Speaker Smith, Senator Campbell announce first ever ‘Legithon’ conference Nov 13

first_img10:00am – 12:00pm ​          Group break-out sessions with coaches  12:00pm – 1:00pm           Lunch (State House Cafeteria) 1:00pm – 6:00pm           Group break-out sessions with coaches 6:00pm – 12:00am           Voluntary work session time (at a Montpelier venue to be determined)​Sunday, NOVEMBER 15​, 20159:00am – 10:00am           Working breakfast (State House Cafeteria) 10:00am – 11:00am ​           Finalize proposals 11:00am – 12:00pm           Proposal presentations (House Chamber) 12:30pm – 1:30pm          Wrap-up and Awards Specific event details are available at vtlegithon.org(link is external). 7:00pm – 8:00pm           Welcome Remarks​ (House Chamber)                    Shap Smith, Speaker of the House(link is external)​                    John Campbell, President Pro Tempore(link is external) ​ 8:00pm – 10:00pm           Working Session (House Camber)                    Introduction to the Legislative Process                    Form Groups & Discuss Topics  ​Saturday, ​​​NOVEMBER 14, 20159:00am – 10:00am           Working breakfast (State House Cafeteria)center_img Vermont Business Magazine House Speaker Shap Smith and Senate President Pro Tempore John Campbell today announced the first ever “Legithon,” an intensive policy collaboration conference that will bring together Vermont students, academic leaders, business people, legal professionals and lawmakers to develop technology and economic development proposals. Drawing on models from events like Hackathons and the Start Up Weekend, the Legithon will bring together a diverse group to participate in an exciting weekend of work and learning. The goal is to educate the public on legislative processes by developing model proposals for economic development policy and legislative action.Shap Smith and John Campbell at a Vermont Chamber event in February 2014. VBM file photo.“Vermonters are smart, resourceful people who want to work together to shape the state’s future,” said House Speaker Shap Smith. “The Legithon is an exciting opportunity to unite Vermont’s brightest minds for a common purpose. I am excited to co-host these meetings, and to share ideas as we work to grow jobs and create a strong future for Vermont.”“The Legithon is a great, new way to bring creative minds together and collaborate under one roof. The business community continues to become more technology oriented and I believe this event is a wonderful opportunity to connect young Vermonters with some of our great technology companies here in Vermont,” said President Pro Tem John Campbell.The weekend long Legithon will be held at the Vermont State House starting Friday, November 13. Attendees will form workgroups to collaborate through the duration of the weekend, culminating with the creation and presentation of proposals on Sunday, November 15. The Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research and Vermont Law School will facilitate the Legithon in conjunction with legislators and stakeholders.“We are thrilled to take part in this first-of-its-kind event,” noted Representative Bill Botzow and Senator Kevin Mullin, the chairs of their respective chambers’ economic development committees. “The Legithon has the potential to significantly inform the committee process we undertake each year. We are excited for this opportunity to brainstorm new, innovative policies for Vermont.”Following the event, the organizers will publicize the participants’ proposals through the event’s web-presence and other channels. The sponsors plan to develop a “how to” manual that can act as a design tool for further iterations of Legithon events.SCHEDULE ​OF EVENTS​​Unless otherwise ​specified, all events will be at the Vermont State Capitol Building.​ ​SCHEDULEFriday, NOVEMBER 13, 2015​6:00pm – 7:00pm            Registration and Welcome Supper (State House Cafeteria)last_img read more

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Government to invest in health equipment

first_img Share Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit (file photo)The Roosevelt Skerrit led Administration has said that it will continue to place greater emphasis on health services to Dominicans.The Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit recently announced that a number of important equipment including an MRI machine, a CT scan and a mammogram will be purchased soon.He said the availability of these pieces of equipment will significantly reduce the need for nationals to travel abroad for medical care.Mr Skerrit disclosed that the equipment has been budgeted for in the upcoming 2013-2014 national budget.“We have one CT scan which is very old and we see from time to time breaks down. The idea is to keep to the old one because it still has some use so we will be buying a new CT scan so that we don’t have to transport our people to Martinique or to Barbados to do a scan,” he said. He said the mammogram will address the issue of breast cancer among Dominican men and women. “Breast cancer is a major challenge confronting the world over. So many of our ladies have been diagnosed with breast cancer and my understanding from medical literature is if we capture it at a very early stage then it can be addressed,” he said. He said orthopaedics is another critical area which needs attention as several thousands of dollars has been spent on knee replacement for citizens. When the new pieces of equipments are installed it could reduce the cost to EC $700.00. According to Mr Skerrit, the cost of one knee replacement surgery is $7000.00. “So we will be putting the moneys in the budget to replace the necessary medical equipment,” he said. Last week Prime Minister Skerrit and Charge D’affaires Qui Wei Wei of the Chinese Embassy signed a financial agreement with the People’s Republic of China for funds to upgrade the Princess Margaret Hospital.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Government to invest in health equipment by: – July 16, 2013center_img 5 Views   no discussions Share Tweetlast_img read more

