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first_imgVermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott appointed David Soucy on Monday as Senator for the Rutland District, serving Rutland County. He will serve alongside Senators Peg Flory (R) and Brian Collamore (R). Soucy will be sworn in this week, and was one of three nominees put forward by the Rutland County Republican Committee. He will be participating in the veto session, which begins Wednesday.Soucy, a resident of Killington, was appointed to fill the seat vacated by former Senator Kevin Mullin (R), who was recently appointed as chair of the Green Mountain Care Board. Keeping with traditional practice when replacing a member of the Legislature, Gov. Scott selected a replacement from the same political party.“Dave brings a wealth of business experience to this position, which will serve the people of Rutland County well,” said Gov. Scott. “With his commitment to serving Vermonters, I am confident he will be a positive force in Montpelier, proudly representing the people of Rutland.”Soucy has been a Vermont resident since 1997, and has served as the general manager and head golf professional at Green Mountain National Golf Course in Killington. He is a member of various state and local organizations, including the Killington Pico Area Association, the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce, and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.“I’m honored to have been selected to serve the residents of Rutland County, and look forward to working with my fellow legislators and Governor Scott to promote economic development and address the crucial issues facing Vermonters,” said Soucy.Soucy, a former professional golfer, is the past President of the Vermont Chapter of the Professional Golf Association of America and currently sits on the Board of Directors of New England PGA. In 2012, Soucy started Legislative Golf Day at the Vermont State House to develop relationships between legislators and leaders of the Vermont golf industry. He attended Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. VBM vermontbiz.comSource: Govenror 6.19.2017last_img read more

first_imgComment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)On His Questioning Of Judge Kavanaugh On Hacked Democratic FilesSenate Judiciary Committee Supreme Court Nomination HearingSeptember 5, 2018Between 2001 and 2003, two Republican staffers on the Senate Judiciary Committee regularly hacked into the private computer files of six Democratic senators, including me. They stole 4,670 files, and they used them to assist in getting President Bush’s most controversial judicial nominees confirmed.  This became public in late 2003 when The Wall Street Journal happened to print some of the stolen materials.The ringleader behind this massive theft was a Republican Senate staffer named Manny Miranda.  The scandal amounted to a digital Watergate — a theft not unlike Russia’s hacking of the DNC.During all of this, Judge Kavanaugh worked in the White House Counsel’s Office on judicial nominations. He worked hand-in-hand with Miranda to advance these same controversial nominees.  Not surprisingly, Judge Kavanaugh was asked extensively about his knowledge of the theft during both his 2004 and 2006 hearings.  And I mean extensively: 111 questions from six senators, both Republicans and Democrats.He testified under oath — and he testified repeatedly — that he never received any stolen materials, and that he knew nothing about it until it was public.  He testified that if he had suspected anything “untoward” he would have reported it.  At the time, we left it there.  We didn’t have evidence to suggest otherwise.Today, with the limited amount of Judge Kavanaugh’s White House record that has been provided to the Judiciary Committee, for the first time we have been able to learn some information about his knowledge of this theft.Here is a description of the three emails that have been made public.  There are many more that have been hidden from public scrutiny under a faulty claim of committee confidentiality.  I suspect there are even more that were never released to the committee at all, based on the partisan and woefully incomplete document production. Miranda email exposing what I was going to ask a controversial nominee at her coming confirmation hearing.On July 19, 2002, Mr. Miranda sent Judge Kavanaugh and another Bush official an email asking why the “Leahy people” were looking into financial ties between two special interest groups and Priscilla Owen, a particularly controversial nominee to the Fifth Circuit.  Judge Kavanaugh was the point person in the White House for the Owen nomination.  Then, two days before her hearing, Miranda shared that the Democrats were “passing around” a related 60 Minutes story.  He also said, “Intel suggests that Leahy will focus on all things money.” This “intel” was stolen.  In fact, it appears to have originated with a memo I received from my staff the night before Miranda sent it to Judge Kavanaugh. Miranda email disclosing private draft letter of mine before any mention of it was public.In January 2003, Mr. Miranda forwarded to Judge Kavanaugh a private letter from me and other Judiciary Democrats to then-Majority Leader Tom Daschle.  This letter was a draft, and obviously so.  Someone eventually leaked its existence to Fox News.  This was a private letter, and at the time I was shocked to learn its existence had been leaked.  But here’s the thing:  Judge Kavanaugh had the full text of my letter in his inbox before any reference to the letters existence was leaked to the press. This letter was big news in the judicial nominations world at the time.  And Judge Kavanaugh was a main player in that world.  He would have known that he received this letter before it was in the press.Miranda wanted to meet privately, off-site, with Judge Kavanaugh and another Bush official to hand-deliver documents related to Senators Feinstein and Biden. Judge Kavanaugh said at the time he couldn’t make it, but wanted to discuss it later.Only part of this chain has been made public.  Additional emails raise further suspicion.Judge Kavanaugh disclosed in his testimony today that he may have met privately with Miranda on other occasions.There are numerous other committee confidential emails that shed light on Judge Kavanaugh’s relationship with Miranda.  They need to be made public now, before it’s too late.  They raise serious questions about Judge Kavanaugh’s claim that he never suspected he benefited from this massive hacking of Democratic files.  And they also raise questions about his truthfulness under oath in response to the 111 questions he received on this topic the last time he was before the Judiciary Committee. Senator Grassley has assured me he will release these documents for my questions tomorrow.last_img read more

