The Vermont Chamber of Commerce will hold a press conference in Room 10 at the State House on Monday, December 15 at 10:30 AM to release the Top Five Economic Development Initiatives for 2004.Paving the way to job creation and retention, the initiatives focus on: permit reform, competitive business climate, tax policy to ensure business investment, energy costs and taxes, and travel and tourism.Recognizing that the legislative climate is ripe for compromise, Vermont Chamber Board Chair Kevin O’Donnell of The Old Tavern at Grafton and Vermont Chamber Government Affairs Committee Chair Jim Pratt of Cabot Cooperative Creamery will confirm the need for the Chamber initiatives, based on experience and business member feedback.The new President of the Vermont Chamber, Duane Marsh, will be available, as well as Vermont Chamber Board Members, Government Affairs Committee members, and senior Chamber staff.
– Advertisement – Kamala Harris, a senator from California and former presidential candidate, made history when she was elected vice president of the United States.Her victory represents a handful of firsts: She will be the first woman, the first Black woman, the first Indian-American woman and the first daughter of immigrants to be sworn in as vice president.- Advertisement – It also marks a milestone for a nation in upheaval, grappling with a long history of racial injustice. Over the course of her campaign, Ms. Harris has faced both racist and sexist attacks from conservatives — including President Trump — who have refused to pronounce her name correctly.The daughter of a Jamaican father and Indian mother, Ms. Harris, 56, embodies the future of a country that is growing more racially diverse every year — even if the person whom voters picked for the top of the ticket is a 77-year-old white man. She brought to the race a more vigorous campaign style than that of the president-elect, Joseph R. Biden Jr., including a gift for capturing moments of raw political electricity on the debate stage and elsewhere. A former San Francisco district attorney, Ms. Harris was elected as the first Black woman to serve as California’s attorney general. When she was elected a U.S. senator in 2016, she became only the second Black woman in the chamber’s history. Almost immediately, she made a name for herself in Washington with her withering prosecutorial style in Senate hearings.- Advertisement – Beginning her presidential candidacy with homages to Shirley Chisholm, Ms. Harris was seen as a potential front-runner for the Democratic nomination, but she left the race weeks before any votes were cast. Part of her challenge, especially with the party’s progressive wing, was the difficulty she had reconciling stances she had taken as California’s attorney general with the current mores of her party.As the vice-presidential nominee, Ms. Harris has endeavored to make plain that she supports Mr. Biden’s positions — even if some differ from those she backed during the primary.And although she struggled to attract the very Black voters and women she had hoped would connect with her personal story during her primary bid, she made a concerted effort as Mr. Biden’s running mate to reach out to people of color, some of whom have said they felt represented in national politics for the first time. – Advertisement –
Pepsi Hikers men, Toronto Toros women secure titles… Bal-wash-ers take Veterans titleFOLLOWING their pool round clash, which many considered to have been the match of the tournament thus far, Guyana’s Pepsi Hikers and Queen’s Park of Trinidad & Tobago squared off in a tense men’s final of the Diamond Mineral Water Hockey Festival on Sunday evening at the National Gymnasium.The teams began dead even just as they had finished their first duel which saw several lead changes, only to finish with a tied score on 5-5.Just four minutes into the match, powerful Randy Hope received a ball on the right of the scoring circle and dispatched his shot cleanly into the Queen’s Park net past diving goalkeeper Reiza Hussein.Although top Trinidadian national striker, Akim Toussant drew his team level with a goal in the very next minute, the Hikers responded with two more of their own in less than two minutes from MVP Aroydy Branford and captain Robert France.Men’s Champs Pepsi Hikers with DDL Marketing Rep Mr Larry WillsThe high-paced game seemed to be leaning in Hikers’ favour and despite some fine goalkeeping at both ends, Queen’s Park Dominic executed an accurate penalty corner shot to give Queen’s Park their second goal while Hope smashed home his second to move the score to 4-2 for the Hikers.The second half saw no letting up by either side and the crowd continued to enjoy blistering counterattacks and an abundance of goals. Young Trinidadian international Jordan Vieira was first on the sheet in the second half as he foiled a Hikers attack, dished a pass to Toussant, and outsprinted his marker down court to finish with a diving deflection goal.Robert France, however, restored the two-goal cushion for the Hikers with a penalty corner deflection in the 28th minute nudging the score to 5-3.Vieira scored his second at the 30th minute mark and Hope his third immediately after, for Queen’s Park and Hikers respectively, as supporters were held at the edge of their seats.Two goals from striker Toussant and Trinidad Under-21 captain Jordan Reynos for Queen’s Park drew the scores level with five minutes remaining in the match. With the momentum in their favour, Queen’s Park could have secured their first lead of the match when