first_imgIn response to a $58 million drop in state revenue forecasts, Speaker of the House Shap Smith met with Governor Douglas, Lt. Governor Dubie, and Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin on April 27 to craft a joint solution to address budgetary challenges. Economists Jeff Carr, representing the administration, and Tom Kavet, for the Legislature, estimated that the state could fall $250 million into deficit in the next few years.In the past 12 months, the legislature has made roughly $110 million in cuts and other adjustments to state programs and services.  State spending without the federal stimulus funds in Fiscal Years 2009 and 2010 is below FY 2008 spending. The magnitude of this crisis demands that all options be on the table, said Senator Shumlin. Making $110 million in cuts and adjustments has significantly damaged state services and have not been easy to make, Shumlin said.  Unfortunately, the revenue downgrade has made the choices ahead of us even harder. We have incredibly difficult decisions ahead of us, said Speaker Smith.  In order to solve this crisis the leaders of state government need to work together and take a balanced approach.Source: Senator Shumlin’s officelast_img read more

first_imgMore than thirty participants from as far away as Florida and Michigan came out for the inaugural French Broad Classique canoe and kayak race last weekend.  The racers covered 34 miles from Blantyre to the Asheville Outdoor Center at Carrier Park during the race and the top times of the event clocked in under four hours.For most people, canoeing is a leisurely way to spend a sunny day of the weekend. But for the 30 paddlers who took to the French Broad on Saturday morning for the first stage of Asheville’s latest canoe and kayak race — the inaugural French Broad Classique — canoeing is a fast-paced sport with no down time.The race is the idea of adventure sports athlete Andy Kluge, an avid paddler of the French Broad: He organized the race as a way to get people out onto one of his favorite sections of the river. “I’ve been paddling this section of the French Broad for the last six years, and about a year ago I decided to organize this race because I’d been to a lot of other races, I’ve seen how they are organized, and I thought, ‘This section of the French Broad would make a great race,’” Kluge said.More on the French Broad Classique at Mountain Xpress…last_img read more

first_imgWe are excited to announce that we have joined forces with our partner publication, Elevation Outdoors, to kick off a cobranded third season of the Live Outside and Play program (liveoutsideandplay.com). Blue Ridge Outdoors Travel Editor Jess Daddio, who has worked the program for the past two years, will be joined by teammate Adam Ritter. Together, Daddio and Ritter will represent the two magazines at 10 events in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states and 10 events across the state of Colorado. Blue Ridge Outdoors and Elevation Outdoors are partnering with some of the biggest names in the industry to facilitate this program, including title sponsor La Sportiva and supporting sponsors Mountain House, LifeStraw, Farm To Feet, DeLorme, ENO, IceMule Coolers, and Crazy Creek Products.“The Live Outside and Play program is so much more than a festival tour,” says Daddio. “It’s about living simply and authentically, exploring new places, and engaging with outdoor communities and like-minded people. After living on the road in the Blue Ridge for the past two seasons, it will be exciting to venture west and experience the adventures our friends at Elevation Outdoors have been bragging about.”Daddio’s and Ritter’s mission for season three of Live Outside and Play is twofold: engaging with the communities that recreate in and protect our natural resources and connecting those people to the brands that support and value an active outdoors lifestyle. Each month, Daddio and Ritter will collaborate with locals, businesses, and outdoor advocacy groups to go outside and play, culminating in 20 separate meet-ups throughout the seven-month tour.To follow along on the Live Outside and Play journey and find out when the team will be near you, check out their Facebook page, Instagram handle, Twitter feed, and trip blog.You can also check out Blue Ridge Outdoors’ and Elevation Outdoors’ social media channels to stay up-to-date on the duo’s ramblings as well as all of the fresh and exciting content the magazines produce on a daily basis.Blue Ridge Outdoors social media links:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlueRidgeOutdoorsTwitter: @GoOutAndPlayInstagram: @blueridgeoutdoorsElevation Outdoors social media links:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElevationOutdoorsTwitter: @elevationoutInstagram: @elevationoutLive Outside and Play social media links:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LiveOutsideAndPlayTwitter: @JessDaddioInstagram: @liveoutsideandplaylast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are searching for a hit-and-run driver that killed a 38-year-old pedestrian in his hometown of Brentwood on Monday night.Orlando Marquez man was walking on the east side of Calebs Path when he was struck by a vehicle that fled the scene just south of Bushwick Avenue at 8 p.m., police said.A passerby found victim lying in the street and called 911. The victim was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where he was pronounced dead.Vehicular Crime Unit detectives are investigating the crash. There is no description of the vehicle involved.Police ask anyone who may have witnessed the incident or have information about the identity of the victim or the suspect vehicle to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 52-year-old Commack man was killed when he crashed his SUV on the Long Island Expressway in Brentwood over the weekend.Suffolk County police said Scott Henbest was driving a Dodge Durango eastbound on the LIE when his vehicle veered off the roadway into trees on the right side of the road just west of Exit 55 at 11:55 a.m. Sunday.The victim was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he was pronounced dead.Fourth Squad detectives impounded the truck, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the crash to call them at 631-854-8452.last_img

