispatchers field calls about the rescue operation, requesting boats to help make water rescues and responding to reported injuries.Friday July 20, 6:06 a.m. local timeIn a phone interview with CBS This Morning, the president of the company that owned the duck boat said that “no one was expecting” the storm but the boat “shouldn’t have been in the water if what happened happened.”7:40 a.m.President Donald Trump shared his thoughts and sympathies with the victims and their families.“My deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those involved in the terrible boat accident which just took place in Missouri. Such a tragedy, such a great loss. May God be with you all!” he wrote on Twitter.1 p.m.The first investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were expected to arrive on the scene.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Investigators are working to find out what caused a duck boat in Missouri to capsize on a lake Thursday night, killing 17 passengers and injuring seven others.Interested in Duck Boat Accident?Add Duck Boat Accident as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Duck Boat Accident news, video, and analysis from ABC News.Duck Boat AccidentAdd InterestHow the weather impacted the conditions on the water and what the tour boat operators knew before heading out are priorities for investigators.Here’s what we know about the timeline of the accident.6:30 p.m. local timeThe National Weather Service outpost in Springfield, Missouri, issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for the area including Branson and Table Rock Lake, where the accident happened. The warning predicted winds of up to 60 miles per hour and penny-sized hail.Severe weather warnings are typically sent to phones for tornadoes, flash floods or hurricanes, but those alerts are not issued for thunderstorm warnings. Boat operators would have known about the warning if there was a radio on board, or if they got a Twitter alert on their phone, though any tour boat company likely would have some kind of communication in place.7 p.m.The area was hit with a severe thunderstorm with winds of 63 miles per hour.(MORE: Missouri duck boat accident leaves 13 dead, including children)PHOTO: A video grab shows a tourist duck boat taking on water in a lake near Branson, Mo., July 20, 2018.Courtesy Trent BehrA video grab shows a tourist duck boat taking on water in a lake near Branson, Mo., July 20, 2018.7:09 p.m.The first call to 911 about the boat going under water was received shortly after 7 p.m., according to Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader.PHOTO: A video grab shows a tourist duck boat taking on water in a lake near Branson, Mo., July 20, 2018.Courtesy Trent BehrA video grab shows a tourist duck boat taking on water in a lake near Branson, Mo., July 20, 2018.Between 7:16 p.m. and 7:44 p.m.Local emergency dispatchers field calls about the rescue operation, requesting boats to help make water rescues and responding to reported injuries.PHOTO: A video grab shows a tourist duck boat taking on water in a lake near Branson, Mo., July 20, 2018.Courtesy Trent BehrA video grab shows a tourist duck boat taking on water in a lake near Branson, Mo., July 20, 2018.Friday July 20, 6:06 a.m. local timeIn a phone interview with “CBS This Morning,” the president of the company that owned the duck boat said that “no one was expecting” the storm but the boat “shouldn’t have been in the water if what happened happened.”PHOTO: Rescue personnel are seen after an amphibious duck boat capsized and sank, at Table Rock Lake near Branson, Stone County, Mo., July 19, 2018. Southern State County Fire Protection District/ReutersRescue personnel are seen after an amphibious “duck boat” capsized and sank, at Table Rock Lake near Branson, Stone County, Mo., July 19, 2018.more +7:40 a.m.President Donald Trump shared his thoughts and sympathies with the victims and their families.“My deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those involved in the terrible boat accident which just took place in Missouri. Such a tragedy, such a great loss. May God be with you all!” he wrote on Twitter.1 p.m.The first investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are expected to arrive on the scene.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Director, Women’s Basketball Operations

