Scott appoints Rory Thibault as Washington County state’s attorney

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointment of Rory Thibault as Washington County state’s attorney. Scott appointed Thibault as the county’s interim state’s attorney earlier this month, filling the vacancy after former State’s Attorney Scott Williams resigned. He brings more than seven years of litigation experience with a practice focused on complex cases, including murder, sexual assault, child exploitation and fraud.File photo of Rory Thibault being sworn in as interim Washington County state’s attorney by Governor Scott in early January.“I’m very pleased to make this appointment, as Rory has continued to demonstrate his leadership and commitment to serving his community and seeking justice for Vermonters,” said Governor Scott.Thibault most recently served as an assistant attorney general for the State of Vermont, and as Washington County’s chief deputy state’s attorney from June 2016 to October 2017. He is currently a major in the U.S. Army Reserve, has worked with the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps for the U.S. Army. That work includes roles as a battalion judge advocate, senior trial counsel, defense counsel and administrative law attorney.“I am honored to take on this role and for the opportunity to serve the people of Washington County,” said Thibault. “With a strong team in place, together, we are committed to seeking justice for Vermonters in our court system and supporting stronger communities.”A resident of Cabot, Thibault also owns a small business and serves on his local school board. He earned his J.D. from Vermont Law School and his B.A. in political science from the University of Richmond.Per the statute governing the appointment of Vermont state’s attorneys, Gov. Scott selected Thibault from a list of qualified candidates put forward by the Washington County Democratic Committee – the party committee of the vacating official.Source: Governor 2.1.2018last_img read more

Thais to boost rail investment

first_imgPLANS TO invest up to 900bn baht in rail projects over the next five years were announced by Thailand’s Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on August 28. Following a meeting to consider national energy strategy, he said better rail transport would cut car use, saving the country an estimated 2500bn baht in fuel costs over the next decade. Thaksin envisages that 500bn baht will be spent on urban projects around Bangkok. The other 400bn will go on upgrading and double-tracking 3000 route-km of SRT’s trunk lines from the capital to Chiang Mai, Narathiwat, Rayong, Nong Khai and Ubon Ratchathani. He hopes that the works can be completed by 2007.Urban rail projects include extending the BTS Skytrain Sukhumvit line by 8·9 km from On Nut to Samring and the Silom line by 6·8 km to Phetkasem Road in Thon Buri. The underground metro now nearing completion would be extended from Bang Sue to Phra Nangklao in the northwest and from Hua Lampong westwards to Tha Phra, with a new line linking Huay Kwang and Min Buri. The disused piers for the proposed Hopewell scheme would be used to elevate SRT tracks in Bangkok and eliminate level crossing conflicts.Transport Minister Suriya Jungrungreangkit confirmed on August 30 that the Office of Transport & Traffic Policy had been instructed to review existing plans for the different schemes, and to discuss with the Ministry of Finance and National Economic & Social Development Board ways to speed up their implementation. SRT Governor Chisanti Dhanasobhon said top priority for the double-tracking programme would be the busy freight line from Chachoengsao to Si Racha and the port of Laem Chabang. This work is costed at around 5bn baht. Meanwhile, the railway is seeking approval to buy 38 new diesel locos over the next three years at a cost of 3·8bn baht.last_img read more

Kenya hosts festival celebrating culture from 15 countries

first_imgA group performs a Chinese dance during the International Cultural Festival A group performs a Chinese dance during the International Cultural FestivalThe Kenyan capital, Nairobi, hosted an International Cultural Festival focused on the spirit of diversity.The event brought together cultures from 15 different countries around the world, including China.Held annually since 2012, the festival promotes inter-cultural cooperation through different aspects of culture.This year’s event provided a good opportunity to learn more about different cultures.To celebrate the Chinese culture, a team from the Confucius Institute performed a spectacular dance routine, capturing different aspects of Mandarin culture.International and local cuisine were also on offer, as well as jewellery, paintings and traditional outfitsThe 2018 festival welcomed new countries like Iran and South Korea, a good indication that there’s a growing interest in cultural exchanges.last_img read more

Monday Afternoon Update: High Fire Activity Expected To Continue On Swan Lake Fire

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Original Post: Noon: The Swan Lake Fire is estimated at 150,246 acres with a total of 613 personnel. Crews will continue securing fire edge to the south of Sterling Highway to reduce the potential of future closures between Cooper Landing and Soldotna.Rocky Gilbert, Fire Manager: “We had something coming around, wind blowing, from the southwest later in the day on Sunday, the fire got very active and started moving towards the Sterling Highway. Firefighters got out ahead of it and tried to light off the highway to keep fire from encroaching upon the highway. A lot of smoke, dust, and we had aircrafts flying so we had lots of road closures due to limited visibility and firefighters on the roadway.”  Gilbert: “The rest of the fire, things are looking pretty good. There is some fire activity on the northeast portion, but overall we are making good progress and we feel good about the outlook.”  Continued updates will be posted as they are made available. The Incident Management Team has separated the fire into multiple branches in order to have teams on each branch focused on one community. Each branch is stationed on a portion of the fire to keep the surrounding communities secure. Extremely dry fuels will continue to support active fire spread over the next few days combined with more sun, slightly higher temperatures and lower relative humidity. Northwest winds will once again tend to push smoke and fire spread to the southeast.center_img Fire activity in the Hideout Mountain, Hidden Lake, Juneau Lake, Bear Mountain, Fuller Lake, Kenai River corridor and Sterling Highway areas will continue. Decreasing cloud cover and backing wind to the N-NW should increase fire activity. Travel is not recommended on the Sterling Highway related to the continuing level of fire activity between MP 53-71. Expect significant delays. Torching, active ground fire, and smoldering will continue to aid spread with available fuels, aspect and slope, according to Gilbert.last_img read more