first_imgThere are similar structural issues in the Senate, where the current Democratic minority was elected with more votes than the Republican majority and where by 2040, based on population projections, about 70 percent of Americans will be represented by 30 percent of senators. “It’s not that the states that are represented by the 30 percent are all red, but what we do know is that the states that are going to have 70 senators are in no way representative of the diversity in the country,” said Norman Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.“The more this happens, the more you get the sense that voters don’t have a say in the choice of their leaders,” he said. “And you cannot have a democracy over a period of time that survives if a majority of people believe that their franchise is meaningless.” “We look at a map of so-called red and blue states and treat that map as land and not people,” said Carol Anderson, a professor of African-American studies at Emory University who researches voter suppression. “Why, when somebody has won millions more votes than their opponent, are we still deliberating over 10,000 votes here, 5,000 votes there?”- Advertisement – Mr. Biden’s current popular vote lead is larger than the individual populations of more than 20 states. It is also more than a million votes larger than Hillary Clinton’s already large popular vote advantage four years ago. Mrs. Clinton beat Mr. Trump in the popular vote by nearly 2.9 million votes, or 2.1 percentage points; Mr. Biden is currently ahead by 2.8 points.The outcome could give new fuel, at least temporarily, to long-shot efforts to eliminate or circumvent the Electoral College. John Koza, chairman of National Popular Vote Inc., which lobbies states to pledge their electors to the winner of the national popular vote, said his group would intensify efforts next year in Arizona, Minnesota, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, among others.- Advertisement – As the presidential race inches agonizingly toward a conclusion, it might be easy to miss the fact that the results are not actually very close.With many ballots still outstanding in heavily Democratic cities, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., with nearly 74 million votes, was leading President Trump by more than 4.1 million votes nationwide on Friday afternoon. His lead is expected to expand, perhaps substantially, as officials finish counting.- Advertisement – This means more Americans have voted for a Democrat for president than for a Republican in each of the past four elections, and seven of the past eight, the exception being 2004, when President George W. Bush beat John Kerry by about three million votes. But, depending on the outcome this year, only four or five times in those eight elections have Democrats gone on to occupy the White House.It looks likely that Mr. Biden will secure an Electoral College win. But the days of nail-biting over close races in individual states, in contrast to the decisive preference of the American public, have crystallized some Americans’ anger at a system in which a minority of people often claim a majority of power. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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first_imgLife in a MHE has become more evolved, for example Palm Lake Resort have an array of over-50s lifestyle resorts across New South Wales and Queensland, including this establishment at Tweed River.“That’s the underlying cost that some people don’t realise and that percentage can differ greatly between different retirement villages, but every retirement village would have that.“Whereas with an MHE, there’s no deferred management fee, what they do is they charge their residents a weekly site rent, and that covers the rates and the park upgrades and things like that.”For Halcyon Glades Caboolture residents Peter and Penny Costello, that was one of many reasons they opted for life in a MHE. >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< RELATED:Retirees offered new standard of living MORE:Historic home sells for millionsPrint a house to call home Manufactured Housing Estates have become more akin to a resort, with Halcyon Glades Caboolture community featuring everything from a 25m heated pool and spa pool; floodlit championship-size bowling green and floodlit tennis court to vegetable gardens and firepit..Gone are the days of low budget demountables in caravan park-like over-50s communities, according to experts.Retirees are becoming more bargain savvy and less willing to skimp on quality, forcing developers to think outside the box. Peter and Penny Costello and their dog Toby moved from Samford to Halcyon Glades Caboolture, Queensland.“We looked at a number of options including just downsizing to a home unit somewhere and considered retirement villages and other things,” Mr Costello said.“At the end of the day we sat down and made a list of things we wanted to try to achieve.“We wanted to release some capital for family purposes.“We wanted to release ourselves from being slaves to home maintenance … because we were unable to maintain it ourselves or we were forced to pay money for people to come in and do it.