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Sales Tax Holiday Is This Weekend

first_imgSales Tax Holiday Is This WeekendAll items eligible this weekend;ENERGY STAR appliances tax free until July 18MONTPELIER, Vt. – With the Independence Day weekend behind us, state officials today took time to remind Vermonters that Sales Tax Independence Days are coming this weekend.”I hope the people of Vermont and visitors to our state will take advantage of this opportunity to purchase products without paying state sales tax,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “This weekend is a chance to save some much needed cash, and to help Vermont businesses.”Included in the Governor’s Economic Growth Initiative, the sales tax holiday on July 12 and 13 means all non-business purchases of property costing $2,000 or less will be exempt from state sales tax except automobiles and vehicles.Customers can purchase multiple items on one invoice totaling more than $2,000 and still receive the exemption if the selling price of each item is $2,000 or less.For example, a customer can purchase two bicycles for $1,500 each; a roof rack for $300; and two helmets for $150 each. The invoice total is $3,600, however because each item is priced below $2,000 the entire invoice is exempt from sale tax.And from July 14th through 18th, the sale tax holiday is extended on Energy Star-rated appliances costing $2,000 or less.”This a great opportunity to replace that old, inefficient clothes washer or other appliances with a new ENERGY STAR ™-model that can help lower your electricity costs and save more money over the long run,” Douglas said. “In addition to the sales tax savings, Efficiency Vermont is continuing its offer of cash rebates from $25 to $50 on selected ENERGY STAR ™-appliances.”Efficiency Vermont is the state’s provider of efficiency services and is currently operated by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), an independent non-profit organization under contract to the Vermont Public Service Board.”Purchasing an ENERGY STAR ™ appliance helps Vermonters lowers their energy costs,” said Scott Johnstone, executive director of VEIC. “Everybody benefits from that.””Not only do consumers get their electric bills lowered, but reducing demand means utilities don’t need to purchase as much power,” Johnstone said. “That helps reduce not only everyone’s future electricity bills but emissions as well.”The state has been promoting the sales tax holiday event in concert with retailers and Efficiency Vermont.”We are promoting this event not only to Vermonters, but to neighboring states and Quebec,” said Kevin Dorn, Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development. “Vermont is always a popular vacation destination in the summer, and this sales tax holiday can make the state even more attractive to visitors.”Learn more at: www.taxfreevt.com(link is external)-30-last_img read more

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Run for Peace Celebrates Brazil’s Success at the 5th Military World Games

first_img The general also emphasized the fact that this year, Brazil has an additional reason to celebrate, aside from the fact that it leads the ranking of participating nations among CISM members. “This event has a special reason for being. Nobody imagined that Brazil would host the 5th Military World Games, organize them so well, and finish in first place in the competition. It couldn’t get any better,” he raved. By Dialogo April 20, 2012 Organized by the Defense Ministry (MD) and the International Military Sports Council (CISM), the initiative had the support of Military units from the Brazilian Army, Navy, and Air Force. According to him, the Run for Peace is a good opportunity to show that the Armed Forces are not restricted to the barracks. Over 2,000 people, including civilians and Military personnel, participated in the CISM Day Run – Run for Peace on April 15. This year, the event celebrated the first-place finish by Brazilian athletes at the 5th Military World Games. For Army Staff Sergeant Edmar de Oliveira Ribeiro, “gathering the family for this run is a way to motivate them, especially the children, to engage in physical activity.” This is the second year he has participated in the event. The chair of the Brazilian Military Sports Commission (CDMB/MD), Lieutenant General Fernando Azevedo e Silva, who participated in the race, appreciated the integration of Military personnel and civilians. “In Brazil, the credibility that the population attributes to the Armed Forces is evidence of the mutual respect between Military institutions and Brazilians.” The athletic event occurs simultaneously in all 133 countries that are part of CISM. It was created to celebrate the anniversary of the council, founded in 1984. The goal is integration with civil society through athletic activities. In Brasilia, the event had the support of the Planalto Military Command. The participants had the option of running or walking the 5K route. last_img read more

