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Vermont Chamber Publishes “Top Ten” Economic Development Recommendations

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first_imgThe Vermont Chamber is pleased to present the Top Ten Economic Development Initiatives for 2003. Printed on a double-sided card, the recommendations present the legislative priorities of the Vermont business community in an accessible format, addressing: Permit Reform, Workforce Development, Recruiting and Marketing, Telecommunications, Cost of Doing Business, Infrastructure, Business Assistance, Financing Incentives, Energy, and Tax Policy.Chris Barbieri, Vermont Chamber President, stated “As we crafted the Top Ten we consulted with many voices within Vermont business community, recognizing that working together strengthens the business agenda for the entire state of Vermont.” As the legislative session moves into full swing, job creation continues to grow as a bi-partisan priority.The “Top Ten” card is a companion document to the Vermont Chamber 2003 Business Agenda. The Agenda is a government affairs policy statement approved annually by the Vermont Chamber Board, specifying the Chamber’s positions on many legislative issues impacting business in Vermont.Within the guidelines of the Business Agenda, the Vermont Chamber Government Affairs Committee has agreed unanimously to support the following four current issues that have emerged as major initiatives in the first half of the session:* The Vermont Chamber of Commerce supports the Administration’s proposal to transfer responsibility for private sector compliance inspections back to the U.S. Department of Labor – OSHA.* The Vermont Chamber also supports a proposal to establish Powerball in Vermont.* The Vermont Chamber would also support a bill to elevate the Commissioner of Education to a cabinet level appointment, made by the Governor.* The Vermont Chamber also supports, and has always supported, a four-year term for Governor. The Vermont Chamber Government Affairs Committee also reaffirmed the Chamber’s support for a four-year term for all constitutional officers.last_img read more

