Trump to make fundraising trip to Houston, San Antonio

first_imgPresident Donald Trump is planning to return to Texas next month to raise money for his re-election campaign, according to people familiar with his plans.Trump has scheduled fundraisers on April 10 in Houston and San Antonio, according to those sources. Asked about the trip, the White House said it did not have any scheduling announcements to make at this time. By Patrick SvitekThe Texas Tribunetexastribune.org The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.center_img Trump last visited Texas in mid-February, when he went to El Paso to rally support for a border wall. That event drew a counter-rally headlined by Beto O’Rourke, the former congressman and U.S. Senate nominee who has since entered the presidential contest.O’Rourke is not the only Texas Democrat running to take on Trump. Julián Castro, the former U.S. housing secretary and San Antonio mayor, is also in the race.last_img read more

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Burlington Free Press publishes ‘compact smart’ tabloid

first_imgFree Press Media,The Burlington Free Press launched its much-anticipated new daily newspaper format Thursday with a cover story concerning the opposition to wind power in Vermont. FreePressMedia, the local subsidiary of Gannett, which publishes the Free Press, spent $2.4 million on a press rebuild in order to print the new format. The tabloid-sized newspaper ran a nearly full-page picture on the front, with a strip ad on the bottom and a weather teaser. The four-section paper included two stapled sections â Innovate,’which is its weekly business section, and â Weekend.’The back page, unlike typical daily tabs like the New York Post which includes news, had a full-page ad. Readers will notice that there is four-color throughout, including the obituaries, that the features include large photos and that in the initial issue the sports section did not contain any box scores or agate (neither local nor national statistics, scores or results). The Thursday edition in recent months has been the second largest paper of the week, next to the Sunday edition. The Friday edition sports section had limited agate.In its 185-year history, the Free Press was always a broadsheet. The new format (11’wide x 15’in length) is taller and a little wider than Seven Days, the Burlington alternative weekly tabloid, which also uses a feature front, color throughout and employs, like the new Free Press, a table of contents to help guide the reader. The headline fonts are also new.â We are excited to announce a new format for our printed edition which puts us on the cutting edge in our industry ‘an innovation in both style and content. This new approach in print is making the newspaper fresh again while complementing the immediacy of our news coverage on our website, on mobile and tablet apps. President and Publisher Jim Fogler said in a statement upon the launch on Thursday. Fogler said the full scope of FreePressMediaâ s new â compact smart edition,’as he called it, enhancements includes:  A shift from broadsheet page size to a new compact smart format that gives the Burlington Free Press printed edition more of a magazine-feel with design upgrades. Color on every single page, which will give us color obits, comics, and TV week in color. This new, easy-to-use format features a modular approach to advertising display which will provide greater impact and ad-size flexibility for advertisers. Our easy-to-use compact smart format incorporates print and online content into a comprehensive subscription model. Fogler said at the heart of the new reader experience for printed edition readers will be the approach pioneered since 2009 in the Free Press’â passion-topics’sections: in-depth reporting, rich photographs and eye-catching design in Green Mountain, Savorvore, ARTSbtv and Innovate. The Free Press will also introduce a new passion section to the line-up called â Round Here on Saturdays that defines life in Vermont and the Vermont way. Editor Michael Townsend said: â The new Free Press will be clean, elegant, simple, compelling, commanding, photo driven, text driven, compact and easy to handle, full color every page, narrative driven, big with impact, provocative, engaging, a definite sense of place, local, well written, what you didn’t read elsewhere, far different than any other, complementary of online with its own unique personality. In addition to this new-look, the Burlington Free Press will deliver the most accountability reporting and narrative writing in all of Vermont.â  FreePressMedia recently changed its subscription model, as part of an historic shift toward digital-first publishing. The new model provides the flexibility of how, when and where its readers want to consume the local news and information in Vermont. Free Press readers will see significant digital enhancements in the next few months, the statement said, including more video and photos, and a renewed focus on the topics that matter most to Vermonters. FreePressMedia also re-did its Web site. It said it has launched new and improved digital platforms for readers to access news and information, including a more robust mobile site and a tablet-friendly reader experience.last_img read more

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Burlington middle schools awarded $40,000 from Verizon for makerspaces

