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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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Race Ahead: Mad Anthony’s Mud Run

first_imgsponsored-eventMud races abound in the Blue Ridge, but Mad Anthony’s is one of the only winter mud run challenges. Sure, diving through mud pit and getting soaked to the skin is easy when the weather is warm, but it takes a true mud warrior to brave freezing temperatures and wintry winds while slip-sliding through muck and ice.Mad Anthony’s Mud Run is a 4.5-mile historical stomp to test your resolve, intensity, and character. A battle awaits you at Coyner Springs Park in Waynesboro, Va., as runners pay homage to the city’s namesake, General “Mad” Anthony Wayne. Beginning at 9:30 a.m with a wave start, over 500 runners will navigate the new course for 2014, which will include a tire pit, balance beam, wall scale, haystack climb, swamp run, log hop, tunnel crawl, and a mystery challenge. Here is how race director Ben Lancaster describes the course:“At the tire pit, you will find yourself building confidence running through tires hoping not to get your feet tangled at this first battle. Up next is a balance beam suspended over mud, testing your balance and coordination. Then runners must scale a six-foot wall.  The hay bale climb will meet you with force as you try to scale up and over the massive barrier on your way to victory. Then prepare to go over and under the fallen timbers and logs. Watch your step as you trample through swamp terrain that will strike fear into your feet and ankles. Hopefully you survive the fence and river crossings in one piece before making your way to safety through our darkened tunnel.  Prepare to get wet! Then, with a mystery obstacle at this stage in your quest for victory, how will you respond with the unknown? Finally, you’ll crawl through a series of muddy, wet tunnels up hill toward the finish.”As a reward for your battlefield victory, all finishers will be awarded with a custom-made Mad Anthony Mud Run Medal, fashioned like the medal that Congress awarded to General Wayne after his victory at Stony Point on July 15th, 1799. Earn your stripes at Mad Anthony’s Mud Run on February 22. Find more race info at www.runthevalley.com.last_img read more

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Cricket News ENG vs IND, 1st Test, Day 1 HIGHLIGHTS: England 285/9 at stumps

first_imgNew Delhi: After losing ODI series to England, Virat Kohli-led team India will be aiming to clinch the oldest form of the game when they face the host in the first Test match at the Edgbaston cricket ground in Birmingham. Virat Kohli and Co is at the top of the ICC Test cricket Rankings while Joe Root’s England is at number five. It will be interesting to see when team India braces up for a stern test in difficult English conditions.Also Read | England vs India 1st Test Preview: Virat Kohli and co face tough challenge against resurrected hostsFor LIVE updates:# After 88 overs England 285/9# James Anderson left-handed batsman comes to the crease# Ashwin is on roll; Broad has been given LBW; ENG 283/9# Left-handed batsman Stuart Broad comes to the crease# OUT! Adil Rashid LBW by Ishant; England eight down# England 278/7 after 83 overs# Adil Rashid, the right-handed batsman, comes to the crease# Stokes caught and bowled by Ashwin; England 244/7 after 74 overs# England 240/6 with Sam Curran 1(10) and Stokes 18(30), after 70 overs# After 67 overs England 224/6 with Sam Curran 0(2) and Stokes 3(14)# Left-handed batsman Sam Curran comes to the crease# Buttler walks off minutes after coming to the crease. He has been given LBW!# Jos Buttler, the right-handed batsman, comes to the crease# Umesh Yadav chops away Bairstow, England 223/5 after 66 overs# After 64 overs, England 218/4 with Stokes 0(4) Bairstow 67(84)# Ben Stokes, the left-handed batsman, comes to the crease# Run Out!! Root fails to bag century as he walks off at 80 (156)# After 60 overs ENG 195/3 with Bairstow 46 (67) and Root 78(153)# After 47 overs ENG 145/3 with Bairstow 16(24) and Root 55 (118)# Jonny Bairstow, the right handed batsman, comes to the crease# Shami to Malan, out Lbw!! # After 38 overs, ENG 108/2# After 36 overs, ENG 100/2 with Root 39 (90) and Malan 3 (6)# Left-hander batsman Dawid Malan comes to the crease.# Mohammad Shami sent Jennings back to Pavillion, that’s a Bowled out!# Its LUNCH, ENG 83/1 after 28 overs# With the completion of 25 overs, ENG 76/1 Root(31) and Jennings (31) out in the middle# After 21 overs, ENG 66/1# After 15 overs, ENG 46/1 with Root (11) and Jennings (21) at crease.# Its a MAIDEN from R Ashwin, ENG 45/1 after 13 overs# After 12 overs, ENG 45/1 with Joe Root (11) and Keaton Jennings (20) out in the middle# 8.5 Overs: Ashwin to Cook, out Bowled and Ashwin finds the first breakthrough for India. Huge wicket!! Cook b Ashwin 13(28)# After 8 Overs, England are 25/0 Keaton Jennings and Alastair Cook are at the crease for England and will start the proceedings for the day. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Drew Brees among 1,400 sports figures supporting Players Coalition drive to end ‘qualified immunity’ for police

