Senate leaders recommend $14 million in cost cuts to avoid layoffs

first_imgSenate leadership today recommended over $14 million worth of savings in labor costs.  The Senate is opposed to Governor Douglas proposal to lay off an additional three hundred and twenty employees and asks the Vermont State Employees Association (VSEA) and the Douglas Administration to move forward with negotiations.  Senate leadership has put forward the recommendations to the VSEA and the Administration and urges them to move forward with their negotiations.   The Senate’s recommendations include ten ongoing furlough days, freezing the cost-of-living increase and individual step increases in pay, cutting five media related administration positions, cutting private contracts and more.  The full proposal is attached to this email.   “State employees are gripped with fear, focusing on whether they will lose their positions instead of focusing on their jobs,” said Senator Illuzzi.  “Our hope is that by putting forward this proposal we will jumpstart the negotiations between the Administration and the VSEA.”Vermont state government has already made significant position reductions; in the last two years alone, over four hundred positions have been eliminated.  Additional reductions will significantly impact the state services that Vermonters are relying on and further strain our troubled unemployment fund.  While the legislature can not interfere directly with the negotiations, recommendations can be made for how the state can protect our hard working employees and save $14 million.   The Senate’s proposal would save the state over $14 million and alleviate the need to eliminate three hundred and twenty state employees. “Our goal with this proposal is to work together with all the parties concerned to ensure that three hundred and twenty Vermonters keep their jobs and the services that Vermonters are relying on stay intact,” said Senator Peter Shumlin. Source: Senator Shumlin’s Office. April, 16, 2009 AttachmentSize Senate personnel cuts.DOC46 KBlast_img read more

What is the average price of renting an apartment in Croatia?

first_imgThe largest offer of apartments is in Crikvenica, Rab and Pula. The average price of an apartment in Crikvenica in the season is 66 euros, while on Rab it is 65 euros per day. In Pula, you will have to pay an average of 75 euros for a day of rent, while in Rijeka the rent is cheaper by about 10 euros. According to the data at their disposal, the average price of renting a tourist apartment out of season is on average 46 euros, which is 31 percent cheaper than in season. South Dalmatia There are currently more than 150 ads for rent in Njuškalo in this region. Prices range from 60 to more than 150 euros. Along with Dubrovnik, where the average daily rental price of apartments in the season is 77 euros at the level of the entire city, most apartments are offered in Orebic and Korcula. The average daily rental price of an apartment in Orebic is 67 euros, while on Korcula it is 54 euros. Portal Njuškalo.hr in accordance with the ads on their platform, ie on the basis of more than 6 thousand holiday facilities on the coast and inland, they made an overview of domestic holiday destinations and received a calculation of the average rental price of apartments. There are several types of tourist accommodation, most of which are apartments, but you can also find whole houses and rooms. Prices range from around 20 euros to as much as 500 euros per day of rental. Most apartments from this region are offered in Vodice, Zadar, Vir and Biograd na Moru. The average price of renting an apartment in Zadar in the season is 64 euros per day, while in Biograd na Moru it is 65 euros. The average daily rental price of apartments in Vir in the season is 57 euros, while in Vodice it is 5 euros higher, or 62 euros. Makarska Riviera / Photo: Sandro Music / FB Central Dalmatia In this region, apartments can be found for about 40 euros per day, but the average price is 73 euros. Most apartments are offered in Split, Makarska and Omis. Although an overnight stay can be found for around one euro, the average daily rental price of a tourist apartment in Split in the season is 86 euros, which is about 3 euros more than in Makarska. In Omis, the average daily rental price of a tourist apartment is 77 euros. Finally, one interesting thing. As they point out from Njuškalo, there are more and more foreign visitors in this category, and most of them are from Germany, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Austria. Source: Njuškalo.hr The category Tourism is growing month by month, so in June it had as much as 70 percent more visits than in the previous month, but also 6 percent more than in June last year, they point out from Njuškalo, which is not surprising since it is our peak tourist season at the door. More than 2.700 accommodation facilities in Northern Dalmatia are currently available on Njuškalo. Apartments in this region record the best prices in the season, if we compare them with other coastal regions. Source: Njuškalo.hr middle Dalmatia Source: Njuškalo.hr Despite the above, in many places in this region you can rent an apartment for as little as thirty euros per day. In Pag, the average daily price of renting an apartment in the season is 60 euros, while in nearby Novalja, known primarily for the beach Zrce, the price is about 30 percent higher and amounts to 78 euros. Some of the more favorable places for holidays in Northern Dalmatia are Tribunj, Pirovac and Vrsi, where the average daily rental prices of apartments range from 50 to 55 euros. When looking at the regions, the highest prices for renting a tourist apartment are in Central Dalmatia, where the average price is 79 euros per day. Rental prices, on an annual basis, grew in all coastal regions, from 2 to 8 percent. Istria, Kvarner and Primorje  According to NJuškalo.hr, the average daily rental price of a tourist apartment in Croatia (on Njuškalo) in the season is 67 euros, which is 4 euros more than last year Northern Dalmatia The largest offer of private tourist accommodation is in Northern Dalmatia, Kvarner and Primorje Source: Njuškalo.hrlast_img read more

