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Williston Rotary donates $3,500 to ‘Split the Ticket’ fuel program

first_imgThe Williston Rotary has donated $3,500 to the Patch Chit Split the Ticket Program. The money will provide fuel help for next winter. The Patch Chit fuel assistance fund was established by the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association more than two decades ago to provide a safety net during the cold winter months. “We thank the Williston Rotary for providing Vermonters in need with another place to turn,” said VFDA Executive Director Matt Cota.Vermont heating fuel dealers are, for the most part, small family-owned businesses that live in the same community where they work. They see the need first-hand and are often the first to respond in a crisis. There are many Vermonters who are in need but do not qualify for heating assistance programs, and for more than 20 years VFDA’s Patch Chit program has been there for them. The program provides an opportunity for Vermont’s heating fuel retailers to continue a proud tradition of giving back to their communities.Here is how it works: VFDA member companies agree to donate a delivery of up to 150 gallons to a customer; those pledged gallons, or chits, will be matched with donations from the community. All money collected will be used to “Split the Ticket.” VFDA’s Fuel Assistance Program is one of several efforts by Vermont’s heating fuel retailers to help those who need assistance the most during the winter. VFDA works with community action agencies, Habitat for Humanity, the Vermont Heating Assistance Program, low income advocates and the Vermont Military Families Assistance Fund to distribute fuel to those in need.To find out more about VFDA’s Patch Chit Split the Ticket ProgramCLICK HERE or call 802-223-7750.last_img read more

On the Blogs: ‘This Wyoming Reporter Just Threw Cold Water On Trump’s Coal Fantasy’

first_imgOn the Blogs: ‘This Wyoming Reporter Just Threw Cold Water On Trump’s Coal Fantasy’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From MediaMatters.comDuring a press conference in advance of Donald Trump’s energy speech at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference on May 26, Inside Energy reporter Leigh Paterson asked Donald Trump about his pledge to restore coal mining jobs: LEIGH PATERSON (Inside Energy reporter): Mr. Trump, you’ve said multiple times that you would bring coal mining jobs back. And I’m a reporter in Wyoming, the largest coal — DONALD TRUMP: I know. I see it. By far. I was very impressed.PATERSON: So but, one of the main factors those jobs are going away and the mines are closing is because of low natural gas prices. Poor decision making by coal companies.TRUMP: And by government.PATERSON: And also because of slowing international demand. So do you believe you have power as the president to actually bring those jobs back?TRUMP: I do. Because I think ultimately coal will be very inexpensive and it’s got to get — you got to get rid of some of the regulations. I spoke to some of the mine owners, and they were surrounded by some of their miners. And they were showing me some of the regulations where it is on a daily basis going in checking, checking, checking. And they have people that do nothing but deal with regulators and it is out of control. It’s gotten out of control.PATERSON: And what would you do about those market forces?TRUMP: Well, the market forces are going to be whatever they are. You know, all I can do is free up the coal which I’m going to totally do. Get the companies back to work, market forces, that’s something I don’t want to get involved in, that’s a beautiful — to me a market force is a beautiful force.This Wyoming Reporter Just Threw Cold Water On Trump’s Coal Fantasylast_img read more

Jill Stein Supporters Arrested for Blocking Road, Cops Say

first_imgThe incident involving Stein’s supporters was the not the first of the day. The Green Party nominee had been escorted off the campus following an interview she conducted with MSNBC, which supplied her with credentials.“When they were done doing interviews, she turned her credentials back over to MSNBC and she voluntarily was basically shown off the campus,” Krumpter said.Stein has been outspoken about the lack of third-party access for presidential debates. A similar complaint was made by Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate, whose national poll ratings were reportedly higher than hers at 8 percent compared to her 3 percent. According to the Commission on Presidential Debates, neither third-party candidate surpassed the 15-percentage point survey threshold in order to qualify for prime time. Krumpter, who last week said the debate would be one of Nassau County’s most significant security events in decades, said everything was going according to plan. He described most of the day as “uneventful.”More than 1,000 officers were providing security in and around Hofstra. A half-dozen other agencies, including the Secret Service and various police departments were providing support.But manpower was not the only tool law enforcement has deployed: Nassau police also floated a surveillance blimp above the campus to monitor the events from the air. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nearly two-dozen protestors were arrested Monday night while blocking one of the main access points for the two presidential candidates, Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter told the Press.About 20 people were blocking Charles Lindbergh Boulevard on the east side of Hofstra University in an act of civil disobedience, Krumpter said.“They were seeking to be arrested, and unfortunately they forced us to arrest them,” he added. “They were in a roadway where the presidential candidates are coming in” on their motorcade.Police classified 23 arrests as disorderly conduct. There was one additional arrest unrelated to the blockade.Krumpter estimated that about 2,000 demonstrators had descended on Hofstra on Monday. Before the debate started the estimate was that 10,000 protesters were showing up.The protesters have been airing a variety of grievances, including setting a $15 minimum wage, abortion rights, and environmental issues.last_img read more