first_imgJob Description:Fairfield University is currently seeking qualified applicants afull – time Director of Women’s Basketball Operations. FairfieldAthletics is committed to providing a championship caliberexperience to its student-athletes in all aspects of theireducation; competitively, academically, and in the community. Inkeeping with that expectation, candidates must demonstrate areciprocal commitment to the university’s Jesuit mission andidentity and the objective of preparing our student-athletes forleadership roles in life.RESPONSIBILITIES: The Director of Operations will assist thehead coach with all aspects of a competitive Division I program asallowed by NCAA rules; including: managing team travel, overseeingvideo exchange, coordinating community team activities, and helpingto maintain an atmosphere of compliance with NCAA, MAAC andinstitutional regulations.QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree required and Master’spreferred. Collegiate coaching experience and collegiate playingexperience preferred.APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Review of applications will beginimmediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply,please apply through this posting and follow our online applicationinstructions.*DisclaimerThe above information on this description has been designed toindicate the general nature and level of work performed byemployees within this classification. It is not designed to containor be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties,responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assignedto this job.Category:Athletics – AdminAll offers of employment are contingent upon a satisfactorybackground check.Fairfield University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Actionemployer, committed to excellence through diversity, and, in thisspirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons ofcolor, Veterans, and members of historically underrepresentedgroups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations toall qualified individuals with a disability.Load a resume or CV first, then upload supporting documentsincluding a cover letter at the bottom of the third page under the”My Experience” section where it says to upload a Resume/CV.You will be able to upload up to 5 other documents in this section.You will be unable to edit your application, so please have alldocuments available before applying. Faculty Positions : Ifyou need to upload more than 5 documents, please either combinethem to upload or email the additional documents to the applicablecontact in the job description. Staff positions : If youneed to upload more than 5 documents, please either combine them toupload or email them to [email protected]last_img read more

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Dave Matthews Band Reveals 2016 Tour Dates, Will Take Hiatus In 2017

first_imgDave Matthews Band has revealed plans for an extended winter tour! The beloved jam group has some major plans for summer 2016, with a four-month-long tour that kicks off May 11th and ends with a three-night run at The Gorge in George, WA over Labor Day weekend.While this tour is certainly extensive, the band has some unfortunate news to share with fans as well. In the announcement, DMB reveals that they “will take a break from touring in 2017.” The full message from DMB can be read below, which includes pre-sale and full on sale information. The full schedule of 2016 dates follows:We are excited to hit the road this summer and celebrate our 25th anniversary. The 2016 North American tour will launch on May 11th in Wichita, KS and conclude at The Gorge Amphitheatre for the traditional Labor Day weekend run on September 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Visit http://davematthewsband.com/tour for the full list of summer tour dates.We will take a break from touring in 2017. We are so appreciative of our amazing fans and want to thank you all for your continued support. See you this summer!The Warehouse presale will begin on Tuesday, January 26th at 10 am ET and will offer general tickets, exclusive Premium Packages, Premier Parking and Camping. The Warehouse offers early entry privileges (subject to venue restrictions) in addition to opportunities for General Admission Pit upgrades and meet & greets. Click here to join The Warehouse.Tickets for the Dave Matthews Band via Public Sale opens Friday, February 19th at noon Local Venue Time.Dave Matthews Band Tour ScheduleMay 11 INTRUST Bank Arena – Wichita, Kansas, USMay 13 The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – The Woodlands, Texas, USMay 14 Gexa Energy Pavilion – Dallas, Texas, USMay 17 Chesapeake Energy Arena – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USMay 18 Verizon Arena – North Little Rock, Arkansas, USMay 20 Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, Ohio, USMay 21 Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USMay 24 Oak Mountain Amphitheatre – Pelham, Alabama, USMay 27 PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte – Charlotte, North Carolina, USMay 28 Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood – Atlanta, Georgia, USMay 29 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Maryland Heights, Missouri, USJun 07 PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, New Jersey, USJun 08 Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion – Bangor, Maine, USJun 10 Xfinity Center – Mansfield, Massachusetts, USJun 11 Xfinity Theatre – Hartford, Connecticut, USJun 17 Veterans United Amphitheater – Virginia Beach, Virginia, USJun 18 Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, Virginia, USJun 21 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, New York, USJun 22 Lakeview Amphitheatre – Syracuse, New York, USJun 24 BB&T Pavilion – Camden, New Jersey, USJun 25 BB&T Pavilion – Camden, New Jersey, USJun 28 iWireless Center – Moline, Illinois, USJun 29 Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre – Bonner Springs, Kansas, USJul 01 Alpine Valley Music Theatre – East Troy, Wisconsin, USJul 02 Alpine Valley Music Theatre – East Troy, Wisconsin, USJul 08 Nationwide Arena – Columbus, Ohio, USJul 09 First Niagara Pavilion – Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, USJul 12 Bank of NH Pavilion – Gilford, New Hampshire, USJul 13 Bank of NH Pavilion – Gilford, New Hampshire, USJul 15 Saratoga Performing Arts Center – Saratoga Springs, New York, USJul 16 Saratoga Performing Arts Center – Saratoga Springs, New York, USJul 19 Molson Amphitheatre – Toronto, Ontario, CAJul 20 DTE Energy Music Theatre – Clarkston, Michigan, USJul 22 Klipsch Music Center – Noblesville, Indiana, USJul 23 Klipsch Music Center – Noblesville, Indiana, USJul 26 North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, South Carolina, USJul 27 MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa, Florida, USJul 29 Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre at the South Florida Fairgrounds – West Palm Beach, Florida, USJul 30 Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre at the South Florida Fairgrounds – West Palm Beach, Florida, USAug 26 Sleep Train Amphitheatre – Chula Vista, California, USAug 27 Irvine Meadows Amphitheater – Irvine, California, USAug 29 University of California, Berkeley – Greek Theatre Berkeley, California, US Aug 30 University of California, Berkeley – Greek Theatre Berkeley, California, USSep 02 Gorge Amphitheatre – George, Washington, USSep 03 Gorge Amphitheatre – George, Washington, USSep 04 Gorge Amphitheatre – George, Washington, USlast_img read more