they earned a crucial penalty stroke drawing a deafening uproar from supporters of both sides, either in support or disapproval.The diminutive Toussant stepped forward to take the stroke against the towering Jason Hoyte in goal for the Hikers, and eventual Best Goalkeeper Award winner Hoyte produced for his side when it was needed most with a save to his right.Hoyte’s heroics seemed to inject a shot of adrenaline into his teammates who continued their relentless search for the final goal.Fittingly, it was the veteran Devin Munroe who was instrumental in all six previous festival wins for the Hikers, to close out Queen’s Park and the match with a terrific shot from the right. With just four minutes remaining, Queen’s Park launched several futile attacks and the final whistle saw the Pepsi Hikers earn their record seventh men’s title.The ladies final, though entertaining, did not prove to be quite as competitive as the men’s with the Toronto Toros crushing the Woodpecker Hikers by 5-1.After an opening penalty corner goal in the second minute of play, competition MVP and Highest Goal Scorer, Toros right-back Kaelan Watson punctuated her performance with the final goal of the match in similar fashion 35 minutes later.Teammate Danica Jayme managed a hat-trick of goals for the Toros to complete their five goals while Hikers guest player Allana Lewis managed their lone goal through a penalty corner early in the second half of the match.The veterans final between Queen’s Park and the Bal-wash-ers was another one to go the distance with the final score of regulation time was dead even at 4-4.After all six attempts were saved in the resulting first round of a penalty shootout, Bal-wash-er Inderjeet Bath and teammate Jesse Larson pulled off the win, both scoring in the sudden-death round of the shootout.In the veterans division, Gregory Garroway (Bal-wash-ers) was awarded the Best Goalkeeper with most goals going to Rafael Gouveia (Queen’s Park) and the MVP to Jerazeno Bell (Queen’s Park).In the Ladies’ division, Latoya Fordyce (Woodpecker Hikers) was the best goalkeeper with Most Goals and MVP going to Kaelan Watson (Toronto Toros) while on the male side of things, Best Goalkeeper went to Jason Hoyte (Pepsi Hikers), Most Goals Jordan Vieira (Queen’s Park), and MVP Aroydy Branford (Pepsi Hikers).
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-MLBAP source: MLB rejects 114-game plan, tells union no counterNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is no closer to starting the 2020 that it was when the union made its latest proposal on Sunday. Associated Press June 3, 2020 Majors compiled a 185-137-10 record in 29 seasons as a head coach at Iowa State, Pitt and Tennessee.In his playing days, he finished second to Notre Dame’s Paul Hornung in the 1956 Heisman Trophy balloting.Majors was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987.NFL-BREES-KNEELINGBrees still against kneeling during anthem UNDATED (AP) — NBA fans could receive very good news within the next 24 hours or so.A person with knowledge of the situation says the league has told the players association that it will present a 22-team plan for restarting the season to the league’s board of governors on Thursday.The person says the 22 teams would play eight games near Orlando to determine playoff seeding before the postseason begins there. The Western Conference would have 13 teams heading to Florida, while the East would be represented by nine teams. The 22 teams are those within six games of a playoff spot at this point. Playoffs would start in August, and the NBA Finals will likely stretch into October, according to the person.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKMLS soccer players approve new CBA — The metal detectors that greet sports fans at the gates might soon be accompanied by thermal body scanners. It’s part of the big task of better protecting venues from virus spread in order to bring the games back for in-person viewing.PIRATES-ARCHERPirates’ Archer out for the season following surgeryPITTSBURGH (AP) — Chris Archer won’t pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2020 and his time with the club may be over.The Pirates have announced that the 31-year-old Archer underwent surgery to relieve symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome. The team added that Archer will not be available this season if Major League Baseball finds a way to put together a truncated schedule. UNDATED (AP) — Major League Soccer players have approved a new collective bargaining agreement that will allow for the league to return this summer with a tournament in Florida.The Major League Soccer Players Association has announced the ratification of the CBA. Players had approved economic concessions for this season. The league countered the proposal from the players and set a Wednesday deadline for ratification.The sides had agreed to a five-year CBA in February but that had not been ratified when the coronavirus pandemic began. The season was suspended March 12 after just two games because of the pandemic.Details of the Florida tournament were still under consideration, but the league’s 26 teams and limited staff would be sheltered at hotels with games played without fans at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World.In other virus-related sports developments: A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press that MLB has rejected the players’ offer for a 114-game regular season with no additional salary cuts. The person added that management did not plan to make a counterproposal.MLB proposed an 82-game schedule last week and further reductions in player salaries as the sport tries to salvage a season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. Management has told the union it had no interest in extending the season into November, when it fears a second wave of the coronavirus could disrupt the postseason and jeopardize $787 million in broadcast revenue.Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem wrote a letter Wednesday to chief union negotiator Bruce Meyer that was obtained by The Associated Press. Halem mentioned that players are unified in their view that they will not accept less than 100% of their prorated salaries, and management has no choice but to accept that representation. Halem said that based on the players’ salary position and the significant health risk of extending the regular season past September, management does not have any reason to believe a negotiated solution for an 82-game season is possible.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NBAAP source: NBA presents players with plan for season restart GERMANY-FLOYD PROTESTSGermany won’t punish players for George Floyd protestsFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The German soccer federation will not punish players who protest against the killing of George Floyd and racism.Several players in Germany have made statements with gestures or messages on their clothing since Floyd died on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee for several minutes on his neck.The federation says it opposes punishing any players because it believes their anti-racism messages match the federation’s own principles. Germany’s approach has the backing of FIFA. The governing body of world soccer said Tuesday that such demonstrations “deserve an applause and not a punishment.”ASIAN CUP-HUMAN RIGHTSAFC urged to mandate human rights into 2027 Asian Cup bidsUNDATED (AP) — A global activist group is urging Asia’s soccer body to mandate respecting human rights into bidding for and organizing the 2027 Asian Cup.Expected bidders include India, Iran, Qatar and Saudi Arabia ahead of a June 30 deadline set by the Asian Football Confederation to enter the contest. NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees (breez) is taking sharp criticism from fellow high-profile athletes after the Saints’ quarterback reiterated his opposition to kneeling during the National Anthem.Asked by Yahoo to revisit former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s 2016 kneeling protest against police brutality against minorities, Brees said he will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States. He added that the national anthem reminds him of two grandfathers who served in the armed forces during World War II.Brees said that “In many cases, it brings me to tears thinking about all that has been sacrificed, and not just in the military, but for that matter, those throughout the Civil Rights movements of the ’60s, and all that has been endured by so many people up until this point.”Critical responses to Brees’ statements appeared on social media from major professional athletes including the Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James and Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins.Jenkins was Brees’ teammate when the Saints won the Super Bowl in the 2009 season. The Pirates were banking on a bounce back year by Archer, who is 6-12 with a 4.92 ERA in 33 starts since he was acquired from Tampa Bay at the 2018 trade deadline for outfielder Austin Meadows and pitcher Tyler Glasnow.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-OBIT-JOHNNY MAJORSJohnny Majors, former Tennessee and Pitt coach, dies at 85KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Johnny Majors, the coach of Pittsburgh’s 1976 national championship football team and a former coach and star player at Tennessee, has died.Majors died Wednesday at his home in Knoxville, according to his wife. He was 85. — English soccer team Tottenham says a person at the club has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Premier League club did not identify the person. It was the only positive case after the Premier League tested a further 1,197 players and club staff. The testing is taking place ahead of the planned resumption of the league on June 17. The competition was suspended in March.— Two people familiar with the situation say the WNBA has decided to hold its games at just one location if there is a season this year and that the MGM Resorts in Las Vegas and the IMG Academy in Florida are the top candidates. There is still no date when the WNBA’s 2020 season will tip off. WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert told the AP last month that the league was considering a handful of scenarios, including playing at one or two sites.— A part-time student worker in the Iowa State athletic department has tested positive for COVID-19 and four athletes are experiencing symptoms. ISU says the student worker notified the athletic department of the positive test last weekend. The four athletes from two sports began experiencing symptoms after being in close contact with individuals outside the athletic department who have been infected. Those athletes are in quarantine and awaiting test results.— Two players with Japan’s most famous baseball team have tested positive for COVID-19. The Tokyo-based Yomiuri Giants called off a preseason game with the Seibu Lions scheduled for Wednesday because of the positive tests. It also raises questions about the start of the delayed season. Japan hopes to open its postponed baseball season on June 19 in stadiums without fans.