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.
HAYS, Kan. – Five IMCA divisions are on the weekend card when RPM Speedway opens the 2017 season with its fifth annual Sunflower Classic special this Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25.IMCA Modifieds run for $1,000 to win each night and both features are qualifying events for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.Also running both nights are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for $750 to win, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods both for $500 to win and Mach-1 Sport Compacts run for $200 to win.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Allstar Performance State, but no local track points, will be awarded.Pit gates open at 3 p.m. both days. Hot laps are at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. for the Thursday, March 23 open practice. Pit passes are $25 on Thursday and $30 on Friday and Saturday. One-time entry fees are $75 for Modifieds, $50 for Stock Cars, $40 for Hobby Stocks and SportMods, and $30 for Sport Compacts.Reserved parking will be observed.More information is posted at www.rpmspeedway.net and is also available from promoter Rod Bencken at 785 672-0123.
Ghana wrap up a remarkable year of World Cup qualification to stay 24th in the last FIFA world ranking released on Thursday for the year 2013. The Black Stars finished the year as Africa’s second best side behind Ivory Coast with an accumulated point build-up of 849 as the December edition of the rankings did not bring about any significant changes. Algeria and Nigeria were third and fourth in that order on the continental ranking table.World champions, Spain are still number one spot as Germany remain in second with Argentina in third.According to FIFA, the regional competition of the top 50 since December 2012 has recorded some changes.CONCACAF (five teams in the top 50, plus 2) and CAF (9, plus 1) has increased slightly at the expense of UEFA (26, minus 1), CONMEBOL (8, minus 1) and the AFC (2, minus 1), while the OFC still does not have any teams in the top 50.Results of 30 international matches were taken into account for the current edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. In total in 2013, the results of 918 matches have been taken into account, many of which were friendlies (415) and more than a third of which (347) were qualifying matches for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.
DES MOINES — The Iowa Senate has voted for some limitations if Iowa voters eventually approve a constitutional amendment that automatically restores voting rights to released felons. The plan would require felons to have paid all the restitution they owe victims before they’d be allowed to vote.“Instead of adopting the view that all felons are now the new victim here in Iowa, what we’re trying to do here in the Senate is say let’s bring this back to the victims, where this process all started to begin with,” Senator Dan Dawson, a Republican from Council Bluffs, said last night during senate debate.Last year, Governor Kim Reynolds called on her Republican colleagues in the legislature to draft a constitutional amendment to automatically give felons voting rights when they’re released from prison. The House passed the proposal in 2019, but it stalled in the Senate. Dawson said that’s because these proposed limitations are necessary for some criminals.“I like to think I live in a place called ‘Realville,’ and inside ‘Realville’ there’s bad people there and they do bad things,” Dawson said. “And we shouldn’t kid ourselves to believe that once they exit prison all is well and they’re new members of society.”The bill would require some felons to apply to the governor for their voting rights if they’ve been convicted of serious crimes, like rape, murder, homicide, child endangerment resulting in death and election misconduct. Dawson called the bill a good faith effort to resolve the issue.“The most disappointing part of this entire process for the last 13 months when we’re trying to find a way to more standardize this process is the absolute lack of discussion around the victims,” Dawson said. “…The Iowa Senate is going to ensure that victims are included in this process — not just words, not platitudes.”Governor Reynolds told reporters Tuesday morning that she considers the bill a compromise she’d accept.Senator Rob Hogg, a Democrat from Cedar Rapids, was among two senators who argued during tonight’s debate that every released felon should get their voting rights back, without conditions.“It’s a way of reconnecting them to the community,” Hogg said. “It helps successful re-entry and it reduces crime and it reduces victims.”The bill with proposed felon voting restrictions passed by a 37-11 vote and now goes to the House for consideration.
Arinze Onuaku reminded everyone why he was the Best Import two years ago as he led Meralco’s strong start in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup strong, beating Columbian, 116-103, Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT But it wasn’t just Onuaku who had a big game for the Bolts.Chris Newsome added 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists while Niño Canaleta and Nico Salva combined for 15 points off the bench.Jared Dillinger chipped in 11 points, including the dagger triple from the left corner that put Meralco ahead, 108-96, with 1:41 remaining.“I believe that our locals, the other guys also played well. KG (Canaleta), JD (Dillinger), and the other guys,” Black said. “Great effort, great start for us coming off the All-Filipino. Hopefully, we could sustain it the rest of the conference.”CJ Aiken played much better offensively with 21 points that went with 18 rebounds after scoring only nine in his PBA debut in Columbian’s win over Blackwater, but the Dyip obviously need more than just that if he wants to keep his job.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Jerramy King, who erupted for a career-high 30 points three days ago, only had 12 points on 4-of-14 shooting from the field. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ 2 men from Rome arrested after attacking Liverpool fan Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Onuaku had an all-around and efficient outing with 30 points on 14-of-15 shooting from the field, 19 rebounds, six assists, three steals and four blocks in 43 minutes of action.The bull-strong import had a dominating performance despite coming straight from the nearby Cardinal Santos Medical Center due to a bum stomach.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“First, I’d like to tip my hat off to Arinze. He’s been sick the last few days. He hasn’t practiced with us and he came from the hospital,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black.“I would like to tip my hat off to him for playing really, really well. He gives us exactly what we need, rebounds and post-play.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
The Hawaii State Senate passed on 10 April banning any attempt to alter the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBTI youth.Hawaii officially passes ‘gay cure’ therapy banChair of the LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party Michael Golojuch said: ‘This has been a priority of the caucus for years,’ according to Hawaii News Now.‘[It] ensures that LGBTQ youth will not be tortured by mental health professionals,’ he said.The full list of US states include: New Jersey, California, Oregon, Illinois, Vermont, New Mexico, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Nevada, Washington and Maryland.The law goes into effect in Hawaii on 1 July.‘Overwhelming scientific research has shown that “conversion therapy” is not effective and frequently has lasting, harmful psychological impacts on minors,’ Ige said.‘This practice is neither medically or ethically appropriate.’The Trevor Project, a national charity providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for LGBTI youth, applauded Hawaii. Hawaii has officially become the 12th state in the US to ban ‘gay cure’ therapy to minors.Signed by the Governor David Ige yesterday (25 May), the law is the latest in a wave of protecting LGBTI teens from abuse and torture. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) ‘We’re seeing significant momentum to protect LGBTQ youth from the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy, and The Trevor Project calls on even more states to join Hawaii in banning this barbaric practice,’ said Amit Paley, CEO and executive director of The Trevor Project.Gay cure therapy: A realityConversion therapy is a reality for some LGBTI people, especially youth.Every mainstream health and psychological group in the world condemns the harmful practice.‘By passing this legislation, Hawaiian legislators are clearly demonstrating a passion for action to care for LGBTQ youth,’ said Sam Briton, a non-binary survivor of conversion therapy who works as head of advocacy and government affairs for The Trevor Project.‘Conversion therapy is a dangerous and discredited practice that I and nearly 700,000 LGBTQ people have survived. We are so grateful to Hawaii for protecting our youth from its trauma,’ they continued.In a viral opinion piece by Gay Star News, we explore the harsh reality for people who are often forced into these situations.Doctors tortured and starved Raymond Buys and even forced him to eat his own feces. Severely malnourished, dehydrated, with wounds all over his body, he lay in intensive care for four weeks until he died.Reports out of Ecuador also reveal illegal gay cure therapies force feed, beat, electroshock and rape LGBTI patients.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- Read the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/hawaii-has-officially-become-12th-state-to-ban-gay-cure-therapy/