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Full team rosters for spring 2018 at Bristol

first_imgNASCAR announced this offseason that it will standardize at-track team rosters across all three national series in 2018, providing a structure for the number of personnel working on each vehicle during the course of a race weekend.Official team rosters for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway (1 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) were unveiled.Simply click the “print” icon above, next to the headline and social media icons, to get the full list.RELATED: Overview of 2018 rules updateslast_img read more

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Ben Miller to Lead West End Premiere of Parliamentary Comedy The Duck House

first_img With a general election just a year away, Labour backbencher Robert Houston (Miller) will do anything to save his seat, even if that means switching sides. Shepherd plays Tory grandee Sir Norman Cavendish, with Carroll as Robert’s wife Felicity, Musgrave as his student son Seb, Vickers as Seb’s girlfriend Holly and Chazen as Russian housekeeper Ludmilla. Miller will join Olivier Award winner Nancy Carroll, Debbie Chazen, James Musgrave, Simon Shepherd and Diana Vickers in the political satire, which follows Gordon Brown’s government in meltdown in May 2009. The show will feature design by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by John Leonard. View Commentscenter_img Miller’s recent theater credits include The Ladykillers and The Armstrong And Miller Show National Tour. On screen, Miller’s credits include his role as Richard Poole in BBC1’s Death in Paradise, The Worst Week Of My Life, Primeval, Johnny English and The Prince And Me. Comedian Ben Miller will lead the cast of the West End premiere of Dan Patterson and Colin Swash’s The Duck House, an outrageous comedy set to begin previews on November 27 at London’s Vaudeville Theatre. Directed by Terry Johnson, the show opens on December 10 following a five-week U.K. tour.last_img read more

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Simple Joys! Tony Winner Patina Miller & Husband David Mars Welcome Baby Girl

first_imgPatina Miller & David Mars(Photo: Bruce Glikas) View Comments What a way to spread a little sunshine! Pippin Tony winner Patina Miller and her husband, David Mars, welcomed their first child, daughter Emerson Harper, on August 9 at 12:50am in NYC, according to People. She weighed in at 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 19 inches long. Miller and Mars were married in 2014.In addition to Miller’s Tony victory as the Leading Player in the 2013 revival of Pippin, she originated the role of Deloris Van Cartier in the 2011 Broadway musical adaptation of Sister Act, earning a Tony nomination and a Theatre World Award. Miller sang out as Dionne in the 2008 Shakespeare in the Park production of Hair and was seen in the off-Broadway musical Romantic Poetry. Her current gig is as press coordinator Daisy Grant on the CBS series Madam Secretary.Many congrats to Miller and Mars on the new addition!last_img read more

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McClaughry: Health care totalitarianism in Vermont

