Vermont Secretary of State launches ‘Transparency Tour’ starts October 11

first_imgVermont Secretary of State Jim Condos announces he will conduct a 12 stop tour to discuss Vermont’s public records and open meeting laws with municipal and state employees and citizens who serve on local government boards. The public is invited and encouraged to attend these events. After a presentation there will be time for Q&A and a general discussion with the audience. This is a great opportunity to address specific issues that you may have questions about, and to discuss the nuances of these laws. Secretary Condos stated, ‘Open and transparent government is good government! Vermont’s citizens deserve accountability in their government.’ ‘This tour allows me to assist Vermont’s public officials who must abide by these laws every day. We recognize that these laws are not always clear and we need to hear from them regarding the challenges they face and the questions they have. I look forward to engaging in an open discussion about the importance of access to public records and public meetings.’ All events will be held from 6-8 pm. Dates and locations are as follows:Montpelier                         Pavilion Building                             Tuesday               October 11th          Colchester                          St. Mike’s College                           Thursday             October 13thNewport                              Goodrich Library                              Thursday             October 20thSt. Albans Town                Town Hall                                           Tuesday               October 25thSpringfield                         Springfield High School                Wednesday        October 26thBrattleboro                        Town Hall                                            Thursday             October 27thSt. Johnsbury                     St. J Middle School                          Tuesday               November 1stMorrisville                          Municipal Offices                            Thursday             November 3rdMiddlebury                        Ilsley Public Library                        Monday               November 7thBennington                        Fire Facility                                        Wednesday        November 9thRutland                                City Hall                                               Thursday             November 17thWhite River Junction     Bugbee Senior Center                   Tuesday               November 22nd We are pleased to welcome the participation of the following organizations: VT League of Cities and Towns, VT Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Association, VT School Boards Association, VT Press Association, VT American Civil Liberties Union and VT Common Cause. To find out more information and to RSVP, please contact Nancy Lynch @ 802-828-2148 or via email at nancy.lynch@sec.state.vt.us(link sends e-mail).last_img read more