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago“We wanted to improve our lifestyle, because we’d been locked into home maintenance for such a long time we were not getting out and enjoying ourselves like people at our age should be able to do and from a long term point of view, we wanted to try and get our running costs under control.” A ‘more evolved’ MHE — Palm Lake Resort’s Toowoomba Pinnacle community. Ms Mardiasmo said while in the past a MHE had been like a caravan park, they had become more evolved as demand increased and some were starting to include onsite medical centres.“There are some MHE’s that are trying to become quite sophisticated that have a medical unit on board.” Mr Costello said while at first they thought a MHE was like a caravan park, it certainly wasn’t the case at Halcyon Glades.“We said ourselves at the start, this is not necessarily have to be our forever home, if we do make a mistake we want to be somewhere where we’re free to sell and move on, and there’s no exit fees,” he said.“Happily that won’t be the case.”Mr Costello said, while under the Manufactured Homes (Residential Parks) Act 2003, a manufactured home was designed to be moved from one position or another, it was unlikely anyone ever would.“It is technically possible to move the homes, but it would be a silly thing to contemplate doing, but you could actually do it if you wished, if you had sufficient money and energy,” he said.Ms Mardiasmo said the thing that retirement villages and aged care facilities did offer over MHEs were the medical facilities.“At the end of the day it also depends on everybody’s health conditions and mobility,” she said. Gone are the days of low budget demountables in caravan park-like over-50s communities.PRDnationwide national research manager Diaswati Mardiasmo said while aged care and retirement villages were popular choices, little was still known about Manufactured Home Estates.It all comes down to dollars and cents as retirees become more educated about the ongoing costs of retirement villages, they’re looking to these estates as a budget friendly option.Ms Mardiasmo said while the upfront purchase price of a home within an “MHE” was often substantially less, the real savings were in the deferred management fees found in all retirement villages.“That’s the amount that you pay when you leave the retirement village, and it’s a percentage of the sale price and it’s multiplied by however many years that you’re there,” she said. With Australia’s ageing population set to explode to more than 6 million over the next 20 years, experts are calling for more affordable housing options for those aged 65 and above. “MHE is like a smaller home than yours that you currently have, it’s in an area, or a managed park where you do have other retirees around you so you can socialise, but you do still have to be quite healthy, quite independent, quite mobile.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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first_imgU.S. LNG feedgas continued to remain at high levels in March and April, averaging 8.6 Bcf/d and 8.2 Bcf/d, respectively, before declining below 6 Bcf/d from May 20 through May 24. Natural gas deliveries to U.S. facilities producing liquefied natural gas for export (LNG feedgas) slipped to the lowest levels since October 2019. The volumes declined to 5.6 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) on May 24, 2020, and averaged 6.7 Bcf/d from May 1 through May 26, EIA noted, citing IHS Markit data. EIA also noted that the decline was also a result of the reduction in global LNG demand resulting from mitigation efforts related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), and historically low global LNG spot prices, which reduce economic viability of U.S. LNG exports. EIA also estimates that 40 cargoes were loaded between May 1 through May 24, which amounted to an estimated 5.8 Bcf/d of LNG exports, compared to 7.0 Bcf/d exported over the same period in April. This was the lowest level of LNG feedgas deliveries since October 2019, despite 2.0 Bcf/d baseload (2.3 Bcf/d peak) of new liquefaction capacity that was commissioned over this period. Lower levels of U.S. LNG exports are expected to continue through the summer as buyers have canceled as many as 20 cargoes for June delivery and up to 45 cargoes for July delivery, according to trade press reports. Declining levels of feedgas to LNG export facilities (and LNG export volumes) reflect a seasonal decline in LNG demand in the major consuming markets in Asia and Europe.center_img U.S. LNG feedgas and exports set new records this winter (December 2019–February 2020), averaging 8.3 Bcf/d and 7.6 Bcf/d, respectively, over this period, supported by the strong LNG demand in Europe and Asia, EIA said. In January 2020, 74 LNG export cargoes were loaded in the United States—the highest monthly volume to date—followed by 66 cargoes in February, 71 cargoes in March, and an estimated 61 cargoes in April. Courtesy of Cheniere The Sabine Pass, Corpus Christi, and Cameron terminals had the largest reductions in vessel loadings in May. Announced cancellations of 20 LNG export cargoes in June and up to 45 cargoes in July could reduce LNG exports by an estimated 2.3 Bcf/d in June and more than 5.0 Bcf/d in July. U.S. LNG export capacity has rapidly expanded in recent years and will continue to expand through this summer. EIA notes that 2.7 Bcf/d baseload (3.0 Bcf/d peak) of new liquefaction capacity is scheduled to come online in 2020, bringing the total liquefaction capacity to 8.9 Bcf/d baseload (10.1 Bcf/d peak).last_img read more

first_imgCarating was nabbed after she sold a sachet of suspected shabu to an undercover officer for P4,200 around 9:45 a.m. on July 25 , the report added. Detained in the lockup cell of the Molo police station, Carating faces charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN ILOILO City – Police arrested a woman in a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay San Juan, Molo district.center_img She was Helen Grace Carating, a police report showed.last_img