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Lyman C Hunt and Edmunds Middle Schools have been awarded grants from Verizon Innovative Learning for $20,000 each, for the creation of makerspaces at their respective schools, the Burlington School District announced today. Schools nationwide applied for the grant, which will be used to design a space where people can go to create, invent and learn in a do-it-yourself and hands-on setting.Quoting from Hunt’s grant application: “Children are naturally creative and our school should provide frequent opportunities for wonder and creativity. This grant is a perfect opportunity to help level the playing field for our students and allow them to continue to progress with their STEAM skills and interests, with greater access and exposure to a more student-centered and challenge-based focus curriculum.Our vision is to develop a space, resources and opportunities for our students to engage in making before, during and after school. We plan to create a Maker Lab in our Library with seven mobile maker carts stocked for a variety of purposes.These carts will cover a range of maker themes including: basic circuitry including paper circuits; advanced circuitry including littlebits; programming including Sphero robots; textiles and wearables; looms, knitting needles and yarn; a 3D printer and a vinyl cutter. This will give a needed upgrade to our building, creating spaces where students can engage in self-selected and mentor-inspired challenges. Students will be able to take on coding, programming and design challenges,as well as learn new soft skills in the fiber and paper arts.”Quoting from a previous press release written by EMS student Ana S: “We plan to use this money to make a makerspace. We are calling the space the “CnC Lab” which stands for coding and communicating. The room will have a video production center, a sound room and an anchor desk. Students will make robots, video games, websites, toys, edit and produce videos and podcasts – the possibilities are endless. McLeod Kredell Architects and Offenhartz Management Co. have volunteered to partner with us. Planning and construction will be a collaborative effort between our partners and our students. This is a great opportunity for kids to learn, problems solve and to express their creative side. With the makerspace, the students can really make and create whatever comes to their mind. We can’t wait to see to see where this creative and innovative journey takes us.”Hunt’s three “Maker Champions” – Tech-Integrationist Val Lodish, Social Studies Teacher Charles Dabritz and Afterschool Site Director Rebecca Reese – and EMS’s three “Maker Champions” – Tech-Integrationist Brent Truchon, STEM Teacher Matt Chandler and Design and Tech Education Teacher Eric Schoembs – will participate in two days of STEAM-focused professional development and lead the setup and launch of the Maker Lab and the CnC Lab.Source: Burlington School Dsitrict 1.12.2017last_img read more

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No Gophers selected in the first round of 2020 NFL Draft

first_imgNo Gophers selected in the first round of 2020 NFL DraftMinnesota has not had a player selected in the first round since 2006.Kamaan RichardsGophers Head Coach P.J. Fleck converses with a referee at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Minnesota holds a 24-17 lead over Auburn heading into the third quarter of the Outback Bowl. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily) Nick JungheimApril 24, 2020Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintComing off its most successful football season in decades, Minnesota is expected to see multiple players selected in the 2020 NFL Draft. However, the Gophers prospects will have to wait  a little longer to hear their names called.Thursday night’s first round came and went without any Minnesota players selected. No Gopher has been picked in the first round since the New England Patriots selected Laurence Maroney in 2006. Now, that drought will last at least one season longer.The Gopher most likely to hear his named called was safety Antoine Winfield Jr., who was a first-round hopeful. Winfield was one of 58 players the NFL selected to set up cameras in their home for the virtual event. Many predict Winfield will get chosen tomorrow in the second round of the draft. Other Gophers likely to hear their names called are wide receiver Tyler Johnson and linebackers Carter Coughlin and Kamal Martin. Some experts project Johnson to come off the board tomorrow as a third-round pick. Coughlin and Martin are considered day three prospects. Cornerback Chris Williamson has also met with teams and garnered attention as a potential late-round round pick.Although no Minnesota players were selected on Thursday, the Big Ten had a number of players chosen. Five players from the Big Ten were selected, tied for the Big 12 for the second most of any conference, behind only the SEC which saw 15 players drafted.last_img read more

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Lošinj concluded a record tourist year

