Shumlin and Legislature move swiftly to pass Budget Adjustment Bill

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin today signed the state’s Budget Adjustment Bill, a milestone for progress in the legislative session. The  governor noted that this is the earliest date any governor had signed this legislation in at least a decade, and complimented the leadership in the House and the Senate for moving swiftly to affordably address the needs of Vermonters.‘We arrived at the State House in January aware of the difficult spending decisions facing Vermont,’ Gov. Shumlin said. ‘My administration and the House and Senate worked overtime to ensure this spending adjustment for the current year is affordable for taxpayers, yet meets our most pressing needs.’The bill for the current fiscal year includes:·          Approximately $19 million from the federal Jobs Bill to help schools meet budget constraints;·         $500,000 to combat homelessness in Vermont — $300,000 in grants directly to shelters, and $200,000 in General Assistance to help renters avoid eviction due to late payment, and assist with housing deposits to move homeless Vermonters into housing;·         $700,000 to provide assistance to Vermonters with traumatic brain injuries through the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living; and·         $280,000 to the Department for Children and Families to provide living assistance to the aged, blind and disabled.The Budget Adjustment Bill is an annual act that makes a mid-course correction to this year’s spending plan based on changes in the challenges facing Vermont since lawmakers approved a current-year budget the previous spring. In all, this bill proposes a relatively small spending increase of about $6 million in total spending for the year. The bill also includes some spending reductions created by caseload changes or other program shifts.‘We have challenging decisions to make in this building moving forward,’ Gov. Shumlin said. ‘It is imperative that ‘ just as we did in passing the Budget Adjustment Bill ‘ we work cooperatively to balance the needs of Vermonters with their ability to pay for those services.’ Source: MONTPELIER ‘ 2.17.2011last_img read more

Former state senator set to receive public service award

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series will honor former State Sen. Beverly Gard with the Nancy A. Maloley Outstanding Public Service Award at the Lugar Series 28thAnnual Luncheon at the Indianapolis Downtown Marriott on Monday, April 9, 2018.Gard served as an Indiana State Senator for 24 years, authoring numerous pieces of legislation primarily focusing on the environment, health, utilities and local government. Upon retiring from the Indiana Senate in 2012, Gard became active in public policy issues and continues to stay engaged serving as chair on multiple boards and commissions, including Environmental Rules Board, Lobby Registration Commission, Indiana Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund Committee, and the Alcohol Code Revision Commission.The Nancy A. Maloney Outstanding Public Service Award was established to recognize a Hoosier Republican woman who has demonstrated extraordinary dedication to serving the public through appointed governmental or political office, after the extended Lugar family lost a dear friend, Nancy Maloney, to a courageous battle with cancer in 2002.“Senator Gard’s commitment to public service is what the Lugar Series program is about,” said Lugar Series Executive Director Anne Hathaway. “We are so proud to have her as an inspiration to women leaders in Indiana and to honor her with this year’s Nancy A. Maloley Outstanding Public Servant Award.”The honoree is selected each year by a committee comprised of representatives from Maloley’s family, Senator Lugar’s extended team and the Lugar Series, based on their dedication to public service, creative approach to problem solving, intellectual competency, and effective management and leadership.Past recipients of this award, include Congresswoman Susan Brooks; United State Federal Justice Sarah Evans Barker; the Honorable Robyn L. Moberly, Chief Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Indiana; and former Indiana Lieutenant Governor Beck Skillman.The Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series is a nonprofit organization inspired by former Indiana Senator Richard G. Lugar. The Series is a women’s leadership development program designed to increase the number of Republican women in local, state and national elective and appointive offices.last_img read more