first_imgBrees was widely and harshly criticized by many NFL players, including some teammates, and by a number of media commentators. After apologizing, he then criticized President Donald Trump for construing the Kaepernick-style protests as being disrespectful to the military. Now, he has come out in favor of ending qualified immunity for police. His apologies have not been universally embraced by those his initial comments offended, but 49ers star defensive back Richard Sherman was one who did.”I appreciated him doing that,” Sherman told The San Francisco Chronicle. “People make mistakes in judgment all the time. None of us are perfect. I think it was just such a disappointment because the locker room and the culture is different than any other place. So you kind of get lulled into the belief that everyone has torn down those stereotypes and those walls. And everyone is treating each other equally.”I feel better about him actually taking the time to educate himself. He and his wife — they’re not bad people. But I think he didn’t fully understand the impact of those words. And I think he does fully understand it. So I do accept his apology.” Not every person who signed the petition organized by the Players Coalition to endorse the Ending Qualified Immunity Act is an NFL player, and not every NFL player’s name is on it. But there are a ton of them, more like many tons, and that weight is both literal and figurative.The more consequential figures from the league include Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Jarvis Landry and Calais Campbell. There are Pro Football Hall of Famers Kurt Warner and Aeneas Williams. There are NBA champion basketball coaches Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich. There are NBA players and Major League Baseball players. All are in favor of a bill in the House of Representatives created by Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Justin Amash of Michigan that seeks to end the “qualified immunity” protection afforded to government officials “from being held personally liable for constitutional violations — like the right to be free from excessive police force — for money damages under federal law so long as the officials did not violate clearly established law,” as the website Lawfare explained this week. The bill has 16 co-sponsors.MORE: How “Cops” made policing into a sport at the expense of black livesThe Players Coalition, launched by former NFL star Anquan Boldin and the Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins in 2017, collected the endorsements of more than 1,100 athletes and coaches and more than 300 front-office personnel from professional teams in support of the bill.“We demand accountability for police brutality,” the group’s Twitter accounted stated. “It’s time for a change.”The qualified immunity concept became firmly established in 1967 following a Supreme Court case but increasingly was used in relation to police abuse cases within the past 15 years.A special report from Reuters declared that increased availability of body-camera video or cellphone videos has not been able to counteract the influence of the qualified immunity “under the careful stewardship of the Supreme Court” on legal action against police officers when citizens are killed or injured by their actions.“Qualified immunity protects police and other officials from consequences even for horrific rights abuses,” Amash said in a statement posted on his website. “It prevents accountability for the ‘bad apples’ and undermines the public’s faith in law enforcement. It’s at odds with the text of the law and the intent of Congress, and it ultimately leaves Americans’ rights without appropriate protection. Members of Congress have a duty to ensure government officials can be held accountable for violating Americans’ rights, and ending qualified immunity is a crucial part of that.”In addition to the legislative action, NPR reports, two Supreme Court justices — Sonia Sotomayor and Clarence Thomas — have called for a review of the qualified immunity doctrine. The high court has eight such cases pending and could decide to hear any or all of them and revisit qualified immunity, which Thomas has written was wholly invented by the courts without a basis in history.Brees’ appearance on the petition is especially notable, given that a week ago he was criticized for his stance on peaceful demonstrations that coincide with the playing of the national anthem, such as Colin Kaepernick genuflecting while a member of the San Francisco 49ers.MORE: CrossFit CEO resigns after George Floyd commentslast_img read more