Belgium finally gets new PM, 16 months after vote

first_imgThe new coalition will bring together two socialist parties — one French-speaking, and one Flemish — two liberal parties and two sets of greens. “We flipped a coin and it came down to Alexander and it’s an excellent choice,” Magnette joked at the end of the press conference to present the outcome of the negotiations.Belgium has had no governing majority for 21 months since the collapse of former leader Charles Michel’s government, and it has been 493 days since federal elections failed to resolve the crisis.Leaders from seven parties met until the early hours on Wednesday before coming to an agreement on a government program and cabinet line-up to be presented to King Philippe.De Croo will replace French-speaking liberal leader Sophie Wilmes who has served as acting premier during the coronavirus epidemic but never wielded a parliamentary majority.  ‘Anti-Flemish’? The CD&V, a party of Flemish Christian democrats will also join, but the larger Flemish nationalist N-VA, which was in government between 2014 and 2018 will leave power.Belgium’s parliament is expected to meet on Thursday to endorse the new government. The country has been governed by a minority coalition since December 2018, when the N-VA abruptly left Michel’s government during a row about immigration. The legislative election of May 2019 saw gains by various green and fringe groupings, further fragmenting the political landscape and making it harder to build a majority around the traditional parties.Ideological differences between the parties are complicated by Belgium’s north-south split between French and Dutch speaking regions.Last weekend, several thousand supporters of the nationalist far-right Vlaams Belang staged a protest near Brussels to denounce what they dubbed “this anti-Flemish and left-wing government”.Belgium has a history of political instability, and went without a government for 541 days in 2010 and 2011, but political scientist Dave Sinardet said De Croo could be the right choice.”It’s symbolically important to have a Flemish prime minister, given that the new government will come under the most fire from Flanders and the two biggest Flemish parties are in the opposition,” he told AFP.De Croo’s party, the Open VLD, is a pivot point in Belgian politics and has frequently been part of governing coalitions and the new premier has been a minister since 2012.  The former business leader, who switched to politics in 2009, is the first Dutch-speaker to take over 16 Rue de la Loi — the prime minister’s official residence — after nine years of French-speakers.But he is bilingual and served as deputy prime minister under socialist Elio Di Rupo from 2012 to 2014, then with the French-speaking liberals Michel, from 2014 to 2019, and Wilmes.He has variously served as a minister for finance, pensions and international development. Flemish liberal leader Alexander De Croo will be Belgium’s new prime minister at the head of a seven-party coalition government, it was announced Wednesday — 16 months after an inconclusive election.De Croo’s French-speaking socialist rival Paul Magnette confirmed that the parties had chosen the 44-year-old finance minister as premier. He is to be sworn in on Thursday by Belgium’s king.By choosing a Flemish leader, the incoming government hopes to balance the fact that its parliamentary base will be drawn from mainly French-speaking parties, with the main Dutch-speaking groups in opposition. Topics :last_img read more

Google Choses Equinix for Curie Subsea Cable Landing Station

first_imgGoogle has selected Equinix for its Los Angeles area cable landing station (CLS) supporting the Curie subsea cable system, linking Los Angeles, California to Valparaiso, Chile. In the U.S., the cable will land directly at the Equinix LA4 International Business Exchange (IBX) data center located in El Segundo, California.The Curie cable is expected to go live in 2019.The system will add dedicated capacity to Google’s global network, enabling interconnection to other infrastructure in the region.Jim Poole, vice president, Business Development, Equinix, said: “With the significant increase in global data traffic, we see corporations running global businesses demanding access to high-capacity, low-latency networks capable of connecting them to data centers across oceans with stringent levels of reliability. Any user of a subsea cable system that lands inside one of our Equinix global data center termination points has instant, low-latency access to a host of vibrant industry ecosystems inside Equinix, and that’s a huge advantage.”The level of global data traffic is expected to reach 3.3 zettabytes by 2021, and almost every byte touches a subsea cable as cloud service providers, network service providers, content providers and enterprises push to move data globally in real time.last_img read more

Kompany excited by Lukaku challenge

first_imgManchester City captain Vincent Kompany is relishing the prospect of locking horns with his compatriot Romelu Lukaku when the Blues host West Brom on Tuesday night. “We are very lucky with him, being a very young striker, and Christian Benteke (Aston Villa’s Belgium frontman, who was also nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award). “We have two unbelievable talents coming through. I am looking forward to playing against him. He will be a world beater in England very soon.” It remains to be seen whether or not Kompany does line up against Lukaku in the game given City boss Roberto Mancini may opt to shuffle his pack with one eye on the FA Cup final against Wigan which comes four days later. The defender is keeping an open mind on the matter, but with City keen to cement second place in the table he is sure Mancini will select a “strong” team to face West Brom. Asked if he expected to play against Albion, Kompany said: “I don’t know, but the manager has got loads of options and I am sure that whatever side he puts out will be a strong side. “It’s a game that we have to win. There is no other way to think about this game. Until we are safe for that Champions League spot we have to play the games like every other game. “It (Saturday) is a big, big day for the club – it’s massive and everyone realises that. But it would be nice to win the game against West Brom. That would set us up really nicely to focus on the final.” Striker Lukaku has been in fine form following his season-long loan move from Chelsea to Albion last summer, netting 14 goals for the Baggies and earning a place on the PFA Young Player of the Year award shortlist. Centre-back Kompany has described the 19-year-old as an “unbelievable talent” and feels fortunate to be able to play alongside him for Belgium – but is also looking forward to the challenge he could be set of trying to contain him in Tuesday’s Barclays Premier League contest. “Romelu is probably one of the biggest talents in Europe at the moment,” Kompany said. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Downing calls for Baggies reaction

