Governor-Elect Peter Shumlin today announced several staff appointments, including naming Susan Spaulding as Director of Constituent Services and Appointments to Boards and Commissions.Spaulding co-founded WNCS-FM radio station in Montpelier in 1977 with her husband Jeb, and has spent the past 25 plus years involved in public protection and public advocacy through medical licensure, continuing medical education, accreditation of medical schools in the United States and Canada. She lives in Montpelier. Jeb Spaulding previously was named by Shumlin to be his Secretary of Administration.Lisa Kunin has been named Executive Assistant to the Governor. Kunin served as an aide to former U.S. Sen. James Jeffords for 12 years, ultimately serving as Jefford’s Education Coordinator. She resides in South Burlington.Shumlin has appointed Aly Richards, who grew up in Newbury, as Assistant to the Chief of Staff. For the past two years Richards has been the Mid-Atlantic Deputy Finance Director at the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C. Previously she worked on the Obama Presidential Campaign.Leigh Appleby, who grew up in Norwich, has been named Constituent Correspondent. Appleby most recently worked as an aide to former U.S. Rep. Scott Murphy in Upstate New York.Ryan Emerson, a Newbury native, has also been tapped as Constituent Correspondent. Emerson was the Chittenden County field director for Shumlin for Governor campaign in the gubernatorial primary, as well as a regional field director for the Vermont Democratic Party in the general election.Shumlin also named Ariel Wengroff, who graduated from the University of Vermont earlier this year, as a Constituent Correspondent. She was an intern for Organizing for America here in Vermont until the summer of 2010, where she specialized in the advocacy and protection of Vermont constituents.
To access this article REGISTER NOWWould you like print copies, app and digital replica access too? SUBSCRIBE for as little as £5 per week. Would you like to read more?Register for free to finish this article.Sign up now for the following benefits:Four FREE articles of your choice per monthBreaking news, comment and analysis from industry experts as it happensChoose from our portfolio of email newsletters
South African double Olympic champion Caster Semenya beat seven high school athletes Friday in a 300-meter race, her first outing since being barred last July from her favorite event.”I am here to stay,” stressed media-shy Semenya after winning over the novel distance in Johannesburg. “Track and field, you will still see my face. That is all I can say for now.”Semenya won the race at the University of Johannesburg in 36.78 seconds with Taylor Bieldt (37.22) second and Kirsten Ahrems (38.36) third. The 29-year-old won 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medals and three world titles over 800 meters, but can no longer compete at that distance because of a testosterone-related ruling.World Athletics banned Semenya and other differences of sexual development (DSD) athletes from races between 400m and a mile unless they take testosterone-reducing drugs.Semenya, who became a world champion for the first time in 2009 aged 18, refused to comply with the ruling and lost a legal battle to have it overturned.The World Athletics decision came after some international rivals of Semenya repeatedly complained that the South African had an unfair advantage over them. Topics : She could not defend her world crown in Qatar last year because of the IAAF ruling and will also miss the Tokyo Olympics this year unless she changes her mind and takes medication.The organizers of the Johannesburg invitation race said it was designed to give young athletes “a chance to watch, learn and be inspired by stars like Caster Semenya”.Semenya plans to debut as a footballer this year having signed for the Johannesburg-based JVW club, which is owned by South African female football legend Janine van Wyk.The star athlete trained with the club last year but could not play because she was signed after the registration deadline.
The move followed a previous announcement from the airline that it had furloughed about 800 workers for three months starting on May 14 in a bid to maintain the company’s finances before resuming normal operations.The COVID-19 outbreak has forced Garuda to park 100 of its 142 aircraft as its daily flights have dropped 70 percent because of the government’s large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).Consequently, in the first quarter of 2020, the airline recorded a 31.9 percent annual drop in passenger and cargo revenue.APG said the laid-off pilots had their rights fulfilled by the company. National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has laid off 180 contract pilots, as well as hundreds of workers as the company continues to struggle financially amid a slump in demand for air travel, its workers association has said.The pilots, including senior and outsourced pilots working on a contract basis, have had their contracts terminated as the airline cuts back on flights, Garuda Pilot Association (APG) chairperson Muzaeni told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. “There are a total of 180 pilots affected, of which 150 are contract workers sourced internally, mostly retired seniors aged 60 to 65 years old,” Muzaeni said in a phone interview. “The other 30 are externally sourced contract workers.” Muzaeni also said that in addition to the layoffs, Garuda had offered early retirement packages with added benefits for existing senior employees.“The company is offering early retirement packages for employees who are over 50 years old. The package is worth about 35 times monthly wages, more than the usual retirement package, which is worth 30 times monthly wages,” he said.Garuda Indonesia president director Irfan Setiaputra acknowledged the layoffs in a press release on Tuesday, while stating that the company had fulfilled its obligation to the affected pilots.“We have been forced to terminate the contracts of our workers in order to align our workforce with the demand for our flight operations, which are significantly affected by the pandemic,” he said.“It was a tough decision to make. However, we believe that Garuda can improve its operational condition and survive these challenging times,” Irfan added.Previously, Garuda Indonesia took several measures to maintain cash flow amid plummeting demand for air travel. The measures included cutting employee and executive salaries, cutting production costs for efficiency and renegotiating obligations to partners and aircraft lessors.Garuda Indonesia booked US$3.25 billion in short-term liabilities last year, including $498.9 million in sukuk (sharia compliant bonds), according to its 2019 financial report.As the company struggles to stay afloat, the government is set to give Rp 8.5 trillion ($597.6 million) in a working capital guarantee for the airline as part of the economic recovery stimulus package to stave off the impact of the pandemic, including on ailing state-owned companies.Topics :