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Where Is the Roadmap to Liberia’s Post-Ebola Recovery?

first_imgHas anyone ever heard the term “donor fatigue?”  It is real, especially in the developing world, which usually depends so much on external or donor support for sustenance in many aspects of national life. Donor fatigue comes about for mainly three reasons: first, when a country consistently misuses the donor support; second, when a country refuses to identify and be focused on its most urgent priorities; and third, when there occurs another major crisis in another part of the world that demands the donors’ immediate attention.  In this case, the donors quickly pack their bags and run to respond to the new crisis.We begin this Editorial in this way out of fear! Why fear?  Because we are worried that the Liberian government is wasting time in coming up with a Roadmap that sets the stage for our post-Ebola recovery.Why?  Because we had hoped that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf would have made this roadmap the centerpiece of her Annual Message to the Legislature last Monday.  With the Ebola virus disease (EVD) having ravaged the country, drastically reducing our over 8% economic growth rate to 0.4%, affecting negatively ALL productive sectors of our economy—agriculture, mining, tourism—and even education, which is already in shambles—did the President have anything more important to say to the Legislature, nation and world than dealing with this most urgent priority of our time—rebuilding our healthcare delivery system?  We think not.We rather believe this roadmap to the revitalization of our Healthcare Delivery System is most critical for three reasons: first, because by the President’s own admission, it was the weakness of the healthcare system that caused Ebola to spread so rapidly, so quickly throughout Liberia.  Second, because just this Tuesday a senior World Bank official warned that any other pandemic could quickly spread again in many parts of Africa because of the weak healthcare delivery system prevalent all over the continent. Our third and probably most important reason we believe the roadmap is critical is one that only a fool will argue against: the international community has, in the face of Liberia’s Ebola crisis, reached out, if even belatedly, and helped to defeat the viral spread.  Today, thanks to their largesse, there are throughout the country no new cases, and only five confirmed.But that is not all!  Here is our main point: Our friends, the People’s Republic of China, in addition to the tens of millions of dollars they have pumped into our anti-Ebola crusade, have offered, through their Ambassador, H.E. Zhang Yue, to help rebuild our healthcare delivery system!Minutes later the Americans, too, came forward and made the identical pledge.  “We will help you rebuild and improve your healthcare delivery system,” they told President Sirleaf.What have these pledges to do with donor fatigue?  Everything!  With people at our doorsteps willing to help us plant clinics, health centers and hospitals throughout our country, you surely do not expect them to develop our roadmap.  We have got to do it ourselves, and do so with urgency, before another outbreak occurs in another part of the world and the donors flee Liberia!That, Madam President, is the reason for our disappointment with your Annual Message. And mark you, the Chinese, Americans, and everyone else know that planting clinics and hospitals around the country is not enough—they have to be equipped and staffed.  But staffed by whom, since so many of our doctors, nurses and paramedics have fled the country since the 1980 coup and the war?  A critical part of that roadmap we are talking about includes training, training of nurses, paramedics and doctors, with specialization in every possible area, including heart, kidney, lung, liver and prostate surgery; dialysis, orthopedic and foot surgery, pathology, radiology and all the other specializations.  The Chinese, Americans, European Union, the Indians and all the other partners know the importance of training.  But they need a roadmap of our priorities.Please, Madam President, get together with your Health Team and the University of Liberia’s Medical College and the West African Graduate Medical College, plan the roadmap and submit it to our partners, telling them what part we can  play and what we expect of them. When this is done, we think Liberia will be on her way to developing a credible healthcare delivery system that will keep Ebola and any other pandemic at bay.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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