The Senate today passed S. 154, a bill that will fully fund the town highway aid payments in April 2009. The Douglas Administration and the Legislature had previously agreed to withhold half of the $3 million, quarterly payment because of the state’s fiscal situation. The state’s Transportation Fund revenues continue to sag. The Transportation Fund in March was $400,000 below its target. The reaction from the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, which lobbies on behalf of municipalities, was unequivocally opposed to the cuts because it would force the towns to either cut highway projects or raise taxes. Vermonters can not afford to let their local roads and bridges fall into a further state of disrepair or pay higher property taxes, saidSenator Mazza, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. By passing this bill, the Senate has ensured that town s will not be forced to defer construction maintenance or raise Vermonters property taxes. It has been the Senate s intent all along to fully fund the towns with their April payments, said Senator Peter Shumlin. Towns will be able to use these much needed funds to pave our roads, repair our bridges and create good paying jobs for Vermonters.The bill passed the Senate, 26 to 0, and now moves to the House for consideration.
THE 12th edition of the National Schools Basketball Festival (NSBF) bounced off over the weekend with a series of games at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH).The opening game saw Marian Academy girls beat the New Amsterdam Multilateral 19-9 with Jada Mohan leading the charge for the city side.She scored 11 points, three assists, seven rebounds and six steals while Kellian Sauers pitched in with four points and Renuka Ramcharran added two points and three steals for Marian.Tashika Arthur was the lead person for the ladies from Berbice, with a team-high 5 points to go along with 6 rebounds.Meanwhile Under-14 defending champions Mackenzie High School (MHS) sent an early warning to the rest of the group, making light work of President’s College 29 to 21 points.Damarcus Adams top-scored with 10 points and five rebounds while Cy Walker added four points and seven rebounds while Joshua Bacchus chipped in with seven rebounds.Gabriel Lin was the high man for PC with nine points and four rebounds while Joshua Butts had five points.It was not all smooth sailing for other teams as the Georgetown/East Coast Under-16 Regional champions St Rose’s were edged by a motivated Bishops’ High School 37-36.Royden Glasgow led for BHS with nine points and six rebounds while Tarik Robinson and Stefan Hamilton added eight and seven points respectively.In their loss, Kwesi Roberts added 12 points and 14 rebounds while Anthony Yansen scored 11 points and 14 rebounds.In the night’s U-19 fixture, Mackenzie High overwhelmed New Amsterdam Multilateral 41-24 with Veshon Trim adding six points with Yannick Tappin and Shemar Henry contributing five points each.Garfield Benjamin was led New Amsterdam with nine points.In the final game for the evening, Georgetown/East Coast Regional champions Marian Academy proved too strong for the School of the Nations, producing a 72-8 blow-out.Timothy Thompson had a big game with 35 points, 18 rebounds, 4 steals. Jahleel Young added 12 points, 14 rebounds, and Josiah Daniels 9 points, 5 rebounds for Marian.Kareem Boyle and Corey Graham scored 5 and 3 points respectively.The Championships tipped off after remarks and the symbolic jump ball by the Director of Sport Christopher Jones.Jones, in his remarks, congratulated YBG for its work in the field and encouraged the participating teams to keep improving since they have other levels of competition on the horizon, such as the Inter-Guiana Games which will be played in Suriname this year.The Festival (National Championships) is sponsored by the Edward B. Beharry Group of Companies Ltd, National Sports Commission, John Fernandes Ltd and Sterling Product Ltd.Games will continue throughout this week starting from 15:30hrs every day, with the finals in all divisions set for this Sunday.
Golden Putters dislodged Power Club from the top spot of the Coca-Cola Minigolf Clubs League competition which entered its third week on Sunday at the Ridge Sports City in Accra.Buoyed by their numerous fans, the Golden Putters produced a spectacular performance to claim the top spot from the electrifying Power Club. The Club garnered a total score of 792 which placed them in a comfortable lead with 24 points. The Somasse brothers won the league’s ad hoc prizes as the Lowest Score in the league and for Lowest Pairs Scored.Power Club came in second on the league table with a total score of 815 and 19 points while still maintaining the record for highest holes-in-one putted at 36. The homegrown Nutterz Putterz came in 3rd, Black Putters 4th, Forbes Club 5th and Kama Club came in 6th with 18 points, 18 points, 13 points and 13 points respectively. It’s yet still anybody’s game as points are almost evenly matched but one cannot omit the brooding rivalry going on in the league which looks like the Francophone clubs have the upper edge with Golden Putters and Kama then again Ghanaian clubs like Black Putters, Power, Nutterz Putterz and Forbes are planning a major “coup d’état” on Match Day 4. The Minigolfers paired up against one another to play three rounds of pure Minigolf at its best under the League format with 18 holes final scores combined as one total in favour of the winning club. Winners earn three points, draws attract two points while a loss cost one point per game.The competition continues this Sunday 2nd December with matchday 4 fixtures from 3 – 5 pm. Top 6 clubs after week 5 of the league will qualify to the finals on December 16th to declare the champion club who will win the 1st prize of GHC 2500. There will be with an additional 10 prizes awarded to runners up & best league players with Melcom home appliances, Latex Foam mattresses, Azar paints, Interplast products, shopping & restaurant vouchers from our loyal sponsors.—