— A Ukrainian soccer team has found 25 cases of the coronavirus among players and staff. The Ukrainian soccer association says the cases at Karpaty Lviv came from tests on 65 people. None of the players or staff members have been named. The Ukrainian league restarted last week without Karpaty. — Two more Oklahoma State football players have tested positive for COVID-19 since returning to campus for voluntary workouts. That brings the total to three, all athletes. Senior associate athletic director Kevin Klintworth wrote on his Twitter account that of the 150 staff, administrators and athletes tested, three had asymptomatic positives.— The PGA Tour has announced a deal with Sanford Health to conduct COVID-19 testing of players, caddies and essential personnel five days before the season resumes. That applies to every stop on the PGA Tour, PGA Tour Champions and the developmental Korn Ferry Tour. Sanford Health is based in South Dakota and is title sponsor of a PGA Tour Champions event. The company has three mobile testing units it will deploy across the country. Each one has a driver and three lab technicians. A unit will be at tournaments from Saturday through Thursday before leaving for the next closest event.— The chief executive of the European Tour says the fate of this year’s Ryder Cup will be decided by the end of the month. Keith Pelley says in an extensive interview with the McKellar Journal podcast that the European Tour and the PGA will have “conversations” about the Ryder Cup now that the revamped schedules of both tours have been announced. The Ryder Cup is still on schedule for Sept. 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin despite massive disruption to the sports schedule because of the outbreak.— Wright State is dropping its softball and men’s and women’s tennis programs as part of a plan to cut $2 million from its athletic department budget. The Dayton, Ohio, school is reducing expenditures across the board because of decreases in enrollment and state funding because of the pandemic. Wright State will have 11 sports and must be granted a waiver from the NCAA to remain in compliance with Division I requirements.— Players from all levels of college baseball are set to compete in the three-day, four-team Collegiate Summer Baseball Invitational in Bryan, Texas. The players, coaches, umpires and other event staff arrived in Bryan on Monday and were tested for COVID-19. They are being quarantined at a hotel through Saturday and allowed outside only to go to and from the ballpark. The Sport & Rights Alliance is a group of trade unions and rights advocates including Human Rights Watch and Transparency International. It has asked the AFC to apply the same rights standards FIFA set for the 2026 World Cup that the United States, Mexico and Canada will co-host.Key issues cited include protecting labor rights, minority groups and media, plus allowing independent monitoring of tournament operations for the next seven years.HORSE RACING-BELMONT-FAUCIFauci is runner-up at BelmontNEW YORK (AP) — A horse named Dr. Anthony Fauci made his much-anticipated debut Wednesday at Belmont Park. Update on the latest sports He honored his namesake’s stance on social distancing while finishing second in the third race, well behind Prisoner and well ahead of third-place Indoctrinate. The 2-year-old colt is the first of a series of horses inspired by the coronavirus pandemic and the latest tribute to the respected director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.Co-owner Phillip Antonacci picked the name Fauci in mid-March after the 79-year-old started doing daily coronavirus briefings from the White House.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
“You don’t need masks. There is a cure,” Dr. Stella Immanuel promised in a video that promoted hydroxychloroquine. “You don’t need people to be locked down.” Public health officials changed their tune when it became apparent that the virus could spread among people showing no symptoms. Judy Mikovits, the discredited doctor behind “Plandemic,” had been set to appear on the show “America This Week” on the Sinclair Broadcast Group. But the company, which operates TV stations in 81 U.S. markets, canned the segment, saying it was “not appropriate” to air. Yet trusted medical authorities are often being dismissed by those who say requiring people to wear masks is a step toward authoritarianism. He said the fear is that “people are putting themselves in harm’s way because they don’t believe the virus is something they have to deal with.” Early in the pandemic, medical authorities themselves were the source of much confusion regarding masks. In February, officials like the U.S. surgeon general urged Americans not to stockpile masks because they were needed by medical personnel and might not be effective in everyday situations. Still, mask skeptics are a vocal minority and have come together to create social media pages where many false claims about mask safety are shared. Facebook has removed some of the pages—such as the group Unmasking America!, which had nearly 10,000 members—but others remain. A video of a woman attacking a mask display at an Arizona Target received almost 84,000 likes on Twitter. Rather than fade away in the face of new evidence, the claims have flourished, fed by mixed messages from officials, transmitted by social media, amplified by some leaders and mutating when