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How to: Highlands, NC

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first_imgHighlands sits right above the Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina borders. You can only access it by winding ribbon backroads with sneak peaks of the rounded mountain tops you’ll be sleeping next to. Beautiful churches bookend the main street and chime on the hour to remind you of the passing time, even though it seems to slow down here. We visited during a shoulder season when the shoppes have odd hours and the multiple Christmas stores don’t have their sparkle lights shining. With a humble population of under 1,000 in the off-season, it feels like you already know everyone after walking around for just a few days. Once the tourist season gets kicking, over 20,000 people can reside in Highlands, dipping into the kitschy shops and enjoying the ice cream on the corner.Things that make us feel at home in Highlands-Sitting at 4,118 feet, it’s almost as high as Denver, Colorado (5,280 ft).-Two health food grocery stores where Roxy would prefer to sleep instead of the van.Things that make us feel like tourists:-Highlands is considered a rainforest with over 100 inches of rain due to an orographic lifting effect. It’s a literal rain forest! Denver, however, is a high desert.-You can buy a bowtie in every other shop on Main Street.PLAYThis town sits right outside the “Land of Waterfalls,” and we think they may have drawn the borders incorrectly. The roller coaster roads that lead you into the town pass by plenty of waterfalls, and there’s even one right off the road that you can stand under named Bridal Veil Falls. For a bigger waterfall, check out Cullasaja Falls, a short drive out of town.For a more physical adventure, we highly recommend a guided whitewater rafting trip. Our new friend Will at Wildwater Chattooga Adventure Center located just across the border in South Carolina took us out on the rambunctious Chattooga. The family friendly mini trip included mostly class II rapids with a few small class III sections and one killer class IV grand finale. Coincidentally, the class IV rapid (Bull Sluice), was the same area where we cleaned up trash just a few days earlier. We can’t say enough nice things about Will and the entire Wildwater crew. Throughout the day they showed extensive knowledge and appreciation of the river, wildlife, and the surrounding area. One of the things we loved most about Highlands is the abundance of trails, secret overlooks, and winding streams. A little adventuring can get you to some incredible places. Here are a few suggestions of where to start: Lake Jocassee and Jocassee Gorges, Caesar’s Head State Park, and DuPont State Forest. Highlands is a great jumping off spot for all of these!EATJust like any good tourist town, eating options are aplenty. Unfortunately for us, most restaurants had winter hours in effect and they didn’t quite mesh with our hectic schedule. We managed to grab a killer homestyle breakfast at a small cafe called Bake My Day. The no-frills menu featured all your normal breakfast staples and the food was delicious. It’s not easy to make a plate of eggs, hash browns, and sausage stand out from the crowd, but Bake My Day has it all figured out. No matter what time of day, we recommend visiting Mountain Fresh Grocery and Wine Market. This all-in-one grocery store/pizza place/coffee shop/wine market had everything we were looking for. As we sat in the cafe to catch up on some morning writing it was obvious that this is a top spot for locals to get their morning fuel. They offer full-service breakfast, lunch, and dinner.If you plan on entertaining or would just rather cook at home, Rhodes Superette is the place for you. Locals say this place sells the best hand-cut steaks in North Carolina. You can get anything in this small roadside grocery. They have a bakery in-house that you can smell from a block away. On the day we visited a woman stopped in and asked the baker if they had scones, the baker smiled and said she’d bake some for the woman and have them ready that afternoon. That’s service you just won’t find at a normal grocery store.STAYHighlands has a slew of quaint hotels located right on Main Street. Even in the off-season, they were a little more expensive than we typically like to spend on lodging. If you’re feeling extra fancy and willing to fork over the cash, there are some vacation rentals available with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. For those looking for something a little less glamorous, there are three great campgrounds just a few miles outside of town. The Van Hook Glade Campground is the most developed option. Located about 15 minutes from town in the heart of Nantahala National Forest, the campground has 18 sites each for $20 a night. You’ll be in close proximity to hiking trails, scenic views, waterfalls, and a nearby lake. You can reserve your site in advance here.Blue Valley Campground (we spent a few nights here) is a wonderful area with several free primitive campsites. We saw at least ten sites but locals in the area