Democratic candidates for governor debate on VPT April 1, 7:30

first_imgLive from the Old Labor Hall in Barre on Thursday, April 1, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., the five Democratic candidates for governor will meet in their first statewide televised debate.  Airing live on Vermont Public Television, the forum is sponsored by Working Vermont Coalition, a collaboration of Vermont labor unions.The moderator of “Working Vermont’s Democratic Primary Debate” will be Marselis Parsons, former news director at WCAX-TV.VPT will broadcast the event statewide and webcast it on www.vpt.org(link is external), where anyone anywhere with access to Web-based video can watch it.  During the debate, there will be a live Web chat on www.vpt.org(link is external).  Journalists Shay Totten of Seven Days and Anne Galloway of vtdigger.org will host the chat, weigh in with their thoughts and invite viewers to join the conversation.Coverage of the debate is part of VPT’s election-year content, intended to help voters make informed choices.  Senior executive producer is Joe Merone.Source: VPT.last_img read more

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UK local government funds criticise Barclays over executive pay

first_imgThe Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) has said it will vote against Barclay’s executive remuneration plan at today’s annual general meeting (AGM), while attacking its decision for Sir John Sunderland to lead the selection of the bank’s new chairman.The forum, a shareholder voting group for 60 local authority funds with more than £120bn (€146bn) in assets, said it believed institutional shareholder pressure was the only meaningful way to spur change at the bank.Sunderland is currently non-executive director at the bank, and former head of the remuneration committee, which came under severe criticism from shareholders for excessive pay.Councillor Kieran Quinn, who chairs the forum, said: “Sir John Sunderland has fortunately recognised it is inappropriate for him to serve as chair of the remuneration committee, but how can it be appropriate for him to lead the selection of Barclay’s new chair? “It appears that a continuing series of no votes by institutional shareholders is one of the few options open for meaningful engagement at Barclays.”The re-election of Sunderland and planned remuneration are two of the bank’s proposals expected to be rejected by the Forum and fellow institutions at today’s AGM.Pensions & Investment Research Consultants (PIRC), a proxy-voting service, has advised its members to follow suit.Standard Life Investments (SLI), asset manager and institutional shareholder, also denounced the bank’s remuneration policy.Owning 1.92% of the bank on behalf of its clients, SLI said it did not take the decision to reject the remuneration report lightly.Alison Kennedy, stewardship director at the manager, said: “We appreciate there were competitive pressures. Nevertheless, we are unconvinced the amount of the 2013 bonus pool was in the best interests of shareholders.“The board has stated its intention of reducing the compensation to net income ratio over the medium term. We support this intention, and it is important that, over time, the board demonstrates convincingly this will be achieved.”A spokesman for the LAPFF added that, while Barclays was a high-profile example, it was the tip of the iceberg for the problems in the financial sector.“The LAPFF has a long history of raising governance concerns at Barclays and at banks in general, going back to the LIBOR scandal, executive remuneration and accounting standards,” he said.“It is clear Barclays is the tip of the iceberg of dissatisfaction from pension funds.”last_img read more

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5 dead as storm hits Iberian Peninsula

first_imgA flooded street is pictured as Storm Elsa sweeps through Trofa in Porto, Portugal on Dec. 20 in this still image taken from a social media video. REUTERS A man died inMontijo, near Lisbon, after a tree fell on his truck and another was killed inCastro Daire, Portugal, when his house collapsed, officials said. LISBON – Astorm sweeping across Spain and Portugal has killed at least five people,officials said on Friday.    In Spain, oneperson died in a landslide while another was killed when a stone wall crumbled.A third person was swept by floodwaters in Castile and Leon, according to thegovernment’s spokesperson.  center_img Storm Elsa hitthe Iberian Peninsula on Wednesday and increased in intensity on Thursday. In Portugal,civil protection commander Pedro Nunes forecast that weather conditions wouldworsen on Friday.(Reuters)last_img read more

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Ohio State’s Justin Fields on starting QB job: It won’t be handed to me

first_imgJustin Fields is the favorite to be Ohio State’s lead signal caller in Week 1, but he won’t automatically get the job.The sophomore quarterback transferred from Georgia over the offseason and expects to compete for a spot leading up to its season opener on Aug. 31. First-year head coach Ryan Day made him aware of that from the start. “Coach Day told me before I came here that it just wouldn’t be handed to me,” Fields said following Sunday morning practice. “I definitely think we’re all trying to get that starting spot, of course. We’re taking it day by day and trying to improve as a team.”Day’s promotion came on the heels of Urban Meyer’s retirement in December. He inherited an elite talent in Fields, who threw for 266 yards and four touchdowns as a Bulldog in his freshman year before teammate Jake Fromm claimed first spot on the depth chart. Related News Although Fields lost to Fromm, he’d rather work on improving than try to stay ahead of Ohio State’s other quarterbacks.“I don’t try to think about it as a battle,” Fields said. “I don’t feel like I have to be better than this guy or this guy. I’m focused on us as a whole offense just trying to get better each and every day.”His primary competition is expected to be sophomore transfer Gunnar Hoak, as Ohio State’s 2018 backup, Tate Martell, has transferred to Miami. USC’s Austin Jackson calls bone marrow transplant to little sister ‘a godsend’ Rather than focusing on who he has to beat, Fields is working on building rapport with a Buckeyes team that finished 13-1 and won the Rose Bowl last year.“Everyone on the team knows the quarterback has to be the leader,” Fields said. “When you come into a new place, you can’t come in and act like you’re the leader. You have to get used to the guys and build relationships with them so they trust you. Then you can step out and be a leader. That’s what I did. I feel like I am becoming more of a leader each and every day.”last_img read more

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Mookie Betts injury update: Red Sox outfielder (shin) considered day-to-day

first_imgBetts would come around to score on Andrew Benintendi’s double, but Boston sat him down for the final two innings. Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts is considered day-to-day after suffering a shin contusion in Monday’s win against the Royals.The reigning American League MVP fouled a pitch off his left leg in the seventh inning and walked around gingerly for a moment before returning to the batter’s box. Betts walked, and during a subsequent pitching change, he jogged up and down the baseline and assured manager Alex Cora he could stay in the game. Although the Red Sox classified him as day-to-day, Betts said after the game he feels “perfectly normal” and will be ready to play Tuesday, according to the Boston Herald.Then again, if he’s feeling a little off, the Red Sox will take no chances with their franchise player.last_img read more

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Wellington Medallion Hunt Clue #6

first_imgClue #6 – July 8, 2014The Rocket Clue #5 — July 5, 2013Out in left fieldClue #4 — July 4, 2013Zoom, zoom.Clue #3 — July 3, 2013Don’t cross the line.Clue #2 – July 2, 2013Carry a Nation.Clue #1 – July 1, 2013Got rules? Read’ em!No? Get ‘em!Next step. Follow ‘em!Or… We’re done! Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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