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

Thiago Silva eyes Premier League glory with Chelsea

first_imgThiago Silva has set his sights on winning the Premier League title with Chelsea, insisting he does not lack motivation in the twilight of his career. The defender joined Frank Lampard’s side from Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer in August and is waiting to make his Blues debut after being granted a longer break than his new team-mates. Loading… The Brazil centre-back clocked 36 today, but he does not agree with suggestions he is past his best and will not be able to cope with the physical demands of the Premier League Silva plans to feature at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and is targeting silverware with Chelsea after eight successful years with PSG, who won the French title and reached the Champions League final last season. “What motivates me, day by day, is the hunger to win; to win everything within my reach,” Silva told Chelsea’s website on Monday. “Coming to the Premier League, my main goal is to win the league title and I’m certain that we’ll be fighting for that every step of the way.” Read Also: Barcelona, Suarez part ways, nears Atletico switch “The club has gone a few years without spending big money, without regenerating the squad, but now we’re starting again on a new journey with some big signings,” Silva said. “I hope that this reboot will bring the same success as the club has enjoyed in the past.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Chelsea have spent around £200 million ($255 million) on Frank Lampard’s close-season rebuild, with Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz and Ben Chilwell all joining as well as Silva. Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is also expected to arrive soon as Chelsea seek to improve on last season’s fourth-place finish in the Premier League. Lampard’s side finished 33 points behind champions Liverpool, who beat them 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday to underscore the gap between the teams. Silva wants to help Chelsea overhaul Liverpool and his experience and leadership could prove key elements in a defence that has been creaky since Lampard took charge last year. “As I’ve said before, the prospect of playing at the next World Cup is another thing that really drives me,” he added. “I’ll be more or less 38 years old by the time of the next World Cup and I’m hugely motivated to be in good shape for it.” Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyThe Best Cars Of All TimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows BetterWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffeelast_img read more