Biblical Archaeology News

first_imgOne point where theology and science intersect is in the field of archaeology.  Here are a few recent stories that bear on historical claims in the Bible.Pool of Siloam update:  Last fall, the discovery of the probable Biblical Pool of Siloam was announced (see 12/24/2004 story).  In its September-October 2005 issue, Biblical Archaeology Review has published a detailed article with photographs about the find and the continuing excavation.  See also the LA Times article copied by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where reporter Thomas L. Maugh II seems pretty confident it is the real thing.Nebuchadnezzar’s Nephew Nabonidus News:  Science magazine reported on presentations at an international convention of Assyriologists last month.  Researchers discussed recent archaeological finds in Tayma that confirm that Nabonidus, nephew of the Biblical Nebuchadnezzar II and father of Belshazzar (see Daniel 5) was indeed present in Tayma (Teima) in Arabia while his son Belshazzar remained in charge of Babylon (in modern Iraq).  This corroborates an explanation for apparent discrepancies between the Biblical account and earlier archaeological inscriptions that had suggested Nabonidus (not mentioned in the Bible), not Belshazzar, was the true king of Babylon.  For background on the resolution of this controversy, see ChristianAnswers.net and BibleHistory.net.    Speaking of Iraq, EurekAlert provided progress reports on efforts to restore the Mesopotamian wetlands (see 05/01/2003, 08/18/2003 and 02/25/2005 entries).  In short, a little hope, but a long way to go.King David Ruled Here:  The Biblical Archaeological Society also reported today the discovery of a “massive public structure” that could be the palace of King David, used not only by David but also his dynasty in Jerusalem.  The structure, now being unearthed south of the Temple Mount by archaeologist Eilat Mazar, contained an inscription with the name of Yehochal, mentioned in Jeremiah as being a senior official in the court of later king Zedekiah.  Archaeologist Gabriel Barkay told the New York Times, “this is one of the first greetings we have from the Jerusalem of David and Solomon.”    Artifacts from the Davidic period are hard to come by not only because Jerusalem is a holy site for three major world religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam), with all the cultural and political tensions that creates, but also because the entire city was ransacked and destroyed multiple times, particularly by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BC and the Romans in 70 AD.  King David reigned much earlier, from 1025 – 985 BC (see CARM timeline).Update 09/08/2005: Haaretz.com has a longer article about the find.  It gives two sides: the view of discoverer Eilat Mazar that it supports the traditional dating of the Davidic kingdom, as well as the minimalist response of critics like Israel Finkelstein.  One strong point about this discovery is its in situ status, which allows it to be excavated by respectable archaeologists under the watchful eye of critics.  This will rule out accusations of forgery that have dogged some other artifacts that have surfaced in recent years.Each new artifact or structure uncovered in the lands of the Bible brings excitement, but why any more than the greatest, most detailed inscription of all, the Bible itself?(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Pioneer Field Report | John Schoenhals 🎙

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In this week’s pioneer field report, we sit down with Field Agronomist John Schoenhlas who covers northern Ohio. John chats about the dry down in the corn as well as tome tar spot.last_img

Fujitsu FlexFrame Now Integrates with Oracle VM

first_imgsteven walling Tags:#enterprise#Products Fujitsu has announced the newest version of its FlexFrame for Oracle, and it now supports the Oracle VM, the server virtualization software. By integrating with Oracle VM, FlexFrame can now handle a more dynamic enterprise infrastructure. A centralized storage system may not be as new and exciting as the cloud, but this new partnership will make a difference to large-scale IT. Like Fujitu’s FlexFrame for SAP, this product is a pre-integrated piece of infrastructure specifically designed to allocate server resources to Oracle services. In other words, it’s custom tailored to work for enterprises already using or moving to Oracle databases and application servers. The new support for Oracle VM in FlexFrame probably won’t deliver the ease of management and 60% lower cost of ownership that Fujitsu is promising, but it will reduce IT’s headache in dealing with virtual servers. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

As bulls have a field day, farmers scurry to save their crops in U.P.