told us there were much more down the road. Each site comes complete with a fire ring, lantern post, and a picnic table. You won’t find cell service here, so you can relax and enjoy quality time with friends and family. There is no trash service so please respect the land and observe leave no trace practices.Ammons Branch Campground has five primitive campsites and a single pit toilet. The spots are fairly small, close together, and might not be ideal if you have a large vehicle. There are hiking trails leading right out of the campground that connects to the nearby Ellicott Rock Wilderness Trail.Highlands was founded by drawing a line from Chicago to Savannah, and from New York City to New Orleans, figuring where those lines met would one day turn into a popular trading center. While it didn’t become the commercial crossroads that was expected, the golfing community did claim it as its own and from there it grew into a unique town._____________________________________________________________________Like what we’re rockin’? Check out La Sportiva for threads, and LifeStraw for the most handy waterbottle.last_img read more

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Nassau Coliseum Redevelopment Plan Moves Forward

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Much-anticipated plans to renovate the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and the surrounding area in Uniondale recently took several steps toward starting construction in August, but the project has also hit some snags.Forest City Ratner submitted its plans Tuesday to the Town of Hempstead, where officials said they expect a “prompt” review. That was a day after Nassau County legislators amended their 34-year lease with the developer, allowing it to add $30 million in foreign investments, upping the project cost to $260 million. But, critics argue that the builder isn’t investing enough in the surrounding community—all of which comes as the company and its partner on the project, Blumenfeld Development, sued each other over their differing visions for the site in recent weeks.“There’s nothing in those lawsuits that would affect any of the decision making,” Bruce Ratner, chairman of Forest City Ratner Companies, told reporters Tuesday during a news conference at Hempstead Town Hall. He declined to discuss specifics of the claims.This week’s developments comes after the New York Islanders played their last home game of the regular season at the aging arena—the only home they have ever known—before they move to Ratner’s Barclays Center in Brooklyn next season. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, who also attended the press conference, reiterated his hope that the Islanders would later return to “The Old Barn,” as fans call the coliseum.Conceptual master plan renderings submitted to the town offered a glimpse of things to come at the coliseum. The plans, drawn up by Patchogue-based Baldassano Architecture, include two new hotels, four office buildings, five entertainment facilities besides the arena itself and seven retail structures. The new buildings would rise on the 91 acres surrounding the coliseum, much of which is a vast parking lot, with parking garages making up for the lost spaces.Two of the proposed office buildings were set aside for planned Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center facilities that Mangano first pitched in his state of the county address last month. Ratner would not say what exactly the entertainment facilities were until leases are signed.Shortly before holding the news conference, the Hempstead Town Board unanimously approved a measure declaring itself the lead agency in reviewing the master plan and the environmental review. Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray said that review should be streamlined thanks to work already begun before “a previous development proposal stalled.” She was referring to The Lighthouse, a multi-billion-dollar mixed-use development that outgoing Islanders owner Charles Wang had tried to build, but scrapped after Hempstead town officials said he needed to scale it back.The celebratory mood surrounding the coliseum Tuesday was a departure from the day before, when Uniondale activists rallied at the Nassau County Legislature meeting to demand that Ratner agree to a formal community benefit agreement to invest in the neighborhood impacted most by the massive construction project. Forest City Ratner officials countered that Uniondale residents will be prioritized for the thousands of construction and permanent jobs created, community groups will get free tickets to events and the redevelopment itself will stimulate the local economy.Before the legislature approved the amended lease by a vote of 17-2—with Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) and Legis. Siela Bynoe (D-Westbury) voting against—Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) said: “This discussion doesn’t end today.”Site plans for the proposed redevelopment of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and the surrounding property were released Tuesday.last_img read more

