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

Hayes takes Northern SportMod foes at 141 to school

first_imgBy Greg and Marco AregoniFRANCIS CREEK, Wis. (May 15) – A week after graduating from college, Kelsy Hayes taught her Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod foes a lesson at 141 Speedway.Hayes led every lap of the Friday feature for her career first local victory. Hayes had her hands full throughout the 20-lapper, first holding off Josh Lambert and Hunter Parsons and then denying Kevin Bethke in the later circuits.Last-corner finishes are always a blast for the fans and for the winning side of finish. The IMCA Xtreme Motorsports Modified finale saw Johnny Whitman edge Shawn Kilgore by a bumper. The local win was the defending champion’s first of the season.Larry Karcz Jr. got back to winning in his second week back in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars after an off-season accident. A fog-shortened Mach-1 Sport Compact feature saw Brian Johnson pick up his first win of the season.last_img read more

3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 75-73 win over Wake Forest

first_img Published on February 8, 2020 at 10:27 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44 Facebook Twitter Google+ Behind a combined 43 points from Buddy Boeheim and Elijah Hughes, Syracuse defeated Wake Forest 75-73 in the Carrier Dome on Saturday night. The Orange led by as many as 16 points but after three players fouled out, SU clung to a lead while playing two freshmen guards and a freshman center. In the end, it was one of the freshmen. Brycen Goodine, who’s played sparingly in conference play, grabbed a Hughes miss and flushed in a layup. The 6-foot-3 guard’s scoop and score sealed the game for Syracuse with less than two seconds remaining.Foul Trouble Against Clemson, Syracuse’s mainly seven-man rotation was exploited when the Orange reached foul trouble at the forward position. Ideally, Syracuse plays three players  — Marek Dolezaj, Bourama Sidibe and Quincy Guerrier — among the two forward spots. But when the forwards reach three fouls early in the game and inevitably foul out after the rough start, things begin to derail for Syracuse. In South Carolina, that led to a loss in a game Syracuse had been winning prior to foul-outs from both Sidibe and Dolezaj. Against Wake Forest, foul trouble forced Syracuse to take Guerrier out amid a 10-point shift and replace him with Sidibe. After another Sidibe foul, freshman Jesse Edwards entered the game. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMany of the fouls came far from the basket. Both Guerrier and Sidibe fouled a Wake Forest player on the offensive end of the floor and other times fouled ball handlers, not shooters, near the 3-point arc or further. Guerrier’s final foul came with more than eight minutes to play as he reached for an offensive rebound and hit a Wake Forest player in the eye. On the next possession, Sidibe fouled out. The junior center tried to contest a dunk but instead bodied a Demon Deacons big man. With 8:40 left, Syracuse had to play Edwards for the remainder of the game. Things only worsened for the Orange from there. Dolezaj picked up his fourth personal foul while hooking the arm of Wake Forest’s Olivier Sarr. The foul was a technical and resulted in two free throws for Sarr and WFU possession. By the end of the possession, the Demon Deacons had their first lead since leading 4-2 early in the game. A few possessions later, it appeared as if Dolezaj had secured the ball for Syracuse along the baseline on the defensive end. But the refs ruled him out of bounds. Dolezaj pleaded with the refs to look at the video replay. They didn’t. Instead, the junior forward received a technical foul, his fifth personal of the game, and Goodine subbed in for SyracuseQuincy’s quarter Syracuse’s coaches want Guerrier to be physical. The Orange coaches have expected their heaviest player to be a dominating force down low, but he hasn’t always been. Guerrier’s often said it’s about understanding his positioning better so he can be in the proper spot to rebound.He was in the right spot on Saturday but perhaps more importantly, he asserted himself. Guerrier consistently drove to the hoop and initiated contact. The first time he did so, the layup didn’t fall. The freshman forward from Canada shook his head before sinking both free throws. The next two times Guerrier had the ball beneath the basket he was fouled again. He sank his layups despite contact. After the second time he was fouled and the layup bounced in off the backboard, Guerrier sat on the floor and screamed. In that moment, he looked like the aggressor Syracuse has wanted. He initially came in because Sidibe was in foul trouble with two fouls through less than 10 minutes. But Guerrier, as he has many times this year, had similar troubles. After scoring 10 points in roughly eight minutes of play, he left the game with three fouls with more than two minutes remaining in the first half. Steady Boeheim When Syracuse needed a play on Saturday, Buddy came through. First, on the offensive end, Buddy dashed down the court, caught a pass on the break and finished a layup. The next Wake Forest possession, Buddy snatched a steal and the play resulted in two free throws for Syracuse.As Syracuse trailed Wake early in the game, it was Buddy who bailed Syracuse out. Buddy hit three 3-pointers in a span of less than four minutes as a part of a 13-0 Syracuse run.Per usual, Buddy hit from the outside while also dribbling in for a few pull-up jumpers and earning trips to the free-throw line. He finished with a game-high 23 points.  Commentslast_img read more

Discover LA welcomes Aussie plane in EveryoneIsWelcome Stunt

first_imgDiscover L.A. welcomes Aussie plane in #EveryoneIsWelcome StuntAustralians travelling on Virgin Australia flight VA23 to Los Angeles were given a unique warm welcome over the weekend with Discover Los Angeles showing the world that #EveryoneIsWelcome in the City of Angels.Over 1,000 Angelenos came together to address the anti-welcome sentiment that is coming out of the USA, creating one of the world’s largest, human-powered “welcome” signs, sharing a warm message of love, support and inclusivity.Synchronised volunteers, including L.A. based Australian actress Tammin Sursok (Pretty Little Liars) and TV personality, Jason Dundas, spelt out “welcome” in four languages: English, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic in a spectacular, stadium-style show. Source = Discover L.A.last_img read more