first_imgFarmer Govind Sharma was facing a dharam sankat (moral dilemma). Stray cattle were eating up his valuable crops. But the farmer’s religious beliefs forbade him from using force to drive them out. After much thought, he decided to walk the middle path: catch the bovines and keep them under custody.Over the past year, he has caught three stray bulls and put them on a leash outside his house in Gadhi Karmali village in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh. One bull had injured at least four people in the village.Bulls are generally not used for farming. Mr. Sharma already has a pair of bullocks that he deploys on his 2.5 bigha farm, but he now has to incur an additional cost of over ₹1,500 per month to feed the three bulls. Yet, despite the financial burden, he feels he has a moral responsibility to take care of them.“God is watching. I put the rope around them, so it is my duty to not let them starve,” said Mr. Sharma. He also has to feed a 10-member family.And the predicament is not his alone. There are at least eight stray bulls in the custody of the villagers. But dozens of other bulls, cows and calves roam free, posing a threat to the crops. In some cases, they also attack farmers.Lodh farmer Ram Singh recently received 24 stitches on his lower back after a bull gored him in his field. “Six persons have been attacked in just the past four days. The male calf is particularly aggressive,” said Guru Prasad Sahu, who owns three bighas of land.No more fairsStray cattle entering fields, and eating away and trampling on crops is common in U.P., but villagers claim the menace got worse after the BJP government came to power in 2017. They claim that due to the fear of cow vigilantes, and shutting down of illegal slaughterhouses by the Yogi Adityanath government, slaughtering of cows and bulls has stopped. This has also resulted in the collapse of local cattle markets. Several cattle fairs have not been held since the BJP came to power.Slaughtering of cows has been banned in U.P. for several decades and the crackdown on abattoirs only concerns buffaloes and goats.But Ramayan Singh, a marginal farmer, claims that under the previous governments, police allowed cows to be slaughtered illegally for a bribe. “Modi and Yogi have brought an end to all that. We support it. But the issue of stray cattle must also be dealt with,” he pointed out.Farmers say that after the BJP came to power in the State, and at the Centre, they have found it difficult to sell their old cattle. They claim this is one reason for the increase in the stray cattle population. If one is unable to sell an old animal or get the right price for it, it is eventually left to fend for itself. Such bovines wander into farms.On the other hand, meat traders say that there is increased stray cattle menace because the sale of bulls and bullocks to other States like West Bengal, where slaughter is legal, has come to a halt after the BJP came to power.They also attribute the slump in cattle trade to the fear of cow vigilantes who disrupt transport of cattle even if the carriers possess valid documents. After assuming power, the Adityanath government decided to invoke the NSA and Gangsters Act against those slaughtering cows and smuggling the animal.Poor salesShakeel Qureshi, U.P. vice-president of the All India Jamiatul Quresh, said farmers were finding it difficult to dispose of their cattle. “States like Maharashtra, where slaughter of bulls and bullocks was allowed earlier, banned it after the BJP came to power. In times of farm distress, farmers rely heavily on animal-based income but with no avenues to sell, they dump them,” Mr. Qureshi said.Chief Veterinary Officer of Unnao, P.K Singh, dismissed the view that the cattle menace had any connection with the ban on slaughterhouses. Slaughtering of cow progeny has been banned in U.P. for decades, he said.The real problem is that the practice of abandoning cattle, ‘Anna Pratha,’ [mainly during summer] has spread to the rest of the State from Bundelkhand. “After people have milked a cow, they abandon it,” Mr. Singh said. He also said that the 2012 cattle census, the last one available, in the State had indicated a decreasing trend in population of cows in comparison to 2007.‘Anna Pratha’ is an age-old tradition in Bundelkhand where farmers let loose their cattle, especially unproductive and pregnant cows, to graze freely. The animals raid fields in search of food and water, causing damage to other peasants, who are already reeling under severe losses and are forced to keep desperate vigils all night to save whatever remains in their fields.Many villagers have put up fences or barricaded their fields. In Sandoli, Unnao, Santram and his grandmother keep a watch against roaming cattle from a machan (a platform in a tree) over their four-bigha field at night, armed with sticks and an axe.Mr. Santram agrees that the crackdown on slaughterhouses has aggravated the problem, but says farmers have also stopped using bullocks in farms and shifted to tractors.State Animal Husbandry Minister S.P. Singh Baghel has said that the number of stray cattle heads have increased across the State because it has strictly implemented anti-cow slaughter laws and shut down illegal slaughterhouses.On March 13, responding to a question by an SP MLA, Mr. Baghel said in the Assembly that the “sudden flood” of stray cattle population was visible now as the gestation period of a cow was 10 months while the BJP government had completed a year.  “Now can you  imagine at what rate were cows being slaughtered in the State under your rule,” Mr. Baghel asked.Scheme to tackle menaceTo specifically tackle the menace of bulls, the government is running a “Sexed Sorted Semen” scheme based on American and Japanese technology  Under the pilot project, chances of cows delivering a female calf are as high as 90-95%. The project has started in three districts so far, Etawah, Lakhimpur Kheri and Barabanki, and according to Mr. Baghel, recent results have been encouraging.Out of 240 cattle heads born under the experiment, 220 were cows, a hit rate of 94%. While veterinary officials say that the scheme is costly, the government plans to implement it in other districts as well. A sum of ₹49.5 crore has been alloted for the scheme in the current budget. No data is available for the stray cattle but according to the Animal Husbandry Department, U.P. has around two crore cows and cow progeny.In a bid to care for stray cattle, the BJP government has allocated ₹98.50 crore under the Kanha Gaushala Evam Beshahara Pashu Aashray Yojna, to set up shelter homes for them.last_img read more