first_imgby John McClaughry In 2011 the Vermont legislature enacted Act 48, Gov. Shumlin’ s Green Mountain Care law. A section little noticed at the time conferred upon the new Green Mountain Care Board the power to ‘ set rates for health care professionals ‘¦ to be implemented over time, and make adjustments to the rules on reimbursement methodologies as needed.’At the time most believed that this power of the Board was necessary for the Board to determine how much to pay doctors providing services within  the ‘ public-private universal health care system’ created by the act – always, of course, in light of available appropriations.Rep. Cynthia Browning (D-Arlington) has a PhD in economics, and a penchant for asking important and sometimes troublesome questions. She read Act 48 and noticed that the Board’ s power to regulate prices charged by  medical providers extended to any service provided by any doctor in Vermont ‘ even a service offered privately to a patient paying directly out of pocket.On March 19 Rep. Browning offered an amendment to this year’ s health care bill (H.107) to repeal the Board’ s power to price-control ‘ and thus exterminate ‘ private medical agreements completely outside the coming single payer system. The liberal Democratic House voted it down 44-94. Only four Democrats voted for it.The argument against the Browning amendment came down to this: if Vermonters with money could escape from Green Mountain Care, Vermont would end up with a two tier system ‘ Green Mountain Care for ordinary people, and prompt, premium care for those who can pay for it. That would fly in the face of the sacred ‘ principles of universal health care’ , where everybody pays and everybody gets whatever care the system can afford to deliver.Of course, one of those sacred principles is ‘ (5) Every Vermonter should be able to choose his or her health care providers.’ Apparently that principle has already gone down the drain. It’ s worth doing what the Green Mountain Care advocates resolutely refuse to do: look at thirty nine years of single payer in Quebec, just sixty miles north of Montpelier.After years of health problems, including a hip replacement, George Zeliotis of Montreal got fed up waiting in declining health while the hard-pressed Quebec Medicare system delayed offering him treatment. So he went to his doctor, Jacques Chaloulli, and offered to pay him for health care. The government forbade it, and the two of them went to court. In 2005 the Supreme Court of Canada struck down Quebec’ s prohibition on private contracting between patient and doctor. The court held that prolonged waiting is a denial of the access to health care promised by the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.The lead opinion in the decision identified the issue as being whether the prohibition is “justified by the need to preserve the integrity of the public system.” Justice Deschamps concluded that it was not, that long waits for medical care were Quebec’ s form of rationing scarce health care dollars, that the practice resulted in needless deaths, and that the prohibited private health care would likely have saved those lives.The province’ s defense of its prohibition is precisely the rationale for totalitarianism: ‘ to preserve the integrity of the (constipated, bureaucratic, unworkable) public system.’ That thought would be familiar to the late fascist dictator of Italy Benito Mussolini, with his motto ‘ everything for the state, nothing against the state, nothing outside the state.’Gov. Shumlin’ s grand scheme of ‘ universal’ single payer health care can ‘ work’ , on paper, only where the government completely controls the medical ‘ universe’ . By preserving the Board’ s power to drive out any doctor-patient private-pay alternative to Green Mountain Care, the 94 defenders of Act 48’ s power to destroy any and all private options have cast their lot with the forces of totalitarianism. The voters should emphatically remind them that the first word of our state’ s motto is ‘ Freedom.” John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute (www.ethanallen.org(link is external)).RELATED ARTICLES:Scenarios for Vermonters moving from traditional health insurance to the ExchangeMon Apr 1 2013Here are some examples of what it would mean for different Vermonters to purchase health insurance in the Vermont Exchange instead of today’ s commercial market based upon the proposed filed rates that are subject to review by the Green Mountain Care Board. For full article about the proposed rates for plans in Vermont’ s Health Benefit Exchange, click here. Example one: A couple with Catamount shops in the exchange———————- Proposed rates for plans in Vermont’s Health Benefit ExchangeMon Apr 1 2013Today, Vermont became the first state in the nation to release proposed rates for the state’ s federally-mandated Health Benefits Exchange, Vermont Health Connect. Vermont is the only state in the nation to consolidate purchasing of insurance products for small employers and individuals through Vermont Health Connect, which ensures there is an incentive for insurers to file competitive rate proposals.last_img read more

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VEDA approves nearly $11.8 million in economic development financing

