Governor Jim Douglas today announced a new partnership with the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association that gives the go-ahead to expand tapping on some state land. The announcement came as the Governor kicked off the 8th annual Maple Open House Weekend at Marcia Maynard and Ken Denton s sugarhouse in Cabot. Maple sugaring is a vital piece of our agricultural and forest products economy, the Governor said. I am very pleased that the state will be able to make this modest contribution to this important industry with an agreement that promotes responsible stewardship of sugarbushes on state land.Under the agreement, the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation will license sites that it deems appropriate in state forests and state parks to sugarmakers, who will be required to abide by state land policies and management efforts while operating the sugarbushes. The Department expects to have as many as 11 sites licensed and operational for next season. There are few things we take more seriously than our forests and our well-deserved acclaim for forest products like maple syrup and quality timber, said Jason Gibbs, commissioner of Forests, Parks and Recreation. This commonsense partnership recognizes this and strengthens the tradition of Vermont s working landscape.Vermont is the largest U.S. producer of maple syrup and approximately 500,000 gallons of 5.5 million pounds of syrup is produced annually, according to the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association. We have a proud tradition of sugarmaking here in Vermont, said Rick Marsh, president of the association. We re excited to be working with the state in taking the next step to promote and protect the Vermont maple syrup brand.
“Black and brown communities continue to face real, painful experiences. The NHL and NHLPA recognize that much work remains to be done before we can play an appropriate role in a discussion centered on diversity, inclusion and social justice.”The announcement came an hour before the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders were to play Game 3 of their series in Toronto, with Vegas and Vancouver to face off in Edmonton Alberta, later on Thursday.The other postponed games were Game 4s on Friday: Boston against Tampa in Toronto, and Dallas against Colorado in Edmonton.The NHL is pushing back its schedule to have the four games played Saturday.Blake, who is Black, was shot in the back seven times Sunday by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The shooting sparked protests, and led to the NHL being questioned for allowing its playoffs to proceed Wednesday, when numerous other leagues starting with the NBA postponed games.”We needed to make a stand, and I think this is the appropriate form of action,” Canucks captain Bo Horvat said.”I couldn’t be prouder of our group of guys to come up with this solution.”Shattenkirk texted Reaves upon learning the Golden Knights were preparing to not play, and was struck by the tough guy’s message. FOLLOW US “By you talking to me about it, to the players about it, it’s giving them a platform, it’s giving them air time,” Trotz said. “You want to keep the issue in the forefront. Vegas forward Ryan Reaves was struggling with the decision of whether to sit out the Golden Knights’ playoff game to protest racial injustice, when he discovered the players around the NHL had his back.Reaves woke up Thursday to find a text from Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, prompting a conversation that helped lead the NHL to postpone four playoff games over two days. It looks like the NHL is having a tough time of getting a grasp on things in their thinking and their views, added Aliu.All we’re trying to do is work together with them to make our game a better game. And in some cases it’s like pulling teeth, added Aliu.The NHL’s decision caught several coaches off guard after spending the morning and early afternoon preparing to play. Islanders coach Barry Trotz believed the best course forward was to continue playing, because the games provide players a platform. “And I think that’s the most powerful thing that happened today. You see us all coming together here.” LIVE TV “After much discussion, NHL players believe that the best course of action would be to take a step back and not play tonight’s and tomorrow’s games as scheduled,” a joint statement released by the league and the NHL Players’ Association said. WATCH US LIVE “When we got with them to speak with Ryan Reaves and talk about the issue at hand and how important this is, I think it was something we were fully behind,” Shattenkirk said. “Standing together here is more powerful than anything you can do.” The newly formed Hockey Diversity Alliance pressed the issue Thursday in publicly asking the NHL to postpone play by saying: “We strongly feel this sends a clear message that human rights take priority over sports.”The alliance is made up of nine current and former minority players. Alliance co-founder Akim Aliu called the NHL’s initial inaction as being typical and disappointing. Press Trust Of India “But for them to say, ‘Look, we see what’s going on in society and we disagree with it and something has to change now,’ that was my message,” Reaves said. “I think it unified us as a group to realize that any Black player in this league, any Black player who’s a kid coming up playing hockey can feel like that they have a voice, can feel that the NHL and the sport itself is a safe place and a place,” he added. “I thought it was very unfortunate and sad the NHL is always last to the dance in seeing all the other major sports, and what they did yesterday,” Aliu told The Associated Press by phone. SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 28th August, 2020 16:20 IST “That, I think, was more powerful that the conversation started with white players on other teams wanting to talk,” said Reaves, who is Black. Written By The NHL is back on pause a month into its playoffs, which followed a 4-1/2-month break caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The decision to postpone two sets of second-round games Thursday and Friday was prompted by the threat of members of the Golden Knights and Vancouver Canucks preparing to sit out Game 3 of their series, and in the face of withering criticism from Black players accusing the league of being slow to acknowledge the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. COMMENT Last Updated: 28th August, 2020 16:20 IST NHL Puts Off 2 Days Of Playoff Games Amid Injustice Protests Reaves was struggling with the decision of whether to sit out the Golden Knights’ playoff game to protest racial injustice, when he discovered the players around the NHL had his back. “They have the support of every single one of us, and that’s what we’re trying to achieve here is inclusion.”Reaves was impressed by the support, especially coming from a league predominantly made up of white players.”Most of these guys have never lived through some of the stuff that Black athletes have,” he said.