We’re A Close Bunch – Smith

first_imgThe midfielder was one of seven new signings last summer, and played a pivotal part in City’s double-winning season.Former Oldham man Smith credited morale and hard work for last year’s successes, factors he considers could determine how City fare in 2015/16.“We had a great season, and we’re all really close,” the 24-year-old told Bristol City Player HD.“It’ll be really good to test ourselves and see what we can do.“We just want to work hard together and have another successful season.”City will travel to Sheffield Wednesday on the opening day of the season, with Hillsborough one of many stadiums in the Championship with a capacity of over 30,000.Smith has experienced playing in big arenas whilst at Norwich City, and is excited by prospect of doing it again.He said: “It’s what we worked so hard for last year – to go to all these amazing grounds and play against these very good players.“It’s an amazing opportunity, one we’re really looking forward to and can’t wait for it to start.”Get discounts and priority on tickets to see Bristol City, Bristol Rugby and Bristol Flyers in 2015/16. Forever Bristol membership is now on sale for just £20 for the whole season – click here to buy online.last_img read more

Atiya Thompson, District 11’s rising cycling star

first_imgRENOWNED motivational speaker, Jim Rohn, once said: “Success is steady progress toward one’s personal goals”. This applies to 13-year-old student-athlete, Atiya Thompson, who is steadily making progress towards her own goals in cycling.Atiya, who is a second-form student at Brickdam Secondary School, copped two Gold medals at the recently concluded National Schools Cycling, Swimming and Track and Field Championships; her medals came in the U-14 800M and 1500M cycling races, respectively.Representing North Georgetown (District 11); the outspoken Thompson told Chronicle Sport that it was back in 2017 when she first became interested in cycling.Upon representing her district, she didn’t do so well that year in her special events: the 800M and 1500M races.However, Atiya noted that due to her disappointing results, she vowed that she would do better in 2018, which is just what she did, with much satisfaction and gold medal rewards.Quizzed about her preparations and routines, Atiya revealed that she trains within her community, Turkeyen, Sophia, most of the times, after school and in the mornings. Her commitment and discipline paid dividends, which she said, gave her even more motivation to do better and reach for more.“This year I set myself the goal of winning at least one gold medal and I ended up with two (medals); last year I didn’t do very well. After placing fifth and eighth in my races, I was motivated a lot, thus, I put my all into training and I ended up making myself proud, my parents proud and I also won valuable points for my district.”“My future goals are to become even more involved in cycling, this is something that I am passionate about, that I love, and I want to participate in more cycling events. Apart from cycling, I also have my sights set on bettering my performances in academics.”Atiya credits her support system, which is made up of her parents, especially her father, Seon Thompson (a Guyana National Newspapers Limited employee) for her success. She explained that her father played a pivotal role in her success with his dedication to her training along with his invaluable advice.Come 2019, Atiya expects to expand her events and better her medal tally; so cycling fans and enthusiasts, look out for this rising star.last_img read more

‘The Batman’ to resume production next month; ‘Supernatural’ final episodes underway now

first_img‘The Batman’ star Robert Pattinson; Kimberly White/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After being shut down since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, shooting on The Batman is now scheduled to resume next month in the U.K.Deadline reports set construction began last month, with filming scheduled to resume in September at Warner Bros. UK in the city of Leavesdon, about an hour northeast of London.The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson in the title role, at last word was still on track for an October, 2021 release after being bumped from its initial June, 2021 debut date.  Directed by Matt Reeves, The Batman also stars Andy Serkis as Alfred, Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon, Paul Dano as the Riddler, and Colin Farrell as the Penguin.While Reeves has already provided a peek of Pattinson in costume, and of the Batmobile, fans are promised the first look at footage from The Batman during the online DC Fandome event this Saturday, August 22.On the other side of the world, production on the final two episodes of the CW’s long-running Supernatual series is back up and running. Like The Batman and seemingly every other film and TV project, production on Supernatural was suspended in in mid-March due to the pandemic.  Now Deadline reports shooting on the series resumed Wednesday in Vancouver, BC.Rather than leave fans hanging over the fate of the Winchester brothers with only two episodes left, the CW withheld the show’s final seven episodes, including the two that had yet to be shot, opting to release them all beginning this October 8 to give the show’s 15th and final season a proper airing.By Christopher WatsonCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