Resurgent Biden earns Klobuchar, Buttigieg backing before Super Tuesday

first_imgJoe Biden’s presidential hopes received a huge shot in the arm Monday after former rivals Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg dropped out of the United States’ Democratic race and endorsed the former vice president ahead of the crucial Super Tuesday primaries.The dramatic turn comes at one of the pivotal points in a fractured, often bitter campaign, with the Democratic establishment desperate to coalesce around a moderate candidate who can fight off the surging leftist frontrunner Bernie Sanders.As the five remaining candidates in the race made their final pitch to voters in 14 states, Biden has capitalized on the momentum he seized at the weekend with a blowout victory over Sanders in South Carolina. It was just one of several endorsements Biden earned on a busy day.Klobuchar dropped out Monday and her team said she will endorse the 77-year-old and join him onstage in Dallas.Democrat Harry Reid, the former Senate majority leader said his onetime Senate colleague Biden represents “the starkest contrast to Trump’s amorality, corruption and utter incompetence.”Another former presidential candidate, Beto O’Rourke, reportedly will also be on stage with Biden in Dallas.”Most Americans don’t want a promise of a revolution, they want a guarantee of results on the things that affect them,” Biden told a rally in Houston in a swipe at Sanders, who advocates a “political revolution” against the status quo.”We need real results and we need them now. I’ve done that my whole career, and I’ll do it as president.”The departures and endorsements of Klobuchar and Buttigieg are gold for a resurgent Biden.His campaign was on life support after disappointing showings in the first three state contests, but he is suddenly the main challenger to Sanders on the biggest day of the primary campaign.New York billionaire Mike Bloomberg, who on Tuesday competes in his first primaries, has also been spreading his message to voters in a lavish multi-state ad blitz, but Super Tuesday will be his first official day on the ballot.Sanders – flush with money for ads, an extensive organization, and momentum in the polls – has focused on multiple states including delegate-rich California, Tuesday’s biggest prize.”It is no secret… that there is a massive effort trying to stop Bernie Sanders,” the frontrunner said about himself during a press conference in Utah.”The corporate establishment is coming together, the political establishment is coming together,” Sanders added. “They are really getting nervous that working people are standing up.”Sanders, whose ascent as a self-described democratic socialist has disconcerted Democratic grandees, is leading Biden nationally in polling, with Bloomberg in third place.Buttigieg had strong showings in predominantly white early voting states but was unable to draw black and Hispanic support after that.The campaign of pragmatist Klobuchar never gained traction. By endorsing Biden, she could deprive Sanders of a large delegate claim in her state of Minnesota, which votes Tuesday.Klobuchar’s endorsement “will bring more votes to Joe Biden,” Myliesha Smiley, a 23-year-old student at Biden’s Houston event, told AFP.Biden’s fortunes were resurrected in South Carolina, where African-Americans turned out in force to give him a crushing 48 percent to 20 percent victory over Sanders.”Super Tuesday is about momentum, and we’ve got it,” Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s deputy campaign manager, told CNN.The win has earned Biden badly needed campaign funding – $10 million raised on Saturday and Sunday alone.The former number two to Barack Obama says his strength with blacks, Hispanics, women and suburbanites will show in the coming contests.Though Klobuchar was joining Biden’s camp, Sanders weighed in to appeal to her voters.”I hope her supporters will join us in our fight to defeat Donald Trump in November and win real change,” Sanders tweeted.Also courting moderate and independent voters is Bloomberg, who campaigned in Virginia on Super Tuesday eve.”I’ve won three elections so far, I don’t plan to start losing now,” Bloomberg said.Bloomberg has spent an unprecedented $500 million of his own fortune saturating the airwaves with TV spots.Topics : The 77-year-old Biden is consolidating support among moderates eager to blunt the advance of Sanders, who could take a potentially insurmountable lead in the all-important delegate count after Super Tuesday.Buttigieg, the 38-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana ran a historic campaign as the first openly gay major presidential candidate.Speaking in Dallas one day before residents of delegate-rich Texas and 13 other states cast their ballots, Buttigieg said he was “delighted” to endorse Biden in part because he embraces the politics of “decency.””I’m looking for a president who will draw out what is best in each of us, and I’m encouraging everybody who was part of my campaign to join me because we have found that leader in vice president, soon-to-be-president, Joe Biden,” Buttigieg said in Dallas, with Biden standing nearby.last_img read more