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Parents ‘should drink alcohol less in front of their children’

first_imgThe Independent 10 Dec 2012Parents should drink less in front of their children if they want to prevent their offspring becoming binge drinkers, a new report suggests today.The authors of research by the think-tank Demos said it was “not enough” for parents to wait until their children were in bed before opening the bottle, because their interviews suggested “children are more aware than they are often given credit for.”They added: “Nor does this mean that parents can never drink in the presence of their children. But it does mean that parents should bear in mind how frequently they are drinking – particularly in front of their children.”The two-year study, Feeling the Effects, studied the lives of 17,000 in Birth Cohort Study and in-depth interviews with 50 families where there was at least one problem drinkers.Parents with high alcohol consumption were less likely to practise the “tough love” type of parenting which best stops children developing traits associated with excessive drinking, the authors, Jonathan Birdwell, Emma Vandore and Bryanna Hahn, said.They found that teenagers who perceived their mother to drink “always” were almost two times more likely to drink hazardously themselves as adults than those who reported that their mother drank “sometimes”.http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/parents-should-drink-alcohol-less-in-front-of-their-children-says-report-8397788.htmllast_img read more

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LA Clippers get it together late to beat Lakers

first_imgWith four games left in the regular season, the Clippers (47-31) are addressing familiar problems.“We just haven’t put the lid on games very well,” said Blake Griffin, who led the Clippers with 36 points while making 12 of his 15 shots from the field. “That is a little concerning, but we’ve got to figure it out. We also got to get these wins. I like the way we finished the game out but we’ve got to be better.”Two days earlier they let Phoenix come back from a 12-point hole before holding on to win. A night before that, Washington stormed back from an 18-point hole to challenge the Clippers down the stretch. Most infamously was last Sunday, when they blew an 18-point lead in the final five minutes to lose to Sacramento.So when the Clippers built a 22-point lead near the end of the third quarter on Saturday, it was not hard to anticipate that the Lakers would have a chance. Led by a career-high 19 points from David Nwaba, the Lakers rallied to steal momentum and cut the deficit to eight with 2:52 remaining in the game.“To scrap and stay in the game was a lot of fun and good for our guys,” Lakers’ coach Luke Walton said. “But a 17-0 run is tough to start a game.” Doc Rivers stressed that in the playoffs the rotations will be different and he will not rely so heavily on his bench, which has struggled defensively. He went so far as to say he is content with the Clippers play.“You win the game,” Rivers said. “You look at your team and we’ve had some pretty good wins, too, and we’ve had some games where we didn’t play well.”That, Griffin said, won’t cut it.“You can’t win games in the playoffs playing inconsistently,” Griffin said. “It is concerning. How much concerning I’m not really sure. I just know we can’t do this in the playoffs because every team that makes the playoffs is a good team. … So we have to be better.”The Clippers have three days off before their next game, Wednesday against Dallas. They are on pace to finish No. 5 in the West and travel to Utah for the first round.For the third straight game, both Griffin and Chris Paul scored well over 20 points, with Paul pouring in 29. DeAndre Jordan added 11 while grabbing 12 boards and blocking a pair of shots.The Clippers bench, however, was outscored 55-13 by the youthful Lakers, who got a boost from Thomas Robinson. Robinson scored 16 points to go with 9 rebounds and his presence in the first quarter helped the Lakers climb back in the game.Brandon Ingram, in his first game back after missing three because of tendinitis in his right knee, added 18 points, while Julius Randle finished with 14.Despite those helpful efforts, it was the dreadful start that floored Walton.“It’s a good example of what’s going to happen to us if we’re not engaged in the fight to start,” he said. “These are good teams we’re playing against. We can’t afford to start a game without that edge on us.” LOS ANGELES >> Four minutes in, the Clippers had scored 17 consecutive points and L.A.’s second team appeared to be headed for another one of the blowouts that has so defined the series with the 16-time champion Lakers over the last five years.These Clippers, however, don’t slam doors. They leave them ajar.After letting the Lakers rebound from that imposing deficit and even take a brief lead, the Clippers rounded into form late to beat the Lakers 115-104.While it was the Clippers’ seventh win in their last nine games and it moved them closer to a first-round matchup with Utah, all is not right with the Clippers. It was their 18th win over the Lakers (21-55) in the last 20 games, but there was no chest-thumping.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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College football spring game primer: Times, dates, what to watch on loaded weekend