Holocaust memorial sites fight new threat from far right

first_img“There have always been incidents at memorial sites, but we have noticed an escalation due to the far right’s breaching of language taboos,” he said. At Buchenwald, where 56,000 people died between 1937 and 1945, the number of reported incidents has doubled since 2015.Right-wing extremists have also been known to take smiling selfies in front of furnaces used to cremate victims and leave stickers glorifying their fellow revisionists, Knigge said.More recently, a growing number of tour guides have been interrupted by extremists propagating revisionist theories.  Topics : Remembrance culture This year marks 75 years since the liberation of most of the Nazi death camps in Europe.The rise in incidents at memorial sites also comes as the generation of Germans who lived through World War II is beginning to die out and attention is shifting to making sure that the horrors of the Holocaust, in which six million Jews were systematically murdered, are not forgotten.But recent years have seen the anti-immigrant AfD party establish itself as the most electorally successful far-right movement in Germany’s post-war history.Founded in 2013, the AfD is now the largest opposition party in Germany’s parliament, and many of its key figures have attacked the long-standing culture of atonement for Nazi crimes. Regional leader Bjoern Hoecke has called for a “180 degree reversal” in German remembrance culture, and labeled the Berlin Holocaust memorial a “monument of shame”.Former AfD chairman Alexander Gauland has dismissed the Nazi dictatorship as a “speck of bird shit” in German history, and called on citizens to be proud of soldiers who fought for the Nazi Wehrmacht, or army. “The far right and the AfD always adopt a strategy of pushing boundaries in order to normalize their thought,” said Bianca Klose, of the Berlin-based organization Mobile Counseling against Right-wing Extremism (MBR).Since the party won seats in all of Germany’s regional parliaments, several AfD MPs have also tried to influence the cultural-historical programs of memorial sites, she added.”They question the pedagogical choices and attempt to erase certain historical aspects. Even worse, they intimidate people by demanding information about their private life or political orientation,” Klose told AFP. From swastikas sprayed on the walls to Hitler salute selfies, far-right provocations are a growing problem at the sites of former Nazi concentration camps in Germany.Museum directors have sounded the alarm over a spike in incidents, which include visitors writing messages of Holocaust denial in the guestbook and challenging tour guides on the facts of the genocide.”Messages glorifying Nazism or demanding the camps be reopened for foreigners have become more common,” Volkhard Knigge, museum director at the former Buchenwald concentration camp in eastern Germany, told AFP.center_img Security measures There are 15 former concentration camps on German soil, which have been turned into memorial sites.The most well-known among them, Dachau, Sachsenhausen, Neuengamme, Bergen-Belsen, Ravensbrueck and Buchenwald, received almost three million visitors in 2018.But faced with the new challenge from the far right, many of the sites have been forced to adapt. In Berlin, Neumaerker allows his tour guides to choose themselves whether or not to accept groups from the AfD, and has provided staff with special training in how to react to provocations. Like his colleague Knigge at Buchenwald, he has blacklisted certain members of the AfD. At Neuengamme, any delegations from the AfD are accompanied by extra tour guides.Certain sites have also introduced a so-called “extremist clause”, prohibiting access to anyone wearing clothes, which reference the Third Reich. Yet financing CCTV cameras and security personnel diverts funds, which “would be more useful in education… especially for younger people,” said Knigge. The Buchenwald director also said he regretted that schools had cut back on lessons dedicated solely to teaching the history of Nazism in their busy timetables, an issue that has provoked concern in Germany and a parliamentary study two years ago. “The memorials can’t compensate for what schools are no longer doing,” he said. Uwe Neumaerker, director of Berlin’s Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, said that his museum faced similar problems. “Visitors are questioning the truth of the genocide. That is something which we didn’t experience even a few years ago.”last_img read more