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UK’s Ulis makes another opposing coach gush

first_imgKentucky Wildcats guard Tyler Ulis (3) shoots the ball against Wright State Raiders forward Parker Ernsthausen (22) in the first half at Rupp Arena.Kentucky Wildcats guard Tyler Ulis (3) shoots the ball against Wright State Raiders forward Parker Ernsthausen (22) in the first half at Rupp Arena.LEXINGTON, Ky. — Get used to this, the fawning over Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis by opposing coaches. It’s going to happen a lot over the next few months.First came Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski on Tuesday night in Chicago, after Ulis picked his team apart, waxing poetic about Ulis’ face. A winner’s mug, a leader’s visage, he swooned.Next up: Wright State’s Billy Donlon on Friday night in Lexington, after Ulis torched his team in an otherwise underwhelming 78-63 Wildcats win. Donlon left the kid’s face out of it, but his praise was equally effusive.“Tyler Ulis never panics, he never gets nervous,” the coach said. “He makes the right decision every single time. He doesn’t hit a home-run play unless it’s a home run. He never strikes out. When he comes off a ball screen, he never gets it wrong. And that’s really hard to guard. When he’s in transition, he never gets it wrong. That’s really hard.”Ulis followed his career-high 18 points against the Blue Devils with a new career-high 21 against the Raiders. He made a combined 11 of 22 shots, 16 of 18 free throws, had 11 assists, four steals and only two turnovers in those two games.“He seems totally in control,” senior forward Alex Poythress said. “He seems so poised out there. Nothing rattles him, which is what we need. I hope he continues playing at the level he’s playing.”Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-18:9f76620774973c9e763126be Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-373932-4624198372001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Without him, the Cats might’ve gotten a scare Friday night. Wright State trailed by just three points after seven minutes when Ulis went on a one-man, 6-0 run by swishing a floater, nailing a pull-up jumpshot and driving to draw a foul for two free throws.He continued to penetrate and get to the line – and, among other highlights, nailed a sweet step-back jumper and threw a no-look, behind-the-back pass for a dunk – to help UK build the lead to 20 with 5:26 to go in the game. That earned him a break.But in the 87 seconds Ulis was on the bench, the Raiders cut the deficit to 14.“When he went out, we let them back in,” Cats coach John Calipari said. “I didn’t want to play him as many minutes as he played. But I said, ‘I want to win a game more than worry about not playing him.’ If we can’t win without him on the floor, then he’ll be on the floor every minute.”He means it, too. Ulis played all 40 minutes against Duke, then 36 against Wright State. He played 37 minutes in the season opener. It’s quite a step up for a guy who came off the bench and averaged just 23 minutes per game last season as a freshman – when he dealt with shin splints that he claims are no longer an issue.“I didn’t die from it, so we’re all good,” Ulis said of the increased workload. “Everyone likes to play. No one wants to come out. So it’s not a problem for me. I worked on my body all summer so I can be more durable and I’m just trying to play when I need to.”After two assists and five turnovers to start the season against Albany, Ulis has produced 16 assists and only three turnovers the last three games. He’s averaging 14 points and playing like a potential all-American who is going to keep earning postgame praise from the other side.It would be difficult to find another point guard who’s had a better week — and there can’t be many (any?) who are as irreplaceable on their roster.“This is his team,” freshman guard Isaiah Briscoe said. “When he feels as though we need points, he’ll go get the points. But most of all, he’s a great leader and he’s a floor general.”Kyle Tucker can be reached at (502) 582-4361. Email him at [email protected] .last_img read more

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Barcelona poised to sack Valverde and appoint Setien – media reports

first_imgBARCELONA,  (Reuters) – Barcelona are on the verge of sacking coach Ernesto Valverde and apppoint former Real Betis coach Quique Setien as his replacement, Spanish media reported on Monday. Inaki Ibanez, Valverde’s representative, told Spanish television station MEGA the coach is waiting for his exit package to be agreed.“Ernesto is waiting for them to rescind his contract, it’s not the best moment for any coach,” said Ibanez outside Camp Nou late Monday.Valverde took charge of training earlier in the day and met with president Josep Maria Bartomeu before a board meeting, in which it was agreed that the coach would be sacked even though the Catalans top the league standings at the halfway point of the campaign. The 55-year-old led Barcelona to successive La Liga titles in 2018 and 2019 and one Copa del Rey since joining the club in 2017, although his failure to win the Champions League weakened his footing at the club.A 2-2 draw with bottom-of-the-table Espanyol and last week’s Spanish Super Cup defeat by Atletico Madrid turned the tide against the coach.Diario Sport and Marca reported Setien has agreed a contract to take over at Barcelona. Setien, 61, coached Real Betis last season but left by mutual consent after leading the club to a 10th-place finish.The former Atletico Madrid and Racing Santander player is known for his possession football and attacking gameplan, which suits the way Barcelona were known for playing in the iconic Pep Guardiola era.Setien’s Betis beat Barcelona 4-3 to become the first team in over two years to win at the Camp Nou in November 2018.last_img read more

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