first_imgNorth Carolina5 p.m.ACC Network ExtraThe big storyMack Brown is back on the sidelines at North Carolina, and he challenged the fans for a big showing. The Tar Heels did not have a spring game last year, and this is the start of a new and exciting era. The new offense likely will feature the tag-team of Michael Carter and Antonio Williams in the backfield.What else?The Tommy DeVito era begins at Syracuse. Pitt tailback AJ Davis and Virginia Tech quarterback Ryan Willis will be in the spotlight as they try to solidify starting jobs for 2019.Big TenTeamTimeTVIndiana (Friday)7 p.m.BTN2GoMinnesotaNoonBTN2GoOhio StateNoonBig Ten NetworkWisconsin1 p.m.BTN2GoIllinois2 p.m.BTN2GoMichigan State2 p.m.BTN2GoNebraska2 p.m.BTNPenn State3 p.m.BTN2GoRutgers3:30 p.m.BTN2Go/BTNMichigan5 p.m.BTN2GoThe big storyOhio State fans will get a first look at Justin Fields in action under new coach Ryan Day, though Matthew Baldwin is also competing for the starting job. The Buckeyes also have a pair of exciting freshmen in receiver Garrett Wilson and defensive end Zach Harrison should make an instant impact. The two-time defending Big Ten champions will be loaded as usual.What else?Nebraska should have a large crowd with second-year coach Scott Frost and Heisman dark horse Adrian Martinez. Michigan State and Michigan shuffled their offensive staffs, and it will be interesting to see how much their philosophy shifts. Just don’t expect to see too much.MORE: College football’s most intriguing 2019 spring gamesBig 12TeamTimeTVOklahoma (Friday)8:30 p.m.FSOK+Baylor1 p.m.Fox Sports SouthwestWest Virginia1 p.m.WVUSports.comKansas State2 p.m.Texas Tech3 p.m. Who’s ready for spring football?A total of 32 Power 5 teams will have their spring football game on Saturday, and that includes six top-10 teams in Sporting News’ way-too-early top 25 in Alabama, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Texas, Florida and Michigan. Independent Notre Dame also is in action. MORE: SN’s way-too-early top 25 for 2019With that in mind, Sporting News circles the best storylines among the Power 5 and independents for this weekend’s spring games. There’s always a reason to watch:ACCTeamTimeTVPitt1 p.m. Virginia Tech4 p.m. Syracuse1:30 p.m.center_img Notre Dame needs to replace some playmakers around Ian Book, and those playmakers should step up. The Irish, however, have more questions on defense: Defensive coordinator Clark Lea must replace several key pieces, and this will offer clues as to who will fill in around Julian Okwara, Asmar Bilal, Khalid Kareem, Alohi Gilman and Jalen Elliott.What else?Army is ranked, too, and the Black Knights have a ton of momentum with quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. Returning. Notre Dame12:30 p.m.NBC Sports NetworkThe big story Kansas7 p.m.ESPN+Texas7:30 p.m.Longhorn NetworkThe big storyOklahoma fans will get a first look at Jalen Hurts to see how he fits within Lincoln Riley’s offense. The defense will be a focus with new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch, too. … Texas is back in action for the first time since the Sugar Bowl victory against Georgia, and all eyes will be on the playmakers surrounding quarterback Sam Ehlinger. Running backs Keaontay Ingram and Jordan Whittington will be in the spotlight. Freshman Bru McCoy is awaiting word on a waiver to play immediately after transferring from USC. Collin Johnson and Devin Duvernay also are part of a deep group of receivers.What else?First-year coaches Neal Brown, Chris Klieman, Matt Wells and Les Miles will be making their first spring game appearances.Pac-12TeamTimeTVUtah1 p.m.Pac-12 NetworkStanford4 p.m.ESPNUArizona8 p.m.P12NThe big storyHow will Khalil Tate bounce back? The Wildcats will be in prime time, so it will be another look at how the quarterback adjusted in the offseason under second-year coach Kevin Sumlin.What else?Andy Ludwig returns as Utah’s offensive coordinator. This will be a live look at the offense, which shouldn’t change much. Stanford quarterback K.J. Costello no longer shares a backfield with Bryce Love, and three starters are gone along the offensive line. Which playmakers emerge?MORE: Early predictions for 2019 seasonSECTeamTimeTVKentucky (Friday)6 p.m.SEC NetworkTexas A&M (Friday)8:30 p.m.SECNFlorida1 p.m.SECN (ALT)Alabama2 p.m.ESPN2Mississippi State2 p.m.ESPNUAuburn4 p.m.SECNMissouri4 p.m.ESPNUTennessee6 p.m.SECNThe big storyAlabama will be in the spotlight for the first time since the 44-16 loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff championship. Will there be subtle differences in the offense with new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian? How will be the defense change under Pete Golding? Freshman defensive end Antonio Alfano has moved up the depth chart throughout the spring.What else?Texas A&M moved its game up with stormy weather in the forecast. There’s more excitement heading into Jimbo Fisher’s second season, especially with Kellen Mond back at quarterback. Bo Nix and Joey Gatewood will battle for the starting job in a pivotal season for Auburn. Kelly Bryant is in a Missouri uniform. Tennessee brought in a talented freshman class, including linebacker Quavaris Crouch. Feleipe Franks enters the spring as the starter at Florida after a 10-win season.IndependentTeamTimeTVArmy (Friday)7 p.m.last_img read more