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) has approved nearly $11.8 million in financing for commercial, agricultural, energy and small business projects totaling $29 million. VEDA approved more than $5.07 million through the Authority’s Vermont 504 Loan Program.  VEDA’s Vermont 504 Corporation, with SBA’s approval, makes SBA 504 loans to eligible and qualified borrowers, funding these loans through SBA-guaranteed debentures which are sold to private investors. The proceeds of the debenture are subsequently loaned to the borrower. “VEDA is pleased to provide financing for projects that will help small businesses grow, strengthen family farms, and increase the availability of renewable energy in Vermont,” said Jo Bradley, VEDA Chief Executive Officer.Included among the projects approved for financing through the Vermont 504 Loan Program:•         Talcott Twenty LLC, Williston – VEDA approved debenture financing of $231,000 as part of Dr. Ryan and Kristina Goslin’s project to purchase the medical office condominium located at 75 Talcott Road in Williston.  The location offers an office already renovated for a dentist in a newer, more modern space than their practice’s current location. People’s United Bank is also providing financing for the project.Agricultural loans totaling almost $2.8 million were approved through the Authority’s agricultural loan program, the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC), which provides credit to Vermont farmers, agricultural facilities, forestry and forest product-based businesses.  Included among the approvals is:•         Corey Chapman, Tunbridge – Organic dairy farmers Corey and Ann Chapman were approved for a $265,000 VACC loan as partial financing to help them purchase and improve the 203-acre Merle Howe Farm property in Tunbridge.  The USDA Farm Service Agency is providing an additional $265,000 in financing for the project.  Corey Chapman had been herd manager for the nearby Howeacres Farm, purchasing that farm’s well-managed herd in 2011 and leasing the farm property to start Chapman Family Farm.  Today, Chapman Family Farm is a certified organic dairy farm with 47 mature cows and 44 replacement animals, with almost all of the feed for the herd grown and harvested from the leased farm and adjoining farm land.  VACC financing will enable Corey and Ann to purchase and move their growing farm operation to the former Merle Howe Farm property located 1.5 miles away.  At the newly-acquired farm property, Corey will continue to manage his herd and land organically, utilizing an intensive rotational grazing system.  The larger farm facilities, and improvements planned as part of the purchase project, will enable the further expansion of Chapman Family Farm over time.Through VEDA’s Commercial Energy Loan Program, which helps Vermont businesses finance qualifying renewable energy generation and energy efficiency improvement projects, the Authority approved three loans totaling $2.4 million to partially finance three separate solar arrays being constructed by GLC Chester Community Solar, LLC, Novus Royalton Solar, LLC, and Charter Hill Solar, LLC, all of which are wholly owned subsidiaries of Green Maple, LLC.  The total cost of the three systems will be approximately $6 million.  The Charter Hill project is a 1 MW array being constructed in Rutland, the GLC Chester project is a 500KW array being constructed in Chester, and the Novus Royalton is a 500 KW array being constructed in Royalton.  The Charter Hill project will produce renewable electricity to be sold directly to Green Mountain Power (GMP) under a 25-year power purchase contract; the GLC Chester project will produce renewable electricity under Group Net Metering Agreements for the Towns of Chester, Pittsford, and the St. Johnsbury Academy; and, the Novus Royalton project will produce renewable electricity under Group Net Metering Agreements for the Towns of Bethel, Royalton, and the Royalton Town School District. Together, the three projects will produce enough renewable electricity to power the equivalent of 445 average households, and reduce CO2 emissions by 1,780 tons each year.VEDA approved $1.3 million in loans through the Authority’s Small Business Loan Program, which assists growing Vermont small businesses that are unable to access adequate sources of conventional financing.  Approved small business loans include:•         $300,000 in financing as part of a $1 million project to construct The Barn at Smugglers’ Notch in Jeffersonville, a 5,500 square foot event barn that will include a 25-30 seat restaurant/wine bar.  Within three years of construction, project principals estimate seven new jobs will be created.  Union Bank is also providing financing for the project.Additional commercial financing of $212,241 was approved, including $35,000 in Brownfields Revitalization Fund(BRF) Loan Program financing.About VEDAThe Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) is Vermont’s statewide economic development finance lender.  VEDA was created by the General Assembly in 1974 with a mission “to contribute to the creation and retention of quality jobs in Vermont by providing loans and other financial support to eligible and qualified Vermont industrial, commercial and agricultural enterprises.”Over the years, VEDA has grown and adapted its financing programs to keep pace with an ever-changing economy.  VEDA offers a wide range of low-cost lending options for Vermont businesses and farms of all sizes, and the Authority’s lending solutions are customized to each borrower’s individual needs.  Whether in the form of direct loans, tax-exempt bond issuance or loan guarantee support, VEDA’s innovative financing programs help ensure that Vermont businesses and farms have the capital they need to grow and succeed.  VEDA most often lends in conjunction with banks and other financing partners, helping to stimulate economic development activity in Vermont.Since 1974, VEDA has provided over $2.07 billion in financing assistance to thousands of eligible Vermont entrepreneurs, manufacturers, small businesses, family farms, and agricultural enterprises, helping them to realize their business growth goals, create jobs, and enhance the vitality of Vermont’s economy.  For more information about VEDA, visit www.veda.org(link is external) or call 802-828-JOBS.last_img read more

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