ATO warns holiday homeowners about deductions

first_imgHoliday homeowners are coming under the scrutiny of the Australian Taxation Office, as property investors skirt or misinterpret property rules.HOLIDAY homeowners are coming under the scrutiny of the Australian Taxation Office, as property investors skirt or misinterpret property rules.Assistant Commissioner Kath Anderson said the ATO had identified a large number of mistakes with deductions for rental properties, particularly with regards to holiday homes.“We’ve noticed some people are claiming deductions for holiday homes even where the property is not genuinely being rented out, or genuinely available for rent,” Ms Anderson said.“There’s no problem with people using their rental property for their holiday, but holiday home owners need to remember they can only claim tax deductions for expenses made during a period when the home is rented out or genuinely available for rent.”Property owners also need to understand that if they rent their property at a discounted rate, or ‘mates’ rates’ they can only claim deductions equal to the amount of rent charged.“One taxpayer had to pay the ATO back over $45,000 in tax from deduction claims made for a holiday home they were renting out to friends and family below the market rate.”Ms Anderson said the ATO is focused on using data to identify errors.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“Property owners should be aware that incorrect rental property claims will not go unnoticed,” she said.“Technology enhancements and extensive use of data is allowing us to identify incorrect or suspicious claims. We also have a good idea of the locations likely to be used for holiday homes.”Ms Anderson said that all rental property owners, particular those who rent out holiday homes, should always double-check their claims before lodging their tax return, and follow a couple of simple rules.“Firstly, make sure that you declare all rental income and only claim deductions for periods that the property is rented or was genuinely available for rent,” she said.“Secondly, make sure you have accurate records of expenses, and strong evidence of the property being rented or genuinely available for rent at market rates.“Advertising through a real-estate agent or an online site is not always enough evidence to demonstrate that a property is genuinely available for rent.”For more information on Holiday homes, visit ato.gov.au/holidayhomeslast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUNDATED (AP) — College basketball players continue to switch teams through transfer rules.Gonzaga says Southern Illinois point guard Aaron Cook will be eligible to play for the Bulldogs next season. The 6-foot-2 Cook played in just six games last season before breaking his shooting hand against Murray State. Cook was leading the Salukis with 15 points and 3.3 assists a game when his season was cut short.Virginia coach Tony Bennett says Trey Murphy III has joined the Cavaliers as a transfer from Rice. The 6-foot-8 Murphy averaged 13.7 points as a sophomore and made 75 3-pointers for the Owls.Wake Forest has announced that Ian DuBose would play next year as a graduate transfer from Houston Baptist. The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 19 points to lead the Southland Conference last season while also becoming that league’s men’s basketball student-athlete of the year with a 3.84 GPA.UConn has added guard Tyrese Martin, a transfer from Rhode Island. The 6-foot-6 rising junior started all 30 games for the Rams last season, averaging 12.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Update on the latest sports — Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar says his three players that tested positive for the novel coronavirus are feeling better. Bednar said in a teleconference call the players followed the recommended guidelines and self-isolated.— Los Angeles Rams center Brian Allen says he tested positive for COVID-19 three weeks ago. Allen is the first active NFL player to acknowledge testing positive during the coronavirus pandemic. He’s not hospitalized and is “feeling good,” according to a statement issued by the team.— UEFA (yoo-AY’-fuh) is hoping the Champions League final can be played at the end of August in Istanbul, three months after the competition’s showpiece was due to be staged. A person familiar with the planning tells The Associated Press the aim is to play the final on Saturday, Aug. 29. However, the person said that date is only feasible if European leagues are able to resume playing around July or August.— Tokyo Olympic organizers and the International Olympic Committee will try to cut many of the extras out of next year’s postponed games. IOC member John Coates says the IOC priority was to direct “several hundreds of millions of dollars” to help struggling international sports federations and national Olympic committees stay afloat.— An Oakland Athletics minor league manager has resumed breathing completely on his own for the first time in more than three weeks, according to his fiancee. Nikki Trudeaux says Webster Garrison no longer requires a ventilator but remains weak and unable to speak after having a tube down his throat. Garrison skippered the Class A Stockton Ports last season and is scheduled to manage in the rookie level Arizona League this year. April 16, 2020 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California quarterback J.T. Daniels has entered the transfer portal, although head coach Clay Helton says he’d welcome him back if he decides to stay at USC.Daniels immediately became the Trojans’ starter as a freshman in 2018, passing for 2,672 yards with 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions during an inconsistent season. He won the starting job again out of camp last summer but lost it to Kedon Slovis when Daniels injured a knee.