first_imgWith more than two million overnight stays in 2016, the return of the famous bronze statue of Apoxyomenos and the opening of the unique Apoxyomenos Museum, Lošinj – a destination of health and vitality, achieving another successful tourist year and ranked among the leading Croatian destinations with the most overnight stays.Thanks to the natural resources, diverse offer, numerous investments, but also the responsibility and creativity of the residents who help raise the quality of the offer and the common vision of the archipelago through daily cooperation, in 2016 Lošinj achieved a total 287.582 arrivals (36.964 domestic, 250.618 foreign) and 2.203.155 nights (289.273 domestic, 1.913.882 foreign) and thus surpassed the previous 2015 s 4% more arrivals i 2% more nights. This winter, Lošinj shone in a new Christmas and New Year environment, while offering a rich program of events full of surprises for islanders and visitors. With many animation, entertainment and sports events, cultural sights, restaurants and unique museum institutions have opened their doors to many visitors. Only in the period from December 23 to January 2 on Lošinj was it realized 2.722 arrivals i 8.849 nights.Traditionally, winter on the island has mostly attracted Austrians (52,7%), Slovenes (14,1%) and Croats (12,1%), Germans (10,9%) and Italians (7,2%), and other guests were in a slightly lower percentage (3%). This winter, guests stayed in hotels (2.253 arrivals, 6.487 overnight stays), but also in private accommodation (169 arrivals, 675 overnight stays) and camps (285 arrivals, 1.361 overnight stays) and other accommodation facilities (15 arrivals, 326 overnight stays). “Extremely satisfied with last year’s results, we are entering 2017 optimistically, with a focus on priority products: cultural and health tourism. Also, activities on the implementation of destination brand management continue, such as continuous coordination, development of new products, education and thematic presentations for renters, but also other activities on the ETIS project, and Total quality management, which in addition to quality management in all segments, contributes to quality the lives of our inhabitants. ” said the president of the Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj, Ana Kučić.Photo: Lošinj, Siniša GulićAlso, based on a 120-year tradition of health tourism, quality destination management and many years of dedicated work and effort, the Island of Vitality is a proud holder of numerous projects and events, but also a winner of world and European awards. Thus, in October, the City of Mali Lošinj was awarded the annual Croatian tourist award for the most successful health tourism destination in the destination category of the year, and the Apoxyomenos on the Island of Vitality project was awarded the Innovation of the Year award. As part of the conference ‘World Green Destinations Day’, Mali Lošinj received the prestigious ‘Top 100 Sustainable Destinations of the World’ certificate in 2016. He is an example of the best practice for quality management in Croatia, and he won the award of the European System of Sustainable Development Indicators (ETIS), ie the award for the breadth and depth of knowledge gained on sustainable tourism practices on the island, in April 2016. “In addition to all the above, new products are being introduced, such as the project for the restoration of the Lošinj camp – Mala barka 2, which was accepted as part of the Mala barka 2 program, ie Interreg Croatia-Slovenia from EU funds for the restoration of historical maritime heritage and cultural labeling project” Kucic concluded.Lošinj is the winner of numerous other international tourism awards based on highly creative quality of work, projects, development programs, tourist presentations and numerous programs that overall contribute to the prosperity, vision and quality of visitors and residents.last_img read more

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CARICOM and UN meeting on crisis in Venezuela

first_imgA Delegation from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) led by Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris of St. Kitts and Nevis is meeting today with United Nations Secretary-General  His Excellency Antonio Guterres to discuss the crisis in Venezuela. (From Left) Hon Denis Moses, Foreign Minister, Trinidad and Tobago; Hon Mia Mottley, Prime Minister, Barbados; Dr Hon. Keith Rowley, Prime Minister, Trinidad and Tobago; HE Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General; Dr Hon Timothy Harris, Prime Minister, St. Kitts and Nevis and Chairman, CARICOM; Hon Peter David, Foreign Minister, Grenada; Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Secretary-General, CARICOM; Senator Dr. Jerome Walcott, Foreign Minister, Barbados Prime Minister Harris is accompanied at the meeting by  Dr. Hon Keith Rowley, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Hon Mia Mottley Prime Minister of Barbados, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and the Foreign Ministers and UN Ambassadors of Barbados, Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago. Jun 30, 2020 Statement by the Chair of the Caribbean Community The… Statement by the Chairman of the Caribbean Community… Jun 6, 2020 Leading the CARICOM Delegation – (from left) Prime Minister Hon Mia Mottley, Barbados; Prime Minister Dr Hon. Keith Rowley, Trinidad and Tobago; CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Hon Timothy Harris, St Kitts and Nevis, CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque The meeting, at UN Headquarters in New York, is a follow-up to the decision of CARICOM Heads of Government at their Special Emergency Meeting on Thursday which discussed the on-going situation in Venezuela. The CARICOM Leaders agreed to request a meeting with the UN Secretary-General which he accepted. Jul 2, 2020 Tribute to Sir Everton Weekes: Climbing to the Top –… CARICOM Heads Meet Friday – Handover of Chairmanship to… You may be interested in… Jul 10, 2020 CARICOM Delegation in New York holds pre-Meeting ahead of talks with UN SGThe CARICOM Delegation in New York to meet with UN Secretary-General HE Antonio Guterres on the crisis in Venezuela held a preparatory session this morning. CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr. Hon. Timothy Harris of St. Kitts and Nevis, is leading the delegation which includes Prime Minister Dr. Hon Keith Rowley…January 28, 2019In “Barbados”CARICOM Delegation to meet with UN Secretary-General Monday on crisis on VenezuelaChairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Dr the Honourable Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis leads a delegation from the Community to meet with United Nations (UN) Secretary-General His Excellency Antonio Guterres on Monday morning to discuss the crisis in Venezuela. The meeting will take place at…January 27, 2019In “Barbados”PM Rowley holds press conference on return from CARICOM UN Mission on VenezuelaMeaningful dialogue and negotiation are necessary to find a solution to the situation in Venezuela, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Hon. Keith Rowley said Wednesday. PM Rowley, who is Lead Head of Government with responsibility for Security in the CARICOM Quasi Cabinet, was on a delegation to…January 30, 2019In “Event”Share this on WhatsApp Video Playerhttps://today.caricom.org/wp-content/uploads/PM_Rowley_on_UN_Meeting_Venezuela.mp400:0000:0001:05Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… last_img read more