first_img Press Association It is therefore clear that the fault does not just lie with the manager and Downing is confident the players he will lead against Hull on Saturday know they have some making up to do. “They are a very honest bunch of players,” he said. “I have to say, I have been here for five years and every player is very senior and professional in what he does. “They feel accountable and there’s a responsibility for everyone when someone loses their job. “It’s important we galvanise ourselves and whatever decision comes from the top we need to make sure we control what we can.” Downing admitted there had been a real sense of shock in the wake of Clarke’s axing, but added that things had settled down during the course of the week. “It’s been a difficult time, especially the first couple of days,” he said. “Things have started to settle but it’s a big shock when anyone loses their job. But we have a game to focus on now.” It is an important game too, with Hull one of the sides West Brom are jostling for position with. City have been hard to beat upon their return to the top flight and Albion could have wished for easier opponents. That said, Downing is confident the team will be in the right frame of mind come kick-off. “I’ve seen it this week (their response), the professionalism of what they’re doing and their attitude,” he said. “We have to challenge each other and demand from each other, they have to raise their standards by five to 10 per cent. “We have to focus on what we are doing. What I am trying to do is cover all bases, organise them and pick the team. “There is a steely determination to put it right, but that has always been there. I’ve never seen anyone down tools. We have got to get out of this bad run.” The return to fitness of England goalkeeper Ben Foster will give Downing an extra selection problem, although he admitted to being happy at having a full squad to choose from. Like with any club, he knows some players will now be out to prove a point with the old manager having perished. “The slate is clean and we have 23/24 players who feel they want to be in the starting line-up,” he said. “I’m sure it will galvanise some of them and the new man will decide… (their futures). A fresh pair of eyes will stir the squad up. “Our form is relegation form but we need to make sure we turn it around and get back to the middle of the table.” Last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Cardiff was the final straw for the West Brom board, who sacked Clarke before the day was out. The loss took Albion’s winless run to six games and left them just two points away from trouble in the Barclays Premier League, with another startling stat being that the club have won just three league games all season. West Brom’s players have taken their share of responsibility for Steve Clarke’s sacking and are ready to put things right, according to caretaker Keith Downing.last_img read more

The Final Word: Beat writers react to Syracuse’s 85-64 loss to Penn State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments With Friday night’s 85-64 loss to Penn State in the NIT Season Tip-Off in the Barclays Center, Syracuse (4-3) has matched its worst start since 1996.Forward Elijah Hughes paced the Orange with 19 points, but center Bourama Sidibe fouled out of the contest and the Nittany Lions out-rebounded SU.Listen to beat writers Michael McCleary and Nick Alvarez break down the loss:center_img Published on November 30, 2019 at 12:20 amlast_img read more

SBC secures membership of American Gaming Association

first_img SBC’s Barcelona Summit to become digital-only event May 29, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit Related Articles SBC Summit Barcelona – Digital 2020 announces free ticket initiative July 21, 2020 Sports Betting Community (SBC) has shown its commitment to the growing US betting industry by securing membership to the American Gaming Association (AGA).SBC organizes some of the biggest sports betting trade events in Europe and the United States via its event brand SBC Events.com. SBC also manages a network of betting and gaming industry news portals including SBCAmericas.com, an online news and analysis resource dedicated to the developing sports betting industries in North and South Americas.Stacy Papadopoulos of the AGA commented: “We are pleased to welcome SBC to the AGA as an ally member. With the possibility of legal, regulated sports betting across the country, this is an exciting time for the U.S. gaming industry. As the sports betting sector grows, being able to discuss and share best practices with an industry leader like SBC benefits the organization and our broader membership.”SBC’s CEO & Founder Rasmus Sojmark added: “Our involvement in the US pre-dates the repeal of PASPA, but there is no doubt that the SCOTUS decision has lit the boosters for sports betting in the US.“There’s no doubt that the AGA’s support for sports betting at a key point of the political debate helped open the door for the sector so we have no hesitation in supporting them through our membership.”SBC joins the AGA at a time when the gaming industry is growing both in size and popularity. The May 2018 Supreme Court ruling overturning the federal ban on sports betting was a landmark policy achievement for the industry. Revenue grew in twenty states with commercial casinos in 2017 and the commercial gaming industry as a whole brought  in $40.3 billion in gaming revenue, while tribal casinos tallied $32.4 billion in total gaming revenue. Share FES and Incentive Games launch esports prediction game June 2, 2020last_img read more