A newly developed saliva test aims to determine in less than a second whether or not you are infected with the novel coronavirus, Israel’s largest medical center said on Thursday.Patients rinse their mouth with a saline wash and spit into a vial. This is then examined by a small spectral device that, in simple terms, shines light on the specimen and analyses the reaction to see if it is consistent with COVID-19.With machine learning it gets more accurate over time. The amount of virus present in saliva increases as patients get sicker, he said, and a big challenge is to detect in “people who are borderline”.”It will be a game changer only if we see validation of this technology against the current technology,” he said.Sheba, located just outside Tel Aviv, has partnered with the device’s developer, Israeli firm Newsight Imaging, to bring the system to market.The company said they are in the process of getting regulatory approval. Each test costs less than 25 cents and it expects the device will eventually cost less than $200.Topics : Eli Schwartz of the Center for Geographic Medicine and Tropical Diseases at Sheba Medical Center, who is leading the trial, said it was easier to use than PCR swabs commonly used to detect COVID-19.”So far we have very promising results in this new method which will be much more convenient and much cheaper,” he said.The center said in an initial clinical trial involving hundreds of patients, the new artificial intelligence-based device identified evidence of the virus in the body at a 95% success rate.Amos Panet, an expert in molecular virology at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University, said he would like to see more data and comparisons with existing tests before making a final judgment.
Anthony Dare from About Town Realty with home stylist Kym Wilson ‘styled 2 sell staging’ and executive assistant Keeley Hadfield.SO you have decided to sell, you have chosen your agent and the photographer has been booked.But what happens next could make or break how your home is perceived and effect the chances of achieving your desired sale price. We are talking about getting your home professionally staged.According to Townsville sales agent Anthony Dare, staging is becoming increasingly popular, especially in a tough seller’s market where every dollar counts. But what it “staging” exactly? More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“In simple terms, staging is the art of injecting the feel and warmth of a real living home,” Mr Dare said.“When we watch the stylist ply their trade on home, it is a lot more than just plonking items into a room.“Their learned eye accentuates the architecture and carefully considers the space and finds the balance between the light and dark, layered and minimal, new and old, glossy and earthy, with the ultimate goal evoking an emotional response from the buyer“People shop with their eyes and take only 10 seconds to form a positive first opinion on a property.”Mr Dare said homes that were staged were always well received on open home day.“The importance of a home’s presentation to potential buyers cannot be underestimated,” he said. “To be in competition for the buyers dollar, you have to be better than the competition, accentuate what makes home so desirable, and gives you a better chance of achieving a price that is deserved of your home. If you’re thinking about staging, consults are the best way to get started and packages range between $400 and $3500, dependent on need. It is certainly worth a call.”
Stuff.co 6 October 2013The parents of a seven-year-old girl are backing a decision for her to live as a boy and to medically stop puberty.In as little as two years the child, whom the Sunday Star-Times has chosen not to identify, could start a course of drugs dubbed puberty blockers.This is the first step toward hormone replacement treatment and possible surgery.It would mean the child, whose story is being told today with the support of his family, will never fully develop a woman’s body and its natural functions.However, if the injections, which are given once every three months, are stopped, the body would continue its normal development.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/9249148/Born-in-the-wrong-bodySeven ‘too young’ to decide to stop pubertyOne News 7 October 2013Seven is too young to make the decision to medically stop puberty, a medical ethics expert says.The parents of a seven-year-old who was born a girl are defending their decision to consider using puberty blockers in a few years time to stop the onset of female puberty to better enable the child’s transition into becoming a male.The parents say it was a biological mistake and they are already raising her as a boy.http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/seven-too-young-decide-stop-puberty-5605446