first_imgSM East’s Josie Clough is fouled by SM West’s Jheda Kennedy late in the game. Clough helped spur a 17-1 run in the third quarter.One word to describe Shawnee Mission East’s girls win against Shawnee Mission West: gritty.It started with Josie Clough knocking down a three to open the second half and SM East turning SM West over on four of the first five possessions to open the third quarter, including a charge taken by Clough before she knocked down a two on the other end.[pullquote]SM East 53, SM East 39Leading ScorersSM WestBeason- 12Kennedy- 11Hines- 6SM EastHaverty- 23Clough- 7Yowell- 7Stechschulte- 7[/pullquote]Before you know it, the nine-point SM West halftime lead was down to two. SM East didn’t let up. The Lancers outscored the Vikings 17-1 in the third quarter as they topped SM West 53-39. It was the first varsity win for SM East against SM West in more than four years.“(Coach Lauren Lawrence) got in our faces and was saying we were playing soft,” Clough said, who scored seven points. “We have a big rivalry with West and so it really hurt not just losing at halftime, but against them, too. We all, mainly the seniors, picked each other up and said, ‘We’re not going to lose. We haven’t beat West in our four years here.’ This was a big win for us.”The goal for SM East coming out of the locker room at halftime was to win each four-minute interval. I didn’t matter if it was by nine points or one point that was how SM East planned on getting back into the game.The Lancers also received a boost off the bench from Sofia Stechschulte and Emma Eberhart, who added some physicality. The two grabbed six offensive rebounds, each, as Eberhart totaled 15 boards. SM East outrebounded SM West 44-19, and grabbed 21 offensive rebounds.“We’ve always played as a guard-oriented team,” Lawrence said. “It’s been nice having Sofia Stechschulte back and Emma Eberhart step up in the post because now we have an inside presence. It allows us to play inside-out and really opens up our guards.“Emma is more of a take-down your throat type of player. She’s going to go-go-go, and Sofia is more of a European-style player. She’s very finesse; she really could play the guard spot, but with her length we like her down low. It’s really changed the dynamics of how we’ve been playing.”SM West coach Ryan Foster said the game was a little chippy, but it was never angry chippy. He said it was intense energy and Khaliah Hines and Ashlyn Henrie didn’t back down from the challenge. Foster said they needed to take the energy and spin it into a positive like frazzling their opponent. It was SM East who was able to take advantage of that energy. Foster knew the Lancers would make a run to begin the second half. He was “cautiously optimistic” coming out of the locker room at halftime.“We didn’t come out of it. That surge was really our fault and not theirs with our turnovers, our missed shots,” Foster said. “(Turnovers) have been one of our Achilles heels all year since we throw the ball away.”SM West jumped out to a lead as big as 11 thanks to 10 points by Emma Beason in the first quarter.Foster said she was fatigued in the second half as she guarded Haverty, who led all scorers with 23 points.The good news for the Vikings is the return of 6-foot-2 senior Kenzie Loe, who will make her season debut on Friday after sitting with an ACL injurylast_img read more