Ronaldinho set for August 24 release: Judicial sources

first_imgJudge Gustavo Amarilla has set a date of August 24 to hear the case against the brothers.Prosecutors have submitted a proposal to the judge that would see Ronaldinho, 40, pay a $90,000 fine “to repair social damage” but be allowed to return home to Brazil where he would have to appear before a judge every three months for a year.Ronaldinho denies having any knowledge the passports were fake.His brother — who allegedly knew about the false passports — would have to pay a $110,000 fine and appear before a judge every three months for two years. Brazil great Ronaldinho could be freed on August 24 following five months detention in Paraguay over a forged passport, judicial sources told AFP on Monday.The former Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain star was detained alongside his brother Roberto de Assis Moreira on March 6, accused of entering Paraguay in possession of false passports.They spent a month behind bars before paying a $1.6 million bail and being released to house arrest at the plush Palmaroga Hotel in the historic center of the Paraguayan capital Asuncion. Prosecutors also asked for a two-year suspended prison sentence for Roberto de Assis Moreira, who is also Ronaldinho’s business manager.The brothers arrived in Paraguay on March 4 without any issues, with Ronaldinho, 2005 Ballon d’Or winner, due to take part in event in support of disadvantaged children.However, shortly after their arrival, the pair were taken into police custody when investigators raided their hotel following the discovery they had fake documents.The investigation has since expanded into a case of possible money laundering.Ronaldinho, considered one of the greatest footballers of all time, was crucial in Brazil’s 2002 World Cup win.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Ellsworth High School to sponsor track, soccer, football camps

first_imgELLSWORTH — Ellsworth High School will sponsor track and field, soccer and football camps throughout July and August.Track and field camps will be held via event over the course of July. Camps for high jump, long jump and triple jump will be held July 10-14, hurdles and sprints July 17-21 and throwing, vault, discus and javelin July 24-28.All track and field camps are for students entering grades 5-12 and run from 4-7 p.m. on their respective dates. For more information, contact EPierpont@EllsworthSchools.org. There will be a $45 fee for all participants.Bootin’ Eagle soccer camp will be held three separate weeks for different age groups. For older students, grades 7-12 will hold camp the week of July 24, and grades 4-6 will hold camp the week of July 31. K-3 camp is the week of Aug. 14. For more information, contact Brian Higgins via phone at 479-5116 or via email at BHiggins@EllsworthSchools.org.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFootball camp will be held for students in grades 3-8 from 5:45-7:15 p.m. Aug. 9. Registration for the 2017 season will follow. For more information, contact Duane Crawford via email at Duane.Crawford@TheFirst.com.last_img read more