LifestyleRelationships Nepal’s ‘first gay wedding’ ceremony held by: – June 20, 2011 Share 36 Views no discussions Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring! The couple said they were happy to contribute to the campaign for gay rights in NepalA lawyer and a college professor – both from the US – have celebrated what they say is Nepal’s first public lesbian wedding ceremony.The nuptials were performed on Monday near the capital, Kathmandu.Same-sex marriages are not legal in Nepal, but the country is drafting laws to guarantee sexual rights.Courtney Mitchell, 41, and Sarah Welton, 48, from Denver, Colorado, celebrated in a Hindu Nepalese tradition at the Dakshinkali temple.Local gay rights activists and supporters attended the ceremony – carried out by a Hindu priest – as did close friends and member of parliament Sunilbabu Pant, a gay rights activist.He told the Associated Press news agency that it was the first public wedding ceremony of a lesbian couple in the mostly conservative nation.‘Dream come true’Correspondents say same-sex marriages are not officially legal in Nepal, even though the supreme court has ordered the government to legally guarantee sexual rights and end discrimination.The laws are still being drafted, but political differences have delayed their passage into law.Mr Pant said while Monday’s wedding did not hold any legal status, “it was a huge achievement for gay rights campaign in Nepal”.Mr Pant’s Blue Diamond Society has been fighting for gay rights for several years, and recently opened a travel agency hoping to attract foreign gay couples to come to Nepal for weddings and honeymoons.The couple said they were happy to be married in Nepal and to contribute to the campaign for gay rights in the country.“It was my dream wedding come true. This is a fabulous ceremony,” Ms Welton said.Ms Mitchell said that it was because of progress over the gay rights issue since 2003 that she had decided to come to Nepal to get married.“We are very excited about all this progress… and I really wanted to show my support for Nepal,” she said.The couple met at a birthday party five years ago have adopted a 9-month-old girl.BBC News
NewsRegional Fidel Castro warns again about nuclear war and climate change by: – January 10, 2012 Fidel Castro. Photo credit: globalresearch.caHAVANA, Cuba (South Sentinel) — Former Cuban president Fidel Castro warned last week that nuclear war and climate change are critical dangers for humanity, which keeps standing far away from getting any closer to a solution.In an article published on Cubadebate website, titled “The Walk to the Abyss,” Fidel said that never before in history has humanity faced the dangers it is facing at present.In previous occasions, Fidel Castro has extensively written about these issues, two of his articles written in August and September 2010 respectively deal with the catastrophe of a nuclear war: Nuclear Winter and Nuclear Winter and Peace.The military technologies that may affect the whole planet, such as the atomic bomb, are increasingly spoken of today, he said and noted that thousands of such weapons are now ready to be used in an incomparably stronger manner than those launched over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki,The weapons of this kind, which are kept in depots, as they add to those already deployed, amount to over 20,000 nuclear warheads, said Fidel Castro, who noted that just a hundred of those weapons could be enough to trigger a nuclear winter that would kill the population of the planet in a brief time, as US scientist Alan Robock has explained.Those who usually read the news and reliable international analyses know that the risk of a nuclear war outbreak increases as tensions grow in the Near East, said Fidel and pointed out that the Israeli government has stockpiled hundreds of nuclear weapons, which are ready to be used, while tension also grows about Russia, a country with unquestionable response capacity, which is now being threatened with a alleged European nuclear shield.The Cuban leader said that the United States not only promotes wars, but also is the bigger producer and exporter of weapons in the world. This powerful country – Fidel pointed out — has signed accords to supply 60 billion dollars to Saudi Arabia over the next years, where US transnational companies and their allies extract 10 million barrels of light oil every single day.In his article, Fidel Castro maintained his view that humanity has no guarantee at all, since outer space is full of US satellites designed to spy on everything that takes place in the world, even over the roofs of the buildings in any nation of the planet.However, the war is a tragedy that may take place while it is quite probable to occur; but if humanity were able to delay it for indefinite time, another similarly dramatic event is already taking place at a speedy way: climate change, he noted.He recalled that the US administration opposed the Kyoto Protocol on the environment, a behaviour that not even coincided with that of its closest allies, whose territories would be tremendously affected, some of which, like Holland, would almost disappear completely.Fidel Castro insisted that the planet is now fully lacking policies about this serious problem, while the sea level continues to increase and the huge ice layers covering the Antarctic and Greenland, which accumulate over 90 percent of the world´s fresh water, are melting at growing pace.Caribbean News Now Sharing is caring! Share 23 Views no discussions Share Share Tweet
Lynneville, In. — Major upgrades and overhauls are coming to Redbird State Recreation Area, which became the DNR’s first property for off-road vehicle (ORV) nearly 15 years ago.Improvements include new trails, major trail repair and reroutes, and paved access from County Road 350 N to Whitetail Shelter.Because of the paving project, Redbird will be closed to the public from spring to early fall of 2019. Actual dates will be announced closer to construction time. The goal is to complete the project in one phase, which helps reduce total cost and keeps trail closures to a minimum.“We are responding to concerns expressed by members of the off-roading community about access to the most commonly used trails and event sites,” property manager Carman Jackson said. “The interior paving project will set the stage for future development and enhancements.”While Redbird is closed, property staff will add approximately 5 miles of new dirt bike trail, reroute trails 0 and 3 to avoid conflict with traffic on the new pavement, and rebuild multiple trails that sustained damage during the wet 2018 season. Staff will also add amenities such as trail-side rest areas at scenic vistas. Other plans include increasing signage and adding new trail designations to help visitors better navigate the property and avoid areas beyond their skill level.Jackson says the projects will not adversely affect features that are visitor favorites, but will improve parking and dust control at Power Line Hill and Whitetail Shelter.While Redbird is being worked on, ORV enthusiasts may want to explore the DNR’s other ORV riding property, Interlake SRA, just over an hour south, near Lynnville. Interlake offers 3,500 acres and more than 100 miles of ORV trails.For more information on Redbird click here. More information about Interlake is online here.