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Ecuador virus deaths double

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first_imgTopics : It is the Latin American country with the second greatest number of deaths behind Brazil, which had 18.  Ecuador on February 29 acknowledged that the new coronavirus had reached the country.A septuagenarian who lived in Madrid and who had flown to the port of Guayaquil two weeks earlier became the country’s first case of COVID-19. The woman later died in a hospital. Like other Latin American countries, Ecuador has implemented curfews, closed borders, canceled classes, and banned all flights in a bid to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. Ecuador marked its highest daily increase in deaths and new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, with the total reaching 14 dead and 789 infected, authorities said.The number of fatalities rose from seven late Saturday to 14 on Sunday morning, while infections surged from 532 to 789, according to the country’s National Risk and Emergency Management Service. Ecuador had 166 people infected with the COVID-19 illness on Friday.last_img read more

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La administración Wolf lleva alivio a los contribuyentes afectados por la pandemia de COVID-19

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first_img Economy,  Español,  Press Release,  Public Health El Gobernador Tom Wolf anunció hoy que el Departamento de Ingresos está implementando medidas de alivio para los residentes de Pennsylvania y las empresas afectadas por la pandemia de COVID-19. El departamento está ofreciendo a los contribuyentes mayor flexibilidad, tiempo adicional para cumplir con sus obligaciones tributarias y una pausa en diversas medidas estándar de cumplimiento.“A medida que todos trabajamos juntos para evitar la propagación de la COVID-19, es crucial que tomemos medidas que lleven alivio inmediato a los residentes de Pennsylvania y a nuestras empresas”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Además de extender los vencimientos de presentación y pago de impuestos, estamos dando a los contribuyentes más tiempo y flexibilidad en otras áreas para que puedan concentrarse en su bienestar. Se trata de un paso necesario que ayudará a todos durante este tiempo de incertidumbre”.Estas medidas de alivio de carácter temporal para los contribuyentes permanecerán vigentes hasta al menos el 15 de julio de 2020. La información específica sobre estas medidas de alivio se puede encontrar en el sitio de Internet del Departamento de Ingresos en la página de información sobre la COVID-19.“Si bien las personas se centran en su salud y se mantienen a salvo junto con sus familias durante la pandemia, nuestra meta es aliviar la carga para nuestros clientes y ayudar a todos a avanzar”, dijo el Secretario de Ingresos Dan Hassell. “Queremos ayudar a las personas y a las empresas a superar esta situación desafiante”.El Departamento de Ingresos hará lo siguiente:Pausará los pagos de los planes de pago existentes previa solicitud de los contribuyentes.Proporcionará plazos flexibles para los nuevos planes de pago.Trabajará para impulsar el servicio al cliente en relación con los contribuyentes afectados por la pandemia.Suspenderá o reducirá las medidas de ejecución automática con respecto a gravámenes, embargos salariales, embargos bancarios, inspecciones de habilitaciones, requisitos para la liquidación de impuestos y el uso de agencias de cobro privadas.Suspenderá la creación de nuevas revisiones administrativas y auditorías de campo en la mayoría de los casos.Suspenderá las reuniones en persona con los contribuyentes en la mayoría de los casos.Ampliará la reducción de la pena de auditoría y el alivio de intereses.Continuará administrando créditos fiscales y programas de incentivos.Disminuirá las sanciones en la mayoría de los casos si los contribuyentes remitieron los impuestos del fondo fiduciario que recaudaron.Servicio y asistencia al contribuyenteAdemás de las medidas de alivio anunciadas hoy, el Departamento de Ingresos también realizó lo siguiente:Extendió la fecha límite para presentar las declaraciones estatales de impuestos sobre ingresos personales por 90 días. La nueva fecha límite del 15 de julio de 2020 es la misma que la nueva fecha de vencimiento federal.Extendió la fecha límite para presentar las declaraciones informativas relacionadas con corporaciones, asociaciones, propiedades y fideicomisos del Estado de Pennsylvania hasta el 15 de julio de 2020.Extendió la fecha de vencimiento para las corporaciones que tienen declaraciones de impuestos que vencen desde mayo al 14 de agosto de 2020.Eliminó el requisito de que algunas empresas deben realizar pagos anticipados del impuesto sobre las ventas y el uso para abril, mayo y junio de 2020. Muchas empresas más grandes tienen la obligación de realizar pagos anticipados bajo circunstancias normales.Dado que los centros de llamadas del departamento permanecen cerrados para ayudar a prevenir la propagación de la COVID-19, a los contribuyentes que buscan asistencia se les recomienda usar el Centro de servicio al cliente en línea del departamento, disponible en revenue-pa.custhelp.com. Puede usar este recurso para enviar electrónicamente una pregunta a un representante del departamento. El representante del departamento podrá responder mediante un proceso electrónico seguro que es similar a recibir un correo electrónico.Asimismo, el Centro de servicio al cliente en línea incluye miles de respuestas a preguntas comunes relacionadas con los impuestos.Encuentre alertas del Departamento de Ingresos en líneaSe alienta a los contribuyentes y a los contribuyentes profesionales a visitar la página de información sobre la COVID-19 del Departamento de Ingresos en www.revenue.pa.gov para obtener orientación adicional y actualizaciones sobre las disposiciones del departamento. También puede visitar las páginas del departamento en Facebook, Twitter y LinkedIn para obtener actualizaciones en tiempo real.Visite la guía Responding to COVID-19 (Respuesta a la COVID-19) del estado para obtener las guías y los recursos más recientes para los residentes de Pennsylvania o la página de Internet dedicada al coronavirus del Departamento de Salud de Pennsylvania para obtener la información más actualizada sobre la COVID-19.Ver esta página en inglés. La administración Wolf lleva alivio a los contribuyentes afectados por la pandemia de COVID-19 April 15, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Nigerian military recovers weapons after search operation

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first_imgScores of Boko Haram terrorists surrender- Nigerian military We’ve destroyed Boko Haram’s headquarters: Nigerian military Nigeria’s military recovered an SUV full of IEDs Nigeria’s military recovered an SUV full of IEDsThe Nigerian Military it has recovered an SUV full of Improvised Explosives Devises and other weapons during a cordon and search operations after  suicide bombing attacks on Zabamari  Muna near Maiduguri.The attacks happened on Thursday and Friday and military spokesman Major General Chris Olukolade says troops in hot pursuit of the insurgents  succeeded in destroying some of their vehicles.A total of six suicide bombers had blown themselves  up around a garage killing scores of people and injuring others.Military authorities have now confirmed  soldier also died in the attack.Olukolade said Military Explosives Ordinance experts backed by Police Bomb Disposal Units are conducting vigorous search for any bombs that might have been hidden or left unexploited in the area.Relatedcenter_img Nigerian government recovers more looted fundslast_img read more

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Executive Committee Tables Basketball Tournament Proposal

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first_imgExecutive Committee tables basketball tournament proposal for further study and feedback.IHSAA Tables Basketball ProposalCourtesy of the IHSAA.last_img

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Texas Lone Star Series starts with Abilene Ice Breaker Feb. 21-23