Steelers should be better with Ben

first_img“If you had told us we’d be 3-1 at the beginning of the year without Ben, no one outside of this locker room would have given us a chance,” wide receiver Hines Ward said. “But it’s definitely great to have Ben back on our side.”Now comes the question everyone in the AFC North is asking: How much better can the Steelers be now that their franchise quarterback is back?The answer: Perhaps only as good as Roethlisberger allows them to be. And it may require a few concessions by a player who always wants the ball in his hands when the clock is winding down and games are being decided.During their month without Roethlisberger, the longest stretch they’ve played without him since his NFL career began in 2004, the Steelers returned to their roots by winning with the running game. A season after Roethlisberger threw for a club-record 4,328 yards, or 604 yards more than any other quarterback in team history, Rashard Mendenhall is second in the league with 411 yards rushing.Predictably, the Steelers are next to last in passing with a 136 yards per game, or 200 yards per game fewer than the Broncos.While consistency in the passing game is lacking, re-emphasizing the run has improved the Steelers’ ability to extend drives and preserve leads, two notable deficiencies when they missed the playoffs with a 9-7 record a season ago.What could change everything, including the newfound offensive balance, is if Roethlisberger returns Oct. 17 against Cleveland with a determination to show off his rested passing arm. Roethlisberger spent his month away from the team polishing his mechanics with a private quarterbacks coach.“We’ve got to realize that our all-world quarterback is an all-world quarterback, but what we have established is great,” wide receiver Antwaan Randle El said. “We’re going to add him to what has been established. That’s one thing we’ve got to realize, how much the run is going to complement the pass and how we can just grind it if we need to. We’re not going to get away from the things we’ve been doing well.”The Steelers, who were off last weekend, begin a stretch in which they play five of eight on the road, including games at Miami, New Orleans, Cincinnati and Baltimore and a home game against New England.While Roethlisberger always talks about the necessity of being balanced, the Steelers’ rushing attempts per season have declined from 618 during his rookie season to 428 last year. As a result, they became increasingly one-dimensional offensively, an abrupt change of direction for a franchise that has outrushed every NFL team by at least 5,113 yards since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970.The Steelers are the only team with more than 20,000 rushing attempts since then; they have 20,831, with the Bears ranking second with 19,755 attempts, according to STATS LLC.Now that he’s back, Roethlisberger should be able to open up an offense in which Ward has 12 receptions, a total surpassed by 67 other NFL receivers. Roethlisberger’s ability to throw the deep ball should help wide receiver Mike Wallace, who has two TD catches of more than 40 yards but isn’t consistently making catches of 20 yards-plus.“I think Mike’s gotten faster since I’ve been gone,” Roethlisberger said.While the Steelers will throw the ball more, left tackle Max Starks is convinced Roethlisberger won’t want to alter the offense’s rediscovered versatility.“I hope people aren’t expecting us to light it up, because we just want to play consistently, control the line of scrimmage and control the time of possession,” Starks said. “That’s the best way for us to be successful. We had that the first three games, but we lost that a little bit in the last game. And it cost us.”The Steelers were less than a minute away from beating Baltimore last weekend. But the offense couldn’t run out the clock and the Ravens drove 40 yards in a few seconds for the winning score and a 17-14 victory. If they had won, the Steelers would have been 4-0 for the first time in 31 years.Pittsburgh’s defense was superb during most of Roethlisberger’s absence, allowing only 25 points in the first, second and third quarters.Defensive end Brett Keisel insisted there won’t be a letup just because Roethlisberger is expected to give the defense more points to work with.“We’re going to go out there with the same approach that we’ve had all along, and that’s to keep other teams out of the end zone,” he said. “That gives us the best chance to win games. It’s great to have him back and what he brings to our offense, but it’s not going to change our mentality on the defensive side of the ball.”Whether Roethlisberger is willing to alter his mentality—after all, he is 68-28 as an NFL starter—might factor into how the Steelers do in their next 12 games.“The offense is definitely going to go in another direction,” Wallace said. “It won’t change too much, but at the same time we’re going to throw the ball because we’ve got one of the best guys back. So I’m excited.” GETTING READY—Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, left, stands with quarterback Byron Leftwich during passing drills at the NFL football team’s practice facility, Oct. 5. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) by Alan RobinsonAssociated Press Writer PITTSBURGH (AP)—Maybe the Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t exceed their own expectations by going 3-1 without Ben Roethlisberger. They certainly surprised a league that figured any team forced to start its No. 3 and No. 4 quarterbacks in September was in trouble.Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon didn’t play up to Roethlisberger’s level, but they kept the Steelers atop the AFC North and made certain their season wasn’t ruined by the time Roethlisberger returned from his four-game suspension.last_img read more