Dhoni’s dropped catches

first_imgDhoni trying to take a catch in India match against Ireland at DelhiA day after India’s final over loss to South Africa at Nagpur, a Mumbai friend smsed Sachin Tendulkar in Marathi, “Aplache daant aani aplache aont, dosh kunala dweicha (It’s your teeth, your lips, whom will you blame).”Tendulkar had expressed disgust at the way India’s middle-order batsmen had thrown away their wickets. He also did not like the last over bloomer by Ashish Nehra and felt Harbhajan Singh was a natural choice for skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The master blaster’s reply to his friend was a terse “yes”.Under fire for choosing Nehra, Dhoni played with a straight bat when attacked at the post-match press conference. Then he locked himself up. He was visibly upset and even suggested that he could carry a cellphone next time he stepped on to the ground so that India’s cricket experts (read fans and reporters) could tweet and post remarks on facebook.The speculation over Dhoni’s combination for the game and the team’s commitment continued for more than 48 hours after the defeat. “I sincerely don’t know what Nehra is doing in the team because he is unfit most of the time. He hasn’t had enough match practice,” says former wicket-keeper and chief selector Kiran More. “In Delhi, Nehra bowled only one over.””Once many called his decisions his natural instinct, now it is his obstinacy that is causing problems for the side,” says former Australian cricketer Dean Jones, who has already panned the side and its chances for the World Cup as a midsummer night’s dream. Consider some of Dhoni’s mistakes.advertisementOver-confidence In the World Twenty20 in 2007, Joginder Sharma bowled the final over when Pakistan needed 13 runs. It worked. But it did not work with Nehra who was preferred over Harbhajan Singh against South Africa.The Piyush factor He continues to back Piyush Chawla, the leg spinner, over a competent R. Ashwin who has the support of the selection board.Disorder within The batting order is messy. What is the ideal order? Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag as openers, followed by Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan and Dhoni himself. But the move to switch Yusuf Pathan and Virat Kohli from their designated slots failed against England and South Africa. The tinkering is not working.All bowled out It’s no secret that bowling is a huge cause of worry. The captain keeps defensive fields and allows the batsmen to milk the bowlers for easy singles. There is no pressure on the batsmen to play rash shots.The selectors are somewhat reconciled to the captain’s plan that Suresh Raina will replace Yusuf Pathan but they don’t agree with the skipper over his persistence with Chawla. The selection committee headed by Krishnamachari Srikkanth backed Ashwin right from the beginning of the World Cup and doesn’t want Chawla’s presence in the side.There are many who are wondering why Dhoni is toying with the batting order. “The middle order should definitely be more rigid because this is a crucial chunk for any team,” former Indian captain Kapil Dev told a television channel.Team insiders say Dhoni is determined to stick to his own theory on how to run India’s World Cup campaign and appears fairly confident that the boys can bounce back. Many, of course, feel the boys-as their body language suggests-will not be able to withstand the pressure. The Nagpur loss rattled the team so much that many skipped breakfast the next day. India will know if Dhoni’s boys have recovered enough to beat the West Indies on March 20 at Chennai. The venue is also home to chief selector Srikkanth and N. Srinivasan, bcci’s all-powerful secretary.last_img read more