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first_imgABILENE, Texas (Feb. 14) – Opening weekend for the Texas Lone Star Series doubles as Abi­lene Speedway’s Ice Breaker special Fri­day, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 21-23.Series feature events are on the card each night for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, Scog­gin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.Top prize for Modifieds each night is $700. SportMods run for $600 to win, Stock Cars for $400 to win and Hobby Stocks for $250. All applicable IMCA points, including track points, will be awarded for each draw/redraw show. Home region points will be awarded to Modified, Stock and Hobby drivers; Karl Chevrolet North­ern SportMods can race with Southern SportMods but not for points. Selby Holder returns as tour director. Southwest Racing Specialties of Hobbs, N.M., is title spon­sor of the Southern SportMod series and Wild Child Race Cars of Burleson is title sponsor for the Stock Car series.Spectator admission at Abilene is $12 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12, with five and under free. Pit passes are $25 each night.Pit gates open at 4 p.m. hot laps are from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. The pits open at 3 p.m., hot laps are from 5-6 p.m. and racing is at 7 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, church services at the track are at 10 a.m., pit gates open at 11 a.m., hot laps are from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and racing gets underway at 1 p.m. Overnight accommodations are available at Amer­ica’s Best Inn & Suites, 325 795-8888; Motel 6, 325 672-8462; or the Whitten Inn, 800 880-7666. Callers should request racers’ rates.Gates open at 11 a.m. and practice is from noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16. Gates open at 5 p.m. and an open practice runs from 6-10 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20. More information about the Ice Breaker, presented by Smiley’s Racing Products, Showtime Signs & Designs and NAPA Auto Parts, can be directed to promoter Rob Poor at 325 725-3849 or 325 692-8800. Additional information is also posted on the www.abilenespeedway.com website.last_img read more

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Nichols races from 20th to $750 Great Plains Series payday

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first_imgHUGOTON, Kan. (April 18) – Using a high line that got faster as the laps counted down, Mike Nichols raced from last to first in winning his fourth straight Dirt Track Central Jax Sports Grille Great Plains Series event.Nichols had drawn the 11th starting spot for Friday’s IMCA Sunoco Stock Car tour headliner at Dirtona Raceway. Just five laps into the feature he had to check up when two cars ahead of him got crossed up in the corner. Contact from another car got Nichols sideways and when the caution came out, he was restarting at the back of the 20-car field.Staying on the high side, Nichols took the lead from pole starter Nick Tubbs with four to go, bringing Perry Misner along with him. Jason Rogers, Angel Munoz and Tubbs rounded out the top five in a three-wide finish. Nichols’ win paid $750. Feature results – 1. Mike Nichols; 2. Perry Misner; 3. Jason Rogers; 4. Angel Munoz; 5. Nick Tubbs; 6. Kyle Clough; 7. Ron Hartman; 8. Randy Dowell; 9. Michael Pepper; 10. Casey Woken; 11. Brandon Fisher; 12. Shane Matile; 13. Justin Temeyer; 14. Brian LaBonte; 15. Billy Phelps; 16. Ron Rich; 17. Marlin Hogie; 18. Rich Wadel; 19. Jason Taylor; 20. Cody Orth.Heat winners were Temyer, Taylor, Nichols and Hartman.last_img read more

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Hernandez encourages speculation

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first_img Hernandez’s verified Twitter account, @CH14_, posted a link to a story on the Sky Sports website in which his fellow Mexican Carlos Vela said he should look to leave United if he does not start playing more regularly. The 25-year-old striker came off the bench to score the winner in a 3-2 victory over Stoke a week ago but was an unused substitute for the 3-1 win at Fulham on Saturday. Manchester United Javier Hernandez sparked speculation over his future at the club on Sunday by apparently retweeting a link to a story in which he was encouraged to leave Old Trafford. Hernandez has been in and out of the United side since signing from Guadalajara in 2010 and this season has struggled to earn a start in the league ahead of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney. In the article retweeted by Hernandez, Real Sociedad forward Vela said: “If he plays regularly he will score, so I don’t totally understand why a player of his quality has not played more games. “If he doesn’t play regularly he will need to think about leaving.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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