Secretary of State Jim Condos to develop ‘Vermont Transparency Tour’

first_imgSecretary of State Jim Condos announced today that he is embarking on a ‘Vermont Transparency Tour’ to travel the state to help educate and train local and state government officials on the laws of the state regarding Access to Public Records and Open Meetings.   He said at least 12 training sessions are envisioned this summer.  ‘A change of the culture and attitude towards access to public records and open meetings is necessary for both state and local government,’ Condos said.  ‘Open government is good government,’ Condos stated in announcing the tour.   ‘Distrust in government is not good for our democratic process ‘ the public has a right to know the truth about what the government is doing.’ Condos continues, ‘As new legislation designed to provide for greater transparency in public records and open meetings progresses in the statehouse, it has become evident that local and state officials need training to better understand the law.’ This week Condos approached the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, Vermont School Boards Association, Vermont Municipal Clerks and Treasurers, American Civil Liberties Union, Common Cause, and the Vermont Press Association to ask for their support of this endeavor. Condos is pleased to say that all have agreed that additional training is important and support the idea of taking this on the road.  Other groups will also be asked to endorse the plan. While the training sessions are designed for all state and local government officials, they will be open to the public.  The initial idea is to schedule two sessions a day, for two days a week over a three or four week period.  The locations will be sprinkled across Vermont and will allow most government officials to be within an hour’s drive of at least two or more sessions. Jim Condos is Vermont’s Secretary of State, after serving eight years as a Vermont Senator from Chittenden County, 18 years on South Burlington City Council and 30+ years of private sector business experience. Source: Condos’ office. 4.29.2011last_img read more

Did you know that Your Make-Up could Contain Rat Droppings?

first_imgCopies of leading Make-up brands such as MAC, Benefit and Urban Decay are being produced in squalid overseas factories, risking cross-contamination with potentially lethal substances such as arsenic, mercury and lead.The fake goods are then sold through popular websites such as eBay and Amazon and shipped to the United Kingdom.City of London Police’s intellectual property crime unit have this week launched a national alert to get shoppers to stop buying the deadly beauty products.“Laboratory tests have shown counterfeit perfume often contains poisonous chemicals including cyanide and even human urine,” said a London police spokesman.“Fake cosmetics such as eyeliner, mascara, lipgloss and foundation have been found to contain toxic levels of chemicals and harmful substances such as arsenic, mercury and lead.“All of these can cause allergic reactions, such as skin irritation, swelling, rashes and burns as well as leaving the consumer with longer-term health problems.”One victim looked like she had been beaten up after she was given fake MAC products for Christmas. Question is, is Africa affected?last_img read more

Walker Buehler returns to form in Dodgers’ power-boosted win over Marlins

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error And for the first time in over a week, a Dodger pitcher had the full support of his defense. After committing 16 errors in the previous eight games and allowing 10 unearned runs in the last five contests, the Dodgers didn’t have a miscue on the diamond on Sunday.More to come on this story.Related Articles A.J. Pollock’s three-run blast in the seventh inning made it 27 home runs for the Dodgers in the 10 games since the Midsummer Classic, the most in the majors. Muncy and Cody Bellinger, who had Sunday’s game off as a rest day, each have four homers in that stretch.The Dodgers have also scored 77 runs in the 10 games since the break, the most in the majors. But they didn’t need too impressive of a game with their bats given the way that Walker Buehler pitched.The righty was crisp and precise from the outset. He struck out six batters in the first two innings, though he allowed a single in each of those frames. Buehler tightened up even more, retiring 13 batters in a row before Garrett Cooper singled in the sixth.Buehler got himself into a bit of trouble in the seventh with two on and two outs, but struck out Yadiel Rivera for his 11th and final punch out of the game. The outing marked the third time this season Buehler has reached double-digit strikeouts. The second-year pitcher allowed five hits and no walks in his seven innings of shutout work. He threw 71 of his 94 pitches for strikes.It was a welcome return to form for Buehler (9-1), who had allowed 16 runs (12 earned) in his previous three starts. It was the first time since June 15 that Buehler didn’t allow a run. PreviousMiami Marlins starting pitcher Jordan Yamamoto throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, July 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, right, drops his bat after hitting a solo home run as Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jordan Yamamoto watches during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy warms up in the on-deck circle during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Sunday, July 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsMiami Marlins starting pitcher Jordan Yamamoto throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday, July 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy hits a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Sunday, July 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez, left, and Justin Turner, right, joke around in the dugout prior to a baseball game against the Miami Marlins Sunday, July 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins Sunday, July 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy hits a solo home run as Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jordan Yamamoto watches along with catcher Jorge Alfaro, second from right, and home plate umpire Mark Wegner during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Dodgers’ Max Muncy, left, gestures before scoring after hitting a solo home run as Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jordan Yamamoto stands on the mound during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jordan Yamamoto throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, July 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, right, drops his bat after hitting a solo home run as Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jordan Yamamoto watches during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 9Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, right, drops his bat after hitting a solo home run as Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jordan Yamamoto watches during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES – When Marlins rookie Jordan Yamamoto took the mound for his start in the series finale between the Dodgers and Miami on Sunday, the right hander had not yet surrendered a home run in the first 33 innings of his career.The Dodgers didn’t let this streak stand much longer.First baseman Max Muncy hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Joc Pederson followed with a two-run shot of his own in the third to help the Dodgers complete the three-game sweep over the Marlins (36-61) with a 9-0 win on Sunday afternoon in front of a crowd of 47,469.The performance continued what has been an offensive outpouring for the Dodgers (67-35) since the All-Star break. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire last_img read more