I-30’s Scrapp Fox Memorial boasts $1,500 IMCA Modified payday

first_imgIMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Jet Racing Central Region, Arkansas State and track points are also at stake at the 18th annual event. LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – IMCA Modifieds race for $1,500 to win and a 2021 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth at I-30 Speedway’s Saturday, Aug. 15 Scrapp Fox Memorial. The $50 entry fee includes the driver’s pit pass if paid by Aug. 14. Pit passes are $30 on race day and spectator admission is $20 for adults, $1 for kids ages 6-12 when accompanied by a paid adult and free for ages five and under. Pits and the grandstand open at 4 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. and racing is at 7:30 p.m. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars are also on the evening’s card at Little Rock.  More information is available by calling 501 455-4567 and on Facebook.last_img read more

Today is the official day of the U.S. 166 Bridge replacement project near Ark City, detour goes through Wellington

first_imgThe official detour for those wanting to go from South Haven to Arkansas City will be to turn north at South Haven and travel north to Wellington, then east to Winfield, before turning south to Arkansas City. (Click on larger version for map)by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow  — Drivers in and around Wellington probably have noticed the U.S. 166 detour signs. Get use to it. If Wellington drivers are heading to Ark City, may we suggest going the east way, unless you are a fan of U-turns. The Kansas Department of Transportation officially started the West Madison Avenue bridge project near Arkansas City this morning. KDOT is constructing a new bridge on U.S. 166 over the Arkansas River. The bridge is about five miles east of the Cowley/Sumner county line. The $6,368,390 project has a 250 working-day schedule. A.M. Cohron & Son Inc. of Atlantic, Iowa, which has an office in Emporia, is the prime contractor for the project.“We are hoping this project will be done in a year,” said A.J. Wilson, KDOT engineer at the Winfield office. “The target date to open is Jan. 1, 202o.”The official detour is a long one for those wishing to go from South Haven to Arkansas City. Travelers must drive north to Wellington, then east to Winfield and then south to Arkansas City. Of course, people who know the area know there is always a backroad to travel to get to their Arkansas City destination.“People are free to drive where they please,” Wilson said. “But if you are driving a truck, we highly advise you take the designated detour route. Some of these roads are not built to take truck traffic. You will be ticketed.”The official detour is around 50 miles. The direct U.S. 166 route from South Haven to Ark City is 21 miles. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Billy armer · 88 weeks ago Why build a bridge next two this old one and tie them together Report Reply 1 reply · active 88 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Robert williamson · 88 weeks ago Bc the old one is falling apart its cheaper and safer to build a new one Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Axing term limits won’t fix problems

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Term-limit opponents like to dish out the same facile cliche: If you don’t like your elected officials, don’t term them out, vote them out. But the colossal power of incumbency has made that virtually impossible. In an election, incumbents have a monumentally unfair advantage. They have name recognition and mountainous campaign resources. They can employ political strategists. They usually have their party’s imprimatur, and they can mobilize a small army of political workers to get out the vote. Term limits help to level the playing field. Term-limit opponents have a fallback plan in the almost certain case that voters reject their efforts. They propose increasing the limits on City Council members from two terms to three. But there’s no reason to believe that adding a few more years onto council members’ tenures will make them any more skilled or accountable, let alone more honest. The 2003 recall election shattered the myth that politicians need to occupy a seat for decades to be the second coming of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a political outsider and novice, broke the logjam in the Legislature on issues from workers’ compensation to spending. Term-limit opponents, though, are right about one thing: More than a few career politicians now hop from one office to the other after their terms have ended. But that’s a small price to pay for ensuring that individuals who possess energy and new ideas have a real shot at winning elections. Besides, the process also forces the office-hopping politicians to run real campaigns and rub elbows with their would-be constituents, rather than simply rely on the awesome advantage of incumbency. THE periodic assault on term limits is a predictable ritual in Los Angeles politics. And the usual suspects – politicians, lobbyists and special-interest groups – now claim that their private poll shows that term limits are a God-awful disaster, and that voters are more favorable than in the past to scrapping or modifying them. But wherever voters have had the chance to enact term limits, they’ve done so. Fifteen states and nearly 300 cities, including Los Angeles, have term limits. The only reason why voters in more states haven’t passed similar laws is because they haven’t had the chance. In the six states that dumped term limits, the courts and state legislators – not the voters – tossed the laws. That’s what makes the new drive by the L.A. Chamber of Commerce and League of Women Voters to scuttle term limits so ludicrous. Term limits, they claim, put political novices into office, leaving government on a perennial learning curve. Some term-limit opponents even claim that the laws are a big disincentive for women and blacks to run for office. Yet studies show that since term limits took effect in 1996, California Assembly and Senate races have become more competitive. The number of women, Latinos and Asians in the Legislature has increased. And the newcomers are much more likely to attain seniority positions faster. Term limits didn’t cause the nightmare problems of homelessness, crime, pollution and budget shortfalls that plague the city. And axing term limits – or tacking a few more years onto a council member’s term – won’t solve them either. Earl Ofari Hutchinson is a political analyst, local TV and radio talk show host and a frequent contributor to the Daily News.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more