confronted with contradictory facts. That’s not surprising, according to University of Central Florida psychology professor Chrysalis Wright, who studies misinformation. She said conspiracy theory believers often engage in mental gymnastics to make their beliefs conform with reality. Other baseless theories and hoaxes have alleged that the virus isn’t real or that it’s a bioweapon created by the U.S. or its adversaries. One hoax from the outbreak’s early months claimed new 5G towers were spreading the virus through microwaves. Another popular story held that Microsoft founder Bill Gates plans to use COVID-19 vaccines to implant microchips in all 7 billion humans on the planet. ___ He is in the minority. A recent AP/NORC poll found that 3 in 4 Americans—Democrats and Republicans alike—support a national mask mandate. Many of the claims around masks allege harmful effects, such as blocked oxygen flow or even a greater chance of infection. The claims have been widely debunked by doctors. “While face masks don’t lower your oxygen levels. COVID definitely does,” he warned. New York City resident Carlos Lopez said he wears a mask when required to do so but doesn’t believe it is necessary. Experts worry the torrent of bad information is dangerously undermining efforts to slow the virus, whose death toll in the U.S. hit 150,000 Wednesday, by far the highest in the world, according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. Over a half-million people have died in the rest of the world. This week, U.S. government officials speaking on condition of anonymity cited what they said was a clear link between Russian intelligence and websites with stories designed to spread disinformation on the coronavirus in the West. Russian officials rejected the accusations. Twitter and Facebook began removing the video on Monday for violating policies on COVID-19 misinformation, but it had already been seen more than 20 million times. The president only recently began wearing a mask in public.The mixed signals hurt, Fauci acknowledged on an interview with NPR this month. Social media has amplified the claims and helped believers find each other. The flood of misinformation has posed a challenge for Facebook, Twitter and other platforms, which have found themselves accused of censorship for taking down virus misinformation. “It is a real challenge in terms of trying to get the message to the public about what they can really do to protect themselves and what the facts are behind the problem., said Michael Osterholm, head of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. Many of the claims in Immanuel’s video are widely disputed by medical experts. She has made even more bizarre pronouncements in the past, saying that cysts, fibroids and some other conditions can be caused by having sex with demons, that McDonald’s and Pokemon promote witchcraft, that alien DNA is used in medical treatments, and that half-human “reptilians” work in the government. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (David Goldman) Then there are the political theories—that doctors, journalists and federal officials are conspiring to lie about the threat of the virus to hurt Trump politically. Of all the bizarre and myriad claims about the virus, those regarding masks are proving to be among the most stubborn. As the world races to find a vaccine and a treatment for COVID-19, there is seemingly no antidote in sight for the burgeoning outbreak of coronavirus conspiracy theories, hoaxes, anti-mask myths and sham cures. Associated Press writers Beatrice Dupuy in New York, Eric Tucker in Washington, and Amy Forliti in Minneapolis contributed to this report.AP Hard-hit Florida reported 216 deaths, breaking the single-day record it set a day earlier. And South Carolina’s death toll passed 1,500 this week, more than doubling over the past month. “People only want to hear what they already think they know,” she said. A professionally made 26-minute video that alleges the government’s top infectious-disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, manufactured the virus and shipped it to China was watched more than 8 million times before the platforms took action. The video, titled “Plandemic,” also warned that masks could make you sick—the false claim Facebook cited when it removed the video down from its site. The phenomenon, unfolding largely on social media, escalated this week when President Donald Trump retweeted a false video about an anti-malaria drug being a cure for the virus and it was revealed that Russian intelligence is spreading disinformation about the crisis through English-language websites. O Tuathail witnessed just how unshakable COVID-19 misinformation can be when, after broadcasting his video, he received emails from people who said he cheated, or didn’t wear the mask long enough to feel the negative effects. Dr. Maitiu O Tuathail of Ireland grew so concerned about mask misinformation he posted an online video of himself comfortably wearing a mask while measuring his oxygen levels. The video has been viewed more than 20 million times. “They’re politicizing it as a tool,” he said. “I think it’s more to try to get Trump to lose. It’s more a scare tactic.” The truth: Federal regulators last month revoked their authorization of the drug as an emergency treatment amid growing evidence it doesn’t work and can have deadly side effects. Even if it were effective, it wouldn’t negate the need for masks and other measures to contain the outbreak. “The message early on became confusing,” he said.