first_img Lawyer raises money to support families of wounded U.S. soldiers Lawyer raises money to supportfamilies of wounded U.S. soldiers Wounded in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, soldiers with the worst injuries wind up at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Hillsborough County, the busiest VA hospital in the country.To have their families at their bedsides brings much-needed comfort and helps speed recovery.But many of those families, traveling from all over Florida, do not have the resources to stay in hotels. Some sleep in their cars, max out credit cards, and take second mortgages just to hold the hands of loved ones who have traumatic brain or skull injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, burns, and flesh torn by bullets and shrapnel.Geoffrey Morris, who was a medic in the Vietnam War and is now a trial lawyer in Venice, said he wants to do more than buy a 39-cent bumper sticker for his car that says, “Support our troops.”As a member of Florida Veterans for Common Sense, he is participating in a walk-a-thon March 30 in Siesta Key Beach.All net proceeds will be used to provide immediate help to the visiting families of injured military at the hospital by donating the money to the Haley House Fund, a 501(c) (3) charitable organization, with an annual budget of $162,000. Administered by a coalition of volunteer veterans’ advocates, the Haley House Fund provides temporary lodging and comfort for loved ones of U.S. service members wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since Haley House was created in 2004, more than 450 families have been served, but many more need help.“These people are the forgotten individuals and family members,” said Morris. “Most people who get hurt are in the lower ranks. These people come from families with limited money. And when they are hurt, their family members bear the brunt when they go see them in the hospital.”The government provides no funding for family members’ lodging, Morris said, and medical treatment for these wounded warriors, referred to as “poly trauma patients,” often takes many months.To qualify to stay at the Haley House, family members must live more than 50 miles or an hour from the hospital, have experienced financial hardship, and have no other means to pay for temporary lodging.Contributions may be made payable to The Haley House Fund, Inc., Bank of America, Attn: Steven Ham, 3450 Clark Road, Sarasota 34231.For more information about the Haley House Fund, go to. Morris can be reached at 941-484-0646.center_img March 1, 2008 Regular Newslast_img read more

first_imgMen turn in strong showing at NCAA championshipsThe Gophers men’s team earned its best overall finish since 2004.Amanda Snyder, Daily File PhotoMinnesota high jumper Wally Ellenson practices at Bierman Field on April 30, 2013. Joe PerovichJune 18, 2014Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintPrior to last weekend’s NCAA outdoor track and field championships, head coach Steve Plasencia described the group of athletes competing as “not large but very capable with experience.”Quality over quantity paid off for Minnesota as the team finished 17th overall at the national championships — its best finish at the meet since 2004.Wally Ellenson, Zach Siegmeier and John Simons were all named first-team All-Americans. Dominique Howard and Jon Lehman earned second-team honors.“You get five guys out there, and all of them come back as All-Americans,” Plasencia said. “We were pleased.”Ellenson, a sophomore, finished first among Gophers athletes, earning a second-place finish overall in the high jump. He cleared 7 feet 4 ½ inches.“I hit the mark that I wanted to hit,” he said. “I knew a lot of people wanted to make [that height]. I just didn’t realize it was going to be me and one other [person] that were only going to clear it.”Ellenson improved on last year’s performance in the final meet by 2 inches and six places.Unlike Ellenson, Howard was making his first appearance at the NCAA outdoor championships.The junior placed ninth overall in the discus throw, and he cited the experience of his teammates as a factor in his success.“I felt comfortable because they eased me into it pretty well,” Howard said. Ellenson and Howard will be two of the team’s top returners. And among the departures are many of its key contributors — something that’s not lost on Plasencia.“It speaks well to the seniors and to the program … that you [have] guys who are in their last go-around … still doing the best thing they’ve done in their careers. That’s a credit to [their] tenacity and dedication. … We’re saying goodbye to some guys that have done a lot for us.”Stanford finishes 15thOn the women’s side, the 4×400-meter relay finished 19th overall.Junior hammer thrower Devin Stanford, the team’s lone individual performer, earned a top-15 finish and second-team All-America honors.And it’s only a sign of more to come, her throwing coach Peter Miller said.“I think it’s just the beginning,” he said. “I think with more time, more reps and more comfort with what we’re trying to do — she’s very capable of … [throwing] significantly further.”Stanford was seeded 20th at the NCAA west preliminary. A month later, she finished 15th in the entire nation.Stanford said she was nervous early in the week but the support system of her coaches and teammates not only helped her relax, but also set the table for her success.“Coming in, I never even thought about it as a possibility,” Stanford said. “It’s a huge honor.”last_img read more