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Gertrude ‘Trudy’ Barnard, 90

first_imgGertrude “Trudy” Henrietta Barnard, a long-time resident of Bridgehampton, died on June 6, at the age of 90.She was born on August 8, 1928 in McKenny, VA, to James and Ava Mason. On Christmas Day in 1948, she was married to Sisco Edward Sylvester Barnard Sr. The couple had six children.She was baptized at a very early age and as a child became a member of the First Baptist Church of Bridgehampton, where she sang in the church choir.Barnard loved her family and opened her home to those in need and for many family cookouts. She loved to cook and made sure to prepare enough for whoever came through the door. Her family said she believed in helping people and was loved by many.She attended the Bridgehampton Elementary School and High School. She worked as a teacher’s aide at the school and later as an outreach aide for Migrant Health at the Riverhead County Center.Barnard was predeceased by her husband and two sons, James Anthony Barnard and Gary Keith Barnard, her brother, George Mason, and sisters Helen Johnson and Winifred Johnson.She leaves to cherish her memory four children, Sisco E.S. Barnard Jr. of Riverhead; Betty “Tara” Williams of Blackwood, NJ; Helen Darlene Barnard of Chesapeake, VA; Valerie Letcher of East Hampton; 15 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren.She also is survived by a sister, Alice Jacobs, of Queens; her sister-in-law Dorothy Mason (George) of the Bronx; her niece, Deborah Woods, of Southampton; her close friend, Linda Corbett, of East Hampton; and many other relatives and friends. A funeral service was held June 14 at the First Baptist Church of Southampton. The Reverend Henry Faison Jr. officiated. Burial followed at Calverton National Cemetery. Sharelast_img read more

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USA: Ecology OKs Pend Oreille County’s Shoreline Program

first_imgThe Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) approved Pend Oreille County’s comprehensive update of its shoreline master program.The county’s locally tailored shoreline program is designed to protect private property rights, help minimize environmental damage to shoreline areas, reserve appropriate areas for water-oriented uses, and protect the public’s right to access and enjoy public lands and waters.The updated shoreline master program guides construction and development along more than 60 lakes, rivers, and streams, including the Pend Oreille River, Sullivan Creek and Sullivan, Diamond and Sacheen lakes.Throughout the process, Ecology staff worked closely with local planning staff, their elected officials, and special interest groups.“We are pleased to approve a shoreline program that not only meets the requirements of the law but also remains locally tailored to meet the needs of the county and public,” said Gordon White, Shoreline and Environmental Assessment program manager.“We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with the county,” said Jaime Short, Ecology shoreline planner. “We believe education and outreach that fosters a greater understanding and enhanced stewardship of our shoreline resources will be a key component to applying the shoreline program.”Under state law, a local shoreline program must receive Ecology approval before taking effect. It then becomes part of the state shoreline master program, subject to a 60-day appeal period.The department will help defend the county’s shoreline program against legal challenges.All of Washington’s cities and counties with regulated shorelines must update their programs by December 2014. They are following regulations adopted by Ecology in 2003. The regulations resulted from a negotiated settlement among 58 different parties including business interests, ports, environmental groups, shoreline user groups, cities and counties, Ecology, and the courts.[mappress]Press Release, December 11, 2013last_img read more

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Brought to account

first_imgObiter, who blushes to reclaim a receipted taxi fare, has watched with awed fascination the Daily Telegraph’s exposure of how MPs have worked parliament’s expenses regime. Justice ministers are among those in the spotlight. Justice secretary Jack Straw, who receives an annual salary of £141,866, repaid the council tax for which he had wrongly claimed, but over the years received thousands of taxpayers’ pounds for improvements to a house in his Blackburn constituency, listed, under the rules, as his second home. According to the Telegraph, improvements included new garage doors, kitchen, central heating system, beds, bathroom and LCD television. Solicitor general Vera Baird, meanwhile, whose annual salary is £125,602, had her £250 claim for Christmas decorations rejected by the Commons’ fees office. However according to the Telegraph, and again entirely within the rules, we should stress, she claimed for mortgage interest payments, repairs, decorations and furnishings to a four-bedroom house in her Redcar, Cleveland constituency. Obiter suspects we will be hearing less from ministers about overpaid legal aid lawyers ‘moderating their expectations of earnings’. For the time being, anyway.last_img read more

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