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Ajax crash out of Champions League after defeat by Valencia

first_img“Time puts everyone in their place,” said Rodrigo afterwards. “We made a huge effort against Chelsea and it wasn’t to be but this team never tires of miracles and this is another one.”Ajax were arguably the story of the competition last season when their youthful team went all the way to the semi-finals but there will be no repeat this year.Gabriel Paulista was sent off in injury-time but even against 10 men, they could not find the equaliser they needed.Instead, Valencia not only progress but have earned themselves the best chance of a kind draw when the knock-out stage is decided in Nyon on December 16.It seemed unlikely after they missed a series of golden opportunities to beat Chelsea earlier this month but a 2-2 draw still left them with a chance, even if the odds were not in their favour.They knew they either had to beat Ajax, against whom they had lost 3-0 at home in October, or at least match the result of Chelsea, who always seemed likely to win against Lille at Stamford Bridge.Ajax, meanwhile, began the night two points clear at the top of the group and needed only a draw to go through.Valencia coach Albert Celades, who made his La Liga debut as a player under Cruyff, was now in the dugout of the stadium named after the iconic Dutchman and this will be a major boost for his side, who are eighth in La Liga after a rocky start to the season on and off the pitch.– Brilliant Gaya clearance –“It’s a huge reinforcement for us,” said Celades.Ajax sit three points clear at the top of the Eredivisie but last year’s heroics in the Champions League, and their heartbreaking defeat to Tottenham, meant they had European ambitions too.Rodrigo headed wide from a corner early on but after a frantic start, the game settled, with Ajax dominating possession and Valencia trying to counter-attack.Against the run of play, Valencia took the lead as Rodrigo’s bending run in behind was picked out by a Ferran Torres pass. Rodrigo controlled with his left and fired the ball with his right into the roof of the net.Ajax had to wait until the end of the half for their best chance as Donny van de Beek latched onto Hakim Ziyech’s pass and lifted the ball over Jaume Domenech, only for Jose Gaya to make a brilliant clearance off the line.Rodrigo might have made it two at the other end but it was Ajax that were pushing for an equaliser after the restart as Valencia retreated.Ziyech should have levelled but fluffed his finish at the near post before 20-year-old Noa Lang hooked over from inside the box.Lille pulled a goal back away at Chelsea to give Ajax further hope and they were almost gifted an equaliser by Valencia’s Daniel Wass, who chested the ball away from his own goalkeeper.Ziyech went close with a shot towards the near post and, three minutes into injury time, Gabriel was sent off for thrusting his head into Dusan Tadic.It left Valencia to defend two minutes, and a corner, with 10 men but Ajax could not find a way through.0Shares0000(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ajax were knocked out of the Champions League on Tuesday after a 1-0 loss at home to Valencia © ANP/AFP / Maurice van STEENAMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Dec 11 – Ajax’s hopes of another fairytale run in the Champions League were dashed on Tuesday as a 1-0 defeat at home to Valencia sent them crashing out and the Spaniards through to the last 16.Rodrigo Moreno’s 24th-minute strike proved the winner at the Johan Cruyff Arena and enough to flip the top three in Group H, with Valencia advancing in first place along with Chelsea, who beat bottom club Lille 2-1.last_img read more

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