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NBA DRAFTMahoney leaving Creighton for NBAUNDATED (AP) — Denzel Mahoney has joined Creighton teammate Ty-Shon Alexander in declaring for the NBA draft. Beckham was injured during his first season with the Browns after arriving from the New York Giants in a blockbuster trade 13 months ago.Also in the NFL:— The Saints have re-signed reserve running back and special teams regular Dwayne Washington. The four-year NFL veteran out of Washington has spent the past two seasons with New Orleans, carrying 35 times for 214 yards in that span. He also has had five special teams stops, a deflected punt and a blocked punt recovery in 29 games with the Saints.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA-DANIELSDaniels looking to transfer The deal is worth $13.1 million and has an annual salary-cap hit of $3.275 million through the 2023-24 season. Scandella played 11 games with St. Louis and recorded one assist after coming over from Montreal in February before the trade deadline.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press center_img — The PGA Tour has hopes of a restart to the season at Colonial on June 11-14 and keeping fans away for at least the first month. Tour officials said Thursday that if government and health authorities give golf the green light, the tour will have an official event every week through Dec. 6 except for the week of Thanksgiving.— The start of the horse racing season at Belmont Park has been postponed indefinitely from the original April 24 date because of the coronavirus. However, the New York Racing Association says it’s committed to holding the Belmont Stakes this year.— The new CEO of the U.S. Tennis Association says he expects a decision on the status of the 2020 U.S. Open to be made by June. Mike Dowse said in a conference call with reporters Thursday that “time is on our side at this point” because the U.S. Open is not scheduled to begin until late August.— The International Skating Union has formally canceled its figure skating and short track world championships because of the pandemic. Both events were originally scheduled for last month but had already been postponed in the early days of the worldwide lockdown.— The NCAA is permitting coaches in all Division I sports to hold up to eight hours per week of virtual meetings and instruction with their players, beginning Monday and lasting through the end of May. Athletes will be required to have at least one day off per week and required physical activities continue to be prohibited. Mahoney played 21 games for the Bluejays after transferring from Southeast Missouri, averaging 12 points and 3.1 rebounds as a reserve wing.He can return to Creighton after going through the evaluation process by league executives as long as he doesn’t sign with an agent and withdraws from the draft by June 3.Sophomore guard Ayo Dosunmu also announced he is leaving Illinois to enter the draft. Dosunmu was named a first team All-Big Ten selection last year and was fifth in the conference in scoring at 16.6 points, shooting 48.4 percent in the process.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TRANSFERSAaron Cook, Trey Murphy among latest hoops transfers Jamarius Burton has signed with Texas Tech after starting 52 games the past two seasons at Wichita State. Burton averaged 10.3 points and 3.4 assists per game as a sophomore for the Shockers last season.East Tennessee has added guard Jalen Johnson as a graduate transfer from Tennessee. Johnson started two of 31 games he played for the Vols last season, averaging 3.5 points and two rebounds.NHL-BLUES-SCANDELLABlues extend ScandellaST. LOUIS (AP) — The defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues have worked out a four-year extension with newly-acquired defenseman Marco Scandella. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSPGA Tour hopes to resume in June at Colonial with no fansUNDATED (AP) — One of the NFL’s top players is being treated for the coronavirus. Von Miller’s agent says the Denver Broncos linebacker has tested positive for the coronavirus and wanted to come forward with his diagnosis to show doubters how serious the disease is. Joby Branion told The Associated Press that Miller is in good spirits while resting at his home in Denver and that Miller plans to speak publicly about his diagnosis on Friday.Miller told KUSA-TV in Denver that he developed a cough a couple of days ago. When his nebulizer for his asthma didn’t clear things up, he decided to get tested for the coronavirus.Miller said last week he trained in San Francisco before returning home to Colorado when the stay-at-home measures went into effect to contain the virus.Miller was recently a unanimous pick to the NFL’s All-Decade team of the 2010s.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: — Family members say a former amateur boxer who in 1984 became the sport’s first black boxing referee and judge at the Olympic games has died. Carmen Williamson died from COVID-19 complications on April 8 at a hospital in Toledo, Ohio. He was 94.NFL-NEWSBrowns GM refutes Beckham trade reportUNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Browns chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta has dismissed a report the team is trying to trade star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Minnesota Vikings, saying it’s “completely false.”DePodesta says he knows Beckham is excited about the possibilities of what this offensive system could bring for him, adding that he’s excited to have Beckham.last_img read more

Week 2 of Wimbledon begins

first_imgPhoto: © pixabay In the women’s draw Venus Williams is first up on Centre Court against 27th seed Ana Konjuh. It’s the start of week two of this year’s Wimbledon with men’s and women’s fourth round ties down for decision.In the men’s draw reigning champion Andy Murray takes on Benoit Paire of France – that game is second on Centre Court.Following that game is the meeting of Roger Federer and Grigor Dimitrov.last_img