first_imgToronto Telegraph: Why do so many sports players and athletes choose to wear the color red when they compete? A new study to be published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, suggests that it may have to do with their testosterone levels.The new study, conducted by psychological scientist Daniel Farrelly of the University of Sunderland and colleagues, demonstrated that males who chose red as their color in a competitive task had higher testosterone levels than other males who chose blue.Read the whole story: Toronto Telegraph More of our Members in the Media >last_img

first_imgCroatia was recently awarded another recognition in terms of tourist attractiveness. The largest and most famous tourist guide in the world, Lonely planet, has published a list of leading European destinations that should definitely be visited this summer. Northern Dalmatia, a region that has ‘all the cultural features of the Adriatic and at the same time has a stunningly untouched nature that is almost non-existent elsewhere in Europe’, took a high tenth place.Recognitions like this contribute to the success of the tourist season, and preparations have long since begun by hiring quality tourism workers. If you are looking for a job on the Adriatic, check the job offer on the MojPosao portal. This week we highlight the following open competitions:The Karisma hotel group employs a large number of employees in the positions of waiter, bartender, chef, assistant kitchen manager and pastry chef. In addition to a pleasant and motivating work environment, the employer provides accommodation and food. You can send your application via portal, no later than June 1.Larger number category B driver employed by the Connecto Mare travel agency. We are looking for employees in the area of ​​Split, Pula, Rijeka, Zadar. Šibenik, Makarska and Dubrovnik. The salary is 6.000 kuna net + tips, and the employer also provides education and an official mobile phone and tablet.If you are ready to work abroad, apply to work on cruisers of the Swiss company Viking River Cruises. You can read information about work tasks, salary and conditions in ads for maids, cooks, auxiliary workers and waiters.Gulliver travel invites you to apply for the job of travel agent and tour guide. Accommodation is available for candidates from other counties. You can find everything about the job and the required conditions at MojPosao portal.Dubrovnik restaurants Panorama, Nautika and Dubravka are looking for a larger number of new employees this year as well. All information can be found at ads.The city cafe is also looking for more employees. You can send your application for the desired job position via portal, no later than June 16.Jadranka hotels are looking for chefs, waiters, maids and lifeguards. The employer provides professional education, employment contract with the possibility of long-term employment, accommodation and food.Primosten hotels are looking for chef to prepare a´la carte dishes. The candidate is covered for travel expenses, and accommodation and food are provided at the workplace. Sign up today!Tavern Bepo in the Nin area is also looking for a chef. My registration you can send no later than June 8th.last_img read more

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first_imgProposed employment law reforms are unworkable, according to a survey of employment lawyers. More than three quarters (78%) of lawyers polled by solicitor network Contact Law said reforms announced last month by business secretary Vince Cable would lead to a ‘hire and fire’ culture. Only 8% of respondents were in favour of the package. Respondents were critical of the plan for ‘no fault’ dismissals and 73% said they did not think the proposals would help small businesses.last_img